What are the earliest knitted projects that survive? Where did knitting start, and how did it spread? We will explore the history of knitting, look at surviving projects, and ask questions about the origins of our craft.

A humorous, educational and interactive lecture including a game with prizes! Catherine will take you on a trip around the globe with the quilts from her exhibit that debuted in April 2017 at International Quilt Festival in Chicago. It was at Houston in October that year and has since popped up in various sites across the USA. Learn where she finds her inspiration, the stitches she uses and the finishing techniques she employs.

Demonstration of animal fiber dyeing from start to finish. Focusing on the process, source of inspiration, and equipment required

Ever see a ridiculously long beer list at a bar and not know what to order? Don’t let the hipsters intimidate you anymore! I’ll help you out-snob them all! Dive into the world of craft beer on this guided tour. We’ll discuss some beer history, talk about different beer styles, and most importantly sample the beers! You can find the beers listed here at most major beer outlets.

Beers Covered
Czech Pale Lager: Pilsner Urquell
German Wheat Beer: HackerPschorr Weisse, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, or Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
English Brown Ale: Newcastle Brown Ale, or Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale
American Pale Ale: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Stone Pale Ale, or Ballast Point Grunion Pale Ale

So you’re ready for the next level of beer snobbery? Let’s “”kick it up a notch”” and explore some of the stronger and wilder flavors that beer has to offer. Taste along with Ron and expand your beer knowledge! The beers listed here for tasting can be found at most major beer stores. One beer of each style will be enough!

Beers to Sample
American Barleywine: Sierra Nevada Bigfoot
Belgian Tripel: St. Bernardus Tripel, Unibroue La Fin Du Monde
Oatmeal Stout: Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Young’s Oatmeal Stout
Doppelbock: Ayinger Celebrator, Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Optimator
Berliner Weisse: Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Style Weisse, Berliner Kindl Weisse, Nodding Head Berliner Weisse

From Chanel and Balenciaga to the House of Worth and Ralph Lauren, passementerie has been a way to elevate a garment from something ordinary to something extraordinary. What is passementerie? It’s a French term without an English equivalent. Passementerie encompasses a multitude of techniques used to create embellishments. Modern-day uses of passementerie may be found in couture fashions, like the trim edging on French cardigan-style jackets made famous by Coco Chanel and the fashions seen in period films or shows. In this lecture, Robyn Spady will share simple trimming techniques used by many couture fashion designers to add that something extra to a garment or fashion accessory.

This creative writing workshop will offer fiber artists an opportunity to explore their own life stories by using memoir writing prompts that draw on the vocabulary, imagery, and aesthetics of fiber crafts. A brief introductory lecture will consider some examples, for inspiration, of knitting and sewing from within American literature and history, but most of our time will be spent exploring the metaphorical and narrative possibilities of our craft. Memoir writing prompts will invite us to remember, imagine, experiment, and develop our artistic selves as writers and storytellers.

Wet Felting is an ancient felt making technique. Wool is durable, naturally antimicrobial, breathable, odor, and stain-resistant. Many practical items can be created through felt making. Teaching-artist Cecilia Ho from FELTasticFashion of Greenville, SC, will go through various simple wet felting projects like making decorative yet functional washcloth, coaster, dryer ball, stress ball, felted soap, oven mitt & more. Once you get hands-on making these basic wet felting techniques, using your imagination, you will be able to create more than you can think of. How about felting your OOAK knitting needles holder case?!

One of the most iconic fashion items in the world is the French cardigan-style jacket designed originally by Coco Chanel. Many of the fabrics used are ideal for recreation by handweavers. The weave structures are simple, yet the fabrics look complex because of the combination of yarns. During this lecture, Robyn will introduce techniques for planning and designing contemporary tweeds using a combination of yarns and create samples as a way of prototyping for potential projects.

