A wooly weekend at the Great Lakes Fiber Show
|These are just a few of the many beautiful skeins entered into the show's thriving skein competition. Photos: Kate Larson.|
|Warm, springtime fiber festivals are perfect for a bit of spindle spinning.|
|Jen Kemery of TurtleMade came from Pennsylvania to share her beautiful hand-dyed fibers, art punis, and more. Check out that beautiful shawl and hat!|
Each Memorial Day weekend for twenty years, spinners have descended upon Wooster, Ohio, for the Great Lakes Fiber Show. Organizer Linda Reichert started the annual event as a craft show held in combination with the Great Lakes Sheep Show and Sale in 1994. It has grown to include four large barns of great vendors, skein and fleece competitions, workshops, and more.
Several guilds take part in the event, and Linda is always looking for new ways the local textile community can participate. The Algonquin Spinners and Weavers Guild does a great job supporting and improving the fleece competition each year. Guild members not only help with the show but talk with visitors about the fleeces, sheep, and why fiber folks love wool so much! Members of the Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild host a booth to share information about their group and textile crafts.
Vendors from around the region range from more familiar faces such as Fiber Optic and Lucky Cat Craft, to small farms and local vendors such as Loch Lomond Studio. Sorry you missed the show? Mark your calendar for next year!