Thursday, August 13, 2009

Reminder: Come to Fiber Revival!

Last Updated: 08.13.09


Come and enjoy a day-long exploration of the fiber arts. Shop the vendors, take a class, bring your knitting, your spinning wheel or your sock machine and enjoy a day of community with your fellow fiber enthusiasts.

Saturday, August 15, 2009
9am to 4pm Spencer Peirce Little Farm 5 Little’s Lane Newbury, Massachusetts
Rain or Shine
$5 entrance fee to the property
(children under 12 free)

Details can be found at http://www.fiberrevival.com


Saturday, July 4, 2009

SPA 2010 Update: Vendors Selected

Last Updated: 07.04.09


Dear NETA Friends,

Your 2010 Spa Planning Group is truly excited to provide you with this list of vendors whose applications have been accepted to participate in the 2010 Spa, Knit and Spin in Freeport, Maine (February 26-28, 2010).

The response to our call for vendors was significantly stronger than usual this year. There were a great many applicants with quality products and strong NETA relationships. We were forced to make some very difficult choices.

Please notice the intention to mix old friends with NEW – and to broaden the array of “textile arts” represented as well as to have representation from all corners of New England. Enjoy a little web surfing to their virtual shops and we’ll see you in Freeport!

N O T E : There are also a number of alternates on an active “wait list.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Coventry Regional Farmers' Market

Last Updated: 05.20.09


Coventry Regional Farmers' Market

at the Hale Homestead, Coventry, CT

weekly String Thing gatherings
every Sunday, June through October, from 11:00 - 2:00.

Bring a chair and your current project (be it a string thing or other thing!) for sunshine, locally grown/made foods and other items, live entertainment, weekly themed activities/demos, and the company of other folks who know the joy of making things by hand.

http://coventryfarmersmarket.com/

also posted in Nutmeg Knitters group and the Events section of Ravelry

Old Sturbridge Village Wool Days

Last Updated: 05.20.09


Old Sturbridge Village Wool Days

May 23-25

http://www.osv.org/activities_events/event_calendar_more.html?ID=560&DateID=1186

Overlaps with MA Sheep and Wool, but another wonderful, wooly, back to basics possibility for the long weekend

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sallie's Fen Alpacas and Fiber Mill

Last Updated: 05.15.09

Sallie's Fen Alpacas and Fiber Mill
97 Swain Road
Barrington, NH 03825
http://www.sfalpacas.com

Open House this Saturday (May 16) at about 11am.

We will also have our farm store open selling our alpaca yarns and roving.

Come meet our alpacas and especially the little girl cria who was born here on Mother's Day - while I was at the Sheep and Wool. She was 20.2 lbs at birth and weighed in at 23.2 lbs this am - so she is growing up fast! :-)

Hope to see you!

Nicola BlakeOpen House - 10am-3pm

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Green Mountain Yarn & Fibers

Last Updated: 05.13.09

Green Mountain Yarn & Fibers
259 Woodstock Ave. (Route 4)
Rutland, VT 05701.

Hours:
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday
noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday

(802) 775-7800

www.greenmountainfibers.com.

Nice selection of Cascade, Green Mountain Spinnery, and many others. Nice needles and accessories, patterns, too.


Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

String Thing Gatherings

Last Updated: 05.13.15


Coventry Regional Farmers' Market
at the Hale Homestead
weekly String Thing gatherings

every Sunday, June through October, from 11-2.

Bring a chair and your current project (be it a string thing or other thing!) for sunshine, locally grown/made foods and other items, live entertainment, weekly themed activities / demos, and the company of other folks who know the joy of making things by hand.

Note: 2015 is the last season for the Market. The Gathering may occur in a new location, but that information is not yet available.

http://coventryfarmersmarket.com/

Webs Annual Tent Sale

Last Updated: 05.13.09

For more details, click here!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 04.25.09


2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool
May 2, 2009

and Saturday night,

8 pm to 11 pm
Hilton
Columbia, MD

Post Sheep & Wool party, sponsored by Martha's Vineyard Fiber Farm, Webs and Tactile Travel.

