Fiber Festivals – January 2019

Here are the Fiber Festivals I could find for January 2019 in the United States.

Please get in touch if I left something out.

Thank you!

January 5: Winter Woolfest, Wamego, KS

January 5: Orlando Distaff Day, Orlando, FL

January 19-21: 10th Annual Slater Mill Knitting Weekend

& Fiber Art Marketplace, Pawtucket, RI

January 24-27: Oxford Fiber Arts Festival, Oxford, MS

January 25-27: Vogue Knitting LIVE!,New York, New York

January 27: Farm Fiber Days, Wayland, MA

January 31 – February 3: NeedleArts Winter Market, Portland, OR

 

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June 2018 Fiber Festivals

Let me know if I am missing any. Thank you!

JUNE:

June 1-2, 2018: Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, IN

June 2-3, 2018: Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair in Worthington, OH

June 2-3, 20178 Maine Fiber Frolic in Windsor, ME

June 7-10, 2018: Wool Market & Fiber Festival in Estes Park, CO

June 9-10, 2018: 8th Annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival in Bouckville, NY

June 16-17, 2018: Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival in Ames, IA

June 29-July 1, 2018: Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR

Oxford Fiber Arts Festival – 2018

Hi everyone! The Eighth Annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival was a huge hit! I am REALLY late publishing this and I do apologize. Does “better late than never” apply here?

And here to tell us all about it is my fiber fest and travel buddy, Jules!

(This is her first guest post. She will be doing some more this year…won’t you , J? Hee).

Take it away, Jules!

Skoogs Sheep & Cattle Farm

https://www.skoogssheepandcattle.com/

Located in Fernando, Florida, Martin and Annette Skoog run and operate Skoogs Sheep and Cattle farm specializing in Gotland Sheep from Sweden. Their webshop hosts exquisite handcrafted items with Gotland Sheep lambwool as the star to blankets, purses, belts, scarves, capes and more. If you would like a more personalized touch they also do custom orders. When I came across this vendor I was in awe at how beautiful the wool looked as it glistened. They were in a dark corner area of the venue and not much light –but that wool sparkled! I was scared to touch it. But once I did it took everything in my power to not bury my face in the blanket. There are nights I dream of how it would feel to fall asleep on a cloud… I no longer have to use my imagination because I experienced floating on a cloud that Saturday afternoon. My new dream is to own one of those blankets and wrap myself up in it and drift off to sweet bliss. I know I looked a little weird touching all the purses and muttering to myself that I would just use the purse as a portable pillow and that my dogs would probably confiscate the blanket.

 

Gerschubie

http://www.gerschubie.com/

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This love-for-dyeing chic has her business straight off an RV. That’s right folks she’s on the road traveling and dyeing fabric as she scoots along!

Named after her two dogs, Gerschubie is known for its uniqueness in not only the dyes but in their names. Have you ever heard of a color named Chicken Fried Pizzicato? That sounds like a food item you would find at the carnival! Walking along enjoying eating your Pronto Pup and you see the a sign that says Chicken Fried Pizzicato and you think is that chicken and pizza fried together with a side glass of wine? I must get that and devour it!

Now to take you to my favorite name and color – one that doesn’t ignite the desire to eat – Unicorn Farts !! What color is that you ask? Well, you need to go to the website and check it out because it is beautiful!! I had no idea Unicorn Farts could be such a pretty color. If only I knew how to knit or crochet or do whatever handcrafted thing one person must do to use this fiber I’d be wrapped up in Unicorn Farts with a side of Chicken Fried Pizzicato!!!!

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https://www.facebook.com/twodogdesignsbyemilyrennie/ 

By far one of my favorite vendors! As a rescue person I tend to gravitate to all things dog or cat. She was located at the back of the venue and sitting with her sewing machine going ninety miles an hour. I had no idea what she was making but she was doing it fast and with too much perfection for such speed.

