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Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

For 2016, Carolina FiberFest returns to the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Drawing fiber enthusiasts from the surrounding area and beyond, this family-friendly event features classes, free demonstrations, and shopping for yarn, ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools, accessories, and specialty items.

“Carolina FiberFest is a wonderful opportunity to learn heritage craft skills and to connect with those who are passionate about fiber arts,” says Carolyn Beasley, event founder. “It’s exciting to see the heightened popularity of handmade goods. Kids to teens to adults enjoy spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting and other activities.”

Carolina FiberFest……. A Ten Year Love Affair

Carolina FiberFest……. A Ten Year Love Affair   

Ten years ago a group of fiber lovers dreamed of a fiber event in Eastern North Carolina. With much work Carolina FiberFest was born.


Carolina FiberFest’s mission is to:

  • educate the public about fiber and its sources
    •preserve heritage arts and crafts
    •promote small farms producing fiber and fiber animals
    •support fiber artists and fiber-related businesses
    •provide a venue for the public to interact with the fiber arts world.

By demonstrating skills to the public, sharing knowledge, and through the close interaction of classes, Carolina FiberFest sows the seeds for future generations of fiber artists, crafts people and fiber producers.

Carolina FiberFest 2016 will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, N.C. in the Holshouser building on March 25& 26, 2016. On Friday the 25th the hours are 1-7 and on the 26th from 9-5. Vendors, Fiber Craft demonstrations, A Sheep to Shawl demonstration, Classes, and Make It and Take It programs highlight this years’ event. Many of our vendors are “Farm to Yarn” vendors with custom fiber products from their farms. The event is free and open to the public.

The many guilds represented at the event showcase the fiber arts diversity in eastern North Carolina. The talented artisans in Triangle Weaver’s Guild, Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild, The Crochet Guild, the Ol’ North State Knitting Guild, the Sir Walter Raleigh Bobbin Lace Guild, the Tri-Tatters Guild and the Machine Knitters Guild will be part of the event demonstrating the great range of traditional and new age fiber arts.

We welcome you to our tenth year celebration of all things fiber on March 25&26, 2016. See you there!

Share your craft


Carolina FiberFest is a great place to meet others who share your passion for fiber! Meet new and familiar friends while working on your current project. There are plenty of places and opportunities to sit and knit/crochet/spin at Carolina FiberFest.



Carolina FiberFest features a number of vendors with beautiful products. Both vendors and attendees come from around the United States to participate.

Passing on the tradition

One of Carolina FiberFest’s 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 a new craft.

Volunteer at CFF 2013!

Want to volunteer at CFF 2013? See all the different volunteer opportunities and sign up here on VolunteerSpot.

Spring 2013 Triangle Yarn Crawl

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

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

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

    Enjoy the Adventure!


Class registration is now live.

Class links are up!

TTFA Guild Member featured

Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild member Lynn Michaels was featured recently in an article in the Southwest Wake News. Click here to read the full article –

Happy Holidays!

The organizers of Carolina Fiber Fest want to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.

Knitting as a means for stress reduction and a Ram on the Lam

Students at Nevis High School in Minnesota are learning to knit as a means to reduce stress in their lives.

Navajo Churro on the loose in Des Moines

Click for the article and a short video – Ram on the Lam

For more pictures visit

Deadline approaching for class proposals

The deadline to submit proposals for classes for the next Carolina Fiberfest is December 15, just a few days away. Please download and fill out the attached form and send it in with your proposal for classes for the upcoming Carolina Fiberfest.

Carolina Fiberfest Workshop Proposal

Happy Halloween

While not really scary this story seems appropriate for the holiday. It is also appropriate for the fiber arts as it relates to spinning and weaving. And, for those of us who attended the last Twisted Threads book club meeting it gives some additional information about using spider silk. Not that any of us would consider using spider silk but the pictures are inspiring.

Golden Spider Silk Embroidered Cape

Look through all of the pictures then click over to read the story.

