We had a wonderful time at the Massachussets Sheep and Woolcraft Fair last weekend and are gearing up for the Maine Fiber Frolic June 6th and 7th. After that, it's back to the Left Coast for us!
First up will be having a trunk show and teaching a Basic Beaded Kumihimo Class at Blizzard Yarn and Fiber in Vancouver, WA. The class will be on June 13th from 11am until 2pm. For only $65 you will learn basic kumihimo as well as kumihimo with beads and leave the class with a beautiful fully beaded bracelet. Spaces are filling up quickly, so if you want to attend, reserve your space today. In addition to teaching, we will have a trunk show on June 13th from 2 to 5pm and June 14th from 1-4pm. If that isn't enough beady goodness, Laurinda Reddig will be teaching Crocheting with Beads on 13th from 3 to 5pm. She is an amazing instructor and designer and a great person. Don't miss out on this opportunity to add some sparkle to your crochet projects.You can call the lovely folks at Blizzard to sign up for either class (360) 991-5350.
Also in the works is a trunk show and possibly a class at Seattle Yarn. The tentative date is June 17th, so mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!
Next is the Black Sheep Gathering on June 19th through the 21st. This will be our first time at the Gathering and everyone we've talked with says we'll be glad we came. The entire Marketplace will be indoors in the Exhibit Hall and will have the added bonus of WIFI, Air Conditioning and nice restrooms. Lily Chin will be teaching Beadaring, Beadelighted, Beadazzled – Bead Knitting on Friday, June 19, 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm and we'll have plenty of beautiful beads on hand for those who need to bring some to class or get some to take home.
We can't wait to see all our pacific Northwest friends and to make lots of new ones!
We just spent two wonderful days in Kent, CT at the Kent Needle Arts Retreat. Although we didn't get to take any of the classes, We were fortunate to be close enough to Amy Herzog's classes to be able to listen. She did two sessions and from what we heard, they were both really great. She was informative, funny, and down to earth. If you get the chance to take a class with her, it would be time well spent.
The event was put together by Nancy Hamilton, the owner of Black Sheep Yarn. She did a superb job finding a cozy space, getting nationally recognized teachers, organizing a gala dinner and fashion show, and orchestrating vendors, knitters, and teachers. Lucky for us, she is willing to do it again next year, so save the 14th and 15th of May 2016 for a weekend of knitting, learning, and shopping.
In the meantime, here are a few photos from last weekend:
Can't wait to see you all next week at the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair!
Last fall we purchased a number of yummy alpaca fleece and a few weeks ago we took those fleece and some sheep fleece on a road trip. Our first stop was the home of wonderful friends Patty and Arthur. They graciously shared their home with with us and Patty even helped with our project. With lovely warm weather and lots of sunshine it was easy to skirt all those fleece. OK. Perhaps easy is not the best word. Some better words would be dirty, poopy, straw and grass-filled, and sometimes smelly. Despite all those words, the bright sun and great company made it a lot easier to get through two full days of skirting.
Once we had beautiful fleece done, we brought it to our friends at The Mill at the Meadowlands. Ruth Lamb and Paulette Ringley run an environmentally friendly mill that has antique equipment all restored to perfect working order. They were so helpful as we all sorted, weighed, and tagged the fleece.
So, what's to become of all this delicious fleece? The mill will processes it into roving and then our amazing hand spinner, Angela, will magically spin it all into beaded yarn! Yes, you heard correctly. Bead Biz will have our own beaded yarn available in time for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck).
We're just a couple of bead chicks who found fiber and came over to the dark side. It's OK though, we brought cookies :)
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