Thursday, September 22, 2011

Michigan Fiber Festival announces  
Board and Committee vacancies:

Board of Directors: one three year term is open

Board of Directors: one year of a three year term is open due to resignation
Must be a MFF member to serve on Board, must be present at annual meeting to be elected.

MFF Annual Meeting: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sam’s Joint, Gun Lake, Mi
Dinner at 6:00 PM  Annual Meeting at 7:00 PM

Committee Chairpersons needed for 2012
Co-Chairperson: Camping  Committee
Co-Chairperson: Camping Committee
Co-Chairperson: Vendor Committee
Chairperson: Signs Committee
Chairperson: Skein Competition Committee
Chairperson: Association Membership Committee

You may volunteer  your name or nominate others
Contact the office if you have questions.

Friday, August 19, 2011

2011 Festival - Workshop Highlights

The 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival has started off with amazing workshops.  Today was the first day that many of the vendors were open.  The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect and the crowds of fiber artists enjoying the day was a beautiful sight to see.

Saturday and Sunday are going to be beautiful too.  All of the vendors will be open.  Check out the additional vendors outdoors and the Caulkin's Barn, which is attached to the Delano Building. 

As the afternoon progressed, the arrival of our fiber friends filled the barns with the enjoying sounds of Alpacas, Llamas, Sheep and even a beautiful Camel.

Don't miss out on our great festival.  Join us Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Allegan County Fairground.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Calm Before the Hustle and Bustle

The volunteers have been busy since Sunday setting up the Allegan County Fairgrounds in preparation for the 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival.  We are ready for you!  See you Wednesday morning for the first day of workshops.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The wait is almost over!

The 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival is only a few weeks away.  Are you excited?  How many workshops did you sign up for?  Have you taken a look at the Vendor List on the website and started planning which barn you will shop in first?  Did you know that we have a new hospitality area this year?  Did you enter an item into the Michigan Fiber Festival Art Show?  Did you know about the NEW EVENT?  The Peoples Choice Award Fiber Arts Exhibit.

Are you going to watch the Pygora Fleece Show?  The Wool Sheep Show? The Fiber Goat Show?  The Pygora Goat Show?  The Angora Rabbit Show?  Did you know that there were so  many competitions going on at the Michigan Fiber Festival?

What about the skein competition?  Did you enter your yarn?  Did you know there is an Angora Rabbit Skein Competition?

Don't forget about the Alpaca & Llama Exhibits either.  We have amazing Michigan farms who have brought Alpaca for display and sale along with raw fleece for sale.

Are you going to visit the Old Tractors R Us Tractor Club on Display?

Have you ever considered being a Michigan Fiber Festival volunteer?  You should.  It's fun and rewarding.  You become part of the magic that makes the Michigan Fiber Festival so great.

If you answered no to any of these questions then you need to get your Fiberline Magazine out  or visit the Michigan Fiber Festival Website (recently updated) for complete details.  Some of the event still have registration available.

Mark you calendars!  The workshops begin Wednesday, August 17 and the shopping begins Friday, August 19. Yes!  That's only a few weeks away.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Marlene Gruetter

Marlene Gruetter is a traditional feltmaker/artist and enjoys promoting one of the oldest forms of textile making to other fiber enthusiasts.  Marlene is from southeastern Ohio and is the owner of Marlene’s Felting Madness. 

Marlene has developed Shambolic felt™, a style/technique of feltmaking which incorporates fabrics and other embellishments in an intrinsic and fluid manner.  She loves texture and color and enjoys watching how the felting process itself creates unusual arrangements of texture and color.  The style of shambolic will often leave raw, rolling and uneven edges throughout the work giving it a unique natural look. 

On day one of the workshop, participants will learn both traditional and contemporary wet feltmaking techniques which will be used to provide depth and interest to their work.  On day two, students will learn how to lay out their project to create a beautiful shambolic work with dazzling arrangements of colors and textures and raw, rolling and uneven edges throughout.    

This class is for all levels of fiber artists.  

#110 Shambolic Felt - Wednesday & Thursday ALL DAY (Two Day Workshop)
Contact the Michigan Fiber Festival office to register for this class.