Cecilia Ho from FELTasticFashion of Greenville, SC, was working on a commissioned wool felt painting based on her client’s favorite travel memory to Etretat, France. About 15 oz of NZ Merino wool, Mulberry silk & Blue Faced Leicester wool locks were used to make a 30x40in gallery wrapped canvas. Through mixing & blending & laying out these natural fibers, Cecilia created the striking white chalk cliffs and the Manneporte arch which is famously described as an elephant rock. Wet felting (with sander) and needle felting techniques were applied.  All step-by-step processes from start to finish are shown in this demo video.

As curious and creative folx, knitters are always looking for new (or old!) sources of inspiration. In this lecture, historian and knitter Dr. Kristen Howard will bring book history to life by exploring the early history of Western typography and how elements of historic and rare books can inspire our knitting. Come away with a new understanding of book history, and modern colorwork patterns inspired by printers’ fleurons from the Renaissance to the eighteenth century. Printers’ fleurons (sometimes called Printers’ Ornaments) were small typographic elements created by printers to punctuate and decorate printed books. This lecture is for book lovers, history buffs, and knitters alike as we discover knitting ex libris — from the library. Notably, although this lecture focuses on knitting patterns, the associated charts can be used for other crafts including embroidery, cross-stitch, quilting, and more.

Let’s have a chat and understanding of stranded knitting versus Intarsia – what’s the big difference? I’d love to hang out with you and show you!

Fermenting foods is fun, fast, and not nearly as scary as you think it is! In this demo, I’ll show you how I turn regular, storebought milk into yogurt without needing any special equipment and my favorite way to make pickled carrots, which are our family’s favorite of the fermented veggies. Fermenting does take some time for the bacteria to do their thing, so these aren’t instant projects, but both these projects really do just take a few minutes of hands-on time and probably don’t use any equipment you don’t already have in your kitchen!

Yogurt materials list:
1 quart of milk
4 Tbsps powdered milk (optional, for thicker yogurt)
1 Tbsp plain yogurt (storebought works fine)
Stove + pan big enough to hold milk
Mason jar or something similar (to hold the yogurt)
Small cooler/insulated lunch bag/bath towel (to keep mixture warm)
Rice bag/heat pack/jar of hot water (to keep mixture warm)

Pickled Carrots materials list:
Table Salt
Tap Water
Mason jar or other glass jar with lid
Herbs/spices such as garlic, peppercorns, dill, hot pepper (optional)

Since Ancient Greece (and probably long before!), knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners have been using their craft to care for others, make social statements, and even affect political movements. This lecture will discuss examples, including Penelope (who picked out her tapestry work every night to avoid finishing since then she would have to marry), NuShu (a secret language embroidered on silk fans by Chinese women in the Huang Province in the 9th century), the Westminster Broiderers (who made 56 cushions and over 300 kneelers in the 1930s that are still used at Westminster Abbey), the Names Project (AIDS quilt) and of course, the Pussyhat.

We will also discuss textile projects in which attendees can participate right now, from “craftivism” projects like the 25,000 stitches and stitched face masks, to care knitting projects like the Purple Hat Project and Afghans for Afghans.

Ellen Rosewall is Professor Emerita of Art and Design at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, where she retired in 2019 after 20 years of directing the Arts Management program. She is the author of Arts Management: Uniting Arts and Audiences in the 21st Century, a primary textbook for the field. As a textile artist, she has participated in craftivism including the Exquisite Uterus Project, the Tiny Pricks Project, and Welcome Blanket project, and has exhibited work at the Lawton Gallery (UWGB), Baer Gallery (St. Norbert College), Artless Bastard (DePere, WI), the ARTgarage (Green Bay, WI) Wisconsin Memorial Union (Madison, WI), New Visions Gallery (Marshfield, WI) and Woman Made Gallery (Chicago IL).

Making a buttonhole can be daunting since it often means putting a hole in a garment or fashion accessory. During this lecture, participants will be presented with different techniques that may be used to secure a garment or fashion accessory. From frogs and hand-wrapped hooks and eyes to knotting and clasps, designing and making your own closures can be fun and exciting.

If you’ve only used your drum carder to make plain batts then this is the demo for you! Pick up techniques to card better quality fibre, and learn how to create roving, and rolags.

