The Lake Area Fiber Arts Guild will sponsor the 8th annual Fiber Arts Festival on Saturday, April 27. Guild President Mary McGowan says “We hold this festival each year to encourage the public to appreciate the beauty of fiber arts and how these are practiced by individuals living right here in the lake area.”
“Many of our guild members seek out experiences such as the Jeff City Fiber Retreat held each March, Fiber U held in Lebanon each July, and national needlecraft conferences to build their skills and knowledge. We also look to the Missouri Fiber Artists organization for inspiration.”
The 2013 Lake Area Fiber Arts Festival will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Thompson Hall at Harper Chapel United Methodist Church in Osage Beach. The general public is invited, and admission is free.
Various vendor booths will offer an array of finished handmade items such as scarves, garments and home accessories. Specialty hand-painted yarn, roving, spinning wheels and looms will be available as well as paper art, fiber-oriented jewelry and surface design.
Demonstrations such as hand-spinning yarn and rigid heddle weaving will be held throughout the day and there will be attendance drawings each hour. An artistic display of works completed by guild members and vendors will also be offered.
The Guild was established about eight years ago to provide a forum for those who enjoy handmade fiber art and crafts using techniques such as spinning, weaving, knitting, rug-hooking, and surface design. Members of the Lake Area Fiber Arts Guild meet monthly to work on their projects, share ideas, hold a business meeting, and host presentations on aspects of fiber arts and crafts.
More details on the 8th annual Lake Area Fiber Festival can be found on the website www.lakefiberarts.com.
Harper Chapel is located next door to Osage Beach City Hall about 1.5 miles south of the Grand Glaize Bridge and about 3.2 miles south of the Osage Beach Premium Outlets Mall.