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FiberMe 2015 – thanks to all!


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


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What a wonderful week we shared at FiberME 2015! Every year in early August we celebrate our local Maine fiber arts community, and this year was our 4th annual tour. With a bus full of twenty people we traveled to farms, mills, and the studios of some very talented artists and makers of all things fiber related. Participants came from as close as the next town and several from as far as the west coast. Each of the venues we visited made generous donations to our participant raffles so everyone got to take home treats and souvenirs from this special week – from signed books and handmade fiber jewelry, to alpaca top and skeins of cashmere. The week ended with a boat ride to Cabbage Island for a classic coastal lobster and clambake.

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In addition to the daily excursions participants learned needle felting in a special ‘make it and take it’ class, and enjoyed meeting and shopping from over twenty Maine artists at our annual craft fair. Between great company, perfect weather, delicious local food, and a whole lot of fiber art, everyone had a terrific time!

Our thanks goes out to the extra work everyone put in here at the shop to make it a great week, to the incredible venues that hosted us and generously shared a behind-the-scenes look at their work, and to the wonderful spirit and camaraderie of everyone who joined us. A special thanks to our tour coordinator, Jane Weir, for anticipating every detail and making it a wonderful week.

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Be sure you’re signed up for our email newsletter, and check our class and events calendar for news about this and other great upcoming events at Halcyon Yarn. If you’d like to be a part of this very special event next time, or for more details, please call or email: classes coordinator.

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Fiber Craft Fair this Wednesday – upcoming classes


Monday, August 3rd, 2015 Posted in Events | No Comments »


Just a reminder that this Wednesday is our Fiber Craft Fair, here in Bath (directions here). Great, fun opportunity to meet wonderful local fiber artists! See what these wonderful fiber-folk are making, as well as take their creations home. Make a day of it in downtown!

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Participating fiber artists:

Be sure to checkout our upcoming classes!

We have many exciting classes no matter your interest:

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FiberME tour 2015 – one space available


Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education | No Comments »


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We’re eagerly anticipating our sold out FiberME tour and meeting all the wonderful participants (a highlight each year)! We had a cancelation that has opened up one place on the tour. If you were interested but saw that it’s sold out, now is a great chance to join us.

Easiest way to sign up is to give us a call: 800-341-0282. Take a look at the series of posts we put up this spring highlighting various stops along our way to get a sense of where we’re headed or our FiberME page for an overview or to sign up online!

Fiber Craft Fair coming in August to Halcyon Yarn


Thursday, June 11th, 2015 Posted in Events, Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


We’re eagerly anticipating our August Fiber Craft Fair. We had many requests for information when we were hanging out at FiberFrollic, so we’re posting this info early… We have a lot of customers visiting from out of state (August is a GREAT time to visit Maine) so wanted to give everyone an opportunity to mark you calendars!

The Fiber Craft Fair is run in conjunction with this year’s (sold out, but we have a waiting-list) FiberME tour, can’t wait to see everyone there!

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Participating fiber artists:

World Wide Knit in Public Day


Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 Posted in Events | No Comments »


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Each year since 2005 World Wide Knit in Public day has grown, and has indeed grown into the largest knitter-organized event in the world. There is a FaceBook page for updates and their website lists hundreds of knit in public events around the world. What a great way to get to knit socially!

While we don’t have a specific event planned, we’d love to see and share how our world-wide community celebrates WWKIP day. As a thank you, if you email us a photo of you and/or your friends knitting in public that we can share forward, we’ll email you back with a code good for free shipping! Offer good through June 18th. Send your photos to mis [at] halcyonyarn.com.

Also, for local folk, don’t forget that Monday nights are Sit ‘n Knit here at Halcyon Yarn! Meet fellow knitters for a fun hang-out Monday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Knitters of all experience level are welcome! It’s an informal, relaxing evening with no reservations needed, and no charge. It’s a year-round way to get to knit socially! Kinda like a weekly knit in public day…

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!

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