The smell of wool in the springtime.
|Algonquin Spinners Guild member and Shetland sheep breeder Diane Schrader demonstrated spinning at the Great Lakes Fiber Show.|
|The fleece competition and sale continues to grow.|
I just returned from a wonderful weekend at one of Ohio's largest fiber events, the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio. The small college town has been hosting the festival for nearly twenty years. Organizer Linda Reichert started the annual event as a craft show held in combination with the Great Lakes Sheep Show and Sale in 1994. It has grown to include four large barns of vendors, skein and fleece competitions, workshops, and more. The Algonquin Mill Spinners and Weavers helped staff a Just for Fun area with demonstrations planned with kids in mind, but open to all ages. Guild members helped with a variety of demonstrations like drop-spindle spinning and making felted bars of soap. The growing fleece competition and sale was moved to a new location this year and was also managed by guild members and other volunteers.
Events like the Great Lakes Fiber Show are such a source of creativity and vitality in our fiber community. Sitting on a sunny bench and watching shoppers fall in love with a fleece or discover a new fiber tool on a beautiful spring day is a unique pleasure. I'm sure many of you would agree. We can all thank dedicated organizers like Linda and the guild members who help make these events happen for many fiber memories.