Tuesday, December 29, 2015

SPA2016 Spoiler Alert!

If you don't want to know which of the incredibly talented artists in our New England community will be bringing their products and services to SPA 2016, DO NOT READ THIS POST!  

Feel free to check out their websites, contact them, even pre-order items if they offer that service - let's show them all some love before during and after SPA 2016! The vendors make it possible to hold this event every year, without dues or attendance fees. Thanks to all of you!

If you want to be a vendor for SPA 2017, we will start the application process in the spring. Make sure you are a member of the NETA Yahoo email group to receive the latest news and information.

Vendors for SPA 2016 (with website addresses where available)

Starry Night Farm: Starrynightfarm@tds.net

Last Updated: 12.29.15   Send corrections and questions to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Reserve those rooms for SPA2016!

SPA2016 February 26 - 28, 2016

If you plan to stay at the Hilton:

Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown 
5 Park Street 
Freeport, ME 04032 


or on the web - click here 

If you plan to stay at the Hampton:

Hampton Inn
194 Lower Main Street
Freeport, ME 04032


or on the web - click here 

If you plan to stay at the Harraseeket:

Harraseeket Inn
162 Main Street 
Freeport, ME 04032 


When you reserve your room over the phone, make sure to mention NETA - SPA. No doubt the person you speak to will already know why you are calling, but just to be sure, mention it!

Last Updated: 03.28.15

It's Official - SPA2016 is happening!

SPA 2016 - Yup, we are doing it AGAIN!

When: February 26 - 28, 2016

Where: Freeport, ME. Primary locations are the Hilton, Hampton, and Harraseeket Inns, but several local B&Bs also host our members.

Who: NETA members and friends and passers-by. No admission fees, no registration, just show up!

Why: Because who doesn't need to get away for some (mostly) girl talk and chocolate and pizza and hot-tubbing and time to work up the fibery stuffs with others who are just as obsessed as we are?

What: This is a **RETREAT**. Stay at one of the hotels, or come up for the day. **YOU** make the weekend what you want it to be. We provide the foundation, with great room rates, special hotel menus and lots of common space to hang out and work on projects. **YOU** decide to learn something, or stay in bed till 3:00 in the afternoon, or check out the sights and shopping and great restaurants in Freeport. The only schedule is for the Marketplace hours, and for the Fashion Show. (More on those events later.) We focus on one thing - **K.I.S.S.** - to guide planning for this event, so we can retain the retreat-y-ness of it.

What Not: This is NOT Stitches Northeast. Don't expect agendas, schedules, sign-ups, classes, registrations. Some of that stuff may happen if folks offer to teach what they know, but the best thing you can do at SPA is plunk yourself next to someone doing something cool and talk to them about it. This is a small event that always wants to get bigger, and sometimes bursts at the seams. If you need more, there are plenty of real conferences and bigger conventions and more formal events for you. But if you like the idea of just reuniting with really cool people, having a cocktail, talking some trash, and getting some knitting / spinning / weaving / crocheting / hooking / felting / ???? done, this is where you need to be.

What do you do?: Decide if you will stay overnight, or not. Reserve a room, or not. Tell your friends, or not. Then wait. Wait almost a year. That's the hard part. Then show up to take your room. Unpack, or not. You probably passed by other SPA guests in the lobby of your hotel, so go back out there and have a sit. And let the weekend just happen.

As we get closer to next February, there will be plenty of advice about what to pack, what to leave home, what to leave in the car (snow shovel and boots). You'll get information about the vendor Marketplace, and about each vendor who will be offering their products to you.

Last Updated: 03.28.15  

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

SPA Spotlight: Shipyard Point Glassworks

SPA Spotlight: Shipyard Point Glassworks

Bev says:

"My name is Bev Lamoureux and I’m from Franklin, Maine, just “downeast” of Ellsworth. My business is named Shipyard Point Glassworks because Shipyard Point Road is where my family has built a home. I’ve been making lampwork glass since 2002 when my two children were eight and five years old.  The art is called lampwork glass because glass was originally melted with the flame of an oil lamp.

