Wish – Share – Win!
Fiber artists are creative, unique and inspiring individuals, who have creative, unique and inspiring tastes, which can make buying a gift for a fiber artist a little tricky. So – do your friends and family a favor and create your own Halcyon Yarn Wishlist! Share your custom Wishlist via email, social media, public blog or website to get the word out and you could even Win-Your-Wishlist!*
Anyone can make and share wish-lists on our website, just log in (accounts are free of course!) to get started. Halcyon is offering three Win-Your-Wishlist prizes. To enter, create a wish list (how-to / tips here), share it, and then let us know about it.
Here are the categories and prizes:
- Blog / website share category, $300 gift certificate: One winner who has shared their inspiring wish list on their public blog/website. We are so SO indebted to the countless fiber-arts blogs out there with inspiring and helpful ideas, materials, how-to’s and more. The grand prize is a way of thanking those who blog or have their own website, in recognition of the rewards that we find from this source. (If you would like to start your own blog/website, there are plenty of ways to do so for free: blogger, wordpress are two popular services. Try it, it’s fun!)
- Social media share, $200 gift certificate: One winner who has shared their wish list publicly on social media. Social media is inspiring too! It’s quick and easy, and a great way to share inspiration
- Public wish-list, $50 gift certificate: Two prizes to customers who simply create a public wish list on our site. Feel free to email this wish list to spouses, friends and relatives. There is even an easy “email” link for each wish-list so you can inspire others to create (or give them confidence to give a fiber-arts gift that will be adored)
To be eligible, the wish-lists must:
- Be public and have descriptive text entered for its “name” and “description” fields.
- For the social media and blog prizes, the wishlist must be shared publicly, and we need to be able to find it:
- Blogs / your website: let us know the URL so we can check it out
- Facebook: either post to your timeline and make the post “public”, or share to our facebook page so we can see it
- Twitter: tag your tweet with #halcyonwishlist so we can find it
- Pintrest: tag your pin with #halcyonwishlist so we can find it
- You may enter up to three times:
- enter one list that is eligible in up to three categories (share it multiple places!)
- enter a separate list in each category
- You must let us know about your entry by December 1st, 2014, by filling out this form
Criteria to win:
- Winners will be selected by Halcyon Yarn staff. Staff will vote to determine the lists that are most inspiring in each category. We’ll be looking for lists that are original, creative, and make us want to create! Therefore, please use the list description to say why the item(s) you have put on your list are there, what would/will you make with them, and why you want/recommend them
- Since Halcyon staff will be voting on entries, and staff will be recusing themselves from voting on entries that were posted by family or personal friends, local customers may wish to inquire before entering
- Must let us know about your wishlist entry by Dec. 1st, 2014. We will review entries the following week, and announce a winner in a subsequent newsletter
To make your own wishlist just log-in to our site (user accounts are free of course!). Then visit individual yarn and equipment pages, where you should see a “+ wishlist” button. Click it to create and add items to as many lists as you like.
*The value of items on your list may be any amount; the “win your wish-list” prize will be in the form of a Halcyon Yarn gift certificate, good for the amount of the prize for that category. Questions on details, how-to, or other? Contact Amos.
Visit our wish-list-entry page to participate. Have fun sharing and good luck!
Leaves are falling and so is the temperature! We’ve already seen snow and there’s definitely more to come. Doesn’t it feel good to slip on a warm pair of mittens or a nice knit hat on a chilly day? Let’s not forget the little hands and heads that may not have such cozy items this season.
Join Halcyon Yarn’s effort to knit and collect hats and mittens to be distributed to local schools and facilities this winter. We are already collecting items right here in our shop and you can add to it by dropping off your knits during our store hours. Can’t make it in – we’ll gladly accept items through the mail as well. See our hours and address below.
Make sure to come by the shop on 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.
Chilly kids come in all sizes from toddlers to teens, let’s work together together to keep them warm!
Want to start knitting right away?
Download our FREE Cozy Kiddos Hat pattern.
