A Friendly Festival of the Fibre Arts! - theHumm September 2019
A Friendly Festival of the Fibre Arts! - theHumm September 2019
Come out to the friendly town of Almonte on September 7 and 8 for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 24th annual Fibrefest. Now at two locations (the Almonte Community Centre and the Textile Museum), admission is $6 per day, which gets you access to both sites. Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
This year several hands-on workshops, lectures, storytelling, and a trunk show will be taking place in conjunction with Fibrefest. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves and get felting, weaving or hooking with talented fibre artists and vendors. Workshops run from Thursday through to Sunday (September 5–8) at both the museum and the community centre, and registration fees include free admission to the festival. Advance registration is required and some workshops may need you to bring some of your own supplies, so do check out the website and sign up early to avoid disappointment!
During the two-day festival, Almonte’s North Market will offer their artistic tea room services featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches at very reasonable prices. For the first time this year the Dairy Distillery of Almonte (makers of Vodkow) will be working with North Market to offer samples of their products. At the museum, explore the permanent history exhibit Fabric of a Small Town, which interprets how a piece of wool fibre becomes a piece of finished cloth and includes industrial machines used throughout the process. Also on display this year is the featured exhibit Those of Us Still Living, works by Jim Arendt. Jim is an artist who works in denim to create images that explore the lives of working people.
For additional information, or to register for workshops, please visit almontefibrefest.ca .
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