Remember, I lost 3 days browsing the Nebraska Collective Fiber Fair.
This map shows the main building of the Nebraska Collective Fiber Fair.
These two enclosed rooms (Classrooms A and B) can be set up for lectures or lessons. This large open space (Classrooms C-D) has demonstrations and lessons on spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and other fibercrafts.
The vending area has bright yarns, yarn bowls, and all kinds of other things.
Just One More Bookstore has several small tables full of books, each table with a dozen or so titles on a different craft.
Here is a booth selling Waldorf dolls and supplies to make them.
The next booth sells yarn, roving, and loose fibers for doll hair.
All the Silk You Will Ever Need Collective has a variety of vendors. Caterpillar Dance sells recycled silk yarn. Sari Charlie Scarves and Scraps has woven scarves, painted scarves, blank scarves, and small pieces of silk fabric (some with embellishments) salvaged from damaged saris or sari factories.
Wicked Stepsisters Salvage is run by two women who grew up as stepsisters and kept shredding each other's clothes during fights. As adults, they buy silk scraps and damaged garments to cup up and resell as craft supplies. At the fiber fair, their table is covered with loose scraps for people to mix-and-match. Customers who have a good eye for color get invited to stuff bags for a 5% discount per bag up to 50% off their purchase.
Mermaid Haircut sells recycled silk fiber for spinning or other crafts, bagged or mix-and-match by weight.
Follow the Gypsy Rover is a booth run by a Romani man who makes and sells roving from 100% silk to 50/50 to mostly other fibers accented with silk, all perfectly clean and ready to spin. He offers some batt and top products too, but most of the stock is roving.
Top - Fiber is combed to provide spinning fiber in which all the fibers are parallel. This preparation of fiber is best suited to worsted or semi worsted spinning.
Roving - Fiber is carded, usually commercially, into a long continuous cord that is @ 2"-3" thick. The fibers are going in multiple directions (but generally more aligned than a rolag or batt). This preparation of fiber is best suited to woolen spinning. We offer a wide selection of wool roving for sale.
Sliver - a thinner version of roving.
Rolag - Fiber is hand carded and puled from the cards. Forms a fluffy roll of fiber.
Batt - Fiber is drum carded and pulled from the drum carder. Forms a blanket of fiber.
This video shows how to make tweed yarn with wool and silk, from blending the fibers on a drum carder to spinning them. It has text cards but no narrative. Here is a video demonstrating how to spin wool-silk yarn, again with no narrative. These are the kinds of stuff that Colette will spin for Shiv.
Fingerquest Recycled Silk Garments for Sensory Seekers offers a variety of garments made from recycled silk yarn and silk ribbon.
This booth sells mix-and-match dyed wool, approximately left to right, top to bottom:
Hot Stuff = hot pink and purple
Make Lemonade = yellow
Tangerine Seam = orange
Peachtree Street = peach
Smoky Mountains = pink, purple, and gray
Forestry = green and brown
Foxfire = rust, peach, and brown
Agate = brown and purple
Sunset Thunder = purple, pink, and blue
Summer Storm = blue and gray
Candy Mountain = shades of pink
The fleece show and sale has bagged fleeces, most of them lightly skirted, a few unskirted bargains, plus skirting service and demonstrations.
A good way to fibercraft on a budget is to buy raw fleece from a shepherd. Instead of several dollars an ounce, they are priced by the pound. The average is $16.63 per pound, with most $10 to $25 per pound, and outliers as low as $5 and as high as $40 per pound. Variations come from the breed, quality of individual fleece, local demand, and amount of work already done. Washed fleeces go for around $35-$65 per pound, almost up to $100 per pound for curly locks used as craft hair on dolls. Roving averages $44.29 per pound with a range around $27 to $64 per pound. Wool yarn costs an average of $80.32 per pound, nearly twice as much as roving and five times as much as raw fleeces. So that's how the price goes up with every step of work done. The more you're willing and able to do yourself, the more money you can save -- plus you get more control over the process and end product.
The Fiber Animal Barn displays small pens of sheep, goats, alpacas, and other livestock. Angora rabbits have their own area with cages raised on tables. Their fiber may be harvested in various ways. Sheep shearing demonstrations offer entertainment and education. Shows present sheep and other livestock.
Sheepdog trials show off herding skills.