Thursday, June 6, 2013

Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire at Shake Rag Alley

On June 1st and 2nd, Shake Rag Alley welcomed the Driftless Area Fibre Arts Faire sponsored by De La Pear fiber art gallery.

Casper the baby sheep was just one of many friendly animals on site for the two day event that featured fiber arts of all kinds - a unique opportunity to see and learn about natural fibers and the plants and animals that produce them.

Demonstrations, vendors with hand spun and hand dyed yarns and fiber related wares, plus local food and music - a great event and Shake Rag Alley was the perfect setting. 

The Cabinet Shop was busy with "Sheep to Shawl" demonstrations showing the steps in processing wool, from shearing and washing to picking and carding, spinning, and finally weaving. Visitors could even try their hand at weaving on table looms.

Here, Jane Potocki of Red Horse Farm demonstrates spinning.

The Log Cabin was decked out in colorful fiber and also filled with activity.

Karma Grotelueschen of Prairie Oak Artisans demonstrated wet felting. Outside, Karma's son was one of the musicians who entertained throughout the weekend.

At the French Cabin, fashion and textile designer Gabrielle Maria Cols Azocar was doing some intricate beading on fabric while June Tate demonstrated the classic art of rug hooking. 

And then there were the irresistible dyed fibers, hand knitted items, and other fiber wares for sale on the Green and up in the Potters House. It was a fiber shopper's paradise. 

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