Wooly, wooly

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What exactly is a fiber festival?

For all you newbies, a “fiber festival” is a multi-day event for yarn and fiber lovers connecting them to vendors, producers and local community members. Festival goers are provided with the means to develop a weekend full of exploration and fun including such activities as classes/workshops, demonstrations, fashion shows, contests and more.

Why should I attend a fiber festival?

Fiber festivals provide an opportunity for quite a few engaging activities. Attendees:

  • Explore new fibers, patterns, techniques and stay abreast of current trends in the fiber arts industry.
  • Learn where fiber comes from and how it’s processed.
  • Support independent artists who love sharing their wares with them.
  • Network with fellow attendees and might just possibly make long lasting friends.

When do fiber festivals generally take place?

Most fiber festivals take place during spring and fall months when temperatures are mostly moderate and allow for showing off ones recently finished fiber object(s). Don’t worry donning a handmade item isn’t required.

How do I find a fiber festival in my area?

Each festival has something unique to offer so search for a fiber event taking place near you. Below is a list of fiber festivals and events on my “hope to attend” list for 2013. For a comprehensive list of 2013 Fiber Events including crawls, retreats and more, visit Knitter’s Review.

Carolina FiberFest
April 5-7th
Lions Club Fairgrounds
505 North 7th Street, Sanford, NC 27330
Admission is FREE.

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
May 4-5th
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
Admission is FREE.

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival aka Rhinebeck
October 19-20th
The Dutchess City Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue, Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Admission is $12/day at the gate. Pre-purchased tickets are available at a discount online.

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
October 25-27th
WNC Agricultural Center
Fletcher, NC
Admission is $3/person.

Keep track of upcoming events by following their Facebook page or Twitter profile. Some sites can be added to your RSS reader and/or offer newsletter updates. Whatever form of communication you prefer, be sure to get connected early so you don’t miss out on opportunities like when class registration opens.

No matter what your preferred fiber arts craft might be or level of experience you’ll be sure to enjoy a fiber arts festival in your area or further way. Make plans to attend one today. And for those of you who have attended fiber festival(s) in the past, tell us what you enjoyed most by leaving a comment.

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