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The Woolery Weave-Off Is Back!


It’s time for our second Woolery Weave-Off to kick off!

We’re having a Weave-Off to celebrate how well our Bluegrass Mills 6/2 Cotton Yarn has been received. Weave a dish towel with Bluegrass Mills to compete for prizes in four separate categories.  Here’s the thing though, you don’t get your towel back, because we’re donating them all to the local women’s shelter (Simon House, here in Frankfort Kentucky), because women in crisis need the special energy that handwoven textiles provide, too!


Woolery Weave-Off Prizes

Grand Prize Winners in each category will get Spectrum Packs of our BGM 6/2 — that’s 21, one-pound cones of yarn in a whole array of colors!

Second and Third Place Winners in each category will get $50 Woolery gift cards


You need to use our Bluegrass Mills 6/2 Cotton Yarn to weave your entry, so we’re offering 25% off the price of this yarn from January 15th – February 15th! 

*Please note offer excludes already discounted clearance colors.

Here’s the fine print – we ask that you read completely before deciding to enter:

The four divisions will be:

1) Beginners; those who have been weaving less than one year. Please use the honor system when determining your beginner status! 

2) Rigid heddle weavers (remember, 6/2 is great in plain weave at 15 or 16 EPI; you can do that on a rigid heddle loom!)

3) Color: here’s the chance to be outrageous; remember, you’ll never need to wear it.  Be bold and inventive, and knock our socks off!

4) Pattern: stretch yourself.  Do you have 4 extra shafts on your loom that have just been looking at you funny?  Use them, be brave and inventive; learn something and get out of your comfort zone!

Entries must be mailed to: 

The Woolery

c/o Katherine

859 East Main Street, Suite 1A

Frankfort, KY 40601

  • The minimum size for each towel is 15” x 24”, washed and hemmed. 
  • The towels must be WASHED and hemmed for consideration.
  • One entry per person – entries must also contain the Woolery Weave Off Entry form, which will be shipped with all orders of Bluegrass Mills Cotton and can be found on the Contest Info Page
  • Contest entries MUST be postmarked by April 15th, 2019, to be considered. Entries postmarked after that time will not be entered in the contest, and will not be returned. 
  • Entrants acknowledge they will not get their submissions back. In the event that we receive too many towels to donate to one place, sister residential shelters/organizations in nearby Lexington and Louisville will receive the ‘spillover’ . 
  • Winner agrees to have her/his towel and name used in photos and on social media platforms. 
  • You MUST use Bluegrass Mills cotton to weave your towel – All non-clearance colors will be 25% off through February 15th! You can only use Bluegrass Mills cotton, do not combine with other yarns.
  • Odds of winning change with number of entries received. 
  • Winners will be notified on or around April 22nd, 2019. Winner has 14 days to claim her/his prize.
  • Lists of winners and runners-up in each category will be available on our blog after May 15th, 2019. 
  • Contest is open to entrants aged 18 years and over.
  • Woolery employees and immediate family members are welcome to participate, but they are not eligible to win.
  • Woolery suppliers are welcome to participate, but they are not eligible to win. 
  • Entrant assumes the cost of shipping the towel.
  • Winner of prize assumes responsibility for all and any taxes/tariffs/duty fees incurred. 
  • No ghost weavers! Towels must be woven by the person entering the contest.
  • Dyeing the yarn is not allowed.
  • Please do not put any fringe on your towels.

Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends 2018

Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends 2018

Spotlight on Student Fiber Trends is a biennial exhibition of student’s work in the fiber arts from across the Southeast. It’s put on by the Southeast Fiber Alliance.

As SEFAA Board President Suzi Gough explains, “Spotlight is a great way to foster our next generation of fiber artists – providing an exceptional platform for students to exhibit and expose their work plus relevant professional experience photographing, submitting, and shipping their work.  Exhibition entry is inexpensive and includes a one-year SEFAA membership, monetary awards are very generous, and the opportunity to network with the wider fiber arts community is invaluable.”

