Fiber Arts Education

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by: Amos

Celebrating Bartlettyarns – A great Maine business

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 Posted in Current Issue, Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »


Bartlettyarns have been a local favorite since, well, forever! Working with local fleeces and fibers, and operating the oldest mule spun woolen mill in the USA, there is a ton of history and tradition at Bartlettyarns. For those who appreciate a hand-spun look, these mule spun yarns are as close as you’ll get from a mill, and you’ll only find them from Bartlettyarns. In mule spinning, the bobbins slide back and forth across the mill floor as they’re spun, traveling a 6 foot span, and replicating the motion of a hand spinner at their wheel.

According to a great article in the Central Maine Kennebec Journal, Bartlettyarns is a finalist for a Department of Agriculture grant to upgrade their wool baler, which will help them to increase capacity (a great problem to have!). With the decades (and centuries!) passing, some things do need upgrading, and we’re crossing our fingers for Bartlettyarn.

One of the main reasons we love Bartlettyarns? Co-owner Lindsey Rice said it best in speaking with the Kennebec Journal:

“We specialize in making knitting yarn,” Rice said. “We don’t deal with any big box stores. Everything that we do goes to local yarn shops where they’re working with that local hand knitter. We’re still working directly with the consumer and the farmer.”

This short farm-to-fiber-artist process ensures some great yarns. And we can testify to the warm relationship they have with fiber artists; each time we visit it’s like stepping back in time to when mills and yarn werre a bigger part of our region, and it’s always a treat. We’re proud to offer Bartlettyarns Maine Wool Yarn and Bartlettyarns Maine Wool - Sport Yarn.



Above, the Bartlettyarns isle at Halcyon Yarn. Almost looking like handspun? That’s the mule spun magic. We have a pretty great selection of colors in stock. Just a warning though, until their new baler is in place, backorders from Bartlettyarns are running a bit long.

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February and March Classes – Register and Save!

Monday, February 1st, 2016 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Two ways to save, too many great classes!

There’s plenty happening at Halcyon Yarn this winter!  Our class schedule is packed with felting, weaving, spinning, knitting and crochet offerings.

For savings on any class in February or March: Just register, use the savings code HYCLFM16* and save $10.  Take advantage of the savings, grab a friend and enroll in a Halcyon Yarn class!  You can register on-line, over the phone or in the store.  Register soon – space is limited – and make sure to use savings code HYCLFM16.

Are you ready to weave?  We have a special offer for enrollment in both Weaving 101 – Floor Loom Weaving on March 4th – 6th and Next Step in Weaving on April 15th – 17th.  Register for BOTH classes and receive $40 off with savings code HYWEAV16**.  See class details below.


Needle Felted Wool Painting

We’re so excited to welcome Jessica Peill-Meininghaus for Needle Felted Tapestries on Saturday, February 27th.  Learn to “paint” with wool starting with a piece of pre-felt as your base and layering colors and shapes to create your tapestry. Jessica’s infectious energy and talent will inspire you to create beautiful needle felted works of art. Everyone is an artist and needle felting is fun and easy to get started with!

You will needle felt the layers of wool together as well as needle felt the fine details on the top of the piece. Jessica will lead you through the basics: layering the wool, techniques for shading or making an object ‘glow’, and building foreground detail. Students will get the chance to use single needles as well a multi-needle tools. Working from an image you provide, such as a photo or drawing, you’ll leave class with a beautiful 10”x12” felted work of art!



Going to the Dogs: Introduction to Needle Felting is a beginner level class, no experience required, and you’ll create irresistible felt figures of your favorite dog.  Realistic or whimsical, let your imagination guide you as you learn the basic technique of needle felting.  Meets on Saturday, February 6th.


Mastering Tape Loom Weaving

Looking for something unique?  Mastering Tape Loom Weaving is just the class for you!  Learn the ancient technique on a loom dated 1680-1700 from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.  Narrow strips of woven cotton can be used as napkin rings, bookmarks, jewelry and wrapping packages. Meets Saturday, February 6th.


Introduction to Crochet on Saturday, February 13th will teach you the basics of crochet and have you “hooked” in no time!


Calling all weavers!

Use discount code “HYWEAV16” when you register for BOTH Weaving 101 and Next Steps in Weaving:


Weaving 101- Weaving on a Floor Loom with Sybil Shiland is offered Friday – Sunday March 4–6. In this beginner intensive students will learn the basics of weaving on a four shaft loom, while becoming familiar with the tools, styles of looms, and basic weave structures. All materials are included in the $295.00 class fee and class size is limited to six students. You’ll leave with the ability to warp a loom and weave basic cloth, and you’ll be inspired to keep exploring!


Take your weaving to the next level with Next Steps in Weaving this April. Do you have some experience weaving on a floor loom, but aren’t sure where to go next? If you could use a little more instruction and practice to gain confidence warping or planning a project on your own, this is the perfect class. Save yourself the frustration and cost of going it alone and experiment with different weave structures and materials. Refresh your memory, gain experience in the basic steps, and explore some new techniques with Sybil’s excellent guidance.

