Great Lakes Fiber Show 2013

Now in it’s 18th year, the Great Lakes Fiber Show will be held May 25 and 26, at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, 199 Vanover St., Wooster, Ohio. The hours are 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. New this year will be activities going on under the grandstand.

With 89 vendors, filling four buildings and additional outside spaces, there should be something of interesting for just about anyone. Vendors will be selling raw and processed fiber from sheep, alpacas, llamas, angora goats, and angora rabbits. They will have equipment from spinning wheels to knitting needles; crochet hooks and felting needles for the fiber enthusiast. And there will be more yarn than one can imagine. Some vendors will have finished items such as clothing, t-shirts, note cards and pottery. Outside vendors will display alpacas and angora rabbits along with their products for sale. A few new vendors with unique items have been added this year. Some vendors are coming from as far away as Wisconsin and South Carolina.
 
Just For Fun activities will take place both days in its new location under the grandstand. These activities were originally planned with kids in mind, but adults may participate too. Saturday morning, participants can try spinning on a drop spindle. Afternoon activities include Beaded Felting and Pipe Cleaner Animals. On Sunday morning, make a Button Doll and Felted Camper Soap. Button and String Toys and Drop Spindle spinning will be offered in the afternoon.  Pat Catan’s Craft Center of Wooster will offer Kids Crafts both days. These activities are on going and free.
 
There will also be a fleece competition in which fleeces are judged and then will be available for purchase by fiber enthusiasts. Hand spinners will show off their talents by entering their hand spun yarn in the skein competition.  
 
To increase vendor space, some activities have been moved. You will find them under the grandstand along with some new events. This year speakers are scheduled to present talks on Folk Mittens, Civil War Quilts, Farm Safety, Choosing a Fleece for Spinning and Preparing Wool for Spinning. There will also be demonstrations related to fiber.
 
Members of the Canaan Country Cousins and the Valley College 4-H Clubs will be giving out lamb jerky samples on Saturday. They are being sponsored through a grant paid for in part by the American Lamb Board. Recipes for lamb will also be available.   
 
In addition to the Fiber Show, other events at the fairgrounds include the Eastern Angora Goat and Mohair Association show and the Great Lakes Show and Sale with 300 head of sheep entered.
 
Admission is free and food will be available at the fairgrounds, including roast lamb sandwiches. More information can be found at www.greatlakesfibershow.com, or call 330-264-9665.
 
Presentations Under the Grandstand
 
Saturday
11:00 –The Humble Folk Mitten
   Does spring seem like a strange moment to pay homage to the folk mitten?  Yet even now, as we slide merrily towards summer and mittens are stored away until, once again, thesnow flies, their stories stay with us. In centuries past, Northern knitters had knit practical, wooly, hard-wearing mittens, but it didn't end there!  Living in an age where they had less opportunities outside the home, they poured their creative talents into their needlework, and it shows!  Knitters of old not only dressed their hands in the latest style and fashion, their wonderful handiwork allowed them to increase their family income.       The mitts they knit expressed their care for the recipients, identified their homeland-even their clan-and fulfilled traditions of courtship & marriage.... all that, and more, is seen in the humble folk mitten.
   Interested in hearing more?   Stop by to hear an informal presentation of "The Humble Folk Mitten"
 
Marcia Lewandowski was born in Minnesota, the homeland of many beautiful, unique and practical folk mittens.  Though a round-about journey, she recently landed here in Wayne County in 2012, knitting along the way. She and her family lived and worked in Bolivia for a number of years, that experience provided her with the opportunity to see firsthand the beautiful folk knitting traditions of her new neighbors and ignited a spark that has kept Marcia exploring and learning about knitting traditions around the world.
 
 
1:00 – Farm Safety
   A team of nine outreach coordinators is bringing farm safety to local communities across eight states. For free. There is absolutely zero cost to the schools, daycares, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, county fairs, ag days, or event organizers.  Thanks to the generous support of ADM, Cargill, and Farm Credit Services of America. (Ohio's sponsor is Cargill!)The outreach coordinators are trained by Farm Safety For Just Kids staff on a variety of farm safety topics, and most bring their own experience growing up on farms themselves. In addition to knowledge, the outreach coordinators have a variety of demonstrations to help drive home the lessons to kids of all ages.
   Meghan Bennet will be giving a talk on general farm safety including tractor safety, animal safety, and chemical safety, as well as possibly showing a video from our spokesperson about his story.
 
 Meghan Bennett’s hometown is Houston, Ohio. She was the 2011-2012 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen. At present, she is astudent at The Ohio State University majoring in agricultural communication. She is an Outreach Coordinator for the organization Farm Safety For Just Kids and travels throughout the state of Ohio teaching youth about the importance of safety on the farm.
 
2:00 - Choosing a Fleece for Spinning
Information coming soon
 
3:00 - Civil War Quilt Show
Dave Lewis will present a trunk show of hand made quilts inspired by history and stories about the people who were involved in the Civil War.  These quilts include:  "Lincoln's Birthday Quilt,"  "The Mother Bickerdyke Quilt,"  "The Civil War Portrait Quilt," "Christmas in the Field," "A Soldier's Cot Quilt," "The Belfast Flag Quilt," "The McCook House Quilt," to name a few.  Most of these quilts are of original design and some contain patterns found in original 1860's quilts. Other quilts have been inspired by quilts, which have survived the 150 years since the Civil War.   Each quilt has its own story, as do all quilts.  Join Dave Lewis and friends as they share their experiences in researching and constructing these beautiful reproduction quilts.
 