July 1965 by Amanda Britton

The show is still up for a couple days so if you’re in the area and have a chance, stop by to see the excellent student works! The Southeast Fiber Alliance also works to give special awards to art from the show and The Woolery sponsors the 2nd Prize. This year our winner was Amanda Britton for her entry, July 1956. She combined resin, photographs (digital and hand-printed), and handwoven/dyed remnants to create 25 circles that preserve the idea of “reserving shapes and moments that seem to recede too fast.” Amanda is an MFA student in Textile Design at the University of Georgia.

This year the show is hosted at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. The show is still up for a couple days so if you’re in the area and have a chance, stop by to see the excellent student works!

July 1956 by Amanda Britton

The Woolery Gives Back


The Woolery loves to give back to the fiber arts in as many ways as we can. We do this by contributing to charities, selling ethically sourced products, funding guild grants, and we’re always on the look out for new ways to help out.

We have written in the past about how we support Conservation Breed Sheep by selling rare sheep breeds’ fiber. This helps the farmers that raise Conservation Breed Sheep and the sheep themselves by creating a demand for their wool.


True Vineyard Ministries is a charity that we are proud to support. True Vineyard believes that solutions to poverty should be entrepreneurial, innovative and holistic. Through an initiative called Handspun Hope, True Vineyard employs 44 Rwandan widows. The widows are learning the skill of yarn making in order to earn an income and to provide for the basic needs of their families. The women receive an above average fair wage, healthcare, a stipend to send their children to public school, and are receiving counseling services to overcome traumas experienced during the genocide. We have helped to make the Handspun Hope Initiative possible through the gift of spinning wheels.

Stash Baskets

Carrying African Fair Trade Baskets is a great way to give back because we love the look of the baskets, but they also provide jobs for African weavers which allows them to support their families.


We also offer a Fiber Arts Outreach Grant that aims to encourage the expansion of the fiber arts. Carmel Crafts Guild received our 2016 Grant and used it to add a new teaching program, “Beginning Weaving Using Rigid Heddle Looms” which they have been creating new weavers through! The guild received; 6 Schacht 20″ Flip Rigid Heddle Looms, 6 LeClerc stick shuttles, 6 copies of Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by S. Mitchell, the shipping costs, and money for advertising the class through the grant.


If your guild is looking to fund a new project check out our Woolery Fiber Arts Outreach Grant Application for more details. Also, if you’re involved with a Fiber Arts related charity we’d love to hear about it!


What’s New At The Woolery – August 2018

While Fall/Winter might be our favorite seasons (because of all the warm woolies!), we also love the Summer because it’s the perfect time to stock up on some new products. We have all types of exciting things to show you this month.

African Fair Trade Stash Basket

Stash Baskets

We’ve had Fair Trade baskets before, but these are special because they are HUGE. You can fit a massive amount of your fiber stash in this 18-20″ tall 16-20″ diameter basket. Plus, you can feel good about your basket because proceeds from the sale help to provide healthcare, school fees, and community buildings for the weavers and their children.

Galina Turkish Spindles

Galina Turkish Spindles

These handcrafted spindles come in 3 different sizes, Small, Medium, and Tiny! We also have 4 different wood options for you; Beechwood, Mahogany, Wenge, and Zebrawood. The quality of the craftsmanship of these is very impressive.

Galina Hand Painted Turkish Spindles


How cute are those little sheep! We’re completely head over heels for these new handcrafted Turkish spindles featuring adorable hand painted designs. These are complete spindles with all three parts, the photo above just shows the separate cross arms so you can see the designs. Right now we have sheep, alpacas, and rose designs. We’re able to get different ones as well so if you have suggestions on what spindle designs you’d like to see let us know in the comments!

Handywoman Pattern Stick Shuttles

Handywoman Stick Shuttle

Pattern shuttles are used to create interesting patterns in your weaving projects. The Handywoman Pattern stick shuttles have a gentle curve on one side and a more severe curve pattern on the other. These are laser cut and then the edges are beveled by hand to aid in beating the pattern into place.  Each shuttle is handmade and hand sanded and waxed to a satin shine so no two will be exactly alike.

