CNY Fiber Arts Festival Demonstrations, Animals and Sales in Madison County

An in-depth look at all aspects of fiber production and craftsmanship awaits as the annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival returns Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12 in Bouckville.

Featuring its regular popular features and a few new attractions, the event sponsored by CNY Fiber Artists and Producers will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the Butternut Hill Campground on Route 20. Visitors can stroll through 120 booths covered with fiber-related and farm products, meet fiber animals and watch live exhibits and demonstrations.

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Products include hand-spun yarn, roving and handmade garments; unique decorative pieces; carpets and sheepskins; and crocheted and knitted toys. Other kiosks offer fiber arts supplies, handmade tools, jewelry, bags, soap, fabrics, brooms, honey, herbs, and maple syrup.

Yarns and fibers come from various breeds of sheep and goats, Angora rabbits, llamas and alpacas.

The Viv Fulton Memorial Weaving Competition will be presented again this year, and items submitted to the competition will be displayed. Vendors and fiber guild members will demonstrate spinning, weaving, felting, knitting and dyeing. The wheel corral will be an opportunity to learn the basics of spinning or try spinning wheel models.

Jim Baldwin of Foxfire Farms will demonstrate sheep shearing throughout the day. Visitors will be invited to participate in a community weaving project on a ‘story loom’. Live music and food vendors will complete the festival atmosphere and the outdoor environment will allow everyone to enjoy the rural center of New York and feel safe. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available.

Nationally recognized ergonomics expert Carson Demers will lead two workshops on techniques to reduce the strenuous aspects of knitting and spinning. New York artist Amanda Solomon will lead workshops on creating yarn art with a spindle. A virtual workshop on creative sweater alterations will be available on Zoom with Melissa Littlefield, from the popular “Knitting the Stash” YouTube videos.

Advance reservations are highly recommended for workshops and can be arranged by emailing [email protected]

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Free lectures will be offered by Carson Demers, Ken Wolf and Rabbit Goody. Wolf, fleece judge for the New York State Fair, will share his expertise in selecting fleeces from different breeds of sheep. Goody will draw on her extensive experience as an expert in historical textiles for her presentation.

The popular children’s tent invites children to weave potholders, try needle felting and wet felting, decorate a mask and pet lambs and kids. New this year is a challenge called “Pass Explorer” that will send them to stations throughout the festival to get answers to fiber questions.

Admission is $6 and children under 12 are free. For the safety of exhibited animals, dogs are not permitted. For more information, visit cnyfiberarts.org.

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