The Northeast Iowa Weavers and Spinners Guild was well represented at this year’s Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival held June 17-18 at the Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center in Ames, Iowa.
Sarah Humke was on the festival planning committee. She also conducted an introductory class on lace knitting and its history.
In addition to vending, Mary Stichter taught children’s classes both Saturday and Sunday on Kumihimo braiding and turning wool into yarn using a drop spindle.
Dawn Ask-Martin taught a crochet class on Saturday. She also demonstrated and helped with Mary Stichter’s booth.
Mother and son duo, Ellen Sakornbut and Patrick Mayer, had a busy week end vending at the festival. Ellen also led the class “Basics of Dyeing.”
Participants in Lisa Nelson’s felting class made cobweb scarves from colorful merino wool roving.
Guild member M. Paula Survilla was the featured author for the festival. She read and signed copies of her new children’s book, Over the Moon. She also designed the festival’s logo seen at the top of this page. Paula was assisted in her Knitbaahpurl booth by Joyce Boss.
The Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival was a wonderful event. We are very proud of our talented members who contributed to its success.