Pineapple Fiber Top

Pineapple Fiber Top

If you’re into trying new and unique fibers, this Pineapple Fiber Top is going be right up your alley. This biodegradable cellulose fiber is harvested from actual pineapple plants. It’s cool to the touch so it makes for an excellent summertime next to skin fabric. Also, we can’t stop thinking about spinning it together with our Banana Top and Milk Protein Top to make a tropical fruit smoothie yarn!

Bluegrass Mills Hemp Yarn

Bluegrass Mills Hemp Yarn

Our hemp yarn is derived from line fiber from the highest quality European fair trade hemp.  This hemp is processed in the traditional manner of water rettting, breaking, scutching and hackling which produces the high quality long fiber.  This is not “cottonized” hemp fiber produced by harsh chemical treatment.

In other news, we have a brand new floor model that we’re really excited about! It comes flat packed in these boxes:

Ashford Jack Loom Boxes

Any guesses to what it is? Keen eyes will spot that it’s from Ashford.

Ashford Jack Loom Packing

Hmmm what could it be? Is that a shuttle in the far right corner?

It’s the Ashford Jack Loom!

Ashford Jack Loom Woolery Floor Model

It’s back after 10 years of being out of of production! Ashford brought their Jack Loom back by popular demand and we couldn’t be more excited. We currently have the only floor model in North America! So if you’re interested in seeing this loom in person, plan a trip to visit us!



What’s New at The Woolery – June 2018

How has your Spring been going? We’re about to kick into Summer and we have been preparing by stocking up some fun new stuff!

Bluegrass Mills Silk Yarn

Bluegrass Mills Silk










We are so excited to have this new, exclusive to The Woolery, 100% Extra Grade Mulberry Silk yarn! It’s available in both 20/2 and 60/2 in 8 vibrant colors. This is the perfect yarn to make your next weaving project extra special. Please note that this yarn is sold by the cone, not by weight, each cone is about 250g of yarn (+/-3%).

Snyder Glider Turkish Spindles

Snyder Glider Turkish Spindles










These are each individually handcrafted by Scott Snyder and come in a few different exotic hardwood options like Zebrawood, Tiger Maple, Padauk, and Leopardwood. Each one is a unique work of art. There are 3 different sizes: Mini, Medium, and Large, so there should be one to fit every spinner’s different needs.

Deluxe Book Charkha

Deluxe Book Charkha










Imported from India this is the authentic “Gandhi” Charkha Wheel. You might recall Ben Kingsley in the movie spinning on one of these. Hand-crafted in teak by an Indian firm for domestic users (yes, they are still used today), the most popular size is the book Charkha.

This deluxe model provides the familiar smooth “feel” of spinning on a traditional spinning wheel.

Lots of New Books!


We started carrying over 20 new books! They focus on all types of different fiber arts: dyeing, weaving, spinning, just about anything your heart could want. Peruse over our Books/Magazines  section of the website to see what we have. One of our more unique book offerings is Wool and Wine by John Martin. This book tells the stories of the people behind unique pairings of yarn and wine – how they got their start, where they are headed and what has happened along the way. Captured in 175 stunning photos and featuring 12 family run wineries and 12 independent dyers from across North America and Europe, the book brings together yarn, wine, food recipes, knitting patterns and projects from some of today’s most prominent knitting designers in a fun, engaging package with a little something for everyone.

KISS Triangle Looms

KISS Triangle Looms YouTube Video

Continuous Strand Weaving is one of our favorite weaving methods and these triangle looms are a great platform for it! Use these triangles looms to make all kinds of projects from scarves, blankets, purses, vests, and skirts. Loom disassembles for easy transport and storage. They come in 3′, 4′, and 5′ sizes (size measured by the length of the hypotenuse).

Banana Top

Banana Top

Unique fibers are something that we are always on the lookout for, so we can’t wait to share this Banana Fiber with you! It is a natural bast fiber.  Due to its lightweight and comfortable hand, banana fiber is popular in Japan for use in summer wear as well as traditional kimono and kamishimo garments.

