Vendor Demos 2017

Thank you to the many vendors who are taking time from their busy Festival weekend to share their crafts and skills.

Each vendor demo will last 30 to 45 minutes – some will be hands-on! Vendor demos will take place in the Vendor Pavilion.

Scroll down below the vendor demo schedule to read descriptions of the demos.

Saturday Sunday
10:30am Punch Needle Rug Hooking
with Bob Wertz from Crown Point Alpacas
11:00am Natural Dye lessons through Eco dyeing & Eco printing
with Tammy White from Wing & a Prayer Farm
What is Wool, What is Felt
with Sue Carey from Marble Meadows
Noon Needle Felting
with Lindsay Chandler from Northern VT Llama Co
Kumihimo
with Neysa Russo from The Spinning Studio
12:30pm Tapestry Needlefelting
with Neysa Russo from The Spinning Studio  
1:00pm Sustainable Wool Processing
with Lindsey Rice from Bartlettyarns
Musk Ox & Qiviut Fiber
with Donna Druchunas from Sheep to Shawl  
2:00pm The Needle in my Wool
with Sue Carey from Marble Meadows
Circular Weaving
with Carol Johnson Collins from Singing Spindle Spinnery
2:30pm Drop Spindle
with Carol Johnson Collins from Singing Spindle Spinnery
3:00pm Hand Held Combing
with Robin Russo from The Spinning Studio
4:00pm Add to your Knitting Tool Box: Cast on and Bind off
with Stephanie Griego from Dirty Water Dyeworks

 

Vendor Demo Descriptions

Saturday

10:30    Punch Needle Rug Hooking
Bob Wertz from Crown Point Alpacas, Vendor Pavilion #14
Punch needle rug hooking is a craft that makes a rug or other hooked item with either very bulky yarn or fabric strips threaded through a special punch needle, working from the back to the front of a foundation fabric. It is sort of like coloring by number. Those attending will watch Bob demonstrate and will have the opportunity to try it themselves. Bob’s work can be seen at his booth all weekend. He teaches workshops periodically throughout the year.

11:00 Natural Dye Lessons through Eco Dyeing & Eco Printing
Tammy White from Wing & a Prayer Farm,  Outside #1        
Hidden colors, textures and forms can be coaxed from forage in direct contact printing with fiber using liquid, heat & pressure.  Beautiful impressionistic art from flowers, plants and vegetable matter can teach us about the palette that is available in nature and how we can use what we have learned to dye our own fibers, from textiles to yarn.  Simple techniques will be demonstrated to showcase color extraction from the season’s offerings. Sit in to listen or join the discussion on dyeing trials and tribulations, sustainable use of materials and the wonder of the art and science of natural dye.

12:00  Needle Felting
Lindsay Chandler from Northern Vt Llama Co, Animal Barn
Learn how to needle felt using cookie cutters!  A Hands-on demo!  A great way to start needle felting!
sing them.  They make great gifts as well.

1:00 Sustainable Wool Processing
Lindsey Rice from Bartlettyarns, outside
A presentation on Sustainable Wool Processing and its future at Bartlettyarns.  Lindsey will present the highlights on how Bartlettyarns is achieving its goal of sustainable wool processing thru its process of washing, carding and spinning.  Highlights include water conservation and organic processing at the mill and how this historic 196-year-old mill is being innovative to the customers’ needs and being aware of its environment.

2:00 The Needle in my Wool
Sue Carey from Marble Meadows, Animal Barn       
This is a discussion of different types of felting needles:  their applications, fragility, fabrication techniques.  A hands-on time for experimentation will follow.

3:00  Hand Held Combing
Robin Russo from The Spinning Studio,  Vendor Pavilion #22        
This demonstration will show you how to use hand-held combs  on a variety of fibers.  We will look at the different kinds of combs available and why they work best with  certain fibers.   Participants will also learn how to make the best use of a diz.

4:00  Add to your Knitting Tool Box: Cast on and Bind off
Stephanie Griego from Dirty Water Dyeworks, Vendor Pavilion #24
This demonstration will show you a foolproof provisional cast on and a stretchy bind off.  Also, learn a simple way to cast on a large number of stitches.  To practice the cast on, bring knitting needles, yarn and a crochet hook.  To practice the bind off, bring a small swatch.

 

Sunday

11:00 What is Wool, What is Felt
Sue Carey from Marble Meadows, Animal Barn
Learn the difference between wool and felt.  How to make felt our of wool and the history of felting.

12:00  Kumihimo
Neysa Russo from The Spinning Studio,  Vendor Pavilion #22      
Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese braiding technique using a marudai and tama. Come and see how the braids are achieved by moving the tama in a variety of configurations. Though the braids were traditionally done in silk, there will be many samples including braids done with ribbons, various yarns and beads.

12:30  Tapestry Needlefelting
Neysa Russo from The Spinning Studio,  Vendor Pavilion #22      
Tapestry needle felt is a simple technique that uses barbed needles to decorate a felt surface with design. During the demonstration, we can talk about inspiration, design, needle varieties, fiber and many techniques and tricks are offered to keep your felting moving forward, including some fresh ideas for fun and interesting projects.

1:00   Musk Ox & Qiviut Fiber
Donna Druchunas from Sheep to Shawl, Vendor Pavilion #13   
In Alaska, 250 Native Alaskan women knit Lace from musk ox wool. Eight times warmer than wool, this qiviut (down) is one of the softest fibers on earth. In this talk, you’ll learn about the ice-age mammals who roam Vermont, Canada, and Greenland and the women who turn their fiber into Arctic gold.

2:00 Circular Weaving
Carol Johnson Collins from Singing Spindle Spinnery, Vendor Pavilion #3       
For approximately thirty years I have been making and selling across New England these circular weaving kits which I designed in the 1980’s. With a little creativity of your own, you can make one into: a hot mat, a wall hanging, a table decoration, a pillow, a hat, a pocketbook, and more. Weaving circularly is very easy and can be enjoyed by people from age 6 to 100!  There are a few easy points that I’ll demonstrate so that you will understand all that you’ll need to know to succeed with the Pizza Weaving Kit.

2:30    Drop Spindle
Carol Johnson Collins from Singing Spindle Spinnery, Vendor Pavilion #3     
Drop Spindling is an important skill to have.  I have designed these Drop Spindles, and my woodworker husband makes them for me.  I’ve been making these kits for about 30 years.  Hundreds of people all over the world are using these spindles successfully.  They are very inexpensive, portable, and very well balanced which allows them to work extremely well.  I will demonstrate how to use them, how to learn fast, and how to be successful using them.  They make great gifts as well.

 

Wood Lathe Demos – Jim Holzschuh from Yellow Dog Farm will be making drop spindles and yarn bowls outside the Dodge Gilman Building

Vendors will be demonstrating in their booth spaces throughout the weekend