Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fiber Fiesta

The annual Fiber Fiesta held in the northern San Diego County city of Vista was held last weekend.  It's a small fiber festival but one of the very few we have in Southern California.  I've been to it several times by myself but this year was extra special because my daughter went with me.  That made it a LOT more fun!  

We had a blast wandering through the weaving barn.  It's filled with looms and lots of them have projects on them.  This one was especially exciting.  Not only are the colors gorgeous...


...and the weaving is beautiful... 


...but, it's also a big dobby loom.  My dream loom!  I got to work on one of these years ago and I've wanted one ever since.  The pins on the wood bars create the pattern in the fabric and a new bar is advanced for each throw of weft thread/yarn.  It's fun and magical!  I love this kind of loom!


The barn is filled with looms...large ones, small ones, newer ones and very old ones.  We saw someone weaving on one from the 1800's.  I believe this one was from the 1930's.  I thought the handle on the beater bar was interesting.  I'd never seen that before.


One of the weavers told us about this old Jacquard loom the museum has inherited.  They're very excited about it and working hard to get it up and running.  It'll be the logo for their museum.  It's so tall that it almost reaches the rafters of the barn!  I couldn't get a picture of the whole thing as it was surrounded by other looms and things.  This is part of the top...


I peeked between some things to get a picture of the many threads running through it...


These red strips have holes punched in them and as they feed through the loom they control the pattern that will be created in the fabric...


The very long loop of those strips runs from the floor to the top of the loom and up into that part that's almost up to the rafters and then back down again...


Here's another picture of that top part from the other side...
Fascinating!


There was a table near one of the doorways/openings to the barn with some very nice ladies who were excited to show us how to do Kumihimo.  They had a basket filled with little kits with yarn already measured out and ready to share.  We were excited to learn.  Kumihimo is Japanese braiding and it's very easy and fun.  We caught on quickly and finished up our braided cords later that day and started some new ones.  I'll try to get some pictures of our cords for another post.


There were vendors/booths outside selling hand dyed yarn, tools, handmade clothing, etc.  We had a lot of fun shopping and could have come home with SO much stuff if the budget allowed.  We couldn't afford all the wonderful things we fell in love with but we still managed to spend a little too much on yarn.  So much for the yarn diet!

I got two beautiful skeins of yarn from my favorite dyer, Inner Yarn Zen.  I love this one!  The color is "Carmel Pumpkin Spice".  Just wait til I get started on a project so I can show the cool effect that's created with how she dyed it!  Yarn love!


There's just something about this one that literally makes my heart flutter when I look at it!  It's gorgeous!  Of course, all of these yarns are much more beautiful in person!


Newton's Yarn Country was there with their amazing yarn bargains.  I couldn't resist this time!  They sell huge skeins of yarn for six for $20.  Amazing!  I bought this cotton to make a kitchen towel.  Unfortunately, I read the tag wrong when I got it and I might not have enough.  I'm planning to play around with it today and see what I can figure out.


We got three skeins of this super soft cotton.  They said it works great for towels and just keeps getting softer and softer as it's used and washed.  I'm planning to use the red and cream for weaving kitchen towels.  My daughter is going to use the brown to knit a cowl or scarf.  


We got several other colors but they didn't photograph well to accurately show the colors.

The Fiber Fiesta is held at the Antique Gas and Steam Engine Museum and it's always fun to walk around to see these magnificent old machines.  In fact, I think their annual show is this next weekend.  They actually start some of these up and drive them around at the show.  Amazing!


This might sound weird but I think this one is pretty!


There was a gem and rock show going on last weekend too.  And, the museum has classes throughout the year for various things including weaving and blacksmithing.  It's a little far away but I'm thinking of joining.  It's a wonderful place with lots of nice people and I love how it's preserving history.

10 comments:

mamasmercantile said...

What a great show with so much to look at and admire and even better to share it with your daughter. The yarn is stunning, looking forward to seeing what you do with it.

Delighted Hands said...

I'm glad you had a great time at the fiber fest! Isn't it wonderful to share with a like-minded daughter!?!
The second pic of yarn is to die for! Could you give me more info on it? All the yarns are beautiful and you will enjoy working with them!

Michelle said...

I love seeing the loom at work!

linda said...

That looks like a fabulous day out so interesting and I love that yarn. :)

Roxie said...

Oooh, that multi-color cotton! If you don't have enough, you could stripe in co-ordinating colors to extend it. Are you planning to use it in warp and weft? A white grid would be fun, too. Have a ball with it. It's so beautiful.

Connie said...

What an incredible show and you covered it so well, with your great photos. I once lived in Vista . . . it was for one winter when I was 15. My Dad was suffering with cancer and seeing a doctor in San Diego and my brother and his family lived in Vista. That was back in the winter of 1960/1961 . . . a long time ago. I'm sure that Vista has grown since then. Weaving has always fascinated me . . . but we don't have the room to try everything. The looms in your photos are huge . . . I've never seen anything like them. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing your day and for the lovely comment you left on my last post.
Have a great weekend.
Connie :)

Quinn said...

Nice purchases, there! I really enjoyed the fiber (and cashmere goat) fair I went to, and I am just lucky there wan't more that caught my eye... because I was pretty self-indulgent about adding to my stash.
Looking forward to your colorful creations!

Mereknits said...

I would have loved to have strolled around with both of you seeing all of those magnificent looms.
Hugs,
Meredith

Judy said...

What a fun day it was! Great pictures, as always!
Judy

Amy at love made my home said...

What a fascinating visit! xx