A festival celebrating a style of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers is being held right here in East Tennessee!
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the fiber arts? Maybe you wanted to spend a weekend having fun and learning something new? You’re in luck because the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival is ideal for both! March 16th through the 17th, join us in Townsend TN at the Townsend Visitors Center as well as the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center for some interesting, interactive fun. You’ll learn more about the raw materials of fiber arts by attending sheep herding and shearing demonstrations, or experience the creative process by participating in introductory to advanced classes. There will be hands-on activities for children as well as adults, so all ages will have fun at the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival offering an educational, entertaining experience along with good food, vendor shopping and great friends! See the 2011 SMFAF photo gallery.
One of the best ways to enjoy this art festival in the Smokies is to arrive early and stay late! Sheep shearing demonstrations take place at noon and 2 p.m., with boarder-collie sheep herding at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you can’t make it on Friday, don’t worry because on Saturday each demonstration will have three different showings! For demonstration times and locations, visit SmokyMountains.org here.
Would you prefer to get more hands-on when learning about the fiber arts? With over 30 different interactive and informative classes, you are sure to find a class that piques your interest. Classes take place each day between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and include quilting, spinning, bobbin lace, rug hooking, weaving, crochet, basketry, and Cherokee finger weaving. Classes are for all skill levels and fees range from $15 to $100. Class names with descriptions, instructors, and costs can be found on this printable Fiber Art Classes Schedule.
Once you’ve attended some of the great classes at the Fiber Arts Festival, you will undoubtedly want to put some of the new techniques you learned into practice. The good news is that there will be plenty of local vendors on location to help you get the supplies you need! We look forward to seeing you and your family at Carr’s Cottages in March enjoying a free night stay and the fiber arts with the rest of us!