The 19th annual Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival is on Saturday, September 15 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, September 16 from 10 am to 4 pm. The festival, sponsored by the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild, is the largest of its kind west of the Hudson Valley in New York State and draws almost 3,000 visitors each year. Featured at the fest are exhibits, workshops, and free demonstrations of a wide variety of fiber arts including handspinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting, lacemaking, rug hooking and basket-weaving, as well as almost 100 vendors selling supplies and equipment to support all these crafts and more!
The Skein & Garment Competition features contemporary creations from dozens of fiber artists in spinning, knitting, weaving, and felting. Shepherds will be bringing their finest wool fleeces and goat fiber for judging and sale. A wide variety of demonstrations will be held throughout the weekend, in various locations, including sheep shearing, working sheepdogs, spinning, felting, silk production, sock machines and many others!
Want to learn something new? Check out the schedule on our website and register for one (or more) of our workshops. This year’s workshops feature classes on spinning, knitting, felting, weaving and dyeing.
I mean, really – who resist classes with titles like:
Knooking: Knitting with a Crochet Hook
Color Work Bag (taught by Tina Turner!) <– bet she never tires of the attention that name brings her, eh! Sorry, couldn’t resist piling on – big fan!
Free horse-drawn wagon rides take you from building to building where visitors will find vendors offering all kinds of fiber and fiber animals, from all kinds of sources and in every color under the rainbow. Vendors carry a huge variety of products and services, including spinning equipment, rug-hooking/knitting/weaving supplies, gifts for all, books and patterns, buttons, freezer lamb, fiber processing, and even hand-made soaps & lotions.
Take a break from fiber and enjoy the offerings from one of the many food vendors. Refreshing beverages, snacks, vegetarian and hearty meal choices are available all day long.
The Hemlock Fairgrounds, located just 25 miles south of Rochester on Route 15A in Livingston County, has been home to this annual autumn festival since 1994. Admission to the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival is $5 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free; parking is free. NO PETS are permitted anywhere on the fairgrounds, including the parking lot. For further information on the festival, visit their website or phone 607-522-4374.