Welcome to Farm Fiber Day at the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market, which takes place on Sunday, January 26
from 10 AM to 3 PM
the greenhouses at Russell's Garden Center in Wayland.
Forty fiber vendors will attend, eight for the first time.
There will be a map of the fiber vendors locations,
so that you will be able to find them all.
There will be plenty of food to enjoy. Scroll down
to the bottom of the
email to see the complete list of vendors, including a few of our Saturday market food vendors offering seafood, meat, frozen prepared foods, artisan bread, maple products, wine, cannoli and pet treats.
If you are unable to join us this Sunday, there will be a second
Farm Fiber Day on Sunday, March 1 from 10 AM to 3 PM.
The vendors will not be identical to the January event.
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all of the details about Saturday's Market.
Once again, Alice Field from
Foxhill Farm won the top prizes in the Fleece Competition at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in October.
In addition to being declared champion in the White Fleece and Colored Fleece categories, for the second year in a row she
achieved the status of
Supreme Champion for the entire competition.
Sue Warden proudly admires the ribbon display at the farm's booth.
Favour Valley Woodworking is a small shop in Henniker,
New Hampshire creating practical, hand made wood and antler buttons,
shawl pins, scarf buckles,
hair clips, key chains, earrings
and diz carders. This will be Martha Sunderland's last visit to Wayland,
as they are relocating to the Pacific Northwest
Don't miss out on this opportunity to stock up!
Tidal Yarns naturally dyed yarns are made by Patricia Fortinsky
in Old Lyme, Connecticut.
Prado de Lana Sheep Farm
(translation Wool Meadow)
Lincoln Longwool and CVM Romeldale sheep in the
Berkshires. Amanda Barcenas reports that three wooly family
members are coming
to Wayland, including
Hazel, a Romney,
Lenore, a Lincoln
Esme, a Romney lamb.
Blue Heron Farm, located in Grand Isle, Vermont joins us for the first time with certified organic, farm raised wool, dyed using natural dyes.
Look for handknits, roving, wool pom poms, sheepskin pillows and needle felting kits.
If you would like to learn about needle felting,
a table will be
set up with materials for you to play with and
get advice about how to felt.
"We will bring raw Gotland fleeces, high-quality and well-skirted. Breed-specific roving (natural and hand-dyed) from our Gotland,
Border Leicester, Merino, Llama and Alpaca. Handspun and
Mill-spun yarn, locks and Farm cards,"
says Katie O'Donnell from
Littles Creek Farm in Marshfield.
"We began breeding Shetland sheep in 2010 and never turned back.
Our farm is a labor of love between mother and daughter (Carol and Montana Airey). We strive to produce quality breeding stock with an emphasis on fiber and personality. The farm is situated in picturesque New England on the old pumpkin patch of the historic Wilder Farm."
- Wild Air Farm
The farm will bring raw fleeces, roving and handspun.
Ken Abert from
Dorchester Farms is making the trip from
Provincetown to bring us his colorful yarn and spinning fiber.
Nicole Clark from
coiled rope baskets and
bags incorporating hand dyed cotton and
organic hemp and flax.
Buchanan Fiber Company offers many fiber items that are unique. Sarah Buchanan works with milkweed, essentially unheard of in the
world of spinning. The company is featured in an article in the
current issue of
magazine, "Monarchs, Milkweed, and You".
"I will have Rambouillet/milkweed batts, and dyed milkweed packs
for blending with other fiber, cotton punis, and hand dyed cotton
CVM/Cormo roving, and handmade resin tahklis and bowls."
in Rhode Island is back in stock.
This tool can
be purchased at any
register at Russell's.
October, we discovered Marcia MacDonald and her beautiful
Lana Plantae Yarns, "We have been using natural dyes for
twenty years and have strived to learn the process correctly to
achieve lasting color in our yarns." The farm is located in Buxton, Maine.
Cloverworks Farm Blueface Leicester
"We will have yarn from our flock, patterns, raw wool, roving, pelts,
dog treats made from lamb liver and frozen lamb meat,"
says Katie Sullivan, whose farms is in Irasburg, VT, close to the Canadian border.
Ellen Raja from Raja Farm, arranging her thrummed mittens.
Don't miss her unique knitted hats using dyed and natural
Purple Hummingbird Woolens
Johanna Richardson (left) creates handmade woolens for the
whole family: socks, wristers, leg warmers, felted vests*, hats,
mittens and slippers, silk scarves and felted playmats.
the editor of this newsletter would be lost without her custom made
Watch Jonathan Bosworth demonstrate cotton spinning on his charkha
, while Sheila Bosworth
demonstrates how to create yarn on a drop spindle. Bosworth Spindles will be available for purchase.
Louise Walsh from Evergreen Farm will bring her Angora rabbits,
wool for spinning, hands-on Angora yarn, felted, knit and
handwoven ready to wear items.
Gail Callahan, AKA
The Kangaroo Dyer
colorful hand dyed yarn and
silk scarves. She also created The Color Grid.
will bring Finn yarn, woven items, roving and
our Finn Sport Hat kits.
Each kit has 3 patterns to choose from with 5 mini skeins to
make one hat. Natural colored and naturally dyed."
Jim Grant from
Good Karma Farm demonstrates how to use his
sock-making machine, while shoppers admire the farm's yarn (below).
Subito Farm - Meaghan, Cindy and Sarah
"We're a family of artisans. Cindy spins, knits, designs, felts, cranks,
machine knits and punch hooks. Her daughter Sarah knits, cranks, machine knits and designs. Meaghan, Cindy's second daughter needle felts our very popular catnip mice and beautifully detailed earrings."
