for two days of food, arts, crafts,
The commissioned rug will take her about 10 months to finish
under the big tent are two world-class musicians
rooted in their exploration of the world’s cultures,
brought charming melodies from many lands home to share.
and contests–including the crowd-pleasing favorite–amateur wool-spinning races.
The festival was designed to give fiber producers, artists, and processors an opportunity to display and sell their products, services,
livestock and equipment. It incorporates sales,
and just plain fun for all those interested in fiber. Something for Everyone!
First day was absolutely awesome, fabulous. I was so exciting to see how much the festival has grown since last September! Weather was unbelievable and the crowds were really good.
The mini workshops during the market seemed to be very popular as we never did hook up with our friend Heather as intended, but, did meet up with Ann
in her beautiful handspun Elsewhere
Shirley in her prized hand-spun, dyed, and knitted BFL sweater
manning the High Desert Wool Growers booth in the barn
and others (like Diane, Patrice and Willis, Donna, Jan, Molly, Jennifer et al from Redmond)
Absolutely loved the festival! So many people that I had talked with but never met
My spinning up mohair locks to 2-Ply rainbow threads for her hair
made Carissa, recently moved to Portland, a happy camper
putting faces to names–what fun. Oh, yeah, the fiber! It was an embarrassment of riches! Adults, however, were not the only ones taking part in the festival. Even the youngsters were included in the fun.
This year the Pygora Goat farmers are here with their goats.
Notice how the fleece is different on the Pygora Goats. A Pygora goat is a cross between a Mohair and an Pygmy goat.
They typically have more of a hair with a second coat of down that is the pygora, but can also have anything from a mohair type fleece to a cashmere type fleece and everything in between.
Best $18 LeAnn’s daughter Char ever spent in a pair of handspun Pygora mittens
Don’t switch the dial…it’s true
a hand-dyed (in food coloring) llama awake
I particularly enjoyed some musical moments with the humming llama from Ron and Gail Wilkinson of R & G Acres.
and these adorable alpacas
animals, raised for their hair
that is spun and woven into fabric,
join vendors in some people-watching as they wait for curious visitors
Wish I can show you more of prize-winning flocks of fine Shetlands, Ewes, Jacobs, and Wensleydale…sadly, my camera ate them up again!
I recognized the regular vendors from last year, but, in different spots.
I kinda liked that. It made the festival seem more fresh. I saw different fibers and notions at the vendors
…more luxurious roving offered by Blue Moon, Crown Mountain, and alike. It fits my delicate palette perfectly. I liked the change in place for the food vendors too–those lines were LONG!! And the smells were fabulous and tempting. I took my camera but hardly found time to get it out of the bag! Sorry…
Thanks everybody that organized and attended–such a fun event! You all make the festival a wonderful experience. I had a grand time browsing the lovely fibers and goods the vendors brought,
learning more about different animal breeds, spinning/un-knitting over the lawn area, spending my wad, went home broke, but most of all, camping and hanging out with LeAnn and her sweet angel Char. Happy Birthday, LeAnn. There is nothing better than getting a turn-out of spinners, knitters, felter, and weavers all in the same place.
This year’s festival has been a success and looks to continue in same path.
It was just the break I needed from all–another terrific opportunity to see many great talents of the Pacific Northwest and neighboring areas
Michele, in her BLUE ensemble, introduced me to her friend Sharon
…while absorbing some of the artists’ knowledge for my personal enjoyment.
Here is LeAnn and her friend Wendy, from Shaggy Bear Farms in Scio, Oregon.
Wendy has a wonderfully, diverse herd of sheep and goats–everything from pygora to corriedale sheep. All of her yarn is milled locally without harsh chemicals. All of the colors represented are the natural colors from the sheep. Wish I had more cash to get some of her fiber goodies.
I can’t wait till next year when it becomes even bigger and better, fun for all ages. Tomorrow, I will flash my acquired eye-candy stash. May the Fleece be with you.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!