05 October, 2012
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival Photos
Fibre-giving bunny at Aker, LLC.
If I understood them correctly, Plyed and Dyed (above) are one of those rare vendors who sell wearable handspun, handknit items made from locally-sourced materials.
Glen Springs Farm llama yarn.
My first look at a Harlequin sheep.
A squirrel cage swift between Schacht spinning wheels, a Sidekick (left) and a Matchless at River's Edge Fiber Arts.
A electric-powered HansenCrafts minispinner at the Appalachian Angora Rabbit Club booth.
A Kromski Symphony spinning wheel.
The Blue Ridge Spinners and Weavers were demonstrating four-shaft weaving, inkle weaving, and handspinning. The inkle loom was set up for children to try. I told them that at another festival four years ago when I was deciding whether to learn to spin yarn, their guild had been helpful to me and I'd appreciated it very much. They were one of many in the autumn of 2008 who talked to me about what it was like to do handspinning, and they let me try using a wheel.
Workshops, programs, and classes are good but I really see value in the facilitation of informal opportunities for the curious public to see and chat with handspinners and weavers. And opportunities for handspinners to see and chat each other up, for that matter. I love the handspinners guild I belong to, as well as the group I visit when on holiday visiting family in Canada, because they allow hours and hours in their meetings for rich unstructured, undirected conversation and observation.
The fleece table late on the second day of the festival.
Naturally-coloured Leicester Longwool fleece from Stillpoint Farm. This is the sort of glossy longwool I think is pretty. It's very different from the finewool lock structure below, the breed of which I've forgotten.
I made two purchases. I got some shiny English Leicester Longwool roving from Cranberry Creek Fibers in white and natural grey, and I plan to do some colourwork in språng with them. I snagged the second-to-last bar of Peacechick soap from The Spanish Peacock. It was great to see the SP booth's display so depleted, there were only a half dozen or so spindles unsold at closing time. Mike and T.J. King told me about rapid and repeated bouts of decimation of their stock by customers the day before.