Your Guide to FibreFest 🐑
Written by: Gaby Cole [ May 1, 2019]
Get Ready to Cast On! The County’s Favourite Fibre Show is Almost Here!
Calling all crafters, craft enthusiasts, and anyone eager to learn a relaxing and rewarding skill! FibreFest is back for its third year and it is guaranteed to inspire. So grab your favourite needles, your comfiest shoes, and a reusable water bottle, because you are going to want to take your time exploring this year’s amazing line up of vendors, workshops, and artisans.
Over sixty-five indoor vendors plus many more outdoor vendors will be showcasing their love for all things fibre on May 25th.
Before You Go. Check out FibreFest’s website to sign up for any one of their amazing workshops. Catering to crafters of all levels, the workshops offer lessons in various fibre arts including needle felting, crocheting, knitting, and dying. Workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon.
What To Expect. Get ready to be immersed in a world of beautiful colours, cozy yarns, and inspiring local community makers and artisans. The event includes an array of wonderful vendors, fun and informative activities, and furry friends. There is no end to the inspiration to be found among the knitted items and fibre inspired artwork including pottery, paintings and fibre art. Crafters will be on hand offering spinning, weaving, and hooking demonstrations.
Roving, wool, fleece, and yarn will fulfill all your felting, crocheting, rug hooking, knitting, basketry, weaving, spinning and embroidery-hearts desires. Plan to leave with a bag full of treasures and your wheels already spinning with wonderful ideas for your own crafty creations.
Tips for First Time Adventurers. The main event is indoors with over sixty-five vendors offering kits to get you started, plus all the tools, patterns, cute bags, aprons and accessories necessary for any serious crafter. Choose from locally handspun fibres and natural small-batch yarns from independent dyers from around the world.
Dress for the weather. Outside you will be delighted by more demonstrations, including sheep shearing, interactions with alpacas and angora rabbits, and a farmers market. There will be free information sessions every half hour from 9:30am to 4pm.
Plan to spend the day. Food vendors will be on hand to offer you some of The County’s most popular and delicious fare. Vendors include Big Mike’s BBQ, (try and grab some cornbread before it sells out!), Chicos Caribbean Crisp, You Found Us HDC, and Flossies Sandwiches.
A Farmers’ Market rounds out the outside activities offering locally grown fare and locally made wares.
Fun for the whole family. Throughout the day, Belleville Weavers and Spinners will be showcasing the use of a tabletop loom, The County Handspinners will be spinning and Yvette Chilcott will be showing visitors how machine knitting works! Quinte Isle Hooking will be on hand to demonstrate the beautiful art of rug hooking.
A highlight of the show is always the delightful exhibitions by The County Museums. Last year they wowed visitors with an incredibly intricate crocheted bedspread created in the 1880s by a blind teenage girl from Belleville.
This year, the museum will be exhibiting a selection of impressive samplers chosen specifically for the show. There will also be a hands-on activity for children of all ages taught by yours truly from 9:30am – 10:30am and Evelyn Sloane will demonstrate Blackwork embroidery from 11am – 4pm.
Workshops. Every workshop is thoughtfully designed to help you learn and grow your craft. Here, you will create something truly special for yourself or as gifts for friends! Spend the day learning the essentials of colour theory and how to apply it to your cozy knits or take a shorter class and learn one of many fibre arts. Morning classes include indigo dying, 2D wool felting landscape art, creating your own Instagram worthy fall shawl and taking your crocheting to the next level. In the afternoon, learn to knit half a pair of the most adorable slippers, or learn rug hooking, 2D needle felting portraiture art or how to design a shawl using gorgeous intricate knitted shapes.
Make a Day or a Weekend of it! Looking for something to fill your evening? In The County for the weekend? With the warmer weather comes so many amazing offerings from our local community.
Next door at the Macaulay Church, the Loose Play Cafe will feature interactive play for children and a relaxing cup of tea or coffee for parents. Tours and the cafe run from 9:30am to 4:30pm, admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for kids 6-12 and FREE for children under 6. Escape Macaulay House runs Saturday, May 25th 1:30, 3:00, 5:30 and 7:00 and Sunday, May 26th 11:30, 1:00, 3:30 and 5:00. For ticketing information visit here.
Wellington Heritage Museum in downtown Wellington will be hosting an Heirloom Plant Sale in their gorgeous garden located behind the museum. Saturday from 9am – 1pm.
Maison Depoivre will be hosting “Art Textile – Fibre Art Gallery Show”. Visit their gallery located in the Loch Sloy Business Park. FibreFest ticket holders will receive 10% discount at the gallery on May 25th and 26th!
FibreFest 2019 takes places from 9am-4:30pm at the Picton Arena and Community Centre, 375 Main Street, Picton Ontario. Tickets available here.
Admission: $5 before May 17th, $8 after | Children 12 & under FREE.