2024 Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival - Eventeny
2024 Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
Starts on Friday, September 27th, 2024
Berryville, Virginia, United States
About the event
Come celebrate the many facets of fiber the last full weekend of September. The festival is filled with opportunities and events focusing on all aspects of fiber and more! Classes on many different ways to use fiber will be offered. We will also have demonstrations, competitions, festival memorabilia, fleeces for sale, and more. Our vendors offer yarns, various raw and finished fibers, the animals they come from, buttons to spinning and weaving equipment, rugs and purses to hats and sweaters, jewelry, art, pottery, and many other lovely items!
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Dates
Sep 27, 2024 · 5:00 PM - Sep 29, 2024 · 4:00 PM(GMT-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Location
Parking instructions
From west-bound Business Rt. 7 through Berryville, after the traffic circle, turn right before the Taekwondo/Dance Studio. Follow the dirt road to get to parking. you show your ticket as you walk in. From east-bound Business Rt. 7, drive toward downtown, and use the traffic circle so you can make a right turn like the directions above! It's safer! There is a big SVFF sign opposite from the entrance off Business Rt. 7. Thanks to our Clarke County Sherriff's Office for their traffic assistance!
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Health & safety
We will follow the current protocols required by the CDC, Commonwealth of Virginia, and Clarke County, as applicable. If you are sick, please don't come! Email svffchairman@gmail.com for a ticket refund...or gift it to a friend!
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Event highlights
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Instructor Highlight - Brian Cooley
Brian Cooley’s fiber “story” is a true example of the value of SVFF training classes, after he started coming to SVFF to support his future wife (Festival Chair Bethany). Each year, Bethany would sign Brian up for a class to help fill classes and fill his schedule so he would not be bored, but the one class that really took was crochet. Since that 2-hour course, Brian has been an active hobby crocheter and has now started teaching beginning crochet in different venues, and has recently added courses on how to build grid level patterns that will work for common techniques like corner to corner crochet. Brian’s biggest flaw is he is bad about posting pictures to his Ravelry account after completing a project.
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Instructor Highlight - Dorothea Pierce
Dorothea Pierce has been knitting for over fifty years and spinning for over thirty. Her absolute favorite thing to do, EVER, is teach people how to spin and knit. She has taught 3 days spinning workshops, five-minute knitting tutorials, and everything in between. She owns a yarn store in Hardy Virginia (near Roanoke) and hosts the Skein Away Fiber Retreat at Smith Mountain Lake in the spring and fall of each year. IN her spare time, oh wait, she doesn’t have any! But she sure does have fun!!
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Instructor Highlight - Heather Storta
Heather is a TKGA-certified Master Knitter, Tech Editor and Knitting Instructor. She is the VP of Education on the board of directors for TKGA, the editor of TKGA’s monthly K2TOG newsletter, and a Co-Chair Emeritus of the TKGA Master Hand Knitting committee, as well as a member of the Cast On magazine editorial committee. She has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for well over 15 years. Her designs have been published in Cast On magazine and Knitscene, as well as Knitty and elsewhere. Designing items that tickle her fancy, she loves designing socks, lace shawls, and Fair Isle, among other things. She also teaches up and down the east coast as well as nationally (and online!), and her focus is on giving knitters the skills and confidence needed to perfect their knitting and to knit complex or intimidating techniques. Heather resides in the Charlotte, NC area. When she is not knitting, designing, editing, or teaching, she can be found sewing, spinning yarn, reading, or in the outdoors camping and hiking with her family. She can be found online at www.heatherstorta.com.
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Instructor Highlight - Kim Garver
Kim Garver, educator knitting techniques/restorer of vintage sock knitting machines – fifteen years dedicated to teaching others in the fiber community. Qualifications: Fostering skills to enrich lives and learning, through the fiber arts community, is a continuing and integral part of my business. I am an internationally known sock knitting instructor and have a long history of teaching in the Fiber Arts field. I have been conducting workshops and teaching various “olden way” methods for 15 years. My successes in the Fiber community are the success of my students, it is a gift God gave me and one I fully embrace. I’ve taught workshops throughout the mid-west and eastern regions of the United Sates for different organizations and fairs relegated to the fiber community. I have conducted live international webinars for the last three years and have a number of students who have travelled from Japan, Germany and England to attend my in-person workshops. I am flattered to be a world-renowned educator for vintage style techniques and machines.
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Instructor Highlight - Jen Parroccini
