Third Annual Fiber Festival of New England
November 3rd & 4th in West Springfield, MA
It’s going to be a fleece and fiber bonanza at the 3rd annual Fiber Festival of New England on November 3rd & 4th, 2012 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA!
The festival features fiber of all varieties and will host demonstrations, fun activities, and learning opportunities for families. Those interested in expanding their understanding of fiber art and industry can watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving (which will produce a colorful coat by the end of the festival!), or sign up for a fiber art workshops – topics for which include rug hooking for beginners, and creating needle-felted scarves.
The festival also offers an educational component for families to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, rabbits and goats. After learning about the animals, families can learn a bit about the history of fiber arts and traditional uses for fiber too! Volunteers from Storrowton Village will hold workshops to demonstrate proper use of fiber tools new and old, such as bat heads and clock reels. Curious families can bring any mystery fiber tools they may have to be identified by the historians, too!
The festival is a fun event for kids to learn about the many ways to use fiber as a creative medium, and can provide students with an introduction to types of farms and farming that don’t involve food production— and parents can get a jump start to their holiday shopping with more than 200 vendors showcasing their handmade wares!
The festival will be held in the Mallary Complex at the Big E in West Springfield on Nov 3rd & 4th, 2012. Show hours are Saturday, 9am-5pm, and Sunday, 9am-3pm. Admission to the Fiber Festival of New England is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information visit FiberFestival.org.