WASHINGTON — Ten years ago members of the Hoosier Hills Guild, a group of crafters who specialize in rug hooking, started a fiber arts fair to promote and stimulate interest in their art and help keep fiber arts alive. This years’ event will be held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Washington Conservation Club. Parking and admission are free.
The Fiber Arts Fair, which was originally held at the Washington 4 -H Park, will feature vendors and crafters who specialize in fiber arts such as rug hooking, spinning, weaving, broom making, knitting, crochet, wool applique, painted floor clothes, penny rugs and more. Pottery, wood carvings, homemade soap, gourd arts, herbs, flowers and plants will also be available for purchase.
Demonstrations are considered an important part of the event as well. Over the years, those attending the fair have been offered classes on fabric dying, needle felting, rigid heddle spinning and basket weaving. This year, classes will be offered in beginning rug hooking and traditional rug braiding. Teresa Kinman will be teaching the classes. Kinman has been rug hooking since the 1990’s and has been attending the fiber fair for years.
“I didn’t have the connections I needed to get the supplies I needed to hook so I picked up a bookmark from the Hoosier Hills Guild at a local business in Newburgh and attended my first fiber fair four years ago. I’ve been hooked on the event ever since and I joined the guild a year later,” said Kinman. “Thanks to the fair, I now have the network of vendors for patterns, wool, and supplies for the art I love.”
Several rugs will be on display during the event as well including work from members of the Hoosier Hills Guild. There will also be a raffle event featuring a hooked rug that will be given away at the end of event. Tickets are $1 each or 15 tickets for $5.