There are so many exciting things happening with fiber these days that we hardly know where to start. The increasing interest in American wool products and locally produced goods has opened up a whole new realm of opportunity for the small scale fiber producer. Gone are the days when a person with a few sheep was limited to selling only to hand spinners. While there will always be a market for a high quality hand spinning fleece, the truth is that many people have a garage full of old fleeces that they just haven't gotten around to yet - we have even heard of folks taking beautiful fleeces to the landfill.
Our theme this year is to showcase the commercial production opportunities for small scale fiber producers. We will have certified fleece graders and sorters on hand to demonstrate and explain what they do, and there will be a booth with news and information about the new Eco Fiber Mill that is opening soon in Okanogan County. Of course, we will also have plenty of things for hand spinners, weavers, knitters and all the other fiber arts.
So help us celebrate the Year of the Sheep by coming to this FREE Community event and enjoying the following activities (click on the underlined links for more details):
- Vendors featuring local fiber producers and fiber artists of all types. (All day)
- Workshops to hone your knitting, spinning, design and other creative skills. (See workshop
schedule page for details)
- Fleece grading and sorting by Certified Sorting Systems. (All day)
- Live shearing demonstrations (10 AM both days. Sheep on Saturday, Alpaca on Sunday)
- Used equipment and book sale. (All day)
- Raffle. (3:30 pm Saturday and Sunday)
- Discount fleece sale. (End of day Sunday)
- Fabulous Fiber Lounge. (All day)
We are pleased to announce that the Breadline Cafe has created a special menu just for us, and will be providing food from 9 am - 2 pm on both days.
For information about becoming a vendor, please click on the button below.
We need volunteers! You can help us put on a first class fabulous event. Just click on the button below to get on our volunteer list.
If you would like to make a contribution to help fund the 2015 festival, click on the button below. Or, consider becoming a member of the Okanogan Valley Fiber Association to take advantage of discounts on booth and workshop fees.