Don’t miss Spa Knit and Spin 2014, this weekend February 28-March 2!
Every year The New England Textile Arts Network (NETA) hosts an annual Spa Knit and Spin Retreat at the Hilton Garden Inn and Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine. This informal event is a group of passionate fiber folks (members and non-members) who gather together one weekend in the winter to enjoy each others company, spa treatments, shopping, great food & drink and general all around fiber delights. No fees, no agendas, no workshops – just fibery relaxation and good fun with a few extra attractions thrown in for good measure.
Imagine hotel lobbies filled with knitters knitting and spinners spinning (with both drop spindles and wheels). It’s quite a site to behold. Oh, and who wouldn’t love a special Fiber Market Place with 20 local and regional craftspeople. Did we mention a fashion show? Check out all the details at NETA’s blog.
So stop by and enjoy a few hours, a day or the entire weekend. Just be a part of the celebration!
Psst! Attendees also enjoy taking the opportunity to visit fiber destinations in the local area such as Halcyon Yarn (we’re just a 20 minute drive up the coast).
This coming weekend, March 1-2 2014, our great city of Bath, Maine will be holding its 3rd Annual Japanese Celebration Weekend. This exciting event is sponsored by the Bath-Tsugaru sister city exchange program. It’s a weekend full of great events for families, children and adults. From hands-on activities such as an Ikebana class, Japanese fabric films and Bento boxes to entertainment with Bowdoin Taiko and a gardening presentation, there is something for everyone.
There are 3 events we thought our Halcyon Yarn customers might find of particular interest. All 3 events will be held at the Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St, Bath. On Saturday March 1st there is a discussion and demonstration, “The Art of the Kimono” from 1-2pm and on Sunday March 2nd, there will be 2 Japanese fabric films “Arimatsu-Narumi Shibori: 400 Years 1608-2008″ from 1-3pm and “Blue Alchemy: Stories of Indigo” from 3:30-5:30. For complete details of these events and all the other events of the weekend check out www.bath-tsugaru.org.
The dates are set for Halcyon Yarn’s annual FiberME guided tour! August 3rd-8th, 2014 will be a week filled with all things fibery and all things Maine. It’s a winning combination you won’t find anywhere else. Coastal Maine offers a unique and beautiful venue (especially in summer) for visiting artists’ studios, spinning mills, dye houses, fiber farms, educational centers and galleries. Of course your FiberME experience wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of a few much loved traditional Maine summer activities. Back by popular demand will be our Maine artisan “marketplace” event in which you’ll be able to purchase handmade items from some of Maine’s most talented craftspeople. So save the dates and come join the fun. Specific details of this special event will be available in the coming weeks.
For immediate questions contact Jane at Halcyon Yarn by calling 1-800-341-0282 or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We wanted to take a moment to let you know about Small Business Saturday - officially recognized by the US Senate - coming up on November 30th. We’re excited that there is increasing awareness of the value of supporting small, independent, and local businesses. Why? Because we love the fiber arts, we love our customers, and we love, er, doing business. It’s symbiotic: we share our excitement with our customers, and our customers share their excitement with us. Quite literally, we couldn’t do it without you!
So many things to try, learn, experiment; the fiber arts community is diverse and needs support. Knitters, weavers, crocheters, felters, fiber-artists of all types come into the store, talk to us on the phone, email us, and it is a joy to be a part of it. We get questions that most big businesses can’t answer, and we carry products that are hard to find (and aren’t all that profitable hehe!). We work with low volume, artisanal vendors (who inspire us). We teach classes with both small and large enrollment. We support our city (Bath, ME), offer free community fiber groups, and support fiber guilds all over the country. We do this because we enjoy it, and because it’s a role we’ve enjoyed for over 40 years.
Our shop is getting busy with people preparing for the holidays. Lots of projects under way this time of year! In an effort to help small businesses compete in the busy holiday marketing season, Small Business Saturday is recognized as an opportunity to promote shopping at (and supporting) small, independent businesses.
As an additional incentive, holders of American Express Cards can sign-up to get a one-time $10 rebate from American Express when shopping in-store at registered small businesses and using their American Express card. Halcyon Yarn is participating this year and welcomes you to sign up (required), then come in and shop, then keep an eye out for your $10 rebate from American Express on your AmEx statement (this rebate only applies to in-store sales, not online or phone sales).
Regardless of if you make it into Halcyon Yarn, or another LYS , or another small business of most any kind, we’re confident that you’ll feel good supporting businesses that give back to you. Together, we have a thriving fiber arts community to explore, and look forward to exploring it together!
Our newest Halcyon Yarn class list is in the mail so keep a lookout in the coming week. This is a convenient calendar listing of classes from December 2013 – May 2014. Complete details for each class can be found on the web. The mailing is just right for posting on your refrigerator or bulletin board. When it arrives in your mailbox take the time to highlight those classes of interest. Then when the time is right give us a call at 207-442-7909 or 1-800-341-0282 or sign-up on line. Classes are added regularly so be sure to check the web frequently for the most up to date information. Hope to see you soon!
Rigid Heddle Looms: A great place to start, a great place to advance
Buyers Guide Series, part 1
Interested in weaving? Rigid heddle looms can get you started quickly, easily, and offer plenty of room to grow and experiment. Starting out can be intimidating: new vocabulary, strange equipment and complex instructions. You may think twice. Don’t falter! Learning to weave is not as complicated as it seems, and rigid heddle looms are down right puppy dog friendly in comparison to large multi-shaft looms. Everything you learn from the experience will be useful if you “move on” to a bigger and/or multi-shaft loom. Most importantly, they’re fun whether you’re learning or already advanced!
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Sheep on your couch and turkeys on your table? Oh, yes! With these two great classes and two great instructors you could be well on your way to having a veritable barnyard in your own home. Read the rest of this entry »
Hoping to make it a handmade holiday this year? Let Halcyon Yarn help. Join us the week of November 11th when we’ll offer 4 different classes designed to create 4 gifts just in time for the holidays. It’s our “Make It and Take It” week. Read the rest of this entry »