Yummy munchies, door prizes, a cash bar and a lovely setting for spinning or knitting.

Tickets are $10.99, thanks to the sponsors.

As this party idea blossomed at the very last minute, fiber lovers need to get their tickets ASAP!

So buy your ticket now or Spread the word!

Here's the link: http://tactileafter party.com

2009 Merrimack Valley / Greater Boston Fiber Arts Celebration

Last Updated: 04.25.09

2009 Merrimack Valley / Greater Boston Fiber Arts Celebration

Sunday, June 14, 2009 (Order tickets by May 1 for a discount.)
11:00 - 4:00

Wyndham Boston Andover Hotel
123 Old River Road
Andover, MA

Featured Guest: Brunonia Barry, author of theNY Times best-selling novel, The Lace Reader

This is an event for fiber artists of all categories (knitters, spinners,weavers, quilters, etc), and skills levels. This promises to be a colorful and fun day that will celebrate the rich fiber arts legacy of the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston area and beyond.

If you spin, knit, tat, quilt, hook, piece, sew, crochet, weave, or all the above, join us for a day of creative fun, mixing, and mingling. Bring your needles, shuttles, bobbins, yarn, yoyos,hoops and handwork, and share the day with old friends and new acquaintances.


Lovely, spacious indoor venue ensures a comfortable setting rain or shine. Lunch is included.

Admission includes a full day of fun: fiber arts demonstrations, box lunch and beverage, door prizes, vendor booths and demos, hands-on activities, welcome center for beginning fiber artists of all ages, work tables and conversation areas for relaxed mingling and play, and author presentation and book signing.

Adults: $35
Buy your ticket online by May 1 and save $30
Students under 18 when accompanied by an adult: $20

Vendors Welcome! Don't miss this terrific chance to connect with a market niche that loves to buy specialty yarns, materials, tools, patterns,books, notions, and hand-crafted creations!

Base Price (10x10 space, table + chairs included): $50 per vendor($60 if you wish to order lunch).

Special Offer: Lunch cost is waived for vendors who donate an itemfor a door prize raffle.

Special Invitation for Guilds: Want to build your membership and display some of your group's handiwork? Vendor space for guilds (one table per guild) is specially priced at $35. Save $15 off the standard vendor booth fee!

Space is limited, so please reserve by May 15.

For tickets, venue details, and vendor information, please visit our website at: http://www.fiberart%20scelebration.%20com/ or call 978-270-3146. We would be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Cordially, Kate Broughton and Rose Ann Hunter Event Coordinators

We hope you will want to share the news with your fellow guild members!

Squam Art Workshops

Last Updated: 04.25.09


Squam Art Workshops is an annual event in Holderness, NH in June and Sept.


For you vendors who won't be at Fiber Frolic, they're adding a one-day marketplace this year.

Ravelry is sponsoring the market, so the word is OUT!

App deadline is 4/30 for the 6/6 market.

See:http://www.squamartworkshops.com/mp.php?p=blog

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Deerfield (NH) Fair

Last Updated: 04.19.09


Deerfield Fair
October 1-4, 2009
http://www.deerfieldfair.com/

Wool Tent

Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Wool Day at Canterbury Shaker Village

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Wool Day at Canterbury Shaker Village

The Canterbury Shaker Village will be hosting wool day on September 26th. http://www.shakers. org/


Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

24th Annual NH Wool Arts Tour

Last Updated: 04.19.09

24th Annual NH Wool Arts Tour

http://www.miragealpacas.com/MA.artstour.htm

The 24th Annual Wool Arts Tour
October 10-12, 2009
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Addison (VT) County Fair

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Addison (VT) County Fair

August 4-8, 2009

Twist o'Wool Guild will have spinning demos in their own tent every day. This year's Challenge is handspun shawls.

