I had never been to a Fleece Festival before. In fact, I had never even heard of a Fleece Festival!
It was all because of Facebook, and a few fibre loving friends. When the event popped up in my newsfeed I penned the date into my planner (I do keep a planner on my phone, but I also love having a hard copy! Every year it’s a big moment for me when I select my new yearly planner from Chapters, but that’s another story!).
October 14th I jumped in our van, Woodstock, Ontario is only about an hour from us.
I was so excited (and not just because I was going to be kid free for a few hours!), and the event way beyond my expectations.
For those of you who have never been to one, a Fleece or fibre Festival is a celebration of fibre art – spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting, and even though it wasn’t as advertised, Crochet!
The venue was packed with local venders of various Fibres – silk, alpaca, angora, wool – you name it! There were various workshops and demonstrations held throughout the day. I stood in on an angora grooming demonstration.
How cute it he?! The demonstration definately made me want one and if I didn’t have a border collie puppy at home I would have been seriously tempted.
At this particular event they had three buildings including two barns. I never got a final count be there was no shortage of things to view and along with the yarns and Fibres there were plenty of crafts, pottery, woodwork.
Above you’ll see hand crafted buttons, rosewood crochet hooks and yarn Bowls, beautiful ceramic and clay yarn Bowls and Needle holds and lots of fibre related crafts like the little wooly sheep pin.
Lots of unique yarn:
Yes, those are Barbie Ken doll heads spin into the yarn. If you were brave enough to purchase some, you were given free patterns to help inspire!
I believe this is meant for weaving, but wouldn’t it be cool to crochet with??
In the end I had an absolutely amazing time, have so many ideas running through my head about what I would love to do and make – including spinning and dying my own yarn!
Have you ever been to a fibre festival? Please don’t hesitate to share your experience below!
ian laing says
In one of the photographs on your web page there are coffee mugs with caricature sheep. My wife attended workshops at the Woodstock fleece festival and bought this mug which has since broken and I’d like to replace it. Is this possible?
You would have to contact the maker of the mug – perhaps reach out to the Woodstock Fleece Festival.