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2014 Show Details

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Saturday & Sunday
October 4-5

EXPO Arts Center at Bixby Knolls (Long Beach, CA)
4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807
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ADMISSION
Free with learn-a-long (class) admission on day of your class or if you are a Yarnosphere volunteer.
Group admissions of 25 or more is also available. Contact Yarnosphere for details.
Advance admission for $8 will be available here soon.
$10 at the door. 

Free street parking all around. It’s a cute neighborhood with lots of restaurants nearby. Read on to learn more about what’s new for 2014 at Yarnosphere.

At our inagural show, we had lots of great activities and goodies. Attendees were invited to SHOP, play games, compete for prizes (with free chances), SHOP, attend free demos, enjoy learn-a-longs, SHOP, chat with representatives at our various community tables, enjoy early-bird goody bags each morning, SHOP, use our winding stations, knit for charity, SHOP and so much more. This year, all those great activities and goodies will return along with additional new festivities. 

New for 2014: 

Kid’s Make & Take: This new section at Yarnosphere is for kids. Booth space is dedicated to this area and will feature your company name on the signage. Activities will be scheduled each day at certain times. The booth(s) will be available for Sit & Knit/Crochet/Spin during any down time.

Shop & Drop: Another new section at Yarnosphere is for shoppers who wish to check their purchases until they are finished shopping. It’s like a coat check but for yarn purchases. When the shopper is ready to go, they can take their purchases to the car, or drive to the front and we’ll deliver it to their car. Less hauling and more time for shopping!

Delicious Meals & Treats: You’re going to love food this year at Yarnosphere. We’re in charge of catering ourselves and boy are we having fun making plans! Expect free coffee and water all day long, along with food for sale for all the meals and snacks. And expect some free snack handouts in the afternoon as well!

We’re excited and hope you are, too!

LOCAL HOTEL INFO
Hotel Salina
Courtyard Mariott Long Beach Airport

 

We’ll have up our full vendor list in the next few days. Those web savvy elves are hard at work!

You may click on the logos to visit the website of our fabulous vendors, or read on below for a bit about them!

ChicA CustomHandweaving DanDoh DizzyBlonde
Ewe&You FeltEvolution FoxyKnits Glasscapes 
KOL LazerSheep LittlePiggy Newtons
NPW ROTA SFTH Suzoo
TheCoStore ThirtyDay Toluca WoolyWalkers 
YarnDelSol YOT

Chic-A: Chic-a offers a variety of thoughtfully designed knitting and crochet accessories such as Yarn Keepers, Pattern Holders, Needle Cases, Project Bags and Totes. We specialize in using colorful, practical fabrics that define the fusion of functionality and enjoyment.

Custom Handweaving: Custom Handweaving is the perfect store for top-quality fiber arts supplies and accessories. Since 1978, we’ve been one of Southern California’s leading resources for fiber art materials and tools.  We offer complete selection of yarn, fibers, looms, and spinning wheels from around the world.  We have a huge selection of knitting patterns, beading supplies and fiber art books.  Select the perfect choices for your next project, stock up on supplies, or join us for one of our many classes, and share your love of your craft with all of us.

Kisses and Stitches: Kisses or Stitches makes hand-crochetted amigurumi octupi and other crafty creatures. Use them as: hair pieces, Christmas adornments or other curious augmentations to your eccentric world. As well, Kisses or Stitches sells patterns and crafting kits so you can make your own plushies. We also offer highly-prized amigurumi eyes which are thus far not available anywhere else!


Needlepoints West: Needlepoints West is the friendliest independent needlework store in Los Angeles, carrying both knitting and needlepoint supplies. We carry needlepoint threads, hand-painted canvases, yarns for both knitting & crochet, patterns, beads, buttons, bags and many other unique accessories. Classes and workshops are offered as well as custom stitching and finishing services.

