YarnCon is Chicago’s own yarn-centric exhibition — a place to promote, sell, and celebrate the yarny arts.
A community of people brought together by their love of yarn. More specifically, a room full of fantastic vendors selling their handmade and hand-dyed yarn, hand-dyed roving and batts, accessories and tools for spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting, patterns, and lovely and unique finished objects. There are also workshops, and an area where you can hang out with fellow yarn enthusiasts and play with your new yarns.
Yes! Many vendors sell handmade gifts, such as bags, pillows, hats, sachets, buttons, and the like. If you dig some of the other handmade markets around the city, consider checking us out. If you have any interest in a learning a new fiber-related skill, or are just curious, check out our class schedule!
Nothing! Admission is free, so bring your friends, your significant other, your parents, or come check us out even if you have just a passing interest in handmade fiber goods. We will have raffle tickets available for purchase to win prizes from many of our vendors & sponsors, but it costs nothing to stop on by and see all the awesomeness.
Yes, we’ll have food trucks out front, and tables and chairs inside. We are also excited to announce that Dark Matter will be sponsoring our coffee service for 2017!
YarnCon is organized by three individuals, with no corporate ownership. Sponsorship and support is key (and much appreciated!) to keeping YarnCon an independent event for the Chicago-area fiber community, both attendees and vendors! Sponsorship information can be downloaded here: 2017 Sponsorship Information
Reach our entire audience of diehard fiber fans and support YarnCon at the same time; advertise in the program! All the relevant information can be downloaded here: 2016 Program Ads (PDF)
Fill out the form to let us know you’re interested in volunteering. We’ll be in touch closer to the event to confirm shift times.
Vendor applications are closed for 2017. We got an amazing response, and all vendor spaces are full.
Here are the guidelines and general information for reference, or if you’re interested in applying for a future show: Vendor App Guidelines 16
Workshop proposals for 2017 are closed.
To propose a class for a future YarnCon, please consider the following information and keep your eyes peeled for the announcement in fall 2017.
- workshop name and a short description
- prerequisite skills
- your teaching fee
- price of any kits if they are not included in the workshop fee (and whether or not they are required for the workshop)
- any tools or supplies students should bring
- how long the workshop will run
- maximum number of students (we typically max out at 15)
Workshops are generally scheduled in 1 or 2 hour blocks (occasionally 3 hours if necessary). You may of course sell kits or supplies to your students yourself, or include a list of required items in your class description.