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New Needle Felt Tapestry Kits are Beautiful and Fun


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn | No Comments »


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Create your own masterpiece with Felt Tapestry Kits by artist Neysa Russo. Her own work includes hand felted rugs and tapestries in which her passion for antique tapestries and her expertise in color and composition (she designed needlepoint canvases for years) are evident. They’re simply amazing. Fortunately, she’s now sharing her talents by offering all inclusive kits.  Choose from Folk Art Sheep Needle Felting Kit Chinese Dragon Needle Felting Kit, or Rooster Needle Felting Kit. Just think, you can bring Neysa’s designs to life.

 

Each kit includes clear step by step instructions that will have even a novice needling in no time. Finished tapestry can be used as a wall hanging or made into a pillow or adorn a larger project. Kit includes instructions, a stencil, piece of pre-felt, 2 felting needles, fiber to complete the design and needling board. Design measures approximately 12″-14″ square. Plan approximately 4-6 hours to complete.

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LaviShea Lotion Bars


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn | No Comments »


We’re so excited to be offering 4 fragrances of LaviShea Lotion Bars: Lavishea Lemongrass Lotion Bar, Lavishea Lavender Lotion Bar, Lavishea Orange Pomander Lotion Bar, Lavishea White Lily and Amber Lotion Bar. Quite simply, they’re the best. We were first exposed to this “wonder” bar, as I like to refer to it, at a trade show and new immediately we wanted to offer it to our customers.

 

First and foremost, LaviShea nourishes your hands like no other product by integrating the moisturizing and healing properties of unrefined shea butter, organic coconut oil and 100% natural soy, complimented with premium botanical oils, essential oils, and/or fragrance. The combination of ingredients penetrates into the skin quickly and deeply without leaving a greasy residue – we can vouch for that. Plus… It’s made in the U.S.A. The easy to open packaging is made with BPA-free recycled plastic that’s totally recyclable. The product is never tested on animals. It’s TSA-friendly, so great for travel near and far. There’s lots to love, but the bottom line is it works so well.

You’ve got to feel to believe it. Imagine, moisturizing one minute and continuing on with your fiber work the the next. But you don’t have to be a fiber lover to love LaviShea. Man, woman, gardener, mason, librarian… Everyone loves LaviShea. Which fragrance will you try first?

 

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Next Steps in Weaving book is a “must have”


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn | No Comments »


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Next Steps in Weaving - What you Never Knew you Needed to Know by Pattie Graver is a definite “must have” for any weaver ready to move beyond twill. Having answered countless questions regarding specific weaving concepts from fellow weavers who lacked technical knowledge, Pattie knew there there was a need for guided education to take weavers to the next level. Thus, Next Steps in Weaving was born.

Pattie’s own words best describe the book…

Next Steps in Weaving focuses on fundamental weaving concepts and offers a direction of study with the opportunity to experience a variety of weaves and variations; it will help you dive in and become a weaver. By reading the chapters and weaving the samplers and projects, you’ll acquire a solid understanding of the concepts presented in this book. I’ve tried to include all the information I longed for when I was ready to move beyond twill.”

Each chapter has a specific focus, starting with twill and then moving on through color-and-weave, overshot, summer and winter, and finally lace. It’s a comprehensive, thorough education you’ll really value.

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FiberMe 2015 – thanks to all!


Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 Posted in Current Issue, 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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Hello, K1C2 Sebago Yarn – Simply Beautiful Superwash!


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 Posted in General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn, New Yarn, On Sale | No Comments »


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Have you shied away from using superwash wool believing it’s “too unnatural feeling” or “just for kids” projects?  Get ready for K1C2 Sebago Superwash Merino Wool! A truly sophisticated superwash made from 100% Australian merino with amazing stitch definition, rich colors and undeniable softness.

Can it get any better? YES!  Sebago is available at an introductory price of $6.75 per 50 gram skein until September 4th*!  Take advantage of this great price and use Sebago in any pattern calling for DK weight yarn; sweaters, shawls, scarves, hats, wraps and more!

We have two garments worked up in this wonderful yarn, and took some photos of Gretchen (in the blue Faux Cable Hoodie) and Beth (that’s me, in the Vine and Arrows Cardi) trying ’em on – super super cozy we can confirm!

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*Introductory price expires at midnight EST 9/4/15, no additional discounts apply

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Jade Sapphire Cashmere Yarn


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 Posted in General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn, New Yarn, On Sale | No Comments »


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Cashmere is the ultimate luxury fiber and we’ve got it in 8 gorgeous hand-dyed colors from Jade Sapphire!

