[update, most of these items have sold out] Attention spinners and kumihimo braiders! As spring cleaning continues at Halcyon Yarn, so do the savings. We’re offering the following floor models at 30-40% off suggested retail. We have just one of each so act fast. We recommend calling 1-800-341-0282 to be assured each piece is here for you. Tawa Kumihimo Stand
Tawa Kumihimo Stand
Cherry Matchless spinning wheels and cherry Wolf looms from Schacht Spindle Company are real eye catchers! It doesn’t happen often, so when it does it’s something special. Occasionally, Schacht has small limited production runs. The same great workmanship you’ve come to expect from Schacht, just in beautiful cherry wood. These rare Schacht pieces are highly coveted. This year Schacht is celebrating owner, Barry’s birthday, so these looms and wheels will all include a special 2013 celebration medallion, making this an extra special release.
Remember these are limited editions. Schacht produces a set number and that’s it. Don’t miss this opportunity to own an heirloom quality wheel or loom.
Schacht Matchless LTD Cherry Spinning Wheel Double Treadle are currently IN STOCK and ready to ship. We have 3 and are expecting 2 more. Once they’ve sold, that’s it. As for the cherry Wolf looms, we’re currently taking orders with expected shipment of Schacht 18" Cherry Wolf Pup LT Loom LTD Edition Package and Schacht 25" Cherry Baby Wolf 8-Shaft Loom LTD Edition in August and Schacht 36" Cherry Mighty Wolf - 8-Shaft LTD Edition Package in September.
Do you love Noro, Debbie Bliss and Cascade yarns? If so, now is your opportunity to pick up a few skeins at drastically reduced prices. As we continue to make room for new yarns, we’ve taken 30% off discontinued colors and entire yarn lines. Quantities are limited, so get ‘em while you can! To be assured availability we recommend calling 1-800-341-0282 to place your order. Sale prices are limited to existing stock.
Halcyon Yarn’s FiberME 2013 tour just got even better!
If spending 5 fiber filled days visiting artists’ studios, mills, farms, galleries, as well as enjoying a few favorite summer activities in Maine wasn’t enough – we’ve added another special attraction to entice you. This year we’ll be hosting a fabulous “marketplace event” showcasing talented Maine craftspeople, each representing excellence in his/her medium. It will take place on Wednesday, August 7th from 1-6pm right here at Halcyon Yarn on the day the tour spends in Bath. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet artists, ask questions, view their work and purchase one of a kind pieces, all in an intimate setting. It’s just one more reason to be part of FiberME 2013.
Although designed to enhance the FiberME 2013 experience, the craft show is open to the public. So even if you can’t join the tour plan a visit to Halcyon Yarn on August 7th and see just what Maine craftspeople have to offer. You’ll be amazed and inspired.
To whet your appetite we’ve highlighted a few of the artists who will be joining us that day.
Here is a partial listing of fiber artists you will see:
Janice weaves a variety of items from scarves and shawls to kitchen linens. She uses natural fibers: alpaca, silk, cotton, wool and rayon.
Michael Patterson, weaver
Michael long was a fixture at Halcyon Yarn having taught weaving for several years. He has now ‘retired’ from teaching at Halcyon Yarn and has set up his new studio at Fort Andross in Brunswick, Maine. He weaves a variety of household and decorative items.
Dee has recently moved to Maine and has jumped right into the fiber scene. We are happy to say she will begin teaching weaving at Halcyon Yarn in June, 2013. Before coming to Maine Dee was the Head Seamstress for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. She earned a BFA in Fiber and Materials Studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Herron Clothier, specializes in fine hand crafted accessories for women.
Elaine has been chosen one of the top 200 traditional craftspeople in the US by Early American Homes Magazine, has been honored with many other awards, and has many published designs and she teaches at many venues.
Felted and glass bead jewelry and sculpture. Jennifer earned a BFA in Illustration with a minor in Printmaking from the Philadelphia College of Art. She has worked at many jobs including fabric and graphic designer, jewelry designer and glass bead maker. She will show her felted and beaded jewelry / sculpture.
