WEEKEND: Weave fiber arts festival into weekend plans
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North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival
Chrysalis Carter, right, seen with a young weaver, will give demonstrations and sell handwoven goods during the North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival, taking place tonight and Saturday in and around the Sequim Museum & Arts Center.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — From sheep to shawl: That's the story you can see unfolding in Sequim this weekend.

This community is rich with spinners, knitters, felters and weavers — alongside fiber animals from sheep to alpacas — and they're getting together for what's called the North Olympic Fiber Arts Extravaganza.

Events include a fiber art show at the Museum & Arts Center, a Saturday of demonstrations and displays on Cedar Street, and a set of classes Sunday at the Dungeness Schoolhouse.

Festivities start today with “Long Yarns: Fiber Art Stories,” an exhibition at the museum at 175 W. Cedar St.

An opening reception from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. coincides with the First Friday Art Walk all over downtown Sequim.

Admission is free to the museum and free to Saturday's fiber arts demonstrations at the Sequim Open Aire Market.

Demonstrations

“I'll be working on a loom, and there will be weaving and spinning demos,” said Chrysalis Carter, one of several fiber artists who will set up at the market on Cedar Street just west of Sequim Avenue from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.

Hand-spun yarns; hand-knit hats, mittens and scarves; and hand-woven towels will be among the goods on sale at the Open Aire Market, Carter added.

Sunday brings workshops in Japanese braiding, plastic-bag art, crocheted beaded-wire jewelry, beginning spinning and locker hooking, all at the Dungeness Schoolhouse, 2781 Towne Road.

To find out more about the classes, visit www.FiberArtsFestival.org and click on the education link.

After this weekend, the “Long Yarns” exhibition, with its creations by 30 artists from across the region, will stay on display at the Museum & Arts Center through Oct. 27.

For details about it and this weekend's activities, visit the Fiber Arts website or contact organizer Renne Brock-Richmond at renne@uniqueasyou.com or 360-460-3023.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: October 04. 2012 4:23PM
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