March 18th, 2017
The Heartland Fiberpalooza is a fabulous day of yarn and fiber, notions, food, classes, demonstrations, seminars, and, oh — did we mention food?
What to expect at Fiberpalooza:
- Stroll from vendor to vendor (don’t see your favorite one on the list? Call them and send them here to register!)
- Take a class and learn something new
- Attend a demonstration
- Visit the Yarnia Cafe for a delicious treat (you will be A-MAZE-D by the food!)
- Take a break, set yourself down, and work on your project(s).
- Shake off winter’s spider webs and spend a day with hundreds of yarn lovers!
- Where else can you get a whole day’s worth of entertainment for just $3.00??
Here are some things to keep in mind as you plan your trip:
The date is March 18th, 2017.
The hours are 9:00 to 4:00.
The location is the same as last year, the Winterset Elementary School (you can find directions under the Directions tab, below).
The cost to get in is $3.00 at the door. Well worth it for all that will be available!
As always, please feel free to call with any questions: 515-468-8593.
You’ll want to come hungry, as Linda at Cafe Yarnia will be serving white chili, yummy croissant sandwiches, delectable salads (including that fabulous grape salad) and homemade pies, cakes, breakfast casserole and caramel rolls. Plan to take the whole day for yourself! We are anticipating even more vendors than before. We would also like to encourage you to spend some time on the Winterset Square. Of course, you’ll want to visit the new Heartland Fiber Co. building at 112 N. 1st Ave., but there are several other great shops that would will not want to miss. You can even stay and do the famous Northside Café for dinner.
Check the vendor tab for the updated list of fiber artists, some new and some you can’t wait to see again!
Registered Vendors for Fiberpalooza 2016 (will be updated for 2017 soon):
AKG Alpacas, Alpaca fiber & yarn, alpaca bears
All in a Spin Productions, hand spun yarn
Blue Gate Farm, hand spun and hand painted yarns, GloryBe photo cards, S’mugs
Born in a Barn, hand spun and dyed yarn, finished items
Esther Purl Fibers, hand dyed yarns and roving, hand spun yarn
Fiber Curio & Sundries, custom yarns and spinning fiber
Fringe n’ Fleece, hand dyed fiber & yarn, hand spun yarn, looms, jewelry, patterns, felted flowers and finished items
Girl With A Sword Productions, hand spun yarn
Grey Barn Farm LLC, Alpaca yarn, rugs, insoles
Homespun Family, handspun yarns and weavings from our own alpaca and jacob sheep and also llama; weavings and rugs made from these yarns, and fibers and rugs woven from cotton blend materials. Also chair caning.
Knit Baah Purl, note cards, posters, mugs and more for knitters
Knitter’s Journey LLC, yarn, patterns, knitted wire jewelry, recycled knitting needle jewelry, mugs, knitting bags
Old Haus Fibers, hand grown, hand carded, hand spun in Iowa fibers
Old Wash House Wool, hand grown, hand spun and hand dyed fibers & yarn
Sandy’s Palette, hand-dyed yarn and fiber, books, tools, dye and jewelry
Sun Rise Suris & Lavender Sunsets, Suri Alpaca hand spun yarn, rovings, and locks; Lavender products, and scarf pins
Suri Sunrise Alpacas, hand dyed yarn & fibers, finished scarves
Teresa Haarhues, African market baskets, hand knitted scarves
Yarn Geek Fibers, hand dyed wool and wool blend fibers; hand dyed yarns, handmade stitch markers
Booths at Heartland Fiberpalooza are 10′ by 10′ and include one 8′ table and two chairs, for $50.00.
Limit two vendors per booth, and there is an extra $25 due for shared booths ($37.50 each).
Mass produced items or acrylic fibers will not be accepted.
Vendors who would like to pay by check, click here to download a printable application.
If you’d like to register and pay online, click here to pay by credit card or PayPal.
The Des Moines Knitting Guild will be on hand to wind purchased yarn, give lessons or knitting advice.
The Des Moines Weavers and Spinners will be there to demonstrate and field questions.
Classes: Pre-register and pre-pay by March 14 and receive free admission to Fiberpalooza!
Instructor: Kandys Bleil
Class Fee: $20
Materials Fee: $12 (will include a loom, some satin cord, and the “findings” necessary to complete the necklace. If you already have some of those items, you can bring them and we’ll supply whatever you don’t have)
Time: 1:30 – 3:30
Class limit: 10
Workshop Description: This class will get you started in the fun and easy craft of Kumihimo, which is a form of Japanese braiding that can be done with many types of stringing material. It is often combined with beads and metal “findings” to complete pieces of jewelry. Kumihimo in Japanese means “the gathering of threads.” Fibers of all types and sizes can be used, depending on the purpose of your finished item. In this class, we will learn a basic round knotting technique while employing a Kumi-Loom. The plan is to make a necklace with a pendant or slide (see picture), but we may do another quick project (like a keyring) to get the basics down. You will need to purchase a materials kit for $12, which will include a loom, some satin cord, and the “findings” necessary to complete the necklace. If you already have some of those items, you can bring them and we’ll supply whatever you don’t have. The class will be approximately 2 hours. Kumihimo is the perfect craft to stuff in your bag to take out and work on when you have a few extra minutes in your day. Beginners to seasoned crafters wanting to learn a new skill without a big investment. Children from age 7 on could easily participate in this class.
Nuno Felting – Scarf
Instructor: Silvia Klein
Class Fee: $25
Materials Fee: $20 (materials include a silk scarf, merino rovings, ziplock bag, disposable gloves, bubble wrap, plastic sheet, etc.)
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Class limit: 12; preregistration required.
Create a one of a kind silk and merino scarf!
Drop Spindle Spinning
Instructor: Randall Parkin
Class Fee: $20 (includes roving and use of drop spindle with option to buy)
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learn the art of spinning using a drop spindle!
Instructor: Randall Parkin – Old Wash House Wool
Class Fee: $5 (student receives a $5 coupon at Heartland Fiber Co.)
Time: 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. Drop in at Old Wash House Wool booth
Be a picker, not a thrower! Sit with Randall one on one and learn the art of Continental Knitting. Bring your own knitting or use needles and yarn available for this class.
Winterset is conveniently located 15 minutes south of I-80 on Hwy 169 and 15 minutes west of I-35 on Highway 92. At the 4-way stop, go south into Winterset on John Wayne Drive. Stay on John Wayne Drive to West Summit, then turn right at the Y intersection. From Summit, turn right on 4th Ave. The Elementary will be on your right. Please note that these directions take you to the back side of the school where you will park and enter. If you use a GPS it will probably take you to the front of the school. Those doors will be locked, so you’ll want to drive around and enter on the west side of the building.