Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Northern Michigan Wool Festival: Sites and Sounds

My Sweetie and I went our annual Up North Get Away weekend, and we had such a great time. This year we decided to take in the "Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival" in West Branch Michigan. Unfortunately, I did not have any time to take classes but I hope to next year. This was the 10th year for the wool festival and the location at the Ogemaw Fair Grounds was wonderful. Above is a photo of some of the lovely wool roving's and threads I bought. I have plans to wet felt some Christmas pressie from it. The white glittery ball of wool is not really wool at all but it is called "Firestar" which is similar to angelina fibers. The bag of light beige and white wool is 50% Baby Camel and 50% Bleached Tussah Silk Top and Oh, it is so very soft to touch. I bought it from "River Edge Weaving Studio". The purple, blue and mixed pink wool rovings all have "Firestar Glitter" in it. I bought the white wool roving at "Woolderness Fiber Arts Studio!

The above photo is of Elizabeth and her business called "Vibrant"!! Elizabeth dyes her wool from natural plant dyes. The wool rovings I bought were dyed from "Black Eye Susan", and Beets. They are truly beautiful vibrant colors. The wool is from Blue Faced Leicester sheep.Elizabeth is in the red top. I really enjoyed chatting with her about dying with plants.

The above photo was taken at the booth of "Zeilinger Wool Co." from Frankenmuth Michigan. This purse was made from a old wool sweater that was felted in a washing machine and the motifs were needled felted on. I thought it was a very neat looking purse.

This photo is of some very lovely hand dyed wool roving.

"The Flower Lady's Farm and Woolery" is located in Levering, Michigan. Kim had numerous lovely needle felted items to buy along with hand dyed wools and hooked rug kits.

I thought the use of wool roving to weave small wall hanging was a great idea.

The photo above is an over view of the vendor mall in Building Number 2.

The Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival was celebrating their 10th year. I thought their cake was very artistic.

They also had a demonstration area that showed us all how to do weaving, spinning and dying which I really enjoyed allot.

Outside this wonderful Folk Music band was playing lovely music for us all to listen too.

I have never seen a pumpkin that had such a unique skin. Loved it.

On the Fair Ground they had restored an old "Log Cabin Church". I thought it to be very beautiful.

They also had a "Weaver's Cabin"!!

This is a photo of the outside area of the festival.

This Alpaca is looking very grand and proud with a wee sweet baby goat roaming around pestering him.

A beautiful Autumn scene to make you all smile. It was a glorious weekend and the best part was spenting quality time with my sweetie.



Kayla coo said...

Hello Judy,
Thank you for sharing your day with us, very interesting photo's.
Beautiful yarns and I love seeing the area and the buildings.x

Charmingdesigns said...

I had it on my calender...went by the so busy doing other things I totally forgot about going to our fiber fest...its the last one of the year too. Your pictures are wonderful!!


What lovely photos. It's so nice to see what it's like in your part of the world and I LUUURRRRVVVVVVEEE your goodies. There's nothing like a spot of retail therapy to cheer the soul!

Thanks for all your lovely comments on the textiley blog Judy xxxxxxx

karen said...

this looks fantastic. I could have had such fun there!!

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Oh, what fun, Judy! And, it is so wonderful that your husband enjoyed it with you. My DH and I used to go to this type of fair when we lived in New England. I love your pictures...took me right along with you!

acornmoon said...

That looks like a great day out. I love that little log cabin church.

Jasmine said...

Oh I would have loved meandering around this fair. So many treasures.

Deb H said...

Oooo, that looks like such a fun place! The wools look as yummy as cotton candy, & so much better for you! Maybe Some fine fall I'll meet you there!

Cathy K said...

Judy, it looks like you had a wonderful time - wish I could've gone, too!! Fall is in the air, and I'm thinking wool and fibers and fun projects ahead! Miss talkin' to you - will write soon. Hugs, Cathy

Liz Schaffner said...

Oh what a lovely weekend you had !
I wish I could of been there instead of laying stones on our garden.
Looking forward to seeing what you make with the lovely looks like little clouds from heaven!

Maureen said...

What a wondeerful weeekend you had and that looks a great show. I'm just wondering do we have blue faced sheep here in Leicester ? - not sure.You mentioned Frankenmuth and I remember having a fantastic Chicken dinner there many many years ago.

Solstitches said...

Judy, what a fabulous picture show you have treated your blog visitors to. I could almost feel like I was at the wool festival.
You have some lovely new stash to play with and to create something amazing from.
You saved the best picture til last - love those pumpkins!

RagJó said...

Thank you for that lovely tour Judy. Always great to see all the yummy wool and other fibers, it gives the Inspiration a boost :-)
p.s. I finished the little Christmas box, I´ll post a photo of it on my blog today :-)

Heather said...

Judy... looks like you had a wonderful time... what lovely buildings and the wool almost makes me want to take it up... almost, LOL! Love all the pictures, it is so nice for those of us who don't participate in this craft to get a feel of the joy others get from it - and to be able to see what kind of "fairs" there are out there. Oh, and I just love the pumpking - so unique! Hugs.

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