Once again, we’re planning a relaxing afternoon of yarncrafting, snacks and camaraderie for the hours leading up to the Big Game!! On Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. join us at WEBS retail store in Northampton. MA for our 9th Annual pre-game escape, and be sure to bring your current knitting, crocheting, spinning or weaving project along to work on while you’re here!! You’ll be surrounded by beautiful yarns, yummy nosh and lots of like-minded folks – football chat is entirely optional. This is a free event, but registration is required, so please sign up on our website or call Customer Service to let us know you’re planning to be here. We look forward to seeing you!!
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You have just 3 days left to fill your cart at WEBS Annual Year End Blowout Sale! Orders can be placed online until 11:59pm EST Saturday. Our retail store is closed today but will be open 10-5:30 tomorrow and Saturday.
We still have multiple colors of our 40th Anniversary Huntington hand dyed by Lorna’s Laces and our Northfield hand dyed by Malabrigo. Don’t miss your chance to stash some Kettle Dyed Charlemont once it’s gone it’s gone! And don’t pass up the incredible prices on Noro Taiyo Lace, Berroco Lago, Cascade Luna Paints and plenty more!
Our Year End Blowout Sale is in full swing online but if you’re local to our Retail Store, or travelling through for the holidays, be sure to stop in and take advantage of some pretty incredible In-Store only deals from December 26th through January 3rd.
Steve pulls out all the stops for this annual event! Please remember: WEBS opens at at 10am on December 26th and is closed on New Year’s Day, so be sure to check our store hours before heading over. Don’t miss your chance to stock up on great stash-building work horse yarns, sample garments, books, bags and one of a kind hand dyed yarns that you won’t find online!
Whether there’s an experienced spinner in your midst or someone who’s interested in getting started we have everything you’ll need for great gifts this season. Fibers from wool to silk in gorgeous colors from Malabrigo, Sweet Georgia and Frabjous Fibers. Amazing resources like Ply magazine, The Intentional Spinner with accompanying DVD and the Spinner’s Book of Fleece. And all the tools any spinner could need from yarn gauges and niddy noddys to drop spindles and Spinning Wheels.
If you’re local to our retail store in Northampton MA, or you’ve been thinking of taking a trip to visit us, this weekend is the perfect time. It’s Bag Day in Northampton this weekend and we’re offering 20% off any one, regular priced, in-stock item for in-store customers only! If you have been thinking about buying a wheel for that someone special (or yourself!) stop by the store on Saturday 11/22 from 10am – 5:30 pm or on Sunday 11/23 from noon – 5pm and take advantage of the Bag Day special.
Please remember the Bag Day discount applies only to items that we have in stock in either our Northampton store or our warehouse, no special orders.
Our yearlong celebration of WEBS 40th Anniversary has included a wide variety of fiber-related events, special yarns, drafts and patterns. One of my favorite parts has been the 40th Anniversary Weaving Contest, which focused on WEBS’ beginnings as a weaving store.
The concept of a contest sounded great to us – show us the beauty you can create with our yarn. However, we had no idea what kind of a response we’d get and as the months passed by with only a few responses, we felt like the kid wondering where the party guests were and had everyone forgotten? And then the floodgates opened and we were overwhelmed with the huge outpouring of ideas that had been developing on the looms of our weaving friends. We ended up with more than 140 entries from 30 different states across the country!
Aside from the sheer volume of entries, we were amazed and impressed by the skill of the weavers and beauty and workmanship of their pieces. Although we specified four categories for entries, the works spanned everything from scarves, shawls and clothing, to towels, table linens and curtains, to decorative and artistic wall hangings, rugs and bowls.
What I found equally fascinating were the stories that came with the pieces. I grew up surrounded by classical music so I was delighted when I read that Deborah Lewis-Idema designed the cloth she wove for her beautiful jacket using the first four measures of Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata. Another design, from Cindie Kitchin, came out of a weaving guild challenge. They each pulled the name of a country out of a hat and designed something inspired by that. The result is her lovely Iranian Tiles Scarf.
The 40th Anniversary Weaving Gallery Show will present all of the weavings that were selected as finalists in the contest. Free and open to the public, the show will take place at WEBS retail store at 75 Service Center Rd, Northampton, MA. The show will kick off with an opening reception from 6 – 7:30 pm on October 16th and then be open from 10 am – 5 pm on October 17 & 18. Please join us to see the exquisite beauty and to celebrate 40 years of WEBS and weaving.
