Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?

The 2023 Orlando Distaff Day event will be in-person, and is scheduled for Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7, 2023.

What happens at the event?

Orlando Distaff Day is mostly a hang out and craft kind of a day. A gathering of all who love hand crafts will be working on their projects, showing each other their work, making new friends, rekindling old friendships, and learning new things. Participants can get help, advice, and direction on projects they’re stuck on. Vendors will have products for all types of fiber arts including plenty of fiber and yarn to squish.

How much does it cost?

Admission for the January 2023 event is $40 for advance registration with a box lunch or $20 for advance registration only. On-site registration is $20.

Is there a Ravelry group for this?

Yes, the group can be found HERE. Come and join us to chat about what you would like to see from this event.

Who runs the event?

Orlando Distaff Day has always been organized and hosted by volunteers who love the event. In 2019, we formed Orlando Distaff Day, Inc, a Florida nonprofit which is a registered 501(c)3. All event organizers, including the Board of Directors, are volunteers. Orlando Distaff Day, Inc. is not affiliated with any commercial enterprise.

What does “Distaff Day” mean?

A “distaff” is the rod that holds unspun fibers while using a drop spindle. It facilitates the spinning process by keeping the fibers untangled for the spinner. More information about the historical roots and modern celebration of Distaff Day can be found HERE.

Will there be vendors?

Absolutely! More information will be posted soon.

What kind of crafter should attend?

This event is for anyone who loves fiber crafting including spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, beading, cross stitch, needlepoint, sewing, smocking, embroidery, etc. We love all the fiber things. If you also love fiber things, come join us! If you don’t know about fiber yet, but want to learn, this is a great place to start — we love to enable newbie fiber folks.

What if I don’t have a PayPal account?

We have added a new payment method, using Stripe. This adds credit card payment fields to the registration form, and you aren’t redirected to another website. Your credit card payment is processed by Stripe and Orlando Distaff Day, Inc. does not receive your credit card information.