Friday, May 4, 2012

Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival

Everyone, plans proceed for the September 21-22, 2012, gigantic fiber arts festival, to be held on the campus of Wayne State University, Detroit.  Google for the McGregor Memorial Conference Center, Wayne State, to have a look.  It's an utterly amazing facility -- a rock garden outdoor space, lots of wide limestone outside areas as well for demos, if the weather permits.  We will have spinning demos and a rigid heddle loom operating in the atrium.  Workshop leaders include the brilliant Candace Eisner-Strick and Judy Pascale and Sarah Peasley and Sheryl Thies -- plus Mollie Fletcher from CCS and Dana (the wonderful designer once associated with Indigo Rose, teaching continental knitting!) and Amy from Jehovah Jireh Farm near Paw Paw (needle felting class and a workshop having to do with a stash-buster shawlette).  On and on.  I will offer a couple of classes, too.  But the real story -- as if this isn't real enough -- is the market.  So far, only a few weeks into the process, 15 vendors have signed up!  These are artisans drawn mostly from the immediate area -- producers of gorgeous hand-dyed yarns, buttons, tools, and so on.  Gita Maria is coming -- makers of stunning sterling and enameled buttons, buckles, jewelry, and the like.  The response has been overwhelming.

Please tell people you know about this event.  Detroit has LONG deserved its own festival -- knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, it's all good.  We need word to go out.  Go to our website for a festival link.  Soon, we'll be listed on Knitters Review (Events tab).  Larry is working on all kinds of marketing and publicity.  Maybe a T-shirt!  Get in touch with Larry Hart at or me ( with ideas, suggestions, offers for volunteer work, etc.  I'd like to see a couple of thousand people in and out of the Center over these two magical days.  No reason we can't do it -- the metropolitan area is crammed with incredibly talented men and women who work with fiber.   svb

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