There was a nice mix of vendors, something for everyone, not just quilters. It seems we got out of town just in time as they were expecting 7-8" of snow this morning. However, the storm tracked it's way to Wilmington and we now have over an inch of snow on the ground with more falling as we speak.
We met some nice folks from Heelside Farms who were vending across the aisle from us. Carolyn and her family raise some 40+ Border Leicester and Icelandic sheep on their farm near Four Oaks NC. They shear twice a year and send off the 'dirty wool' to be cleaned. The roving is then dyed into beautiful colors which they spin into yarns.
Carolyn's friend, Victoria, is spinning the natural roving into yarn
Here she spins two colors together
Winding the yarn into hanks ready for sale
Have ye any wool? Yes Sir, Yes Sir, three bags full!
You can visit the farm and take classes in knitting and crocheting, purchase roving and yarns. They also have bees so you can purchase honey.
The Beasley Family will be at the Carolina Fiberfest in May 20-22, 2011 at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh NC where they will have a 'sheep to shawl demo', meaning you will see them shear the sheep, prepare the wool and spin it into yarn to knit a shawl - you can view the process from beginning to end.