The home of the East Side Fiber Festival! Celebrating farmers and artisans in our fiber community here in Middle Tennessee.
Spun the way to the Ukraine.
All stared with my Mom's shawl, which I crocheted for her 55th birthday in the Ukraine. My Mother came to USA & brought that shawl, but she got cancer & I spent with my Mom 2,5 months in the hospital, when I came back home I could not find the shawl, the shawl was gone , so was my Mother. She decided to go back to the Ukraine. It was a very difficult time for me. But I decided to recreate that shawl, like the Father in my church told me, if it is hard time for you, open the Bible & read, so I did, & you will not beleive, I opened the Bible & the Lord told me what to do the answer was in front of my eyes. Proverbs 31:13 “ She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands”.
So I leaned how to spin my own wool, later alpaca & recreated my Mom's shawl. My friend Iryna from South Carolina told me about the www.etsy.com & here I am, I opened the shop & called it Lusy in memory of my Mom.
Fringe Supply Co.
My name is Karen Templer and I own and run Fringe Supply Co. as well as the blog Fringe Association. As a maker and an intensely visual person, I care not just about the quality and appearance of the things I make, but also the quality and appearance of the things I use while making. If you're here, I'm guessing you feel the same way! My goal with FSCo is to create and curate only the most beautiful accessories and tools, and make them available to you. These are goods that are built to please and to last.
Reunion Yarn Co.
Hi! We are Emily and Felix, from Chattanooga! We use minimal electricity and water to unravel second-hand sweaters into beautiful skeins of yarn for knitters, crocheters and crafters alike. We aren't limited by local fibers and natural dyes, allowing our customers more freedom to use bright colors and a variety of fibers without the guilt of supporting unethical and environmentally damaging practices.
A hand-dyed yarn company based in East Nashville that features natural-dyes over US wool and alpaca bases. We love working with new colors, and new fibers, and will have some special items debuting at the East Side Fiber Festival this year!
-Meg Anderson, owner and dyer
Painted Alpaca Farms
About Our Farm:
Ray had his eyes set on alpacas since his teen years. Debbie fell in love when Prim, a month old beautiful white alpaca stole her heart and Grandma Sarah (also known as Bobbi), a long time knitter began to dream of owning these beautiful animals after a visit to a small Tennessee alpaca farm.After much searching, researching and planning, a dream became a reality in May 2012.
We are a farm dedicated to the health of these beautiful animals.We strive through research and ongoing study to continually improve our knowledgeand skills in caring for these remarkable animals and the products that we can make with their fleece.
Manuosh is a brand based upon community and sustainability whilst maintaining timeless aesthetics. From day one, we wanted to create fun, chic, and glamours knit products for the modern day knitter made in a eco friendly manner. This ideal flows through our “Hand made with love” philosophy, from our mega yarn in a rainbow of color-ways, Glam knitting needles filled with glitter, to our palyful knitwear and knit patterns – all items are handcrafted from start to finish with love. Our products reflect our curious and optimistic approach to the world, and we like to think of ourselves as the “Willy Wonka” of yarn, little surprises at every stitch. Knitting has never been more glamorous, simple and fun #glamknit.
MANUOSH is your liaison to creating eclectic knits – embracing old-fashioned elegance with modern sensibility, infused with little luxuries – resulting in chic knitted items that are simple MANUOSH!
Hill and Hollow Farm
We are a small family farm nestled in the hills and hollows of south central Kentucky. Here we raise certified organic vegetables and grass finished meats. Our flock of sheep has called these pastures home for 7 years now and our annual hand shearing tradition is one we adore! Please enjoy our wool as much as we do!
Legacy Acres Farm
Tom and I, Linda have come from very different backgrounds. Tom was from North Carolina, worked in fiber mills before spending 20 years in the Air Force. I was raised in Maryland on a small crop farm before starting a career in medical management. Along the way we learned so many things, mostly what is important in life. But never did either ever think we would be back in mills or on a farm. Funny how life takes you full circle.
After seven years of raising alpacas, 2010 brought the addition of a fiber mill to the operation. We love that we go start to finish with our products and can help other alpaca farmers with their fiber needs.
On Golden Farm
On Golden Farm is owned and operated by Susie and Jason Shipley. We named our farm after our two Golden Retrievers, Alex and Saphira. We are a small, family run organic farm located about 40 miles east of Nashville, TN.
Rain's Obsessive Stitchery
Crafting has been an important part of my life for many years. I remember playing under the quilt the adults were making during family gatherings and I remember the first time I was invited to help with the quilting. One grandma set me down in front of the sewing machine to make drawstring toy bags when I was 5, and my other grandma taught me the basics of crochet right around the same time.
Since then, I've experimented with just about every kind of craft I've been able to get my hands on. I'm pretty much always happy when I'm making stuff, but sewing is still my favorite. I made tarot bags for my friends in high school, and started doing commission work around 2001. I went into business officially in 2008.
