Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Alpacas at Oxford (MS) Fiber Arts Festival

Cathy Stauffer, of Coldwater Alpaca Ranch, will bring two of her adorable alpacas to the First Annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival, January 21 - 23. Here are two of them enjoying the recent snow 'event' in North Mississippi.

Cathy will also have for sale at her booth: yarn, roving, raw fiber, batts, hand knit items, soap, lotion and other bath products, plus her best-selling dryer balls. What is a dryer ball? I had not heard of these, but Cathy says they are an all-natural alternative to dryer sheets. They contain no chemicals and are reusable, making them an eco-friendly product. Several in the dryer help to speed the drying process by lifting and separating clothes. They reduce static and soften the fabric. And they are pretty!

See blog posts below for information about workshops, lectures, Make & Take, etc. at the First Annual Oxford Fiber Arts Festival, Jan. 21 - 23 at the Powerhouse Community Art Center.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Oxford (MS) Fiber Arts Festival - Workshops

Several workshops will be offered during the Fiber Festival (please see post below for more info about the festival).

Fiber Artist Carolyn Webb, of Tucson AZ, will offer the following workshops:

Felted Clutch - Saturday, Jan. 22, 1-3 p.m.

In this 2-hour workshop, you will learn how to make a small felted envelope purse using wet felting techniques. You will create your fabric by blending colored roving and yarn, which can then be further embellished using yarn embroidery, beads and buttons.

Previous experience not required. $35, plus the cost of materials - available on site during the Festival.

Nuno-Felted Scarf - Sunday, Jan. 23, 1-4 p.m.

In this 3-hour workshop you will learn a unique art form - nuno-felting - to design your own silk scarf. Nuno is a wet felting technique which combines silk chiffon with wool roving and hand-dyed mohair locks to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind embellished silk scarf.

Previous experience not required. $60. Fee includes white silk scarf and hand-dyed mohair locks. Wool roving to be purchased at the Festival.

See examples of Carolyn's fiber art by clicking on the box in the upper right of this page.

Penny Barnette, of Sky Loom Weavers in Cat Springs TX, will offer the following workshop:

Hand Painting Sock Yarn - Sunday, Jan. 23, 1-4 p.m.

In this 3-hr workshop you will create your own individual sock yarn - in your favorite colors. Learn techniques for dyeing as well as setting the color, and go home with yarn to knit a perfect pair of socks.

Previous experience not required. $40, includes all materials to make your project, including one skein of wool/bamboo blend superwash sock yarn. Additional skeins available for purchase.

All workshop participants should bring a couple old bath towels, small scissors and thin plastic gloves (if allergic to soaps and/or dyes). Wear clothing that you won't mind getting wet or stained with dye, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you will be standing for most of the workshop sessions.

To sign up for the workshops, please e-mail or call Knit 1 Oxford, 662-238-2829, or knit1oxford@gmail.com.

Oxford (MS) Fiber Arts Festival - "Vintage Knitting & Crochet" Opening Talk

The First Annual Oxford (MS) Fiber Arts Festival will be held January 21 - 23, 2011, at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on University at 14th Street. Vendors, demonstrations, workshops, an opening talk by fiber artist Carolyn Webb, make & take for kids, alpacas, and much more will happen during the three day festival.

Admission is free and open to the public. Event hours are:

Friday, January 21, 5-9 p.m.
Saturday, January 22, 10-4 p.m.
Sunday, January 23, 1-4 p.m.

Featured in the Vendors' Market will be hand crafted items such as yarns, knitted and woven apparel and linens, soaps, lotions, jewelry and baskets. Supplies and tools for fiber artists will include yarns, roving, batts, skein winders, drop spindle kits, spinning wheels, rug hooking and punch needle resources, hand-carved and turned tools for knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinner, beadworkers, and much more.

Children will feel welcome at the event -- not only will there be live alpaca, but special kid friendly crafts including macrame, felted bead making and yarn bombing will be offered on Saturday.

Saturday and Sunday workshops offered will be:

Felted Clutch
Nuno Felted Scarf
Hand Painting Sock Yarn

(Please see above post for description of workshops)

The opening lecture, "Vintage Knitting and Crochet," will be a Powerpoint talk by Carolyn Webb of Tucson, AZ. The free talk, at 6:00 p.m., will feature many physical examples of vintage knitted and crocheted apparel, patterns, booklets and books. The public is invited to bring vintage items to show after the talk. A reception will be held after the talk at 7 p.m.

Please see other posts for more information about the Fiber Arts Festival.