2019 Fiber Fair
June 1st & 2nd
Emmet County Fair Grounds
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Schedule of Events
Saturday, June 1st
9 AM to 5 PM
|9:00 AM||Vendor showcase, fiber animal exhibit, and Fiber Cafe open|
|10:00 AM – 11:30 AM||DIY Dryer Balls with Bridget Kavanagh* $|
|10:00 AM – 11:30 AM||Straw to Gold Demonstration with Bev Thorne|
|10:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Community Indigo Vat $|
|11:00 AM – 1:00 PM||Live Music with Rustic Heart|
|12:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Silk Painting with Shelia Robbins* $|
|1:00 PM||Sheep Dog Demo with Dr. Sara Michelin|
|2:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Fiber Basics with Charli Rovenko* $|
|2:00 PM – 3:30 PM||Straw to Gold Demonstration with Bev Thorne|
|2:00 PM – 4:00 PM||Make & Take: Felted Sheep with The Wool Trunk $|
|5:00 PM||Fairgrounds close|
* Requires registration. $ Fee(s) involved.
Sunday, June 2nd
10 AM to 4 PM
|10:00 AM||Vendor showcase, fiber animal exhibit, and Fiber Cafe open|
|10:00 AM – 12:00 PM||Make & Take: Woodblock Print with Three Pines Studio $|
|10:00 AM – 1:00 PM||Hand Sew an Organic T-shirt with Tina Bury* $|
|12:00 PM – 2:00 PM||Live Music with Dwain Martin|
|1:00 PM||Sheep Dog Demo with Dr. Sara Michelin|
|1:00 PM – 3:00 PM||Community Indigo Vat $|
|1:00 PM – 4:00 PM||Tiny Tapestry Weaving with Jasmine Petrie* $|
|4:00 PM||Fairgrounds close|
* Requires registration. $ Fee(s) involved.
Register for Workshops
no registration needed
Straw to Gold Demonstration: How Flax Becomes Linen
Saturday 10 am to 11:30 am
Saturday 2 pm to 3:30 pm
Join Bev Thorne on a fiber processing adventure! On display will be the entire set of tools used in the traditional process of linen: from the growing of flax to the spinning wheel and beyond. Bev will demonstrate how each tool is used to transform the fibers into versatile linen fabric that you may be familiar with. Participants of this free demonstration will be able to take home some of their own flax seeds as well as an informational handout. Free admission; pre-registration not required.
Sheep Dog Demo with Dr. Sara Michelin
Saturday 1 PM
Sunday at 1 PM
no registration needed
Felted Sheep with The Wool Trunk
Saturday 2 pm to 4 pm
Make a sweet little felted sheep in our Saturday Make & Take activity. Drop in between 2 pm and 4 pm on Saturday, June 1, and Mary Crump of The Wool Trunk will guide you through the three-dimensional felting process. $8 per sheep. Pre-registration not required. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
See The Wool Trunk’s wonderful felted animals online at www.etsy.com/shop/TheWoolTrunk.
Woodblock Print with Three Pines Studio
Sunday 10 am to 12 pm
Join Three Pines Studio to woodblock print your own sachets at our Sunday Make & Take activity. Drop by between 10 am and 12 pm on Sunday, June 2, to try your hand at this fun technique. $5 per person session fee and $5 per sachet filled with your choice of balsam or lavender. Pre-registration not required. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Get inspired by Three Pines Studio’s lovely linens online at www.threepinesstudiolinens.com.
Community Indigo Vat
Saturday 10 am to 12 pm
Sunday 1 pm to 3 pm
Do you have a little something you’d love to dip in indigo? Maybe you need to breathe new life into yarn or fabric in your stash. We’ll have a natural indigo vat available on Saturday, June 1, from 10 am to 12 pm and again on Sunday, June 2, from 1 pm to 3 pm.
Fees range from $1 to $5 for up to 4 ounces of material. Pre-registration not required. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Material up to 4 ounces including fabric, yarn, and roving which can be protein fibers (ie, wool, alpaca, silk) and cellulose (ie, cotton, linen).
If bringing roving, please bring it in a mesh bag like a nylon lingerie laundry bag.
