Several demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place over the next two weekends in conjunction with a major exhibit of locally-made fiber art currently on display on Vashon.
The show, at Vashon Center for the Arts throughout March, includes the work of 40 island weavers, hand spinners, felters, knitters, crocheters, braid makers, fiber dyers, rug hookers, embroiderers and quilters. The exhibit includes a wide variety of wall art, installations and wearable creations, most available for sale.
Islanders can meet the artists and experience the hands-on demands of their work this Saturday and next.
“Surface Designs” — a bazaar of participatory demonstrations by the artists in the exhibit — will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in VCA’s lobby. That day, attendees can explore how to create different types of art including embroidery, applique and needle felting. Supplies will be provided, and the event is free.
Another free event, “Yarn Spinning and Yarn Dyeing,” will take place in the same location at VCA from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Spinners will demonstrate how to use a spinning wheels, and both adults and kids will have a chance to try their hands at the same craft on a drop spindle. Spinners will also demonstrate how fibers are prepared for spinning into yarn. Two pots of natural dyes will be available for visitors to hand-dye yarn samples.
For more information about the exhibit, visit vashoncenterforthearts.org.