Jen Parroccini is a designer, grader, and consultant. She works 1:1 with knitters and designers to ensure that garments fit as intended on ALL bodies. As a designer, she gravitates towards lightweight, wearable pieces with fine finishing. Jen lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and puppy.
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Instructor Highlight - Jolie Elder
Jolie has explored a wide range of needle arts after learning to cross stitch at age four. She designs, teaches, spins, and stunt knits in the Atlanta area where she demystifies the obscure. She has served on the boards of Atlanta Knitting Guild, North Georgia Knitting Guild, Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance, and Center for Knit and Crochet. She has published in PLY, Spin-Off, and Cast On. Her cleverest unvention is a method for working stockinette-based laces reversibly. You can view her experiments at jolieaelder.blogspot.com and YouTube channel “Jolie knits.”
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Instructor Highlight - M Theresa Brown
M Theresa Brown is a career artist whose long art career embraces many areas of the Arts. She studied printmaking and color work at East Carolina University which led her to explore the fiber arts. Using many similar skills and accumulated knowledge, she evolved as a hand painter, felter and ecoprinter on natural fibers. She uses natural dyes and low impact synthetic dyes and merges them into unique, beautiful designs on silk, wool, paper and even leather. She turns her transformed work into artisanal clothing, accessories and art. Her articles and designs in the fiber arts have appeared in international publications such as "No Serial Number" and "Belle Armoire". She has created many “How to “ Dvd’s and ebooks in the visual arts in conjunction with the national art chain, Jerrysartarama . She has been an instructor at many fiber art shows including Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Southeastern Animal Fiber Fest, Carolina Fiber Fest, Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival, Michigan Fiber Fest and many upcoming new venues. She and her artist husband, Stephen Filarsky reside in rural NC with their alpacas, chickens and family dogs!
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Instructor Highlight - Margo Lehman
Margo Lehman is a visual artist working predominantly in oil and felted wool. A lifelong doodler and crafter, she feels at home in both the worlds of fine art and craft and is happiest when she gets to combine the two. Her artworks, both in paint and in fiber, have been shown throughout the US and have won many awards.
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Instructor Highlight - Melissa Weaver Dunning
Melissa Weaver Dunning is a hand-weaver, spinner and knitter with over 40 years of experience working on antique equipment to recreate 18th and 19th century home produced textiles. She began her textile study with Scottish master weaver Norman Kennedy in 1980, and carries on this rich tradition in her own teaching. Melissa is an avid tartan and linen weaver, a compulsive knitter and a lover of wool who enjoys sharing her passion for weaving and spinning with students. She is also a ballad singer, specializing in the ballads and songs of Ireland, Scotland and England from before Napoleon’s time.
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Instructor Highlight - Q Wirtz
Liza Q. Wirtz, better known as Q (aka the Chief Feline), runs multifaceted fiber-arts business the Foldout Cat from her home studio in Alabama with the frequent and welcome assistance of her partners and the help of a fluctuating number of cats. Having spent several past lives in other occupations–including bookseller, lawyer, and professional singer–Q now works fulltime towards earning her living as an artist and a creative. Q teaches freestyle weaving, art-batt carding, and basic experiential spinning with the same philosophy that infuses her praxis: create from your heart, make what gives you joy, and put beauty into the world. She wholeheartedly believes that everyone's an artist and that giving people access to fiber-arts tools and learning lets them prove it to themselves. Q also makes and sells one-of-a-kind art batts built from the Foldout Cat's unique Batt Buffet, hand-dyed microbatch yarn and fiber, handspun yarn, finished fiber-arts items, and simple fiber-arts tools. She has taught, vended, or both at fiber events in multiple states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
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Instructor Highlight - Sami Yuhas
Sami Yuhas is the founder of Good Water and Co., a mother-daughter team based in State College, PA, producing waxed canvas, as well as naturally-dyed and hand embroidered project bags and accessories. An instructional designer by day, her passion is the study of “women’s work” and fiber arts and the reproduction and preservation of historical fashion and textile periodicals. She first joined the SVFF community in 2020 and has been a proud vendor ever since.
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Instructor Highlight - TJ King
TJ, aka the Peahen, is part of the dynamic spinning and spindle making duo The Spanish Peacock. She has been spinning for almost 20 years and finds true joy inspiring and teaching others about the art of spinning with a supported spindle. When she's not spinning she's creating content for her blog, vlog, and podcast.
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Artists, vendors & exhibitors applications
Interested in applying:
1 active application
Deadline: Sep 20, 2024
Priority of acceptance to the SVFF (and space assignment) is given to 2023 Returning Vendors, provided applications are received within the listed deadlines.
 
