Category Archives: Fiber Arts

Weaving, Spinning, Workshops, Special Fiber Events

Fibers Show and Sale

This Weekend! Saturday and Sunday, March 12 & 13

10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 4 pm on Sunday

with the Overmountain Weavers Guild!

The Fibers Show and Sale will feature Guild demonstrations of weaving, spinning, and knitting throughout the weekend.  Guild members and other local fiber artists will have a variety of natural fibers, handspun yarn, handwoven items and knitted products available for sale.  Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and speak with area fiber artists, observe them using fibers to create yarn and apparel, and try their hands at these heritage crafts.

The Overmountain Weavers Guild was founded in 1972 to teach, stimulate, and furnish inspiration, information, and mutual assistance in the growth and development of handweaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, basketry, and related fiber arts. The Guild hosts programs and workshops for members throughout the year and educates the next generation of fiber artists through their beginning and advanced weaving classes every August. The Guild is currently working on a variety of projects including weaving drafts (patterns) from the mid-19th century and growing a garden of plants to make natural dyes.   This event is free and open to the public.  

New this yearNeedle Felting Class taught by Jen Hanlon

Sunday, March 13 beginning at 12 pm –3:30 pm

Cost of Class: $65.00 – Includes all supplies (2 felting needles, needle holder, finger protectors, skewer, foam felting surface, project template & handout, Core & Topcoat Fiber- enough to complete project and more!

Minimum number of participants:  3    Maximum number:  10

Age restriction: 18+

In this Beginners level class you will be creating a little bird! If you have a special favorite bird, bring a picture!

To Register:  email- jenhanlon35@gmail.com – 50% of class fee is due upon registration

About the Artist:     Jennifer Hanlon is a multimedia artist with a focus on fiber, especially needle felting. Originally from Western North Carolina, she participated in several shows, galleries, and was secretary of the Blue Ridge Fine Arts Guild for 3 years focusing on 2-dimensional works.  She took a break from crafting after marrying and moving to Vermont for 3 years.  After moving back to the mountains here in Johnson City, TN She has gotten back into crafting and discovered needle felting in 2020.  Needle felting is a great craft that takes patience but is so worth the effort when you see the results. Please join her at Sycamore Shoals!

The Guild meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 10 am at Exchange Place in Kingsport, Tennessee. Its hand-spinners meet on the fourth Wednesday. More information about the Overmountain Weavers Guild can be found on their website at omwg.net or by e-mailing the Guild at OvermountainWeavers@gmail.com.  Information and the opportunity to sign up for their classes will also be available during the event.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park –

1651 W. Elk Avenue- Elizabethton, TN 37643

423-543-5808

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Overmountain Weavers Guild Fibers Show and Sale this Saturday!

 

Spring Fibers Show

scheduled for Saturday, March 17th!

10 am until 4 pm in the Visitors Center of the State Park

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We are pleased to welcome the Overmountain Weavers Guild from Exchange Place, Kingsport, Tennessee to Sycamore Shoals for their annual fibers show. These talented Guild members will be presenting intriguing demonstrations and hands on opportunities which make this an event you don’t want to miss!

The one day event will include:

Spinning and Weaving demonstrations

The opportunity to purchase hand-made items from Guild members

Knitting, Spinning, and Weaving contests

Classes: Beginners Knitting with Linda Muraski and Beginning Crochet with Rudi Angelmaier

A Children’s Craft Table

Vendors displaying and selling fiber related items

 

We hope to see you this Saturday for our annual fibers show with the Overmountain Weavers!

 

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park

1651 West Elk Avenue

Elizabethton, TN 37643

(423) 543-5808

Holiday Felted Ornament Class

Saturday, November 11 from 1 pm until 2:30 pm

 

 As part of our annual Fall Fibers Show and Colonial Harvest Celebration we will be offering a new workshop on wool felting on Saturday, November 11 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm taught by Nancy Davis. This fun, seasonal class is sure to be a hit!

The class includes instruction and all materials needed to complete one ornament with a registration fee of $12.00. This includes: pattern, instructions, wool blend felt, needle, stuffing, matching thread and buttons if needed. A variety of felt colors will be available for students to choose from. Students will choose a Snowman or Nativity ornament. If you do not finish your project during the class, you should leave with the skills and materials needed to complete your ornament. Students should have a basic knowledge of hand sewing. It would also be helpful to know how to do the buttonhole or blanket stitch. Please bring a pair of sharp scissors to cut the felt. Please register by calling Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park at 423-543-5808.

In addition to the class, the annual Fall Fibers Show will also include vendors selling handmade fiber oriented goods in addition to spinning and weaving demonstrations.

The Autumn Harvest Celebration presented by the Washington County Militia will take place in and around Fort Watauga. Activities throughout the weekend will include; a reading of colonial governor Richard Caswell’s Thanksgiving Proclamation, open hearth cooking, flintlock musket and rifle demonstrations, and many more aspects of daily life on the colonial American frontier.

The Fall Fibers Show and Autumn Harvest Celebration take place Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park is located at 1651 W. Elk Ave. Elizabethton, TN 37643. For additional information about this and other exciting events at the park please call 423-543-5808.

We look forward to seeing you at Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park, where you too can “Share in the glorious cause of Liberty”!

 

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