A new festival has attracted a lot of interest across Simcoe County and beyond. It focuses on everything fibre – from yarns to dying, spinning and weaving, as well as products ranging from potters’ yarn bowls, to yarn bags and even ice cream made from sheep’s milk.

Vendor space is almost full but organizers are saving a few spots for local exhibitors. The Fibre Spirit Festival is also offering mini-market tables for people who can’t fill a 10×10 booth.

“We do shows all over the place but there’s nothing in our area,” said co-organizer Elizabeth Fallone, who owns Eliza’s Buttons & Yarn in Barrie.

The festival, scheduled for Aug. 25, will feature 75 vendors from the region. Those who love working with and in fibre are also invited to participate. The region boasts a world of fibre farmers, indie hand-dyers, fibre producers and local yarn shops. Fibre Spirit’s marketplace will showcase new and upcoming fibre artists as well as established producers.

Creations range from knit kits, sweaters, accessories, project bags, and supplies. The celebration of colour and creativity includes Alpaca yarn, hand-dyed yarn, hand-spun yarn, felting products, rug hooking products and more. For knitters, crocheters, rug hookers, weavers and needle felters the event will offer materials, tools, books and demonstrations for those interested in the serious craft field.

Full booths for the day-long event are $225 and pop-up booths are priced at $85. Visit fibrespirit.ca to register. Click on the home page, vendor call, vendor registration form.

The Fibre Spirit Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Barrie Curling Club, 175 Essa Rd, just off Highway 400. Admission is $6 with children under 12 admitted free.

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