Years later, I still embrace the same values of quality and attention to detail that have always set my work apart. From the selection of materials and designs, through the preparation of these materials, construction, and finishing, I strive for your satisfaction with all aspects of your purchase. This dedication to quality comes from a deep love for the process of bringing beautiful things with a touch of the sacred into people's everyday lives. While items like those I make can be purchased elsewhere for less money, the level of artistry I invest in my gifts and keepsakes guarantees enduring luxury and delight.
Buckmaster Family Farm
We raise and sell Icelandic Sheep and free-range eggs, along with wool, weaving and tatting supplies. Tatting and weaving classes also available. We are located in Mt. Pleasant, TN.
Three Creeks Farm
Three Creeks Farm is a small farm in middle Tennessee, just west of Nashville. We have a large variety of plants and animals and are often adding to our menagerie!
We currently have Icelandic and Shetland sheep, Angora goats, Tennessee Fainting Goats, Dwarf Nigerian goats, Pygmy goats and various breeds of Bantam chickens. We also grow dye plants, herbs, gourmet garlic, and a variety of flowers.
We offer farm tours and demonstrations for groups and school trips on a wide range of subjects such as blacksmithing, hand-spinning, shearing, homesteading, and more.
We offer a wide range of classes and workshops including our popular blacksmithing, spinning, and felting classes. In addition to our scheduled classes, we’re also available for private classes for small groups organizations, and families.
Hickory Bluff Farm
Hickory Bluff Farms in Mt Juliet, TN has been breeding and raising huacaya alpacas since 1998. We believe in the sustainability of alpacas as a livestock in the US, and in the future of alpaca fiber. As a working family farm, we're completely hands on with all aspects of our alpacas and their fiber.
We, of course, breed our alpacas to continually improve our herd for conformation, health and fiber characteristics. But we go a few steps further.
Our farm is completely integrated in the concept of "from the womb to the loom", as we not only offer services in breeding and sales of alpacas, but also co-own a fiber mill, New Era Fiber. We offer consultation to new and old breeders alike in all areas of alpacas!
My passion for pottery was realized in 2008 when I was invited to play with the clay as a stress reduction strategy. Three of my family members had died within an 18 month time span. My prayers were that God would keep me sane; working with clay is my answered prayer. It takes me to a relaxed place that can only be a divine intervention.
Black Sheep Goods
Well helloooooo!! My name is Ashley and I am a fiberaholic. Seriously, its bad. I started arm knitting back in 2013 when I was 9 months pregnant, 215 lbs, and on couch & Netflix rest. Being the ADD crafter that I am, I just had to learn how to do something that could sit on the couch and do; As well as use my large & in charge swollen arms. I ended up learning to make these super soft & chunky cowl scarves. Made one for me, then my sister, then for gifts, and soon everyone was wanting one! That was the beginning of my love affair with yarn & fibers. A few months after having my son I was hitting up the neighborhood yard sales and there she was, my very first vintage rigid heddle loom. I bought that as well as a bunch of vintage yarn & hand printed fabrics. After making my first tapestry I self diagnosed myself with weaver fever. I now unapologetically own over 6 different kinds of looms and will be coming out with a teach yourself how to weave kit so you can try your hand at this ancient and therapeutic art form.
I began this textile journey on the front porches of the rural South, learning to hand stitch from my mother and a small group of women who were like grandmothers to me. It continued in the classroom, where I learned about the overwhelming amount of pollution the fashion industry creates each season, as it works tirelessly to crank out garments made from irresponsible materials in deplorable working conditions. As I completed my degree in Apparel Design, my focus became finding a way to follow my passion while avoiding further harm to the environment.Fiber Farm is home to a humble herd of alpacas, several miniature donkeys, a goat, lamb, and two cats. Located on the top of Monteagle Mountain in Tracy City, TN, It embodies the culmination of many years' hard work and determination in order to provide a space where sustainable textile creation and education can flourish.
My goal for this farm is to be a gathering spot for folks young and old to come and see a variety of animals first-hand and a glimpse into living on a working farm. A place for people to meet, share ideas, good food, and lasting memories. A place to spark ideas and make things happen.
The endeavors taking place here are always evolving. Farm tours, natural dye workshops, community events, farm to table dinners, shearing demonstrations, weekend retreats, textile education to name a few. New ideas and challenges are always encouraged.
I believe that we are here to make a difference. I believe that it is important to see where our clothes come from, and to provide a glimpse into the world of farming, hard work, and living in harmony with Mother Nature.
River Cottage Farm
Nestled along the winding Chisolm Creek in Rockfield, KY, River Cottage Farm is a working family farm. We offer a warm country welcome, with something for every member of the family to enjoy.
LoMaNa is a collective of artists and craftspeople that consigns handmade, local, artisan products made by homeschooling families in Nashville, TN. Our Waldorf-inspired products are made primarily using locally-sourced and all-natural materials, and everything is available at various events around town or on Etsy.
