A Fiber of a Festival…

Saturday I went to a fiber festival in Portland, Indiana.  It was a blast!  If you're into fiber arts of any sort, or want to learn a new craft, this is for you… Felting, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, beading, and more!

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Vendors and visitors bring their crafts for a few days of visiting, selling, buying, and creating.  I went to see old friends, buy some wool for new felting project proposals and to find places to teach workshops. 

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Save your pennies because there are a million cool things to spend them on.  The thing I love about fiber fests is learning something new.  This time it was "rug hooking".  I ended up buying a very cool kit from Jan Ryan with a burlap base and lots of things to hook, like strips from recycled wool suits and hand dyed yarn.  Of course I have dreams of making a ginormous rug, but I'll be content if I can make my sampler….you know how it goes.

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And here's a budding polymer clay button and bead artist.  A girl after my own heart, I loved her set up.  She is my felting teacher's daughter.  I'm amazed at how tall she's gotten after not seeing her for a few years! 

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So happy to see my other felting teachers, Matt and Jamie.  Giggles all around, I didn't tell them I was coming so it was a fun surprise.  You can have all your fleeces (sheep shearings) processed at their fiber mill, The Wooly Knob.  P.S. Matt (on right) wove the garment he's wearing. A-Mazing!

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The stars of the show, sheep shearing demos were going on outside.  Now, you've the itch to go to a fiber festival or seven so here are some links to help locate one in your area…


And if you're local to Indiana, Matt and Jamie have some listed here.

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