HEBRON — In period costume Marty Elkin, co-owner of A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm in Sumner, will present a program to the Hebron Historical Society about sheep farming and wool processing in Maine in the late 1800s. This will follow a short business meeting and will be held at the Hebron town office at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. The public is invited.

Attendees will learn a little about sheep farming, which provided wool for many woolen mills of the time. Also detailed will be the process of washing, carding, dyeing and hand spinning of wool as it was done at home in the 1800s as well as how it is done now. There will be samples of wool dyed with plants and weeds including red onion skins and beets, which make a beautiful deep red dye bath and surprising colors of wool.

The farm has 28 sheep and 15 spring lambs. It is open for educational tours and has a store with maple syrup and wool products from their own sheep. The Tesseract Fiber Building and Learning Center offers ongoing knitting gatherings every Tuesday from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. for all levels of experience. They offer hands-on practice for a variety of skills including yoga, needle felting, raising sheep, dyeing fiber, wood work and more. For more information go to www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com.


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