Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival


Open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014



Sit and rest before, during, and after shopping, meet friends, have your lunch, sit and spin or knit, enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee or tea, show off your projects or purchases - Hospitality is for you!

Of course it takes a lot of people power to make something this big happen, so contact Hospitality Chair Suzy Ivan, if you'd like to help out. She can use assistance Friday afternoon to help set up, Saturday and Sunday to staff the area, and Sunday afternoon to tear down. See our Volunteer Page for the benefits you receive as a NML&WF volunteer

Speaking of volunteers and Hospitality, we are sad to announce Teresa Harrison has passed the job of Hospitality Chair to Suzy Ivan. Teresa started Hospitality ten years ago, creating the warm and welcoming place to sit and enjoy fiber shows, contests, door prizes, demos, and friendly fiber chat. Thank you Teresa!

some Hospitality volunteers

a few friendly faces from Hospitality

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Hospitality Schedule

All day both days: Door prizes may be picked up in Hospitality
9:00 amHospitality opens
9:00 am - 11:00 amDrop off items for fiber show in Hospitality - PRIZES!
12:00 pm - 2:30 pmPublic voting for fiber show opens
4:00 pmWinners announced for fiber show
Pick up entries in Hospitality
5:00 pmHospitality closes
10:00 amHospitality opens
1:00 pm"Silly Knitting Contest" contest - PRIZES!
4:00 pmHospitality closes

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Saturday's Fiber Show in 2014

Sparkle and Bling!

2014 NML&W people's choice contest will be "Sparkle and Bling". Bring your best blinged up project for everyone to vote on. There's no fee, but please download the registration form, and bring it with your project so we can make sure we know what project goes to whom. If you won't be present when it's time to pick up your project, you can designate someone on your form to pick it up for you.

Entries may be brought to Hospitality from 9 am to 11 am Saturday morning. The show will be open for viewing and People's Choice voting running from noon to 2:30 pm, with the winners announced at 4:00 pm. Voting is for best in each of these categories:

Best Blinged up project
Most Unique Design
Best Fiber Art
Best Functional Project
Project I Wish I'd Made
Project I Wish Was Mine
Best of Show

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Sunday's Fiber Contest in 2014:

Silly Knitting

Starting at 1 pm on Sunday, we will be having our "Silly Knitting" contest for all brave, fun loving souls. Join us! The prizes are always great, and so's the fun!

No fee to pay, no need to sign up in advance. Just show up in Hospitality at 1 pm and you'll be grabbed... I mean, entered for a fun contest!

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2013 Fiber Show Winners

The 2013 Fiber Show was themed "Start with Pink" in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. There were many entries, with the winners chosen by People's Choice voting.

And the winners were:

Best Use of Color: Emma Ivan

Most Unique Design: Katja Szarafinski

Best Fiber Art: Katja Szarafinski

Best Functional Project: Marti McIntyre

Project I Wish I'd Made: Suzy Ivan

Project I Wish Was Mine: Julie Hurd

Best of Show: Suzy Ivan

a few of the 2012 fiber show entries

2013 Spinning Contest Winners

spinning contest

Gutsy spinners tackling the craziest fibers!

A frantic race to spin the longest "yarn" from six unusual fibers in 2013! We had a great line-up of 11 courageous spinners. Each was given yak, buffalo, camel, corn fiber, and milk fiber to spin, and just to make things a little more challenging, first a short fiber was given, then a long, then a short... Well, gotta make it a really good contest, right?

After all was said and "spun", the two winners were:

1st place: Sheri Thornton

2nd place: Laurie Anderson

Both received gift certificates from Zeilinger Wool Company.

With many thanks to Briar Rose Fibers, Zeilinger Wool Company, Lavender Fleece, and other vendors for generous prize donations!

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If you or your guild are interested in putting on a free educational demonstration, contact Teresa Harrison, at 989 642 8895 or, to reserve a time slot.

We'd like to thank the AuSable - Manistee Weaving Guild for running a weaving and spinning demo every year for the last 10 years! Stop by and ask questions - that's why they're there!

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Live Music by Rustic Heart

This year, we hope to welcome Rustic Heart back with their selections of songs ranging from Celtic to Mountain to Country music. The opportunity to watch them perform is worth a trip to the festival in itself!

Kelly Shively and Norm Hausler are a pair of seasoned musicians who have played with many Northern Michigan musicians and also performed on their own as solo singer/instrumentalists. Kelly brings her original songs of family and home, along with her interpretations of traditional mountain music.

Norm's deep baritone voice lends itself to country classics and his own original songs. He is enjoying learning to accompany Kelly with mountain-modal tunings on his guitar, while Kelly surprises with turns on her fiddle, harp, banjo and a variety of other instruments.

These two Northern Michiganders have combined their talents to form the duet Rustic Heart. The feeling is one of home when they play together and we're in for a wonderful treat as they provide our music.

Rustic Heart at the festival

photo by Sheri Lemon




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weaving a scarf on a rigid heddle loom

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Thank you for making this yet another fabulous sheep and fiber year!