As a long time weaver who has gone to many fiber festivals over the years, I was looking forward to my first fiber festival as a seller. The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival in Hemlock, NY was going to be held on the weekend of September 19 but it was cancelled out of concern for everyone’s health and safety due to COVID.
While I am disappointed that I won’t be able to sell my yarn in person and meet my fellow weaving enthusiasts, I am excited by the Genesee Valley Handspinner's Guild’s decision to have an online Vendor Marketplace. Many vendors, including Finger Lakes Yarn & Fiber, are offering special promotions starting this week. You can find a full list of participating vendors, including Finger Lakes Yarn & Fiber, at https://gvhg.org/fiber-fest/
I have always loved going to this festival. The experience is so much more rewarding than just shopping at different vendor booths and includes classes and demonstrations all weekend long on spinning, tapestry weaving, rug hooking, weaving, sheep herding and sheep shearing. As a dog lover, my favorite part was always watching the sheep herding contest and seeing how happy the working dogs are when they get to herd their flock of sheep. Last year a sheep came running into the tent I was in, followed by a sheep dog trying to catch a stray. We were all standing in surprise as this sheep was suddenly in the tent trying to get away from the dog with nowhere to go! It was such a funny experience and was a great reminder of where our beautiful yarns come from before they end up on our looms.
Even though we won’t get to have fun experiences like that this year, the festival’s online offerings are still a great way to connect with vendors and professionals in this space. I have already circled the date on my calendar for next year’s Finger Lakes Fiber Festival on September 18 & 19, 2021 and hope to see many of you there!