Material should be really clean (preferably scoured, especially if you have fabric or yarn from a big box store) for the best dyeing results and to preserve the integrity of the vat.
It would be best to bring your material damp. If you need to bring it dry, it will need to soak for 15 to 30 minutes before dyeing.
Please also bring a plastic bag that you can use to transport the dyed material, as it will be wet when we are finished.
Saturday 11 am to 1 pm
Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler are a pair of seasoned musicians who have played with many Northern Michigan musicians and also performed on their own as solo singer/instrumentalists. Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music. Norm’s deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. Norm is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with “mountain modal” tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments. These two Northern Michiganders have combined their talents to form the duet, Rustic Heart. The harmonies of voice, instrument and spirit have surprised even the musicians of this group…but the feeling is one of “home” when they play together – and we know you’ll feel it too.
Sunday 12 pm to 2 pm
Dwain Martin is a northern Michigan song writer and musician. He has published 3 CD’s (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and is also the Folk/Music Coordinator for Charlevoix Public Library’s SummerFolk and WinterFolk Concert Series. He can also be found sharing his music at Farm Markets, Street Music Events and Festivals all across Northern Michigan.
Vendors at the 2019 Fair
Goods: Alpaca rugs and throws; needle felted
Goods: Yarn, Fiber, Knitting Bags, Finished hand made goods
Goods: Yarn (Briggs and Little woolen mill, Harrisville designs, Classic Elite, Borroco, Mirasol, Queensland), crochet threads and supplies, knitting needles, tatting supplies, books, notions, wool roving.
Goods: Hand dyed yarns, various sizes and styles of project bags, beaded stitch markers, stitch marker earrings, row counter bracelets and progress keepers, wooden plaques with fun knitting phrases.
Goods: Hand dyed wool and wool blend yarn, roving, patterns, buttons, fabric project bags. briarrosefibers.net
Goods: Roving, yarn, knitted items, soap, machine embroidery
Goods: Fleeces, rovings, hand spun hand dyed yarns; finished products (hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, rugs and more).
Goods: Merino/nylon sock yarn, kid silk mohair, mitten kits, hat kits, shawl kits.
Goods: Hand spun yarn, hand dyed yarn and roving, multiple top, felting kits, batts and llama and alpaca roving.
Goods: Handwoven clothing, scarves, shawls, pillows, throws, hand sewn linen towels, tunics, pillows. Handweaving accessories, loom, shuttles, books, notecards, prints.
Goods: Spinners roving, dryer balls, hiking socks, camp soap, crafting wool, raw wool and mohair, drop spindles, knitting needles, hand spun and mill spun yarn
Happy Goat Lucky Ewe Fiber Farm today provides lovely handspun yarns made from several breeds of sheep including Teeswater, Blue Faced Liecester, Romney, California Variegated Mutant (CVM), and Merino, with mohair mixed in to provide luster.
Goods: All home grown on our farm: raw fiber, roving, yarn and finished products (shawls, socks, hats, mittens) made from angora, mohair, wool and llama.
Goods: Alpaca fleece and products, fiber related books
Homestead Acres is a Centennial farm located near Ionia MI. I have alpaca fleece and finished products such as socks, yarn, scarves, etc. and also fiber related books, especially those for children, that I sell to the public. I have had alpacas for 21 years, one of the first farms in Michigan to have them.
Goods: Wool from my Jacob flock, handspun yarn, batts and roving.
Goods: handcrafted hexagonal knitting needles from North American sustainable hardwoods; walnut, cherry and maple. Needle styles include: single point, double point, circular and interchangeable. Made in Michigan, Made in USA
Goods: Finnsheep fiber, dryer balls, baby lambs, registered Finnsheep.
Goods: Mohair /fleeces, handspun yarn, mill spun yarn from my mohair and local wool and hand dyed. Natural color and hand dyed mohair locks, mohair blend roving, hand -made soap and felted hand-made soap. All mohair is from our farm and blending fibers are sourced from local farms
Goods: Pottery for fiber lovers: yarn bowls, needle holders, mugs, buttons and more
Goods: Hand spun yarn, hand dyed roving, top, yarns, felted hats, knitted or crocheted items, needle felted jewelry and ornaments, art dolls, copper shawl pins and orifice hooks
Goods: Raw fleece, washed fleece, roving, yarns(naturally dyed and undyed), natural dyes, natural dye kits, knitted items from my yarn, dryer balls, naturally dyed needle felting wool. My yarns include colorways from natural dyes with different mordants both variegated skeins and single colors.
