Does your fiber guild do demonstrations?
|Guild president and talented fiber artist, Stephen Page. Photos: Kate Larson.|
|Vicky Bryg's beautiful handspun yarns for sale in the guild booth.|
|Dye Day samples for visitors to explore.|
The Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild has organized a booth at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, Ohio, for a number of years. Taking place over the Memorial Day weekend, the annual event began as a small craft show held in conjunction with a sheep show and sale that draws shepherds from around the region. Today, there are five buildings of vendors, competitions, workshops, and demonstrations.
When I stopped to visit this year, the talented members of the Medina guild had a beautiful booth, full of member work and educational material. Guild president Stephen Page had a tabletop loom and was sharing information about the weaving process with visitors. He was working on a linen project following a workshop with Susan Conover which inspired me to move my own linen project further up my To-Do list. I love how craft demonstrations can be useful and inspiring for those who have never come into contact with fiber arts, as well as those with years of experience.
The Medina guild members are welcome to sell their work at the show if they spend time in the booth over the weekend. They had a great range of handspun yarns, triangle-loom shawls, dyed scarves, and felted items. While working the booth, they can share information about their work, other craft techniques, and how to join the guild.
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