Fall Fiber Festivals

It’s that time of year when the kids have gone back to school and the thermometer is trying to dip to more manageable levels (at least we hope so) and, the light changes to a lower angle signaling Autumn.

I had the chance to attend the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA last weekend. What a lovely festival. Its held at the Clarke Ruritan Fairgrounds. There were several buildings with vendors of fiber, tools, yarn and other goodies. There were food vendors and a show of Angora Goats. This was new to me.

I’ve begun dipping my toes into the Mohair world and was very glad to see the fiber “on the hoof” and speak with some breeders. My most recent spinning adventure has been the Bouclè yarn (see previous post) and a desire to make a brushed Mohair yarn that I can use in blankets. I found lovely fiber and some yarn and asked several people if they’d had experience with spinning a brushed mohair, and luckily, I spoke with one of the breeders who gave me some tips that I’m looking forward to playing with.

I was also “scoping out” vendor displays because soon I’m going to open an Etsy shop under the Summerhill Spinner name. If I do decide to exhibit at any shows, I thought it would be a good idea to see what people do and to speak with vendors about their experiences. I learned quite a bit.

I definitely enjoyed the cooler weather and appreciated the shady spot the festival used for the exterior vendor booths. There has been a lot of rain in the northeast and it had rained quite heavily for a couple of days before the festival. That made for some “lake front” vendor spots on Saturday which had pretty well dried up by Sunday.

I’ll post again soon with some more information about the new shop. Until then, enjoy Autumn (or whatever season you are currently experiencing. They’re all good).

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