At Carolina FiberFest one of our goals is to pass on the art and tradition of fiber arts to the next generation. Throughout the festival there are many opportunities for children of all ages to learn about a new craft.
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Join us for the Triangle Yarn Crawl – Spring 2013 Event, a self-guided tour of local yarn shops in the Triangle-area, taking place on Saturday, March 23rd and Sunday, March 24th. Participation is free and open to the public.
Triangle Yarn Crawl is excited to announce The Hunt, a casual scavenger hunt of local yarn shops. The Hunt will take place alongside the crawl and features two local designers: Mari Chiba of Mari Knits and Rohn Strong of Strong and Stone. Participants who complete The Hunt and unscramble a word phrase qualify to download a free pattern from one of the designers. For information about The Hunt, please visit triangleyarncrawl.wordpress.com/the-hunt.
Event registration opens February 20th through Eventbrite. Registrants will receive an email confirmation with a PDF of his/her ticket, which serves as the Crawl Passport. Be sure to have your Crawl Passport stamped at each local yarn shop. To register, please visit http://triangleyarncrawlspring2013.eventbrite.com.
For the Spring Event, we’ll have a total of 10 raffle prizes available to give away:
- Each participating local yarn shop will have a raffle prize full of goodies. Just ask for your raffle ticket when you arrive at each shop.
- And if you visit all nine participating shops and turn in your Crawl Passport at the last shop you visit, you’re automatically entered into the Grand Prize drawing. Be sure to legibly write your name and telephone number on your passport.
Mingle with fellow crawlers during the Crawl Kickoff at Great Yarns on Saturday, March 23rd from 9-10am. We’ll have refreshments, baked goods and surprises for those who attend.
To learn more about the Triangle Yarn Crawl, please visit triangleyarncrawl.wordpress.com.
Enjoy the Adventure!
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Meet these authors at CFF.
Marcy Smith—Best of Interweave Crochet
Allie Pleiter—Homefront Hero
Tom Hudgin—The Andros Connection
Charles Gandy—The Embellished Sock
Jane Edwards & Renee’ Pappas—Jelly Bean Finds Her Special Place
Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser—Continuous Strand Weaving Method,
Techniques and Projects
Strut your stuff in a sock fashion show, hosted by Charles Gandy, designer, author and TKGA Master Knitter.
Later, join Charles for a talk about where he gets design ideas, followed by a signing of his new book The Embellished Sock.
Meet avid knitter, coffee lover and devoted chocoholic Allie Pleiter as she reads from her latest novel Homefront Hero. Set against the backdrop of World War I and a Red Cross sock knitting program, this story will captivate you.
And, if that weren’t enough, Allie will sign and give away (that means free) copies of her book!
How great is that?
May 18 is GREEN FRIDAY. Wear or carry an item made of recycled or re-purposed materials for a chance to win this tote, woven from recycled silk. Hang out in the Fiber Arts Village to watch demos on ways to be kind to the planet. Sound like fun?
Each year CFF holds a raffle to support a non-profit organization. For 2012, CFF has chosen American Livestock Breeds Conservancy to receive 100% of all raffle ticket sales.
ALBC is the pioneer organization in the US working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock with the goal of protecting over 180 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction.
Early Bird pricing for classes is available through Sunday, April 15.
Register this week to get the discount.
Wanna show your love?Volunteers are needed for 3-hour shifts May 18-20. Tasks vary, from handing out maps/schedules, to directing visitors to classrooms, to staffing the info table, to hosting the Fiber Cozy and other jobs.
Visit the volunteer page to get started. And, thanks in advance!
Article in today’s News and Observer about inserting spider genes into silkworm eggs to make super-strong silk. The vision is to turn former tobacco fields in NC into mulberry tree farms, with leaves grown to feed to silkworms housed in abandoned textile plants whose fiber can be spun and woven in the state.
Explore the world of fiber during three days of free demos. See spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers and tatters.
Get acquainted with rug hooking and bobbin lace. Admire works-in-progress and finished objects. Tumble to creative ways to be kind to the planet with green projects.
Want more? Montagnard-style spinning and…
May 19 is Sock Saturday. Enjoy these activities:
Sock Fashion Show > show your stuff
The Embellished Sock > hear a TKGA Master Knitter chat about socks
Meet and Greet the author of a new sock book during a book signing
Details to come!
Plans are underway for Carolina FiberFest with more of what you loved in 2011 plus new ways to fuel your fiber passions. Mark you calendar for May 18—20 at the Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Explore the World of Fiber Arts
Make yourself at home in the Fiber Arts Village. Go for the gold in the Fiber Olympics: fastest needles and fastest spinning wheels will own the honors. Take a class or two or three. Show off your handwork in the Continuous Strand Weaving contest, the Skein and Garment competition and the Sheep to Shawl contest. Rub elbows with fellow fiber fanatics. Shop for those special somethings—yarn, roving, tools, patterns, accessories—that make you say gotta have that.
Sponsor opportunities are available.
Visit here often for updates and tell everybody!
A Fiber Arts Village!
Nancy S’s comment on Facebook: Can I move there?
From Off the Hook Crochet Guild: “Calling all crocheters—prepare yourselves! We are planning to participate in a BIG WAY in Carolina Fiber Fest by having crochet demonstrations, crochet projects, and crochet displays. There will be several areas where your help will be much needed. More information coming soon. We are definitely about to make crochet a household word in the Triangle.”
Next May, half of the Graham Bldg will belong to CFF, with 47,500 square feet of fiber heaven. That’s 15,000 more than 2011′s event.
Explore the world of fiber. Discover diverse cultures and their fiber traditions.
Imagine the places you might go during three days of free demos.
You’ll enjoy seeing spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, tatters, lacemakers, felters and embroiderers. Get acquainted with rug hooking. Follow that with bobbin lace. Admire works-in-progress and finished objects.
Want more? Weaving looms. Machine knitting. Montagnard-style spinning wheels like the one below. Fiber carding, combing and blending.
Chat with experts. Learn about materials, tools and techniques. Marvel at antique fiber equipment. Ask questions. Pick up the lingo. And try your hand at something new. Who knows, you just might love it.