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Classes at Halcyon Yarn

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

Natural Dyeing for BeginnersIndigo Dyeing for Fiber Artists

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 Current Issue, Events, General News, On Sale | No Comments »


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.

Happy Valentine’s!

Friday, February 13th, 2015 Posted in General News | No Comments »


Remember the hat your school-days sweet-heart made for you? Or that you made for your sweetheart? Fast forward, and perhaps you cherish the “selfies” on Facebook from your kids or grand kids, wearing something you’ve made? Fiber arts are about many things, and one of them is most certainly love. We’re thinking, on this valentine’s, of all the wonderful things that yarn, fiber, and fiber arts have brought into our lives… And of all the wonderful people we love to share with, and those that share with and inspire us! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of the staff here at Halcyon Yarn.

New Horizontal Swift/Skein Winder

Friday, February 13th, 2015 Posted in General News, New Items | No Comments »


If you’re use to a traditional vertical swift, you’re going to love the Lacis  Horizontal Swift/Skein Winder . It’s a workhorse that does double duty. It easily expands to hold skeins of yarn for winding into balls, onto cones or bobbins, as well as directly onto ski and stick shuttles. The preferred horizontal position automatically positions the yarn at the center of the skein when using a ball winder. If you need to wind your yarn into a skein for dyeing or washing, the horizontal swift/skeiner is your tool of choice too. It also allows you to create a skein directly from your spinning wheel. Simply make a loop of cord the desired circumference of your skein, place it over the swift/skeiner, expand and tighten, attach your yarn and start cranking the handle.  It’s a breeze.


See the set-up and operation of the Horizontal Swift/Skeiner in action by viewing the Lacis’ you tube video.

Collapses into a small unit for storage. Adjustable up to a 60″ hank.

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Harrisville flyWHEEL Just Arrived

Friday, February 13th, 2015 Posted in General News, New Items | No Comments »



We are pleased to introduce the newest member of the Harrisville yarn family, flyWHEEL! If you’ve fallen in love with Harrisville’s WATERshed line, you’ll be ecstatic about the addition of flyWHEEL, a lighter, sport weight version available in all the same gorgeous colors. flyWHEEL was engineered to have the same breathable resilience as WATERshed, but creates a finer fabric with a more relaxed feel and hand.

In addition to this new line, Harrisville has created 4 new super-tweedy colors available in both WATERshed and flyWHEEL. Aquifer Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 975 (YFS975Aquifer) , Farwell Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 945 (YFS945Farwell) , Meadows  Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 955 (YFS955Meadows) , Driftwood  Flywheel Yarn by Harrisville Designs color 965 (YFS965Driftwood) .


FlyWHEEL is available in the same beautiful colors as the WATERshed yarn line. Each color was inspired by the beautiful elements situated along the waterway running right through the quaint village of Harrisville,  NH.  In an age where it’s important to make a conscious decision about what you buy and from whom you buy you might be interested to know a portion of sales from flyWHEEL goes to help support Harrisville’s hydropower project. In an attempt to produce clean energy they are restoring the hydropower installation located along the very same waterway that was the source of inspiration for WATERshed and flyWHEEL.  Who knew purchasing beautiful yarn would make you part of such a worthy effort!

Looking for a pattern to try flyWHEEL? Consider…


Spiral Rib Hat , Knitbot Moto Jacket , Knitbot Autumnal Cardigan Knitbot Lightweight Pullover Knitbot Spring Ribbed Cardigan Knitbot Sycamore Vest



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Noema yarn: Signs of Spring, new colors!

Friday, February 13th, 2015 Posted in General News, New Yarn | No Comments »


Punxutawney who?  Phil might have predicted 6 more weeks of Winter but Spring has sprung here at Halcyon Yarn! (erm… inside the store anyway…). Noema yarn form Louisa Harding is coloring the way.


Four beautiful new colors of Louisa Harding Noema  have arrived, a bright and lovely blend of cotton, acrylic and polyamide. Perfectly suited for warm weather knits.  Fourteen sweet patterns grace the pages of the Noema Book from Louisa Harding including cowls, capelets and tunics. Choose one and be ready for sunnier, warmer days!

Combine the colorful confetti of Noema with the sheen of Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton Yarn  for a sassy Spring Simplicity Scarf (free with yarn purchase). It takes just one ball of each. Other pairing options include our very own Block Island Blend  or Casco Bay Cotton Sport  cotton – try them on a rigid heddle and weave a lightweight scarf or brighten your table with spring inspired placemats.

Noema is sure to brighten your season, don’t miss out!

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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.


January Winner

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 Posted in General News | No Comments »

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Congratulations to Anita S. from Chandler, AZ our November winner of a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon.

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give us feedback. We really appreciate it. Please keep your comments coming.

Remember, you could be a winner too. Each time you place an order you’ll receive a  “WIN” Ticket  or an on-line feedback survey. Respond to either and you’ll automatically be entered in our monthly, quarterly and year end drawing (see the link for complete details).


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