Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

If you’re going to be anywhere near Hemlock, New York, in mid-September, make sure to attend the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. The 2018 festival will take place on September 15 and 16 at the Hemlock Fairgrounds and will include opportunities for learning new skills, watching demonstrations, hanging out with fiber animals, and of course, shopping for fiber and fiber-related goodies!

The festival was originally founded by the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild to educate the public about fiber and to support small farms, local artists, and fiber businesses. While the guild has stepped back into the role of sponsor, the festival’s mission remains the same. As such, workshops, demonstrations, and other educational opportunities are part and parcel of the festival.

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

Shawls on display at the 2017 Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. PHOTO BY ANITA CONHEADY-LOPEZ

Attendees can look forward to dozens of demonstrations over the weekend including the perennial favorites: sheepshearing, sheepherding, and spinning, as well as unique demonstrations featuring chair caning and flax spinning. For those who want to get more hands-on experience, there is a wide variety of fiber classes and competitions to choose from. Just make sure you’re signed up for classes by September 7 and have any competition entries submitted by August 18.

Of course, any fiber festival isn’t complete without the opportunity to add to your fiber stash, find fun new tools, or purchase other handmade goodies. Finger Lakes Fiber Festival is no exception, and visitors will be able to purchase fleeces, yarns, equipment for weaving and spinning, dyes, beads, and other handmade goodies including cheese, wine, and soap. For shoppers who work up an appetite, several food vendors will also be on hand.

Happy Weaving!

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

Souvenir from the 2017 festival. PHOTO BY TORI REILLY

Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 16, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hemlock Fairgrounds, Hemlock, New York. $7 per person, 12 and under free

Please note pets are not allowed anywhere on the fairgrounds, including the parking lot

You can find the complete 2018 Class Schedule, including detailed class descriptions, skill levels and prerequisites, supplies lists, etc. here and information on entering competitions here.

Find related Interweave posts on Fiber Festivals here!

Featured Image: Lambs with colored fleece. PHOTO BY MARCIA WEINERT

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