The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Aromatherapy: Using Essential Oils with Wool

Thursday, October 19, 2017

9:00 - 12:00

Instructor: Stacey Backenroth

Class Fee: $105.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 4

0 Seats Available

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Students will explore the use of essential oils with unwashed wool, roving and finished fiber art creations. Aromatherapy uses of essential oils will be discussed, allowing students to use scents in accordance to their needs.

Special attention will be given to using essential oils during wool washing and wet felting.  Students will also have the opportunity to explore different essential oils, including those that have natural insect repellent properties and antibacterial properties. The benefits and challenges of using essential oils will be discussed as well as how different fibers from various breeds react to essential oils.

We will also discuss the use of scented soaps in the washing and felting process and how they compare to using essential oils.

Please be advised multiple strong scents will be used in class.

Level of experience : Novice to Advanced, Any Level

Questions for Stacey can be emailed to

Materials Information

There is a $40 material fee included in the registration fee.

The Tunis fleece used in class is being provided by Stony Kill Farm (

Materials Provided by Instructor: A variety of essential oils to explore (ex. Lavender, Lemongrass, Orange, Rosemary, Peppermint, Cedar, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Thyme, Citronella); A variety of organic scented soaps to explore ( ex. Almond, Lavender, Rose, Citrus, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree); Sample fleece and roving from different breeds for  experimenting (ex. Romney, Gotland, Primitive (Shetland), Tunis, Wensleydale, Merino, Herdwick and some dyed fibers thrown in to add to the experience!); Electric kettle for hot water.      Note students will bring home samples and any leftover essential oils from class use.

Materials Provided by Student: Students are encouraged to bring their own roving or other wool products to explore using scents with, along with an organic scented soap and/or essential oil of their chose to experiment with.  

Students need to bring: An apron (to keep dry when working with water), 2 Towels (recommended - one bath size, one hand towel), a bucket or  gallon water container, 4 or more 1 pint containers for water (to use with water and an essential oil provided - disposable lunch containers work well), 1 or more small spray bottles (to use with water and an essential oil provided), Several pairs of disposable gloves (for washing in water infused oils)  

Students will leave with samples of scented wool fibers created in class and essential oils information card.

Homework: None  

Workshop Instructor

Stacey Backenroth is a fiber artist, photographer and educator. Receiving her B.A in Art and Art History from Brooklyn College, Stacey received more