Category Archives: Festivals & Events
Shop updated last night! I am getting ready to pack just about all of it off to Maryland Sheep and Wool later this week, so if there’s anything you desire in the shop, please let me know!
I’ve been working on a couple of new things…
Here are the “Raga” yarns. Named for a Sanskrit word that means literally “color, hue, beauty, and melody” and ALSO the term for some really nice Indian music— they are mostly cotton yarns that are complex and so textural. The process of making them is a bit long, but results in a yarn that isn’t too primitive and also very strong and balanced, structurally speaking. I really like it, and hope you do too. I am dreaming of great summer bags made from it!
I’m getting plenty excited about the upcoming homespun yarn party.
This year’s is taking place on March 27th, and I am honored to be a part of it once again. I have been dyeing up a STORM of fiber. The next 2 weeks will be a frenzy of spinning and making beauty to sell there. Please come out and visit if you are a fiber aficionado– it’s one of my favorite local events, and a good warm up for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival coming up in May!
Here are the particulars from the site–
About the Homespun Yarn Party
What: Yarn Party! Check out local yarn vendors, sit and knit, meet new people!
Who: All your favorite local yarn dyers and spinners, plus some extra crafty goodness! And all our knitting/crocheting/spinning friends (you!) of course!!
Where: from 2009-2011: Historic Savage Mill 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763 | Just off I-95, plenty of parking! – – check the main page for this year’s date and time
When: Usually the last Sunday in March, 12 PM to 5 PM – check the main page for this year’s date and time
Why: Who needs an excuse to get together and craft?! We wanted to get together and spread some fiber love!
In addition to some great crafty vendors, we also have:
- free lessons on knitting, crochet, spinning, and maybe more
- fabulous door prizes to be given away throughout the event
- weather-permitting, a sit and spin/crochet/knit area out on the deck
And we collect knitted and crocheted items for local charities!
Admission is FREE!
Things are pretty much the same with Miss Chloe. She has settled back into her old meds. We return to Reston this Friday to see if Dr. A will make any changes. It is all sooooo. slooow. The meds take so long to show if they will benefit at all. The Doctors … well, are so busy. We are working on some additional options and now have a case manager to help in the crawl towards wellness. Phone calls today might mean help in a few days or few weeks. Lists are long. Improvements are so tiny, if they come at all, and hope is so hard to believe in. Alas and alack– it is the only way right now. We’re all hanging in just waiting for a grain of sand to shift and movement towards the positive. Spring is coming– those few nice days were great, weren’t they? Got the windows open and made friends with a few more stink bugs. Going to get the garden catalogues out soon and start to think on this years growings. Also this years groundhog hunting, else the growings are in vain!
Keeping busy– Chloe is still drawing loads of eyes, writing art-letters, keeping at her school work, and skyping with her cousins. Lil has been sewing and is about to begin embroidering some dish towels. She is also getting ready to play cello at her first public appearance! Very excited about that.
I’ve been doing lots of dyeing and spinning. Went to a small show last weekend and had a nice day.
Jim has been making some amazing tiny dioramas and was a “Pick of the Week” online and made Flickr’s explore. Check it out. I think his new stuff is awesome. ( photo stolen from jim’s blog)
More news as it happens.
Family Art planned for this weekend.
Here are some days…
What else? Scones. ( In her Coraline sweater)
Lil in with the faeries
Pigs in a blanket
Wool for dinner, again.
On “special” last week at Trader Joes
Play it 20 times!
Again with a DAISY!
It’s a fog-soup morning here in my crumb of Maryland. I’ve been so busy dyeing and dyeing these past 2 weeks.
I am getting ready for a fiber festival on the Easter Shore of Maryland.
I’ll be teaching a class on Sunday at the Upper Room Studio– More on that next post.
Have a great day!
Here is the scoop from the museum site:
Annual Fall Textile Arts Festival!
Don’t Miss It!
The Julia A. Purnell Museum’s annual textile arts festival takes place the second Saturday in October each year .
Festival admission is free, and so is admission to the museum on this day.
Misty Meadow Alpacas
Handpainted yarn, roving, Dorr Mill wool, alpaca fiber rugs, and rag rugs
Felted wool bags and jewelry
Embroidered jewelry, buttons, and ornaments
Live alpacas! Alpaca products and nature materials jewelry by Green Dog
Daye Dreams and Postage Stamp
Soaps, lotions, and giftbaskets
Textile company specializing in block printed, environmentally friendly fabrics and home goods in original designs
Pizza Shoppe Inc.
Pizza and other food
Hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, etc.
Coastal Cottage Soaps/ Liberto’s Art
Handcrafted natural bath soaps, laundry soaps, dog soap, crocheted spa cloths, dishcloths, and hand-painted canvas floorcloths
The Fine Needle
Snow Hill’s local yarn store
Return to Splendor
Tatted items, knitting accessories, hand-dyed cotton threads for tatting, drop spindles
Upper Room Studio
Handmade fiber creations, spinning and knitting equipment, fibers, etc.
Sage & Thistle
Native American and Southwest style jewelry, including dreamcatcher earrings, beadwork, stone necklaces, dreamcarchers, and sterling silverwork
Gregory Road Handspun
Lovely handspun yarns in a variety of fibers–alpaca, superwash, a variety of wools, and more.
Traditional and contemporary baskets that are utilitarian and decorative, and woven wall hangings.
Knitting with beads demonstration from 10am – 2pm
Shelby B’s Designs
Stitchmarkers, handpainted yarn, and roving, some inspired by Harry Potter
Bizzie Lizzie Creations
Handcrafted bags, purses, totes, and accessories
Hand dyed tie-dyed garments and accessories, including baby/layette, children, adult, scarves, scrubs, playskills, and more
Sand In My Stitches
Hand-painted yarn and stitch markers
Wooly Bear Beads
Hand-made felted bead jewelry
Teresa Levite Studio
Hand-dyed fiber (wool, silk, bamboo, etc) and yarn, commercially dyed spinning fibers, drop spindles and spinning wheels
Society for Creative Anachronism
Demo of Middle Ages fiber arts and clothing
ALL ARE WELCOME!!
|Julia A. Purnell Museum
Hello! Anybody in here???
I just can’t seem to post with any frequency– but I will catch up eventually.
You can be sure that life is stomping ahead full speed, whether or not I am taking pictures and writing about it!
The past 2 weeks have been ruled by my return to Montessori School of Pouring and Polishing. It is nice to be back amongst my ever inspiring co-workers there. These weeks also marked the return of my very own poppets to school. That is exhausting enough! We’re all doing fine; adjusting our internal and external alarm clocks.
I wanted to let you know that along with all of the life stuff to catch up about, there are also some fibery happenings. I’ll be at Hampden’s Lovelyarns 4th annual Trunk Show this coming Saturday. I am so excited to be a vendor and also to see the lovely fibers sure to be there! I’ll have a bouquet of handspun yarns, a caboodle of hand blended hand dyed batts, and oodles of rovings and other fuzzy oddments. Here is the announcement straight from the Lovely Source. Please come out and play!
Also ahead in October– A fiber festival in Ocean City, MD and a spinning class in said hamlet of fiber! Stay tuned!
Lovelyarns Trunk Show