History of Fiber Art:

Fiber art is a type of fine art which uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, thread, and roving as the medium. The emphasis is on the materials used, but the manual labor involved is also very significant. Weaving, quilting, sewing, spinning, wet felting, needle felting, knitting, crocheting, dyeing, tatting, lace, needlepoint, crewel, macramé, embroidery, locker hooking, braiding or plaiting are among the crafts that fall under the fiber art category.

Celebrating natural fibers in particular is what fiber fairs and festivals are all about. A few examples of the most common natural fibers used today are linen, cotton, tencel (made from wood pulp), bamboo, silk, wool, alpaca, llama, angora, cashmere, and qiviut (musk ox).

Clothing and textiles have been enormously important throughout human history–so have their materials, production tools and techniques, cultural influences, and social significance.

Textiles, defined as felt or spun fibers made into yarn and subsequently netted, looped, knit or woven to make fabrics, appeared in the Middle East during the late stone age. From ancient times to the present day, methods of textile production have continually evolved, and the choices of textiles available have influenced how people carried their possessions, clothed themselves, and decorated their surroundings.

The first actual textile, as opposed to skins sewn together, was probably felt. Surviving examples of Nålebinding, another early textile method, date from 6500 BC. Our knowledge of ancient textiles and clothing has expanded in the recent past thanks to modern technological developments.

Did you know?

  • According to an article in the Wall Street Journal dated April 19, 2008, there are now 53 million men and women knitting and crocheting in this country…
  • Knitting and other art forms may help alleviate the effects of emotional, psychological, and physical trauma, according to a study done by British psychologist Dr. Emily Holmes…
  • Hand craft has become a legitimate tool for mathematical research…everything from the way the atmosphere generates weather, to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural world.  In 2005, there was a special session on math and the fiber arts during a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America, to study how knitting and crocheting can answer certain math problems and math can answer some knitting problems.

(Source: Science Line)

  • The Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Institute and the University of Toronto have both done studies that conclusively showed that fiber art reduces the effects of stress by inducing a meditative state in the mind in many people…
  • According to a study presented at the 52nd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, knitting and other hand crafts may help stave off Alzheimer’s disease by exercising certain parts of the brain and keeping them active…

Our Mission is:


  • To inspire people to discover and cultivate their talents for creativity with fiber
  • To explore the history and importance of fiber and textile arts in our communities and our lives
  • To foster inter-generational connections
  • To  share new techniques and project ideas
  • To provide opportunities for shopping for hand-made, unique gifts and collectibles
  • To offer fun, excitement, education, and relaxation for fiber enthusiasts and the general public


Hands-on demonstrations for you to watch and try, a marketplace with 25-30 vendors representing 5 different states, fiber animals and their owners answering questions, a silent auction, music, plus a display of finished items from our instructors, vendors and volunteers representing the diverse world of fiber art will be showcased.

Mill tours will be offered by Brown Sheep Co. (sign up takes place at the fair ONLY).   Times will be posted on the Schedule of Events page.

Also, a historical presentation of sheep wagons  will be held at Barn Anew Bed and Breakfast. (sign up takes place at the fair ONLY).  Times will be posted on the Schedule of Events page.

Food vendors  will be selling delicious lunch, snack, and beverage items.

About February 14, 2010