Natural Fiber Fair 2016

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Demonstrations  in 2015

Every hour there are opportunities to participate in hands on demonstrations from a variety of our skilled vendors.

2015 Demonstration Schedule - Free demos!!! 

           (A few hands-on demos have small materials fees.)

Look for the Balloons marking the location of the hourly demonstrations

All Day Demonstrations include:

  • Learn about Spindle Spinning from Lois at Schaer Place Textiles booth through-out the weekend...
  • Hazel at Hazel Rose Looms will be doing weaving demos on her wonderful handmade looms both days!
  • Sunny Grove Alpacas:  drop by their booth and guess the fiber in the mystery box.
  • Una Walker will be demonstrating her punch needle work.
  • April Sproule will be demonstrating on fabric throughout the weekend.


Saturday September 5, 2015


11am            Above the Fray - Learn about the hemp and hand-embroidery traditions of the minority people of Northern Vietnam. Using pictures, samples and models, we will introduce the traditional preparation of hemp from its plant to cloth, including the preparation of the fiber, weaving and indigo-dyeing the cloth, and decorating with wax-resist batik. We will also share our knowledge of this region’s incredible hand-embroidered art.

12pm       Ace Vandenack - Sheep shearing demo


12pm       Kira K Designs - cabling without a cable needle


1pm            Hope Springs Botanicals - Felted jewelry making.  Come and watch or join the fun, buy  a  kit and make your own.


2pm            John Marshall - short audience participation demo using fresh-leaf indigo (it gives a beautiful robin's egg blue)


3pm            Schaer Place Textiles - Spin on a drop spindle


4pm            Cinnabar and Indigo - Simple amulet bracelet made with the silk cordage method.


Sunday September 6, 2015


11am          Above the Fray - Maren Beck and Josh Hirschstein venture to the remote hill-tribe regions of Laos and Vietnam to personally select the world’s most exquisite hand-woven naturally-dyed silk, cotton and hemp textiles directly from independent hill-tribe artisans. Our diverse selection of textiles is woven of locally-raised material using traditional materials, methods and motifs. Above the Fray passionately supports the artisans and their traditional skills and diverse cultures and we are eager to share our knowledge, pictures and stories as well as the incredible woven art of these peoples.

11am          Yarn - Stranded color or Fair Isle knitting using both hands.  This technique is fast and easy.

Noon        Spinning contest in the Fiber Circle

1pm                   Kira Designs - Learn the best way to weave in ends on your knitting projects.

1pm            Ridgewood Fine Woolies - Tie-dye T shirts with Indigo in a 5 gallon bucket.

2pm           Ewe So Dirty - Make your own deodorant.  Students will start with a "base" and create their own scented, natural and chemical free deodorant.  $10 material fee.


2pm            Annabelle's Handmade - Spin on a drop spindle


3pm            Nebro Rock Textiles - How to pick out and judge a good fleece and a lesson in wool grading.


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