After another successful and fun Festival in 2015, we are already looking forward to the fourth annual Blue Hills Fibre Festival in 2016. We will be at the same location, in the Carberry Memorial Hall, Carberry MB, and the date is Saturday June 11, 2016. A big thanks to everyone who made our 2015 event such a terrific event, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again in 2016. Watch our Facebook page, and this site for updates as the year goes by.
We have have two great workshops happening this year – Intro to Knitting with Mona, and Spindling with Lee. You have to register for these, there is a maximum participation for them.
The great news is, we also have a fabulous seminar on Fleece Prep happening just after lunch that is being held by our own wonderful Gail Kasprick. This seminar is FREE! We’re going to watch Gail start with the very basics of a raw fleece (right off the sheep). She’ll show us how to skirt the fleece, wash the fleece, pick the fleece, and even teach us how to prep the clean fibre for your next step, be it spinning or felting. This is invaluable information, and will be so much fun! Her seminar starts at 1 pm, right after the winner of the Wool Show is announced, so don’t be late!
All information on our workshops can be found on the workshop page on our site here, you must register for the others so you are counted in.
Schedule of Events for June 6, 2015
10:00 am Doors Open
10:00 am to 11:30 Intro to Knitting Workshop
10:00 am Fleece Competition judging begins
1 pm Winners of fleece competition announced, and bidding begins for the silent auction
1 pm Free fleece preparation seminar begins
2:15 Intro to Spindle Spinning Workshop begins
3 pm Silent auction bidding ends.
All day: Spinning circle, knitting circle. Bring your wheel and/or latest knitting project and share good times with like minded fibre fanatics.
All day: Outstanding shopping opportunities with our excellent lineup of vendors.
Food will once again be provided by Val, so come prepared for some good pie!
Have you ever thought it would be fun to dive into the wonderful world of processing a fleece from sheep to sweater, but weren’t sure where to start? You can start at the Blue Hills Fibre Festival on June 6 at 1:00 pm. We will be offering a free presentation on the basics of choosing, skirting, washing and processing a fleece to the point where it is ready to spin or felt or whatever other creative use you may have for it. We will cover the basics of washing fleece, including the ever mysterious fermented suint method. You will learn the basics of what type of sheep produce what type of fleece, what to look for in a fleece, and different ways to wash and dry the fleece. We will show you that the job can be done with a minimum of investment in expensive equipment, and that it can be just as much fun getting the fleece ready to use as it is to use it! No need to sign up. There is no fee. Just be at the hall at 1 pm and join the fun!
Well the festival is almost here and we have a great line-up for you! We have 19 vendors, some excellent workshops, some lovely fleeces, great food, and even a place to sit and spin :)
just a note: we have extended our workshop registration until June 21. Register now!!
Click on over to the workshop tab and register for one of our fantastic workshops :)