The first thing I noticed in her display was the soup bowl potholders in all types of fun print.img_3476

My fiberarts festival junkie ride or die friend Ally latched on to them and convinced me I needed one. It wasn’t that hard to convince me especially once Emily told me she uses it to keep her hands from being cold while eating ice cream! SOLD! Another nifty option is to use it in the microwave. Yes – her soup bowl potholders are microwave friendly! Smart smart smart – because I wondered how in the world I would put my hot bowl in this contraption without burning myself and spilling my soup, stew or ravioli all over myself. Never would I ever imagine it would be microwave friendly!

As I perused her handmade goods I saw these bowls. All sizes of bowls made of fabric.

She saw how I was looking over them and told me that these are memory bowls. She makes bowls out of the fabric of baby dresses, old ties from grandpa, or any memorable fabric you want to keep and recycle in a very memorable way. What a neat way of remembering your loved ones. img_3477

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Then I cruised on around and found dog bandanas! All sizes, all types of patterns from Skulls, super hero, and even Mississippi State Bulldogs BABY! HAIL STATE! Of course she had Ole Miss too but BLAH I’m a Starkville chic so BLAH to Ole Miss. I’m sure if you asked her she would make any bandana from your favorite sports team or fun fabric!

Her claim to fame…the peddling of the bookmarks. Let me tell you – she’s creative. Bookmarks? Why yes you need a wonderwoman book mark and a superman and a skull one and all types of cute fun sturdy bookmarks! You need to check her inventory out at her facebook page Two Dog Designs and she also has a blog. Emily Rennie is one to follow!

Debie Deaton – Mixed Media Artist

I am in no way an artistic person so when I happen upon creative people I tend to get the touch of the jealous bug. I stumbled upon Debie Deaton’s sculptures as they were sitting on what appeared to be a freezer? Not the proper way to display cool art but it made that freezer look absolutely refined and hip. The sculptures on freeze display were cute and whimsical. I took a few pictures and sent them to my 13 year old niece. My niece has the incredible knack for just taking random abstract pictures and sending them to me via snap chat. So I decided to send her a random piece of real abstract art! She loved it! Score one Aunt Jules! So, if you are into art and like a little whimsy – check out Debie Deaton.

Bebe’s Babydoll Sheep Farm

Follow them on facebook to see all the cute videos!

https://www.facebook.com/Bebesbabydollsheep/

Located in Como, MS this farm is worthy of a road trip or if you can’t physically go there take a trip to their facebook page! As we walked up to the festival we were greeted with Bebe’s Babydoll Sheep in a pen with their trusty Great Pyrenees, Hank, keeping guard.

I do believe I am speaking for Ally when I say to begin the festival petting sheep is the highlight of our festival madness! We know when we see the animals its about to get real up in here! The squealing the ooing and awwing over them eating and being super cute and fluffy soft – yup two grown women acting like the world revolves around these beautiful creatures. Add in the little bitty underbite cutie Alpacas and poke me I’m done.

 

The pictures I took do not do these cuties any justice! Between my lack of photo taking skills and their not cooperating didn’t make for good photo op. I assure you the facebook page has them captured and you will want to love on them and feel their soft fluff! OMG is all I have to say about these underbite cuties. I swear – they are snaggle raggle tooth and you just wanna hug them!

I highly encourage you to follow them on facebook. It will brighten your day!

 

Fiber Festivals May 2018

Here are the Fiber Festivals and Yarn Crawls (that I could find) for May 2018.

Please visit the Festival websites for times and details.

Also, if you know of some that I missed, please let me know!

