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FiberMe tour highlight: Chris Leith

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


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 »


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


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

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


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 »


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 »


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.

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.


Wish list winners

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 Posted in Events, General News | No Comments »


We were struck by the creativity of Sarah Weippert in her winning entry for our win your wish list contest (blog category). Wonderful to read about her creative endeavors in the “off-season”, when her duties with Soper Ocean Services and Gurnet Trading allow. Great to be introduced to your creativity Sarah, wishing you the best in all your endeavors!

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Karen LaPorte maintains a wonderful and inspiring blog. Thoroughly enjoyed her entry (which won the social category) and browsing her blog! She’s doing wonderful design work – fun, sassy, classic! – as well as selling finished works on Etsy. Congrats and thanks for inspiring us!

Pamela Quinlan, islandbird and Anna Mursin won our public list category, with some wonderful wish lists!

Congratulations to all, and thank you to all participants! We feel enriched and inspired by our creative customers.


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