When the general public is asked to describe a knitter, they almost exclusively describe a traditional ‘grandma.’ Yet when we look at a longer-term history of knitting, knitters were almost always men. The gendered ‘switch’ of knitting from a male to female craft happened only 150 years ago or so. How is it possible that the ‘gender’ of knitting changed so recently, and dramatically, that the general populace has no recollection of knitting as masculine? Find out why, traveling across the ocean and through wars and royalty to understand the gendered implications of knitting as a craft and why they changed.

Knitting has had a strong presence in each American war. From the Revolution, when Martha Washington knit socks on the battlefield alongside George, to WWII, when women and girls knit helmet liners and socks for soldiers, through to modern-day anti-war knitting protests, knitters have always played a role in wartime (whether in support or opposition to the war itself). Learn more about knitting’s role in American wartime, and a few bits of history beyond American war (including the invention of the cardigan during British wartime).

Ever wonder how we got to this point of so much wealth in ideas and materials for fiber people? So many fabulous gatherings, techniques, interest groups, podcasts, hand-painted yarns! Has it always been this way? Absolutely NOT! Join us, Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer, in our two part series covering Elizabeth Zimmermann’s influence on the contemporary knitting scene. We’ll follow her through her TV series, books, and textile community activism, and take a look at how her ideas about design and knitting independence helped generate a sea change in how knitters viewed themselves and their community. Dr Marsh’s 2016 dissertation broke new ground in documenting knitting history as a serious academic subject, and we should know our Knitting History!

Ever wonder how we got to this point of so much wealth in ideas and materials for fiber people? So many fabulous gatherings, techniques, interest groups, podcasts, hand-painted yarns! Has it always been this way? Absolutely NOT! Join us, Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer, in our two part series covering Elizabeth Zimmermann’s influence on the contemporary knitting scene. We’ll follow her through her TV series, books, and textile community activism, and take a look at how her ideas about design and knitting independence helped generate a sea change in how knitters viewed themselves and their community. Dr Marsh’s 2016 dissertation broke new ground in documenting knitting history as a serious academic subject, and we should know our Knitting History!

A talk about Knit View, my love to knit in beautiful surroundings and why I want to share this experience with my fellow knitters.

As every knitter knows, our beautiful craft has an ability to capture the mood, the emotions, the energy of the place where it was knitted. It becomes a time capsule that we can wear or share with others as a gift.

Demonstration of lace blocking, items needed, how to block and finishing touches and tips.

A demonstration of how to make a leather tassel Use them as an embellishment in your home and your outfit – the possibilities are endless!

Learn how to turn fabric, yarn and other fibers from your stash into functional or wearable pieces. We will discuss how to make your own fiber-fabric twine. We will also discuss how to use fabric scraps or yarn for simple projects. Then we will show several completed projects based on the techniques learned. Versatile, functional, fashionable and fun!

I own about 30 articles of clothing. It took me a decade to realize that my days go smoother without tons of clothes, and then another decade to actually get my minimalist closet perfected. In this lecture I’ll take you through my closet, my thought process, and my journey to get here. One of my biggest motivations for doing this has been the sustainability issues of the fast fashion industry, so where the small amount of clothes that come into my closet come from, and what happens after they leave is a huge factor for me. This is where my closet and my crafting intersect, so I’ll also talk about how I plan and make clothes to fit in with my store bought items, and what I use my too-worn-to-wear clothes for when they come out.

I will be teaching how to get a boll of cotton, gin it, card it, make a puni, and spin on a takli.

Missed the bread making craze the first time around, or just looking for another (or faster) way to do it? I’ve been bread this quick and easy way for years! Ok, so you don’t actually go from flour to eating bread in 5 minutes, but it’s really not much more active time than that. I’ll show you how to do it with a sourdough starter, or with regular commercial yeast, and give you some of my favorite ways to use it too (pizza dough, stovetop flat breads, tear and share loaves)

Debunk common misconceptions about pattern testing, and get a few tips and tricks from a pattern tester with almost 10 years of experience,specifically for anyone who in interested in learning to test knit.

Regaining your knitting skills after an injury or stroke. Lecture will cover and demonstrate various alternative methods to casting on, forming various stitches, various methods for two color knitting . Etc.

