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Another Excuse to Knit

Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, Fiber Arts Education, General News, Knitting | No Comments »


Those of us who love to knit have never needed an excuse to personally indulge.  Now, the need to justify our habit to others is another story. So, if you ever find yourself in need of a little backup, Happiness is a Needle and Thread Away:  New Data on Mental Health Benefits of Knitting by Sid Lipsey could be just the ticket. Go forth fellow knitters, knit and be happy.

Time to Learn Something New

Monday, March 9th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Ahh, March is national craft month, the perfect reason to take a class and learn something new.  Here in Maine it’s almost mud season  – too yucky to garden or play outside  – so play inside with Halcyon Yarn.  The bottom line is it’s a great time to learn something new and inspiring and Halcyon Yarn is the best place for learning all things fibery.
Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists
Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists with dye maven Jackie Ottino Graf on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm is an opportunity to learn from the creative color force behind the artisanal dyeing at Swans Island Company.
Spend the day being inspired by the intriguing world of indigo. You’ll learn the basics from start to finish of indigo dyeing using powdered indigo and stock solutions.  This method is the commonly used method of production indigo dyers and avoids the unpleasant aspects of indigo dyeing.  Learn to make a concentrated solution,”read your vat”, layer your indigo colors to make different shades of beautiful blues, and over dye other colors to make even more colors and shades.  (If you are registered for the Natural Dyeing class the day before you might want to over dye some of these colors).
We can assure you creativity will abound. Bring 1 pound of clean yarn, unspun fibers, fabric or a combination of all to ‘play’ in the vat.  It’s a perfect opportunity to cull your fiber stash and transform “old” into “new again”. Create plenty of samples for reference and plenty to try in new fiber projects.  Learn all about indigo dyeing without the hassle of doing it all by yourself.
There’s nothing quite like the fun of felting. Join Marianne Dubois on Saturday April 4th from 10am-2pm for Fabulous Felted Jewelry. Learn to make brilliant jewelry from merino wool. This fast paced class takes you from beads and baubles to bracelets, necklaces and beyond. The versatility of felt is as unlimited as your imagination when it comes to wearable art. From sophisticated to silly, you’ll adore your new adornments! Suitable for ages 11 and up, beginners and beyond.
Call to register, 207-442-7909 or 1-800-341-0282 or go to the website www.halcyonyarn.com/classes.
Halcyon Yarn is the your source for fiber classes of all kinds. Be sure to check out our website www.halcyonyarn.com for the latest spring offerings.


Weave Share is Back!

Monday, March 9th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


Yes, spring is coming and Weave Share is back! Calling all weavers:  floor loom weavers, rigid heddle weavers, inkle weavers, tapestry weavers, card weavers, backstrap weavers, basket weavers – have I forgotten any weavers? Come share your weaving or just your knowledge.

The first meeting of 2015 is next Wednesday, March 18th, from 6-8pm in our Halcyon Yarn 3rd floor classroom. The group will continue to meet the third Wednesday of each month – same time, same place. ALL ARE WELCOME, regardless of ability!  It’s a fun time to meet other weavers, share tips and ideas and generally converse with like minded folks.

Hope to see you on the 18th!

FiberME 2015

Friday, February 13th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


The dates are set for Halcyon Yarn’s annual FiberME guided tour! August 2nd-7th, 2015 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. 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. A traditional Maine Lobster Bake will close out the week on Friday afternoon, August 7. Check out all the details, including a full itinerary on our website.

For immediate questions contact Jane at Halcyon Yarn by calling 1-800-341-0282 or by e-mail,  classes@halcyonyarn.com.


Tatting, yarn bombing, and re:loom – fiber arts news

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »

Tatting musings


Tatting does not get the attention that it deserves. Here, Alan Chochinov has a great and engaging article on how he came to love tatting, as well as musings on its role in his life, and tatting in general.



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re:loom is a wonderful looking endeavor. This non-profit in Georgia is providing stable employment to those in need, helping with housing, and making many people happy while teaching new skills and producing beautiful products through weaving with recycled fibers!


Yarn bombing, Chilean style!

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We’ve seen some fun “yarn bombing” photos floating around for years… But it seems that in Chile they are taking it to extremes and having extreme fun!