For more information, contact Shelagh at

Vermont Designs by Shelagh
Knitting Pattern Design Service; Wholesale & Retail Patterns
Member, Association of Knitwear Designers
e-mail: vdxshelagh@yahoo. com

Washington County (NY) Fiber Tour

Last Updated: 05.19.12
Washington County Fiber Tour

Contact Mary Pratt, Elihu Farm
518-753-8939 ~ mailto:elihufarm@localnet.%20com

You can kick off the spring fiber season with the 18th Annual
Washington County Farm and Fiber Tour , which will take place this year
on a dozen different farms across Washington County, NY, April 24 & 25.
The event is free and open to the public, and will run from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. each day. The Fiber Tour and most of the individual farms’ events
will take place rain or shine; so dress for the weather.

Farmers across the county will open their barns and shops so visitors of
all ages can meet their sheep and lambs, alpacas, and rabbits. You can
also learn about breeding and raising fiber animals including shearing
and fiber processing.

Some farmers will demonstrate how they select, spin, dye, felt or weave
with their animals’ fiber. Of course, visitors can purchase beautiful
fiber products at the farms including fleeces and roving for spinning or
felting, yarn for knitting, and handmade items such as felted scarves
and knitted socks. Ask if any farms have animals for sale.

See www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org
<http://www.washingtoncountyfibertour.org/> for a list of the 12
participating fiber producers. You can download a map and directions to
the farms, along with a detailed hourly listing of over 35
demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on activities planned for the two
days. Make it a weekend in bucolic Washington County, by checking out
the links on the Fiber Tour's web site.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Links to Bloggers' SPA 2009 Reports

Last Updated: 03.28.09

Click on any of the links below to read other blog reports about SPA, from other NETA members.

If you would like to add your blog URL to this entry, add a message to the Yahoo mail group with the details.


Debbie V in CT: http://www.livnletlrn.blogspot.com/

Laurin M in NH: http://www.scrapnknit.blogspot.com/

Jean B at Come Share a Cup of Tea

SPA 2009: The SHIPS Totals are In

Last Updated: 03.28.09


The 2009 SPA totals:

215 hats
4 pairs of slippers
1 pair of socks
AND

The 2009 SPA afghan drawing total is (a record): $2001.10


The 2009 Ships Project afghan was won by Beckie H. from Cambridge, MA.

Drumlin Farm's Woolapalooza

Last Updated: 03.28.09

Note: This is the information for 2009 - this entry serves as a place holder for 2010 event details.


It’s a sure sign of spring—time to shear the sheep! Come join the fun on DATE TBD at Woolapalooza. Bask in the beauty of Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm, the perfect setting to delight in all things sheep.

Festival highlights include Drumlin Farm’s new spring babies, sheep shearing and sheepherding demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, and all natural, locally grown and harvested Drumlin Farm food. Local fiber artisans will offer demonstrations and sell their handmade products.

Follow the “Sheep-to-Sweater Interpretive Trail” to learn how fleece on a sheep becomes the warm woolen sweater you wear.

Admission to the festival is $8 for adult Mass Audubon members, $10 for adult nonmembers, $6 for children members, and $8 for children nonmembers; children under 3 are free. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 781-259-2206. There will also be tickets available at the door.


Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
208 South Great Road (Route 117)
Lincoln, MA
781-259-2200
www.massaudubon.org/drumlinfarm

Monday, March 2, 2009

SPA 2009 - Saturday in the Town Hall

Last Updated: 03.02.09

Some sights from the Town Hall (?? - correct me if there is a better name) at the Hilton, Saturday night.











SPA 2009 - Saturday

Last Updated: 03.02.09

Here are some more sights and sounds from the Vendor area on Saturday.

If you can fill in any details, or want to brag on the treasures you found, add a comment to this entry.



























































Saturday, February 28, 2009

SPA 2009 - Friday

Last Updated: 02.28.09

sights from the Hilton on Saturday






Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaving Studio
Portland, ME













Purple Fleece
Stockton Springs, ME




















Springtide Farm
Bremen, ME




Shipyard Point Glassworks
Franklin, ME















Friday, February 27, 2009

SPA 2009 - By the Way...

