Springtime in the Rockies: Snake River Fiber Arts Fair
|Spinning instructor Lynn Ruggles with her trusty Matchless wheel and wooly friends. Photo courtesy of Lynn Ruggles.|
|Sarah Kain modeling her Secret Garden Shawl at the 2012 fashion show after winning first place. Photo courtesy of Sarah Kain.|
With eighteen successful Snake River Fiber Arts Fairs under their belts, the members of the Weaving, Spinning, and Fiber Arts Guild of Idaho Falls are gearing up to host their annual springtime event on May 17-18, 2013. The event features a fashion show and fleece competition, in addition to workshops and a vendor hall.
The exciting list of workshop offerings covers a wide range of skill levels and subjects. Lynn Ruggles will be teaching several workshops for handspinners, including Perfect Plying and Using Handcards Effectively. Lynn is an accomplished spinner and has received a Spinning Certificate of Excellence. Lonna Alexander Steele will be teaching a class called A Spinner's Tune. I can say from experience that Lonna has an impressive understanding of wheel mechanics-and an equally impressive tool kit that is her constant companion.
Dyer, knitter, and designer Sarah Kain won last year's fashion show with her Secret Garden Shawl. She says that the circular shawl is inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman's Pi Shawl theory. Check out more of her work on her Ravelry page as well as her Etsy shop.