The GBFAF was a blast, with great classes, fiber galore, good friends and just a general atmosphere of good cheer. For a first year event you can say SUCCESS! Hopefully it will grow and become an annual event for the whole Mountain West. The venue was Wheeler Farm in the center of the SL Valley (and about 2 miles from my house). The vendors were outdoors and the classes were under a pavilion. It was a bit hot as the day went on, but overall very nice.
The classes were super fun and very informative. Kate, who dyes under the name Snake River Fiber, taught the dyeing class and we had a very good time watching her and then trying to dye up good results of our own. Here's Kate:
Adding fiber to pot, measuring color and then adding it to the pot.
Colored fiber after removal from pot and a second 'helping' of red fiber dyeing.
Susan worked hard to create her colorways:
Taking her hot roving from pot, painting another roving and laying out the fiber in the sun. My dyed roving is the red/orange, yellow snake in the grass behind Susan's. You can see we have very different ideas about color.
The dyeing class was all day and it was fun to see all the different results from the students.
Sunday Birdsong, Susan and I took Elizabeth's Advanced Spinning class. She gave us a bag of luscious fibers to try and we could use any of her many spindle designs. We learned so much about which type or weight of spindle to use with which fiber and had good results with most. Elizabeth is a font of information on spinning and fiber. Hopefully I'll be able to learn more from her as she lives here in Utah.
The spindles were all so beautiful and it was such a pleasure to meet Elizabeth, her husband Bart, and daughter McKenna Lee.
The Fair had other wonderful happenings. Ann Carroll Gilmour had several helpers 'waulk' her handwoven fabric. A ring of people sat at a table and thumped her tartan while passing it along to the next participant. Ann sang Scottish folk tunes all the while. It was a fun event to see!
And look at this! Susan won a Blue Ribbon for her own design the Mountain Stream Scarf. She spun the fiber (Snake River alpaca/silk/merino) and hand knit it, of course.
It will be nice to relax for a couple of nights as I am tired to the bone from all the fun. The rest won't be long however, as there is more fun coming Friday. Thank goodness a restful weekend is coming up soon.