It’s Time! Register for Interweave Yarn Fest

As the year winds to an end, I start planning my calendar for next year. At the top of the list, you’ll find all of the upcoming fiber events that I look forward to attending. Registration for classes at fiber festivals usually takes place months in advance, and Interweave Yarn Fest is no exception. Registration is now open!

As the saying goes, “The early bird gets the worm,” and I want to make sure that I can spend my class time with my favorite instructors. Here’s what I am looking forward to at Interweave Yarn Fest 2019:

Pat Olski’s Dorset buttons, which were featured in the March/April 2018 issue of PieceWork. Photo by George Boe.

1. Dorset Buttons with Kate Larson

Beloved handspinning teacher (and Spin Off Editor) Kate Larson is a multitalented woman. Her crafty repertoire goes beyond simply making yarn. Take her Dorset button class, and you’ll be hooked. In the March/April 2018 issue of PieceWork, Pat Olski shared with us the fascinating history behind Dorset buttons and how to make them. But I find learning a new craft is easier when you can see someone maneuver the thread around the ring in person.

The “No. 61.—Tudor Pattern.” from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1.

2. Macramé with Daniela Nii

Have you heard? Macramé is back! This hot home-decor trend will take some of us back in time, but with a modern twist, the look is fresh and new. As the Peter Allen song goes, “Everything Old Is New Again.” But the macramé trend didn’t start in the 1970s. . . oh no, dear reader. Crack open the first volume of Weldon’s Practical Needlework and feast your eyes on the spectacular work created in the Victorian era. As with all needlework, this craft has a history.

Galina Khmeleva’s “Valentina’s Polushawl to Knit,” which was featured in PieceWork’s May/June 2017 issue. Photo by George Boe.

3. Heavy and Warm Shawls with Galina Khmeleva

I had the honor to block Galina Khmeleva’s “Valentina’s Polushawl to Knit,” which was featured in PieceWork’s May/June 2017 issue, before the photo shoot. It’s a lovely example of an Orenburg warm shawl, and seeing an exquisite piece of knitting up close is indeed priceless. Take the class, and you’ll get to see Galina’s stunning shawls up close, too.

With a full schedule of stellar classes and an expanded marketplace, Interweave Yarn Fest in Loveland, Colorado, is going to be the place to be March 27-31, 2019.

See you there!


A few of Kate Larson’s handmade Dorset buttons. Photo by Kate Larson.

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