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Wild, woolly exposition comes to OC

by: PHOTO BY: ROXANDRA PENNINGTON - Sheep from SuDan Farms in Canby rest contently in the hay; farm owner Susie Wilson will chat about sheep raising at Wool Day.To celebrate spring and Oregon wool, the Museum of the Oregon Territory brings the farm to Oregon City with “Wool Day at the Museum.”

Free wool-crafting lessons in carding, spinning, crochet and wet-felt are designed for both children and adults. The lessons will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the museum, 211 Tumwater Drive.

First, learn a bit about Oregon’s wool history, and what it’s like to raise lambs and sheep with Susie Wilson of Canby’s SuDan Farms, who with her husband, Dan, operates a verdant farm in historic Yoder, one of 20 stops on the Canby Farm Loop. They specialize in raising Gotlands, Border Leicester, and Coopworth sheep, breeds that excel in the climate and foliage of the Willamette Valley.

At 2:30 p.m., adults and children will learn to crochet their first basic rows in a free lesson from Oregon City’s Wynona Studios. “Wynona” means eldest daughter in several Native American languages. Linda Bell and J.J. Foster are a mother-daughter team who have created an open studio atmosphere in their Main Street location, where students and members are welcome to relax and knit, crochet, dye, spin, weave — or just enjoy exploring all types of hand-crafted wooly products.

At 3 p.m., children will see artist Lisa Russell’s live reading of her puppet book “Sock Animals Go to the Zoo,” followed by a simple wet-felt craft project just for kids.

Throughout 2013 the museum’s M.J. Murdock Gallery is dedicated to commemoration of the Jacobs Woolen Mill of Oregon City, and other historic industries of Clackamas County. Admission in April is free to the public thanks to the sponsorship of Danielson’s Hilltop Mall.

School groups are encouraged to attend. Call 503-655-5574 for more information.




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