Thursday, February 8, 2018

Happy 2018 and my show far! (Update - 2/20/2018)

I am so excited to be vending at a few fairs and fiber festivals this year!  This seems to be my year of creativity because my brain is constantly finding new and fun designs to draw out!  Lately, I've been working on putting kits together, which includes a pattern, cut wool (#8), a rug hook, and a frame.  Hooking the models are the most fun part because I can actually see how much wool is used in each pattern.  I'm also offering just patterns as well as my own dyed wool and finished items.  These will also be in my Etsy shop along with some off the bolt wool that I have listed at pretty good prices.  This off the bolt wool came from a now closed rug braiding shop, so it's really best used for #6 and up rug hooking strips, wool applique, and, of course, rug braiding.

Here's my schedule for 2018....always subject to additions/changes, so check back often!

April 14 - Oxford Fiber Festival - 10am-4pm April 15, 12pm-4pm

Twitchell Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner Ln., Oxford, CT

April 28th - 109th CT Sheep and Wool Festival

 Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT
GPS  - 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

This is my third year vending at this show, and it's always a lot of fun.  My friend, Dawn from Coon Hollow Farm is also vending there and will be one booth down from me this year. 

June 16th - Quiet Corner Hook-in  - 9:00am to 3:00pm

Woodstock Fairgrounds
RT 169 & 171
So. Woodstock, CT

This hook in is hosted by a group of ladies that are just the nicest around.  (hubbies, sons, grands, etc also pitch in to help set up and break down).  Truly a beautiful place with gorgeous views, generous parking and wonderful people.

July 21st and 22nd & July 28th and 29th - Massachusetts Renaissance Faire

Cummington Fairgrounds
97 Fairgrounds Road
Cummington, MA 01026

This is a new one for me, and I am so excited about being asked to be a vendor!  Each weekend is themed, so July 21-22 is a Pirate Weekend and July 28-29 is a Time Traveler Weekend.  If you've never been to a Renaissance Faire, come on out and check it out!!

Nov. 3, 9am-5pm & Nov. 4, 9am-3pm - The Fiber Festival of New England

Mallary complex at Eastern States Exposition 

This is a great festival that, for me, kind of wraps up the season.  It grows by leaps and bounds every year!  My friend, Dawn at Coon Hollow Farm  shares her booth with me, and we have a blast!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Fiber Peeps are the best people!!

Last weekend was the New England Fiber Festival in West Springfield, MA, and I had the best time!  Before I go into how much fun it was, I need to thank my pal, Dawn at Coon Hollow Farm.  She has had her booth for a while, and invited me to share it with her for the past three years.  We make a pretty good team all the way around!

So, on to the festival details!  My booth has finally been tweaked so much that I am super happy with it!  Every fair/festival I do, I come home and pour over pictures of my booth, finding things I need to change as well as things that just don't work.  This year, I'm really happy.

We were so busy, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of everything else.  Please visit Dawn's blog, Coon Hollow Farm to see her wanderings. 

As with every other year I've been a vendor at this show, I met the nicest people.  Rug hookers, knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters, wool appliquers, you name it, the fiber people were there.  Just being in that happy place for the whole weekend has really fueled the muse for me.  I was chatting with a couple I had met last year (I am horrible with names, so apologies), and the told me about an arts initiative in Southington, CT,  SoCCA.   It seems to be somewhere I might be able to have rug hooking classes, kind of a central place.  There was many requests for "refresher" rug hooking classes for people that have all the "stuff", but put it down years ago and now want to pick it up again.  I will be working on a schedule for classes over the holidays and hopefully will have lots of stuff to report after the new year!

I'm going to add a few pictures of some my most recent rugs and will have some new listings in my Etsy shop this weekend! Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Fibery gooodness this weekend!

The 2017 Connecticut Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival is here!  Aaron and I drove up to Vernon this afternoon/evening and set up the booth, and it looks pretty good!  I have to admit to feeling like the small fish in a big pond, but you've got to start somewhere, right?!

So it's up early tomorrow morning to get on the road and to the festival no later than 8:00am for some last minute booth tweaking and a wee bit of relaxing before the crowds.  I'll have pics galore to share once I get back.

Wish me luck!!  And if anybody's interested in going, I'll put the info below.  I'm in the Green Building and my pal Dawn of Coon Hollow Farm is in the White Barn. 

Connecticut Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival



2017 Connecticut Sheep, Wool & Fiber Festival
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9 AM to 4 PM - Rain or Shine
 Route 30, Vernon/Rockville, CT
GPS  - 24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon, CT

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hooking Bunnies and Ravens

I tend to draw larger designs.  Really, I try to do smaller rugs, mats, mug rugs, etc, but it just doesn't seem to work  The runner I'm currently working on is pretty long, and while I don't have the measurements with me, the background in this picture took me almost two hours!  Luckily, Easter is quite a ways away!

Here's a few more pictures of the same runner so you can get an idea of what it's going to look like.  I think I'm going to offer this as a pattern in my Etsy store.  My first one!

Above is the other side, and below is a picture of my hooking the border.  I'll have to take a couple of better pictures tonight after I get home.

I also finished binding my Raven and Sunflower mat.  This one isn't so big, but I did try a new way to bind a rug called a show binding. You have to be more careful while sewing the strip of wool to the edge so that the stitches won't show, but it's much easier on your fingers than whip stitching with yarn.

 This is the front of the rug.  I do like hooking the background in straight lines for some rugs, but still like the look of motion when hooking around the objects on the rug.

Now showing a part of the binding.  

This weekend, I will do another dye run.  Haven't picked the color yet, but it's going to be great fun!  I'll definitely post pictures!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Vendor Schedule!

So this year, I have decided to up my game on the vendor shows I am participating in.  It's quite exciting as well as a little intimidating because the dyeing, hooking, creating is going into overdrive on my end!  Here's my list so far, with one I am waiting for the jurying process to be completed.

The 2017 CT Sheep and Wool Festival - one day of some great vendors, sheepdog trials, and hanging with other fiber people!

 Made in Connecticut Expo 2017 - May 13 and 14 at the Farmington Polo Grounds, 152 Town Farm Rd, Farmington, CT.  I don't have a webpage for this one, but the pictures and reviews from last year looked great!

Second Annual ATHA Quiet Corner Hook-In - I was a vendor here last year, and let me tell you, you can't ask for a more welcoming and happy group of hookers!  Set up was a breeze with helpers everywhere, and man can these ladies cook!  

I will keep the last show a secret until I hear back from the jury process.  It's a biggie, and right now I'm behaving as if I've been accepted, ie. dyeing wool like a fool and creating kits and patterns like a crazy woman!