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Clara
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Posted - 04/16/2009 :  05:16:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's fiber festival time!

To the outside observer, fiber festivals may seem to be all about commerce. At these festivals people fall in love with skeins of unusual yarn and bags of intriguing fiber, buy them, stuff them into their cars (with perhaps a sheep or two) and drive away, happy.

But this is only part of the story. Fiber festivals are also about finding community and celebrating a common passion. And it is from that perspective that Joanne Seiff sets out to document the fiber festival tradition and culture.


-- this week's review of Joanne Seiff's Fiber Gathering

And our very own Shelia January and Jennifer Heverly have patterns in it. Woo hoo!

Clara
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eldergirl
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Posted - 04/17/2009 :  8:49:29 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think fiber festivals and TNNA gatherings and other knitting events serve an age-old purpose of getting like-minded people together for exchange of ideas, materials, skills, and so on.

Back in the day, there may have been flint knappers conventions, for all we know!

Anna
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Lanea
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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  05:32:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by eldergirl
Back in the day, there may have been flint knappers conventions, for all we know!



There are flint knappers' conventions now! My friend Kelly went to one right near my folks' house last summer. He can really, really flint-knap now, and is pretty fast starting a fire with flint and tinder, and learned all sorts of other cool things.

I love festivals more for the people I get to spend time with than the shopping. I certainly love to have nice wool and fiber, but the friendships I form, the fellowship of chatting with people who hold so much traditional knowledge of fiber arts, and hanging out with beautiful livestock are what it's all about. I am waiting for Maryland Sheep and Wool with bated breath.

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Luann
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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  5:06:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit Luann's Homepage Send Luann a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was so intrigued by Clara's review that I ordered a copy from Powell's (didn't hurt that I had a bunch of store credit waiting there for me). It came today. I just had time to page through it with Baby Luann, who loved looking at the photos of the animals. He was so happy to see the yak, a set-up for one of his favorite baby jokes: "Oh, yuck! A yak!" [laugh and repeat 10 to 20 times]. He just fell asleep and I am scooting down to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea and curl up with the book, which is as close as I will get to a fiber festival for at least another year.

Luann

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Shelia
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Posted - 04/20/2009 :  6:03:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shelia's Homepage Send Shelia a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do think that the photos are really nice, capturing the fun, animals, color and people of sheep & wool festivals. The folks out here in Oregon, though, are a mite touchy about this book. No one is very happy about Black Sheep being pretty much described as the "party festival". (I personally wouldn't know anything about late night cocktails in the parking-lot-turned-campground, of course)

Congratulations to Joanne on a great book!

By the way, the the book samples of my sweater and Jen's mitts will be on display in her booth, Spirit Trail Fiberworks, at MD Sheep & Wool.

Shelia
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glamknits
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Posted - 04/21/2009 :  09:41:39 AM  Show Profile Send glamknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
there's a really good little fiber festival this evening in Snohomish Washington at St. Michaels Church from 7-9pm.

I went to the last one and a couple of tables had yarn for a DOLLAR and there's lots of fluff, fleeces, angora, crafts, dyes etc etc. i like the prices. $2 for a bag of Angora fresh off the rabbit.

I think the address is 1512 Pine

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