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

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

by Joanne Seiff

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ISBN-13: 9780470289358
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/09/2009
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 10.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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 and 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



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.


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.

Fishtail Vest.


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.




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TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A book about fiber gatherings. It a good idea, and if I lived close to any of the described gatherings, I would attend. But, After the second or third descriptions, they all started sounding the same, with similar offerings, and similar setup. A few stand out in my mind, especially the Estes Park Wool Market in Colorado, and the Wool Festival at Taos. The patterns are nice, but I did not knit any. I especially liked the emphasis on learning how to spin. The chapter on sheep shearing is quite fun too. I think die hard fiber junkies will appreciate this book, but for the average knitter, its a one time read.
Janientrelac on LibraryThing 5 months ago
nice to look at, wide variety of projects including a really bad entrelac Polo sweater, bits on information on spinning including how to make potatoe spindle