Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair
Saturday, April 12, 2014
9 am to 5 pm
at the Jane Addams Community Center
430 W. Washington Street
Cedarville, Illinois 61013 USA
Page last updated Saturday, April 20, 2013 03:09 PM
The 2014 brochure and workshop schedule will be posted in February, 2014. Be sure to return to this page then!
A celebration of fiber and the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap and baskets. Also supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet.
Admission is $2 for adults and free for children under 12.
Finding Your Way on This Site
This site is all one page. One very, very long page. You can read every word, or you can click to go to the section that interests you the most:
Are you on our mailing list? You can print out our most recent brochure here, or add your name to our mailing list in order to receive future brochures by contacting Suzy@SuzyBeggin.com. You can request that a brochure be sent by snail mail, e-mail, or both.
Remember that you don't have to wait for the show to talk to our vendors, feel free to contact them anytime to ask about their supplies or place an order. Many of our vendors will let you place an order now and pick it up at the show - saving you the shipping costs. Please let them know you got their e-mail and website address from the Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair website.
Below is a list of our 2013 vendors:
Workshops - 2013
You can pre-register for your class by mailing in a check (click here for the brochure) or you can register online using PayPal. Sign-ups will be allowed the day of FAF, but only if there is room available. Because our workshops provide one-on-one, hands-on instruction, class sizes are limited. Sign up early to make sure you get a spot!
To mail in your class registration: Use the form in the brochure or list the classes you want on a sheet of paper. Be sure to include your name and mailing address, and mail it to Nancy Jones, P.O. Box 5, Cedarville, IL 61013. Checks should be written to "Moonspinners of Northwest Illinois."
To use PayPal: Click on the PayPal icon beside the class you want. PayPal members can use their PayPal account, and anyone (whether you are a PayPal member or not) can use a credit card. Please be sure to include your "shipping address." Nothing will be shipped to you, but we will add your address to next year's brochure mailing list. Your PayPal confirmation (and your credit card statement, if you pay by credit card) will list "Suzy Beggin, Shepherdess" as the business paid. If you have any questions regarding your PayPal transaction please contact Suzy at Suzy@SuzyBeggin.com or call 815-541-0897.
A Notice to Procrastinators: On-line class registrations will be accepted until the stroke of midnight on Friday, April 12th. Registration will be accepted at the Fiber Art Fair until just a few minutes before each class starts. But that is only if there is room - many of our classes fill up early!
A Note on the Admission Fee: Your class registration does not include the two dollar admission fee. The entire class fee goes to the instructor to cover her time and materials, and we will still collect your $2 admission fee to help us cover the rental of the facility.
Click here at anytime to view your cart:
Needle Tatted Greeting Card
9:30 am to Noon; $25
Colleen Keleher, Instructor
Minimum 1 Student / Maximum 12
Lean needle tatting, then use your tatting to decorate a special greeting card. All students will learn single thread tatting, and you may choose to also learn double thread tatting. All materials will be provided. No experience necessary.
9:00 am to Noon; $40
Andrea Mielke Schroer, Instructor
Minimum 5 Students / Maximum 10
Naalbinding is a Scandinavian looping technique used to make fabric. Think of it as "sewing" yarn into a fabric. The only items needed to practice this craft are a wooden needle and wool yarn. It is a cousin of knitting and crochet, and practiced by the ancient Vikings, among others. This class will teach one of the basic methods while working on a drawstring pouch. Naalbinding can also be used to make mittens, socks, hats and more. No experience necessary. Workshop fee includes wooden needle, handout and wool yarn.
Wet Felted Wool Mittens
9:00 am to Noon; $30
Kathy Koning McClure, Instructor
Minimum 3 Students / Maximum 10
Using wool roving we will make soft and warm mittens using the wet felted method. No sewing required. All roving, patterns and instructions will be provided. Each student will leave with a finished pair of mittens as well as the pattern and instructions for making many more pairs at home for family and friends. Bring an old bath towel, scissors and an apron if desired. Wet felting is good clean fun!
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; $20
Ginger Toomey, Instructor
Minimum 3 Students / No Maximum
Learn how to fix your knitting mistakes such as dropped stitches, twisted stitches and mistakes in a cable. Please bring a 20 stitch 20 row garter stitch swatch and a 20 stitch 20 row stockinette stitch swatch. Do not bind them off! Worsted weight yarn in a light color is easiest to work with. If you have them, bring double point needles, a crochet hook and large eyed sewing needle.
Cotton Spinning on a Tahkli Spindle
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; $35
Andrea Mielke Schroer, Instructor
Minimum 5 Students / Maximum 15
Learn the ins and outs of spinning on a tahkli spindle - a small metal and brass supported spindle from India. Bring your own tahkli or bead whorl spindle, or you may borrow one from Andrea in class. The main focus will be spinning on the tahkli, but as time allows, we will also touch on cotton preparation and the history of cotton and supported spindles. For all experience levels. Workshop fee includes fiber.
Felted Lacy Scarf
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm; $38
Lyn Harris, Instructor
Minimum 8 Students / Maximum 20
This beautiful scarf is perfect for gift giving or to keep and wear! When wet felted, Wensleydale wool creates a beautiful lacy effect. Students will complete the scarf in the workshop, and fancy yarns will be available for added embellishment. No experience necessary. Workshop fee includes all materials, including Wensleydale wool roving, fancy yarns and ribbons.
Wooly Soap Scrub
Drop in any time between 9 am and 3 pm; $5
Kathy Koning McClure and the
Illinois Green Pastures Fiber Co-op
Take home a beautiful handmade soap wrapped in its own washcloth! Learn simple needle and wet felting techniques to create your own unique felted soap bar. A fun project for all ages, no experience needed. All materials will be provided. Stop by anytime throughout the day and plan to spend 15 to 30 minutes to complete your wooly soap scrub.