Here are two examples of Shambolic Felt from Marlene's  Half Dressed Collection.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Heidi Bukoski

We are pleased to welcome the return of workshop instructor, Heidi Bukoski.  Here are some examples of the projects you will make if you take one of her classes.  Make sure to register soon...workshops are filling up fast.

 Michigan Fiber Festival Workshop Registration forms can be found on our main website.

Heidi will be teaching the following classes:

#123 Glorious Gossamer Scarf  Wed AM
#132 Tropical Splendor  Wed PM -- CLASS FILLED as of June 8, 2011
#203 Felted Vest  Thursday, ALL DAY
#323 Wire Woven Bracelet  Fri AM
#332 Wire Woven Bracelet 2  Fri PM

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Sue Kawamoto

Sue Kawamoto has been teaching at the Michigan Fiber Festival since 2005. She has also taught at the Knitting Guild of American convention in California as well as at knitting shops in Southeastern Michigan. Her designs have appeared in Knit N Style and in the on line magazine
Sue will be teaching the following workshops at the 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival
#106 Double Knitting
#209 Colorful Knitting Three Ways
#307 Let's do the twist

She has recently started her own blog and you can see photos and more details regarding her classes at

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Nancy Barnett

This year we will have Nancy Barnett teaching four different workshops at festival.  If you are interested in learning new techniques in spinning then check out her workshops before they fill up. 

#322 Spinning Simple Silk  Friday AM
#331 Spin With Some Bunny Friday PM
#421 Amazing Angora Rabbit Saturday AM
#530 Embellish your Yarn  Sunday PM

For complete workshop details and registration forms visit our Michigan Fiber Festival website.

Nancy Barnett lives in the Missouri Ozarks and has been spinning and raising sheep for 25 years and Angora Rabbits for 22 years.  Nancy raises Shetland,  Border Leicester, and Blue Face Leicester Sheep and French, English, and German Angora Rabbits and sells breeding stock and processed rovings.  She is a popular teacher at several Missouri fiber events throughout the year, The Fiber Event in Greencastle, IN, Southern Indiana FiberArts Festival, Corydon, IN, Shepherd’s Harvest, Lake Elmo, MN,  Fiber Christmas, Kellyville, OK, and Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, Jefferson, WI.   She is the winner of two Sustainable Agriculture Grants, one of which is for her Angora/Wool socks.  She lives with her husband, Bill, in a l935 rock schoolhouse constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Amy Tyler

Amy Tyler lives and explores the fiber arts in beautiful Benzie County, Michigan.  She has been teaching spinning and knitting at the Michigan Fiber Festival since 2006.  In addition, she has traveled far and wide to teach for fiber guilds, at retreats, at fiber festivals, and at weaving conferences.  Her teaching destinations include New York, Vermont, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and – of course – Michigan!

Amy trained for 20 years as a dancer, followed by many years of graduate and post-doctoral work in the movement sciences and then 9 years as a professor in physical therapy education in Iowa and Nebraska.

Her teaching experience is as broad as her educational experience:  she has taught modern dance and ballet, exercise physiology, neuromuscular physiology, motor learning, motor control, statistics and research methods, and evidence-based practice in physical therapy.  As a consequence, she has a deep understanding of the process of learning skilled movements (such as spinning and knitting).  And she has honed her skills at sharing that knowledge with her students.

In 2004, Amy left the world of academia to devote herself full-time to the fiber arts.  She now spins, knits, teaches, writes, designs, and has even begun to weave.  Her fiber arts work is influenced by her fine arts training and her science training:  common to both is an appreciation for movement skills, composition, pattern recognition, and systematic exploration.  The result is her focus on spinning techniques, yarn and knitting texture, three-dimensional structure, and knit designs that exploit hand spinning techniques.  Central to her philosophy is the notion of spinning as a dance between the spinner and the spinning wheel.

You can find her work published in Spin-Off Magazine, as well as in their recent special issue, Interweave Knit & Spin.

