I had so much fun at last year’s Fiber in the Boro festival that I eagerly went again. I didn’t come home with any yarn but I did meet some pretty cool people.
The first vendor I saw was Bluebird Legacy Farm. Kim was selling both yarn and art therapy quilt packets. She had a few examples framed
She also had vintage button bracelets up for sale. I had to go home with one of her quilt packets. They’re made from vintage scraps of fabric, lace, buttons and rickrack and packaged together in coordinating colors. I’ve already started on mine so you’ll have to wait until Wednesday to see it.
Another vintage up-cycler was in the booth next door, Sara McLoud of McLoud9.
She takes vintage fabrics and turns them into dresses, pin cushions and aprons. She also teaches sewing and embroidery classes from her Nashville home.
The festival takes place in rural Tennessee and there were farmers with their livestock on display. I think I’m in love with alpacas.
How can you resist those pretty eyes? I was pleasantly surprised that they don’t smell like sheep and goats do. Nor do they spit as often as llamas do. And they’re a lot smaller than llamas.
Of course there were sheep! And they were adorable, if messy and smelly.
It was a bit nippy so they were all huddled up together. Or perhaps, that’s just normal sheep behavior? I’m not sure.
The SGT and I had a good time but we both felt like it was smaller this year with fewer vendors. I’m not into hand spinning but we were shown a demonstration of an electric spinner. I was surprised at how much less expensive they are (the lady who showed me said she paid $300 for hers, as opposed to the $500 manual spinning wheel she also has at home) and much smaller. I like the idea of pushing a button and letting it do most of the work but I think I’ll just stick to buying “pre made” yarn from the store.