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Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival  April 26 - 28, 2019 Make plans to join us in Ellijay, Georgia this weekend where we will be enjoying the lovely north Georgia mountains and playing with fiber and sticks!!  (Not to mention eating some pretty darn good BBQ, too.)   We'll be at  the Gilmer County Civic Center where fu n can be had one or more of the following days:  Friday, April 26, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, 2019. The hours are 10 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday and 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. There will be a Marketplace with Fiber Vendors all 3 days as well as Classes on Saturday and Sunday only. There is an entrance fee of $5 for anyone ages 11 and older. 2018 marked the inaugural year of the  Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival (GMNAF). Brought to being by a dedicated group of fiber artists and businesswomen,  this festival in the mountains is a gathering of folks with a passion for handcrafting.  ​  We are thrilled to be part of this event and ar

Saving Heritage Breeds

Endangered sheep? Really? Yes, I have recently become aware of an organization called The Livestock Conservancy. This group is dedicated to protect endangered breeds of livestock from becoming extinct. These breeds are referred to as Heritage Breeds. From The Livestock Conservancy: What Are Heritage Breeds? Heritage breeds are traditional livestock breeds that were raised by our forefathers. These are the breeds of a bygone era, before industrial agriculture became a mainstream practice. These breeds were carefully selected and bred over time to develop traits that made them well-adapted to the local environment and they thrived under farming practices and cultural conditions that are very different from those found in modern agriculture. Traditional, historic breeds retain essential attributes for survival and self-sufficiency – fertility, foraging ability, longevity, maternal instincts, ability to mate naturally, and resistance to diseases and parasites. Heritage animals o

April Knitting Retreat in the Mountains

Every now and then, some lovely person (Becky Whitt) plans a knitting retreat (Carolina Fiber Retreats) in the mountains.  And, that same lovely person invited us to have a vendor booth at the retreat!  Ha!  Very tough work but we were happy to oblige!   It really doesn't get much better than "working" in a lodge in the mountains with great views, good food and wonderful company.   We were not the only vendors at this particular retreat.  Angie from Camel City Yarns was there with her beautifully dyed yarns.  Keep your eye on this dyer - she's got some gorgeous products. Camel City Yarn booth   Let's not forget one of our favorite dyers - Ashley at Twist Fiber Studio.  Her spectacular yarns and eye-catching bags were tempting shoppers all weekend, too!  (It really took all my self-control to refrain from buying several items that caught my eye this weekend.)   Twist Fiber Studio booth April, Lisa, Anita, and several others were offering gorgeou


Today is the start of this years 100 Day Project! Krista and I just recently found out about this free worldwide art project designed to help us explore our creativity and would like to invite you to join us on this journey! From the website ( : Ready to get creative? ​Join the global community participating in the 6th annual #The100DayProject.​ #The100DayProject is a free art project that takes place online. Every spring, thousands of people all around the world commit to 100 days of exploring their creativity. Anyone can join (yes, that means you!). The idea is simple: choose a project, do it every day for 100 days, and share your process on Instagram with the hashtag #The100DayProject. Just think of all of the possibilities! I will be focusing on fiberarts and spinning but there are so many other possibilities! Fiberarts, writing, drawing, photography.....where would you like to explore? A member of the A Spinners Study Facebook group u