….. Sing it with me!
….Half my life is spent at fiber fests with my friends……
Note: that semi-truck cab is being towed. We were in no danger.
Several times a year we pack up the studio and take the fiber frivolity on the road. Fiber Festivals are a fun and integral part HanDen Studios providing us the opportunity to meet fiber enthusiasts from all over the country (and occasionally the world!) and to spread the joy of SAORI. They are also a lot of work (I have to say that lest you think teaching and vending at a fiber festival is like going on vacation!) mixed in with a bunch of fun!
At Festivals we always have looms in the booth so the attendees can have a go at weaving. We also often teach a workshop or two while at a festival. Adults as young as 4 and kids as old as 104 all enjoy SAORI weaving.
Each year we look for a good mix of festivals in a variety of locations. The Fiber Extravaganza powered by the Alpaca Owner’s Association in Lebanon, TN was a new show for us. And we had a blast. We look forward to returning in 2020.
2019 Fiber Extravaganza
We went as far north as Pennsylvania for the MidAtlantic Fiber Association’s biennial conference. Our friend Tara Kiley-Rothwell taught while we had the booth on the market floor.
A highlight of this show: Meeting Tara’s friend and first weaving instructor Tom Knisley.
Currently on the calendar for 2019 / 2020:
October 25 – 27, 2019 Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF) in Fletcher, NC. Workshops start on Thursday 10/24. SAFF is celebrating its 26th year in 2019 and is well established as the premier show in the southeast. It has both excellent vendors and workshop opportunities (registration for workshops is open!).
Looking ahead to 2020 we are currently planning on the following shows:
16 -17 Peach Fuzz Spring show (Watch for links to FB events)
10-12: Natural Fiber Extravaganza, Lebanon, TN (unconfirmed at this point)
24-27: Convergence, Knoxville, Tn
14 – 15 Peach Fuzz Fall Show
23 – 25 SAFF
Keep an eye out on the fb page for more fiber festivals, events, and workshops!