This past weekend we headed to the TWIST Fibre Festival in St. Andre- Avellin, Quebec. A short road trip this time as it was only a short hour-long jaunt across the Ottawa River and through the Quebec countryside.
I didn’t go last year (which was its first) but saw there was a lot of hype about it so wanted to check it out. I also wanted to see what the advertised fibre art exhibit was like to see if it was somewhere that I might like to exhibit in the future.
The fibre art exhibit, while having some very nice things in it, was very small and not very developed. I’m not sure if they are even looking to develop that part further or not. Certainly not reason enough to head to the show.
The vendor part, on the other hand, was huge. As my husband said, it is just a trade show. But if you are into making fibre art of any kind, what a trade show it is! There were tons of booths of roving (both raw and dyed), yarns of every kind, spinning equipment, dyes. If you can think of it it was pretty much there.
Did I come away empty-handed? Of course not. I found several skeins of silk sari ribbon in some pretty colours and bought two small boxes of roving. There was one booth that I spent the most time at. She had all sorts of little bits and pieces that would be great to add to a rug for texture. I picked up some shiny blue firestar, silk sari strands, and some blue roving. I also got one small skein of yarn that had a thread of beads wound into it for $1.00! She even had some yarn with plastic skulls woven into it which I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what I would use it for and which made my daughter exclaim “oh, weird.”
I’m not sure right now what I am going to do with it all but I know that I went home happy! 🙂