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Just 2 Spots Left for Our FiberME 2015 Tour


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


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Be part of FiberME 2015 and join us on our visit to The Maine Top Mill and Cloud Hollow Farm, as well as other tantalizing fiber excursions. We have just 2 spots left on the tour so sign up quickly.

The tour begins on Monday August 3rd with a stop at The Maine Top Mill in Waldoboro and concludes the day with a visit to Cloud Hollow Farm.  As you’ll learn, these two gems in Maine’s fiber world are intimately linked. The Maine Top Mill’s creation is the result of Bob Weintraub’s daughters’ breeding decisions with their first Alpacas in 2007 at their Cloud Hollow farm. They were producing fiber but they found existing Mini Mills could not spin their fine 18 micron alpaca fiber and the mills that did process the woolen spin fine micron fiber demanded a much larger amount than they produced.  Cloud Hollow Farm’s goal with their breeding program was to produce these very fine fibers but the stumbling block was to find where to process their fibers.

To this end The Maine Top Mill was founded. Bob searched for used textile machines they could repurpose to process these fine protein fibers measuring 20 to 13 microns.  The machines arrived in Maine in 2012 with their Textile Engineer and so The Maine Top Mill was established.  Initially The Maine Top Mill began processing Domestic 18.2 Rambouillet Top, local Merino Top and Cloud Hollow Farm’s own Chiri Cloud 80’s Top.  Hand spinners were the customers for these products.

Now The Maine Top Mill also provides the service of processing small lot Top Making from clean qualified fiber and uniform carded or Pindrafter silver and have added new Blended Top and blending services to fiber producers.  We’ll see their new 2015 offering, the Lightspeed Top Blend, in black and grey as well as 18.5 Merino and 18.2 Rambouillet Blends and other blends using silk, bamboo, and superwash Merino blended top.

Maine Top Mill supports the Nunoa Project in Peru and the US and International Veterinarian Students working to improve Alpaca in Peru with the sale of shawls and other knitwear items made by Quechua hand spinners and at least one weaver.

The Maine Top Mill sprung up from a need to have a processing plant for these fine micron fibers now being grown and produced at Cloud Hollow Farm and other farms in Maine and New England and it has been adding services since it opened.

Katharine Cobey’s Studio, FiberME 2015, last chance for early-bird!


Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


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With only 6 spots left and our special early bird pricing of $750 (regularly $850) due to expire at the end of April, now is the time to sign up for our annual FiberME Tour, running August 2nd-7th, 2015. Don’t be left saying “if only I had signed up earlier”. With that said, here is another highlight that we’re looking forward to for this summer…

As a knitter, writer, teacher, artist and recipient of the Maine Crafts Association Artist Award in 2010, Katharine Cobey, is quite simply a living legend in the fiber world. On Monday, August 3, 2015 Katharine will welcome Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME tour to her studio overlooking a lovely little cove in Cushing. It is a quintessential “Maine” setting surely to be remembered.  Her studio is full of her works and the materials, equipment and inspirational items she uses daily. What a treat to enter her world of creation, if only for a brief time.

Katharine has taught extensively at Haystack Mt School of Crafts, Penland School of Crafts, Split Rock Arts Program, Vogue Live, New England Knitting Lab and the Surface Design Association.  She was chosen for the 2010 Maine Crafts Association Master Craft Artist Award because of her exceptional body of work, her career of service to the Arts, her inspired designs, and her singular voice / style.  I can also attest to fabulous enthusiasm for her craft and to people she teaches in her classes and folks she encounters in her studio.

Katharine is also author of Diagonal Knitting.  “This treasure of a book goes beyond patterns. It is a work of art. It explores diagonal knitting from the core, with beautiful photography and illustrations on each page. With great techniques, rich history, and visuals, this book is sure to become an American classic.” quoted from Living Crafts Magazine, Winter 2010. When you see examples from this book on display in her studio you’ll understand the kudos.

We are very fortunate to have Katharine in Maine and to have her share all this with the FiberME participants. Come join us.

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FiberMe tour highlight: Chris Leith


Thursday, April 9th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, On Sale | No Comments »


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A FiberMe highlight for me is our visit to Chris Leith of Eggemoggin Textile Studio in Sedgwick, Maine.  Chris’ lovely home and studio are perched high on a hill with a distant view of Eggemoggin Bay  and the surrounding blueberry fields.  Chris has a dye / warp painting area set up as well as her two eight shaft looms and a gallery area featuring her woven and shibori dyed scarves and outstanding work of other fiber artists.

This year Chris will demonstrate her method of warp painting so you will be able to see her lovely woven pieces ‘from start to finish’.  When we visit Chris we can get a full appreciation of a well set up and well thought out work area for a fiber artist and how she integrates that work area into her everyday life.

I appreciate Chis’ support and mentoring of other younger fiber artists and her willingness and enthusiasm for fiber arts in Maine.  Her enthusiasm is infectious.

Now is the time to join FiberME 2015 and look forward to visiting Chris and others on Tuesday, August 4th in Sedgwick.  She will be our first stop of the day and she will also join us for lunch so everyone has more opportunity to get to know her.

Don’t forget – the early bird price of $750 for FiberME 2015 is only available until April 30th.  May 1st, the price goes up to $825.00.  Don’t miss your chance to save!

Thank you, Susan for almost two decades of great friendship and service to the Halcyon Yarn community!


