The Trout Lake Fiber Arts Festival is coming this summer on June 8 and 9. Discover and engage with the different forms and creativity of the fiber arts. Activities for all ages and skill level.
The weekend kicks off at the Grange Hall on Friday, June 8 with the opening of the Artists’ Marketplace 3 – 7 PM and on Saturday, June 9 there will be a wide variety of activities including hands on activities, creative demonstrations and maker workshops.
Pre-register for a workshop of your choice to reserve your spot. Visit www.troutlakefestivalofthearts.com for the full schedule of events and to register.
Eco Print 101 with Kathy O’Hern
9 am – Noon | Cost: $30
Learn to ECO-print – it’s a form of natural dyeing in which the colors from plant material are transferred to prepared fabric by steaming or boiling. In this workshop you’ll learn ECO-printing basics: preparing the fabric, methods of adding color, how to “bundle”, plants that have good transfer properties, and ways to heat the bundles. You’ll take home one 8”x54” Crepe de Chine silk scarf that you have ECO-printed, plus the knowledge to ECO-print on your own. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided. Limited to 16 people.
Beginning on a Spinning Wheel with Sari Peterson
9 am – Noon | Cost: $60
Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors. When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll discuss basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold! Limit 6 people. **Students need to bring a spinning wheel.
Wildflower & Mushroom Natural Dyes with Julie Beeler
1 pm – 4 pm | Cost: $30
The plant world is a rich resource of color, which can be extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, fruits and seeds. There is a long history of dyeing textile fibers, dating back at least 6,000 years. In the workshop you will learn about the different plants and how to prepare and cook the plant material to create a dye bath and play with different Japanese Shibori techniques for making design patterns. You will get to choose if you want to create a scarf, pair of napkins, or tea towel. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided. Limited to 10 people.
Needle Felting Fun with Nancy Skakel
1 pm – 4 pm | Cost: $55
Would you like to learn how to make charming needle felted objects with lovely wool fiber? Needle felting is a simple and easy process using small barbed needles and wool to create felted items. It is an art form that is very forgiving, yet wonderfully satisfying with all the vibrant colors and feel of fine wools. This introductory course will provide you with the basic tools and techniques to try your hand at this ancient art form. We will each create a simple 3 dimensional figure. All supplies are provided including handouts and materials for you to take home to continue your exploration of this popular art form. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided. Limited to 12 people.