GRANTS PASS, OR. Get your hands in some fleece at the 5th Annual FiberMania fiber arts show. Fiber arts enthusiasts, artisans, and vendors from across Oregon, Washington, and California will showcase their unique artwork and products made from animal and plant fibers.
“It’s going to be a hair-raising show”, says event coordinator Diana Shultz, co-owner of River Mist Ranch in Grants Pass, Oregon. “We have artists from across the Northwest displaying their extraordinary fiber products” says Shultz. The fiber event is November 1 & 2 at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass. Event hours are 9AM to 5PM Saturday, and 10AM to 4PM on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.
The heritage arts of spinning, weaving, felting, as well as other fiber art skills will be taught by local instructors and artists. To see a list of available classes, please go to http://www.fibermania.org for registration details and additional information. Classes are available until filled. Adults and children welcome.
Come feel the difference between alpaca and wool and angora and mohair fleeces. Touch and compare various grades of yarn and learn how fleece is dyed using some of Mother Nature’s organic pigments.
Vendors will be on site with raw materials, equipment, yarns, batts, roving, and other fiber arts products. Apparel and handmade gifts such as scarves, hats, mittens, socks, blankets, felted figures, and baskets will also be available for purchase. These unique products make one-of-a-kind gifts for anyone on your holiday shopping list.
Try your luck at winning a beautiful handmade fiber gift at FiberMania’s raffle. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Event attendees need not be present to win. “We have some really lovely offerings from our vendors this year,” says raffle coordinator Dorothy Otten of Suri Haven Alpacas in Eagle Point.
Casa Amiga will be on site providing tasty food for event participants – vendors, volunteers, and shoppers alike. Make a day of it and attend this exceptional fiber show.
FiberMania is sponsored by the State of Jefferson Alpaca Association (SOJAA) which widely promotes the use of natural animal and plant fibers.
To learn more about FiberMania, sign up for classes, or to register as a vendor or sponsor, please go to http://www.fibermania.org or contact Diana Shultz at 541-218-1169.