Despite the common adage, gauge swatches don’t actually lie. But we often lie to ourselves when we knit them. Learn the principles of better swatching so you can believe what your gauge swatch is telling you. In this lecture you’ll consider when and how to swatch, what to do with your swatch after it’s knit so it will be a useful and accurate representation of your knitting, measuring, and tips for dealing with yarn that “”just won’t get gauge!”””

This lecture will enable new and intermediate knitters to approach every project—including lace, cables, and color work—with greater confidence. It explains how to evaluate and select the right knitting needles for every project, including length, shape, style, material, tip, cable, and connection. It also covers crochet hooks, which every knitter needs, too. It describes how to select markers and row counters and the many unique ways to use them. If you’ve ever thought about adding beads, this lecture explains how to select and test beads and the tools for applying them in different ways. It also discusses how to select other tools, including, sewing needles, cable hooks, and more. Knitters will learn how to use their swatch as a laboratory for testing needles, supplies, and techniques. It’s everything that advanced knitters wished they’d known sooner!

Do you dread picking up stitches on a selvedge? Do your lace projects languish for months, waiting to be blocked? Would you like to work entrelac more easily? Do you even know about modular intarsia (adding one block at a time)?

Tekhelet is a blue dye described in the Old Testament of the Bible. This ancient dye’s creation and color are meticulously detailed in this text, and was traditionally used in Jewish prayer shawls called ‘Tzitzit.’ Tzitzit are still worn by religious jews, and still depict this traditional blue color. What is the history of this ancient, biblical dye? Who was responsible for carefully creating the dye itself and the sacred garments it would color? What happened to Tekhelet over time, and can it still be produced today? Find out in this lecture about this sacred, ancient dye.

A history of the use of fibers in jewelry and wearable embellishments over time. This lecture delves into textiles used as adornment and function in historical objects like chatelaines, in memoriam as in Victorian hair jewelry, and combining ancient techniques with modern innovations today.

Socks need more washing than other handknits, because socks get dirtier than other handknits! In this demo you’ll get to see the process of washing, drying, and blocking handknit socks from start to finish. Amy will demonstrate the full process on actual volunteer dirty socks, using materials you already have in your home. She’ll discuss how sock care differs from what we do with other handknits, and how to take special take care in the process so our socks last a long time looking great.

This demo presents the Ravelry pattern database from the point of view of an information scientist. The database offers remarkable granularity for organizing patterns, which are described individually at the item level and include more than a dozen categories of organization. The database supports both basic and advanced searches, with forty-two filters that can be applied in a Boolean search. However, not all patterns are described with the same depth, and it is traditionally difficult to describe individualized items in a standardized matter. This demo will go into some of the (k)nitty gritty of the Ravelry database, which will be of interest to both those who are more tech-minded and those who wish to learn some “hacks” for searching within the Ravelry database.

Please note this demo will use images from Ravlery’s current website, which is not currently considered safe and accessible by many neurodivergent and disabled feature. A free online accessibility checker indicates that some pages that will be used may cause screen flicker. It may be advisable to offer this demo both with video and without (i.e., audio only) for attendees who are interested in learning about the Ravelry databse features but are unable or unwilling to see the website in its current state.

Color can feel like an ominous world to enter. What seems like second nature to some can be a vast sphere of uncertainty to others. The good news is it doesn’t have to be that way. In this lecture, Robyn will present a variety of tools, techniques, and strategies will be presented to assist in exploring different ways of incorporating color into future projects and give more confidence in discovering new color horizons.

The time is coming when we can begin to stretch our legs again! Where have you been dreaming of visiting? Anne Frost will share some encouragement that will get you back in the travel habit (or get one started) along with ways to find fiber crafting experiences along the way. Learn about the different ways to include fiber crafts in your travel experiences, as well as some tips to find local craft groups or teachers who teach regional techniques, and more! She will also share some general tips about packing, traveling with grace, and preparing yourself ahead of time so you get the most out of your trip. Can’t travel, but want to? She’s got a tip for that, too! The world is an amazing place. It’s time to plan your next adventure!

