It is with deepest regret that we must announce the cancellation of the 2022 Finger Lakes Fiber Festival. This decision was not made lightly, but was necessitated by the Guild’s present inability to continue sponsoring an event of this size. No commitment is being made at this time as to the holding of a 2023 Festival. We understand your disappointment and we share in it.
The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival educates the public about fiber and its sources, promotes small farms, supports fiber artists and fiber-related businesses, and provides a venue for the public to interact with the fiber arts world.
By sharing skills and knowledge with the public through demonstrations and workshops, the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival is sowing the seeds for future generations of fiber artists and craftspeople.
Our festival features great vendors, with everything you need for fiber arts: raw fleece, roving, spinning supplies, needle felting supplies, dyes, yarns, items needed to knit, crochet, weave—and things you won’t know you need until you see them—not to mention unique, one-of-a-kind, handmade finished items!
The Finger Lakes Fiber Festival welcomes guests of all backgrounds, ages, genders, gender expressions, sexual orientations, races, ethnicities, religions, nations of origin, or abilities. We meet together with a common purpose – to share our love of handspinning and fiber arts. We celebrate our differences and learn from each other to build a fiber community where everyone can feel safe and at home.
Please note ~ pets are not permitted anywhere on the fairgrounds, including the parking lot.
The Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild, Inc. began the festival and continues to be the main sponsor. The Guild welcomes new members and serves as a great resource for those who already spin, as well as a supportive environment for those wishing to learn, and we encourage you to join. Membership forms may be found at the Souvenir Booth in the Exhibition Hall and on this website. Joining at the festival has the benefit of an additional four months of membership for free.
Our festival is organized entirely by volunteers and the festival could not happen without the many people who generously give of their time each year. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Gisela Beutner. Volunteering entitles you to free admission for the day you volunteer (plus the opportunity to hang out with other fiber-loving people)!
We invite you to take a break from shopping to join us in the Commercial Building to sit and spin, try out a wheel if you are new to spinning, and meet other spinners. Guild members will be on hand to answer questions about spinning and getting started on a wheel.
Regional Craft Guilds
A fantastic collection of local guilds will be on display in the Commercial Building. Please stop by to chat with guild members, see their work, and obtain more information on each guild.