Snow Hill Fiber Festival

We have looked forward to attending the local fiber festival in a nearby small town ever since our first two visits.  We love the wool, spinning demos, live animals and lots of other goodies.  I also enjoy the people involved in these things and this is where I met my violin teacher.

Today, Monika Lilley (of Upper Room Studio) played music with her younger siblings (The LilleyBillys) and demonstrated spinning angora wool directly from the animal.  He just sat in her lap while she plucked fur fibers and spun away.  So cool.  We enjoyed petting the alpacas, too, though the recently sheared goats were not interested in being petted.  Maybe just a bit skittish from their recent shearing perhaps.

The weather was PERFECT and it was just the sort of thing to lift our spirits high.  I share some of my favorite images here.

Beautiful and friendly alpacas

Yummy yarns

Angora fiber being expertly spun directly from rabbit to yarn

Some Lilleybillys providing music

My lovely violin instructor, Monika Lilley


Monika focused

I didn’t manage to catch a photo of Monika smiling, but when she does, she lights up a room with her spirit.  And she is a very, VERY patient teacher.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarita
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 14:59:31

    Beautiful pictures…love all the colors of the fiber festival.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. chickadeeworkshop
    Oct 11, 2010 @ 17:05:16

    Thanks Sarita! I appreciate your comments. Visited your blog, too….that’s some fine looking sheep you have. Hope you find some buyers.

  3. Albert
    Nov 07, 2010 @ 20:51:30

    Judi –

    I always enjoy reading your blog and love the photos. However, these pictures are superb, and really capture what I think is the feeling and spirit of the event.. Keep blogging!

    -Cousin Albert

  4. chickadeeworkshop
    Nov 07, 2010 @ 21:01:54

    Thanks Al! There was so much more, but these were my favorite things. There were natural stone jewelry, handknit and woven items, gorgeous decorated bags and much more—even goats milk soap. I love these events and would like to go to one of the larger ones, but this is the closest one to us and we are getting to know the locals.

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