Banana fiber blends easily with cotton and other natural fibers. It is similar in appearance to bamboo and ramie fiber. However, banana fiber is finer and easier to spin than either bamboo or ramie. Our favorite feature is: it is biodegradable and has no negative environmental effects, a true eco-friendly fiber.

We hope you are as excited by all of these fun new products as we are!



Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival 2018

Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival 2018

One of our favorite festivals of the year is approaching fast! The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival will be May 19th and 20th at the Masterson Station Park in Lexington, KY. The festival has classes, competitions, and of course shopping! The Woolery will have a large booth set up with wheels, fiber processing equipment and other fiber goodies for you to try out. We will also have a special guest with us!

Deb Essen of DJE Handwovens

Deb Essen of DJE Handwovens will be teaching classes at the Festival on Saturday and then hanging out in The Woolery booth all day on Sunday. She lives, weaves, and runs her business in Bitterroot Valley, nestled in the Rocky Mountains of Western Montana. Deb completed HGA’s Certificate of Excellence, Level 1 (2004) and is and inducted member of the Montana Circle of American Masters in Folk and Traditional Arts (2011). Her passion is teaching the wonders of weaving.

Sidney the Sheep from DJE Handwovens

Deb creates some of our favorite kits for handweavers (like the Zoom Loom Swatch Critters!). Come meet her and learn from a master of weaving!

If you swing by our booth you’ll also find some fantastic show only specials and we’ll have these adorable “Proud Member of The Woolery Fiber Flock” stickers on hand so you  can show your Woolery pride! They’re nice vinyl stickers so they are really durable and great for sticking on water bottles, laptops, or wherever you need some Woolery swag.

Fiber Flock Sticker

If you don’t already follow us on Instagram, now would be a good time to get on that. We may or may not be giving away some prizes at the show, but you have to follow us to find out about them!

Also a quick reminder that because we will all be having fun at the Festival, our shop will be closed on Saturday May 19th!

Woolery Weave-Off Winners

What an adventure! We are pleased to present the winners of the first Woolery Weave-Off! Inundated with over 75 amazingly beautiful, diverse towels, we struggled to keep judging deadlines, and are still working on washing and folding all the entries for delivery! Next week, we will be delivering them to The Simon House, where they’ll go into ‘starter baskets’ that provide basic household supplies to the ladies moving out into their own housing! Without further ado…


Third Place – Susan Hadden – Califon, NJ

Third Place - Beginner Category Woolery Weave-Off

Second Place – Susan Harrison – Plano, TX

Second Place - Beginner Category Woolery Weave-Off

First Place – Patti Grammatis – Easley, SC

First Place - Woolery Weave-Off Beginner Category

Rigid Heddle

Third Place – Mary Pat Nowakowski – Freeville, NY

Third Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-Off

Second Place – Mary Dean – Hackettstown, NJ

Second Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-Off

First Place – Ellyn Zinsmeister – Allen, TX

First Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-Off


Third Place – Cathy Kinzie – Owings, MD

Third Place - Color Woolery Weave Off

Second Place – Susan Kroll – Sequim, WA

Second Place - Color Woolery Weave-Off

First Place – Pat Bullen – Centerburg, OH

First Place - Color Woolery Weave-Off


Third Place – Sue Briney – Powell, OH

Third Place - Pattern Woolery Weave-Off

Second Place – Lynette Greenwald – Buckingham, PA

Second Place - Pattern Woolery Weave-Off

First Place – Katie Polemis – Indianapolis, IN

First Place - Pattern Woolery Weave-Off

Congratulations everyone, all of your towels are fantastic! We hope you all enjoy your prizes. As a reminder here are the prizes that the winners will receive:

Woolery Weave-Off Prizes

We cannot thank all of you enough – the response has been overwhelming, and the love shown and felt is profound. We look forward to sponsoring this contest again, and working other contests into our rotation! It feels good to give back, and we are delighted that you’re all on board to help out.

“We all do better when we all do better.” ~ Paul Wellstone