ARCHBOLD – Fiber artists from throughout the region will be gathering at Sauder Village on Saturday, June 22 to share with guests their love of turning fibers into finished products. Visitors can watch as craftsmen demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, basket making, rug hooking and even try some of these fiber art activities. Guests will also have an opportunity to purchase supplies or hand-made items during the “Focus on Fiber Arts” event at Sauder Village.
“From shearing the sheep in the spring to spinning the wool and weaving it into cloth, years ago the process of making rugs, yarn and clothing involved a lot of work,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/media relations specialist. “We are thrilled to have so many talented fiber artists and vendors joining us again this year to share their talents with our guests at this special event!”
The Focus on Fiber Arts event takes an in-depth look at the world of fiber arts as craftsmen come together to share with guests their love of turning wool, cotton and flax into finished products. Visitors can watch as guest fiber artists join with Sauder Village’s spinners and weavers to conduct demonstrations in spinning, knitting, rug hooking, basket making and card weaving. Guests can also watch demonstrations of weaving, bobbin lace making, yarn dyeing with natural dyes, tatting, processing and spinning flax and more!
Again this year, guests will have an opportunity to get involved with the fiber arts activities. Throughout the day guests can weave on a floor loom, try bobbin lace making, card wool, try drop spindle spinning and pet an Angora rabbit! Guests will also be given a “passport” that they can get stamped at select fiber art locations throughout the Historic Village to be entered in a drawing for Sauder Village door prizes.
Fiber arts vendors will also have many unique items for sale. Vendors will be selling wooden textile tools, raw fleece, handspun art yarns, hand-dyed yarns, batts, millspun yarns, spinning wheels and spindles. There will also be hand-woven scarves, knitting and crocheting yarns and supplies, handmade pottery yarn bowls, dyes, tatted doilies and other hand-knitted items for sale.
Other upcoming Sauder Village events include an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July event on July 4 featuring a U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony, Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm on July 6 and Preserving Our Memories on July 13.
Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4 p.m. The village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season – even for the concert!
For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.