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Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House is tomorrow October 11th, 2014 from 9am-4pm! Come celebrate with us on Saturday and take advantage of the great savings and enjoy the festivities.  It comes just once a year, so you don’t want to miss it. Check out our previous post for all the details of the day.

The entire city of Bath, ME will be a buzz with activity as it celebrates Autumnfest, so plan to make a day of it!

Recap: What’s Happening at the Store

The shop will be filled with demonstrators showcasing different fiber arts such as weaving, spinning, rug hooking, crocheting and felting. There will be the ever popular “stash bags” and sales on shop samples. All sale yarns and books will be further reduced for extra savings. *Plus, all purchases that day will receive an additional discount of 10%-25% off. It’s a great time to stock up for cool weather and holiday projects and see the latest ideas and new yarns.

Here’s who and what you’ll see…

  • Marianne Dubois – wet and needle felting
  • Susan Douglas – fiber blending on a blending board
  • Sybil Shiland – floor loom weaving
  • Eileen Antell – lucet braiding
  • Linda Whiting – tapestry weaving
  • Liz Johnson – rigid heddle weaving
  • The Tuesday Twisted Spinsters – Halcyon Yarn’s Tuesday spinning group
  • Susie Stephenson & Liz Stoyko – rug hooking
  • Denice Sharp – spinning funky art yarn
  • Betsey Bailey – crochet
  • Demos of useful fiber tools

See you tomorrow!

Imagine having a SALE on every-fiber-thing you want and need… Or, don’t bother imagining, because when you shop with Halcyon Yarn this Saturday, October 11, 2014 during our Annual Open House, that’s just what will happen. Everyone saves! 

Shopping online, enter the code “OH2014″ at check out. Stopping by the store to share in the festivities, draw a “discount ticket” at checkout. Either way, you’re guaranteed at least 10% OFF, with an opportunity to receive a bigger discount of 15%, 20% or 25% OFF your purchases. Check out all the details.


So mark your calendar and get ready shop and save. The holidays are right around the corner so take advantage of the savings and stock up on materials and tools to create wonderful handmade gifts. Better yet, let family and friends know about your wish list and link them to the Halcyon Yarn Annual Open House post.

*Offer excludes bulk price 3, floor looms, gift certificates and special orders. On-line orders must be made between the hours of 12:00 am – 11:59 pm Saturday October 11, 2014 to receive discount.

The wait is over Ply - The Magazine for Handspinners - Community - Autumn - Issue 6 is here! If you’re familiar with the newest handspinning magazine, Ply, we know you’ve been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the latest issue. How could you not? The magazine is too good to be true, a handspinner’s dream. In a recent letter to the editor one reader wrote Ply is the first magazine in which she has ever used a bookmark. The comment speaks volumes.


This time around the theme is community. Essentially each article or feature highlights some aspect of community. I must admit I was a little uncertain about the theme.  Of course my worries were unfounded. In hindsight, how could I doubt this quality publication? I had failed to realize the word community is as diverse and encompassing as handspinning itself. The activity naturally promotes the sharing of passions, techniques, ideas and friendships. That means almost anything written about handspinning can fall into the “community” classification. So let me assure you, Ply Issue 6, Autumn 2014, is every bit as good as the previous issues. Get your copy today and let yourself be mesmerized.

Inside the pages you’ll find stories about different spinners and their stories, each unique and inspiring. Learn to pair your fiber to the perfect spindle. Take delight in learning about Shetland sheep and the communities supporting this breed. Get creative with art yarn. Follow Ply’s blueprint and host your own fiber event. Includes 3 great knitting patterns for Amy Herzog’s Swing Step Cardigan, Cheri McEwen’s festive Big Top Shawl and Woolly Wormhead’s Wrapped Hat.

Don’t have the back issues of Ply? Halcyon Yarn sells all the available back issues. We’re still waiting for issues 2 and 3 to be reprinted, but when they are you’ll find them here!

We have lots of interesting stuff! Look here for related inspirations:


Halcyon Yarn just made experiencing a totally organic wool yarn easy. Organic Extrafine Wool 4/8 from our Natural Textures Collection is no longer being manufactured so we’re offering our existing stock at a fantastic price. Regularly $10.95 per skein, it’s now $7.50 per skein*. Quantities are limited so order quickly before we’re sold out.


