Looking for Fiber Festivals?

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A flood of color in the Wild Hare Fiber Studio booth at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Photo: Melissa Yoder Ricks.

It’s that time of the year: flowers are blooming, lambs are bouncing, and fiber artists of all stripes are headed to their favorite fiber festivals. I’m able to visit quite a few fiber events throughout the year, but I enjoy hearing about the ones that I miss on social media. Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry are great ways to keep up with new products, workshops, and where to look for your next fleece.

Devin Helmen knitting his way through the Shepherd’s Harvest festival. Devin is a gifted fiber artist from the Twin Cities. Learn more about his handspun, woven blanket project on his blog: A Few Green Figs. Photo courtesy of Devin Helmen.

Devin Helmen knitting his way through the Shepherd’s Harvest festival. Devin is a gifted fiber artist from the Twin Cities. Learn more about his handspun, woven blanket project on his blog: A Few Green Figs. Photo courtesy of Devin Helmen.

Do you have any festivals or fiber events on your calendar this spring and summer? Here are just a few of the many yarn-centric gatherings that will be happening this month:

Shepherd’s Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival is happening this weekend in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. (May 13‒15, 2016.) Featuring Minnesota’s largest fleece competition, sheep shearing and fleece skirting demonstrations, vendors, workshops, and more. The Midwest Lama Association is sponsoring a new event at the festival this year: Lamapalooza!

Highland Wool and Textiles at Dingwall in Scotland, May 21.

Woolfest Auckland in New Zealand, May 28.

Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio, May 28‒29.

Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, Massachusetts May 28‒29.

Fiber Train Wool Festival in Kuna, Idaho, May 28‒29.

Devin's stash from last year's Shepherd's Harvest event. Photo: Devin Helmen.

Devin’s stash from last year’s Shepherd’s Harvest event. Photo: Devin Helmen.

 

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