"I started out making glass beads, as every beginner lampworker does, but soon learned that I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing, so I carved myself a niche by making tools and items appreciated by folks that work with fiber.  The large flat “Image” buttons were created completely by accident after I acquired a beautiful handmade wool jacket adorned with huge plastic buttons on the front. I couldn't bear these horrific buttons so I was driven to come up something more aesthetically pleasing.

"After many failed attempts, I designed this flat button that, by now, I have made thousands of, each one individually made and unique. And each button has a tiny signature glass millefiori slice to identify it as mine.

"All the tools have come about by seeing a need or problem and trying to come up with a solution.

"Customers are always full of great ideas and some ideas I have been able to create. If you have an idea, please send it my way. There is still time to come up with something new before SPA 2015.

"Let me know via email spglassworks@gmail.com or on my FB page, Shipyard Point Glassworks.

"Can’t wait to be back at SPA!"

Last Updated: 02.17.15

SPA Spotlight: Mountain Fiber Folk

SPA Spotlight: Mountain Fiber Folk

Members of the Mountain Fiber Folk Cooperative host a unique shop & studio located in picturesque Montgomery Center, Vermont, but we love to take our act on the road! We are 11 artisans with 6 fiber farms.

Our collection of spinning and knitting fibers, handspun (and millspun) yarns are obtained from local Llamas, Alpacas, Colored Angora goats, Romney and Cormo sheep, Angora bunnies, and Samoyed dogs! Not only can spinners, weavers, knitters, and fiber artists find a vast supply of materials among the hand-dyed locks, handspun yarns, and specially blended roving, but we also create and market a beautiful collection of locally made gifts such as woven items, knitted and crocheted pieces, needle and wet-felted wool, eco-printed silk scarves, unique fiber cards,  marvelous fiber dolls,, goat’s milk soap, and needle-felted critters!

Truly special gifts!

Last Updated: 02.07.09 Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

SPA Spotlight: Good Karma Farm

SPA Spotlight: Good Karma Farm

Good Karma Farm began in 2003 in Kingfield Maine with 3 pregnant alpacas and a llama.  Since then we've moved to Belfast (on the coast),  added a spinning mill, a flock of registered Icelandic sheep, and an ever watchful pet duck named Stella.

All of our yarn is spun by us on our farm using our own fiber or fiber from other Maine and
New England farms.  Currently we make a 60/40% wool/alpaca blend in a 2 ply worsted weight and a 3 ply sport weight.  We also make a 100% wool sock weight yarn which we handpaint.

On special occasions (SPA!) we convert the carder over for making big (8-10oz) luscious batts in fantastical colors.  The batts are each one of a kind and are made with some combination of wool, alpaca and usually some silk and recycled sari silk thrown in.  A ton of fun to spin.

We also make Carrabassett Soap,  an olive oil based, all natural moisturizing bar soap.

Last Updated: 02.17.15

SPA Spotlight: Dirty Water DyeWorks

SPA Spotlight: Dirty Water DyeWorks

Dirty Water DyeWorks offers hand dyed yarn and fiber.  We specialize in nearly solid and subtly variegated colorways and carry a variety of blends and weights.  Crystal, the newest addition to our lineup, is a fingering weight blend of Superwash Merino, Yak and Silk.  It’s a real treat.

Our gradient sets are new and fun, and we’ll debut them at SPA.  We also offer knitting kits and will have a variety available for the weekend.  If you’re looking for project bags, we’ll have a selection on hand from Third Floor Studio.

We’re looking forward to another fun SPA weekend.  We’ll be giving away two $75 gift certificates.  Stop by the booth and enter for a chance to win.

Dirty Water DyeWorks is a vendor at many events throughout New England and New York.

