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The First Annual Fiber Feel Day

The first annual Fiber Feel Day was held at the WNC Agricultural Center on June 1st, 2013. The event featured fleeces, roving, and yarn for sale from many local vendors, as well as spinning, weaving, and felting demonstrations, and a chance to meet local farmers and their fiber animals.

Sponsored by Local Cloth, Echo View Fiber Mill, the AFCNA, and WNC Communities, the event was held from 9 am to 1 pm and was free to attend.

             Fiber Feel Day

“The event was created with the purpose of education for farmers and the general public, and connecting farmers with spinners, knitters and weavers”, said event organizer Judi Jetson.

With over 20 vendors, there was something for every fiber craft need at Fiber Feel Day. You could get up close and personal with alpacas and sheep, and talk with the farmers about the process of raising animals for their fiber.

Organizers plan to hold Fiber Feel Day annually with hopes that the event will continue to grow.

Shetland Sheep

A Shetland sheep eagerly greets visitors at the first annual Fiber Feel Day

Llama Farmer

A local farmer talks with a family about the process of raising Llama’s for their fiber

Baskets of Fiber

Baskets overflow with handspun yarns and spinning fiber from recently shorn local sheep

Weaver

A local weaver demonstrates weaving a scarf on her rigid heddle loom

Hat Model

A shopper models one of local fiber artist, Vasanto’s, unique felted hat creations

Table Filled with Yarn

Tables are filled with handspun yarn and woven scarves, ready for shoppers to take home

Alpacas

Freshly shorn alpacas greet visitors to the first annual Fiber Feel Day

Hidaway Farm Fiber

Fresh fleeces, roving, and handspun yarn for sale from Hidaway Farm in Hendersonville, NC

Shetland Sheep

A Shetland Sheep from Sycamore Farms in Leicester, NC says hello at Fiber Field Day

Spinner

A local spinner demonstrates spinning yarn on her Majacraft spinning wheel

Hats by Vasanto

Unique felted hats for sale from local fiber artist, Vasanto

Alpaca

A Huyacaya alpaca strikes a pose for visitors to photograph

Fellowfeel Farm

Hand knit hats, scarves, and accessories from local fiber artist Nancy Stamm of Fellowfeel Farm

I hope you’ll join me at next year’s Fiber Feel Day!

About Ashley Eskew

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One comment

  1. moodybunch@msn.com'

    This article is very informative and covers all aspects of the Fiber Feel Day! Appreciate Ashley Eskew’s enthusiasm to make everyone more aware of a fiber trip from beginning to end. Love to see all the work and how beautiful the end products turn out,especially love the felt hats! So fashionable forr this winter : ) Great blog,Ashley and hats off to you!

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