April 24-25: Fiber Arts Festival (Yarn Products)
April 24 - April 25
Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival
Learning keeps us young. Preserving and sharing local heritage arts keeps us grounded. If the old proverb is “idle hands are the devil’s workshop”, 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, 9 am-5 pm, and Pre-Festival Classes Thursday, April 23, 1-5 pm. 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. The Second Annual Fashion Show will offer an opportunity for vendors, instructors, and participants to model their artistic creations. The Fashion Show will be Saturday at noon in the Amphitheater.
Approximately 40 vendors (with 9 new entrants), will offer demonstrations in addition to selling supplies, tools, hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn, and finished goods.
Approximately 60% of the classes are new for 2020, including shibori 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. The Liles Organic Farm and Saddle Brook Farm will show off their prized ‘fiber on the hoof’ including llamas, sheep, goats, and angora rabbits. Chef Mo will be offering lunch during the Festival.
Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm, April 24 & 25,
2020 Pre-Festival Classes on Thursday, April 23, 1-5pm