Learning keeps us young. Preserving and sharing heritage arts keeps us grounded. And if the old proverb “idle hands are the devil’s workshop” is true, we’ve got the antidote – exploring fiber arts this Spring.
The 11th annual Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival, presented by the Townsend Artisan Guild and the Tennessee Valley Handspinners Guild, will be Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 9am-5pm, with pre-Festival classes on Thursday April 23, 1-5pm. Admission to the Festival and the Museum is free and open to the public. Pre-registering for hands-on classes through the Festival’s website is strongly recommended, but there may be some last-minute class availability during the event. Be aware that our most popular classes sell out early.
The Festival focuses on the “sheep to shawl” concept, and visitors will see the transformation of fleece into finished goods and art pieces. We will offer sheep shearing demonstrations on Saturday. The Third Annual Fashion Show, at noon on Saturday, will offer an opportunity for vendors, instructors, and participants to model their artistic creations.
Approximately 40 vendors will offer demonstrations in addition to selling supplies, tools, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn, and finished goods. The Liles Organic Farm and Saddle Brook Farm will show off their prized ‘fiber on the hoof’ including llamas, sheep, goats and angora rabbits
Classes include fiber preparation, spinning, dyeing, felting, weaving on different types of looms, tapestry, knitting, and embellishments. Join us to learn unique techniques, complete hands-on projects, and have fun.
For class descriptions and registration, visit www.smokymountainfiberartsfestival.org.
Sponsored by Tennessee Arts Commission, Arts and Cultural Alliance of Knoxville, and Blount Partnership.