The First Fiber Feel Day

PattyAnn Caruso demonstrating rigid heddle weaving at Fiber Feel Day. Photo: Judi Jetson.
Fiber Feel Day visitors had an opportunity to learn more about how fiber is processed into a finished textile. Photo: Echoview. 

Have you ever wished that you could experience your favorite annual fiber event more than once a year? If you love SAFF (Southeastern Animal Fiber Festival) in Fletcher, North Carolina, check out Fiber Feel Day.  The event was held June 1, 2013 at the WNC Ag Center, just outside of Asheville, where SAFF is held each year. A new North Carolina nonprofit, Local Cloth, developed the event with two purposes: "education for farmers and the general public, and connecting farmers with spinners, knitters and weavers."  Judi Jetson helped organize the event and is a member of Western North Carolina Fibers/ Handweavers Guild and a past instructor at John C. Campbell Folk School. Her background is in economic and community development and she plays a part in many of the fiber events throughout the southeastern United States, including the Southeast Fiber Forum.  The first annual Fiber Feel Day included spinning, weaving, and felting demonstrations in addition to a spinning circle and a number of vendors.

Echoview Fiber Mill is located in a LEED certified facility and focuses on sustainable practices. Photo: Echoview.

Echoview Fiber Mill, also sponsored and helped organize the event. Echoview is a mill, farm, and fiber retailer in Weaverville, NC, that focuses on reducing its environmental impact. Julie Jensen opened the mill about a year ago and is also an active member of Local Cloth. Check out what is happening at the mill on the calendar. 



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