Applicants, including Returning Vendors who did not participate in 2023, will be juried by the SVFF Board prior to acceptance.
 
Photos MUST be submitted of a representation of the goods you plan to sell. Ideally, a photo of your booth display from another festival would be included.
 
Acceptance will mainly be dependent on space available and diversity of products offered compared to existing vendors. Vendors must sell products that support the fiber arts. Please also tell us what other shows you plan to attend as a vendor, and booth location, if known.
 
New Approved Vendors will likely be placed in outdoor, uncovered spaces.
 
Please do not apply to the festival if you are not prepared to bring/rent a tent for your space. In some cases, we can place you in a covered barn/pavilion.
 
Deadlines:
  • Returning 2023 Vendors application deadline to reserve same spot as 2023: 1/15/24
  • Application closes: 7/31/24 (may remain open for food vendors, or as space allows for new fiber arts vendors)
  • 2024 Vendors selected (barring last minute vendor emergencies and additional food vendors): 8/15/24
  • Deadline to pay invoices: 14 days from your invoice - please let us know if you intend to mail a check or would like to pay with a credit card over the phone - we prefer you click on the link in your invoice and pay! If 14 days is a problem, please let us know - we are very understanding, as long as you communicate with us.
  • Ad copy deadline: 9/1/24
 
Spaces are each 10'x10'. Prices for each location are as follows (not including Stripe fees):
Outdoor (BYO-Tent) - $95
Covered Barn/Pavilion - $110
Indoor Building - $130
 
Please refer to the 2023 map to see our space arrangement: https://www.eventeny.com/events/map/?id=3740&mid=4970
 
*Vendors who cancelled for 2023 due to emergencies/COVID - depending on your specifications, your spaces may have been held for you for 2024, but you MUST meet the above deadlines. Vendors who took over cancelled spaces have right of first refusal for those spaces, if not taken back. Vendors who took over cancelled spaces in 2023 who do not get to keep those spaces are at the top of the waiting list for those types of spaces in 2024. This is called the First Priority Scenario.
 
**Returning Vendors who request a new space - these waitlists are first-come, first-served with some limitations, so please do not wait to apply! We note the date and time of your application.
Second Priority Scenario - waitlist to a different area:
To go outdoors - expected to be able to do this in most, if not all cases.
To go to a covered barn/pavilion - this can often happen.
To go indoors - rare, but it does happen! These would likely only be assigned as single space.
 
Third Priority Scenario - waitlist to expand current spaces:
Outdoors - expected to be able to do this in most, if not all cases.
Covered barn/pavilion - this can often happen, but possibly in a different location/barn/pavilion.
Indoor spaces - this is VERY RARE.
Volunteers
Interested in applying:
1 active application
Deadline: Sep 29, 2024
SVFF is a fun weekend of all things fiber- from knitting to dying, sheep trials to pottery. Join us for a 4 hour shift to help, make friends, shop and enjoy a delightful weekend.
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Berryville, Virginia, United States
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