Friday, January 15, 2010

Winter Fuzz Fest

Saturday, January 30 10 am - 2 pm
The Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC
Downtown Exeter, New Hampshire

The first Winter Fuzz Fest

At this free event, there will be shopping, eating, spinning and weaving demos, and more!!!

Sarah Haskell will bring looms for people to weave prayer flags. What a great chance to try weaving on a table or floor loom and to participate in a great project!

Riverslea Farms will be selling local wool products, including yarns and sheep skins.

Water Street Bookstore will offer books specially selected by the craftspeople.

Spinners with various types of wheels, and even at least one spinner spinning directly from a rabbit in her lap will be making gorgeous yarn.

A basket maker and a cane carver are participating, as well as knitters and weavers.

Things you can do at the Fuzz Fest:
  • Weave a prayer flag
  • Try a drop spindle
  • Make a nesting ball
  • Felt some beads for a bracelet
  • Listen to a story
  • Learn about needle felting
  • Be part of a human loom
  • Feel the softness of many kinds of natural fibers
  • Shop
  • Snack on refreshments for sale

There will be a wide variety of looms being used including floor looms, table looms, a Swedish band loom, and possibly others. One weaver will demonstrate dressing your loom (putting the threads in place to get ready to weave). This event will be a great place to learn more about weaving and spinning.

For more details, check out the official flyer and the schedule of activities.

In case of snow or bad weather, cancellation information will be on the church website.

What else is within walking distance of the Fuzz Fest?

The Chocolatier - my favorite chocolate shop

Photography exhibit and talk at Exeter Town Hall
(Gallery Talk at 1 pm: Collecting Photos)

Who's got free wireless?: Me & Ollie's Cafe and Exeter Public Library

Exeter Fine Crafts - inspiring shop for browsing or shopping

For a bite to eat, I recommend:
Blue Moon Cafe, Green Bean on Water, Loaf and Ladle, or Me and Ollie's


Sara said...

Are you going to go to this event???

Hilary said...

I am so have such great fiber events where you live.
And I LOVE the Loaf and Ladle.....had always been one of my favorite places.

Acorn to Oak said...

The sheep picture is adorable! This event sounds fun. I wish I lived close enough to go.

Sharon said...

What Hilary said. I thought the Black Sheep Gathering was a cool event. Then I went to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show. You guys back there know how to fiber it up. Fuzz it up?

charlotte said...

This sounds like such a great event! I wish we had something like that here. It's so cool to show the whole process fraom animal fo yarn and garment.

~ The Jolly Bee ~ said...

I love the picture. And what a wonderful event. I'm jealous.

Delighted Hands said...

Have a great time-we expect some fantastic photos!

Susan B. said...

I should actually be able to go to this - it is only 30 minutes away from where I live!

Cindie Kitchin eweniquely ewe said...

Wow, Fuzz Fest sounds like a great event - I hope it's well attended and it becomes a yearly event.

Julie said...

Sounds so like so much fun! I so wish I lived closer, really closer to there! That is such a cute picture!

Anonymous said...

Spinning directly from a rabbit - that's awesome! Hope I can make it to Exeter that day to check it out!

Life Looms Large said...

I wish all of you lived closer too!!

I'm hoping to make it to the Fuzz Fest, but I'm not positive yet. (Obviously I'm not selling or demonstrating.)

The bunny being used for spinning is angora I believe. I don't think you can just spin yarn from the fur of any bunny, no matter how cute. (Although I'm no bunny -> yarn conversion maybe I'm giving you false info here. Hopefully you can come see the spinning in progress. It's the coolest thing!)

Hope to see lots of you there!!


Terri said...

Love the sheep picture! How nice to have a fiber event to go to time of year instead. It seems like they are always crammed up in the spring and fall.