MAY:

May 3-6, 2018: PNW Yarn Crawl in Various towns, Washington state

May 4-6, 2018: 2018 Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic in Various towns, WI

May 4-6, 2018: Great Western Alpaca Show in Denver, CO

May 5-6, 2018: Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in West Friendship, MD

May 5-6, 2018: Second Annual Mid-Plains Fiber Fair in York, NE

May 10-13, 2018: Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl in Asheville, NC

May 11-12, 2018: Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair in Farmington, UT

May 11-13, 2018: Shepherds Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival in Lake Elmo, MN

May 12, 2018: Sheep to Shawl in Salem, OR

May 16-20, 2018: The LYS Tour in Puget Sound area, Washington state

May 18-19, 2018: Salomon Farm Park Fiber Arts Celebration in Ft. Wayne, IN

May 18-20, 2018: New Mexico Fiber Crawl beginning in Albuquerque and winding north to Taos, NM

May 19, 2018: High Fiber Festival in Toano, VA

May 19, 2018: Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair in Bristol, RI

May 19-20, 2018: The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington, KY

May 19-20, 2018: Tip of the Mitt Fiber Fair in Petoskey, MI

May 19-20, 2018: Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival in Waynesburg, PA

May 19-20, 2018: Central Pennsylvania Fiber Festival in Hughesville, PA

May 19-20, 2018: Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair in Riverhead, NY

May 20, 2018: Southern California Handweaver’s Guild Annual Weaving and Fiber Festival in Torrance, CA

May 24-27, 2018: Vermont Spring Fiber Arts Tour in South Royalton, VT

May 25-26, 2018: Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival in Dickson, TN

May 26-27, 2018: Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, OH

May 26-27, 2018: The 44th Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, MA

 

 

 

 

Fiber Festivals March – April 2018

Here is the list for U.S. fiber festivals for March and April 2018. If you know of any that I missed, please let me know! Also, I will add festivals outside of the U.S. if you just let me know. I will edit this page if I find any more festivals, too. Hope this helps!

MARCH

March 1–4, 2018: Rose City Yarn Crawl, Portland, OR

March 9–10, 2018Jay County Fiber Arts Festival, Portland, IN

March 15–18, 2018: Knit North Yarn Crawl, Boston, MA 

March 16–17, 2018Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trails Weekend, Cedarburg, WI

March 16– 18, 2018Madison Knitters Guild Knit-In, Madison, WI

March 17, 2018Heartland Fiberpalooza, Winterset, IA

March 18, 2018: Homespun Yarn Party, Savage, MD

March 22–24, 2018Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Weekend, Baraboo, WI

March 23-24, 2018: Carolina Fiber Fest, Raleigh NC

March 27–31, 2018PlyAway, A spinnng retreat, Kansas City, MO

 

APRIL

April 5-8, 2018: DFW Fiber Fest, Irving, TX

April 5–8, 2018: Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop, Twin Cities region

April 6-7, 2018: Kinzua Knit-Away, Warren, PA

April 6 – 8, 2018: Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, PA

April 7-8, 2018: YarnCon, Chicago, IL

April 12–14, 2018: 18th Annual Garage Sale Textile Center, Minneapolis, MN

April 12-15, 2018: Interweave Yarn Fest, Loveland, CO

April 13-14, 2018: The Fiber Event at Greencastle, Greencastle, IN

April 14, 2018: 22nd Annual Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair, Cedarville, IL

April 14–15, 2018: Fiber Expo, Ann Arbor, MI

April 14 – 15, 2018: Allentown Fiber Festival, Allentown, PA

April 19-22, 2018: The Fourth Annual Long Island Yarn Crawl, various towns in Nassau & Suffolk counties, NY

April 20-22, 2018: Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, Townsend, TN

April 20–23, 2018 Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners Conference, Manhattan, KS

April 21, 2018: The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase, Germantown, NY

April 27–28, 2018: Pine to Prairie Fiber Arts Trail Weekend Tour, Bemidji, MN

April 27-28, 2018: Yellow Rose Fiber Producers Fiesta, Seguin, TX

April 27–29, 2018: Yarnover Minnesota Knitters Guild, Brooklyn Park, MN Click here for the brochure

April 28, 2018: Knit Michigan, Lake Orion, MI

April 28, 2018: Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon, CT

April 28, 2018:Powhatan’s Festival of Fiber, Powhatan, VA

April 28–29, 2018: Indiana Fiber & Music Festival, Clarksville, IN

April 28–29, 2018: Wisconsin Alpaca & Fiber Festival, West Bend, WI