We are a small-scale farm using biodynamic and organic principles to produce vegetables, small fruits, dye plants, lamb, and wool. We sell our products at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market from May to November and attend numerous fiber shows around Michigan. We work to regenerate healthy soil through the use of sustainable farming methods, aiming to build the health of the soil, our animals, and ourselves. Pete and Lori enjoy growing, raising, and creating great products for our customers. Lori is the fiber artist and shepherd and is passionate about relocalizing our fiber needs and is active in the Great Lakes Fibershed group. Visit us at our FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.
Goods: Hand dyed yarn for knitters, crocheters, weavers, notions for knitters, finished goods.
Goods: Handwovens, felted hats, needles for felting; merino and corriedale roving, wool yarn.
Goods: rag rugs, pillows, tote bags, messenger bags
Goods: We are indie dyers who work with a variety of bases. We have also crafted our own custom base, Roberta Rae Michigan. Al fiber for this line comes from Michigan family farmers and is spun at a Michigan fiber mill.
Goods: Alpaca roving, fiber, yarn (hand dyed and natural), scarves (felted and woven), alpaca blankets, socks, fingerless gloves, etc
Goods: Handspun yarns, art batts etc., for spinning, hand knit shawls etc. from my handspun yarn, woven items, dryer balls.
Goods: Yarn, roving, and knitted items from our spinner’s flock of sheep.
Goods: Pottery focusing on buttons, pins, bowls, and possibly some wheel spun spindle whorls, Michigan mugs and yarn ball mugs, upcycled purses and skirts.
Goods: roving, batts, yarn, finished items
Goods: Handmade alpaca products, alpaca fiber and yarn, Spinolution wheels and Brother drum carders.
Goods: Alpaca yarn, roving, raw fiber, dryer balls, boot liners, handmade scarves and alpaca baby blankets.
Goods: Wool and wool blend roving, locks, spinning supplies, felting supplies; finished good (wool and llama garments and accessories); books
Goods: Naturally dyed and acid dyed yarns and fiber. I use merino and rambouillet wools, alpaca, silk, cashmere (some are blends of these natural fibers); stitch markers and keepers, enamel pins; handmade garments.
Goods: Hand dyed yarns, patterns, notions and tools
Why Knot Fibers is a small hand-dyed yarn company out of Traverse City in northern Michigan and a collaboration between Kat Eldred and Claire Cabrera.
Kat frequently says “Sure! Why not?” and in this spirit created Why Knot Fibers – knitting and dyeing yarns in her kitchen as a fun diversion between kids’ naps. Meanwhile Claire moved into an old Victorian house with a well-used canning set up in the basement. The two met at a local knitting circle, and serendipity stepped in – during a tour of Claire’s new house, Kat pointed out that the basement, with its deep laundry sinks and random extra stove-top, looked like the perfect dye studio.
Three years and many late-night dye sessions later, Kat and Claire still work together to create beautiful yarns that reflect their passion for fiber and color in the spirit of friendship and the joy of creating.
Goods: Hand-dyed top, yarns (hand spun only), felting forms, needles and tools; nuno felting kits and materials; one of a kind hats, bags; original art prints; rams horn and pewter buttons and jewelry
Although no longer raising fiber animals, I try to use local fibers and fiber tools made by local and nearby artisans. Everything I sell is hand dyed in my small fiber studio, my daughter,Meredith, provides original etchings of fiber animals, and we both make the hats,bags and scarves using several felting techniques. I do purchase fiber blends from Ashland Bay,as many fine fiber blends are not available from local mills. In addition, I sell books,and often have used and antique fiber tools for sale,as searching flea and antique shows are another of my favorite hobbies!
Goods: Felted creatures, raw fleeces, woven goods, spinning tools.