Asheville's Famous Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair


Show ready. Laura from FarmGirl Arts brought beautiful sheep to SAFF. Photos: Kate Larson.
Have spindle, must sample! Leicester Longwool fiber from Solitude Wool. 
Susan McFarland with one of her Teeswater rams. 

Each October, crowds of fiber folks head to Asheville, North Carolina, for the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair. The event, often lovingly referred to as SAFF, draws visitors and vendors from around the region for three days of workshops, great shopping, and livestock shows.



SAFF always has a great mix of spinning, felting, knitting, and basketmaking instructors. Spinning instructors this year included:

Abby Franquemont (who will be teaching at Interweave Yarn Fest in April),

Catherine Goodwin (one word: Spindolyn),

Constance Hall (see her article on spindles in the current issue of Spin-Off), and

Esther Rogers (known for the creativity and color bursting from her handspun JazzTurtle Creations yarns).



The vendor buildings were buzzing with activity throughout the three-day event. Stephanie Stratton of LunabudKnits drew a crowd while making fun, bright batts in her booth, and the beautiful, breed-specific fibers and yarns from Solitude Wool were a hit. Susan McFarland was able to duck out of the ever-busy Susan's Fiber Shop booth to show a few of her Teeswater sheep on Sundaythey did quite well, as you can see.



Head to Asheville next year on October 30‒November 1 to join the fun!



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