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Working with Wolf: WGM’s Spinners and the Wolves of the International Wolf Center

February 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Spinners from the Weavers Guild of Minnesota have been working with wolf fiber–the naturally shed undercoat fur from the exhibited Amabassador wolves at the International Wolf Center (IWC, www.wolf.org). The Ambassador wolves are hand groomed annually by trained IWC staff.

The International Wolf Center’s annual auction, starting March 1, features hand knit and handwoven items such as scarves, hats, mittens and table runners made from wolf fiber. But how did members from the Weavers Guild of Minnesota become involved in the creation and auction of these products? Join us for a presentation from the International Wolf Center and WGM project leader Chillon Leach on February 22.

IWC’s Abby Keller, wolf care specialist, will discuss the role of the International Wolf Center and introduce us to the management of the current and retired wolf pack. Learn how the undercoat fur is gathered, how the wolves’ social relationships are reflected in the items made, and how state and federal laws restrict who can bid on the items.

WGM member and artist Chillon Leach helped spearhead the collaboration between the fiber artists and the IWC. Leach will discuss the project’s origins, how the spinners became involved, and where the project has taken them. She’ll also present a short slideshow of past objects made for the auction with more detail about the challenges and rewards of working with wolf fiber.

Join us for a fascinating peek behind the scenes of this unusual collaboration. The presentation will be followed by Q and A and will be presented over Zoom.


February 22
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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