Cedarville, a picturesque little village in northwest Illinois, was the birthplace of Jane Addams (1860-1935), the social worker and humanitarian who founded Hull-House in Chicago and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931. Much of her time was spent improving the lives of Chicago's immigrant population, and she also advocated world peace and stood up for the rights of women, children and workers. Our event space, the Jane Addams Community Center, is named in her honor.
Like most Victorian women, Jane Addams was a knitter. Many of her hand-knit items were given away to friends, and some of her knitted work is on display at the Cedarville Area Historical Society Museum.
Miss Addams also saw the value in the lost arts of spinning and weaving, and invited spinners and weavers to demonstrate their "old world skills" at the labor museum in Hull-House. In her work Newer Ideal of Peace (1907), Miss Addams notes the companionship that is created between spinners, even from vastly different backgrounds. Over one hundred years later, modern spinners will recognize that the same spirit still holds true today:
We have made an effort at Hull-House to recover something of the early industries from an immigrant neighborhood, and in a little exhibit called a labor museum, we have placed in historic sequence and order methods of spinning and weaving from a dozen nationalities in Asia Minor and Europe. The result has been a striking exhibition of the unity and similarity of the earlier industrial processes. Within the narrow confines of one room, the Syrian, the Greek, the Italian, the Russian, the Norwegian, the Dutch, and the Irish find that the differences in their spinning have been merely putting the distaff upon a frame or placing the old handspindle in a horizontal position. A group of women representing vast differences in religion, in language, in tradition, and in nationality, exhibit practically no difference in the daily arts by which, for a thousand generations, they have clothed their families. When American women come to visit them, the quickest method, in fact almost the only one, of establishing a genuine companionship with them, is through this same industry.
Vendor packets were mailed on February 17, 2013, or you can print your own copy here. Packets are mailed to:
The good news is we have a popular, well-attended show, and many of our vendors say it's one of their favorites. The bad news is we always have more interested vendors than we have room for, and unfortunately that means we have to turn vendors away each year.
Vendor booths will be assigned in this order:
Vendor confirmations will be mailed in March, but you can check the Vendor List on this page at any time to confirm that your application has been received. I usually update this website every two or three weeks after the vendor packets are mailed, so don't panic if your name isn't immediately added to the list.
Waiting List names are not removed except at your request, or if we contact you and don't receive any response for two years. So if you are put on the Waiting List this year you will retain your Waiting List position next year and in future years. Click here to see the Waiting List.
The only way to get on the Waiting List is to mail in an application. You do not need to send in any money with the application, but you must send in an application so that we have all of the proper information and can easily contact you when there is an opening. To receive an application please e-mail me your address (mailing address, not your e-mail address). You may request an application at any time throughout the year, however applications are only mailed in January.
If you are already on the Waiting List you don't have to do anything from year to year to hold your position, but please do let me know if any of your contact information has changed.
Directions to Cedarville and the Jane Addams Community Center
The Jane Addams Community Center is in historic Cedarville, Illinois, three blocks west of Highway 26. In its previous life the building was an elementary school, and it still has a very 1950s elementary school look to it. Cedarville is located between Freeport, Illinois and Monroe, Wisconsin. It's 125 miles west of Chicago, 125 miles southwest of Milwaukee, and 60 miles south of Madison, Wisconsin - just right for a pleasant day trip through the stateline area!
From East (Chicago; Rockford): Take Route 20 West. At Freeport take 26 North to Cedarville. In Cedarville, turn left at the Mobile Station onto Washington Street. The Jane Addams Center is at 430 W. Washington Street, which will be on your right.
From West (Galena; Dubuque, IA): Take 20 East. At Freeport take 26 North to Cedarville. In Cedarville, turn left at the Mobile Station onto Washington Street. The Jane Addams Center is at 430 W. Washington Street, which will be on your right.
From North (Monroe, WI): Take 26 South into Cedarville. In Cedarville, turn right at the Mobile Station onto Washington Street. The Jane Addams Center is at 430 W. Washington Street, which will be on your right.
From South (Forreston): Take 26 North through Freeport and into Cedarville. In Cedarville, turn left at the Mobile Station onto Washington Street. The Jane Addams Center is at 430 W. Washington Street, which will be on your right.
Restaurants, Lodging, Maps, Etc.
For free information on restaurants, lodging, maps and other things to do in Stephenson County, contact the Freeport / Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Please tell them you got their name and number off the Fiber Art Fair's web page.
Freeport / Stephenson County Convention & Visitors Bureau
4596 US Route 20 East
Freeport, IL 61032
(815) 233-1357 or (800) 369-2955
Direct link to the hotel page: http://www.stephenson-county-il.org/lodging-camping.aspx
There are no hotels or public transportation in Cedarville. Welcome to small town life! The bustling metropolis of Freeport is just four miles south of Cedarville, and you will find a selection of hotels there.
Hotel Note: Many of our guests have stayed at the Baymont Inn in years past, the closest hotel to Cedarville and very conveniently located at the north end of Freeport at the intersection of the Freeport 20 By-Pass and Route 26. You may recognize it from their former name, The Amerihost. They can be contacted at 815-599-8510 or 877-BAYMONT.
Homespun Journey - http://www.homespunjourney.com/Site/Festivals_%26_Events.html
For years we had spelled the fiber in Fiber Art Fair the old English way - fibre. We're a laid back, earthy group and decided that "fibre" was just a little too hooty-snooty for us. Starting with the 2006 show, we've been spelling fiber as plain old "fiber," although you might still catch the former spelling in some of our materials. J
The 18th Annual Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair is planned for Saturday, April 12, 2014. See you then!
The Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair is hosted by the Moonspinners of Northwest Illinois.
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