Blue Hills Fibre Festival

For the people who love yarn, fleece and fibre arts.


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Big announcement for 2019

We have a big announcement for 2019! We are moving our festival to Brandon, and our event will be run alongside the Brandon Summer Fair. We are very excited about this change as we will now be a two-day event! We also have plenty of room to grow. We hope you’ll join us as this year!

The new dates and times are:

June 8, noon to 8pm

June 9,  11 am to 6 pm

Location: Keystone Centre, in the Brandon Curling Club building, Brandon MB


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Fair information

Here is some helpful information for entry to the fair:

Advance tickets for Saturday are available at the link below until June 5 at 4pm:

http://www.provincialexhibition.com/2019msf-tickets/

For festival attendees (as well as vendors and instructors) there is a parking area on the north side of the Brandon curling club you can use. Enter the fairgrounds at 13th and Brandon ave (exhibitors entrance). If you do choose to park in the main parking area to the south, there are golf carts available to give you (and your wheel) a ride!

2019-MAP


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We have set a date for 2018

After another successful and fun Festival in 2017, we are already looking forward to the sixth annual Blue Hills Fibre Festival in 2018.  It’s hard to believe it’s been six years!  Time flies when you’re having fun.

We will be at the same location, in the Carberry Memorial Hall, Carberry MB, and the date is Saturday June 9, 2018.

A big thanks to everyone who made our 2017 event such a terrific event, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again in 2018.  Watch our Facebook page, and this site for updates as the year goes by.

UPDATE:  Please check out our Facebook page for the latest news.  We apologize for our not up to date website. We are not quite the tech wizards that Allison is. We do better Facebook than WordPress. Next year we will do better.

Thanks from Susan and  Gail

See you in Carberry!!!!

Link    https://www.facebook.com/BlueHillsFibreFestival/


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Workshop Registration is now open!

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.

Thank you!!


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The Big Day is Coming!

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!


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I bought a gorgeous fleece, but what do I do now?

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!