Fiber Arts Fest Prevents Unwinding, Warping

By on 2 March, 2012 in Art, Carole King, Fun with 0 Comments

In coffee shops and bookstores all over Montgomery pockets of artsy knitters, crocheters, embroiderers and interested learners are emerging as the “fiber trend” continues to gain momentum. This interest in our rich local fiber tradition will be celebrated at the Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts to be held at Old Alabama Town on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31. Co-sponsored by South Alabama Fiber Enthusiasts and Landmarks Foundation, this inaugural statewide festival will be devoted to the fiber arts such as (but not limited to) spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, rug hooking, quilting, basketry, mixed media and other forms of fiber related artistry — both traditional and modern interpretation. The chair of this event, Diana Hiott, is excited to be involved with this project:

This event is dedicated to the celebration of all types of fiber art and expression. Alabama has a strong background in rich and diverse handmade goods. There are fiber guilds, embroidery guilds, quilt guilds, civic and church groups who regularly get together to celebrate hand made artistry all over the state. With this event we hope to bring folks together, in one centrally located place, on a yearly basis. Artists, craftspeople, farmers, fiber vendors, experts and historians, to educate, collaborate and promote fiber arts.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts has generously supported some of the programming.

The schedule for the two day event keeps evolving as interested Alabama fiber enthusiasts find out about it. Workshops on Friday will include Color: Serious Fun with Sue Anne Hoyt, The Alabama Quilt Book Project with Mary Elizabeth Johnson Huff, Painting Silk Scarves with Sandy Melroy, and Mushroom Dyeing with Sandra David. On Saturday, the learning sessions will continue with Rug Hooking with Martha Herod, Hyperbolic Crochet with Rachel Hunnicutt, Applique Bags with Deborah Moebes and Needlepointing with our own local, Lee Miller … and the list continues to grow!

The Living Block at Old Alabama Town will be the scene on the 31st for the Fiber Market from 9:00 until 3:00 with an assortment of fiber related vendors, artists and craftspersons, as well as other hands-on opportunities to expand your knowledge and expertise. Included will be several Alabama farmers who provide a wide number of excellent fibers with their alpaca, llama, wool, angora, mohair, and cotton — all available right here in Alabama. A group Yarn Bomb is even planned as a public art event!

Also part of the Festival of Alabama Fibers is the juried competition Warped, Twisted and Tangle—Expressions of Alabama Fiber Arts exhibit. Fiber artists from all over the state have entered and the competition proves to be tough. An opening reception for the exhibit will be on Friday afternoon, the 30th from 4:00 until 6:00 with special guest, First Lady Dianne Bentley, who is also a quilter and fiber enthusiast. She will also be one of the competition judges selecting the First Lady’s Favorite award:

Alabama is full of many talented artists and I am honored to be able to recognize a group of them during the first Festival of the Alabama Fiber Arts. I hope that this event finds success and can be expanded in the years to come.

Save the date for this fabulous new event which will prove to be lots of fun for the whole family. For continuing updates of the scheduled events, check out www.al-fiberarts.org, call 334-240-4512 or like Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts on Facebook.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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