Follow our adventures!

on our website (www.DirtyWaterDyeWorks.com)
blog (www.DirtyWaterDyeWorks.blogspot.com)
Twitter (twitter.com/DWDyeWorks)
Instagram (instagram.com/dwdyeworks)
Ravelry (www.ravelry.com/groups/dirty-waterdyeworks)
Facebook (www.facebook.com/pages/Dirty-Water-DyeWorks/197089120323429)

Last Updated: 02.17.15  

SPA Spotlight: Snowfield Alpacas

SPA Spotlight: Snowfield Alpacas

105 Oak Hill Rd
Enfield NH 03748
phone/fax 603-632-7274

Snowfield Alpacas is a small alpaca farm located in the hills of west central New Hampshire.  We have a colorful herd of huacaya alpacas grazing our fields overlooking Mt. Cardigan.  We have been breeding alpacas for over 10 years with one goal in mind, to offer our own soft fine fiber in a rainbow of natural colors.  We have recently added complementing hand dyed colors to round out the palette.  Our luxurious 100% alpaca yarns are available in sport and worsted weights.  Additionally, offering small 2 ounce hanks inspires the hand knitter to choose a colorful and economical selection from which to create their masterpiece.

For the hand spinner, there are 4 and 8 ounce bags of roving in splendid natural colors and blends.
Because we believe that no fiber should be wasted, we often have sheets of warm soft felt made with the shorter fibers.

Let us introduce you to the wonderful world of alpaca fiber in all its warmth and splendor.

Sandi Chouinard
Snowfield Alpacas LLC

Last Updated: 02.17.15

SPA Spotlight: The Merlin Tree

SPA Spotlight: The Merlin Tree

Dave from The Merlin Tree says:

"The Merlin Tree began as Kathy’s small yarn and fiber shop over the garage.  Its name was derived from Kathy’s view of an old maple tree in the middle a small area of wetland just beyond our cedar grove.  A very old tree and now dead and fallen which was just the type of tree from which you could expect Merlin to emerge on his woodland travels.

"A few years later (2000), having taken to repairing old spinning wheels in my canoe shop, I needed a business name for my first Sheep & Wool Show.  The state register of names suggested using the same name as assigned to Kathy, Vermont allowing two businesses to have the same name if owners were husband and wife.  Hence, no elaborate marketing research was needed to come up with a business name.

"By 2003 I had adopted the Canadian Production Wheel as the favorite to repair and recover and before I could stop myself had begun to pursue the idea of making reproductions of these classic workhorses.  The prototype reproduction was a composite of the look and specifications of the 12+ CPWs in my shop that winter.  The wood components were a doable task and when I discovered the National Historic Landmark Foundry in Birmingham, Alabama there was no turning back.  Schloss Furnace was able, as part of their teaching program, to produce 55 exact reproductions of the trademark iron treadles and tensioner cradles. By 2006 The Merlin Tree had produced 51 of these wheels, including 14 double treadle models and 1 mirror image model.  Several of the wheels featured hand painted designs by a number of artists.  One notable model featured Purpleheart spokes, m-o-a, treadle bar and table trim.  Kathy retains ownership of #0, a double treadle fashioned entirely of Black Walnut. The wheels used an Ashford style flyer so that bobbins would be easy to come by for new owners.

"Before the run of CPWs had been completed the HitchHiker was born.  The wheel was the result of a request by Kathy’s spinning group for a small travel wheel.  The request was treated lightly at first but more seriously acknowledged as pressure increased.  The features needed were put forth by group members and various design elements were critiqued over a series of spinning  get togethers. There was no plan to market the wheel but inquires started coming in as blog pics and other photos leaked out. Ten wheels were sold before the HitchHiker made its first show introduction in April of 2005.  Maryland followed and the members of Kathy’s group who wanted a wheel waited until August for theirs.  Over 100 wheels sold that first year.

"Within one year the wheel advanced from a single speed to one with three ratios. By 2007 the bobbin size was increased and in February of 2009 the double treadle version was introduced. At the same time, a shorter version – the RoadBug was offered. In 2013 a larger flyer which could accommodate Ashford’s 90mm bobbin was made standard as was cherry for all trim pieces. To date over 2300 wheels have left our shop with units on six continents.

