I had a great time at the 12th annual Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival on September 23, 2017. This was my first visit to this festival, and it was awesome! It was at the Clarke County Ruritan Fair Grounds in Berryville Virginia. This year’s festival was September 23, 2017 – September 24, 2017. I was very impressed with the layout, and there was a plenty of shade to get out of the sun. It was easy to get around, and was not overcrowded. I enjoyed talking to many of the vendors, who seemed happy to take time to speak with me. This was a refreshing change from some of the other crowded fiber festivals I have attended. I wanted to showcase some of the fiber artists and vendors I met there. If you missed the festival this year, then I hope that you can make it next year on September 29, 2018 -September 30, 2018. A lot of the vendors have online shops or Facebook pages you can visit.
Hip Strings at the Shenandoah Fiber Festival
- Hip Strings Specializes in modern fiber arts. There are some amazing accessories here! They have the beautiful knitting needle gauge checkers, and some cool supported spindles. They also have some fantastic roving and batts.
- Belle Fields Farm Jacob Sheep and Wool– Had some very unique pieces-spirit bowls and fairy houses. You can also make your own spirit bowl. They sell the forms so you can add your own feathers, fiber, stones, and more. Everything has a meaning.
- Knitting Addiction – A yarn shop on wheels! I heard one person say that it was better than a book mobile. A lot of people were afraid to go in because they thought it would be hot, but they had air conditioning in the truck! Gorgeous yarns, and a wonderful vendor. I bought some pretty sparkly yarn that I intend to use in weaving. They have a brick and mortar store in Kitty Hawk, NC.
- Barefoot Spinner – I gotta say WOW! Some absolute gorgeous art yarn! They also had gorgeous roving.
- Central Virginia Fiber Mill – Wonderful ladies with an amazing selection of yarn, silk hankies, art batts, and Lucets. I had a great conversation about the Kromski Fantasia with one of them.
- Lightning Bug Hollow Studios– Heather makes some amazing yarn bowls and yarn bells. She is a knitter/crocheter in addition to being a potter. She understands the way yarn behaves when you work with it, and has created beautiful pieces with that in mind.
- Crafty Flutterby Creations/Michelle’s Assortment – I was blown away by Michelle’s talent. She had some wonderful kits at the fiber festival, and I am kicking myself for not getting one while I was there. She designs all of the patterns, and shawl pins herself. At the festival she was operating under the name Michelle’s Assortment, and has now become Crafty Flutterby Creations. She has a new website where she sells her patterns and shawl pins. I recommend a visit!