Monday, October 25, 2010

Stitches East 2010

Wow! Fall is in full force here in New England, and IndieSpun will once again be at Stitches East in Hartford, Connecticut, with an amazing selection of gorgeous handspun yarns, plus a variety of hand-dyed yarns, fibers, tools, patterns and kits. Read on to learn more about this year's vendors, and please stop by our booth to say hello!

Indie Spun at Stitches East ::
October 28 - 31, 2010

Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT
Booths #318 & #320

Market Hours (Open to the public Fri-Sun 10/29- 10/31)
Friday & Saturday :: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday :: 10 am - 4 pm

More info:
Stitches East website
Directions to Convention Center
Market Coupon ($2 off entrance fee!)
Vendor Map (don't forget, #318 & #320!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: Yeti Yarns and Dry Goods

Faune Yerby mixed media artist lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Attended San Francisco Art Institute and Mason Gross School of Art for photography. Always drawn to textiles, fiber and texture she learned how to spin yarn 3 years ago and is still discovering new and unique ways of making yarn.

Faune Yerby (YetiYarnsandDryGoods) specializes in super bulky art yarns using all different types of mostly hand dyed wool. To make each skein unique she adds silk, feathers,recycled fabrics and beads. She sources much of her raw wool from local farms in the northeast including NY,PA .

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: The Spun Monkey

The Spun Monkey is a love affair with process, with creative collaboration, with a patch of grass. Wool from small family farms is lovingly crafted into artful supplies for knitting, weaving and crochet or wet-felted into joyful adornments to keep you cozy.

Shannon is currently relocating to southern Vermont (again) and will happily spend winter spinning on her Lendrum by the woodstove.

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: rhinofluff

Eling is obsessed with color, fiber, and food. rhinofluff is the new home for her line of unique handspun & hand-dyed yarns, fiber, kits, tools and gifts for spinners, felters, and knitters.

Formerly known as traveling rhinos, rhinofluff has the same dedication to color, texture, and quality. Just a new name-- still just as soft and fuzzy! Hand-dyed wool tops, hand-carded wool batts, handspun art yarns... all created with an eye to color and individuality.

Everything is made by Eling, by hand, in her Boston-area studio.

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: Jenny Fields Fiber

Jenny Fields
is a full time fiber processor, dyer, and spinner with the trained eye of a fine artist, and the heart of a clown.
Incredible textures and superb colors in breathtaking combinations are the hallmark of her craft.
Jenny Fields Fiber
will make your muse drool.

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: hello mello handspun

Heather Love is a mixed-media artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She has been a devoted knitter and seamstress since learning from her mother at an early age. In 1997, she graduated with a BFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She has been teaching fine art and craft workshops since that time. In 2007 she left her position as Studio Manager for the artists Mike and Doug Starn to pursue her own work. Currently she teaches knitting, sewing and spinning at Brooklyn General Store. Most recently she launched a line of designer knitting patterns and luxury handspun yarns under the label hellomello handspun. These are available for purchase at Brooklyn General and through her webstore

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: Girl on the Rocks

Girl on the Rocks is an avid crafter who just wasn't satisfied with the tools and notions available to knitters and spinners. Karrie designs and produces instructional stitch markers, needle gauges, and tools for handspinners that combine function with cute designs and high quality materials.

When she isn't wrangling flocks of bamboo sheep, Karrie is probably spinning a yarn of her own.

Stitches East 2010 Vendor: The Crafty Scientist!

The Crafty Scientist is Dayna Mankowski, part-time Pharmacist and full time Crafter! The experimental design lab is host to many creative experiments, and most recently has been taken over by loads of fiber! Humanely sourced wool, mohair, and silks are hand dyed by other artisans, and these are carded into one of a kind ‘Laboratory Batts’. In addition to these amazing fibers, the sky is the limit for other fibers added to the batts - soysilk, corn fiber, and even tinsel and sewing scraps are used. “ Art Yarns by a Scientist’ utilize lab batts and are spun usually thick and thin and contain other fun add ins---sea shells, beads, and even felted items. Knitting and spinning should be fun!