Felting

For your safety and in accordance with current public health guidance all classes and groups are currently suspended. We’re reaching out to anyone who’s registered for a class, however if you were registered and did not receive our email please contact us to confirm your cancellation, refund or credit. We hope to see you again here at Halcyon Yarn when we can welcome you safely! (05/25/20)

Ready to learn a new fiber art, improve your skills, or just spend a day or two doing something you love? Register now for fiber art classes at Halcyon Yarn. Our spring and summer classes are already starting to fill up so check them out and sign up soon!

Is there a skill you want to learn but don’t see here? Know of a great instructor you’d love to learn from here? Please let us know here: Contact Halcyon Yarn

We’re adding more classes all the time – stay tuned! Here’s what’s coming up…

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Giving Thanks!

 
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Thank you for being a part of the wonderfully creative and caring Halcyon Yarn fiber community! This fall you have inspired us by donating numerous batches of handmade goods for us to distribute at local shelters. You’ve also inspired us with your creativity as you learn, make, and give beautiful one-of-a-kind items. We hope you’re enjoying the start of the season and are looking forward to making and giving something handmade for the holidays this year. As always, we are incredibly thankful to have such wonderful customers, and we’re always glad to help with your creative pursuits. Thank you for trusting us with your time, your creativity, and your continued business. We wish you all the best this Thanksgiving!

Halcyon Yarn’s retail shop is closed for Thanksgiving this Thursday and Friday so that we can all enjoy time with our friends and families.

We hope you have a peaceful holiday and enjoy the opportunity to give thanks for all that brings love and beauty to your life. You can always shop online 24/7 at halcyonyarn.com and we look forward to seeing you shopping local in Downtown Bath (or in your closest downtown) on Small Business Saturday!

Knitting Kits by Blue Sky

We love the luxurious and all-natural yarns of Blue Sky Fibers. But how to choose…? Scoop up these simple to make kits and you’ll have a great gift on its own, or something that stitches up quickly so you can you give (or wear!) a great assortment of stylish handmade accessories this winter. The patterns are very approachable and the designs are timeless, plus they come in gift-worthy little packages and resuable bags.

 

 

 

Please note some of these kits are exclusively online right now, but will be available in the Maine retail store soon!

Flight of Stitches

The new Flight of Stitch Markers by Cocoknits is flying right off the shelf! At only $24 these whimsical stitch marker collections are the perfect gift for any knitter or crocheter. As adorable as they are practical!
Each delicious style includes 24 markers – 4 each of 6 colors.

 

Brass Hook & Sett Tool

A necessity in ever weaver’s bench… Our favorite brass threading and sleying hook, on its own or with the handy wooden sett tool. (You may want to get more than one!)

 

Marvelous Magazines

Magazines make a perfect stocking-stuffer, and a great retreat from the hustle and bustle. Pick up a few of these coffee-table worthy editions and keep the inspiration flowing all winter…

 

 

 

 

 

Knitty Gritty Project Bags

Knitty Gritty Project Bags are thoughtfully handcrafted in the USA by Magner. Made with the adventurous knitter (or weaver) in mind, they will last a lifetime. The sturdy waxed canvas has a unique feel and look that will age and patina similar to leather. The wax provides a bit of weather resistance as well.

 

Gift Certificates

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*Free shipping code Thanks19 automatically applies to online orders from now until Monday, December 2nd, midnight (EST). Free shipping offer applies only for standard ground shipping to the contiguous 48 United States and excludes drop shipped, special order, and special handling items.

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Open House 2019

 

Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday, October 12th, for another great Open House… See you again next time!

Join us in the shop or online – we’re so happy to celebrate with you again this year! Check out the great deals and details…

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Ready to try your hand a needle felting, or looking for fun new designs? You’ll be delighted by the Thyme Tile Felting Kits! Made here in Maine at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm, these charming designs are inspired by life on the land. Fun, affordable and fast-to-make, each Thyme Tile makes a square approximately 5″ x 5″ and includes the design and wool you’ll need to create the flat “painting style” image.

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Good news fiber artists! We know you love the Harrisville Dyed and Carded Wool Fiber for all your felting projects. After all, it’s a wonderful wool blend with touch of merino that comes in a staggering 56 different colors. Perfect for so many types of felted creations.

The wonderful and multi-talented Rose, who many of you know from calling the shop or stopping by, is guest posting this week to share this great new fiber item she’s just gotten ready for you – enjoy!

 

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Sugar Skulls & Fuzzy Friends – Fantastic Felting Kits!

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with beautiful felted “sugar skulls”

Ornately decorated sugar skulls often adorn altars as part of the Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration. Festivities begin on the evening of October 31st and last through November 2nd. It’s a time of reflection as well as celebration, when families reminisce and share offerings to the spirits of the dead. Lost loved ones are honored with altars that often feature fresh flowers, food, photographs and mementos, beautiful fabrics, candles, and vibrant sugar skulls.

