My very first spinning lesson was at the Kid’N Ewe And Lamas Too fiber festival a couple of years ago. This past weekend, I revisited this annual festival which is spread out over three large barns at the Kendall County Fairgrounds. There was weaving, spinning, felting, knitting and crocheting everywhere!
I spent hours swooning over fibers from animal and plant sources including camel, yak, buffalo, sheep, goat and silkworm as well as hemp, bamboo, and cotton. Many were hand dyed in stunning colors like these wool batts …
… and this hemp fiber in deep tones.
There were countless hand crafted tools throughout including this lovely assortment of spindles and shuttles.
Behind rows of vendor stalls in one of the barns, several teams were in full swing for the Fiber to Fashion demonstrations. Spinners using spindles and wheels were busily turning fiber into yarn. The yarn was fed to the weaver who meticulously wove it on a loom. The goal was to create a finished product – a 20″ x 72″ shawl – in one day.
The team pictured here held a raffle for their shawl. I bought one ticket for $1 but, alas, did not win. I watched them as they were making the fringe and putting the final touches on the shawl. It was absolutely gorgeous.
The air was cool, the sun was out, the animals were adorable, kindred spirits were plentiful, and there were three barns full of fibery goodness – perfect!
14 thoughts on “A Day at the Fiber Festival”
wow.. looks like you’ve had and enjoyable time at the fair.. I’ve not tried spinning yet.. ohhh would love to join in if i had the opportunity.. 😉 thanks for sharing such fun with us.
I love spinning but I barely have time for knitting. Must make time!
You have been to Fiber Heaven 🙂
I didn’t know they had camels yarn etc now I want to try them 🙂
The camel and yak ones in particular are so gloriously soft. I cant wait to see how they spin up.
Where is the Kendall County Fair? The fiber is so beautiful.
Kendall County is near San Antonio, Texas. It’s a great annual event. I highly recommend it!
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Wish I had been there to pet all those glorious batts.
It was a tactile experience!
Wonderful pictures from you as usual. I don’t know what I want to touch more, the gorgeous fibre or those silky smooth spindles!
Another vendor had these huge bags of roving in silk, camel and yak. They were exquisitely soft.
What a fun way to spend a day, those spindles are truly works of arts.
It was great fun. I agree about the spindles. So pretty and colorful!