The Fiber Festival of New England

THE Fiber Festival of New England

2016 dates are November 5 & 6
Saturday, 9am-5pm
Sunday, 9am-3pm

Fiber Festival Fleece Sale Drop Off Deadline:
November 4

Presented by Eastern States Exposition &
New England Sheep & Wool Growers Assn
Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition

fibersFiber enthusiasts are coming together for the seventh annual Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 5 & 6 in the Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition. Hours are, Sat., 9am – 5pm and Sun., 9am – 3pm. The event, co-produced by the Exposition and the New England Sheep and Wool Growers Association, promotes the use of wool and other natural fibers and related products to the general public.

More than 150 New England exhibitors will be showcasing their products including clothing, quilts, blankets, rugs, looms, spinning wheels and more. Workshops on felting, spinning, punch needle, Tunisian crochet, rug hooking and more will be held both days.

In addition to being an ideal holiday shopping opportunity with handmade items from over 200 vendor booths, Fiber Festival is a great educational experience for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of llamas, alpacas, sheep, and rabbits.

Activities include:

  • A Fiber Fashion Show, featuring handmade clothing and items made from natural fiber, will be held Saturday at 1:45pm. Showcase your fiber-made accessory or garment made out of wool, mohair, alpaca or angora at this fun event. No pre-registration is required, and those interested may contact Kathy Rasys at (413) 245-9463 or via email at kathyrasys@hotmail.com. Participants and anyone wishing to model should arrive no later than 10am on the day of the show.
  • The Make It With Wool Competition is a national competition in which contestants select, construct and model their own garments. Make It With Wool promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns and encourages creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting. The competition is open to entrants of all ages.
  • A Fleece Sale will be ongoing throughout the Festival and is open to all. Be the first in line to purchase a fleece. Those interested in contributing fleeces should send fleeces to arrive on or before Friday, Nov. 4, or bring them to the Mallary Complex, by Nov. 4, 9am to 8pm. Please include the date shorn, breed of animal and producer information.
  • Sheep Shearing demos will also take place throughout the weekend.
    Admission to the Fiber Festival of New England is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under. For more information and tickets, or to sign up for a workshop, please visit FiberFestival.org.

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