Michigan Fiber FestivalJacob fleeces, Amy Tyler, and more!
|Everyone enjoyed the cool, sunny weather at Michigan Fiber Festival this year. Photo: Kate Larson.|
|A beautiful fleece from Sweetgrass Jacobs—a must have! Photo: Kate Larson.|
Fiber artists descended, once again, on Allegan, Michigan, for a wonderful weekend together. Michigan Fiber Festival (MFF) offers three days of vendors and four and a half days of classes. With such a full schedule, it sets the Allegan County Fairgrounds buzzing with spinning wheels and excited conversations about new fiber loves. Just outside the vending halls, fiber friends from around the region meet up each year under a shady tree to catch up and spin together. There were many fiber groups and guilds represented this year including the Black Sheep Knitting Guild from Birmingham, MI; Wool Gatherers from Plymouth, MI; Windy City Knitting Guild from Chicago, IL; Michigan Handspinners Guild from Livonia, MI, and more!
There is a great mix of local and out-of-state vendors and this is the only place a number of Michigan fiber producers vend each year. I was very happy to come home this year with a fleece from Sweetgrass Jacobs from St. Johns, MI. Ann Arbor-based Happy Fuzzy Yarn had a great display of handspun yarns and Morgaine of Carolina Homespun drove the "YarnV" from California full of fiber goodies.
With twenty-seven instructors teaching a wide range of fiber arts, there was something for everyone. Among the instructors was the lovely Amy Tyler, who was teaching at MFF for the seventh year. I met Amy last year when we were both first-time SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) instructors. Amy has a fascinating background with degrees in modern dance, kinesiology, and animal physiology! She brings a unique approach to learning movement skills and systematic exploration, blending her science background with her creative aesthetic—and she is a kind and generous person to top it all off! You can learn more about her fiber adventures on her blog and see what she is teaching at SOAR this year on the event website.
|Amy Tyler will be a mentor at SOAR again this year. Photo courtesy of Amy Tyler.|
|Amy has developed several methods to help you combine your yarn stash and your fiber stash to create something unique and beautiful. Photo courtesy of Amy Tyler.|