Basic Course

This Basic 1 day course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about natural fiber production.  Both current producers and non producers will benefit from the knowledge gained in this informative course.

The goal for this course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience.  Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Students will leave this one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.

This Basic Course is a Prerequisite to taking the Advanced Course and subsequent Apprenticeship Training which will lead to the designation Master Sorter/Grader.  Those who have completed the Basic Course successfully will have 18 months to take the Advanced Course if they desire to continue in the program.  After the time, you will be required to repeat the Basic Course before taking further portions of the program.

The next Basic Course will be held at Willsey Textile/Select Powdercoat in Owensville MO on Friday May 31, 2019.  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class is  open.   See below for class information.  Registration is thru the link on our home page or by call SUNY/Cobleskill, Deb Pernat at (518) 255-5537.


A Basic Course has been scheduled for May 31, 2019 in Owensville MO.  See below for details.    If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at or by phone at 724-272-4285


May 31, 2019 Friday – Willsey Textile/Select Powdercoat, Owensville, MO     Home to the NFP Commercial Dehairing Machine

Closest Airport: Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL / KSTL) has international and domestic flights from Saint Louis, Missouri and is 83 miles from Owensville, MO.


Here are the closest lodging options:

Private Room on the Farm – Farm stays for Rent in Owensville, Missouri, United States – Vacation Rentals, Homes, Experiences & Places – Airbnb
10 recent guests have said that this home was sparkling clean. Great check-in experience 100% of recent guests gave this home’s check-in process a 5-star rating. This is a simple, comfortable room for rent. This is a peaceful farm with wineries, shopping and other fun places to visit just a few …

Angie told me that she may not be listed on AirBnB, her contact number is: 573-301-7864. 1 Queen bed, $50 per night.

Hermann South
Bed and Breakfast located south of Hermann, MO on highway 19. We offer a relaxing comfortable stay in a Country Cottage in the middle of Missouri’s Wine Country!

They have at least 3 rooms open

Drake Vineyards Guesthouse 22 OCT – 24 OCT

Drake Guest House Site – Home
Visit our registered Century Farm located in the heart of Missouri wine country, 17 miles south of Hermann and in close proximity to the wineries, restaurants, antique and gift shops and local attractions in our area

Drake guesthouse is booked.

Martha & Tom’s Farm (Brinkman / Cool Cow Cheese)

Martha has 5 rooms total during the time of the class. Prices start at 75/night (2 rooms) or 125/night for king rooms. Prices increase as complexity of breakfast increases.

Air BnB
If you search Air BnB for Owensville, MO 65066 – there are 2 BnBs in town. They would be closest to the plant, walking distance on a decent day.

Owensville also has a motel:

Book Owensville Motor Inn in Owensville |
1302 Hwy 28, Owensville, MO, 65066, United States of America, 800-491-6126

The closest real hotel is in Union, about 45 minutes away.

Hotel Super 8 by Wyndham Union, Union, United States of America – Lowest Rate Guaranteed! –
Property Location When you stay at Super 8 by Wyndham Union in Union, you’ll be 10 minutes by car from St. Jordan Creek Winery. This hotel is 9.3 mi (15 km) from Fort Charrette Historic Village and 10.9 mi (17.5 km) from Robertsville State Park. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 50 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and microwaves. . Complimentary wireless Internet access is …

There are over 50 B&B’s in Hermann, MO. Thats about 30 miles from the plant.


Hermann Missouri Official Visitor Information
Tucked away in the Missouri River Valley, Hermann is a picturebook village where 19th century brick buildings hug the sidewalk, as they do in Germany.

This BASIC Class will be immediately followed by the 3 day ADVANCED Class


An additional Basic and Advanced Class is being planned for October.  Details to follow soon.