Newton’s Yarn Country: Newton’s Yarn Country is located in Anaheim, California. We’re America’s source for beautiful yarns. Whether you machine knit, hand knit, crochet, weave, or embroider, you’ll find great quality and value under our banner.


Ranch of the Oaks: Ranch of the Oaks is located on 20 acres of flat to rolling hills in Lompoc, CA. They have a variety of animals. Alpacas, Llamas, Icelandic Sheep, Chickens and assorted other pets and critters. They also have a mini-fiber mill established in 2006. Specializing in alpaca, Ranch of the Oaks also sells roving, batts, yarn, rug yarn and felt sheets.

Suzoo’s Wool Works: Suzoo’s Wool Works is a Local Fiber Arts Studio. They cater to knitters, crocheters, felters, spinners and weavers. They are going on their 10th year of business in Costa Mesa. Suzoo’s teaches all ages as well as the different styles of knitting: English, Norwegian Continental and American Continental. They introduced the Sheepwalk Hand Dyed yarn nearly three years ago to give some local color to their shop. Some of their major vendors are Brown Sheep Company, Swedish Yarns and Kraemer Yarns and Fiber. Welcome, Suzoo’s Wool Works! We’re excited to have you on board.

The 30 Day Sweater: The 30 Day Sweater is the easiest way to design a top-down, seamless raglan sweater that fits in 30 days or less. This flexible framework puts you in control, allowing you to make decisions at every step to design a sweater that reflects your personality. Our online course includes step-by-step, day-by-day instructions, downloadable worksheets, video tutorials, and an interactive forum where you can ask questions from experienced knitters or share your progress. With The 30 Day Sweater you can make an unlimited number of sweaters for any size person, in almost any yarn. The possibilities are endless.


The Company Store has a bit of everything. Run by Yarnosphere, it offers teacher’s kits, yarn for sale, finished objects and much  more! Stop by and see the ever-changing selection!

Toluca Knit Jewelry + fine yarn: Welcome to Toluca. We offer hand-painted yarns in cotton, bamboo and tencel, perfect to work with and wear in all climates, and any season. Our mouth-watering color palette and original patterns perfectly compliment the effortless drape of our yarns and evoke the casual, comfortable atmosphere of the west. We also feature wearable accessories for knit and crochet, so you will never be without tools at hand. Our accessory line consists of stitch markers suitable for knit and crochet, needle gauges you will never want to be without, as well as patterns designed for the way we live here in Southern California. Our plant-fiber yarns range in weight from lace to worsted. All of our jewelry is created and our yarns are dyed here in La Mirada, California.

Wooly Walkers: Wooly walkers sells supplies and original designs for punch needle creations. Punch needle is a form of rug hooking and we primarily work with yarn, something we all seem to have an abundance of! We supply the basics; punches, hoops and Monk’s cloth for you to create your own work of art, as well as designs for simple mug rugs, more complex hand bags or our new rug designs to keep your toes warm. We always give hands-on demos in our booth and make sure you feel confident with your punch before we send you on your creative way. Please stop by our booth and experience the other kind of “hooking.”

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Welcome to the 2014 Yarnosphere schedule of Learn-A-Longs.

We’re so pleased to offer you this syllabus chock full of relevant topics, savvy instructors and affordable prices. Come spend a few hours or a weekend with us! For the full list, browse our syllabus.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you register for a class:
~ Admission to Yarnosphere on the day of class,
~ Two additional chances in our opportunity drawings per class, and
~ Plus a guaranteed goody bag no matter what time you arrive at Yarnosphere.

Saturday classes are one or two hours long, with the exception of a three-hour weaving class. Sunday classes are three hours long, with the exception of two one-hour sessions just for kids and teens.

Yarnosphere is proud to bring you professional instructors at 30% to 50% lower tuition fees than comparable fiber festivals typically demand. Three hour sessions can cost $95 or more excluding materials fees at other fiber expos; we offer discounted tuitions that start at only $20 per hour, plus small class sizes. The instructors’ materials fees are already included in your total, so there’s no need to bring extra cash to class.