Do visit her blog,, where she writes regularly about her fiber endeavors, including the creative process, spinning and knitting techniques, her occasional forays into the world of weaving, fiber animals, fiber travels, and sometimes the weather!
And you can see pictures of her fiber work and lists of her past and future fiber activities on her website,

Amy will be teaching the following classes at MFF this year:

            #103:  Blending Colors at the Wheel, Wednesday all day
            #223:  Plying for Texture, Thursday morning
            #231:  Plying Balanced Yarns, Thursday afternoon
            #321:  Mechanics of Your Wheel, Friday morning
            #330:  Spinning Marl Yarns, Friday afternoon

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Focus on Workshop Instructor, Beth Smith

Over the next few weeks we will be featuring the instructors teaching at the 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival.  Our first featured workshop instructor is Beth Smith.
Beth Smith has built a strong and loyal following who know her and her world-class fiber shop, The Spinning Loft in Howell, Michigan, as the go-to resource for specialty wools for handspinning.  A passionate advocate for greater understanding of all the possibilities offered by many types of wool, Beth has spared no effort to study with master spinners from all over the world. She brings together a deep and complex understanding of many spinning traditions with a clear sense of the contemporary spinner's goals, questions, and options.  She aims to empower spinners old and new to embark on their own voyages of discovery, to make confident choices to achieve their desired results using all of the tools available, and truly experience the astounding scope of one of humankind's most long-standing resources: wool.
 Beth will be teaching the following classes this year:
#122 Beginning Drop Spindle Spinning      Wed AM
# 131 Getting more from your Drop Spindle     Wed PM
#222 Beginning Spinning     Thurs AM
#230 Beginning Spinning Part 2     Thurs PM
#301 Wool Breed Study Friday     ALL DAY
#420 Drafting Methods     Sat AM
#430 Mastering Hand Combing     Sat PM

You can register for one of Beth's Workshops by visiting our website 
or filling out the registration form in the Fiberline Magazine.  

Make sure to send in your registration soon because workshops are filling up fast.



Sunday, March 6, 2011

2011 Vendors

Announcing the 2011 Michigan Fiber Festival Vendors in Alphabetical Order by business name.  For more information about the Michigan Fiber Festival, please visit our main website.

