Manteca Handcrafter’s Boutique

Local artisan craft show

Come join me on Saturday, March 17th from 10am until 4pm in Manteca for an crafters Boutique!

I haven’t been to this particular one before and was thrilled to be accepted! Over 70 vendors and every single one selling hand crafted items. A Central Valley Fair for local artisans with nothing “mass market”

I hope I have a little time to shop as well!

The vendor proceeds and raffle drawing go to support outreach efforts by First Christian Church of Manteca.

Located at 1125 North Union Road in Manteca

Dublin Craft Fair

The Dublin craft fair was this weekend and what fun! It was geared towards kids and they had a wonderful time learning to spin…although some of the younger ones just had fun making the spinning wheel go around.

I managed to get quite a few samples of different types of fiber displayed and there was a lot of interest at feeling all of the different fibers that can be made into yarn. I think the most popular were the yak, angora and bamboo. Even the adults enjoyed touching all of the different fibers.

I did learn that selling at a busy fair and a spinning demo/teaching doesn’t play well together. If it wasn’t for help in the booth there is no way I could have managed both. Many times there was a line of kids that wanted to try spinning. This left very little time to help customers and answer questions. But I can’t help but feel it’s worth it. Its wonderful to see people (kids and adults) connect the dots from wool to a spun yarn. Being in the fiber world so much I tend to forget that not everyone understands the process.

It was an exhausting…but fun processes. Now to get everything posted on Etsy and figure out the next show.

Craft Show Prep

Craft show prep work. Soaps drying, spinning some alpaca and showprepsome fun Merino Christmas wool. Leaving the Alpaca natural (Natural xmasyarncolors are my favorite) and dyed some of the white Merino red, added some fun Christmas shine. It would be a coffeesoapgreat scarf, accent…or anything for that matter. Made up some wonderful honey & goats milk soaps. They are fantastic and great for soft skin. I think they may be my favorite. But the coffee, espresso soaps are a huge hit. I love the smell & the whipped soap turned out even better than I had thought!

and then ….
Processing the most dirty, disgusting Icelandic wool fleece ever. Trying some dyer balls with it and if I can get it clean enough I might try to comb it and see if it’s worth doing anything with. But that’s a long shot. It may end up as stuffing at this rate.