Liz creates a whole line of wonderful sheep, animals and other designs in pillows for fun home decorations. All her animal designs have great personalities: they will make you smile. She will even consider designing your family pets, family members and favorite scenes into hooked designs. Liz sells her hooked art throughout the US. We are fortunate to have her call Maine home.
Nantz Comyns, aka The Moose Lady of Maine
Nantz creates wonderful, creative, fun sculptures of animals – primarily moose – but she will be bringing sheep, and maybe some chickens, to the Halcyon Yarn Fabulous & Fun Fiber Craft Fair. Her sheep are so big they need a pen to hold them. They are funky and colorful, creative and attention grabbing. They indeed will make you smile. Nantz is a sculptor and an illustrator with work exhibited in public sites and galleries throughout New England. She is a Maine native and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Fine arts in Philadelphia. She has traveled extensively and while working with artists from different cultures began to use recycling of indigenous materials and fibers in her work. Nantz leads many school workshops with kids opening their eyes to creative collaboration in the world around them.
Janet’s experience of being a painter combined with her experiences on a trip to Japan led her to start dying silk scarves. She was fascinated with the Japanese dyeing techniques such as shibori and the ways fabric dye colors reacted to different humidity and temperature. She has gained much knowledge over her more than ten years dying silk. Janet’s one of a kind scarves are sold throughout the US in galleries and shops and shows she attends selling directly to the public.
Stephanie uses the traditional technique of knotted netting (also known as fishnetting) to create unique decorative and wearable art. She works with white nylon fishing twine which she dyes. Her work includes shadowbox framed sculptures inspired by the nature around her: jellyfish, sea urchins, flowers and birds to wearable and utilitarian shawls and shopping bags. She recently was chosen to participate in the Smithsonian Craft Show, one of 121 chosen out of 1,500 applicants.
“Sugar and spice and everything nice…” and we’re not talking sweets. We’re referring to Spice , a unique novelty yarn that adds instant pizzaz to all your fiber projects. Spice is multi-color yarn with short, delicate, feathery eyelashes closely spaced at regular intervals. The nylon feathery “flags” of fiber are very soft. Whether knit, crocheted, woven or felted (I often use it in my nuno felt scarves and wraps), you’ll love the look Spice creates in your scarves and shawls. Consider knitting multiple strands of the same color together for a fiesta of color.
Using the Silky Honeycomb Scarf as her inspiration, Kate knit up a sensational scarf that is the perfect spring and summer accent. She calls it “Spice World Scarf”. For anyone who’s inspired, here’s what she did and a few color combinations she recommends. Materials: 1 ball Spice and 1 mini cone 3/2 Pearl Cotton, size 13 knitting needles. Directions: With one strand of each yarn held together, loosely cast on 12 stitches. Row 1: Knit 1 *yo, k2tog* until one stitch remains, knit 1. Repeat this row until the scarf is your desired length. Bind off loosely. To add fringe, cut 18 strands, 12″ long of each yarn and knot through end stitches at evenly spaced intervals.
We’re excited to bring you another fabulous fingering yarn, Knitting Fever Painted Desert Yarn . This beauty has a beautiful price as well. At just $13.50 per 100 gram ball, you’ll be tempted to pick up a ball of every color. Perfect for shawls, scarves, baby clothes and socks. Weavers will want to warp and weave up scarves and fabric that create beautiful random plaids.
Painted Desert is a self-striping 3-ply, fingering weight, superwash wool with long lengths of color that gradually shift from one color to the next very slowly. The colors in each ply occur at a different point in the color sequence creating a unique effect reminiscent of an impressionistic painting. Choose from 5 colors
Want to test out Painted Desert? Try Knitting Fever’s quick 1 ball shawl/scarf pattern (a free download). For more inspiration take a look at last week’s post on Cascade Heritage Silk Paints . Both yarns are finger weight and will work beautifully in the same patterns.
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To make room for exciting new yarns we’re having a terrific sale on discontinued yarns. The first to go are our novelty scarf yarns. If you haven’t made one of these yet now is the time!
While supplies last, save 30% on the following yarns Tear Drop by Knitting Fever , Tricor , Tricor Lux , Katia Ondas . At these prices they won’t last so act fast. Take advantage of the savings and get a jump start on future gifts. It only takes one skein to make a scarf. What a bargain!