Fiber Artists Welcome the Public to the 8th Annual Western New York Fiber Arts Festival

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The 8th Annual Western New York Fiber Arts Festival will be held from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Emery Park in South Wales, NY. Everyone is invited to enjoy a full day learning about fiber arts, experiencing the fiber animals (sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, bunnies and silk worms) and watching demonstrations from various local guilds. Spinners, knitters, weavers, quilters, crocheters, dyers and rug hookers of all skill levels will be gathering at the park to take classes, shop the vendors and watch fiber demos. Admission is $5 and children under 10 are free.

How does wool become yarn? What sound does a llama make? What makes silk? Do people really still use spinning wheels? So many questions to ask and so much to learn about the fiber arts!

Inquisitive minds of all ages are invited to take a scenic drive to Emery Park in South Wales, NY (at the end of Route 400) on Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10am to 5pm for the 8th Annual Western New York Fiber Arts Festival.

The general public can enjoy a full day experiencing and learning about the balance between fiber animals and humans. Live animals, including sheep, llamas, alpacas, bunnies and silk worms, will be in attendance along with their human companions to answer questions about husbandry, behavior and products human beings enjoy from the animals.

In the Ski Lodge, many local guilds will be demonstrating their arts including spinning, knitting, embroidering, weaving and tatting. See first-hand how wool becomes yarn with Common Threads, the spinning guild, and maybe even sign up for the drop spindle workshop! A make-and-take craft activity will keep the children busy, and provide a reminder of their day to take home. The Weaving Guild will have artists working at their looms to answer questions about the creative process involved in making cloth. Lace makers, knitters and quilters will also be demonstrating and displaying their creations.

After learning all about the four-legged friends and the art that they inspire, take a shopping trip through the vendors to find products handmade from fiber and supplies to get started on an artistic path. Local Indie artists offering finished garments, yarn, dyed wool, spindles, fleece, honey, lotions and soaps to name a few will be on hand. There will be fruits and vegetables from local farms available. Take home a seasonal pumpkin!

Spinners, knitters, weavers, quilters, crocheters, dyers and rug hookers of all skill levels will be gathering at the park to take classes, shop the vendors and watch fiber demos. It’s a time to get inspired and stock up for the up-coming winter while catching up with friends, brushing up on techniques and picking up a new skill or two. Here’s a chance to bring out and explore the fiber artist within. Tap into hidden talents!

This 8th year of the festival also marks the second year at Emery Park. The event has enjoyed rave reviews about the beautiful location. Admission to the festival is $5.00; children under 10 are still free. For more information, contact knoxfarmfiber(at)gmail(dot)com or locusthill1(at)gmail(dot)com, or call Victoria at 716-652-3237.

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