Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 20 Projects Inspired by America`s Festivals
For fiber lovers, a festival is more than a setting for buying and selling materials—it s a gathering place where artisans, designers, farmers, and friends come together to teach, learn, share, and celebrate this timeless art in a unique 21st Century marketplace.
Join author Joanne Seiff as she details the rich heritage, sprawling agriculture, and unique flavor of eleven fiber events throughout the U.S. From the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival to Oregon s Black Sheep Gathering—and lots of others in between—you ll get a taste of what each festival has to offer through a rich mix of photography, essays, lore, and even a local recipe. Talented designers have contributed top of the line patterns for you to knit, crochet, spin, felt, hook, and dye your own distinctive masterpieces using fibers that are ubiquitous to each festival. Whether you re working with a sophisticated mohair silk blend or skirting a fleece on shearing day, the twenty five projects in this book are representative of the best of America s fiber festivals.
Perfect for the armchair traveler and fiber enthusiast alike, Fiber Gathering lets you bring America s most celebrated festivals into your heart and home—and inspires you to create clothing, art, and meaning from these time honored crafts.
Chapter 1: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
Sheep Dog Demonstrations.
Mary Jane Socks.
Spirited Entrelac Polo.
Learning to Hand Dye Multicolored Yarn.
Chapter 2: New York State Sheep and Wool Festival.
New York Wine and Cheese.
Festive Fingerless Mitts.
The Curious Ewe.
Chapter 3: New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival.
What s NEAOBA?
Apple Crisp Recipe.
Unmistakably Warm Cowl.
Natural Alpaca Ruana.
Chapter 4: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.
Quick Felted Sweater Bag.
Chapter 5: The Tennessee State Fair: A Spinning Competition and Fleece Auction.
How to Wash Fleece: A General Guide.
Spinning for Speed.
Chapter 6: Michigan Fiber Festival.
Inexpensive Tools for Spinning: A Drop Spindle.
Inexpensive Tools for Knitting: Knitting Needles.
Creating a Skein.
Chapter 7: Heart of America Sheep Show and Fiber Fest.
The New U.S. Lamb Market.
Sit Upon: A Crocheted Wool Roving Seat Pad.
Icelandic Winter Cap.
Chapter 8: Shearing Day.
Preparing for and Helping at a Sheep Shearing.
Skirting a Fleece.
Chapter 9: Black Sheep Gathering.
The Woolen Mill.
Chapter 10: Estes Park Wool Market.
Lamb s for Lunch.
Mountain Ripple Socks.
Men s Crochet Mock Cable Sweater.
Chapter 11: The Wool Festival at Taos.
New Mexico Weaving Traditions.
Navajo Churro Sheep.
A Trio of Southwestern Style Pillows.
Chapter 12: Conclusions: Building Your Own Fiber Gathering.
Thick & Thin Baby Coat & Cap.
Classy Aran Long Skirt.