Just a few days left to take advantage of our early bird discount for FiberME 2014, running August 3-8. Sign up by April 15, 2014 and you’ll pay only $750, regularly $795 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included). To take advantage of this special offer enter “early bird” at checkout when registering on line or simply mention the code when registering over the phone.
If you’re a fiber lover, you’ll love Halcyon Yarn’s Fabulous FiberME 2014 tour in which you’ll experience Maine’s finest spinning mills, studios, galleries, farms, a dyehouse and even a traditional lobster bake (okay not so fibery, but oh so Maine). Plus, mid week we’re offering a mini ‘make it and take it’ class with Rug Hooking Artist Susie Stephenson and a special fiber craft fair with talented fiber artists from all over the state. So join us this summer for an experience you won’t forget.
Back by poplular demand, FiberME 2014, Halcyon Yarn’s exclusive guided tour showcasing the beautiful state of Maine’s finest offerings in the world of fiber. Come experience mills, studios, galleries, farms, and even a dyehouse. This year we’ll be touring August 3-8.
You’ve heard the saying “the early bird catches the worm”, well he also catches the savings. And this time it’s terrific savings on Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME 2014 tour. This fabulous week long tour is regularly $795 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included), but for those “early birds ” who sign up before April 15th, you’ll pay only $750. To take advantage of this special offer enter “early bird” at checkout when registering on line or simply mention the code when registering over the phone. Read the rest of this entry »
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from knitting master Katharine Cobey in her up coming class, Best of the Best: Gems from the Knitting Greats, to be offered Saturday April 5th from 10am-3pm. A gem in her own right, Katharine has studied the work of these masters extensively. This class promises to be lively and informative.
|For those who are unfamiliar with Katharine Cobey, she is a revered fiber artist known for her brilliant mind and extensive list of accomplishments. Using knitting as her medium, Katharine amazes individuals with her innovative works of art, often forcing viewers to go beyond the surface and seek deeper meaning. As an educator, her clear and concise presentation of techniques and theories provides the perfect foundation for individual exploration. Residing in Cushing Maine, we are fortunate enough to have Katharine’s talents close enough to offer knitting classes with her here at Halcyon Yarn. To find out more about Katharine read the article “Knitting as an Art Form” by Kate Hynd published in The Working Waterfront. It’s a fascinating read about a fascinating person!|
|While you’re thinking spring, why not start planning for summer? You’ll want to sign up early for great fiber arts classes and weave, knit, spin, felt and dye you’re way through the sumer months. We’re especially excited to offer a new “Eco-Dying” class in July - stay tuned for details…If you’re itching to get into the garden, join us for “Building A Twig Trellis” on April 12th from 10am-2pm with Susan Perrine. Use sturdy maple, ash, beech and birch twigs to create a unique and useful trellis structure that will become a visual and functional centerpiece of your garden or home. Let artist Susan Perrine guide you through the process while learning traditional folk art skills to weave your sturdy trellis.|
Check out our full class calendar and sign up today! And don’t forget we’re adding classes all the time so check back often.
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!