Windy Hill Farm is located in Lakeville. Carol and Richard Tripp
create homegrown, hand-dyed, hands-on wool and blended
yarn, handwoven items (below)
, hand knits and roving for
spinning and felting.
We welcome back Dorothy Benedict from
Windy Hamlet/Pan Terra.
Wonderful to have you and your Icelandic yarn back in Wayland.
Iris Creek Farm
Maple Frost Farm
(below) share space together when they go to shows because they both raise Leicester Longwool sheep, which is on the Priority list of the Livestock Breed Conservancy. Both Keri Boucher and Kim Mastrianni participate in the Shave 'Em to Save 'Em program.
Winterberry Farm bunnies delight all ages. Jill Horton-Lyons reports that she will have "fleece in many forms" including raw, washed,
dyed, roving and yarn
. Two Angora rabbits will be for sale, sheets
of carded wool for wet felting, hand spindles and threading hooks.
"I make hand-dyed yarn in a variety of weights and seasonal colors," says Kera Murphy of
Campfire Knits. "I bring sample swatches or garments so that customers can visualize the colorways and feel
how the yarn works up when knitted or crocheted."
Do you have a quilt that you started ages ago, but haven't had the
time to complete?
Dragonfly Longarm Quilting Services can help
you with that. Margo can also create a custom quilt for you.
Hampson Farms in Shirley is busy calving now. Thank you for
taking the time to join us with your wool batts for quilters.
"The natural qualities of fleece make fleece batting the ideal
choice. The crimp gives the batting a natural loft and airiness that allows the fibers to spring and stay plush."
Wayside Quilters Guild
is a Sudbury based group founded in 1985. "We range from true beginners, to experienced instructors, brought together by a shared love of quilting and a desire to learn. The guild
is the place to ask questions, share tips, and nerd-out over a new technique." The guild will display a quilt that they are raffling
at a later date. Tickets will be for sale.
Dachinger Wools, Inc
"My hand dyed wools and yarns come from my flock and select
New England farms. I will have knitting, handspinning and felting supplies plus knitting patterns. Single breed fiber is available as
roving and batts," says Lisa Dachinger.
Friends Laura Busky (
North Brook Farm) and Clarke Laszlo (
Laszlo Family Farm/SITZENS Pet Treats) look warm and fashionable in the pelts that Clarke will bring along with lamb, pet treats and toys.
Laura will have some new hand knitted shawls and hand woven
scarves, as well as alpaca socks, gloves, yarn and boot inserts.
She will also bring extra roving for spinners and needle felters.
Friends in Fiber
Jan Lashua and Peg Critser bring hand dyed combed top,
including cashmere, yak, camel, mink and silk blends, a British
five-breeds combed top collection for a spinner's study,
Angora fiber and hand knits.
"A Hundred Ravens will bring an assortment of our superwash yarns
in various weights and fibers, but primarily Merino wool," says
Kel Bachus. "We will also have project bags,
markers, and knitting and crochet patterns."
is an art of weaving by hand that is dedicated to
free expression and self-development for everyone, regardless of physical or mental ability, age, or artistic aptitude," said Mihoko Wakabayashi of SAORI Worcester.
"We will have scarves, pouches, card cases, tops,
vests, tunics, hats, jackets, t-shirts with handwoven appliqué."
Rag Hill Farm: handspun yarn, dyed locks, art batts, quilted
and chicken shaped potholders, needle felting kits, wool hats,
fabric fridge magnets and quilts.
Bring your knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, drop spindle or
spinning wheel and
join your friends in the
3rd Floor Fiber Lounge
from 10 to 3
If you are unable to find seating to enjoy your food and
beverages downstairs, please feel free to use this space, too.
Dirty Water DyeWorks
will have a selection of hand dyed yarn,
select knitting kits and patterns, gradient and multi-colored yarn bundles.
Stop by to see their new samples.
Hand dyed yarn in small batches from alpaca and sheep are
as well as these fun dryer balls from
Artisan Yarns from Hampden Hills Alpacas
Don't miss the mohair socks, yarn, apparel and throws from
Moonshine Design at Keldaby Farm, which is located in Colrain.
The knowledgable women from the
Worcester County Sheep
Producers can tell you about the
Baaay State Blanket,
made from 100% wool grown in
"Our flock includes purebred Romneys, as well as
Bluefaced Leicester and Border Leicester Crosses. We blend our
wool through cross-breeding, right on the sheep, not at a mill.
Our focus on
sheep, a breed that traces back to the Romans, enhances our fiber's luster, length and strength."
Photo courtesy of Maine Adult Education.
Would you like to learn how to use a drop spindle?
Penny Lecroix will teach a
Drop Spindle Spinning class from
1 to 3 PM on
during our second Farm Fiber Day.
With so many vendors to visit, you might want to take a break
and enjoy a cup of Flores de Café coffee or ask Tatiana from
Soluna Garden Farm
to brew you a cup of tea of your choice.
opened their own bakery in Arlington last year.
We thank them for continuing to visit us in Wayland.
Lunch options include
Mandy's Wicked Good Chowdah,
The Herb Lyceum
and Del Sur Empanades.
artisan bread. Not pictured,
and not to
be missed, are the baguettes.
Mill River Winery is located in Rowley.
C & C Lobsters and Fish
Bergeron Maple Farm
Maple syrup, maple candy, maple cream and granulated maple sugar.
Lilac Hedge Farm
New England Cheese Day
Saturday, February 8 - 10 AM to 2 PM
Farm Wineries Day
Saturday, March 7 - 10 AM to 2 PM
Farm Fiber Day #2
Sunday, March 1 -
10 AM to 3 PM