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2014 Show Details

Yarnosphere 2014
Saturday, Oct 4, 10am-6pm
Sunday, Oct 5, 9am-4pm

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EXPO Arts Center at Bixby Knolls (Long Beach, CA)
4321 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807    Google Map Link

ADMISSION
Free with learn-a-long (class) admission on day of your class.
Free if you are a Yarnosphere volunteer for that day.
Group admissions of 25 or more is also available.
$10 at the door. Advance admission now online.

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PARKING
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.ExpoArtsCenter

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!

And, much more! We’re excited and hope you are, too!

LOCAL HOTEL INFO
Hotel Salina
Courtyard Mariott Long Beach Airport

 

You may click on the logos to visit the website of our fabulous vendors, and/or read on below for a bit about them!
Click here for current show floor map!

ChicA CustomHandweaving DanDoh DizzyBlonde Ewe&You 
FeltEvolution FoxyKnits Glasscapes KissesOrStitches KnotsOfLove 
LazerSheep LittlePiggy MimisNeedleBasket NPW Newtons 
OinkPigments ROTA SFTH Suzoo TealightfulTeas
TheCoStore Toluca WoolyWalkers YarnDelSol YOT

ABOUT OUR VENDORS:

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.

DanDoh: Knit and Crochet Designs. All DanDoh designs, by Yumiko Alexander, are fashionable, functional, and wearable garments and accessories. They combine fun stitch patterns and simple yet attractive shapes. Simple to make, Fun to try some new stitch patterns, then you can wear and use. Come by and check out the newest crochet book “Rustic Modern Crochet” and many kits with new patterns.

Dizzy Blonde: From Laura Martos, Dizzy Blonde: “I’m a knitter, designer and fiber enthusiast who has now ventured into the creative application of color to string as a new artistic outlet. Whether you’d describe my colorways as “subtly variegated” or “tonally shifting solids” they are fresh and unique.  All my yarn is hand-dyed in small batches, so even though colorways will be repeated, every dyelot will vary slightly. In addition, I will be offering signature colorways as well as the occasional one-offs as I experiment with color combinations and application. “

Ewe & You: A new knitting and fiber arts studio in Irvine California. Classes, workshops and social knitting fun (crochet too!)

Felt Evolution: My mission with Felt Evolution is to give the oldest textile known to man the spotlight it deserves, creating as many new felters as possible along the way. The geeky scientist in me resurfaces everytime I see the magical transformation of wool roving to felt! 

FoxyKnits: “All Things KOIGU”  Discover the beauty of Koigu yarns – lace, fingering/sock – merino and merino/silk. All hand dyed in the glorius colorways  – variegated and semi solids – that make Koigu so memorable. See samples of knit , crocheted, and woven KOIGU  -  purchase kits, skeins and patterns and accessories.

Glasscapes: Mingo and Asho are creating beautiful turned wooden yarn bowls from their own avocado grove, lovely yarn spinners which are hand turned by both of them, hand turned knitting implements, along with their lovely hand blown glass beads, pendants, and jewelry. The wooden items are wood burned by Mingo. Each one is truly a work of art for your enjoyment.  

Kisses or 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!

Knots of Love: Our mission at Knots of Love is to warm the hearts and heads of those experiencing traumatic hair loss by knitting and crocheting caps with love. We also donate small neonatal blankets for struggling new lives in incubators. These beanies and blankets are delivered free of charge to patients across the country. Knots of Love gifts over 4,000 caps and NICU blankets each month.  Since our inception in 2007, we have donated over 200,000 caps and Neonatal Intensive Care blankets nationwide. 

Lazer Sheep Yarns – Each skein of yarn comes with its own Lazer Sheep Button! The Lazer Sheep characters were born in a high school art room many ages ago. They have had many incarnations including t-shirts, buttons, and stationary. Finally they found a home on hand dyed yarns, and they lived happily ever after! 

Little Piggy Patterns -  Unique, whimsical, quirky patterns for knitted baby blankets, washcloths and bibs.  And for the adults, wine bottle covers.  The patterns are designed for the beginning and intermediate knitters.  Most of the patterns feature reverse stockinette designs on a stockinette background.  The patterns have both written instructions and graphs.  Themes range from animals to baby buggies to ice cream cones.  Come have some knitting fun with me.

Mimi’s Needle Basket: Mimi’s Needle Basket sells ChiaoGoo knitting and crochet tools, Inspinknity Blocking Wires, Hiya Hiya and Lanter Moon notions, and other great products for the fiber artist.

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.

Oink Pigments: Hand-dyed yarns, roving and knitting patterns. All yarns are hand/kettle dyed in Vista, CA in a pet/smoke-free space. I currently have sock, dk, worsted, and bulky weight yarns. I have about 40 colors right now, and I add new colors often. I also do custom colorways!

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.

Stitches From The HeartIt all started with an idea from a caring daughter and has since launched into a national network of over 15,000 like-minded, volunteer knitters, loomers, crocheters, and quilters whose sole mission is to bring hope and joy to newborn babies and their families wherever children’s clothing is needed. Fifteen years of working in the community and touching lives is just the start.  Stitches from the Heart is a love that is given and continues to spread – one stitch at a time!

Tealightful: In addition to our unique line of artisan tea blends and signature scones, we also offer all natural cookie mixes, savory dips, dessert crèmes, tea ware and tea accessories. 

The Company Store has a bit of everything. Run by Yarnosphere, it offers Yarnosphere logo’d items, 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.”

Yarn del SolYarn del Sol in Mission Viejo  is a colorful and delightfully creative adventure, filled with scrumptious yarns, notions and accessories. A warm, inviting atmosphere and a helpful, knowledgeable staff, eager to offer encouragement, inspiration and technical assistance, makes for a great destination!

Yarnover TruckYarnover Truck is your local yarn store on wheels, implementing the food truck business model and applying it to a mobile yarn store. The truck will make appearances at a variety of local events, including street fairs, craft fairs, art and music festivals, food truck events, and Fiber Festivals throughout Southern California. Additionally, the Yarnover Truck will be hosting its own events and available for private parties. Our goal is not only to sell yarn, but to increase awareness and provide needlearts education, with a focus on knitting and crocheting.

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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

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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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