Last Updated: 02.27.09

Because I am staying at the Hilton, most (if not all) of the pictures posted here will be from events at the Hilton, UNLESS you can help. Do not hesitate to take pictures at whatever you are doing here at SPA, and send them to me at lmardennh@yahoo.com. Include whatever text you want to post with them, and I will get it posted ASAP.

Thanks in advance for giving everyone who can't make it the next best thing.

-Laurin

2009 SPA - Greetings and Salutations

Last Updated: 02.27.09

The Greeters' Area is all set, ready to guide you through the many activities and locations and raffles and drawings that is SPA. Last time I checked, there are still a few shifts left, if anyone would like to volunteer.

The afghan for the SHIPS Project drawing is on display there, and it is truly stunning. Make sure to get your raffle tickets ASAP!











SPA 2009 - The Calm Before the Storm?

Last Updated: 02.27.09

It's coming together fast!

Here are some pictures of the vendor room setup a little while ago.

Some of the vendors are just about ready to roll, others, well, have a bit more work to do...

















































Thursday, February 26, 2009

SPA 2009 - Thursday Night


Last Updated: 02.26.09

It's finally here!

Can you feel the North American continent sorta listing to the North East a little? Maybe taking on a little water on the coast?

There's a good reason. More than 500 women and a few men are converging on the seasonally peaceful little burg of Freeport, ME for a long weekend of knitting, spinning, shopping, and other fiber-lishus pursuits. And they are lugging spinning wheels and projects and hot plates and quesadilla fixins (not kidding!) and their favorite liquor and wine and chocolate and cookies (by the way, the Hilton's cookies are freaking awesome) and needles and bobbins and tatting-thingies and no wonder the country is a bit askew....


While events do not really kick off until tomorrow, several NETA peeps make a longer weekend out of it, so there were about two dozen of us in the lobby at the Hilton (can't speak for the other locations, so I'll guess there were more already here), just hanging out, using all that stuff we lugged up here. And ordering drinkies and nummies from the lovely Leslie at the bar.
The bar munchies were great - chicken quesadillas (not cooked on a hotplate!), grilled shrimp on sugarcane skewers, tater skins, sweet potato fries - but the blueberry martoonie won the prize for yumminess and a very blueberry-y funk that everyone in the bar was able to share.


More pics tomorrow. Heading to bed - it's going to be a very busy day.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New England Weaver's Seminar


Last Updated: 02.21.09


NEWS
(New England Weaver's Seminar)

July 9th-12th, 2009
Smith College, Northampton, MA

It's a weaving conference, but the vendors and exhibits will be of interest to all fiber artists. There's no admission charge to just visit for the day.
Classes run throughout, and one can sign up for 0, 1, 2 or 3 days of classes.
Registration opens 3/15/09.
There are guest speakers in the evenings, and a fashion show Friday night.

http://www.newenglandweaversseminar.com/

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New York Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival

First Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck)

17th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour : May 9th and 10th, 2009

Rhode Island Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 02.07.09

Worldwide Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.25.09

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool (May 2 and 3, 2009)

The SHIPS Project


World Wide Knit in Public Day

New Hampshire Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.25.09


33rd Annual New Hampshire Sheep and Wool (May 9th and 10th, 2009)

24th Annual NH Wool Arts Tour (October 10-12, 2009)

Wool Day at Canterbury Shaker Village (September 26, 2009)

133rd Deerfield Fair (October 1-4, 2009)

Squam Workshops

Vermont Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Vermont Sheep and Wool

Addison (VT) County Fair

Connecticut Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 05.13.15

Connecticut Sheep and Woo1 (April 30, 2016)

Coventry Regional Farmers' Market 2015 is the final year for this market

String Thing Gatherings (held at the Coventry Market; new location has not been announced)

Massachusetts Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.30.12
Drumlin Farm's Woolapalooza

