The First Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival & Retreat

By on February 2, 2018

Presented by Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe and The North Georgia Knitting Guild

The First Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival & Retreat
April 27–29, 2018
Gilmer County Civic Center
Ellijay, GA

Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe and The North Georgia Knitting Guild are proud to present the First Annual Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival. This event will take place in Ellijay at the Gilmer County Civic Center, April 27 -29. An absolute treat for knit, crochet, weaving, rug hooking enthusiasts and more, attendees of this event will gain access to a variety of vendors and educational resources. Needle artists will enjoy shopping for yarn, beads, hand dyed materials, artisan fiber, felted rug supplies, wood turning products and more. Through partnership with The North Georgia Knitting Guild, guests will also have the opportunity to advance their skills through a variety of educational courses. A list of classes will be available soon, and guests are urged to sign up and take advantage of the opportunity to grow in their craft! Thanks to the Festival’s many sponsors, guests may also register to win a variety of exciting door prizes. Previously an event held in Atlanta, this festival is getting a fresh new beginning in the Ellijay mountain community.

Participants of the Festival will absolutely love sharing their craft with others and experiencing the connection between specialty stores and the needle artists they serve. As the festival is no longer hosted in Atlanta, the owners of Strings & Stitches Yarn Shoppe have seized the opportunity to bring this cherished event to North Georgia. With North Georgia’s ample space, the festival is predicted to quickly expand beyond its roots. Vendors will be traveling from all over Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina for the event, which is estimated to serve as many as two thousand guests. The backdrop of North Georgia makes this festival the ideal weekend getaway for crafting and knitting groups, as there are numerous hotel and cabin rental opportunities. Along with the festival, visitors will have the chance to experience all that the Ellijay community has to offer, including hiking, fishing, camping and mountain biking! You and your traveling companions are sure to enjoy Ellijay’s lovely wine vineyards and countless other attractions while breathing in the Spring aroma of the north Georgia mountains.

This festival is sure to be a great way for craft and fiber art enthusiasts to learn new skills, access a variety of materials, be inspired by north Georgia’s beauty and make new friends along the way! Bring your craft groups, knitting buddies and entire family to make this an unforgettable weekend retreat. So let all your crafty friends know about this event and start now to plan your “girls weekend” or family trip to Ellijay, GA the 4th weekend of April 2018. See y’all there!

First Annual Mountain Needle Arts Festival & Retreat
The Gilmer County Civic Center
1561 South Main St.
Ellijay, GA 30540

Friday, April 27, from 12pm to 6pm.
Saturday & Sunday, April 28 and 29,
from 9pm to 5pm.

There is a cash only admission fee of $5. Vendors will accept payments of checks, cash and credit. Parking is free.

For more information regarding the Georgia Mountain Needle Arts Festival, including lists of sponsors, vendors, educational courses and local hotel and cabin rental options, please visit

To learn more about Ellijay’s wonderful tourist attractions, visit the Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce website at

For vendor opportunities available contact Karen and Janice Moss at 706-698-5648 or