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beginner’s weaving workshop / june 26th.

IMG_1732I am so excited to offer a Beginner’s Weaving Workshop at Mountain Run Farm on June 26th at 2pm! This is a 3-hr beginner’s weaving workshop where you will learn how to make your very own woven wall hanging. If weaving is something that you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t know where to start, this class will be a perfect first step. We will go over the basics together and various beginner techniques will be demonstrated on a larger loom to provide an opportunity for everyone to see, while gathered around a large table in our farm store nestled in the shadows of the Blue Ridge. This is a great opportunity to learn the fine fiber art of weaving, while snacking and sipping on some treats amongst fellow budding weavers.

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We will start with how to gather supplies, choose yarns, and set up your loom. You will learn how to warp your loom, various weaving techniques with demonstrations, and finishing. The class will be broken up into stages with demonstrations on a large loom for all techniques, along with plenty of time to work on your own weaving, enjoy snacks + bevs, and socialize!

What you will get (besides an afternoon of fun):

– repurposed handmade wooden lap loom (made by a local carpenter)
– tapestry needle + scissors + hanging rod
– warping thread
– multi-colored yarns
– snacks + bevs
– project tote bag
– step-by-step instructions to get started on your very own weaving and complete at home

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Plus, 10% of all proceeds will go straight to The Surfrider Foundation’s Campaign: ‘Protect our Atlantic’ to help stop negative governmental impact on our local ocean.

Workshops are $75 with a very limited class size, so don’t hesitate to sign up here today!

market time: olde liberty fibre faire

A couple of weekends ago, I was invited to a local fibre market here in Bedford County called the Olde Liberty Fibre Faire. I remember going to this market once or twice when it was held at the Sedalia Center across the road, but I hadn’t been to it in a few years. I actually didn’t realize it was the same event until I started talking to folks. Whoops! I couldn’t wait to go and touch and everything.

This market was one of the main reasons for the ‘maker’ stamps – I applied for the event with my ‘writer’ stamps and weaves – but they wrote back requested some stamps having to do with knitting and fiber arts as a whole. I mean, what a great idea! I loved the idea of being sort of a ‘supply stop’ at the event, not to much having to do with materials, but supplies for promoting handmade. Plus, it was a chance for me to go outside of my letter-filled comfort zone and try out other design ideas. It was a challenge I was certainly up for!

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Another fun thing I did for this event was recruit my Mom to help me prep a bunch of foldover clutches, but I switched things up and promoted them as ‘Project Bags,’ which were quite popular! Folks loved the fabrics and the idea of just packing up a knitting or crocheting project and hitting the road. And then when you get to your destination, unload your project and go out for a date night. 😉

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All in all, this was a fun day out in the community, the weather was beautiful and I enjoyed seeing folks out searching for those “gotta have it” materials for their next projects. Meeting business owners in the fiber world was also pretty exciting. There was one conversation in particular about teaming up with their knit shop for a trunk show, so I’ll be sure and share the details when we can figure it all out. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to be involved in the Fibre Faire this year, and look forward to watching it grow.

If you get a chance to go next year, I would definitely recommend it – I hope it continues for years to come.