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Finger Lakes Fiber Festival – Hemlock, NY

Handspun Yarns
September 21 & 22
Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Sunday, 10:00 – 4:00
Finger Lakes Fiber Festival

Hemlock Fairgrounds
Hemlock, NY

The Fuzzy Bunny

Our festival features great vendors, with everything you need for fiber arts: raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting supplies, dyes, yarns, items needed to knit, crochet, weave—and things you won’t know you need until you see them—not to mention unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade finished items!

For weeks I have poured over every photo posted on the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival’s Facebook event page. And there have been a lot of photos – they are doing an excellent job with that. I love visiting, virtually or in person, places and people who “go deep” into their passion. Even if I have no desire to do it myself, I love getting a taste of other worlds. Just yesterday at Harvester Artisan Market, Jan of Locally Made Shop let me try rug hooking.

I’m really hoping to go to this festival today – it looks amazing!

I really want to try my hand at weaving!

I really want to try my hand at weaving!

And see all the colorful and natural fibers in their various states, like this roving.

And drool over all the colorful and natural fibers in their various states, like this roving.

From the multitude of photographs, I learned there are lots of other handcraft items there - buttons, pottery, candles, jewelry. The buttons blew my mind - glass, ceramic, polymer clay, etc.

From the multitude of photographs, I learned there are lots of other handcrafted items there – buttons, pottery, candles, jewelry. The buttons blew my mind – glass, ceramic, polymer clay, etc.

I've been interested in crafts my entire life and have never even heard of a niddy noddy! (It's used to wind skeins of yarns. Use this instead of having your friend hold her hands apart this far.)

I’ve been interested in crafts my entire life and have never even heard of a niddy noddy! (It’s used to wind skeins of yarns. Use this instead of having your friend hold her hands apart this far.)

Llamas? Alpacas? I haven't a clue but there are apparently lots of animals to visit too!

Llamas? Alpacas? Sorry, I haven’t a clue but there are apparently lots of animals to visit too!

Hands down best part? Visiting with my extremely talented & creative friend Liz Yockel, The Fuzzy Bunny. (Check out the top shelf. Clear egg cartons filled with colorful roving! I want to display those on my mantel.)

Hands down best part? Visiting with my extremely talented & creative friend Liz Yockel, The Fuzzy Bunny. (Check out the top shelf. Clear egg cartons filled with colorful roving. Wow. I want to display those on my mantel as an art installation!)

Honeoye Craft Lab – Coming this Fall!

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Look what Rochester Artisan Liz Yockel has gone and done! Honeoye Craft Lab opens in the fall. The lease has been signed – she’s on her way to success, I promise you!

I first met Liz at Art & Whimsy a few years ago. It was a lah-de-dah fundraiser sale in a home with giant stone lions flanking the front entrance in the Oak Hill Country Club area – I think we both felt severely out of our element. We sold (ha!) our goods in, what was that? – the foyer to the library? Just the two of us in this small room with 3 hours to chat. I always said the best part of that event was meeting Liz. (Even better than gawking at the rich folk. G-o-l-l-y, Vern, would you take a gander at the size of that kitchen island – it’s bigger than my whole dang house!)

And that becomes more true every day. She’s a doer! I love doers! She’s a lawyer by day and a spinner, soapmaker, goat-raiser, beekeeper, fiber artist, goofball, weaver, bunny-lover, organizer, all-around-nicest-person and teacher in the rest of her life. I’m sure I’ve missed a slew of skills in that list.

Honeoye Craft Lab

THE MAKING OF A MAKER…
Liz has been honing her creative skills since she was old enough to hold a crayon. She began the Honeoye Craft Lab to mesh her interest in the arts with her desire to create a place for community members to connect, as well as her interest in showcasing incredible local artists. She learned various crafts through both self-teaching/experimentation and formal instruction. Current skills include, but are not limited to, duct tape construction, dyeing, glass flame work, hand spinning, knitting, lip balm/lotion making, polymer clay cane work, soap making, and weaving. Along the way she obtained a bachelors degree in the history of science, medicine, and technology from Johns Hopkins, a masters degree in the study of environmental law, and a juris doctor from Vermont Law School. She may be found editing tax law treatises and organizing fiber festivals when she is not otherwise creating.