Fiber Revival

Franklin County Fiber Twist

Massachusetts Sheep and Wool
Sheepshearing Day at Gore Place

New England Weaver's Seminar

Merrimack Valley Fiber Arts Celebration

Old Sturbridge Village Wool Days

A Gathering of Spinners

Maine Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 05.19.12


The Common Ground Fair

Denmark (Maine) Sheepfest

Fiber College on Penobscot Bay

Maine Fiber Frolic  updated for 2012

Fryeburg Fair

Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Weekend

The Tare Shirt Bee updated for 2012

Saco Valley Fiber Artists Summer Workshop







World Wide Knit in Public Day

Last Updated: 02.07.09


World Wide Knit In Public Day
June 13,2009

http://wwkipday. com/

Planning a WWKIP event? Tell us and we'll post it here!

The Common Ground Fair

Last Updated: 11.20.08


Placeholder, pending more information

The Common Ground Fair
Unity, Maine
September 25, 26 & 27, 2009

http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx

The Tare Shirt Bee

Last Updated: 05.19.12


The 22nd Annual Tare Shirt Bee
Where: Peter and Nancy Cook's Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick, Maine
When: 3rd Saturday in June (June 16th, 2012)
Co-Sponsored by: Southern Maine Guild of Spinners and Weavers

The 22nd Annual Tare Shirt Bee will be at Peter and Nancy Cook's Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick, Maine on the usual 3rd Saturday in June - this year that is the 16th. The Bee is cosponsored by the Cooks and the Southern Maine Guild of Spinners and Weavers.

Arrive at 11am w/your lunch, a chair, your wheel and a dessert to share. The 15 minute hand spindle contest for length is at high noon. The 45 minute wheel contest for length is at 1pm and you may spin fiber in the grease, or hand-prepared, or machine processed roving, but not pencil roving.

The niddynoddy contest " "How swift are you?" takes place during wheel judging.

Tour the farm and the textile equipment barn, count bluebirds, sit by the pond, admire the Lincoln Longwool Sheep, the Devon Cattle, The Dartmoor Ponies, the Crazy chickens and a bunny named Nutmeg (Nutty for short).

It is a FUN day! For directions and information write nidynody@aol.com or call 207-698-1664. Submitted by Jackie Fee

Snowshoe Farm, LLC

Last Updated: 02.21.09











Snowshoe Farm, LLC
Quality Huacaya Alpacas
P.O. Box 280
520 The Great Road
Peacham, VT 05862
Ron & Terry Miller
802-592-3153
http://www.snowshoefarm.com/

Snowshoe Farm alpacas, located in Northern Vermont, is a full-service alpaca farm offering alpacas for sale, stud services, boarding, shearing and a farm store. Our store carries a selection of yarns spun from the fiber from our herd. We offer luxurous 100% alpaca yarns, alpaca blends and sock yarn. We carry patterns, kits and needles & hooks. Handspinners love our alpaca fiber and we offer it raw or as roving. On occasion, we have batts of alpaca fiber for felters.




Visitors are welcome!















Sunday, January 25, 2009

PAMELAMAS LLC

Last Updated: 01.25.09


PAMELAMAS LLC
233 Limerick Road, Arundel
PO Box 1139
Kennebunkport, ME 04046-1139

(207) 985-7215

email: pam@pamelamas.com
web: http://www.pamelamas.com/

Owner: Pamela Drew

Open by chance and by appointment. Breeding stock and fiber production alpacas

100% alpaca yarns; some alpaca/wool blends available
natural colors and dyed yarns
handknits; rugs handwoven in Texas from our own alpaca fiber

22nd Annual Sheepshearing Day at Gore Place

Last Updated: 01.25.09

22nd Annual Sheepshearing Day at Gore Place
April 25, 2009
52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA

The annual Sheepshearing Festival has long been a New England tradition. There will be all sorts of activities and demonstrations to enjoy, lively music, dancers, performers, historic recreators, farm animals, wagon rides, magic shows and a large crafts fair. There will be plenty of food vendors onsite as well.

