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 http://interweaveyarnfest.com, which happens again on April 12–15, 2018. But some students and vendors come from all around the country to take part. I asked a few what brings them back year after year.

Find Everything in One Place
Suzie Liles of Eugene Textile Center, a premier sponsor of Yarn Fest, is an accomplished weaver and designer. She brings a wealth of yarns and weaving materials from Eugene, Oregon, but you can find supplies for just about every fiber craft in her booth. I always stop by to find special spinning gems and demonstrations. “We go to Yarn fest because the people are so nice,” she says. “Everyone is very supportive of Eugene Textile Center and they thank us for coming so far with our product for them to buy.

See Old Friends & Learn New Skills
My friend Lundie from Hawai’i was one of two guests who traveled over 3,000 miles to attend last year. “I’ve continued to come to Yarn Fest to see my ‘fiber family’ and to explore new facets of these ancient arts that we love, she says.” This year she’s learning two new subjects: machine knitting and spinning for bandweaving https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ehome/287572%20. “And we like happy hour,” she adds. “(Just kidding.) (Sort of.)”

Discover Special Treasures
Each of the last 3 years I’ve left the Sincere Sheep booth with an armful of yarn or fiber. This will be the fourth year that dyer Brooke Sinnes has made her way from Napa Valley, California, with her yarns dyed in rich, vivid hues using only natural dyes. “I get to see customers from the Rocky Mountain West and the Midwest that I wouldn’t see otherwise,” she says. “I appreciate the mix of classes and vendors that the event provides.”


June’s Blog Post Roundup

Interweave Spotlight

Another month has past us by, and you know what that means—we’re another month closer to spilling all of the fiber-licious details of 2018’s Interweave Yarn Fest!

Until then, we want to talk about some of our favorite posts that landed on Interweave’s blog in June. Whether you are troubleshooting a problem with one of your projects, want to read up on new trends or simply just want to smile and get inspired, Interweave’s blog is the place for you! With so many wonderful contributors, it’s truly a one-stop-shop for all things fiber art. Continue reading “Interweave Spotlight” >


Our favorite resources for beginner knitters.

Let’s Start Knitting!

Trying out a new art form can feel overwhelming, and we feel this is especially true when you’re tackling a new fiber art. But if you explore the wealth of resources available online and do some research, you’ll find that getting your start can be simple—even fun!

Continue reading “Let’s Start Knitting!” >


Drum roll, please!

An Exciting Announcement

Happy Thursday, fiber friends! Today is an extra exciting day as we can finally present you with the official Interweave Yarn Fest 2018 dates! Next year may seem like a long way off, but it never hurts to start brainstorming about the fiber art skills you want to master and begin to piece your travel plans together.

If you have attended an Interweave Yarn Fest event, or if you’ve been keeping up with our scholarship winners’ Q&A blog posts, you’ll know that it’s more than just another fiber event. Interweave Yarn Fest is an immersive experience that fosters the growth of fiber artists, it connects you with like-minded creatives, introduces you to the industry’s latest technologies and it continues to prove that the demand for fiber arts is ever-growing.

Need more convincing before you commit? We’ll let our attendees fill you in on the fun of Interweave Yarn Fest.

Mark your calendar, and start recruiting a few of your best fiber friends to join you on your journey to Interweave Yarn Fest. Dedicating an entire weekend to accomplishing your creative goals and celebrating your passion is a truly unique and incredible feeling–you simply can’t miss it!

Today marks the beginning of many exciting announcements, so stay tuned as we release the instructor lineup, workshop roster and important event news in the months to come.

We would like to thank each of you for the ongoing support! We look forward to an inspiring, educational and fun Interweave Yarn Fest 2018.