Great Lakes Fiber News for February & March 2018

Here are the fiber events happening in the Great Lakes region in February and March.  This is not an exhaustive list!  If you have a fiber event in the Great Lakes region that you’d like to share, click here to tell me about it.

Woolfolk Wool Elements Trunk Show at Spun

Friday February 2 – Sunday February 11, 2018

407 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Wool Elements showcases an sophisticated palette of natural wool colors in easy to knit and infinitely wearable accessories.  Happy hour reception on Friday February 9th from 4-6pm.

Sauder Village Fiber Fest

Sauder Village Knitting and Fiber Arts Retreat

Friday February 9 – Sunday February 11, 2018

The Sauder Heritage Inn is a cozy environment for a fiber retreat.  There’s plenty of space, a great breakfast, a hot tub to soak in, and Sauder Village right next door for a ramble through living history of the area. Registration is available for 2 or 3 day attendance.

Sweet Georgia Yarns Tough Love Sock Trunk Show at the Michigan Fibre Studio

Saturday February 10 – Saturday February 24, 2018

1503 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Come check out the beautiful range of colors available on Sweet Georgia’s most popular base yarn, Tough Love Sock.  Four samples from Sweet Georgia’s studio in Vancouver, BC, will be available for fondling!  Michigan Fibre Studio is open until midnight on February 23rd.

InterKnit Machine Knitter’s Guild

Saturday February 10, 2018, 10am-12pm

College of DuPage
SRC 1005, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL
“The Interknit Machine Knitting Guild was founded in the fall of 1995 and established for the support, education, and fellowship of machine knitters of all experience and expertise levels, regardless of the make or model of machine used.”

Spinner’s Flock February Guild Meeting

Saturday February 10, 2018, 10am-1pm

Beach Middle School
445 Mayer Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118
Spinner’s Flock monthly guild meetings are a great way to connect with area spinners, weavers, needlefelters, and shepherds.  There is a learner’s circle for spinners every month with wheels provided by the guild. Guests and new members are always welcome!

alpaca shearing

Buckeye Alpaca Show

Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 11, 2018

Arena Complex
Summit County Fairgrounds, Tallmadge, OH
The Buckeye Alpaca Show celebrates all that is camelid with a fleece competition, live auctions, and — or course — vendors.

Northern Fiber Arts Retreat

Wednesday February 14 – Sunday February 18, 2018

This cozy retreat on the shore of Lake Superior features more than two dozen classes about spinning, knitting, felting, sewing, and more.  As of early February, there were still many classes with space available.

Spinner's Flock Fleece Fair

Winter Fleece Fair

Saturday February 17, 2018, 10am-4pm

Beach Middle School
445 Mayer Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118
I’ve been going to this sale for 20 years and it doesn’t get more local than this.  The Fleece Fair is a GREAT place to buy fleece (raw and washed), roving, combed top, fiber tools of all kids, and books from local makers and shepherds. That room full of color and wool in the middle a Michigan winter is a truly a balm for the soul.  The prices are really good too.

fingerless mitts for beginning knitters

Beginning Knitting Class — taught by me!

Thursdays February 22 & March 3, 2018 11am-1pm

Spun
407 N. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
I love to teach beginning knitters. There’s nothing like that moment when everything clicks together!  In this class, taught over two sessions, I guide you through the basics of how to knit and we work on making a simple pair of fingerless mitts that incorporates these essentials skills.

Roving Indiana: Yarn Crawl

Friday February 23 – Sunday March 11, 2018

Encompassing 13 yarn shops in 10 cities, the Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl is 17-day celebration of all things woolly!  Check out the website for special events, limited edition yarn for the crawl, project ideas, and a pattern to knit your own passport holder.

Creative Spirit Fiber Festival

Friday February 23 – Saturday February 24, 2018

Calvary Lutheran Church
2508 Washington Ave SE, Bemidji, MN
“Come celebrate the best in fiber arts! Friday: in-depth classes taught by experienced instructors (pre-registration required). Saturday: Just $10 admission gets attendees into a vendor market filled with fiber-related items, free mini classes, trunk shows, demos, coffee and homemade treats, door prizes and more.”

Duluth Fiber Handcrafters Guild Meeting

Monday March 5, 2018, 6:30-8:30pm

Ruth Maney Room, Duluth Depot
506 W Michigan St, Duluth, MN
Guest speaking Anita Stech of Cut Loose Creations will talk to the guild about the environmental impact of clothing disposal and how artists are upcycling discarded items and working to reduce clothing pollution.

Jay County Fiber Arts Festival

Friday March 9 – Saturday March 10, 2018

Jay Community Center
115 E. Water St., Portland, IN
Two days of sheep, classes, shopping, art, and storytelling — what’s not to love?  Better yet, author, teacher, and fiber artist Kate Larson is giving a free lecture at 6pm Friday evening.  Not to be missed if you can get there!

machine knitting

InterKnit Machine Knitter’s Guild

Saturday March 10, 2018, 10am-12pm

College of DuPage
SRC 1005, 425 Fawell Blvd, Glen Ellyn, IL
“The Interknit Machine Knitting Guild was founded in the fall of 1995 and established for the support, education, and fellowship of machine knitters of all experience and expertise levels, regardless of the make or model of machine used.”

Spinner’s Flock March Guild Meeting

Saturday March 10, 2018, 10am-1pm

Beach Middle School
445 Mayer Dr, Chelsea, MI 48118
Spinner’s Flock monthly guild meetings are a great way to connect with area spinners, weavers, needlefelters, and shepherds.  There is a learner’s circle for spinners every month with wheels provided by the guild. Guests and new members are always welcome!

Cedarburg Spur Fiber Arts Trail

Friday March 16 – Saturday March 17, 2018

Cedarburg, Grafton, and Thiensville, WI
This festival “celebrates the opening of ‘Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince’ exhibit at Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Art. Free Admission on Friday and Saturday. Tour local maker spaces and galleries. Shop local makers and businesses. Drop-in make and take sessions. Full-day and half-day textile workshops. See the 1860s carding mill in action at the Cedarburg Woolen Mill.”

Madison Knitters Guild Knit-In

Friday March 16 – Sunday March 18, 2018

Alliant Energy Center
1919 Alliant Energy Center Way, Madison, WI
Classes with nationally recognized teachers Susan B. Anderson, Kate Larson, Laura Linneman, Patty Lyons, and Laura Nelkin.  Plus demos, knit-alongs, luncheons, mini skein exchange, stitch marker swap, evening games, and 30 fabulous vendors.

For the Love of Fiber

Saturday March 17, 2018, 10am-5pm

Ramada Inn and Conference Center
1450 S Atherton St, State College, PA
This one-day event celebrates all things woolly with a finished object fashion show, classes, and vendors.

Threaded Streams Fiber Arts Trail Creativity Weekend

Friday March 22 – Sunday March 24, 2018

Baraboo, Portage, Prairie du Sac, and Lodi, WI
Discover maker stories, local textile history, classes, workshops, and demonstrations in this multi-destinaton getaway.

Black Swamp Spinner’s Guild Market Day and Fiber Fair

Saturday March 24, 2018, 9am-4pm

Junior Fair Building, Wood County Fairgrounds
13800 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH
Market Day is a friendly show bringing together wonderful vendors from around the Great Lakes region.  Highly recommended!

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