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.
“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.
A Shetland sheep eagerly greets visitors at the first annual Fiber Feel Day
A local farmer talks with a family about the process of raising Llama’s for their fiber
Baskets overflow with handspun yarns and spinning fiber from recently shorn local sheep
A local weaver demonstrates weaving a scarf on her rigid heddle loom
A shopper models one of local fiber artist, Vasanto’s, unique felted hat creations
Tables are filled with handspun yarn and woven scarves, ready for shoppers to take home
Freshly shorn alpacas greet visitors to the first annual Fiber Feel Day
Fresh fleeces, roving, and handspun yarn for sale from Hidaway Farm in Hendersonville, NC
A Shetland Sheep from Sycamore Farms in Leicester, NC says hello at Fiber Field Day
A local spinner demonstrates spinning yarn on her Majacraft spinning wheel
Unique felted hats for sale from local fiber artist, Vasanto
A Huyacaya alpaca strikes a pose for visitors to photograph
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!