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Demonstrations and Talks




The following Guilds and groups will have ongoing demonstrations.
Stop by and enjoy the heritage and diversity of fiber arts in eastern NC.


A. Sonali Club of Raleigh (Saree)

B. Ol’ North State Knitting Guild

C. Triangle Machine Knitters Guild

D. Crochet (Friday) Tri-Tatters (Saturday)

E. Sir Walter Lacers (Bobbin Lace)

F. Rug Hooking

G. Triangle Weavers Guild

H. Sheep to Shawl

I.Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild 

J. Make It With Wool & NC Sheep Producers    


Both Days:

Demo Area A  Sonali Club of Raleigh (Saree)

Demo Area B  Ol’ North State Knitting Guild

Demo Area C – Triangle Machine Knitters Guild – Do you love to knit, but would love for that  boring stockinette to go a bit faster?  Do you want to stretch your brain a bit? Do you want a store bought look but with your personal touch?  Come visit Triangle Machine Knitters  booth at Carolina Fiber Fest and get answers to those questions and much, much more!  Knitting machines have been around a long time and are no more “cheating” than a farmer using a tractor rather than a mule and plow.  We meet  every third Saturday at Millbrook Methodist Church from 10AM until noon.  We’d love to show you what our machines can do.

Demo Area E Sir Walter Lacers – We will be demonstrating Bobbin Lace on both days of the Fiber Fest. There will be lace pillows set up so visitors can try their hand at this beautiful art. Sir Walter Lacers meets at the Mordecai Visitor Center on the first Tuesday of each month and welcomes those interested in learning bobbin lace to join them.”

Demo Area FRug Hooking – Like quilting, hooked rug making was a home craft practiced out of necessity by women in Canada and the New England states in the 1800s. The rich could buy imported blankets and rugs to help keep their homes cozy and warm during the brutally cold winters. Most homemakers, however, could not afford the same. So, these smart, thrifty women used scrap fabric and burlap to make rugs for their homes.  A skill developed out of necessity became a creative outlet for many of those women as it was also a way to add color and an individual touch to their homes.  Joanne Page (Wollly Worm Rugs) is a local Wake Forest artist who has been deigning and creating hooked rugs since 2010.

Demo Area G – Triangle Weavers Guild –   The Triangle Weaving Guild display offers the public a chance to experience weaving for themselves on one of the looms which are set up and to see other types of weaving and equipment.  There will also be hands on weaving activities for kids.

 Demo Area H – Sheep To Shawl – See how a finished shawl is crafted from the sheared sheep fleece.  – watch artists card, spin and weave a shawl in a day.

Demo Area I –  Twisted Threads – Spinning All Day Spinners will use a variety of spindles and spinning wheels, showing age-old techniques of making yarn from wool, cotton, and other natural fibers.  There will be opportunities for visitors to hand card, and try spinning on both a wheel and a spindle. In addition, we’ll have sock knitting using historical patterns, and old skein-making techniques.

Booth 11—Bobbin Boy will be demonstrating (both days in booth #11) the 1830’s setup of weaving & spinning equipment. They will be producing Civil War era three-shaft 2/1 jean material on the barn loom (which was known to have been used in Ashe County NC to produce material for Civil War uniforms).  They will also demonstrate flax, wool & cotton spinning.

Booth 43—Oxford Needle Punch Demonstrations (both days – booth 43 – Check Mate Farm).  Check at booth for specific times.

Booth 44—Fiber Prep Demonstrations (both days – Booth 44 – Shepherd’s Gate Fiber Mill) – Check at booth for specific times.

Booth 45—Needle & wet Felting Demonstrations (both days – Booth 45 – Especially For Ewe) – Check at booth for specific times.



Friday Only:

Friday 12-3 pm- Demo Area D – Crochet Demonstration -Carolyn Kotlas will demonstrate crochet and display crocheted pieces in yarn and thread that show the beauty and versatility of this popular craft.  Children visiting the display will receive a crocheted heart to take home.


Saturday Only:

10 am – 3 pm – Demo Area D – Tri-Tatters, the Triangle-area tatting group, will demonstrate tatting and display a variety of tatted pieces that show that the art of making lace with knots has changed since your grandmother did it. Come by and try your hand at tatting.

Saturday 1- 2 pm – Class Room 4 – Oxford Needle Punch Demonstration 

Demo Area A – Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 PM  How to wear a Sari –Presented by Sonali Club of Raleigh – The Saree is an attire Indo-Pak Subcontinent women wear on an everyday basis, as well as on special occasions. It is amazing to see how a 6 yard long unstitched cloth draped around the body in a set pattern  looks so graceful and stylish. Come see various colorful fabrics and designs in Saree making and also  try one on to feel and look beautiful. 



If you belong to a Fiber Arts Guild or group and would like to participate in the festival, please contact us at



Free Talks and Presentations

Join us for some exciting talks and presentation.


