Fiber Paradise – Top 5 Marketplace Tips

There are bits of fiber paradise all around the world at our favorite local shops, but when they come together at an event like Interweave Yarn Fest, it’s an experience like no other.

The marketplace is like having 50 fiber shops all in one place. It’s a bazaar that will wow your yarn senses and elevate your fiber love. It’s also a room with 50 shops in it, which means there’s a lot to take in.

Aniroonz at Interweave Yarn Fest Marketplace

We asked some of our Yarn Fest veterans for their tips to help your marketplace visit be the very best, and here are their top 5 recommendations.
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By Anne Merrow

When the Yarn Store Comes to You

“Do you want to go to the yarn store?” That’s what my husband asks when we pass a few shops in town. (On one hand, he gets points for asking. On the other hand, why even ask? Obviously the answer is yes!) When I learned to spin and weave, though, I realized that the question isn’t always so simple.

If I want to buy cones of weaving yarn, spinning wheel bobbins, or tatting shuttles, not just any yarn store will do. I love finding a drop spindle or small loom in a knitting shop, but also finding a good variety of coned yarn, several brands of spinning wheel to try, and a staff member who can help you pick fiber for felting . . . That’s a destination. If you’re lucky, there might be one or two in your entire state.

Eugene Textile Center - Yarn Fest Premier Sponsor

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Get a Little Irish (Crochet) at Interweave Yarn Fest

Why do so many crocheters fall in love with Irish Crochet? It’s a garden in lace that can transform into shawls, beautiful accessories, home décor, and so much more.

Irish crochet lace is characterized by its finely-worked motifs, often in the forms of flowers, leaves, vines, and butterflies. Many shapes are worked freeform then joined together with a mesh background. Continue reading “Get a Little Irish (Crochet) at Interweave Yarn Fest” >

By Anne Merrow

Alpaca Bag: Why Travel to Interweave Yarn Fest 2018?

I’m lucky enough to live a few miles away from Interweave Yarn Fest, which happens again on April 12–15, 2018. But some students and vendors come from all around the country to take part.

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