Come celebrate the many facets of fiber the last full weekend of September. The festival is filled with opportunities and events focusing on all aspects of fiber and more! Classes on many different ways to use fiber are offered. Demonstrations, competitions, festival memorabilia, fleeces for sale, and more.
This festival is on a new platform: Eventeny. It should be interesting. The marketplace has lots of great vendors (doesn’t open until Friday, 9/25 at 9:00am) and you will be able to purchase from anyone there through one shopping cart. We will have selected products available on Eventeny while the market is open, but do shop here on our site for a full selection of everything else.
We will be "broadcasting" about Shave ’em to Save ’em from Zoom on Saturday morning. I think it will be at 10:30 but will be recorded and then available on the SVFF YouTube channel. We can also have office hours where you can connect with us real time privately.
We will contacted those who have already purchased tickets with options for refund or to hang on. If you think this will be EXTRA fun after we have all been stuck at home, please feel free to buy a ticket now. We will have this event...sometime! Good news is we have bought fresh Clun Forest fleeces this spring from several farms including Blue Heron and are sending it off to the mill for more of our Clun Forest yarn and fresh roving. We will be well stocked when we can meet for Farm Field Day.
Enjoy a farm experience this Spring (🤞) and learn as you explore the fleece, history and special qualities of a heritage breed: Clun Forest. Blue Heron Farm is a beautiful small farm in western Loudoun County, Virginia, about 60 miles west of Washington DC
Not recommended for small children. Please leave your pets at home.
*You can buy tickets to any of the paid classes below during your ticket purchase on Eventbrite. They are located under "additional items".
The Gentle Art of Drop Spinning with Caroline Hockenberry - 12:30 - 2:00 pm ($45) limit 8
Those who are knitters and crocheters are already aware of the visual and tactile benefits of the fiber arts. Drop spinning adds a deeper connection to our love of yarn. This simple act, using an inexpensive, centuries old tool, is a peaceful moving meditation, with the added benefit of creating a useful end product. What seems like magic, watching twist and fiber turn into handspun yarn on a spindle, is a step-by-step process easily learned in this hands-on workshop. Go home with the skills to make your own magic with this simple, portable tool, and fiber. No previous spinning experience necessary.
Clun Forest Roving
Supplies to bring: (or may be purchased from the instructor for $10.00)
1.5-1.75oz. Top whorl drop spindle
Intentional Spinning with Caroline Hockenberry - 2:30 - 4:00 pm ($45) limit 8
Can you spin a continuous strand of yarn on your wheel? Then you’re ready to begin unlocking the secrets of take-up, twist ratio and drafting, to create yarn with intention. In this workshop we’ll use Clun Forest roving, wheel mechanics, and woolen and worsted drafting techniques to create two very different yarns. The first will be a consistent bulky single, and the second a lofty two-ply using long draw. We’ll address specific adjustments for each student’s wheel, and also discuss how various fibers and fiber prep affect your handspun yarn.
Clun Forest Roving
Supplies to bring:
Spinning Wheel or e-spinner (no spindles, please)
Oil for wheel/e-spinner
Note taking supplies
Cable Knitting with Kathy Reed - 12:30 - 2:00 ($45) limit 12
Accelerate your cable projects by learning to skip that third needle. It’s easier than you think. Class includes:
- When and how to knit cables without a cable needle
- Discussion of yarn choices for cable projects
- Reading cable charts
- Keeping track of where you are in your knitting
- 50 yds of Clun Forest 3-ply yarn
Students should bring a pair of US 8 needles (straight, circular or double pointed)
Cost: $45 for 90 mins
Knitting with Worsted and Woolen Spun Yarn - a FREE sit and knit with Kathy Reed 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Bring your work in progress or start a new one. We’ll have a swift and winder on hand. If you bring your WIP, be sure to also bring the yarn label!
We’ll discuss the difference in the yarns’ preparation, spinning, looks, feel, behavior, resulting fabric and life cycle. We’ve got some ideas, and look forward to hearing yours!