Drop off items at Halcyon Yarn, 12 School St Bath ME 04530 during open hours:
- Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm
- Sat 9am – 4pm
- Sun 12pm – 3:30pm
Wow – Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House was fantastic! THANK YOU to everyone who was part of this special day. We so value the expertise of our demonstrators and the time they spent exhibiting their skills and sharing their knowledge. It was amazing to see the shop filled with so many loyal customers, as well as new faces. It also goes without saying, the continued support from those of you who shopped with us on-line and over the phone is appreciated beyond words. We’d like to take a moment to share photos from the day. If you weren’t able to be part of our annual Open House this year, mark your calendars for next year. It comes just once a year and it’s always the Saturday of Columbus Day weekend. See you October 10, 2015!
Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House is tomorrow October 11th, 2014 from 9am-4pm! Come celebrate with us on Saturday and take advantage of the great savings and enjoy the festivities. It comes just once a year, so you don’t want to miss it. Check out our previous post for all the details of the day.
The entire city of Bath, ME will be a buzz with activity as it celebrates Autumnfest, so plan to make a day of it!
Recap: What’s Happening at the Store
The shop will be filled with demonstrators showcasing different fiber arts such as weaving, spinning, rug hooking, crocheting and felting. There will be the ever popular “stash bags” and sales on shop samples. All sale yarns and books will be further reduced for extra savings. *Plus, all purchases that day will receive an additional discount of 10%-25% off. It’s a great time to stock up for cool weather and holiday projects and see the latest ideas and new yarns.
Here’s who and what you’ll see…
- Marianne Dubois – wet and needle felting
- Susan Douglas – fiber blending on a blending board
- Sybil Shiland – floor loom weaving
- Eileen Antell – lucet braiding
- Linda Whiting – tapestry weaving
- Liz Johnson – rigid heddle weaving
- The Tuesday Twisted Spinsters – Halcyon Yarn’s Tuesday spinning group
- Susie Stephenson & Liz Stoyko – rug hooking
- Denice Sharp – spinning funky art yarn
- Betsey Bailey – crochet
- Demos of useful fiber tools
See you tomorrow!
Fall is in the air. It’s time to think about new projects and new skills. Here at Halcyon Yarn we have a bunch of fun classes coming up for both learning new techniques and thinking about gifts (the holidays will be here before you know it).
|The Alpine Topper class Saturday, September 13, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm with Barbara McGuinness. The Alpine Topper hat has been one of our best sellers here at Halcyon Yarn. It is useful and oh so comfortable with a nice soft inner lining in the band that also gives you extra warmth because it creates two layers. And the inner layer yarn makes the pattern on the front. Make this colorful, yummy hat using a skein of a bulky self striping yarn and one of Plymouth DeAire yarn.|
|Funky Felted Feathered Friends is another fun and whimsical class taught by Kendra Rafford. Let your inner child come out as you make colorful, flamboyant, and decorative felted ‘friends’. They’ll make people smile: put them among your plants, land them on a Christmas tree limb, decorate a kids room, have them peering out your front window at passers-by. Let them brighten up your winter. Offered Sunday, September 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.|
|Learn to weave with Weaving on a 4-Shaft/Harness Floor Loom, Friday-Sunday, September 26-28 from 9am-4pm. This intensive beginning level class with instructor Sybil Shiland teaches the basics of weaving on a 4 shaft loom. Students will learn and experience the basics of warping on a 4 shaft loom, will weave different weave structures, and use a variety of materials. You will start with the basics of planning a warp, weaving vocabulary, and weaving equipment. Students will then warp their loom with an assigned warp plan, draft, and then weave on their loom. During the class they will also experience weaving on different looms and on different weave structures in a ’round robin’ of the class looms. They will weave their own library of samples including plain weave, twill weave, basket weave, huck weave, overshot and weft faced weaves.|
|Knitting Your First Sweater with Debra Foster is a great way to work through all the steps of knitting an adult, top down pullover in the fun and helpful environment of a class. This class meets 4 times over a 5 week period on Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (September 28, October 5, (skip October 12) October 19 & 26. Five weeks gives you plenty of time to knit between classes and finish your sweater – under the watchful eye of your teacher. Get together with a friend or two and take this class together. Have fun, egg each other on, and at the end of October have a new sweater to keep you warm on those chilly fall days.|
There are many other classes too! All are listed on the Halcyon Yarn web site class listings page, so check them 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.
Be part of the biggest day of the year at Halcyon Yarn, our Annual Open House.
This year the celebration takes place on Saturday October 11th from 9am-4pm.
