Palouse Fiber Arts FestivalIdaho's newest fiber event
|Learn to weave using a rigid heddle loom with Amelia Garripoli at the Palouse Fiber Arts Festival. Images courtesy of Shelley Stone.|
The lively fiber arts community in Moscow, Idaho, will be hosting a new summer event—the Palouse Fiber Arts Festival on June 13-15, 2014. Shelley Stone is organizing the festival and is also the enthusiastic owner of The Yarn Underground, Moscow's LYS. Shelley explains that while the Northwest has many amazing fiber arts events such as Madrona, Black Sheep Gathering, and Big Sky Fiber Festival, these events are at least six hours away from her community along the Washington and Idaho border. To support the growth of her local craft community, the Palouse Fiber Arts Festival was born. Shelley shared with me, "Every day I work hard at making great yarn and making yarn great—and I realized I wanted to throw a huge party to celebrate all things yarn! I love local—the farmers, the teachers, the artisans, the tools, and fibers and yarns . . . There is a lot of talent here."
The vendor list continues to grow, and Shelley recently shared that Greensleeves Spindles with be joining the fun. The festival has an impressive list of instructors ranging from Amelia Garripoli to Sarah Swett, Mary Jane Mucklestone to Lynn Ruggles. Mark your calendars—workshop registration begins March 1, 2014. Interested in attending but live outside of the area? There is information on the website and Facebook page with information about local hotels and more.