Great Lakes Fiber Show

Getting bigger and better every year, the Great Lakes Fiber Show runs from 10am–5pm on Saturday and 10am–4pm on Sunday, bringing your favorite vendors and activities for two days of fun.With over 100 vendors signed up to sell their products at the Show, the always-popular workshops are starting to take shape!

Take a look at a few reasons to start making your plans today —
• Vendors offering everything from raw fiber to finished items
• Great tools for spinning, weaving, knitting & more
• Wool fleece show & sale
• Skein competition
• A range of workshops (pre-paid registration required)
• Free demonstrations
• Free activities for kids

Admission is free — and good food will be available on site!

Autumn Fiber Festival

We are excited to announce the 7th Annual Autumn Fiber Festival! Local fiber producers, craftsmen and artists will be brought together to display and sell their wares, demonstrate their skills and educate the visiting public about natural fibers and their importance to our community and culture.

Featuring:
Raw Fiber, Yarn, Finished Fiber Items
Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Crochet, and Knitting Supplies
Fiber Arts
Fiber Equipment
Fiber Animals on Display
Sit-n-Spin or Knit or Crochet

FREE ADMISSION/FREE PARKING

A Wool Gathering

Join us for an awesome festival of fibers at the 23rd Wool Gathering at Young’s Dairy.  Observe sheep, llamas, alpacas, cashmere goats, Angora rabbits and other wool-bearing animals at the show.  There will be shearing demonstrations, wool spinning, weaving and much more to see and learn.  There are over 100 vendors from several surrounding states.

Admission to this event is free – bring the whole family!  Hours will be 10am to 7pm Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.

Yarn Discovery Tour

Celebrating 11 years, the Yarn Discovery Tour provides fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit 19 amazing yarn shops throughout Northeast Ohio. This will be the first time Gwen Erin Natural Fibers is participating! We are the most eastern stop on the tour and easy to find just off I-80 (exit 234). If you are coming from Pennsylvania, we’re a great place to start.

During the tour, September 4 thru September 22,
 the Studio will be open special hours:

Tuesday 12 PM – 4 PM
Wednesday 12 PM – 7 PM
Thursday & Friday 11 AM – 6PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

How does the Tour work?

  • Purchase a $8 passport at any participating shop & receive a free souvenir tote bag. Passports available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 21 and continuing through the 2018 YDT.
  • 2018 Yarn Discovery Tour begins Tuesday, September 4 and concludes Saturday, September 22.
  • Purchase a minimum of $10 from any participating shop and receive that shop’s free YDT pattern and entry into that shop’s Prize Basket drawing ($100+ value).
  • When you make your purchase, receive a passport stamp from that shop as well as their pin for your souvenir totebag. Visit a few shops or visit them all!
  • Collect 5, 10, 15 or all 19 passport stamps and be entered into YDT Prize Basket drawings as well.
  • The YDT will draw 4 winners from all shoppers with 5 passport stamps, 2 winners for all shoppers with 10 and 15 passport stamps and 1 Grand Prize Winner from shoppers with all 19 passport stamps. Shoppers with 5, 10 or 19 passport stamps not already winning a YDT Prize Basket, will be entered in a Last Chance Drawing.
  • Shoppers with all 19 passport stamps will also receive a free I Did It All souvenir.
  • Prize winners will be drawn and notified the week after the YDT concludes. Winners of shop prize baskets pick those up from the shop itself. Winners of YDT Prize Baskets may pick those up from their shop of choice.
  • Winners will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the YDT concludes.

Get more information and see all the participating shops.

Annual Shop Small Hubbard Spring Fling

Please join us May 5th, 2018 for Hubbard Ohio’s 2nd Annual Shop Small Hubbard SPRING FLING! The streets will be buzzing with locals, food, pop-up tents & the doors to many of our amazing small businesses, shops & restaurants will be welcoming you all to partake in Spring Deals & Give-a-Ways.

Knitter’s Delight

Join us for a day of shopping in lovely downtown Salem, OH. Local shops and makers bring their goodies right to you! Yarn, fiber, tools, patterns. Grab your fiber-loving friends and enjoy a day out together.

LYS Day

Show your support for small businesses like Gwen Erin Natural Fibers by coming out to celebrate the inaugural Local Yarn Store (LYS) Day on April 21! This brick-and-mortar yarn shop appreciation day is designed to bring together our unique community of knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners to drive awareness and celebrate the craft.

Refreshments and goodies! More info coming.

upcoming classes

Are you a scarf knitter? Ready to move on? Shawls are a great way to move into more complex knitting. Designer Megi Burcl has designed two shawl patterns that use a combination of handspun and commercial yarns. You will receive a copy of each pattern at either class, so you can come to both or choose depending on your skill level.

Each class is $15 per person. You may bring your own supplies or purchase them at the shop at a 10% discount. You will need about 300 yards each for both shawls. Samples were knit using about 100 yd aran weight handspun and one skein of Brown Sheep Co. Lamb’s Pride (190 yd).

To reserve a spot, you can let me know via email (getwool@gwenerin.com). I also have events set up on Facebook – Part 1 and Part 2.

Part 1: Phos
March 4 from 2-4 pm
Advanced Beginner

Skills: Knit & purl. Circular needle. Reading a pattern.
Yarn: Approx 300 yards total. 100 yd handspun, 200 yd commercial.
Needle: US 10.5-11, depending on gauge.

Part 2: Lux
March 18 from 2-4 pm
Intermediate
Skills: Knit & purl. Directional increases and using stitch markers. Circular needle. Reading a pattern.
Yarn: Approx 300 yards total. 100 yd handspun, 200 yd commercial.
Needle: US 10.5-11, depending on gauge.

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class time!

For several years my business card has said “lessons”, which of course prompts people to ask, “You teach knitting? I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit!” And I mumble something vague in return and then nothing ever happens after that. I have never really pursued the lessons/classes aspect of knitting and spinning for a few reasons. The main reason was money and then after that things just escalate. How much to charge? Do I force them to come to my chaos house or do I waste my gas driving to them? Do we meet in some neutral middle place like a Panera? What about follow up classes? What if I can’t teach them? What if I’m actually just a bad teacher? From there I spiral into self-doubt. And inactivity.

BUT.

With the new Shop in operation, I have decided to give classes a genuine effort. It provides a central space to hold them, so location is no longer a sticking point. And for some reason having that issue resolved makes me more confident to move forward with the rest of it!

We’re starting this month with Beginner Spindle Spinning Thursdays at 2 pm. Dates are July 9, 16, and 23. They will resume again in August. These afternoon classes will be $15. We will be using a Turkish spindle which you will have the option to purchase at the end of class.

Starting on August 12 I will teach Knitting Basics on Wednesdays at 10 am. We will cover casting on, binding off, knitting, and purling (time permitting). This first intro class is $15 and includes needles and yarn. Follow up instruction will be $10 per lesson. You can drop in or email me to reserve a spot (getwool@gwenerin.com).