Natural Sheepskin Tanning, Sept 24-26, Manitoba


A three-day course transforming fresh sheep skins into soft, woolly textiles. Your hand-tanned material can be used as a rug at home, outdoor blanket, or for warm clothing.

Dates: Friday September 24 – Sunday September 26, 2021

Cost: $365 per person (includes your take-home sheepskin)

Location: Ferme Fiola Farm, Ste Genevieve, Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory.

See details below!



Join us for 3 days on Ferme Fiola Farm for natural sheepskin tanning!  We will be using the Mineral Tanning method, an accessible tanning type for beginner tanners and for farmers to re-create natural hide tanning with your own flocks.

Mineral Tanning is the method that emerged with shepherding and sheep tending. It continues to be the most valued method for sheepskin rugs, even during our era of mass “chem-tanning.” Mineral Tanning creates a bright, white leather that is super plush, while the wool keep its natural colour.

You’ll work alongside other amazing + fun tanners, of varying skill levels and ability.  This is an easy method for beginners, amateur tanners, and farmers aiming to add holism to their animal tending practice.  It’s a chance to step into the transformative world of hide tanning and connect to one’s roots through craft.


Friday September 24: Scraping + framing

Saturday September 25: Softening

Sunday September 26: Combing finished sheepskin rugs

10:00am sharp to 3:30 +/- each day

Once you sign up, you will receive an automatic confirmation email.  A welcome email from Fern + Roe will be sent a week prior to the course with more details + the address and directions to the farm.  Please bring your own snacks, drinks, and an outdoor chair. Prepare for full days in the elements, with a mix of weather.

Members of Treaty 1 First Nations and the Metis community are welcome to attend for free.  Please email us at

Covid-19 Precautions

This course will follow the Province of Manitoba’s current Covid-19 guidelines for educational workshops.  Participants will fill in an online Covid-19 screening online prior to the start of the course.