Have you wondered if there are better ways to warp or weave? With over 25 years weaving experience, Deborah has discovered easy ways to remedy many problems/mistakes that occur when weaving. In this presentation, she will share handy ways to make your weaving easier and more efficient. She discuss warping tips, ways to fix tension issues, easy methods for sampling, ideas for record keeping, techniques for choosing colors, what tools will be helpful (both traditional and inventive), and so much more. Whether you weave on a rigid heddle or multi harness loom, you will learn useful tips to enhance your weaving process.

Do you think that a rigid heddle loom is more like a toy than a “real” loom? Let Deborah open your eyes to the endless possibilities offered by these simple looms. She will show samples that allow you to imagine the techniques you can achieve on a rigid heddle loom. See not only scarves and shawls, but bags, vests, jackets and more woven on small (10”) simple looms. But be forewarned, you may get hooked on this method of versatile, portable, easy weaving.

Inspired by my background in science and passion for art and nature, I use my artwork to create unique, visual learning resources. In my demo, I will share a little about my experiences as a scientist and artist, while demoing the process of creating a science learning resource. I hope to share my inspiration and process for creating educational resources that spark curiosity about science, sustainability, and the natural world.

The learning resource I’ll create in my demo video will feature the different aquatic insects and their life stages. Aquatic insects are creatures that can be found in most pond and stream ecosystems but often go unnoticed. Turn over a rock or log in shallow water and you’ll likely find a few aquatic insects! These amazing creatures can even help scientists assess the health of aquatic ecosystems! As a scientist, I had amazing opportunities to study the aquatic insects in Rocky Mountain National Park. I plan to include learning resources with aquatic insects in my portfolio because these are amazing creatures that students can find almost anywhere, and can teach us a lot about ecosystem health and insect life cycles!

My creation process that I’ll demo begins with initial sketches and planning, followed by mixed-media illustration. I finish with digital editing and printing the final resource! My finished learning resources are designed to be used for educational purposes, for students of a variety of ages and backgrounds.

Explore yarn and wine pairings with someone who is not at all a wine expert! I’ll go through various wines and pair them with yarns I have in my shop.


Alasdiar will be signing Double or Nothing, Parallax, and Extreme Double Knitting. Find them all at

Allison and Heatherly will be signing Unobtainables: Fake Elements, Real Knits.

Andrea will be signing Portuguese Style of Knitting – History, Traditions and Techniques. This book contains the history and the manual to learn and practice the Portuguese Knitting. It takes you into a journey about the country, the heritage, the memories of the past, traditional patterns and techniques. Easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations allow beginners or more experienced knitter to recreate inspired Portuguese Patterns. You can make these pieces as they are shown, or use other colours to create your own unique and original gifts.


Hannah will be signing Slow Knitting and Seasonal Slow Knitting.

Romi will be signing New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces.


Scavenger hunt prize winners will be announced. You do not need to be present in the lounge on Sunday to win. Each qr code scanned for the scavenger hunt from each vendor on each day is a chance to win. The winners will be drawn from all entries and be eligible for a prize from any of the vendors.


Fiberworld will be hosting an interview with Becky Beagell of the magazine Nomadic Knits. We will start with a bit of a formal interview but leave plenty of time for audience questions. If you’ve ever wondered what it is like to co-create a knitting magazine while living in a van, be sure to check out this interview.

We’ve all got that bag/box/tub/spare room of little leftover balls of yarn from our crafting…lets all hangout and do something with them! Nomad Yarns’ lounge will at noon on Friday and I’ll be going over some of my favorite things to do with the little odds and ends of yarn that seem to magically appear at my house. I’ll aim to share mostly projects that aren’t knit or crochet specific (macrame, home dec, gardening use, jewelry, etc) and I’d love to also see what you like to do with yours!

Join Jeri and Irina from Flying Fibers as they talk about their journey to become shepherdesses and how they create the yarns that they sell!