Many of our products are fiber-based and include naturally dyed and handspun yarn, needle-felted and wet-felted gifts, and crocheted, knitted, and woven accessories and decor. Other products include greeting cards, toys, wood decor, and a variety of other items. AND 10% of all purchases goes directly to supporting Open Table Nashville, a local non-profit dedicated to serving the homeless.
I have been involved in the fiber arts community for many years. I first fell in love with fiber arts at the age of eleven when I learned how to knit, and as I like to say, “It ‘spun’ out of control from there!” After discovering knitting, I became captivated by this newfound medium. I was determined to learn as much as I could about the entire process. Now, my fiber art starts at the beginning. I do most of the fiber processing myself including cleaning, dyeing, combing, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting fiber to create the finished product. I now own my own fiber arts studio, Dunn Spunn, and have been a guest teacher and demonstrator for many stores and events. My philosophy when teaching fiber arts is “It’s just fluff,” and I love having the opportunity to be able to share my passion with others.
Our foray into shepherding wasn’t so much about food as it was about loving fiber arts: spinning, crocheting, knitting, felting and weaving. We have maintained a family of dairy goats in the past for the pleasure of fresh milk. Today they serve as companions to our wethers.
Our happy little herd is made up of nine sheep and goats: 2 Targhees and 5 Icelandic sheep and 2 Alpine goats. They all live together contentedly in a handsome 8 acre pasture. They have access to hills, woody browse, fresh water, sunshine and shelter. They are so happy we often leave pasture gates open and they don’t even notice.
We shear in the early spring, just as it gets warm to avoid the stress of wearing thick wool coats during the warm seasons. Our sheep give us nearly 50 pounds of wool in shades of cream, browns and grays. It was all we could do to process that in a year’s time, but the local fiber arts community has discovered our treasured wools so we are selling roving to the public and plan to expand.
If there’s a sheep you would like to meet let us know and we’ll arrange it! In October, be sure to join us for our annual dye day, in conjunction with Spindles and Wheels – Nashville’s local spinning group.
Freude Fields Farms
Our goal is be the premier supplier of the highest quality affordable mohair and mohair products in Tennessee while providing a happy, healthy home for our Angora goats. For people who enjoy spinning, knitting, felting, crocheting, and weaving, we provide natural and dyed products in all stages of processing, including raw or washed fiber, picked fiber, rolags, batts, roving, and limited amounts of hand-spun and mill-spun yarns.
We are located in Fairview, Tennessee, which lies about 30 miles west of Nashville aka Music City.
Felt of Dreams
Some years ago I bought a little kit from Etsy to make a cute little needle felted lamb. Little did I know that it would become an obsession! I enjoy making realistic animals and have done many custom pieces as well. It is a wonderful medium to work with and it is truly amazing what you can do with a little wool and a needle. I have done a couple of festivals in the past but sell mainly at Gaslamp Antique Mall.
-Di Summit, fiber artist
Amish Country Fibers
A fiber artisan who hand-spins yarn. She has a passion for following the fiber from shearing to finished garment. Her booth will feature crocheted and hand-woven items, instructional DVD's and more! - Jill Wood, Fiber Artist
The Knotted Life
I am a Needle Tatter. While women tend to not decorate their homes with doilies anymore, they do still wear jewelry. I have endeavored to create pieces that appeal to customer's tastes but still have a connection to the past.
-Carrie Mercer, Tatting Artist
The Fiber Queen
I am very particular about where my fiber arts supplies come from. I raise my own French, English and Satin Angora rabbits, and source my sheep, Llama, Alpaca etc. from local, small farmers. I believe in buying local whenever possible and to support the small farmer and artist.
I purchase wool that has just been sheared. I process it by washing in small batches, comb it, card it, draw it into roving, art batts, or spinning fiber, and I hand dye all of my fiber by hand in my studio at my home with professional acid and natural dyes.
My company is proud to be a 'Kentucky Proud' company. I am sure that all of the animals are humanely treated and treated as treasured members of the family. My rabbits are well loved and I do not shear them, but I comb and brush them and use their wool in my fiber arts.
Unwind Yarn Company
I have been a knitter and spinner for many years, and began dyeing yarn in 2006. My work has been recognized by the Yarn Harlot, Jen Lucas, Nell Ziroli, Susan Claudino, Kirsten Kapur, Laura Linneman, Corrina Ferguson, Amy Christoffers, and Caitlin Ffrench, among other designers. I am a 6 year podcasting veteran (Just One More Row Podcast), and I am also the founder and coordinator for the Into The Wool Fiber Retreat, an annual retreat for 100 knitters and spinners in Crossville TN every September. I believe I can help promote the event through my podcast, the retreat, and my Instagram following to bring more traffic to the event. I would like to participate because I became intrigued last year after hearing about it, and look forward to vending a semi-local event. (I'm in Chattanooga TN)