designed to function together as a two day educational excursion into spinning, knitting, weaving and all the other fiber arts. Now in its twenty-second year, the festival’s enthusiastic steering committee works tirelessly to craft an event that makes beginners feel welcome and experienced crafters feel appreciated. Classes are a cornerstone of the festival and teacher proposals are carefully considered.
This year the festival is pleased to offer a wide range of classes including several given by Linda Voss Plummer (Galeton, PA), popular knitting instructor and designer.
|Linda Voss Plummer|
supportive powers. One of my earliest memories is of living in Alfred and watching weavers across the street at Irene Mitchell’s
home. The arts were part of everyday life in that community. The women in my family lived every day with their various fiber passions.
I taught for years in Pittsburgh and continue to teach there and regionally. I am so pleased to be a part of the vibrant fiber world in Northern Pennsylvania and the SouthernTier of New York.
I am pleased to be teaching at Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. We are so fortunate to live in an area with so many fiber growers and supportive groups. Our shepherds are such a gift and work so hard to maintain integrity in their flocks and to support rare and endangered breeds. The variety of wool and other fibers available to spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters and felters is a tribute to their dedication! I am especially excited about exploring various breeds
of sheep (most local) and their characteristics and working with handspun yarn. I will also be teaching classes new techniques and patterns.
Festival vendors offering a wide variety of wares are chosen so that people new to any craft can find the basics while the more experienced have a great chance to locate the hard-to-find items they need. Raw and processed fiber of all types, brand name and indie-maker yarn and tools, books and DVDs, syntheticand natural dyestuffs, patterns and kits, buttons, every kind of yarn imaginable, beads and finished goods too….quality and variety abound. The FLFF also hosts guilds and clubs of other disciplines so that one may find and network with people who focus on different but related crafts. These include guilds for weaving, knitting, lace making, rug hooking, other spinning guilds, Master gardeners (as many dyers grow their own plant materials), rug hookers, sock knitting machine users and even a rabbit rescue group with lots of helpful information on rabbit husbandry to aid established or would-be angora bunny owners.
For full information regarding the festival’s hours, classes, vendors, schedule of activities, and local accommodations please visit www.gvhg.org/fiber-fest.