And, best of all, admission is free for children 12 & under. Parking is also free.
Mark your calendar! SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2009 is Sheepshearing Day at Gore Place!

Here's a page with some pictures from past events taken by photographer Bruce Allen: www.goreplace/sheepshearing-press-photos.htm .

First Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

Last Updated: 01.25.09

First Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival
September 26th and 27th, 2009
Washington County Fairgrounds
Greenwich, New York

Festival organizers are still looking for 60 fiber vendors of all kinds at the Festival, along with exhibits of fiber critters. In addition, the Festival will feature workshops and demonstrations.

It's only a 20 minute drive from Interstate 90, near Saratoga Springs.

For more information, including an application to be a vendor, check out the Fair's web site: http://www.washingtoncountyfair.com/FiberFestivalWebAd.htm

Fryeburg Fair

Last Updated: 02.07.09


Fryeburg Fair
October 4th through the 11th
Fryeburg, ME

http://www.fryeburgfair.com/ (click on Exhibition Halls and then on Fiber Center)

Franklin County Fiber Twist

Last Updated: 02.07.09

Franklin County Fiber Twist
September 26, 2009

http://www.fibertwist.com/

Stitches East

Last Updated: 05.13.15


Stitches East has been cancelled for 2015.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival

Last Updated: 01.23.09


Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival
September 19th and 20th, 2009
Hemlock, NY

http://www.gvhg.org/fest.html

Friday, January 23, 2009

New York Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 01.23.09


New York Sheep and Wool
October 17th and 18th
Rhinebeck, NY

Fiber College

Last Updated: 01.28.09


Fiber College on Penobscot Bay
September 10-13, 2009
Searsport, Maine

www.FiberCollege.org

Vermont Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 09.05.14

26th Annual Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival

October 4-5, 2014
Tunbridge Fairgrounds
Tunbridge, VT
www.vtsheepandwoolfest.org

26th Annual celebration of Vermont farms and fiber!

Featuring fiber animal display of sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and rabbits along with over 70 vendors of natural yarns and fibers, handcrafted wool products, fiber crafting equipment and supplies and sheep and fencing supplies. Workshops, demonstration and contests as well as local food and music.



Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Weekend

Last Updated: 04.30.12
Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Weekend
June 22 - 24, 2012 in Brownfield, Maine

http://www.pleasantmtfiber.com/

The Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Workshops is a three day immersion in fiber arts. Classes are half or full day, and include:

  • Beginning Spinning
  • Drop Spindle
  • Spinning Thicker and Thinner Yarns
  • Lattice felting and Felted Trivets
  • Dyeing
  • Shetland Shawls
  • Twined Knitting
  • Latvian Mittens
  • Wool Basket
  • Mail Basket
  • Silk Fusion Lampshades
  • Nuno Felted Scarves
  • Cobweb Scarves
  • Bookbinding
  • Tapestry Weaving
  • Wool on Wool Christmas fixings
  • Standing Wool Rug
  • Penny Rugs
  • Punch Needle
  • Crochet Beyond the Simple
  • Card Weaving

and more.

In past years we have had students come from all the New England states and from further away. Instructors also come from many different places and are well versed in their art.

This is a three day event but people can come for just one class if they wish. Costs are kept at a minimum to keep fees as low as possible so that the classes are something more can afford to attend. It is not fancy but is very sincere. The focus is on learning rather than frills.

The web site has all the information needed: workshop descriptions, registration form, instructor biographies, links to places of interest in the area and local places to stay and eat. Lunches to order will be available this year.



Massachusetts Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 05.19.12

Massachusetts Sheep and Wool
May 26-27, 2012

Fair Admission:
Parking - $10 per car, $15 for a two day pass
No ATM available, please plan accordingly.