"The Merlin Tree travels to a least 10 sheep and fiber shows in northeastern United States in the spring and fall of each year.  At these shows we offer our wheels – the HitchHiker and RoadBug to new and experienced spinners alike.  If you don’t know how to spin, Kathy will teach you.   As an Ashford dealer we offer our folding version of their Kiwi 2.  In addition to accessories for our wheels we also try whenever possible to have a restored CPW available. At smaller shows where things are not quite so hectic we try to make time to evaluate wheels in need of repair and do quick fixes and tune-ups."

Last Updated: 02.20.15

SPA Spotlight: Full Moon Farm

SPA Spotlight: Full Moon Farm


Laura from FMF says:

"Having grown up on a beef and sheep farm in central Maine with an incredibly talented fiber artist mother it was inevitable that eventually I would answer the call of the fiber and have my own flock.  That's my excuse and I am sticking with it.

"The Full Moon Farm flock is a motley mix of Merino, Corriedale & Border Leicester in white and natural browns and greys.  I have been selectively breeding for fiber and I am quite proud of the fine wool I have to offer my fellow fiber enthusiasts.

"FMF has hand dyed yarns in bright bold colors and beautiful variegations in a wide array of weights including lace, Aran, worsted and bulky.  We also have combed top, roving and blended batts for spinners and lots of colored bats for the felter.

"This will be my first year as a vendor at Spa and I am so excited to have the opportunity to meet all the fun and talented people who will be attending in 2015."

Last Updated: 02.17.15

Monday, January 26, 2015

SPA Spotlight: Friends' Folly Farm

We have raised Angora Goats for 26 years. It all started with two Angora wethers we purchased from Mary Isham at the Common Ground Fair to stock the barn on our new property with critters that were pets but also “paid back”. Little did we know that those two little goats would change the direction of our lives!

First we learned to clip them, wash their fiber, card and spin it all by hand. Then we were tired of white so we learned how to dye from Diane Trussell. One thing led to another – we added sheep to the herd, learned how to felt, bought a cottage industry carder, bought some natural colored Angoras as the breed was being developed in the 90’s. Marcia started weaving again (she learned how in college).

The next thing we knew we were doing fiber shows and selling our products – from raw fleeces to finished goods. Our focus has always been about the "Magic of Mohair": Mohair means "choice" in Arabic and has been used in the English language since the 1500's to specifically denote the fiber from Angora goats. The Magic is the length, strength, and sheen of mohair. The average staple length is 5 inches - which is clipped every 6 months - easy to spin with a long draw. A single strand of mohair is as strong as steel of the same size - that means it's great in a blend for socks (forget the need for nylon!) The sheen of mohair when dyed creates wonderful colors.

Friendz Blendz (50% mohair/50% wool) roving and yarns are our signature products. It’s a great blend for strength, sheen, and vibrant colors. We dabble in other bends for yarn and roving and make our own dyed batts and curls for spinners and felters.

You can find us on-line at www.friendsfollyfarm.com, in Monmouth,Maine at our Yarn in a Yurt shop, or at Fiber Frolic in June of each year.

Last Updated: 01.26.15

SPA Spotlight: Leslie Wind

I have been a crocheter, jeweler and dabbled in knitting since the late 1960's. But all of  that came together when I started making closures for fiber artists about six years ago. Since then I have concentrated on items that are beautiful, well made, fill a fiber arts need, and may even double as a wearable piece of jewelry.  

I enjoy making things right at the table for people to see the process. These, mostly bronze, made in the moment items may be show pins. I also make coco/tea twirlers, hair pins or book marks. Working with bronze is such a free process as cost is not such a factor. So instead of thinking of Woodstock I feel like I am at "woolstock".

Leslie Wind

Items Shown Below:
  • Flame-eyed yarn Sewing Needle in entwined bronze /sterling or copper/sterling
  • Sheep Cable Needle Necklace in bronze and sterling
  • Spiral Tab Pin in Sterling

Last Updated: 01.26.15

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

SPA Spotlight: Jan Raczkowski

Jan’s Handcrafted Yarns

Jan has been knitting, weaving and spinning for over 30 years, and is now devoting his full-time attention to handcrafted yarns that he hand-spins & hand-dyes; he also hand-dyes mill-spun yarns. In addition he also creates hand-knitted and hand-woven one of a kind shawls, scarves, sweaters and coats using artisan fibers and his handcrafted yarns. 