We have transitioned from the warmth and busyness of summer to the fall routines of school and harvest. I am enjoying the crisp mornings and the orange and red palette spreading through the trees. And, of course, I am looking forward to October, the month of fiber revelry! So many events and opportunities to connect with fiber and fiber fanatics!
At WEBS, we kick off the month with a weeklong celebration. International Spinning and Weaving Week is October 6 – 12 and in our little corner of the world that means an abundance of ways to experience fiber and textiles from fleece to finished handwovens.
Central to the week are daily demonstrations and workshops covering a wide range of techniques. Demonstrations are free and open to all who come in to the store. They take place from 11 am – 1 pm and will feature spinners using wheels and spindles to create yarn from fleece and roving. Weavers will also be showcasing their skills on a wide variety of looms. It’s a great opportunity to watch the process up close and talk with the artisans about how they create. It’s not just children who are fascinated by the rhythm (although they are welcome to check it out as well)!
Mini-workshops will also be offered daily from 2 – 4 pm. These workshops offer a taste of a new technique, a chance to learn a different way to do things or maybe expose yourself to something new. The mini workshops cost $5 each and you can register online, over the phone or in the store.
Mini Workshop Schedule:
Monday, October 6
Plying Workshop with Ashley Flagg
Using a Warping Mill to Wind Warps with Scott Norris
Tuesday, October 7:
Temple Temptations – Create Beautiful Selvages with Chris Hammel
Wednesday, October 8
Creating Texture on the Rigid Heddle Loom with Marthe Young
Fiber Blending for Spinning Unique Yarns with Pamela Darrow
Thursday, October 9
Log Cabin Weaving with Paula Veleta
Friday, October 10
Variable Dent Reed with Paula Veleta
Two special demonstrations during the week will highlight the huge range of possible styles of weaving. On Tuesday from 12 – 1 pm, Weaving Manager Leslie Ann Bestor will demonstrate weaving on a computer-assisted loom. And on Friday we will showcase Saori weaving with Mihoko Wakabayashi from 11 am – 1 pm.
And a WEBS celebration would not be complete without some great deals and discounts! Weavers can look forward to 15% off reeds, warping mills, and Schacht Flip rigid heddle looms; 20% off all weaving DVDs and new additions to the Great Cone Sale. For spinners we will have 20% off all fiber, Howard hand cards, and spinning DVDs; 15% off spinning wheels and 30% off 8 ounce bags of Louet Dyed Corriedale Top.
Join us to celebrate, learn and be inspired!
WEBS is proud to work with The National NeedleArts Association in promoting their national campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer. Knit or crochet a chemo cap and you can mail it in or drop it off at our retail store at 75 Service Center Rd, Northampton MA. Choose your own pattern or use the patterns that TNNA had designed just for this promotion – and they’re FREE!
You can download your free knit or crochet cap patterns here.
The National NeedleArts Association
Attn: Chemo Caps
1100-H Brandywine Blvd
Zanesville OH 43701-7303
The October issue of Woman’s Day magazine has been on sale since September 9, and the promotion will run through January 1, 2015.
And don’t forget, our 11th annual Knit and Crochet for the Cure is happening on Sunday, October 5th from 1-4pm! The event is always popular and fun as dozens of crafters sit in groups of chairs spread throughout the store, chatting and stitching, creating beautiful, soft and cozy gifts for those living with cancer. Our partner in this event is Cancer Connection and they will distribute the finished projects to the community they serve at their haven at 41 Locust St in Northampton. The event is Free but we do ask that you register in advance.
Spinzilla 2014 is here! Spinzilla is a global event in which teams and individuals compete in a friendly challenge to see who can spin the most yarn during Spinning and Weaving Week, October 6-12 2014. It is organized by TNNA (The National NeedleArts Association) for the dual purpose of raising money for their Needle Arts Mentoring Program, and to promote handspinning.
WEBS is hosting a team this year and we’re looking forward to seeing what our spinners create. It’s going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to not only create connections in our local spinning community, but to encourage our team members to build their skills and enjoy the camaraderie and creativity of spinning together. Spinning expertise is not required, just the desire to spin yarn, have fun and enjoy the team spirit of the event.
The focus for Team WEBS is to motivate and inspire each other to become better spinners–and who says that won’t be fun? Do you need a nudge to push through your fear of spinning fine yarns? Want to try your hand at a new fiber? We are planning some meet-ups and a free workshop before the event, and some spin-ins during the week. Of course we will have goodies and team prizes! We’d love to have you join our team. It’s even possible to be a ‘virtual’ team member if you don’t live nearby.
Sign-ups for the team are open until September 22, or until our team is filled (max of 25 spinners). Go to spinzilla.org to sign up, and look for Team WEBS.
