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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ozark Folk Ways fiber arts festival

This was a beautiful cooler morning! My friend Suzanne drove us to Winslow, Arkansas (population 300+). It was the day of their fiber arts festival at the Ozark Folk Ways center. It is in this large older native stone building, once a home and then for a brief time, a convent....but the focus today was fiber, glorious fiber!

The building is in the back of this photo....which shows how the trees were "yarn bombed" with knit and crochet!
Suzanne taking some photos too!

The sign out by the road had this hexagon beauty!
Inside there were antique quilts.

And some peddler dolls made in the 1940's. I know that collecting those baskets of merchandise for the dolls is part of the fun of making them! I once worked on making a peddler doll, myself.
This was a quilt called a wedding quilt, which featured interesting textiles from Japan...
It is a wonderful example of sashiko stitching, the white thread on the indigo.

Spinning and weaving are local crafts represented...
Hand spun yarn knits up beautifully!

Visitors were often wearing beautiful textiles too!
Lacemaking is demonstrated!
There was a room of quilts offered for sale!
Basket makers and painters also had their work for sale!

Vines and bittersweet decorate the ceiling for the season!

We had a very good time, I am so glad we took the time to go!
[The Ozark Folk Ways center is right next to the Our Lady of the Ozarks Shrine]

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