The Fiber Festival of New England

Now that autumn is in full swing and the chill in the air gets a little stronger each and every day, it’s the absolute perfect time to play with wool. So what better time to go to a fiber festival than autumn? If you’re looking for a nice fiber festival and you’re in the Northeast, check out the Fiber Festival of New England.

This wonderful autumnal fiber festival is held November 3–4 at the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Fiber Festival of New England is a joint venture between the Eastern States Exposition and the New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association. It features over 150 vendors, workshops, demonstrations, competitions and—my personal favorite at any fiber festival—live animals, including alpacas, llamas, sheep, and rabbits.

Fiber Festival

Fiber festivals are a great opportunity to learn new fiber-related skills.

For those with holiday shopping on the mind, the timing of this festival is just about perfect. You can pick up yarns to weave up fabulous scarves for loved ones, buy one-of-a-kind handmade goodies from local artisans, or sign up for one of the various holiday-themed workshops where you can learn how to make an adorable sheep tree ornament, a Santa Claus wreath, or an adorable felted gnome in a class taught by Jennifer VanSant (although personally, I think gnomes are an appropriate year-round decor).

Fiber Festival

There’s something for everyone, young and old, at the Fiber Festival of New England.

If you prefer just to immerse yourself in the joys of fiber, there are plenty of classes to enjoy, including one on rigid-heddle weaving taught by Jill Staubitz who designed the Elegant Evening Rigid-Heddle Table Topper in the 2018 issue of Easy Weaving with Little Looms.

The festival costs $7 for attendees over the age of 13 and is free for children 12 and under. For more information about the festival and vendors, to sign up for workshops, and to see photos of wonderful woolly critters, check out the website.

Happy Woolly Weaving!

Featured Image: A demonstrator weaves on a rigid-heddle loom at the Fiber Festival of New England. Photos courtesy of the Fiber Festival of New England.

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