At this time Jan works in his home-based studio in Bloomfield, CT.

Festival & Show Schedule

February 27th & 28th and March 1st, 2015
NETA Knit & Spin Spa, Freeport ME

April 25th, 2015
Connecticut Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, Vernon CT

May 9th & 10th, 2015
New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival, Deerfield NH

May 16th, 2015
Rhode Island Wool & Fiber Festival, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol RI

May 23rd & 24th, 2015
Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair, Cummington MA

June 6th & 7th, 2015
Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor ME

September 19th &20th, 2015
Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, Hemlock NY

September 26th & 27th, 2015
Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival, Greenwich NY

October 3rd & 4th, 2015
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival, Tunbridge VT

October 17th & 18th, 2015
New York State Sheep & Wool Festival, Rhinebeck NY

November 7th & 8th, 2015
Fiber Festival of New England, West Springfield MA

Last Updated: 01.13.15

Sunday, January 11, 2015

SPA Spotlight : Port Fiber

In the next few weeks, as we look forward to SPA, we'll post more spotlights about each of the fantastic vendors who will spoil you rotten in Freeport!

SPA Spotlight: Port Fiber

PortFiber is a fiberarts shop in the East Bayside neighborhood of Portland, Maine.  The shop features hand-dyed top in a variety of fiber bases including yak/silk, domestic Rambouillet processed at the Maine Top Mill in Waldoboro, Maine, along with baby camel/silk, organic Polwarth/silk, and many other blends.  Shop owner, Casey Ryder really enjoys naming the colorways based on of her life experiences [ex:"Hula Hoop Picnic"] or pop culture references [ex: "Fraggle Rock"].  PortFiber also stocks a variety of commercially dyed wools, silk, and hemp fibers for felting and spinning.

Casey makes an effort to carry local and domestic wools and products like Howard Brush blending boards and hand cards made right here in Maine.  She's looking to expand upon her stock of weaving yarns, which now include Jaggerspun wool and wool/silk yarns, Habu Textiles stainless steel/wool, silk, and linen yarns, and Venne Colcoton Organic Cotton yarn.

In addition to carrying lovely, fibery-good products, PortFiber aims to build community around weaving, spinning, felting, and dyeing.  Local instructors, as well as those from outside of Maine teach classes throughout the year.  PortFiber also hosts a weekly spin-in every Thursday afternoon from noon-5pm.

Casey is looking forward to SPA 2015.  She's excited to see fiber friends she only sees a few times a year and to hear and see what they've been up to!  You can see what Casey's been dyeing at www.portfiber.etsy.com and check in on upcoming classes at www.portfiber.com.

Last Updated: 01.11.15  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

SPA 2015 Marketplace Vendors

Here are the vendors who will offer fluff, tools, fiber, fun, and just plain way cool stuff at the SPA 2015 Marketplace. If you want to be a vendor for SPA 2016, we will start the application process in the spring. Make sure you are a member of the NETA Yahoo email group to receive the latest news and information.

Ball and Skein
Dirty Water Dyeworks
Dreamweavers Alpacas
Enchanted Knoll Farm
Friends’ Folly Farm Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Friends' Folly Farm.
Full Moon Farm
Good Karma Farm
Highland Handmades Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Highland Handmades.
Leslie Wind Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Leslie Wind.
Mad Color Fiber Arts
The Merlin Tree
Mountain Fiber Folk
Port Fiber Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Port Fiber.
Jan Raczkowski Studio Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Jan Raczkowski.
Janet Conner Hooked Rugs
Seven Sisters
Shipyard Point Glassworks
Snowfield Alpaca
Springtide Cashmere
Spunky Eclectic
Stephen Willette Click here for our Vendor Spotlight on Stephen Willette.
White Berry Farm and Rabbitry
The Woolen Rabbit

Last Updated: 01.26.15