Friday 10:30-11:30 AM  Getting Started with Fiber Animals – Elaina Kenyon  

Have you thought about owning your own fiber animals such as sheep, angora goats or angora rabbits and wondered what it takes in terms of time and investment?  This presentation will focus on the basic issues to consider if you are new to fiber animals in general, or considering the addition of a new species to your farmstead.  We’ll talk about the basic characteristics and needs of these wonderful animals, and how they fit with various homesteading situations and fiber production goals. Questions are strongly encouraged.


Friday Noon-1:00 PM  Growing Your Own Plant Fibers 

This  will be an interactive presentation with an opportunity to talk with fellow fiber enthusiasts who have grown their own plant fibers.  Please come with questions and we will help you get started with a fiber garden of your own.


Friday 1:30-2:30 PM  Guatemalan Textiles – Julie Moore 

Julie will speak about her experience taking a new hand spinning technique to the women of Guatemala in the autumn of 2016.


Friday 3:30 PM  Labels and What They Mean; What is Required – 

What do the labels on your fibers and garments mean?  Organic, Virgin Wool, Fair Trade, GOTS, Cashmere, Angora, Humane,  Made in the US etc.  What is required on a label?


Saturday 9:30-10:30 AM  Selecting the Right Fleece for Your Project – Elaina Kenyon

In this interactive presentation, we’ll focus on the basics of selecting a sound fleece, as well one that is “fit for purpose”, as in suitable for a particular use. Participants are welcome to bring fleeces for evaluation and questions are encouraged.  You will leave prepared to purchase a fleece at the Carolina Fiber Fest fleece sale 



Saturday 11:00-Noon PM  Eco Color: Natural Dyeing in North Carolina – Diana Cathcart

Natural dyeing is making a comeback! Join textile artist Diana Cathcart for a visual exploration of natural dyeing in North Carolina. Participants will learn about native dyestuffs that grow in the Piedmont region of NC, as well as non-native plants that can be grown here with relative ease. Diana will give a brief overview of the natural dye process as well. Attendees are encouraged to ask as many questions as they’d like. 


Saturday 12:30-1:30 PM  Simple and Inexpensive Tools & Methods of Fiber Prep – Deb Nutter

You’ve bought a beautiful fleece and it hits you; I don’t have all the magical fiber tools to work with, what am I going to do?!  Don’t panic, you can prep that fiber with things you already have at home.  If you have combs, animal grooming tools, brushes, hair picks, etc. then you can process your fiber and get great results.  We’ll demo the use of these home fiber prep tools and answer your fiber prep questions.


Saturday 2:00-3:00 PM  Saree Wearing Talk – Presented by Sonali Club of Raleigh
Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 PM  How to wear a Sari (Demo Area A)-Presented by Sonali Club of Raleigh

The Indo-Pak Subcontinent has a history of fabric making that dates back to 2800 BC. One fabric in particular that evolved through ages is know as Saree. The Saree is an attire Indo-Pak Subcontinent women wear on an everyday basis, as well as on special occasions. It is amazing to see how a 6 yard long unstitched cloth draped around the body in a set pattern  looks so graceful and stylish. Come see various colorful fabrics and designs in Saree making and also  try one on to feel and look beautiful. 

Sonali Club of Raleigh is a women’s club whose members educate people about various aspects of community life through interactive and fun activities. The Club is continuously looking for opportunities to develop friendships in the community through varies events and community help. One of the fun activities this club does is to performing Saree Wearing Demo and history of Saree for organizations like Raleigh International Festival, City Of Raleigh Museum and Community Colleges.



Saturday 4:00-5:00 PM  Body Mechanics for the Fiber Enthusiast – Sue Knight

Is carpal tunnel interfering with your knitting or crocheting?  Is neck pain or back pain getting to you,  preventing you from weaving and spinning? Come learn how changing our posture helps decrease the symptoms of overuse syndrome.



 Diana Cathcart is the owner of The Textile Creative, LLC, a Durham-based retail business that seeks to strengthen the bond between humans and the textiles they wear and use every day of their lives. She is especially passionate about natural dyeing. She grows and processes the dyes she uses in her work, and she enjoys teaching natural dye workshops in and around the Triangle region. 

 Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, I discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of my greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.

Sue Knight is a licensed physical therapist who has 39 years of experience. She has been knitting and crocheting since she was six. She is a member of Cary Blankateers who make blankets for Linus Project. She learned how to spin 3 years ago when she joined the Twisted Thread Fiber Arts Guild. She enjoys teaching and blending her vocation with her avocation.

Julie Moore

Deb Nutter – I am primarily a self taught fiber “artist”.  Spinning, knitting and quilting are at the top of the list but I will never turn down an opportunity to try a new fiber craft.  I was raised on a farm in West Virginia and learned sewing basics from my Grandma Dent at the age of 6 which put me on the fiber trail that I continue to follow.  I firmly believe that there is no “right or wrong” way to work with fiber if you are getting the results you want and love.