Life on the farm and a tour – join us at chore time/feeding so there is plenty to see and plenty to talk about regarding what sheep eat, what makes good feed, how their teeth are different than ours and why, and then how all that impacts their fleeces and the processing that happens next.

Want to learn more about the yarn dying process? Join Meg, the dyer behind Megs & Co in the Fiberworld lounge Friday, July 23, at 5 PM ET for an interactive “How it’s Made” live yarn dying demonstration. We will highlight a few of our favorite techniques including mixing dye solutions, creating resists, and of course speckling as we create a brand new and one of a kind Mystery Colorway. Lounge attendees will get first access to ordering one of these exclusive skeins of yarn.

Join Amy Snell and her fiber friends for an after-hours Pajama Party! We’ll don our comfiest snuggies, gather ‘round the virtual campfire, and share stories of how our crafting has inspired us, connected us, and kept us sane through the past year. Your hosts are: Amy Snell, The Devious Knitter, The Yarnover Truck, Tina’s Toasty Toes, Sassy Black Yarns, Louisiana Yarn Guys , Morehouse Farm, Children of the Rice, Anne Frost of the I Thought I Knew How Podcast, Kat and Emily of the Fibre Variety Hour and Why Knot Fibers

We are Raising Eyebrows and Raising funds. Join the Bean Knits and friends for a new shawl launch party. Every participant made the shawl a little bit differently. We’ll discuss how each is unique and how you can get your very own. Later in the weekend, we will be hosting a silent auction to sell either finished shawls or kits. The money raised from the auction will go to charity. Each partner has chosen a charity close to thier own hearts.

Come join Robin’s Promise Yarn Co. for an hour and a half of Bingo with TONS OF GIVEAWAYS! Robin’s Promise Yarn Co. Dyer Susan Dickerson will be your host for the evening. Expect tons of fun and giveaways! Bring your current WIP, a glass of wine & your PJs!
Susan will send out your Bingo links during the games. You only have to follow the link, put in your name and then you will receive your Bingo cards. FRIDAY NIGHT FUN FEST! We can’t wait to have you join us!

Grab your coffee or tea and come hang out with members of the Miss Babs team as we knit, crochet, weave, and show off our latest WIPs and FOs. We LOVE to see your finished (or in progress) shawls, wraps, sweaters, and more! It’s one of the things we really miss about seeing you in person at a show. Everyone is welcome, no matter what you’ve made, or not made!

Bring your spindles and enjoy visiting with fellow spinners here at Fiberworld. A great opportunity to gather with other spindle spinners. Also, a chance to visit with fellow students after class. Hosted by Cynthia D. Haney, spindle instructor and maker, and Amanda Roberts of Wild Hair Studio. Curious about spinning or only spin on a wheel you are welcome too.

Come and escape to the world of the past, where hand spinning was an essential skill for every woman. Sit and spin, and chat about what you enjoy spinning, or listen in to conversations about the fiber arts in fairy tales. Hosted by instructors Katie Weston of Hilltop Cloud and Cynthia Haney a spindle maker.

Looking for some way to impress your friends with your encyclopedic knowledge of sheep breeds? Want to team up to tell us all about different craft tools? Need to share just a little bit more than most people know about wool? This is YOUR MOMENT.

That’s right, Fiberworld 2021 is playing host to probably the World’s First Fiber Trivia Game, hosted by The Knit Princess!

Working alone or in pairs, you too can enter to win all kinds of honor and glory as Trivia Champ(s) of 2021. Spots are limited, so register now! You can show off your big beautiful brain for the low cost of just $5.00 a player!

If watching the fun is more your style, come and be part of our Studio Audience! See you Saturday night!

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Bingo Night

Come join Robin’s Promise Yarn Co. for an hour and a half of Bingo with TONS OF GIVEAWAYS! Robin’s Promise Yarn Co. Dyer Susan Dickerson will be your host for the evening. Expect tons of fun and giveaways! Bring your current WIP, a glass of wine & your PJs!

Susan will send out your Bingo links during the games. You only have to follow the link, put in your name and then you will receive your Bingo cards. FRIDAY NIGHT FUN FEST! We can’t wait to have you join us!

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