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Sheep to Sweater: Petaluma Adobe’s Sheep Shearing Day


Sheep to Sweater: Petaluma Adobe’s Sheep Shearing Day

How does wool come off sheep? How does raw wool turn into yarn? Come to the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 9th and find out! The famous Adobe sheep will be losing their heavy winter coats under the expert guidance of shearer John Sanchez. After the sheep are sheared, you can have fun learning the first steps to a sweater, turning the raw wool into yarn. Volunteers will teach how to card and drop spin wool as rancho workers would have in the 1830’s. Docents will be on site to give guided tours, so bring a picnic and spend the day at the Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park.

The Petaluma Adobe served as the headquarters for General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s 66,000 acre cattle rancho from 1836 to 1846. Over 3,000 sheep were raised during that time and sheep shearing was a necessary part of rancho life. The wool was turned into clothing, blankets and rugs and sent out to trade ships.

The Petaluma Adobe sheep are sheared annually in spring and their wool is used in the hands-on Environmental Living Program. Please see for more information about the Environmental Living Program and school tours. Admission: $3 adults 18 and older, children 6 to 17 are $2, 5 and under are free. Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma