May 13, 2016

Folk Art Center Fiber Weekend Celebrates Textile Arts

May 14 - 15, 2016    Fiber Weekend at The Folk Art Center   Come enjoy a celebration of textile arts. Throughout the weekend, craftspeople will be sharing their inspiration and expertise as the Southern Highland Craft Guild hosts Fiber Weekend 2016. 

Educational craft demonstrations will include: spinning groups, quilting bees, yarn circles, weaving and more.  The Annual Fashion Show of Wearable Art will be held on Saturday.

Known for demonstrating the raw labor of processing fiber, Cassie Dickson will be presenting silk worms to silk fabric. “The silk worms will be babies on Fiber Day, but they will be looking for a place to spin their cocoon,” says Dickson. Other participants in attendance will be the well-known quilter Georgia Bonesteel, alongside Sheila Rauen working on blocks and patterns. Lin Oglesby and Rita de Maintenon will have their knitting needles ready, and Mary Nichols will be at her spinning wheel with the Blue Ridge Spinners.

The annual Fiber Wearable Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, May 15 at both 1 PM and 3 PM. In its seventeenth year it will continue to honor fiber wearables from a selected pool of artists within the Guild. With 20 years of membership in the organization, weaver Liz Spear will be emceeing. She will explain many of the techniques and processes, as well as pointing out the education centers within the region that offer opportunities of workshops or classes in the textile arts, for all experiences.   

Fiber Art Weekend is a FREE event held annually at The Folk Art Center, Milepost 382 on The Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville NC


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