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August 2013

The Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair, Aug 24 & 25

greatbasThe Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair is an annual celebration of all things fiber in the Salty Lake City area. The event includes fiber arts market, fiber arts demonstrations, friendly competitions and nice selection of fiber arts classes.

Classes cost $35 if preregistered, and $40 the day of the fair. Here is a brief overview of the class offerings:

  • BEGINNING SPINDLE SPINNING  
  • ICE DYEING            
  • SPINDLING SPINNING SOCKALISHOUS YARNS   
  • SPINDLING THE PERFECT ROLAG  
  • FINISHING YOUR FABRIC: Yes, You Have to Wash It!   
  • SPIN & PLY HAND-PAINTED BATTS, ROVING & COMBED TOP   
  • SUPPORTED SPINDLING 
  • TRI-LOOM WEAVING   
  • NEEDLE FELTED GNOMES OR ELVES     
  • SHIBORI DYEING  
  • RAVISHING RAVELRY & OTHER ELECTRONIC KNITTING TOOLS
  • TOOTHBRUSH RAG RUG

There is a competition for nearly every stripe of fiber artist. They fall into the following broad categories:

  • Felted Finished Item
  • Knitted Finished Item
  • Tatting Finished Item
  • Woven Finished Item

Yarn Skeins

The fair is from 9 to 4, August 24 and 25, 2013 at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Events Center. For more information see The Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair Website.

And if you don’t live anywhere near Salt Lake City, check out our Yarn and Fiber Events Map for what’s happening fiber near you.

An End of Summer Fiber Vacation: The Fiber College of Maine

fibercollofmainThe Fiber College of Maine is an annual celebration fiber in coastal Maine with an eclectic mix of fiber classes, fiber animals, and good food (think beach bonfires and chowder). Add to that a Shopper’s Boulevard to supply your fiber needs, and you have a wonderful end-of-summer fiber fest. This year’s festivities will kick off with a fiber fashion show organized by the Women of St. Margaret’s and Fiber College on Thursday, September 5, with classes to follow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading “An End of Summer Fiber Vacation: The Fiber College of Maine” »

Congratulations to Knit the Bridge and Pittsburgh!!!

knitthebridge

We’d definitely like to give a shout out today for all the folks who participated in the Knit the Bridge project in downtown Pittsburgh, which was installed this past weekend. The yarn bombing of the 1000 foot long Andy Warhol bridge is the largest yarn bombing to date in the US! The project was spearheaded by the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, which raised over $100,000 and enlisted over 1,800 volunteers in the mammoth effort. Why did they want to yarn bomb a bridge? The bridge as fiber art is intended to celebrate both Fiberart International 2013, a juried exhibition of fiber art which attracts some of the world’s most renowned fiber artists, and the city of Pittsburgh, which is the most bridged city in country, with over 450 bridges within the city limits! “Knit the Bridge” is also a wonderful symbol of community spirit and connection, something that Pittburgh is known for.

The Andy Warhol Bridge was chosen because it commemorates the iconic visual artist , who hailed from nearby McKeesport. It ties downtown Pittsburgh to the culturally rich Northside, home of the Andy Warhol Museum, the National Aviary, Carnegie Science Center and the Mexican War Streets Historic District.

When the installation is removed in a month or so, the blankets will be cleaned and donated to homeless shelters, senior citizen centers and animal rescue groups.

I can’t wait to see it!!! Yet another reason to love my hometown!

 

The Michigan Fiber Festival & Workshops, August 14-18

fiberA huge fiber festival is happening in Michigan this weekend, with a great selection of workshops and a marketplace of 180 vendors (wow!). Add to that a lot of fun competition, such as a Skein Competition, an Angora Skein Competition, a Mohair and Fiber Goat Fleece Competition, an Angora Rabbit Fleece Competition,  a Wool Fleece Competition, and Michigan Fiber Festival Art Show, and you have a complete fiber fest! Here is an overview of the workshop offerings:

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Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Begins Saturday, Aug 10.

hotaugyarncrawlThe Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, a 2-week, 9-shop yarn crawl begins this Saturday in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. If you’d like to participate, go to any one of the nine shops on the tour and get a passport (and a shopping tote while supplies last). The tour is self-guided which means you can visit as many or few shops as you like. At each shop on the tour, be sure to enter the raffle for a $50 gift certificate at that shop. If you complete the entire tour, and acquire stamps from all nine stores, you are then eligible for one of three grand prizes- just turn your passport at your last stop and cross your fingers! Continue reading “Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Begins Saturday, Aug 10.” »