We will keep in touch with our team through email and through our thread on the Spinzilla Ravelry group. Watch for information about scheduled meet ups and more. And please, introduce yourself to the team. Team Captain Leslie Ann Bestor, Weaving Manager at WEBS, can be reached at email@example.com.
The I-91 Shop Hop begins Thursday, June 26, 2014 and runs through Sunday, June 29, 2014. Eleven shops are participating in the Shop Hop this year! The store has been busy getting ready with goodie bags and arranging the raffle prizes for the 300 or more hoppers that will come through our doors during the weekend. We can’t wait!
How do you take part? All you need is your I-91 Shop Hop passport and a sense of adventure! It’s not too late to purchase your passport. Visit one of the participating stores to purchase your $5 passport.
Why should you join in the Shop Hop fun? At each store, you have a chance to be entered in the daily gift basket prize drawing. Each basket has wonderful yarns, patterns, needles, and more. On Sunday, each shop will have two drawings, one for the daily basket as well as a chance to win a wooden swift and ball winder set. All customers who entered in the previous raffles during the weekend will be entered in for a chance to win the swift and ball winder. There is also a chance to win a spectacular grand prize! As you visit each shop, get a stamp on your passport. When your entire passport is stamped, simply leave the stamped page at the last store you visit and it will be entered in the grand prize drawing.
What about this Mystery Tour portion? Each time you receive a stamp in your passport, you will be handed a clue. This clue is a piece of the puzzle for a mystery knit along. After visiting all of the shops, you will have collected all 12 pieces to the mystery pattern! To solve…start knitting!
Green Mountain Spinnery – Putney, VT
Northampton Wools – Northampton, MA
WEBS America’s Yarn Store – Northampton, MA
Marji’s Yarncrafts – Granby, CT
Creative Fibers – Windsor, CT
Yarnover – Avon, CT
Village Wool- Glastonbury, CT
Country Yarns – Wallingford, CT
Knit New Haven – New Haven, CT
The Yarn Barn – Woodbridge, CT
The Yarn Basket – Branford, CT
Note: Metaphor Yarns appears on the map and passport, but will not be participating in the Shop Hop. Northampton Wools will be handing out 2 clues so you can finish you Mystery KAL.
A lot of knitters like to use hand-dyed yarns like Madelinetosh, Lorna’s Laces, or Prism. A fair number of those knitters are disappointed when they experience color pooling, or when they don’t like the way one color in the skein works with another one. Maybe they’ve done a broken rib stitch and noticed that what they had hoped would be specks of dark blue against a rose background turned into big blotches of purple. There are lots of ways to learn how to work with hand-dyed yarns and I’ve found the absolute best resource of all to not only learn to work with those variegated yarns but to actually plan for how those colors show up in your garment. Laura Militzer Bryant, the founder of Prism Yarns, has written a new book entitled Artful Color, Mindful Knits: A Definitive Guide to Working with Hand-Dyed Yarns, and it goes beyond any other book I know to show fiber artists how to craft with color.
As an art-school graduate, Laura became fascinated with hand-dyed yarns when she first saw them at a trade show in the early 1980’s, and learned how to dye yarns as a result. She founded her own hand-dyed yarn company, Prism, and out of the necessity of having to showcase those yarns, she became a knitwear designer. Both of those talents are shown to amazing advantage in Artful Color, Mindful Knits. She can show you how to stack your colors, how to splash your colors, even how to create an argyle pattern with your skein, all by using her Magic Number system that uses the length of a color repeat, the amount of yarn used for a single stitch, and the total number of stitches. Period. When I learned how to anticipate and even plan when a color shows up in your knitting to form a pattern, I wanted to award Laura a Nobel Prize. The designs that accompany the various color schemes are gorgeous. Jackets, hats, scarves, vests, and sweaters, all in vivid colors and patterns that show a master’s touch are readily accessible to any knitter or crocheter.
Artful Color, Mindful Knits includes a thorough color tutorial in the front of the book, which is eye-opening. Laura shows readers in simple language how colors interact with each other and how we perceive them. This helps us plan how to use color and what colors work best in hundreds of different patterns and yarns. The book also has a wonderful technique section in the back of the book, showing how to do various cast-ons, increases and decreases, and bind-offs, as well as crochet techniques. It’s really a treasure trove of information, one that will be used again and again.
Hey, local blog-readers: Laura will be coming to WEBS on June 7 to sign copies of her new book from 3:30–4:30pm. Come by to see the Prism Yarns trunk show or sign up for her Introduction to Color class. You will be amazed at what you can do!