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 »
Who knew you could knit a square so many different ways! Internationally recognized fiber artist, Katharine Cobey has been pushing the boundaries within the knitting world for years. November 2nd is your chance to learn from one on the most innovative minds in the knitting world today. With her guidance your knitting will take on a whole new slant, literally. Read the rest of this entry »
We’re counting down the days to FiberME 2013. It’s hard to believe it’s just a couple weeks away. There is just one spot left. If a week in coastal Maine, visiting with fiber inspiring fiber artists and relaxing with a group of like-minded fiber-folk sounds good to you, call us 1-800-341-0282 to reserve your spot. It’s a great opportunity to experience all things fiber in Maine. You’ll be glad you did.
It’s time for another Halcyon Highlight, a special feature in which we introduce you to the talents of one of our amazing customers. Rudy Amann, a handspinning master and extraordinary teacher is the second to be honored.
In January of 1992, after retiring from 35 years in education as both a teacher and an administrator, Rudy started handspinning. His spinning mentor was Priscilla Gibson-Roberts. It wasn’t long before he became an accomplished spinner. He soon found himself teaching others to spin at Knitter’s Day Out in his home state of Pennsylvania. What a wonderful way to continue his teaching career and foster a new passion. In the late 90′s he began teaching spinning and nalbinding at Stitches East and Stitches West. From 1994-2008 he attended Interweave’s Spin-Off Autumn Retreats, teaching at 7 of them. Much to our good fortune, he moved to Brunswick, Maine in 1998 (it’s just one town over from Halcyon Yarn’s home in Bath, Maine). He has since added teaching at Halcyon Yarn, Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts and Fiber College to his teaching repertoire.
Rudy has written extensively on the topic of handspinning. He has numerous published articles in Spin-Off magazine such as “How to Choose Your Spinning Wheel”, “Woolen vs. Worsted” and “Matching Commercial Yarn”. Look for his most recent article, ” Choosing the Right Whorl” in this fall’s issue of Spin-Off. It is safe to say Rudy Amann is one of the most talented and experienced teacher’s in the Northeast. He is a real gem in the fiber world.
To experience Rudy’s exceptional talents first hand join him Friday and Saturday, July 26th and 27th when he teaches Intensive Beginning Spinning at Halcyon Yarn. Here’s what previous students have said…
“Rudy is, as you know, an outstanding spinning instructor!” I feel privileged to have been in his class and hope it won’t be his last.”
“One of the best teachers I’ve ever encountered.”
“Rudy is a remarkable teacher – every component was extraordinarily well planned, paced and contributed to the whole. Just wonderful!”
“It was a wonderful learning experience – Rudy is a great instructor!”
“I would take any class he offered.”