If there could be a theme for this year’s Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA, I think it would be “friends.”
We saw so many old friends and made so many new ones. From one moment to the next, there would be lively chatter in the booth, and surprise visitors popping in throughout the day.
It was terrific to meet some of the other vendors that we had not had a chance to meet in previous years. Kellie Tatem with Lizard Toes where they make awesome drop spindles, Allegra Studnitz with One of Kind making her darling fiber angels and fairies, Connie DeLamater, Andrea Thornock (who in addition to selling wooden yarn cubbies is also a professional singing instructor), and so many more interesting and informative vendors.
I was finally able to meet Kate Blaney with Gourmetstash.com who makes punis for spinning.
Here are some of her punis.
Opposite our booth was Lynn Blake with Mayhem Farm. In this picture you can see her stunning handmade shawl creations behind her.
Fiber arts were not the only skills represented. There were also some woodworkers who had gorgeous works of art. If you are looking for a present for your spouse for Christmas, you might want to consider one of the wooden pens handmade by Becky and Dave Lloyd of Timber and Whimsy.
Another highly skilled woodworker was Bill Hardy of Turnstyles. He made exquisite boxes with drawers and hidden drawers, in addition to drop spindles, crochet hooks and even ice cream scoops! Notice the butterfly box on the left.
We saw familiar faces such as Emily Estrada of the Fibretown Podcast, and Judi and Clyde DeWitt, the historic bobbin lace makers. And, we were delighted to have a visit from Sue Groundwater who used to have the locally famous FrogEye Fiber Emporium in Winchester. Sue gave knitting, spinning, and weaving lessons there for years and has probably instructed half the fiber artists in Winchester. She taught me to spin and taught our son Gavin to knit.
It was fun to watch all the creations worn by Festival attendees. There were so many shawls and sweaters handmade by their owners. It was truly eye candy. Here is one visitor to our booth in a shawl of her own creation. In addition to being loaded with stunning fall colors, it used up ends and pieces of yarns from other projects.
We also had on hand to give advice our knitting expert Kate Rabjohns in one of her diaphanous beaded creations in alpaca.
Even Miss Clark County was there with her mother.
Sincere thanks to all who stopped by and especially to our repeat customers. Thanks for helping to support our farm and our dream!