Spanish Shepherds defend their right to use migratory crossings

Read the full story

Sheep found alive after being buried in snow for several days

The US isn’t the only country being hit by extreme weather. Iceland was hit by a massive blizzard earlier this fall and possibly thousands of sheep were buried in up to 6 feet of snow. The unusual storm struck while the regions sheep were still in remote pasturlands and it took several weeks for rescuers to get to the sheep. Many were lost but there were also some spectacular rescues. Click to read more about the storm – Winter strikes

Rescued sheep

2012 Autumn Triangle Yarn Crawl

Triangle Yarn Crawl

Join us for the Triangle Yarn Crawl, a self-guided tour of local yarn shops in the Triangle-area, taking place on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th. Participating yarn shops will have raffle prizes, promotions and demonstrations to share with crawlers. Participation is FREE.

We 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 Special Drawing. Be sure to legibly write your name and telephone number on your passport.

Mingle with fellow crawlers during the Crawl Kickoff at Warm ‘n Fuzzy on Saturday, October 13th from 9-10am. We’ll have refreshments, baked goods and surprises for those who attend.

Carpooling is highly recommended and tons more fun. And please spread the fiber love by visiting as many LYS as possible. Each shop has something unique to offer and they enjoy seeing your happy faces.

Register today through Eventbrite to get your Crawl Passport and have it stamped at each yarn shop you visit.

For more information, please visit

2013 CFF Vendor Early Bird Special

Time is running out on the Early Bird Special for vendors for 2013! If you are planning on being a vendor at Carolina Fiber Fest 2013 and haven’t registered yet do so by September 20 to receive a $40 discount.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to save on your 2013 vendor fee! Apply Now!

Now accepting workshop proposals for Carolina Fiber Fest 2013

Passionate about fiber arts? Want to share your knowledge and skills with others? Hands-on instruction offers a personal approach, the preferred method of learning by many. Students and teachers find it rewarding.

Make a difference. Inspire someone.

Carolina FiberFest is accepting class proposals through December 15. Download the application, fill it out and send it in by the deadline. (submission information is on the form)

Carolina Fiberfest Workshop Proposal


Author Allie Pleiter recently wrote about her visit to Raleigh to promote her latest book, Homefront Hero, which is set in the Carolinas. Her visit coincided with last May’s Carolina Fiber Fest. Click here to read Allie’s post – Raleigh and the Carolina Fiber Fest.

CFF 2013



JULY 17, 2012

Contact: Carolyn Beasley,

Seventh Annual Carolina FiberFest Marks Milestone

SANFORD, NC—Carolina FiberFest today announced it will move to Sanford for its highly anticipated 2013 event at Lions Club Fairgrounds, April 5—7. The popularity of fiber arts and Carolina FiberFest’s continued growth created the need for an expanded, standalone festival that will bring together knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and others in a celebration of fiber such as wool, silk, alpaca, llama, linen, cotton and bamboo. Features will include contests, free demos, classes and shopping for yarn and ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools and specialty items.

“Since 2007, Carolina FiberFest has been a place where people come for reasons big and small—to learn, to be inspired, to share and to be with like-minded folks,” said Carolyn Beasley, event chair. “We are thrilled to have a home of our own in Sanford, an easy 30-minute drive from Raleigh’s I-40/I-440. With 14 acres of fiber fun, visitors will find family activities, convenient parking and ample food choices.”

Carolina FiberFest begins Friday, April 5 for classes from 10 am—5 pm. The event opens Saturday at 10 am for all visitors and continues through 5 pm on Sunday.

Lions Club Fairgrounds
505 North 7th Street, Sanford, NC 27330

Classes          Friday, April 5            10 am—5 p

Festival         Saturday, April 6       10 am—5 pm

hhhhh————-Sunday, April 7          10 am—5 pm


For more information, please visit



Happy Fourth!


and another thing

After CFF 2012, Drucilla Pettibone shared some thoughts about continuous strand weaving.