Healthful trends for fiber artists

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

We couldn’t believe the string of personal and environmental health news items that came in over the last month. Wonderful innovations, great good deeds, and healthful habits from across the knitting and weaving fiber arts communities. Take a gander!

Quite literally: Weaving a healthy environment in Nigeria.


Use of invasive river plant in weaving is clearing up waterways. Though pretty, the water hyacinth clogs navigation for fishermen, displaces fish populations, and causes trouble with water supplies. A win-win start-up is training and marketing diverse, beautiful woven hyacinth based items. The hyacinth vines are plied into fine ropes, or braided, and then used to make mats, baskets, vases and other items. Achenyo Idachaba has a wonderful interview at Elle SA about leaving her corporate career in the US, and starting a (socially responsible) business in Nigeria. See the website of this award winning woman-owned social enterprise here: MitiMeth.

Better living for those with diabetes through woven silk test strips.


Unbelievably accurate, and up to 75% more affordable than traditionally manufactured test strips (at least in places where silk is not imported), these woven wonders are poised to make a real difference in the world. They can be produced locally by independent weavers!

Knitting for health


Knitting keeps you healthy, according to 104 years young Doty Patterson. Dotty says it perfectly, and is an inspiration to make knitting an ongoing part of life routines. Oh yeah, don’t forget to read up on the published medical literature which supports what Dotty already knows!

Careful with those needles!


A word of caution however, careful where you put those needles! An amazing (but chilling) story of how a papillon puppy survived knitting needle crash, which included injury to the heart.

Habits for success


And as if personal and environmental health are not enough… With a rash of famous folk, knitting for fun and health, it could help your social standing too? (Granted, this last piece is tongue-in-cheek, but check out this link and it looks like pretty much all famous folk knit: Kate Middleton, Julia Roberts, Dakota Fanning, Kristen Stewart…).

We resolve: more fiber arts in 2015 and beyond!


Marsala: Yarns for “color of the year”, 2015

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education | 1 Comment »


We carry many, many yarn colors. Picking colors is one of our favorite pastimes, even if we do feel overwhelmed at times. That’s why it’s fun to have a starting point, and can be fun to listen to experts. Some love, and some love to make fun of, Pantone’s color of the year.  This year, we’re not making fun of the trendy color to be: Marsala!

We think that Marsala is an unusually nice choice: It can be earthy, rich, soothing, and equally welcoming to women and men. Inspired by delicious Marsala wine (yes, we want to go to Sicily!), Marsala is remarkable in how nicely it plays with other colors…

What would you knit, weave, crochet with Marsala colored yarn? Ready to find yarns that give that Marsala-y-feeling? Behold: our find yarns by color tool to the rescue. Now, finding yarn colors is as fun as Marsala itself!

Some short cuts to Marsala yarn goodness:

What about limiting results to Silk, Mohair, Cashmere?


Pantone provides some suggested pairings for Marsala. Using those color codes, here are some interesting palettes:

Could you dye your own earthy marsala yarn? You bet – Earthues to the rescue! We haven’t tried it yet, but we’re itching to, and would love to hear from you if you get there first.

Wondering how to use the color picker? Here’s a quick video example to get you started:


Please do let us know what you think of Marsala, the yarn color tool, and what you plan to make.

Calling local knitters: Cozy Kiddos social on Saturday

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


Our Cozy Kiddos hat and mitten collection is in full swing here at Halcyon Yarn!  We’ve been fortunate to receive some lovely cozy items but we’re always looking for more.

Make sure to come by the shop this Saturday December 13th, we’ll have free patterns and refreshments if you’d like to stay and knit for this great cause. Bring your stash yarn and needles and whip up a little something warm!  Event hours are 10am – 2pm.

Can’t make it in – we’ll gladly accept items through the mail as well as in the shop during regular hours at the address below. Please join Halcyon Yarn’s effort to knit and collect hats and mittens to be distributed to local schools and facilities this winter. Chilly kids come in all sizes from toddlers to teens, let’s work together together to keep them warm!

Halcyon Yarn
12 School St
Bath ME 04530

Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 4pm
Sun 12pm – 3:30pm


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