WOW! I ran across this ‘camp’ last week when I attended the 2008 Missouri Fiber Retreat. Crocheters are in the minority at the Fiber Retreat, but there are lots of interesting arts and crafts represented, including knitting, weaving, spinning, fingerweaving, tatting, and more. There are lots of folks who raise llama, goat, alpaca, and other yarn on the hoof and they sell their regionally grown wares. Hard to resist.
Shannondale is a small town south of Salem, Missouri off Interstate 44:
Like I said – a small town.
The Shannondale Craft Camp is held in a small town south of Salem, Missouri just about in the middle of nowhere. However, there are 65 different intensive classes offered over the period of April 24-27, 2008. These classes include crochet with wire and plenty of other fiber related goodies. Check them out at http://www.shannondalecraftcamp.com/index.php
I learned about the Shannondale Craft Camp from my fingerweaving teacher. If she is any example of the level of instructors at the Craft Camp, the classes will be well worth the money. They haven’t posted any pictures of crochet – but have plenty of other handcrafts on the gallery on their website.
Should you be so inclined, you can register for one or more classes from their extensive list and book a room on site. Go to their site to browse and register:
www.shannondalecraftcamp.com or call Barbara at 573.435.6455.
There are different price levels, but they typically offer some combination of sleeping and eating arrangements included in the tuition.
I’m sure there are other regional craft camps, fiber festivals, and handcraft events. I’ll post more as I find them.
By jd wolfe