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October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
An event to celebrate natural fiber and color!
Fiber Fusion’s primary goal is education. We promote and sponsor local fiber-related 4H, non-profits, and small businesses. We also give everyone a chance to learn a new craft or skill. People learn by watching live demonstrations or doing the crafts themselves; competitions, sheep dog trials, and lectures ensure there is something for everyone.
Want to learn about flax or linen? This is the place to come….
Chico Cloth will be having a large presence sharing a year in the life of flax. We have started to experiment growing, processing and weaving locally produced fibers for our clothing and home needs.
In 2014 Chico Cloth did several test plots to grow flax locally, in 2015 they planted even more…..
We will demonstrate and provide hands on opportunity of each step involved in processing the flax plant into linen fiber: from planting the seed to harvesting, rippling, winnowing, retting, breaking, scutching, hackling, then spinning and weaving.
Learn why linen fabric is so special. As we think about sustainability in our community, let’s consider if this is a viable industry for the north state.
Whether by hand cards or a drum carder this is one of the first steps after washing a fleece. And, this is where the fibers start to show their potential. Or, if not done properly, this is where things can start to go wrong.
The primary purpose for carding is to align fibers into controlled chaos so that spinning or felting can be accomplished.
Another purpose of carding is to blend fibers (like wool and silk) or blending colors.
Demonstrators will be happy to share with you some of the tips and suggestions for successful carding.
There are a wide variety of spinning tools and techniques. Does words like long-draw, drafting, worsted, spindle, or whorl make your head spin? We will have several different types of spinning demonstrations going on throughout Fiber Fusion. You will get a chance to see drop spinning and wheel spinning. There will be people spinning wool, mohair, flax, and more. Besides demonstrating the basics of spinning fibers, we will also share some tips, history, and folk lore (like the stories of Rumplestiltskin and Sleeping Beauty).
There will be many demonstrations of weaving on a wide variety of looms (and even some “off loom” weaving). You will see simple threads magically turn into cloth.
Baskets come in all kinds of shapes and materials. Some are made from fabric strips while others are made from reed or thin wood strips. Watch our basket makers show you how it is done.
KNITTING AND CROCHET
Yes, we use the same basic stitches that have been used for hundreds of years – but many times in a new way or with new materials so that what we are creating today is not necessarily what your grandmother did.
A local lace-making guild will again demonstrate some very intricate and interesting types of lace. They will also show how some of the most beautiful laces are really relatively easy to make. History includes several hundred types of lace. Whether the lace is made from a single thread (knitted or crocheted) or from several threads as in bobbin lace – lace is simply fabric with planned holes!
This is a hands-on activity more than just a demonstration. Using natural forms (like tree limbs) and found weaving objects like yarns, ribbon, feathers, and who knows what else we can find.
No knitting needles, no time? No problem. People will be demonstrating and teaching arm knitting to young and old. Learn to take one skein of yarn and in less than an hour, with no tools, make a scarf. Couldn’t be easier!
Watch wood turning the way it used to be – with foot-powered equipment as they turn raw pieces of wood into tools, bowls, and other useful items.
In 1810 the foot-treadle broom machine was invented. This clever machine played an integral part in the Industrial Revolution. The broom-maker uses the broom machine to turn straw and a stick into quality hand-made brooms that are not only extremely functional, but a piece of art as well.
To learn more, visit the event website: http://fiber-fusion.org/index.html