A note from the Guild board:
THE FUTURE OF THE FIBER ARTS FAIR
The Weaving, Spinning, & Fiber Arts Guild has produced the Snake River Fiber Arts Fair for 22 years. After much deliberation, the Guild’s Board of Directors has decided to forego producing the Fair for a period of time. For the present, the focus of the Guild is on our education mission by hosting a number of study groups and offering a variety of classes throughout the year.
This decision has been a difficult one to make. It’s been hard work, but has brought a lot to our Guild as well as to our community. It began as a way of bringing various fiber-related suppliers to Idaho Falls. Over the years, it evolved into so much more. It brought many types of fiber craft classes from quality instructors, showcased Guild member treasures in the Gallery, provided lively entertainment, and provided a comfortable atmosphere for fiber enthusiasts to come together and share their talents and stories. Proceeds from the Fair primarily helped fund the rental of our studio space for classes, day and evening open studio times, guild study groups, membership meetings, and storage for our membership rentals: books, magazines, supplies, and equipment. We’ve been thinking of other ways to fund the rental of the studio space.
If we had more membership interest and involvement, we may consider producing the Fair every two years. It takes months of planning and preparation to produce the quality event you know and enjoy. The past few years, producing the Fair has fallen on the same few members. The Team would love to share their years of experience and mentor anyone who may be interested in chairing, co-chairing, and/or participating in the production of a Fair. Suggestions and comments are welcomed and appreciated! Please contact any Board Member or come sit in on a Board meeting. Contact information and meeting times & dates are found in our monthly newsletters.
The Guild Board
Welcome to the 22th Annual 2016 Snake River Fiber Fest
The 2016 Snake River Fiber Fest, May 20 (classes only on Friday, no vendors), 21 and 22, 2016, will be held at the Eastern Idaho Technical College on 25th East (Hitt Road) in the Alexander Creek Building on the Northeast side of the Eastern Idaho Technical College campus (across from Ammon Walmart). Come, learn and have fun.
REGISTER EARLY BY MAIL AND ONLINE – Register and pay for your classes at www.srfiberartists.org through PayPal. All classes have minimum and maximum student numbers. Our agreements with teachers allow them to cancel classes if minimum numbers are not registered. Registration closes on May 9th 2016 (first come, first served according to date of payment). We cannot guarantee classes after that date. If you wish to register after the closing date, please check with Kate Wolski (208) 521-5343 or firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com for class availability.
READ CLASS REQUIREMENTS CAREFULLY – Check the materials or equipment required. Please double check the supplies you need for the class, some supply lists will be given after you enroll. See if your class has homework. In spinning classes, your wheel must be in good working order or arrange with someone to help you fix your wheel before the class begins. MATERIALS FEES ARE PAID DIRECTLY TO THE TEACHER AT THE BEGINNING OF CLASS.
Need a spinning wheel or a loom for a class? The Weaving, Spinning & Fiber Arts Guild of Idaho Falls has a limited number available. To reserve a wheel or loom prior to the Fiber Arts Fair, call Kate Wolski, (208) 521-5343.
Make the Registration Table your first stop at the Snake River Fiber Fest to get the latest information on activities. Here you can pick up your Shop Hop card, register to participate in the Fashion Show, enter your items in the Fiber Arts Showcase, check on class availability if you still want to register for a class and get directions to Hope Lutheran Church for the Saturday night dinner and spin-in.
The Hospitality Room is located near the Registration Desk in Room 509. It’s a place to eat lunch, stop by for a light snack, take a quiet time out, a chat with a friend. The snacks are provided on a “Please donate” basis.
Raffle will be held in Room 523 SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
If you love taking a chance at being lucky in a raffle drawing, we hope we can draw you in!
Items will be representative of our love of weaving, spinning and fiber art. Come and take part…and bring your checkbook or piggy bank! It will be worth it!
The Weaving, Spinning and Fiber Arts Guild encourages the participation of young people ages 12 to 18 in the Snake River Fiber Arts Fair by providing a scholarship opportunity to enroll in a Fiber Arts Fair class of their choice. More information and the forms for applying for the scholarship or donating to the scholarship are available on the Guild’s website, www.srfiberartists.org. For more information, please contact Kathie Phoenix, (208) 339-3873 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Doing the Shop Hop!
Pick up your Shop Hop card at the Registration Table and visit every vendor booth. Above the vendor’s table will be a symbol. Write the vendor’s name by the symbol as printed on the Shop Hop card. Write your name, address, phone number and email on the card and return it to the Registration Table. A winner will be drawn Saturday at 4:00 and Sunday at noon.
Fashion Show on Saturday Night!
Here’s your chance to show off your beautiful handwork to those who will truly appreciate it. Anything goes: socks, blankets, sweaters, shawls, slippers, gloves, cowls, you name it as long as it was made by you. The Saturday night crowd will vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced immediately afterward! Register your items at the Registration Table by noon on Saturday by leaving your name and address on an index card explaining what you are wearing and what it is made of and all that you did to create your masterpiece.
The Fiber Arts Showcase is back in Room 522!
This is an opportunity for you to show off the beautiful work that you have done and to let your peers admire your work and for the public to see it as well. There is no entry fee and no prizes for individual items. There will be a Viewers’ Choice Award given.
On a 3.5 index cards fill out with the following information. Attach with a small safety pin to your item.
Front of card
- Name of your item
- Fibers used
- Technique ie weave structure, knitting pattern etc.
Back of Card
- Phone Number
Entries will be accepted until noon on Saturday, May 21 at the Registration Table. You may pick up your item at the end of the Fair, Sunday at 4:00. If you need to retrieve your item earlier, please make arrangements at the Registration Table.
There will be demonstations of various fiber arts in the Fiber Arts Showcase room throughout the Festival.
Returning this year for the Saturday night spin-in will be the Old Time Fiddlers. Saturday evening will begin at 6:00 with a potato bar and salad supper (drink included) for $10.00 at the Hope Lutheran Church School gymnasium, 2071 12th Street. A dairy-free, meat-free option will also be available. Sign up and pay on the Registration Form if you want supper or just come on over for the Fashion Show and the spin-in. The Fashion Show will follow supper and rounding out the evening will be a spin-in beginning around 8:00 to tunes from the Old Time Fiddlers. Desert will be available during the Fiddlers on a pay-as-you-go basis. Hope Lutheran Church is within walking distance of the Fair. For directions, please stop by the Registration Table.
The Weaving Spinning and Fiber Art Guild of Idaho Falls and the Snake River Fiber Art Fair Committee thanks our Vendors, Advertisers, and Participants For making the Fiber Arts Fair possible.
Will be open:
- Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.