Dave Lewis is a retired Biology and Chemistry teacher working for 34 years in the Perry Local School District in Massillon, Ohio.  He is an experienced fiber artist working with wool and Angora rabbit.  While no longer having rabbits, he is presently raising Kindly Shetland sheep and takes the wool from the sheep all the way to the finished product.  Quilting actually arrived as the third or forth hobby.  Dave is mostly interested in designing quilts that tell a story.  The Civil War period has a wealth of stories about famous and ordinary individuals.  Dave wants to celebrate the life and spirit of these people who made contributions to that most trying time of our history.
 
4:00 – Farm Safety
   A team of nine outreach coordinators is bringing farm safety to local communities across eight states. For free. There is absolutely zero cost to the schools, daycares, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, county fairs, ag days, or event organizers.  Thanks to the generous support of ADM, Cargill, and Farm Credit Services of America. (Ohio's sponsor is Cargill!)The outreach coordinators are trained by Farm Safety For Just Kids staff on a variety of farm safety topics, and most bring their own experience growing up on farms themselves. In addition to knowledge, the outreach coordinators have a variety of demonstrations to help drive home the lessons to kids of all ages.
   Meghan Bennet will be giving a talk on general farm safety including tractor safety, animal safety, and chemical safety, as well as possibly showing a video from our spokesperson about his story.
 
 Meghan Bennett’s hometown is Houston, Ohio. She was the 2011-2012 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen. At present, she is astudent at The Ohio State University majoring in agricultural communication. She is an Outreach Coordinator for the organization Farm Safety For Just Kids and travels throughout the state of Ohio teaching youth about the importance of safety on the farm.
 
 
 
Presentations Under the Grandstand
 
Sunday
11:00 - Preparing Wool for Spinning
With all endeavors it is the preparation that has the greatest impact on the finished product.
Faith will be demonstrating how to prepare a fleece for spinning.  The initial presentation will demonstrate a set of steps for a worsted preparation that includes skirting a fleece that was shorn this spring.  
 
After the initial presentation, participants will be welcome to try out the steps for a worsted or a woolen preparation and, using a drop spindle, create some yarn from prepared fleece.
Faith Gernhardt is a former teacher, now a retired computer technician who has been participating in the fiber arts since childhood.  She was introduced to spinning in the early 70s when she purchased her first fleece and an Ashford "Standard" spinning wheel by mail while teaching in a native Alaskan village.
 
1:00 - Civil War Quilt Show
Dave Lewis will present a trunk show of hand made quilts inspired by history and stories about the people who were involved in the Civil War.  These quilts include:  "Lincoln's Birthday Quilt,"  "The Mother Bickerdyke Quilt,"  "The Civil War Portrait Quilt," "Christmas in the Field," "A Soldier's Cot Quilt," "The Belfast Flag Quilt," "The McCook House Quilt," to name a few.  Most of these quilts are of original design and some contain patterns found in original 1860's quilts. Other quilts have been inspired by quilts, which have survived the 150 years since the Civil War.   Each quilt has its own story, as do all quilts.  Join Dave Lewis and friends as they share their experiences in researching and constructing these beautiful reproduction quilts.
 
Dave Lewis is a retired Biology and Chemistry teacher working for 34 years in the Perry Local School District in Massillon, Ohio.  He is an experienced fiber artist working with wool and Angora rabbit.  While no longer having rabbits, he is presently raising Kindly Shetland sheep and takes the wool from the sheep all the way to the finished product.  Quilting actually arrived as the third or forth hobby.  Dave is mostly interested in designing quilts that tell a story.  The Civil War period has a wealth of stories about famous and ordinary individuals.  Dave wants to celebrate the life and spirit of these people who made contributions to that most trying time of our history.
 
2:00 –The Humble Folk Mitten
   Does spring seem like a strange moment to pay homage to the folk mitten?  Yet even now, as we slide merrily towards summer and mittens are stored away until, once again, thesnow flies, their stories stay with us. In centuries past, Northern knitters had knit practical, wooly, hard-wearing mittens, but it didn't end there!  Living in an age where they had less opportunities outside the home, they poured their creative talents into their needlework, and it shows!  Knitters of old not only dressed their hands in the latest style and fashion, their wonderful handiwork allowed them to increase their family income.       The mitts they knit expressed their care for the recipients, identified their homeland-even their clan-and fulfilled traditions of courtship & marriage.... all that, and more, is seen in the humble folk mitten.
   Interested in hearing more?   Stop by to hear an informal presentation of "The Humble Folk Mitten"
 
Marcia Lewandowski was born in Minnesota, the homeland of many beautiful, unique and practical folk mittens.  Though a round-about journey, she recently landed here in Wayne County in 2012, knitting along the way. She and her family lived and worked in Bolivia for a number of years, that experience provided her with the opportunity to see firsthand the beautiful folk knitting traditions of her new neighbors and ignited a spark that has kept Marcia exploring and learning about knitting traditions around the world.