Wisconsin Wool Works!

What It Is

Nature’s most venerable fiber again takes center stage this summer at the Wisconsin State Fair as the Wisconsin Wool Works! booth opens for its fifteenth season in the Sheep Barn.

Conceived by a handful of fiber enthusiasts as a way to promote the wonders of wool, the Wisconsin Wool Works! features the artistry and skills of Wisconsin and other consignors whose products include everything from hand-woven scarves to socks; rugs to hand-dyed roving. Carol Black, Columbus, manager of the retail space is certain fairgoers will find something for everyone at the Wisconsin Wool Works! “If it’s fabricated from wool, a wool blend or about sheep and wool, we’ll most likely have it on the shelves.” Black says, adding, “Not only do we spotlight Wisconsin wool and wool products such as clothing, we also feature a wide range of wool-related items as well, such as children’s books about sheep and farm life, lanolin-based hand creams, soaps and home care products like wool dusters. Sheep producers are the ultimate niche marketers and Wisconsin’s sheep industry leads the way!”

But it’s not all sales that matter to the volunteer sheep producers who staff the booth, or to the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, the producer organization that sponsors the space. “Education is a big part of our effort at the State Fair,” adds Black, who says that many people only picture wool as scratchy and a bit old fashioned. “Nothing could be further from the truth, Wool is very wearable and easy to maintain, not to mention environmentally friendly. Wool and sheep are still very much a part of the Wisconsin farm scene – a message that the state’s 2500 sheep producers will be bringing to the Fair.” Look for daily demonstrations of the traditional fiber arts which are provided by local guilds.

The Wisconsin Wool Works! is located in the center of the Sheep Barn and is open August 1-11, from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day. The shop will be closed early for change out of animals several times during the course of the fair. The Wisconsin Wool Works! also has booth space at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, September 6-8, at Jefferson Fair Park, Jefferson, WI – www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com.

For additional information:

Carol Black
Columbus, WI
920-623-3536

Kim Ogle
St Francis, WI
414-481-9286

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Ann Reiser - The Shepherd’s Purse
6342 Allen Road,, Sobieski, WI 54171
Phone: 920-822-8546
Sweaters, Bears, Roving, Yarn

April Dahl
PO Box 255, Kewaunee, WI 54216
Phone: 920-388-4214
Pelts, llama yarn, wool yarn

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Barbara Morton - Sarasponda Spinners
4051 Harris Road, Mineral Point, WI 53565
Phone: 608-987-3811
Hats and book worms

Betty Thom
N5160 Hwy 151, Columbus, WI 53925
Phone: 920-623-3978
Pelts, steering wheel covers, show & tell pieces

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Carol Battenberg
W5670 Finder Road, Johnson Creek, WI 53038
Phone: 920-699-2233
Wool & fabric purses

Carol Black - Ewesful Gifts
7868 State Road 73,, Columbus, WI 53925
Phone: 920-623-3536
Stuffed animals, children’s books, hand cream, woolen clothing

D

Deb Galaz - Lana de Flor
7833 Millersburg Road,, Wooster, OH 44641
Phone: 330-264-4758
Felted hats and flowers

Debbie Skubal
117 ½ Ellis Street, Kewaunee, WI 54216
Phone: 920-388-4999
Woven coats, knit sweaters, hats

Donna Towell - D. Lee Woolee’s Rabbitry & Yarns
W317S6853 Schnitzler Road,, Mukwonago, WI 53149
Phone: 262-372-3553
Angora products, yarns, roving

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Eileen Legue
3100Geneva Street,, Racine, WI 53402
Phone: 262-639-9628
Knitted items

Ellen Sullivan
123 Lake Street,, Pewaukee, WI 53072
Phone: 262-691-1218
Socks, scarves, blankets, hats

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Georgia Meyer - Silver Creek Alpacas
N1897 County Road M, Watertown, WI 53098
Phone: 920 210-0226
Alpaca/wool blend yarn

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Jane Metcalf - Lady Overboard
2679 N Country Road M, Milton, WI 53563
Phone: 608-868-3268
Knit hats and mittens

Jennifer Herzberg
W485 Lienke Road,, Columbus, WI 53925
Phone: 920-484-3849
Felted ornaments, purses, & figurines

Joellyn Cobb - Hooked on Wool
1919 Robert, Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-369-2086
Felted sheep figurines, small hooked rugs and flowers

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Kathryn Braun - Braun Earth Acres
3316 CTH S, Cato, WI 54230
Phone: 920-732-3212
Handspun yarn, wool fabric tote bags, sweaters & hats, pelts

Kay Walters - Cedarburg Woolen Mill
W62N580 Washington Ave,, Cedarburg, WI 53012
Phone: 262-675-2858
Wool Blankets, comforters, quilts, sweaters, wool batting

Kim Ogle - Ogle Designs
2705 E. Amour Ave, St. Francis, WI 53235
Phone: 414-481-9286
Kits, Patterns, stitch markers

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Laura Matthews - Psalm 23 Farm
12223 Lax Chapel Road,, Kiel, WI 53042
Phone: 920-273-1849
Hand spun yarn

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Mary Wallace - White Dove Farm
173 Cty Rd A, Cambridge, WI 53523
Phone: 608-884-4301
Felted scarves

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Northland Woolens
2380 Co Rd 9 NE, Nelson, MN 56355
Phone: 320-762-2293
Socks, felted mittens and hats

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Phyllis Turner
2310 Keyes Avenue , Madison, WI 53711
Phone: 608-251-0985
Purses, coasters, felted hats

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Tracy Schuh - Interlacements Yarns
3267 Froelich Road,, Abrams, WI 54101
Phone: 920-826-5970
Hand dyed yarn

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Wendy Sleider
W289 S2954 Rd DT, Waukesha, WI 53188
Phone: 414-630-4902
Felted hats