Spinners out and aboutEstes Park Wool Market to Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival

 

Susan McFarland won Grand Champion at Estes Park this year with her Teeswater ram, Ralphie. Also pictured, judge Brian Faris. Photo courtesy of Susan McFarland.
Meanwhile in Indiana, gorgeous Teeswater locks in the LunabudKnits booth were turning heads. Photo: Kate Larson. 

Springtime to many spinners around the country means fiber festival season. Last weekend, fiber folks were out en mass in many communities. In Colorado, the ever-popular Estes Park Wool Market drew a crowd, and Indiana celebrated the eleventh annual Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival.

 

Estes Park has hosted a thriving fiber event for twenty-four years. This year the event was held in a new facility but had the same blend of familiar faces and excited newcomers. Susan McFarland of Susan's Fiber Shop traveled from her home in Wisconsin with a few of her beautiful Teeswater sheep to exhibit at the show. She was excited to win Grand Champion with her Teeswater ram, Ralphie! In addition to the sheep and wool show, spinners can participate in the skein competition, or simply enjoy the fabulous vendors and beautiful fibers.

 

Cinda Peurala of Sassy Bee Fibers brightened Hoosier Hills with beautiful batts and combed tops. Photo: Kate Larson.

 

Indiana spinners, weavers, and knitters, enjoyed a sunny day at the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, just south of Indianapolis. The fleece show and fiber arts competitions kept visitors busy, but there were plenty of opportunities to find luscious fibers and interesting new tools. Stephanie Stratton of LunabudKnits was a popular vendor again this year with a booth bursting with color and texture. Beautiful handmade Russian and Turkish spindles were available in the Sistermaide booth. Owner and woodworker Diane drew a crowd while demonstrating how she makes supported spindles using a lathe.

 

Did you have a fantastic experience at a fiber festival this spring? Share it with us on Spinner's Connection! Contact Kate at katelarsontextiles@gmailcom if you have story ideas, news, or events.  

 

Diane Soper of Sistermaide demonstrating lathe-work spindles at Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival. Photo: Kate Larson.

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