Highland Fiber Artists

I am writing to tell you about a successful project undertaken by our guild earlier this month to celebrate National Spinning & Weaving Week.

The Highland Fiber Artists (HFA) of Marshfield, Missouri presented a fiber arts workshop inconjunction with the Dogwood Trails Girl Scout Council. Thirty-two Junior Girl Scouts earned part of their Yarn and Fabric Arts Badge.

HFA guild members set up 10 stations, each featuring a different handcraft: spinning on a handspindle, weaving on a cardboard loom, crochet, knitting on spools and fingers, shuttle tatting, paper quilling, bobbin lace, paper making, embroidery, and kumihimo braiding.

Small groups of girls spent half an hour at each station, watching a demonstration and trying their hand at the craft. Six hours later they went home with handspun yarn, the beginnings of a purse on a cardboard loom, finger-knitted scarves, necklaces of paper beads, wristbands of kumihimo braids, and hopefully, a head full of ideas and inspiration.

Guild members went home with tired feet, aching backs, and huge smiles on their faces, full of the good feeling that comes from knowing you have done your part to help pass along a love of fiber to a younger generation. We are already planning for next year!

Susan Robords
Highland Fiber Artists


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