Monday, March 23rd, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


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This month Susan Upham retired from her job as Purchasing & General Manager at Halcyon Yarn. Many of you know Susan from the expert help she has given in store, by email, and over the phone since 1996. For those of us that have had the pleasure of working with her she has been a great friend and tireless colleague with a vast knowledge of everything yarn related. She would always track down the answer to questions in any craft or just just the right item for any project. She gladly pitched in to help whenever and however she was needed, from knitting up a sample for the shop, to tracking down a special order, to modeling (beautifully) for the catalog.

To celebrate Susan the staff gathered for a dinner party, catered by El Camino restaurant. It was wonderful to share a meal and come together to say thank you with plenty of good food and cheer! We also gave Susan a felted bag she’d had her eye on at last year’s Fiber Arts Fair, handmade by Heather Kerner.

We’re so happy for Susan as she looks forward to enjoying the free time ahead. She’ll be sailing the Maine coast with her wonderful husband, Jim, and their duck tolling retrievers, Tess and Margaree (avid sailors themselves). She’ll also be gardening and joining her family in cheering for her grandchildren’s basketball games – as well as catching up on her knitting!

We’ll miss her here at the store, but we will continue to enjoy her friendship and we’ll always be thankful for everything she has done to help Halcyon Yarn grow over the years. Luckily, we’ll still get to see Susan and benefit from her expertise since she will continue to be a part of our development team.

Congratulations, Susan – but not good bye!
Warmest wishes from Halcyon and all your friends at Halcyon Yarn

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Save 10% In-Store on Green Yarn on March 14


Thursday, March 12th, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


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Bath’s Blarney Days will soon be upon us. Come celebrate the luck of the Irish at Halcyon Yarn where you’ll save *10% off GREEN yarn and fiber this Saturday, March 14th.

Enjoy festivities throughout the downtown during Bath’s Blarney Days running March 12-17.

*Discount only applies to purchases of green yarn and fiber. In store sales only. Excludes bulk price 3.

 

Weave Share is Back!


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


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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!

Classes at Halcyon Yarn


Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


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Who said there’s nothing to do in the winter in Maine? Halcyon Yarn’s classroom has been humming with activity.  Let’s see… in January nationally known rug puncher extraordinaire, Meg Little, lead a 3 day all inspiring, show stopping class! The ever popular, Denice Sharp, has been continually educating spinners and knitters with stellar instruction. The wildly popular Locker Hooking class with Susan Watson was bursting at the seams with folks on the wait list hoping to attend. So join the crowd, get out and come take a class at Halcyon Yarn. You’ll be glad you did!

Learn to tat using the shuttle method with international award winning tatter Elaine O’Donal of Tatted Webs. Beginning Tatting is scheduled Friday and Saturday, February 20 & 21. In this class you will learn everything you need to know to get started tatting from the basic tatting stitch to reading a pattern to how to finish your work. Tatting is a fun, different craft and is easy to carry around with you.

Spinning Revisited with Denice Sharp on Saturday, February 21st filled so quickly we added another session on Thursday March 5th from 10am-4pm. This is a great class to help you get started spinning again without fear. Denice will cover the workings of your wheel, treadle control and fiber properties. It’s everything you need to get back into spinning. Sign up quickly. We only have 2 spots left in this second session.

Join Jackie Ottino Graf on Friday, March 27th for Natural Dyeing for Beginners. The class will cover dye history, fiber preparation, mordant selection, and the making of dyes from natural materials looking at both ‘humble’ dyes made from garden plants, weeds, and foraged materials as well as ‘exotic’ dyes such as minerals, insects and other sources not locally available. Jackie will also cover how to use commercially available pre-made dye extracts. A great start for working with natural dyes.

Jackie Ottino Graf will be back on Saturday March 28th to teach Indigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists. Dyeing with Indigo has a long history, dating back to at least 2500 BC. There are many methods and techniques for using indigo. The method commonly used by production indigo dyers involves making a stock solution from powdered indigo. Learn how to make a concentrated stock and use it to add beautiful layers of blues to your fibers! We will cover proper procedure for working with indigo, making stocks, how to “read” a vat and adjust it for proper dyeing conditions.

There are many other classes too! All are listed on the Halcyon Yarn web site class listings page, so check them out. Preregistration is necessary to reserve a place in class. Hurry – you don’t want to miss out.

Please don’t hesitate to call for more information (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909). New classes are added all the time so check back often.

Don’t see just the class you want to take? No problem. Halcyon Yarn offers private lessons too. Give us a call  (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909) and let us set up a class just for you.

Save at Halcyon Yarn During NETA Spa Knit and Spin Weekend


Monday, February 16th, 2015 Posted in Events, General News, On Sale | 1 Comment »


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Be part of  New England Textile Arts (NETA) Spa, Knit and Spin 2015 … a fun fiber event happening in Freeport, Maine at the Hilton Garden Inn and Harraseeket Inn, February 26 thru March 1, 2015. Imagine spending a weekend or even a day or an afternoon being surrounded by like minded individuals who inspire and reaffirm your love of fiber arts. This informal event is a group of passionate fiber folks from all over New England and beyond (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. Ahh, this could be just the break you need this winter.

For all Spa, Knit & Spin 2015 attendees who visit Halcyon Yarn (we’re just a 20 minute drive up the coast) Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 26th – 28th, we’re offering a 15% discount on purchases over $50 (in-store only, excludes floor looms, special orders, classes, and bulk 3 pricing). To take advantage of these great savings all you have to do is ask for the NETA discount. It’s that easy!

Halcyon Yarn will be open Thursday and Friday, February 26 & 27, 2015, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday, February 28, 2015, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Closed Sunday.

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