Jade Sapphire Cashmere 2-ply is 100% pure cashmere from Inner Mongolia and we’re offering it to you at an introductory price of $42.30 per skein through September 4th!* So light and lovely it’s like knitting a cloud.  The colors are simply exquisite, you have to see (and feel) this extraordinary yarn.  Treat yourself to this heavenly fiber today!

 

Give Jade Sapphire Cashmere a try in one of the following patterns:

Heirloom Lace Cashmere Wrap There’s no better way to wrap someone special in cashmere, requires two skeins.

Romantic Silk and Mohair Scarf - Lace Weight Mohair/Silk Blend Simple eyelet lace pattern, one skein will result in a slightly shorter scarf, two skeins for the full length.

Magic Mobius Double the pleasure!  Two strands held together throughout makes this a quick and elegant project.  Two skeins recommended.

*Introductory price expires midnight EST 9/4/15, no additional discounts apply

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Fiber arts news


Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 Posted in Fiber Arts Education, General News | No Comments »


National recognition for a wonderful local program

Spindleworks Program Manager Liz McGhee, left, walks Maine Arts Commission Executive Director Julie Richard and National Endowment for the Arts Chairwoman Jane Chu through the Brunswick program’s Whatnot Gallery.

It is so exciting to see national recognition for the Spindleworks program, which we have long admired in our neighboring town of Brunswick, ME. Spindleworks artists create in many media, and include a wonderful array of fiber arts work. Their fearless motto? “Handicap, i heard of it, but i aint got it now.”  Talk about empowerment!


Knitting new communities in Turkey

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Further a field the fiber arts are also empowering and healing. Knitting is changing Syrian women’s lives in Turkey, thanks to the efforts of Najlaa Sheekh. A small loan let her invest in supplies, and invest in fellow refugees who are now able to earn income while working in a supportive community.


Vegan Taxidermy?

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Cool concept, and a really fun implementation! Full size felted and fabulous creations, including a Musk Ox, will go on display at The Arts Station in Fernie, B.C., Canada, on Aug. 27th. Strictly speaking, some vegans would wonder if wool felting is strictly vegan or not. Meanwhile, the article does not note materials, but apparently you can needle felt with some plant based fibers, such as SoySilk and Bamboo. We suspect this is wool. Wish we were closer to take a look!


Speaking of making models with fiber

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This group in Braintree, Essex, England have recreated iconic town buildings with knitting! You have to admire the creativity and craftsmanship… and wonder if this is how we should be making doll-houses and fire-stations for the kiddos in our lives?


Hair Tapestry – It’s a thing

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Weaving is often thought of as something that’s cool in more of a, shall we say, timeless fashion… Now is your chance as a weaver to be wonderfully cool in the world of high fashion. Turns out, hair tapestries are a thing, and they’re even talking about warp and weft in making them! Any one up for designing a hair heddle, or better yet a 4-shaft hair-loom so folks can progress beyond plain weave? Show ’em how it’s done!


Final thought on intricate free-form hand weaving

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Simon Espinal has created what many consider the worlds finest Panama Hat. Working by hand, working full time, working for months, this is an amazing endeavor. Someone please check our math and terminology, but our guess is that this weave is equivalent to working at around 60 dpi? In 3D? Quite an accomplishment, one thread (rather, reed, as each thread is a single strand of reed) at a time. Appartenly it is so unique that it is difficult to price, and, few would feel comfortable wearing something so precious!

New Woolbuddy Felting Kits


Monday, August 10th, 2015 Posted in General News, New arrivals at Halcyon Yarn | 2 Comments »


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Whimsical Woolbuddies reflect the imaginative world of former 3-D computer animator, Jackie Huang and what a creative, magical world it is. These adorable needle felted characters include animals from the jungle, the farm, the sea and the safari. Back in May we were fortunate enough to meet  Jackie and his animal entourage. We knew immediately we wanted to carry these little critters at Halcyon Yarn.

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The hardest decision was choosing which ones. We finally decided upon the  Dragon Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy,  the Moose Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Octopus Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Owl Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Puppy Dog Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy, the Zebra Needle Felting Kit - Woolbuddy. If you find yourself taken with the wonderful world of Woolbuddies and want to make more, pick up a copy of Jackie’s book Woolbuddies - 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects which includes 20 irresistibly simple needle felting projects.

 

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Each kit contains enough wool roving to create the animal and includes step-by-step instructions and felting needles. You will also need a work surface that allows the needle to pass through the wool such as Woolbuddy Felting Mat, Clover Felting Needle Mat or 9" X 8" Needle Felting Pad.

 

Need fiber to keep making more Woolbuddies on your own? Harrisville Dyed and Carded Wool Fiber, Romney Felting Fiber and Ashford NZ Wool Fiber to Spin and Felt are great fiber choices.

 

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