This is what we have planned so far for 2017:
weekend of May 6th & 7th. Gate (there is an admission charge this year) opens at 8:30 am
booth: find us in the Main Exhibition Hall along the west wall: D17
The Mother of all Fiber Festivals! If you've followed us for awhile, you will know this is my favorite event of the fiber world, no doubt because it overwhelmed and inspired me right at the beginning of my wool journey many years ago. Haven't missed one since. This festival is EVERYTHING! Sheep, excellent fiber workshops, exhibits and resources, plus a giant fleece sale. Educational opportunities on just about all parts of shepherding, supplies, tools, and equipment. All things knitting and most things weaving, felting etc: bloggers, knitteratti, etc etc etc...both national and local all represented. This year for the first time there will be an admission fee for adults and the gate opens at 8:30. Get there early or better yet, come Sunday if you want to avoid lots of waiting and crowds.
The featured breed this year is Romney (the breed I raise and love) and we are celebrating with a special on all our Romney fiber: three yarns, roving and Romney fleeces, raw and washed and a natural dyed fleece by the pound. Also introducing a new yarn: Dorset hike, new Dorset roving, lots of newly dyed color inspirations in many yarns of many breeds plus Amy Herzog's new sweater Clearview in our Coopworth sport yarn. Looking forward to seeing you!
Sunday June 11th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm
location: our corner of the Endless Summer Harvest Warehouse, 36474 Osburn Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132. Come learn about and get inspired and equipped for the Tour de Fleece that spins alongside the Tour de France. Both races start July 1st and end on the 23rd. The Peace and Solitude team will be competing! We hope to have some important guests for the open house...and definitely will have special fleece/roving available or make your own batts on our carder.
Saturday, July 1st
Location and hours to come.
To help get the Fibernate Tour de Fleece team off to a blazing and inspired start, Sue and Gretchen, Solitude Wool founding partners will talk about different breeds of sheep, their fleece characteristics and how that relates to spinning methods and project parameters. We will bring mixed fiber bags for all you Fibernators!
Location: Millersville University, Millersville, PA
The Premier Fiber Arts Workshop weekend that is held every other year. Over 40 workshops (registration open, sign up now before they are filled) with excellent teachers plus Keynote address by Madelyn van der Hoogt, a fashion show and Marketplace. Solitude Wool will be there! more on special conference yarns and offers when we get closer.
Saturday, July 29 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm
location: James Lee Community Center, 2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. Free admission, open to the public and lots of free parking. We like this new location, lots of room. This time we will bring lights so you can see our wool better! Great way to get familiar with your local fiber shed.
Sunday September 10th from 12:00 to 4:00 pm
location: our corner of the Endless Summer Harvest Warehouse, 36474 Osburn Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132. Do you all of a sudden realize that it's Thanksgiving weekend and you wish you had started knitting gifts for special family and friends months ago? Well, here is an opportunity to get started right on time!
Saturday, September 23rd 10:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, September 24th 10:00 to 4:00
booth: find us in the Ruritan Building, booths 11 & 12 when you walk in the door
The right size fiber festival, Shenandoah isn't crowded or so huge you can't see everything, but does have lots of vendors, animal shows, competitions, a fleece sale and the opportunity to connect to the best of our local fiber shed. This year the first Virginia Make it With Wool Competition will be held at the festival.
Saturday, October 21st 9:00 to 5:00 and Sunday, October 22nd 10:00 to 5:00
booth: find us in the Horticulture Building, downstairs: 22D/4.