FIBER ARTS EVENTS
Hands on Classes
A variety of fiber arts related hands on classes is being offered this year. Participants will have the opportunity to learn or hone skills under an experienced instructor. Classes are offered at the novice and intermediate level. Classes offered this year include Introduction to knitting (novice), introduction to lace knitting (intermediate), introduction to rug hooking (novice), introduction to Shepherd’s Rug (a braiding technique) (novice), Introduction to Japanese Temari Balls (novice), spinning on a drop spindle (novice), introduction to wet felting (novice) and introduction to needle felting (novice).
Participants must preregister for the classes.
Most classes will have a materials fee that covers all of the tools and materials used in the class.
The Maker Space
A different fiber activity will be featured each hour with both demonstrations and opportunities for hand on experiences. In addition to the featured activity visitors are encouraged to bring your curiosity, your crochet hooks, your spindles or spinning wheels, your knitting needles, your felting tools, your embroidery floss, your rug hooking gear or whatever fiber art tools you want to the Maker Space. Coordinated by the Washington Spinners and Weavers Guild, you will find a welcoming environment to ply your craft, talk about your fiber-y passions, get some of your own work done in a friendly environment, watch others work, pick up or share a tip or two about your old or a new fiber related activity. We’ll have a loom warped and ready for you to try out, some fiber preparation tools (hand cards, fiber combs, drum carders) and a spindle or two, a spinning wheel or two and some sample fiber if you want to try something new. We’ll be on the top level of Building 10 from 1:00 to 4:00 on Sunday.
The Shepherd’s Lead Contest is an opportunity for shepherds to demonstrate the relationship between the shepherd and the wool products made from sheep (clothing products). Each competitor leads a young sheep around the ring while wearing an outfit made from wool. Each competitor provides a narrative describing the garments as well as the sheep. Garments may be sewn, knitted, felted or crocheted. The contestant is judged on the handling of the sheep, as well as the outfit. There are several age groups of competitors.
See rules for more information.
Fleece to shawl
Teams made up of five team members – one carder, three spinners, and one weaver –compete to transform a ‘raw fleece’ - that is one that is fresh from an animal – to a finished woven shawl. This happens all in the space of a few hours! Each team brings a loom that has been warped, a fleece, and talent and experience. Each team provides a display of the anticipated final shawl. Stop in to watch the magic happen. After the entries have been judged, the shawls are auctioned off by a professional auctioneer. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, the event is located in the upper level of the 4H Building. Auction starts at 2:30 p.m.
A Live Action Hand Spinning Competition
Come and watch novice and experienced hand spinners as they compete for fabulous prizes! Both wheel spinning and spindle spinning are featured. Competitors bring their spinning wheel or hand spindle, top or roving (50% or better wool or alpaca) and spin up a storm for 20 minutes!! Special category for fiber purchased from a Waynesburg Sheep and Fiber Festival vendor (provide label).
Registration: 2:00 p.m. Sunday Top Floor Building 10
Competition begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Entry Fees covered by a Grant in 2017
Drop spindle and wheel categories
Prizes awarded for:
Novice Spinner (less than one year) is available in each category.
Rosette and $25 for Judges Choice (Best in Show Wheel or Spindle) sponsored by West Heritage Farm.
Rosette and $15 for Judges Choice Novice Wheel sponsored by West Heritage Farm.
Rosette and $15 for Judges Choice Novice Spindle sponsored by West Heritage Farm.
$7 and ribbon for first place in each category
$5 and ribbon for second place in each category
$3 and ribbon for third place in each category
Ribbon for fourth place in each category
Judges Choice Novice
Judges Choice Novice