2012 Skein and Garment > Best in Show

Nancy Sigmon of Raleigh took Best in Show with this beautiful child’s knitted sweater. Here’s how she did it:

“I wanted to make a sweater for my daughter totally from scratch using fiber from my small flock of Romneys and two sweet Angora goats. After having the animals sheared, I washed the fibers and let them air-dry in a hammock. With a Louet drum carder, I blended equal amounts by weight of wool and mohair. I spun and plyed the natural colored yarn with my Schact wheel. The plyed yarn was 12 wpi.

Following Elizabeth Zimmerman’s percentage system, I knitted the sweater
in the round, adding Fair Isle designs in the yoke with my handspun 100% wool yarns that were leftover from other projects. They had been dyed with
Gaywool dyes.

Amazingly, I finished the sweater before my daughter outgrew it!”

Congratulations, Nancy!


Happy Father’s Day!

Gail, that artist Woman, created this Father’s Day project for
a fourth-grade class, a felt embroidered Coffee Cozy. Follow Gail’s
education blog that artist Woman to learn about other projects.

Alpaca Fleece Show

Fleece from Over the Fence's Baby Spice (front) won Judge's Choice

In 2012, CFF hosted its first Alpaca Fleece show. Congratulations to Celestine Ridge Alpacas and Alpacadabra for their prize-winning entries. Judge’s Choice was awarded to Over the Fence’s Baby Spice (Celestine Ridge Alpacas).

Thank you to all the farms for their lovely entries!

photo courtesy of Celestine Ridge Alpacas


Continuous Strand Weaving Contest

Co-winners of the Continuous Strand Weaving Contest model their beautiful work. From left are Lisa Mackey (Mackey’s Acres) and Angie Buchanan (Chasen Dreams Alpacas). At right is Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser whose Hillcreek Fiber Studio sponsored this event.

Spin with Martha Owen

How to Make the Yarn You Want
to Make: An Advanced Spinning Class with Martha Owen

Continuing spinners, gain inspiration and skill at making the yarn you have in mind. Learn what gives your yarn personality. Learn to consistently make lots of it. Examine fiber preparation, spinning methods, twist and plying options and then play, play, play with color and fiber combinations.

A member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, Martha is resident artist at the  John C. Campbell Folk School in spinning, knitting, felt-making and dyeing and is co-owner of Yarn Circle in Murphy, NC. She has taught spinning, natural dyeing and knitting design since 1984.

For details, visit Twisted Threads Fiber Arts (a CFF-participating guild).

Raffle Grand Prize


Congrats go out to Anita Sloane, winner of CFF’s raffle grand prize!
Anita models her prize, a handwoven shawl created by two guilds—
Twisted Threads Fiber Arts and Triangle Weavers.

All raffle ticket sales benefited American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets!

Skein and Garment Winners

Click to view a list of the categories and winners’ names. Many thanks to everyone who entered their beautiful work!

Remembering Those Who Died for Our Country

This flag was knitted by Louise Shewokis (pictured above) of
Windsor Locks Library Knitters
in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

A Confluence of Cultures

Malti and Jum spinning on a Montgnard roi wheel

A beautiful story, beautifully told, about the connections we share as members of the fiber community. Thank you, Fiberactive Organics, for telling this story!

CFF Hearts U!

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in and contributed to
Carolina FiberFest. The success of this event was made possible by the
wonderful and generous support of visitors, vendors, teachers, class
attendees, sponsors, volunteers, demo-ers, authors, guilds and speakers.

We hope you enjoyed connecting with friends, made new ones and left
feeling inspired.

If you have a story about your CFF experience, we’d love to hear it.
If you took photos at the event, please share them on Tumblr. And if
you were unable to attend, we invite you to next year’s party.

Stay connected for news about CFF 2013. You know where to find us—
here, Facebook, Ravelry and Twitter.

Love + fiber forever,
The organizers of Carolina FiberFest

You Were There!

See photos from Carolina FiberFest 2012 on Facebook and Tumblr.