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Fiber Gathering: Knit, Crochet, Spin, and Dye More than 25 Projects Inspired by America's Festivals Hardcover – March 1, 2009
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Throughout history, we've gathered together in the market square. We're there to buy and sell, to get good deals on fibers, fabrics, fruits, vegetables, and bread, but we're also there to see friends, gossip, trade recipes, and admire new clothes. We've got an eye on each other's animals, and we're going to keep them from getting into any trouble. It's our chance to hold someone else's baby or to congratulate a new grandmother. It's a chance to connect, to touch, and to bond with others.
These days, it's easy to feel like we live in scary times, and sometimes we're less neighborly than we used to be. Our lives are filled with long distances and technology. We're more likely to make cyberfriends than visit with someone down the street. Our lives are full of work, school, and caretaking, but how many of us still live near our families? Our hometowns? How do we reach out to one another?
2010 Fiber Festivals mentioned in Fiber Gathering
Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival
May 1st & 2nd, 2010
Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, MD 21794
New York Sheep and Wool Festival
October 16th & 17th, 2010
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool Festival
May 8th & 9th, 2010
Hopkinton State Fairgrounds
392 Kearsarge Avenue
Contoocook, NH 03229
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair
October 22nd, 23rd, & 24th, 2010
WNC Ag Center
1301 Fanning Bridge Road
Fletcher, NC 28732
Michigan Fiber Festival
August 21st & 22nd, 2010
Allegan County Fairgrounds
150 Allegan County Fair Drive
Allegan, MI 49010
Black Sheep Gathering
June 18th, 19th, & 20th, 2010
Lane County Fairgrounds
796 W. 13th Avenue
Eugene OR 97402
Estes Park Wool Market
June 12th & 13th, 2010
500 Big Thompson Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
The Wool Festival at Taos
October 2nd & 3rd, 2010
Kit Carson Park
Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, NM 87571
More About the Author
Her handspinning and knitting have won awards at the North Carolina and Tennessee State Fairs and in two separate US Bank Celebration of the Arts Exhibitions. Her handspun yarn and knitted fiber art is exhibited and sold at galleries across the United States.
When she's not knitting, spinning or writing, she's outside walking Harry and Sally (her bird dogs) and spending time with her husband, an absentminded biology professor who studies butterfly genetics.
Top Customer Reviews
A preview of most of the projects is available on Ravelry (for the link, see Joanne's 3/2/09 blog post below on What I Did This Weekend). Be warned, the preview will make you want to buy the book!
Sensory images leap from the written descriptions. Ms. Seiff sets the scene so well that I felt I had traveled along to enjoy the unique vendor offerings, taste the food, listen to the performers, and smell the wool.
I think what makes this book unique is the fact that not only did the author actually visit and experience each festival first hand (many for the first time), she is a passionate fiber enthusiast and it comes through joyously in her written words. Jeff Marcus, her husband, accompanied her to the festivals and contributes a compelling photographic record of the journey.
Sidebar articles appear in each chapter detailing the processes and techniques often demonstrated at fiber festivals.
The book also contains more than 25 actual projects ranging from simple fingerless gloves to an intricate shawl. The cover appears to focus on these projects (which are all wonderful) but I believe the festival overviews are the essence and true delight of the book.
The rich tradition of regional fiber festivals is highlighted in her collection of narratives. She captures the spirit of why we gather and the layers of enjoyment one gets from attending such a festival: buying unique, one-of-a-kind materials, visiting with friends, and immersing oneself in the creative energy that only a gathering of fiber enthusiasts can create.
I'm so impressed with the quality of this book and the story it tells.Read more ›
And the variety of projects aren't limited to one fiber art. Some projects are designed to be used with hand spun yarn. There is a beautiful crocheted mock cable sweater, along with a rug hooking project! Fiber is utilized to its fullest potential in this book, and is a terrific resource for any spinner, knitter, or crocheter! (And there's even a yummy recipe in the book!)
This book is wonderful, I highly recommend it to everyone. Joanne Seiff has achieved a masterpiece in compiling and writing this book, and I look forward to seeing more of her work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
None of the projects in this book appealed to me personally. I enjoyed reading about the fiber festivals, but I sold the book.Published 14 months ago by rose thyme
Wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but I liked the book just the same.Published 17 months ago by K. A. Jordan
When I moved to Nashville many years ago, I was excited to go to my first real state fair in the state capital. Somehow, I completely missed the fiber portion of it. Read morePublished on August 4, 2013 by Tearose
Loved this book. Just started spinning; have been to Hemlock (NY Finger Lake region), and can't wait to get to others on this coast. And then some on the other coast!Published on March 13, 2013 by RobinK
What a great read! Joanne took me, and will take you, too, on warm-hearted, joyous romp around to the country's fiber festivals. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Michelle Edwards
Joanne does a wonderful job of capturing the heart of several fiber festivals across the country. Each chapter features knitting patterns which range from beginner to advanced. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Shepherd
This book is an absolute tresure. I've given it to several friends who have also come to enjoy the great stories, wonderful pictures, and fun projects this book covers. Read morePublished on December 29, 2009 by I. Marcus
I liked the photos, they aren't the most exhilarating especially for fiber, but it's refreshing to see the differences in fiber gatherings across the U.S. Read morePublished on October 26, 2009 by JEgmont