The Pioneer Valley Sheep Breeders Association, the Massachusetts Federation of Sheep Associations and theMassachusetts Dept. of Agricultural Resources will sponsor its Annual Sheep and Woolcraft Fair at the Cummington Fairgrounds in Cummington, Mass.

http://www.masheepwool.org/

33rd Annual New Hampshire Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 04.30.12
36th  Annual New Hampshire Sheep and Wool
NEW LOCATION
Deerfield Fairgrounds
Deerfield, NH

http://www.nhswga.com/sheep-and-wool-festival 
This festival typically falls on the weekend of Mother's Day.
In 2012, the festival  is on May 12 and 13, in its new location.

101st Annual Connecticut Sheep and Wool

Last Updated: 03.22.10


Connecticut Sheep and Wool
April 24, 2010
Tolland, CT

http://www.ctsheep.com/100th_annual_sheep_and_wool_festival

The Connecticut Sheep, Wool and Fiber Festival will be celebrating its 101st anniversary in 2010.

The festival, started in 1909 by the CT Sheep Breeders Association, as a program “to promote the keeping of sheep in Connecticut”, has evolved and expanded into a premier sheep and fiber festival by providing exhibits, demonstrations and vendors from the sheep, wool and fiber arena. This event is a delightful agricultural and learning experience for the general public as well as shepherds and fiber enthusiasts.

Exhibits and activities include: sheep exhibits, shearing demonstrations; vendors, fleece sale, educational lectures; ox cart rides, wool skirting, a sheep dog trial, fleece to shawl contests, kids corner, knitting instruction, ask the veterinarian, food, vendors, ox cart rides, festival logo shirts, music, vendors and fun.

Denmark (Maine) Sheepfest

Last Updated: 04.30.12
Denmark (Maine) Sheepfest

Saturday April 21st, 2012

For those interested in an early fiber fix - the 16th Annual Denmark Sheepfest is coming right up - mark your calendars for April 17th! This is the third Saturday of April. You can read all about Sheepfest at the web site http://www.denmarksheepfest.com/.

It really is a lot of fun for people of all ages. besides the shearing of the sheep there are rabbits and alpacas, too. The hall is full of fiber folk with a range of items from raw wool, roving and yarns to knitted and felted finished items. There will be homemade music and homemade food - a great lunch.


Sheepfest has just about everything you could want and is a great place to meet old friends and make new ones.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Fiber Revival

Last Updated: 01.22.09 - under construction

Fiber Revival (http://www.fiberrevival.com/) is August 15, 2009, 9am to 5pm.

Spencer Peirce Little Farm
5 Little's Lane
Newbury, Massachusetts
Rain or Shine

$5 entrance fee to the property
(children under 12 free)

Sponsored by Newburyport Spinners Guild and Historic New England
Please use the "Contact Us" link (at the bottom of the website page) to express your desires... vendors, classes, exhibits, or other new and interesting ideas.

Maine Fiber Frolic

Last Updated: 05.19.12

Maine Fiber Frolic
June 2-3, 2012 9:00-4:00
Windsor Fairgrounds
Rt. 32 - Windsor, Maine

$5/adult, $2/senior adult, and children under 12 are free.

Sponsored by the Maine Alpaca Association. For more information: http://www.fiberfrolic.com/

Celebrating Fiber, Fiber Animals and Fiber Arts every June at The Windsor Fairgrounds. Over 80 accomplished artists, small family farms and fiber related businesses selling their handmade creations and products. Maine's largest fiber event showcasing natural fiber, spinning fibers, yarn, accessories, fiber processors, fiber animals. Spinning, weaving, rug, hooking, knitting, crocheting, felting, including equipment, books and supplies. Fiber farms offering goods for sale from sheep, fiber goats, alpacas, llamas and rabbits.

Education and entertainment include Sheep Dog Trials, Llama Drill Team Show, Fiber Workshops, Making It with Fiber Contest, Sheep to Shawl Contest, Free Demonstrations & Talks.

Remember to think globally, shop locally and support your local independent farmer.