Occurring just once a year, our Annual Open House is a true fiber extravaganza. This is a day full of fun demos, displays, new product information and savings for all. With a plethora of fiber demonstrations going on throughout the day, this event is perfect for checking out any fiber craft you find intriguing. It’s also a day to save BIG on all your favorite and highly coveted fiber craft supplies – yarn, fiber, tools, notions. There will be special savings throughout the shop with an additional discount of *10%-25% off.
Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House coincides with our great city of Bath’s annual Autumnfest, in which the glorious season of autumn is celebrated in style. The downtown will come alive with live music, artisan and food demonstrations, and a whole host of fun seasonal activities.
Open House also coincides with Maine Craft Weekend!
So mark your calendars and plan to stop by Halcyon Yarn. We look forward to sharing the day and our shared passion for all things fiber!
*Offer does not apply to bulk price 3, floor looms, gift certificates and special orders.
Roxton, a great pullover pattern in the latest issue of Twist Collective (a wonderful on-line knitting magazine) is made with Botanica Yarn , one of Halcyon’s own Signature Yarns. It’s the creation of knitwear designer Laura Chau (who took the photos above too!). We love the fun mix of dropped and twisted stitches Laura uses to create a unique lace panel she features in both the front and back of the sweater. To balance these striking panels the sleeves are knit with an extra long ribbed cuff and smooth stockinette in the upper arm. Both body and sleeves are knit in the round from the bottom up and joined at the armholes for a seamless sweater. You’ll love this innovative design, not to mention the fact that Botanica is available in 46 different colors. Which color will you choose?
A high quality printed version of Twist Collective Roxton Pullover in Botanica can be purchased directly through Halcyon Yarn. Those of you who prefer a digital version please visit Twist Collective. Happy knitting!
Come one, come all to FiberME 2014 Craft Fair this coming Wednesday, August 6th, from 1-6 pm. For the second year in a row Halcyon Yarn will be showcasing the talents of Maine’s own premiere fiber artists. Although designed to enhance the FiberME 2014 experience, the craft show is FREE and open to the public and held right here at the shop. In addition to the fiber artists, Maine authors Robin Hansen and Susie Stephenson will be joining us, signing copies of their knitting and rug hooking books. Better yet, Linda Cortright, publisher of the amazing Wild Fibers Magazine (often referred to as the “National Geographic for the Fiber World”), will be on hand ready to discuss the many fascinating places her fiber adventures have taken her. So whether you’re 20 miles away or 120 miles away plan a visit to Halcyon Yarn on August 6th and see just what Maine craftspeople have to offer. You’ll be amazed and inspired.
Joining us for the FiberME 2014 Craft Fair will be…
Elaine O’Donal – tatting (www.tattedwebs.com)
Janice Jones/Janice Jones Ltd – weaving (www.janicejones.com)
Sybil Shiland – weaving
Susie Stephenson – rug hooking (www.mainemats.com)
Linda Cortright – wild fibers (www.wildfibersmagazine.com)
Joelle Weber/Mermaid Bindery – handmade books, journals (www.mermaidbindery.com )
Nantz Comyn – mixed media
Susan Perrine – mixed media, twig sculpture (www.susanperrine.com)
Linda Whiting/Pine Star Studio – hand dyed yarn, tapestry, fiber tools (www.pinestarstudio.com)
Bev Lamoureux/Shipyard Point Glassworks – glass ring markers, needle threaders, orfice hooks, buttons (www.spglassworks.com)
Heather Kerner/Spiralworks – felted and leather bags (www.spiralworksfelt.com)
Suzanne Gunston/O’Lavender! – recycled antique linens made into lavender sachets
Emi Ito – weaving (www.emiito.com)
Liz Stoyko/Designs in Wools – hooked pillows (www.designsinwools.com)
Beth Ackers/Ackers Acres Angora Farm – angora fiber, angora yarn, knitted goods (www.bunnyblend.com)
Stephanie Crossman/Gram J’s – knotless netting bags, shawls and fine framed pieces (www.mainenetbags.com)
Cara Romano – felted jewelry (www.cararomano.com)
Janet Nannen/Harpswell Silks – hand painted silk scarves (www.hand-dyed-silk-scarves.com)
Susan Garry/Felt Experience – nuno felted clothing (www.feltexperience.jimdo.com)