I know, many fiber artists have already been to many fiber shows this year, but around here, our show season starts in July.
This year will be the first time Diamond B Sheep Farm has attended Fiber U. The show is July 13-14 at the Cowan Civic Center in Lebanon, Missouri. I will even be teaching a class called "Exploring Fiber Tools" at this show! Visit www.mopaca.org for more information and registration forms for Fiber U.
We will also be returning for the fourth time to Fiber Christmas in Kellyville, Oklahoma on July 26 & 27. I love this show! We have the best time every year, and get to see all of our fiber friends and catch up on what is on their spinning wheel and what fibery critters now reside in their pastures. Kate has all the classes listed at www.fiberchristmas.com
Next, we will be a Fiber Daze in Mt. Vernon, Missouri. The show is September 20-21, and this will be our third year to attend. The class list for this show is simply amazing. To see it, please visit http://www.fiberfolksofswmo.com/fiber-daze-2013.html
Finally, and most exciting for us, we are hosting the first annual Diamond State Fiber Festival here in Greenwood, Arkansas. The festival is October 4-5 at the Sebastian County Fairgrounds, and we will have both vendors and classes. Information can be found at www.diamondbsheepfarm.com It is a little scary, but we have lots of support, so come out and join the fun!
So, if you come see me at a show, what can you expect to find in the booth? I have lots of colorful rovings, some gorgeous batts, natural fibers from our herd, and plenty of handspun yarns ready to go. This year we have added a couple of new items! First, I received a blending board from my dear friend, Linette, for Christmas. I have been having a blast making rolags, which are a ton of fun to make, and even more fun to spin - lots of rolags in our booth! I have also added fiber kits. These kits are made up of coordinated dyed and natural locks, rovings, and lots of add ins. They are perfect for those of you with blending boards, drum or hand carders, combs, or if you just need some variety in your stash! We should have a colorful booth!
And remember, I can talk sheep and fiber all day - you don't have to come to shop, just come to visit!