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Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair 2023


Well, how awesome is this?


1 Year ago I was writing a blog post about attending the #GSMFF and this year, I get to write about vending at the Great Smoky Mountains Fiber Fair!


As my mom would say, "A lot can happen in a year." And she is correct!







The #GSMFF takes place over two days at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in beautiful Townsend, Tennessee. This year's event included live fiber-bearing animals, demonstrations, classes, live music, and (mostly) good weather.

 

The Fiber Fair also included: Fiber!


Two dozen vendors joined to offer a rich variety of fiber, yarns, handmade/handspun/hand-dyed items, and craft tools and accessories. I loved seeing all the different items that everyone brought - from braids and batts of fiber to hand-dyed yarns to handmade project bags. Walking around is like walking through a fiber-wonderland! I count myself lucky to have been part of such a talented group!


 
Momma Handmade at our table

This year was also really special because I got to share it all with my mom! She surprised me and volunteered to help with my booth. She took time off work, drove several hours, helped me load and unload, set up and tear down, dealt with all my craft-show-idiosyncrasies, greeted customers, wrapped up every order, and made sure I didn't go hungry. I am so thankful for her, her time, her awesome people-skills, and her heart. I am the woman I am today because of her.

 

We were set up in the Keller Cabin area alongside Farmhouse Fiberworks and Clinch River Yarn Company. These were great women to share a space with, and I loved seeing their yarns, fiber, and creations everywhere I turned! (unfortunately, I forgot to take any photographs of their booths... 😕)


For our booth, I brought almost everything but the kitchen sink. Yarns, notions, kits, handwovens, and my very own Peg Loom!


We had such a wonderful time setting up shop the the Fiber Fair. I can't wait to do it again in 2024!




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