Whether or not you plan to attend the Fiber Frolic as a visitor or a vendor, you are encouraged to advertise in the Fiber Frolic Event Book. This is given to visitors as they enter the gates to the Windsor Fairgrounds to help them find their way around this very special fiber event. Now that the Frolic is part of the Maine State Fair system, we have better outreach and are looking to attract a wider audience. Make sure your business, service and products are seen by our visitors!


Go to http://www.fiberfrolic.com/2012_ad_form.pdf  for the ad form, and to http://www.fiberfrolic.com/2012_ad_instructions.pdf  for the specifications (sizes, how to send in your ad, etc). Any questions? email me, Pam Harwood, at pdh@longwoodsalpacas.com





Hope to see you at the Frolic!

The SHIPS Project

Last Updated: 01.22.09 (still under construction)

The SHIPS project has been the adopted public service project of NETA for several years. Every year, NETA members knit, crochet, weave or otherwise craft warm hats, socks, and other items for our soldiers overseas. We also knit squares for and assemble an afghan to raffle at SPA in Freeport, ME.

Here is the 2009Afghan: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NewEnglandTextileArts

For 2009, 30 of us each knit one square, from wool donated by Beth C. of Unique One in Camden, Maine. And a few weeks ago, several members got together to assemble it and add a beautiful edging.

Everyone can buy chances, whether you are a NETA member or not, whether you are at SPA or not. Contact a NETA member or watch this blog for more details. 100% of the proceeds (EVERY PENNY) goes to the Ships Project to pay for postage to send comfort and concern to deployed military in many parts of the world. This is a signature project for New England Textile Arts network.

The winner will be announced on Feb. 28 in Freeport.

events sandbox

Last Updated: 01.23.09

to be deleted later... pardon the mess.

Sheepfest 4/18 Denmark, ME
Gore Place 4/25 Waltham, MA Sheep Shearing

S&W CT 4/25 Tolland, CT

S&W MD 5/2-3

Spinning Bee 6/20



Fiber College 9/10-13 Searsport,

Common Ground 9/25-27 Unity, ME

So. Adirondack Fiber Festival 9/26-27 Greenwich, NY

Fiber Twist 9/26 Greenfield, MA


Fryeburg Fair 10/4-11 Fryeburg, ME

NH Wool Tour 10/10-12 Contoocook, NH



Knitters Review 11/20-22 Retreat ?

http://www.masheepwool.org/Franklin County Fiber Twist link - Northwestern MA - held each October.http://www.fibertwist.com/Martha's Vineyard Fiber Fest (held in May - 2009 date not yet confirmed)



World Wide Knit In Public Day - June 13,2009 http://wwkipday.com/Sea Socks 09 - Atlantic Seaboard Cruise http://www.mycruiseplanner.us/rw/group/Sea+Socks+%26%2339...Sea Socks 09 - Alaska http://www.mycruiseplanner.us/rw/group/Sea+Socks+2009+-+A...


Stitches East - Hartford, CT October 22-25, 2009 http://www.knittinguniverse.com/flash/events.phpKnitters Review Retreat, Williamstown, MA - November 20-22, 2009 http://www.knittersreview.com/article_event.asp?article=/review/ profile/081204_ a.

each fair on a separate entry, summary entries by state, states listed down the right side (like with the LYSs)

Coming Soon - NETA is Going to the Fair!


Last Updated: 01.22.09


Now that vendor entries are up and running, and you are adding your comments and planning your next yarn crawls from all the great information here, it's time for the next phase.


Check back here often over the next few days to see new entries about all the fiber-related fairs that make New England a truly awesome place for knitters, spinners, weavers, dyers, herders of fuzzy wunnerfulness (yes, another new word, Helen...), and everyone who reaps the benefits of knowing these people.


As entries for fairs you have been to are added, why not add a comment on them about your experiences? Tell us about the drive, parking, food and facilities, best vendors or events, must-dos and maybe-not-worth-as-much-time-to-dos. Remember, constructive and tactful comments will be added to the blog - not that we have had any other kind so far.