What’s New for Interweave Yarn Fest 2019

Interweave Yarn Fest is back for its 5th year in 2019! With 4 years under our belt, you might think we’ve settled into a routine, but we still have surprises in store for students, shoppers, teachers, and crafters. Here’s what new delights you’ll find at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colorado, March 27–31, 2019:

New-to-Us Spinning Teachers

Spinning has always been crucial at Interweave Yarn Fest (though I’ll admit that as the former editor of Spin Off I might be a little biased). This year, in addition to our favorite returning teachers, we’re welcoming three new faces in the classroom: Joan Ruane, Terri Drouin-Guerette, and Devin Helmen. Joan is best known for spinning cotton, and she’ll offer classes on tahkli spinning and Putting Color in Your Cotton Spinning, but she’ll also teach about one of the coolest cellulose fibers around: Spinning Fabulous Hemp. Terri is well known for her spinning demonstrations at historical reenactments and will teach about Spinning in Public but she’ll also teach spinning fundamentals in What Every Spinner Needs to Know. And prolific spindle spinner Devin Helmen will help Troubleshoot Your Spindle Spinning and offer tricks for Productive Spinning.

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Hemp fiber

New Classes & Subjects

Kate Larson will do double-duty this year as editor of Spin Off and one of our most popular teachers. This year, she’s offering a class that’s new to us, Spinning Nordic Wools, in which she’ll cover Shetland and Icelandic as well as Gotland and Pelssau. She’s also developed a brand-new class, Vibrant: Blending and Spinning for Color Effects.

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John Mullarkey uses his handspun silk for tablet woven shoelaces, and his laces outlast his shoes! Photo courtesy of John Mullarkey

Outside the spinning realm, John Mullarkey will teach one of his most fun classes, Tablet Weaving: Woven Shoelaces. We have new and delightful classes in knitting, crochet, dyeing, kumihimo, macramé, and more. We’re even offering our first-ever Introduction to Punch Needle Rug Hooking.

New Wednesday Classes

For the first time, we’ll be offering 9 classes on Wednesday, including 2 spinning classes. There’s no market Wednesday (or Sunday), so the event will be quieter and avoid temptation. (If you’re into that sort of thing.)

Bigger Market

Speaking of the market, Interweave Yarn Fest 2019 will have our biggest marketplace ever. We’ve added some new vendors, and some of our favorite vendors from years past will have extra space to spread out their extra goodies.

All in all, it looks like the 5th Interweave Yarn Fest will be the best one yet. Check out the website to choose classes and events, get a sneak peek at vendors, and more!

—Anne Merrow

Featured Image: Kate Larson debuts a new class, Vibrant: Blending and Spinning for Color Effects, at Interweave Yarn Fest 2019. Photo by Kate Larson

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