Even if you have never worked with fiber before, you can take any class rated “Beginner.” Plus, drop in to our one-on-one help tables scattered throughout the show for free help to get you started knitting, crocheting, or loom knitting.

Beginner: no skills
Advanced beginner: ability to form basic stitches
Intermediate: comfortable with basic skills and some exposure to uncommon techniques
Advanced: comfortable with uncommon techniques

And if browsing the entire list of classes below is too many options, you can click on any of these links to sort by category:
By Day: Saturday Classes, Sunday Classes
By Technique: Crochet, Design, Felting, Knitting, Kids, Spinning, Weaving
By Time Saturday: Sat AM, Sat MidMorning, Sat EarlyPM, Sat MidPM, Sat LatePM 
By Time Sunday: Sun AM, Sun PM
By Skill Level (defined above): Beginner, Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
And by Teacher! Angelia RobinsonChrista WoodwardCourtney KingDiana JiminezHelen KoshakJanice OgataJessica BraunKrista AnnMarie FisherNancy BoermanPaula BennettPearl Denault, and Sara Smelt

Ready to find the right classes for you? Click above or browse on down!


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Our First Show

Yarnosphere 2013

The Cast
Longtime knitting friends Caroline Stanley and Amy Seeberger couldn’t figure out why Southern California didn’t have a full-service yarn show. After all, it’s SoCal, land of shopping — how could there not be a major yarn show?

So, the two put their heads together and built a yarn show. The sort of yarn show they’d like to attend.

The Concept
The concept was simple. To bring yarn and buyers together. To highlight the great companies that serve the fiber communities in Southern California. To get to know fellow knitters. To have fun and knit/crochet/spin.

Then they added a ton of door prizes. Goody bags for the first 400 attendees each day. The Demo Stage!! And then learn-a-longs (you might also know them as classes). Contests with prizes!

The Community
The duo also invited the fiber communities to participate. And they did. Some sold. Some bought. Some taught. Some volunteered. Some represented charities. Some shared their knitting/crochet/spinning group information with the crowd and met new members. And they all had fun! And a LOT of yarn left the building.

The first Yarnsophere was held at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA, on October 12-13, 2013.

Over the two day period, Yarnosphere hosted 12 vendors in 15 booths and had 800+ shoppers come through the front entrance. There was a crowd waiting when the doors opened — what a great way to start the day! An intimate show yet fun for all!

The Future
Dates have been set for the 2014 Show – October 4-5, 2014 at Art Expo at Bixby Knolls (in Long Beach, CA). It’s a great space and there’s no charge for parking. The neighborhood is cute, with lots of restaurants and shops nearby.

Caroline and Amy have tons of new ideas to bring to Yarnosphere for the 2014 Show. Shirley the Shopping Sheep has been busy, too. Stay tuned!

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2013 SPONSOR & VENDOR LIST

We so appreciate our marvelous sponsor and our cool vendors! 
Thank you for your support.

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Sponsored by: YARN NATION

2013 EXHIBITOR LIST:

chic-a-logo-color                    CustomHandweaving                    KoS200                    Lori's
             Chic-A                       Custom Handweaving              Kisses and Stitches                 Lori’s Frames, Fibers & Frills


NeedlepointsWest
                   NYC                    RanchoftheOaksLogo                    Suzoo's

  Needlepoints West             Newton’s Yarn Country              Ranch of the Oaks                   Suzoo’s Wool Works

 

30daysweater-logo-800x800-9b59b6                     TCS                  Toluca_Logo_Small                    WoolyWalkers

The 30 Day Sweater                      The Company Store      Toluca Knit Jewelry + fine yarn            Wooly Walkers

                                 

                                     And now for the wonderful charities that we support and who support us!

                                                    SFTH                                     KnotsOfLove

                                                   Stitches from the Heart                             Knots of Love

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