We are busy, busy, busy here at 122 Pleasant Street organizing for the Fiber Fair of New England, which takes place November 4th and 5th in West Springfield, MA. You’ll find us camped out on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It’s right at the Eastern States Exposition, or the BIG E campgrounds. If you haven’t yet had your fill of beautiful, jam-packed fairgrounds, this is the time to soak it all in. Also, it’s inside, so it’s a lovely way to surround yourself with cozy wool while the November chill creeps into our lives.
NEFS will have a big booth with beautiful merino/tencel braids, locks, angelina, soap, foam, needles… and, of course, plenty of wool! The list goes on and on and includes some of our most popular and hard-to-find-anywhere-else products (Turkish rugs, anyone?).
“More than 150 New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products, including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. Workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, rug hooking and more will be held both days.
“In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity with handmade items from over 200 vendor booths, Fiber Festival is a great educational experience for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits.”
The Make It With Wool Competition, a fleece sale and sheep shearing demos will also take place throughout the weekend, in addition to many other events and attractions.
Admission to the Fiber Festival of New England is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under.
AND THERE’S MORE!
In addition this close-by fiber event, our country is blessed with a variety of fiber fairs scattered across the States. Lucky for you, my manager is the most organized person I know, and she has their names filed away for important things like this fascinating blog post! Here’s a sampling, with information mostly taken from their websites.
The Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY took place a few weeks ago. The dates for the next festival haven’t been released yet, but check back on their Facebook page to see when it is and to book a hotel room.
Also, the Massachusetts Sheep & Woolcraft Fair will take place May 26 & 27, 2018. It’s at the Cummington Fairgrounds, in Cummington, MA.
If you feel like driving a bit further (or if you happen to live in or travel to the area), check out the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Over 250 vendors, more than 600 sheep, and more than 40 workshops!
The New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival will take place on May 12th & 13th, 2018 in Deerfield, NH. Their “news” isn’t entirely up-to-date, but it’s worth looking at for some general information about what’s going on for the festival during the rest of the year.
New England Weavers Seminar will take place AT SMITH COLLEGE (!!) from July 11th-14th, 2019. It looks super cool, so keep your eyes peeled!
For those of hearty Midwesterners, check out this page for fair information near you! Most December listings aren’t up yet, but the Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Creativity Weekend is, and it looks AMAZING! Keep checking for more up-to-date workshop information; the page looks like it tries to keep current.
There you have it: enough fairs to (MAYBE) quench your fiber thirst! I’ll guess we’ll have to see when you visit us this weekend!
P.S. Did I forget a fiber fair near you? Let me know on our Facebook page or comment directly on this post!