What is YarnCon?

YarnCon is Chicago’s premier independent fiber and yarn exhibition.

Is there a hotel associated with YarnCon?

No, there isn’t. YarnCon is not held at a hotel, and we don’t have a block of rooms, but there are a number of local hotels we can tell you about (we have no affiliation with these hotels, and this is not an endorsement).

What can I expect to see at YarnCon?

A community of people brought together by their love of yarn and fiber. More specifically, a room full of fantastic independent 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. And winding stations!

I don’t knit/crochet/spin/weave. Anything at YarnCon for me?

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!

What does it cost to attend YarnCon?

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.

Will there be food?

Yes! Some of Chicago’s finest food trucks will be selling food out front, and tables and chairs are inside. We sell Dark Matter Coffee (and lovely teas) at the downstairs bar.

How can I sponsor YarnCon?

YarnCon is organized by two 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: 2019 Sponsorship Information

Can I advertise in the YarnCon program? (HINT: Yes!)

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: 2019 Program Ads (PDF)

How can I volunteer?

YarnCon uses Signup.com to organize our volunteer program. To volunteer, visit our Signup page  and choose a time slot and station that works for you. It’s easy, and  you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Neither YarnCon nor SignUp.com will ever share your email address with anyone. (You can read their entire privacy policy here: signup.com/privacy)

How do I apply to be a vendor?

Vendor applications are closed for 2018. We got an amazing response, and all vendor spaces are full. 

Here are some past guidelines and general information for reference, or if you’re interested in applying for a future show: Vendor App Guidelines 2018

How can I teach a class or workshop?

Workshop proposals for 2019 are closed. (See the 2019 Workshops here.)

To propose a class for a future YarnCon, please consider the following information and keep your eyes peeled for the announcement in the fall.

  • 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 sell kits or supplies to your students yourself, or include a list of required items in your class description.

Who designed your awesome logo?

You like it? It was designed by Rusty Cook, who is amazing, so if you have any design work you need, hire them!