Create your own celebratory sugar skulls, in 100% wool! Our Sugar Skulls Needle Felting Kit includes everything you need to make four vibrant wool skulls in an afternoon. This is a great project to do together with a group of friends. These whimsical skulls are a great addition to your altar or they make a fun and spooky wall hanging or decoration as part of a larger piece, such as a pillow cover or bag. (Suitable for ages 8+ with adult supervision – and fun for anyone!)

More felted tapestries from Neysa Russo

Each kit includes everything you need to make these beautiful felted wall hangings. Needle felting is easy to learn and these colorful 100% wool “tapestries” make wonderful wall hangings or can be used to decorate other items like a pillow covers or bags. Make them all for a whimsical woolen series!

Looking for something a little cuddlier?

Try these adorable needle felted critters from Woolbuddy or Romney Ridge!

Each kit contains instructions, fiber and needles to make the cute animals you see here. You’ll just need a pad or other work surface. These little felted sculptures make wonderful little home decor accents, and are especially great for handmade Christmas tree ornaments!

 

 

 

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Woolbuddies

We’ve been carrying several of the Woolbuddies needle felting kits in the store for a while now—you know, those little woolly animals with the big googly eyes and bright colors? We recently restocked the how-to book [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] , written by the designer himself, Jackie Huang. WoolBuddies has step-by-step instructions and photographs to help you create your own adorable Woolbuddies!

I know some people are intimidated by needle felting because it’s a very freeform craft. Pretty much all you have to do is repeatedly poke wool roving with a tiny barbed needle to create various shapes. Huang compares needle felting to sculpting with clay. There aren’t many hard and fast rules and you can make whatever you want! This is the perfect book for someone who wants to start needle felting but doesn’t know quite where to begin. It’s a guided approach to making a bunch of adorable woolly animals. But Huang also encourages readers to get creative with the craft. He wants you to feel free to change the color, the size, the animal, whatever, to really make it your own! The book is also great for experienced needle felters who want the inside scoop on how the Woolbuddies are created.

Before designing and creating Woolbuddies, Jackie Huang studied computer animation and worked as a 3-D story artist on the animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Woolbuddies started as a way for Huang to create durable, natural, handmade toys for his daughter. The Woolbuddy collection has over three hundred creatures, and this book has detailed instructions on how to make twenty of the best Woolbuddies designs.

The book is divided into simple, moderate, and challenging Woolbuddies, though the author asserts that all needle felting is simple, it’s just that some projects will take longer to complete than others. Each character has a name, a little story, measurements, and materials needed. Some of my favorite projects are Shana the Penguin, which was actually Huang’s first Woolbuddy character, Eunice the Sheep, a roly-poly sheep made from a bunch of tiny felted balls, and Jimmy the Giraffe, who is over a foot tall and has posable legs due to an inner wire frame. In addition to the twenty projects, there are illustrated tutorials on fundamental techniques like making a basic body shape, making eyes, making a flat shape, and making a clean line between two colors.

Needle felting is a great craft for all ages — though be sure to supervise children, because those needles are sharp! It also requires minimal materials! All you need are some felting needles, a foam mat or pad, and some fiber. Huang uses the Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool — which is my favorite as it holds one, two, or three needles at a time. For a great assortment of fiber to make some colorful Woolbuddies, check out these Felting Fibers: Ashford Fiber Bag or [Sorry, item discontinued or temporarily out of stock] and create your own variations on these amazing creatures!

As we head into the holidays, these adorable woolly sculptures make great presents… The smaller ones are perfect for handmade tree ornaments!

 

 

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It’s just like Christmas each time a new batch of Pulled Sari Silk Fiber, 1/4 lb bag color 0000 arrives. Every box unveils silky fibers galore in an array of colors. We never know what to expect. What fun! This time around we have a subtle fiber base reminiscent of pinky, gray granite in which a whole host of other colors are intermixed. It’s sometimes tricky to envision just how these fibers will play out in different mediums so we’ve done a bit of experimenting. Take a look, see what you think, and then get creating. Need a little incentive?  Remember, fiber doesn’t spoil so grab a bag or two to put away for a rainy day of playing with silk.

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We carded the Pulled Sari Silk Fiber with black, grey and white wool, spun a few yards, then knit tiny swatches. Those of you familiar with Peace Fleece Yarn will see similarities. A great yarn for cool weather accessories like hats, mitts, scarves and cowls. Up next… felting. A fine layer of silk on the outer layer of balls and beads produces wonderful results. How perfect for felted jewelry. My favorite felt sample is a thin layer of silk on top of magenta wool. I see gorgeous felted bags and hats in the future. Now that we’ve got you started, what will you create?

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Demi-Carded Silk Bundles color 0010 (white), Demi-Carded Silk Bundles color 0020 (rosegold), Demi-Carded Silk Bundles color 0030 (bluegreen)

 

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