The Windy City Knitting Guild

The Windy City Knitting Guild hosted the fair’s first garment competition at this summer’s Midwest Fibers & Folk Art Fair with original entries being modeled on stage by their creators. “Polly Ester,” a soft-sculpture doll who is a traveling companion of the guild, stood on a table near the lobby inviting passersby to sit at her feet and add a few stitches to her wardrobe of handspun, handknitted, and crocheted garments. Visitor Ellen Liebner from Chicago stopped in surprise and was invited to participate. She says, “I was so enchanted and pleased I could sit down to add my stitches.” Polly stands over 5 feet tall with a circumference of 3 ½ feet and captures the true meaning of a “work in progress.” The Hollow Tree Spinners demonstrated spinning on handspindles and wheels, and the Woodstock Weavers Guild (Illinois) wove on inkle and tapestry looms during the three-day extravaganza.

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