Next Steps in Weaving runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 15–17th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm so you’ll have plenty of time to try different techniques. Class size is limited to six students so you’ll receive plenty of individual attention to work on specific challenges or questions. The course is $295.00 and floor looms and materials are provided. We’ll use the book “Next Steps in Weaving – What you Never Knew you Needed to Know,” by Pattie Graver. (Prerequisite: Some experience weaving on a floor loom, or participation in Weaving 101.)

Sign up for BOTH and save $40 with savings code “HYWEAV16“!


Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving is a fun and easy introduction to the basics of weaving.  It’s a great way to put your yarn stash (which we know you have) to good use.  Rigid heddle looms are small and lightweight, bring your own to class or rent one of ours for $25.  This is becoming one of our most popular classes!  Meets Friday and Saturday March 11th & 12th.


Begin to Spin is a two session class on Saturday March 19th & 26th.  You’ll learn the basics of spinning, plying and finishing a skein.  No experience required.



Join Debra Foster’s class and learn the method of Continental Knitting in an afternoon. Many swear the continental style is faster and great for color work.  Knitting experience is preferred. Meets Saturday March 26 10-12:30pm.

Make sure to use savings code “HYCLFM16“* for $10 off any class in February or March, or code “HYWEAV16“** when you register for BOTH Weaving 101 and Next Steps in Weaving.  See you soon!

*February and March classes only, one-time use per customer.

**Valid only on registration for BOTH Weaving 101 & Next Step in Weaving.

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by: Beth

TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards



Calling all fiber artists!  The fiber community needs your feedback.  Please take 10 minutes to complete the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey, part of a major study of US knitters, crocheters, cross-stitchers, weavers and spinners.

By taking this survey you will:

*Help fiber arts organizations and businesses serve your better.

*Tell retailers and brands what you want.

*Explore your fiber arts life.

*Get the chance to win one of five $100 fiber arts store gift cards.

The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016.  TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers.  Please take the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!

The TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Sweepstakes Rules.  Survey closes February 15, 2016.


Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

Super super super fine weaving – fiber arts news

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »

Weaving with atom-wide fibers


No word on how they warped their loom, but scientists at UC Berkley have woven materials from helical organic threads, a first. This is weaving with atoms, and that’s kinda crazy. Applications may include carbon capture and storage, manufacturing of novel plastics and fuels, computing, as well as making materials that are very strong and flexible. Sorry, we are not offering 100,000,000 DPI reeds just yet.

Knitting a healthy life


We’ve posted on the health benefits of knitting and other fiber-arts before, but we found this article in the New York Times to be a nice reminder and great overview. It’s also a great way to inspire others to give fiber arts a try, and to count your time with yarn as time well spent!

Portrait of Amos
by: Amos

Fiber arts news

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 Posted in Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »

Weaving emotion into your work


For many of us, it’s difficult to imagine spending 12 hours a day, for over two years, on a single work of weaving. That is what it takes for the traditional Kani Shawl artisans in Kashmir. Luckily for us, Qamoos  Bukhari has chronicled the work and works of a dwindling number of Kani Shawl artisans. A fascinating window into his work is available at the Style Saloniste, well worth a visit for a fascinating read and stunning photography.

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by: Amos

Weaving a bridge – building community – fiber arts news

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016 Posted in Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »

Weaving a bridge, weaving communities


Thank you to Halcyon’s sister for forwarding us this amazing story! In an annual ritual, public works, festival, joining of communities in Peru, a river gorge is forded by a bridge spun and woven, by hand, from straw. Wonderful video well worth a look!

Kitty Knitty


What a great idea: A knitting circle to get cozy with animal shelter kitties! Seems like both the knitters (knitties?) and the kitties love hanging out. This shelter in PA has a room where cats who are comfortable being free-range with others can get together with knitters and their balls of yarn :-)

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by: Beth

Red Scarf Project – Thank You!

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


Thank you to all who participated in the Red Scarf Project!  We have collected over 50 knit, crocheted and woven scarves to be sent to the Frannie Peabody Center here in Maine and distributed for their World AIDS Day awareness event on December 1st.  Many of the scarves came from our local community but we were thrilled to received scarves sent in from across the US and beyond.  The Frannie Peabody Center hopes to collect 500 scarves and we’re proud to be part of their efforts.

A special thank you to Saco River Dye House for supplying “Frannie Red” yarn for this project.  Learn more about the Frannie Peabody Center and World AIDS Day at

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by: Gretchen

Early Winter Classes Filling Up Fast

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


As the days get shorter we’re all looking for fun activities to keep us cozy through the winter. There’s still space available in this Saturday’s ever-popular Noodling with Nuno Felt class taught by Marianne DuBois. Or if you’re thinking holiday presents, you’ll enjoy Marianne’s Felted Wine Totes class on December 12th in which you’ll complete two finished totes that make great gifts. Also check out Susan Perrine’s Saturday morning Make It and Take It Holiday Woven Tapes class on December 5th. You’ll be introduced to the basics of weaving while creating festive tapes or bands for holiday decorating. If this is the winter to take your knitting to the next level check out Deb Foster’s Continental Knitting class on Saturday November 21st.

Are there classes you’d like to see offered at Halcyon Yarn? Does your group need a space to meet? We’re happy to schedule private lessons or make our facilities available for your fiber get-togethers, and we’re always looking for new classes to inspire and delight! Let us know what you’d like to see by calling or emailing

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