Love the yarn, but not the color? Use Country Classic Dyes and Wash Fast Acid to transform the Organic Extrafine Wool into the color of your dreams. Interested in dyeing organic yarns? Try the white or natural color of these great yarns (just be sure to use Procion dyes if you’re working with cotton):


Swans Island Fingering Organic Merino Wool Yarn , Swans Island Worsted Organic Merino Wool Yarn , Inca Organic Cotton , Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Organic Cotton Yarn , or 8/2 Cottolin Organic Yarn

Please note Organic Extrafine Wool yarn has not been scoured which means that once washed it will “blossom” or full. For most accurate measurements please knit or weave your swatch and then wash in lukewarm water and lay flat to dry.

*Offer valid on current stock only. As with all specials, we cannot anticipate popularity. No additional discounts apply.

We have lots of interesting stuff! Look here for related inspirations:

When our supplier sent us the wrong color of Merino fiber* we decided to look on the bright side of things.  Honestly, it was difficult not to since it is a bright, bold, beautiful yellow. Here in the northeast where the daylight hours are dwindling we welcome every bit of sunshine we can get, regardless of its form. How about you?


This “little bit of sunshine” fiber, as we affectionately like to call it, is being sold in 1/4lb bags at $7.25, regularly $10.18. This is a closeout special** so get while you can. When it’s gone, it’s gone.

Great for spinning and felting and even weaving. Adding occasional weft shots of unspun fiber in a weaving project will create visual and textural interest. Get creative! Take advantage of the savings and brighten up your corner of the world.

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**Quantities are limited and being offered on a first come, first serve basis. As with all special offers we can never anticipate its appeal to our customers. We apologize in advance if this item is sold out before you receive this notice.

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We’re having fun browsing our fiber-arts news alerts. This month seems to be full of fairs and exhibits. Lots of interesting happenings in weaving and fiber arts!

First, the above Fiber: Sculpture 1960 to present, caught our eye as an interesting exhibit. A cool reminder of the freeform and boundry-pushing possibilities in fiber arts. Anyone in, or passing though, Boston might want to check it out, through Jan 4th, 2015!

Heading across to the west coast, there is a wonderful looking exhibition of fiber arts going on through Nov 29th at Sequim on the North Olympic Peninsula…

Not to leave out the mid-west, there is a fiber festival and exhibition this coming weekend in Leland, Michigan.

And let’s not forget the fiber fun going on in the Shetland Islands… and there is a wonderful sounding exhibit aimed at reinvigorating weaving arts going on in the Philippine Islands (image below). Anyone up for a road trip?!?

It seems that October is a busy month for fiber arts happenings!

Speaking of re-invigorating weaving, it’s fun to think about making weaving and design into a business. There are different scales at which you could do that – Here is an interesting interview with a Scottish entrepreneur who’s giving it 100% and re-invigorating carpet weaving in the UK while he’s at it!

We’ll wrap up this sampling of news with another interesting effort in the UK. A great read taking a look at the history of the Kitchener stitch, and a campaign in the UK to knit poppies to commemorate World War I.

Aren’t we lucky to be bitten by the fiber-arts bug?!

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Congratulations to Rosalie B. from Mathew, VA, our September winner of a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon and Liz S. from Phippsburg, ME, our quarterly winner of a $25 coupon.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give us feedback. We really appreciate it. Please keep your comments coming.

Remember, you could be a winner too. Each time you place an order you’ll receive a  “WIN” Ticket  or an on-line feedback survey. Respond to either and you’ll automatically be entered in our monthly, quarterly and year end drawing (see the link for complete details).


Check out the extreme values on [UPDATE, sorry, all sold out], while supplies last *save 40% on all remaining stock.

Pair a discounted ball of Douceur et Soie with 2 mini cones of 12/2 Gemstone Silk Yarn to knit up our popular Silky Honeycomb Scarf (free with purchase of yarn) and you have yourself a luxurious scarf at a fantastic price. It’s never too early to start knitting for the holidays and the Silky Honeycomb Scarf makes an ideal gift. This yarn is sure to sell out fast, so get it while you can!


Want to knit the Silky Honeycomb Scarf and don’t see a color of Douceur et Soie you like? Then check out Kid Seta by Cascade . It’s just arrived at the shop and we’re loving it!


*Discount applies to current stock. This is a discontinued yarn for which we cannot take back orders. No additional discounts apply.

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