Fiber and Wool Festivals for the Weekend of April 19-21

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The Chancellor’s Sheep and Wool Showcase in Germantown, NY

Spring is in full swing (at least, for most of us) and so are the Fiber Festivals. This weekend, we have six interesting, and very different festivals on tap:

The Yellow Rose Fiber Producers Fiesta, Seguin, TX

Friday, April 19, 2013 Fri: 11-6pm; Sat: 9-5pm; Sun: 10-3pm

The Yellow Rose Fiber Festival consists of a marketplace and classes. Over thirty  classes will be offered, including felting, lace making, embroidery, dyeing, knitting, embroidery, and button making. Also includes a skein competition.

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase, Germantown, NY

Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11-4pm

The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase is a fiber showcase with an historic twist: shearing and herding demonstrations include demonstrations of historic techniques. Other demos include spinning, weaving, and wool hooking. The marketplace showcases the work of over 30 skilled artisans.

The Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, Hood River, OR

Friday, April 19, 2013: 9-6pm; Sat: 9-6pm; Sun: 9-4pm

This festival is just a couple of years old and consists of a market place and 12 workshops. The workshops, which will appeal to varying levels of expertise, are eclectic and interesting: Ergonomics for Knitters, Portuguese Knitting, and Turkish Drop Spindling, to name a few.

The Denmark Sheepfest, Denmark, ME

Saturday, April 20, 2013 Sat: 9:30-4pm

Originally a local gathering for sheep shearing, this event has evolved into something more. Visitors can watch sheep being sheared, and  wool being skirted and bagged. Spinners provide demos and set up displays of felting, knitting, yarn and tools for processing wool.

 The Shepherd’s Extravaganza, Puyallup, WA

Friday, April 19, 2013 Fri: 10-10pm; Sat: 10-10pm; Sun: 10-8pm

The Shepherds’ Extravaganza is a yearly sheep, wool and craft event held at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington during the Puyallup Spring Fair. The festival offers fleece and sheep for sale, fleece judging, fiber and shearing demos, a marketplace with over twenty fiber-related vendors, and classes. Classes include spinning, hooking, loom weaving, Navajo weaving, Tapestry weaving, knitting, and dyeing. You can even take a class on sheep genetics and how to shear your own sheep.

The Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, Townsend, TN 

Friday, April 19, 2013 and Saturday, April 20, 2013

A fiber festival with classes, demos, animal exhibitions, and a marketplace showcasing local artists’ work, and fiber arts supplies. Demos will include weaving, spinning, dyeing, needle crafts, and other fiber processes.

If one of these festivals is not an option for you, there are still plenty of other yarn and fiber-related events happening around the country this weekend. See our Yarn Events Map to find out what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

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