Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More Than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals

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Meet the people, sample the flavor, and experience the kinship through 11 unique events and more than 25 inspiring projects

Throughout history, we've gathered together in the market square. We're there to buy and sell, to get good deals on fibers, fabrics, fruits, vegetables, and bread, but we're also there to see friends, gossip, trade recipes, and admire new clothes. We've got an eye on each other's animals, and we're going to keep them from getting into any trouble. It's our ...

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Overview

Meet the people, sample the flavor, and experience the kinship through 11 unique events and more than 25 inspiring projects

Throughout history, we've gathered together in the market square. We're there to buy and sell, to get good deals on fibers, fabrics, fruits, vegetables, and bread, but we're also there to see friends, gossip, trade recipes, and admire new clothes. We've got an eye on each other's animals, and we're going to keep them from getting into any trouble. It's our chance to hold someone else's baby or to congratulate a new grandmother. It's a chance to connect, to touch, and to bond with others.

These days, it's easy to feel like we live in scary times, and sometimes we're less neighborly than we used to be. Our lives are filled with long distances and technology. We're more likely to make cyberfriends than visit with someone down the street. Our lives are full of work, school, and caretaking, but how many of us still live near our families? Our hometowns? How do we reach out to one another?
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Prolific designer Seiff takes crafters on a tour of 11 of the largest and most popular fiber festivals in the United States. The festival profiles will provide crafters with vacation plans for the next several years, and the projects will inspire readers to try something new. For all fiber artists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470289358
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joanne Seiff is a freelance writer, knitwear designer, educator, and fiber artist. Her writing and designs have appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Better Homes and Gardens' Knit It!, Spin-Off, Belle Armoire, and Wild Fibers magazines; in the KnitPicks Yarn Catalog; in the Lion Brand Book, Just Gifts and the KnitLit books; and online at Knitty.com and Handspinners.com. She has won awards and sold handspun yarn nationwide. In December 2005, her handspun and handknitted art was part of a juried exhibition at the Kiana Malekzadeh Gallery in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Northeast.

Chapter 1: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

The Food.

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.

Deep V.

The Curious Ewe.

Chapter 3: New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival.

What’s NEAOBA?

Apple Crisp Recipe.

Unmistakably Warm Cowl.

Natural Alpaca Ruana.

South.

Chapter 4: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair.

Asheville.

Quick Felted Sweater Bag.

Blossom.

Chapter 5: The Tennessee State Fair: A Spinning Competition and Fleece Auction.

How to Wash Fleece: A General Guide.

Spinning for Speed.

Midwest.

Chapter 6: Michigan Fiber Festival.

Kumihimo.

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.

West.

Chapter 9: Black Sheep Gathering.

The Woolen Mill.

Fishtail Vest.

Evergreen.

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.

Andean Plying.

Techniques.

Resources.

Index.

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