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:


  • Back pack Basket 
  • Wool Drying Basket 


  • The Shepherds Rug
  • Twining a Rag Rug 
  • Kumihimo Animal Leash 


  • Beginning Crochet 
  • Tunisian Crochet
  • Sierra Bead Crochet Mini Purse


  •  Rainbow Dyeing 
  • Dyeing Silk Scarves 
  • Beginning New Batik 
  • Advanced New Batik 
  • No Stripes Dyeing
  • Stripes Dyeing 


  • Wet Felt Wool Mittens
  • Fancy Fascinators (Wet Felting) 
  • Good In the Clutch (Wet Felting) 
  • Felt Under Foot 
  • Cuff Slippers 
  • Felted Sandals 
  • Nuno the Silk Side 
  • Fashonable Felt Hats
  • Felted Flowers
  • Needle Felted Flowers & Pins 
  • Wild Bird Pods
  • Placemats 


  • Natural First Aid
  • Herbs for Natural Worming
  • Minerals for Health
  • Homeopathic Health


  • Continental Knitting
  • Grafting With a Russian Twist 
  • Dimensional Knitting
  • How to make Socks with a Knitting Machine 
  • Circular Sock Machine Makes More 
  • Tuning up your Sock Machine 
  • Intro to Knitting with Roving
  • Entrelac Knitting
  • Beginning Lace
  • Twine Knitting
  • Cast on for Greater Beginnings 
  • Binding Off
  • Continental Knitting Right Hand 
  • Fair Isle 101 
  • Writing Patterns for Publication 
  • Tips and Tricks for Knitters 
  • Nordic Christmas Stocking
  • Beaded Knit Bag      
  • Intro to Bead Knit & Crochet                     
  • Lucile Beaded Knit Bag
  • Shaping with Stitch Patterns 
  • Buttons Cord and Zippers 


  • Primitive Rug Hooking


  • Spin Colors of Shetland 
  • Spinning Orenburg Lace
  • Spindle Spinning 
  • Spinning With Commercial Yarns
  •  Beginning Spinning 
  • Spinning Stretchy Wool 
  • Decode Spinning                                          
  • Spin Hemp, Ramie & Bamboo                   
  • Woolen Carding and Spinning                    
  • Illegal Yarn Spinning
  • Long Draw Spinning 


  • Stand Weaving
  • Rigid Heddle Weaving
  • Techniques for Rigid Heddle Weaving
  • Beginning Inkle Loom Weaving Thur. All Day 
  • Pick it Up Inkle Weaving
  • Backstrap Weaving
  • Beginning Weaving
  • Saori Weaving
  • Self Discovery to Saori Weaving
  • Intro to Saori Weaving
  • Tapestry Ring Weaving
  • Viking Knit Woven Bracelet


  • Amazing Angora Rabbits 
  • Sari Silk Safari
  • Open Work Scarf
  • Persian Bracelet 
  • Wool Vessels
  • Wire Wrapped Gemstone Bracelet
  • Color Palettes 
  • Spinning Wheel Basket 

See the Michigan Fiber Festival Website for more info and  to preregister for workshops.

The Fiber Festival is August 16-18, and the Fiber Workshops, August 14-18. The cost of festival admission is: Friday $3.00 per person; Saturday & Sunday $5.00 per person per day, with children 8 or under free. A Weekend Pass ( Sat. & Sun) is $8.00 per person. The festival is being held at the Allegan County Fairgrounds, 150 Douglas St , Allegan, MI 49010.

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