Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest returns Jan. 25-26


This year’s Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest will feature 20 vendors selling not only completed items, but also supplies. The vendors will also demonstrate their fiber and fabric art hobbies, like spinning. (NIT file photo)

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

The Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest will return to the McGregor’s Landing Event Center on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25-26. This mark’s the fest’s fifth year, and the second year Linda Boeke will organize the event, which she established with Beth Regan.

 

“She’s a quilter and I’m a weaver,” Boeke said of why the two decided to start the event. “I work with fabric every  day.”

 

This year’s Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest will feature 20 vendors selling not only completed crafts, quilts and fabric, but also supplies, like kits and Alpaca yarn.

 

Like last year, the vendors will also demonstrate their fiber and fabric art hobbies—everything from quilting and sewing to knitting and crocheting—right at their booths. Attendees can also check out spinning, weaving and bobbin lacemaking demonstrations.

 

The Northeast Iowa Quilt Guild will sell raffle tickets for a quilt.

 

New this year is additional space. Last year, Boeke said the Uncle Sam’s Saloon restaurant, located next door to the event center, was in operation. This year, that is not the case, so vendors will be more spread out and, as Boeke said, less hampered and inhibited.

 

Even though the restaurant is not in operation, the saloon will double as a tea room, offering attendees tea, coffee, pie and other food.

 

“It’s a good time to get inspired,” Boeke said, mentioning that watching fellow fiber and fabric artists work on their stitchery, weaving and knitting often prompts people to head home and start a new project or finish up an older one.

 

“It’s just a wonderful day to visit with friends and share ideas,” Boeke added.

 

Boeke said most vendors come from within a 50-mile radius and that she met many of them while attending another fiber festival in Coggon, Iowa.

 

“There are quite a few who come every year,” Boeke said. “There’s good word of mouth.”

 

Even if you are not a diehard fiber and fabric artist, or struggle to find a hobby that works best for you, Boeke said the Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest offers people the opportunity to test the waters.

 

“There are a lot of good, little starter kits,” she said. “You never know what you might want to try.”

 

The Fiber and Fabric Arts Fest takes place Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is an admission fee.

 

For more information, contact Boeke at (563) 873-2387 or (563) 880-0093.

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