3 L & S Farms  (Penny Swearingen)          
All Strings Considered (Birgitta Nostring)          
Alpaca Barber       (Katie Binkowski)               
Alpaca Heaven  & Celeste’s CVM Farm   (Ruth Affleck-Laity & June Capmbell)    
Anne’s Fiber Expressions (Anne Jackson)   
Annie Goatley       (Kim Beedle)                         
Annie’s Sweet Handspun  (Diane Edwards)      
Aspects of Wool  (Donna Spanberger)        
Babe’s Fiber Garden (Nels Wiberg)                  
Basket Artistry     (Susan Preuss)                
Bellwether Farm  (Andrew Mellish)                
Big Springs Farm & Fiber   (Jack & Dana Cormack)
Blackberry Ridge (Anne Bosch)                  
Bowen-Mishler Fiber Arts    (Jan Bowen & Cyndee Mishler)  
Brenway Fibers & Spruce Shadow Farms   (Brenda Cummings) 
Briar Rose Fibers   (Chis Roosien)              
Catalynje Buffalo Fiber Co.   (Bonnie & Richard DeMoss)  
Circle R Ranch  (Rita Johr)                          
City Knitting   (Lorilee Beltman)                   
Creatively Dyed Yarns (Dianne Lutz)             
Dances with Wool  (Sheila Henry)              
Davidson Corp.  (Linton Davidson)                
Ellen’s 1/2 Pint Farm  (Ellen Minard)        
Ewe Hottie   ( Allison Sluis)
Foxhill  Farms  ( Alice Field)                    
Gale’s Art  (Gale Evens)
Gita Maria Inc.  (Sandy Grummon)                     
Handspun by Stefania (Stefania Isaacson)      
Happy Hands   (Kim Lead)                         
Heritage Spinning  (Joan  Sheridon)            
Hidden Valley Farm  (Carol Wagner)          
Hillcreek Fiber Studio (Carol Leigh)              
Homestead Acres (Yolanda Blissett)
Homestead Heirlooms  (Karen Booth)           
Hooked on Ewe    ( Linda Harwood)
Hooked on Felt (Suzanne Higgs)
Jan Kimbell      
Jehovah Jireh Farm  (Amy Francisco )                
Jenson Spinning Wheels   (Carl & Sheby Jaeger)  
Joan Arnold Prints (Joan Arnold)                        
Kessenich Loom Co. ( Bruce Niemi)                   
Kinderhaven Farm  (Joy Castonguay)                  
Knitting Notions (Catherine Harrison)           
Lady Peddler  (Jill Turner)
Leilani Arts  (Ken Wing)                                 
Linden Lane Farm  (Liz  Cowdery)            
Little Acres & Siver Fox Lies  (Dawn Willoughby & Peggy Bayer)
Looking Glass Wool ( Christee McNeil)            
Luxury Natural  Fibers (Anne Tullett)               
Maggie Joyce Recycling (Maggie Joyce)             
Maple Creek Farm (Eileen Garges)           
Maple Row Stock & Wool  (Debra Cline)  
Mar Rita Farm  (Rita Walters)                     
Marlene’s Felting Madness  (Carl & Marlene Gruetter)
Master Korner  (Brenda Kraska)
Miss Babs Hand Dyed (Babs Ausherman)      
Mohair in Motion   (Betty Todd)           
Moons Shadow Farm  (Liz Voelker )            
Moonstruck Farm  (Rose Perkins)                
Morning Sun Fiber Barn  (Sharon Lawson)          
Mount Ampato Alpacas  (Cheryl Ross )             
Needle and Wheel Designs   (Jim Powers)   
Nine Oaks Farm (Gracie Dailey)            
Oak Meadow Alpaca Farm   (Nancy Haas)           
Ohio Valley Natural Fibers (Ginny Ferguson)
Old Mill Yarn (Linda Griffith)
Paradise Ranch (Bob & Deb McCauley)  
Pleasant Home Woolen Co. (Connie King)  
Pufpaff’s Fiber Processing   (Suzanne Pufpaff)  
Robin Edmundson        
Rocking Horse Farm    (Beverly Garrett & Susan Saunders)
Sandy’s Palette LLC  (Sandy Jones)           
Sarah Hinckley   (Sarah Hinckley)                     
Serendipity Farm & Studio   (Mary Scott)           
Sheepy Thyme Farm    (Bonnie Sutton)        
Shelridge Farm    (Buffy Taylor )                  
Shepherdwoods Farm     (Alan & Chris Greene) 
Skaska Designs  (Galina & George Girard)
Spirit Whitin Alpacas (Lisa Picketts)       
Spruce Ridge Studios  (Kris Miller)                     
Stoney Pond Farm     (Rose Nagel )              
Studio June  (Jill June)                                  
Sunny Meade Woolies  (Bonnie Scherer)               
Susan’s Fiber Shop  (Sue McFarland)  
Sweetgrass Jacobs  (Peg Bostwick)
Team Effort Artisans  (Kelly Brandt)                 
The Basket Lady       (Bev Larson)                     
The Fold     (Toni Neil )
The Rouge Lucette  (Margaret Ledrich)        
The Village Weaver   (Jan Cox )                         
Tipperary Farm ~Lone Tree Wool & Lamb Lane  (Margie Meehan, Betty Shreeves & Barbara Zumdome)         
Tirrell Centennial Farm  (Pat Tirrell)
Trading Post for Fiber Arts (Susan Markle)
Victoria Station  (Victoria Brackney)
Weavers Loft  (Barb Gallagher)                 
White Creek Wool   (Susan Baughman )
Wild Fibers Magazine
Wind  Swept Farms (Mike Ludlam)                     
Winding Wool Creek Fiber   (Barbara Lambrecht)   
Winterhaven Fiber Farm  (Jenny Setser)       
Wonder Why Alpaca Farm, LLC  (Andrea Morrison)         
Wool-E-Farm  (Ellyn Jackson)                    
Wooly Knob Fiber Mill  (Jamie Stark & Matt Mabis) 
Wooly Petts      (Roxanne Pett)
Yarn Hollo (Rita Petteys)                           
Zeilinger Wool Co. (Gary & Kate Zeilinger )