Ann Arbor’s Fiber Expo

Connie Hydel, Fiber Expo coordinator, fell in love with fiber when she accompanied a friend to deliver some alpacas. She had such a good time that the trips continued, and she got to know many people from the fiber industry. Eventually, she decided that Ann Arbor needed a fiber show.

In the fall of 2007, the Fiber Expo was born. It was held at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds where it is still held today. The Expo now offers both a fall and spring festival with classes, vendors, and fiber animal breeders. It’s a great place to visit, learn, and, of course, buy!

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This spring’s Ann Arbor Fiber Expo is April 14–15, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Linda Lundstrom of the Fiber Expo answered a few of our questions about this year’s event:

What’s new at the festival this year?
We have several interesting classes going on this year on needlefelting, dyeing, weaving, and bastketmaking. There will also be a class on how to skirt your fleece, taught by a certified fiber sorter and grader.

What’s your favorite part of the festival each year?
For me, it is always fun to watch the kids learning about the fiber arts. At our booth, we do a “Make and Take” where people can learn how to do needlefelting and take their project home with them. Needlefelting is an easy and fun craft that even the younger children can learn quickly. Many times we hear that this simple project has encouraged the child to go on to learn knitting, crochet, or other fiber arts.

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Are most attendees local, or do people come from all over?
Fiber Expo is one of the biggest fiber shows in the state, so fiber enthusiasts come from across Michigan and neighboring states to stock up on rovings, yarns, and supplies they are not able to find anywhere else. Often a group of ladies will come together from their local guilds for a fun girls day out. We have a good amount of local families that have never been exposed to the world of fibers come by for a day outing, too.

Will there be camels?
No, sorry, Humphrey the camel will not be joining us this time, but Angora rabbit breeders will be showing how they harvest the fiber from their bunnies and spin it into fiber!

Ann Arbor Spring Fiber Expo
April 14–15, 2018
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Saturday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
$4 admission–one day
$6 admission–two days
(children 12 & under free)

Have a fiber festival we need to know about? Let us know in the comments! Find a list of festivals in the United States and Canada at Find related Interweave posts on Fiber Festivals!

—Jenna Fear

Posted April 1, 2017. Updated April 3, 2018.

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