Good Fibrations—August Fiber Festivals

What's on your wheel this summer? Photo: Kate Larson.

What’s on your wheel this summer? Photo: Kate Larson.

 

 

Earlier this week, I was excited to share a bit about the British Wool Show in York, England. If you are in North America this August, there are great wool festivals on the calendar for you, too. Here are just a few of this month’s many fiber festivals:

Courtesy of Amelie Blanchard.

Courtesy of Amelie Blanchard.

Festival Twist
Complexe Whissell
Saint-André-Avellin, Québec, Canada
August 18‒21, 2016 (workshops and festival)
More than 20,000 people are expected to visit Québec’s Festival Twist later this month. The event was established by spinner and cashmere-grower Amélie Blanchard in 2011 and has grown by leaps and bounds each year. The workshop roster includes offerings for spinners, knitters, embroiderers, lacemakers, rug hookers, and more. With over 140 vendors, great demonstrations, and a homegrown food fair, fiber lovers of all stripes will have a great weekend in beautiful southern Québec. Learn more on Facebook.

The shady Allegan, Michigan, fairgrounds. Photo: Kate Larson

The shady Allegan, Michigan, fairgrounds. Photo: Kate Larson

Michigan Fiber Festival
Allegan County Fairgrounds
Allegan, Michigan
August 17‒21, 2016 (workshops and festival)
Allegan, Michigan, is an annual summer destination for many spinners in the Midwest and beyond. The Michigan Fiber Festival is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a long list of workshops in spinning, basketmaking, crochet, felting, and more. Just outside the fiber-laden vending halls that feature businesses from eighteen states, a crowd of fiber friends from around the region gathers each year under a shady tree to catch up and spin together. More information on entry, parking, and vendor locations can be found on Facebook.

Fibrations
The Fairfield Gonzales Community Place
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
August 19‒21, 2016 (workshop and festival)
Fibrations is “a community-based celebration of all things fibre” held in Victoria, British Columbia. The Sunday event is a convergence of several guilds, shops, and more than sixty vendors. You can read a great article about the very successful 2015 event here. The Fibrations Facebook page has further information about vendors, workshops, and a Saturday-night screening of Tunniit: Retracing the lines of Inuit tattoos.

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