Oh yes – flamework! Recently I noticed a post on her Facebook page that she was taking a class at Rochester Arc & Flame and sent her a note asking if she was going professional with this. She replied she wasn’t sure yet and then shortly thereafter I saw a photo of her new glass work equipment at home. Yep, that’s our Liz.

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I’ve really enjoyed observing Liz and her partner Travis Bradley search for and finally buy their dream home/farm and continue their journey to live an Earth-friendly self-sustaining lifestyle. I’d run into them at Mayday or other events and press them for details – what’s new? – what’s next? I’m surprised they didn’t run in the other direction, “Uh-oh, way-too-personally-invested Nosey-Nate Stefani spotted us – run! Run now!”

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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love young start-ups related to art & craft. Now I can add Honeoye Craft Lab to my list of personal hero projects, along with Rochester Brainery and Harvester Artisan Market. I suppose Dr. Freud would say that I am living through these Women Doers vicariously. Could be. I’m so happy they have found and are acting on their passion at their tender ages, lol, instead of not finding their full doer-hood until age 56. Note I said full doer-hood – I’ve been a doer/artist/organizer my whole life – and I consciously thank the universe (and Steve) every day for leading me to a time in my life when I can fully embrace who I am.

I’ve hardly been able to sit still long enough to write this blog post. Knowing Liz has always been inspiring but now this new dream-come-true for her has skyrocketed my respect for her and makes me want to be the best me I can. It also makes me want to make stuff. Right now. So I’m off to my craft lab down the hall!

Congratulations, Liz.
I’m SO proud of you!

 

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival

Beautifully spun yarn by Rochester Artisan and Fiber Festival Co-Chairwoman Liz Yockel of The Fuzzy Bunny


The 19th annual Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival is on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 16 from 10 am to 4 pm. The festival, sponsored by the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild, is the largest of its kind west of the Hudson Valley in New York State and draws almost 3,000 visitors each year. Featured at the fest are exhibits, workshops, and free demonstrations of a wide variety of fiber arts including handspinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, lacemaking, rug hooking and basket-weaving, as well as almost 100 vendors selling supplies and equipment to support all these crafts and more!

The Skein & Garment Competition features contemporary creations from dozens of fiber artists in spinning, knitting, weaving, and felting. Shepherds will be bringing their finest wool fleeces and goat fiber for judging and sale. A wide variety of demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend, in various locations, including sheep shearing, working sheepdogs, spinning, felting, silk production, sock machines and many others!

Rochester Artisan Amy Brand of Sweet Pea Felts will be demonstrating felting on Saturday.

Want to learn something new? Check out the schedule on our website and register for one (or more) of our workshops. This year’s workshops feature classes on spinning, knitting, felting, weaving and dyeing.

    I mean, really – who resist classes with titles like:

    Passionate Purples
    Knooking: Knitting with a Crochet Hook
    Flap-HAPPY Scarf
    Color Work Bag (taught by Tina Turner!) <– bet she never tires of the attention that name brings her, eh! Sorry, couldn’t resist piling on – big fan!

Free horse-drawn wagon rides take you from building to building where visitors will find vendors offering all kinds of fiber and fiber animals, from all kinds of sources and in every color under the rainbow. Vendors carry a huge variety of products and services, including spinning equipment, rug-hooking/knitting/weaving supplies, gifts for all, books and patterns, buttons, freezer lamb, fiber processing, and even hand-made soaps & lotions.

Take a break from fiber and enjoy the offerings from one of the many food vendors. Refreshing beverages, snacks, vegetarian and hearty meal choices are available all day long.

The Hemlock Fairgrounds, located just 25 miles south of Rochester on Route 15A in Livingston County, has been home to this annual autumn festival since 1994. Admission to the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival is $5 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free; parking is free. NO PETS are permitted anywhere on the fairgrounds, including the parking lot. For further information on the festival, visit their website or phone 607-522-4374.

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