UNTIL THE BIG E
Fiber Festival Demonstrations
Mary Jeanne Packer
November 3, 10:00-11:00
This informative session will look at fiber trends in the fall and winter 2012 handknit, wovens, and ready-to-wear markets; and leave you with a clear understanding of how fiber is processed into the season’s most in-demand yarns. Join Battenkill Fibers Carding and Spinning Mill owner, Mary Jeanne Packer, for an informative presentation on what’s hot and what’s not in the fiber world; and how your fleeces can make money for you. Some of the topics to be covered will include preparing your fiber for processing, when to blend with other fibers and what fibers are best for adding, and an overview of yarn weights and uses.
Mary Jeanne will have plenty of yarn samples and up-close images of fiber processing machinery to illustrate how it all happens. In addition to the mill, Mary Jeanne is also the owner/co-owner of two yarn shops – Finger Lakes Fibers in Watkins Glen, NY and Green Mountain Fibers in Rutland, VT.
November 3, 11:30-12:30
Great and informative session on looking at Alpaca ownership and care. Good for anyone interested in becoming an alpaca owner and a breeder.
Ruth Ticknor/Contented Butterfly Farm
November 3, 2:00-3:00
The Crochet Shirret technique is a uniquely American Craft that uses the skill of crochet to make wonderful items out of your scrap clothes/fabrics. Utilizing a specially-made crochet hook and fabric strips, I will be demonstrating how to make all sorts of wonderful items such as rugs, bags, trivets, tea cozies, potholders, placemats, pillows, etc. You are only limited by your imagination with this technique.
November 4, 10:00-11:00
Using food colors and yarn, participants will see how simple it is to dye yarn. Gail will mix 3 stock solutions, and then make 9 colors from these three. Gail will also show how to select and use colors with the color grid.
Effective Animal Fencing
November 4, 1:00-2:00
How to keep your fiber animal fencing effective with the least maintenance. Power Point presentation discussing the six most common mistakes made in fencing and what options are available.