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Stephenson Co. Fiber Art Fair set for April 8
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CEDARVILLE, Ill. - The 21st annual Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8 at the Jane Addams Community Center, 430 W. Washington St., Cedarville.

The Fiber Art Fair is a celebration of fiber and the fiber arts with workshops, demonstrations of spinning and weaving, vendors offering fibers for spinning plus finished yarn, dyes, books, gifts, equipment, handmade soap and baskets and supplies for spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, dyeing, tatting and crochet.

Admission to the event is $2 for adults and free for children under 12. There is plenty for every level of spinner and weaver, but previous experience is not required to learn, watch and shop.

Hands-on workshops will be available. Workshops are one to three hours long, and the cost ranges from $10 to $65, with the exception of the "To Dye For," which will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

Workshops are "Making Mawatas from Silk Cocoons" with Esther Peregrine to learn how to process silk cocoons into silk to spin; "It's a Wrap!" with Jill Colbert to create a wool-covered belt or bracelet; "Darn It!" with Suzy Beggin Craft to learn the art of darning; "Roving Weave Basket" with Jill Colbert to weave a basket out of roving; and "Beginning Lockerhooking" with Kathy Olmstead to make a sample size lockerhooking project.

Throughout the day the "To Dye For" dye kitchen will be available as a walk-in activity to dye yarn multiple colors. Students of all ages should plan to spend from 10 to 20 minutes to paint their own uniquely dyed skein of yarn. The cost ranges from $5 to $15, depending on the size of the skein of yarn chosen.

At 1 p.m., the drop spindle contest will take place. Since ancient times spinners have been using drop spindles, which remain a great first step for new spinners and a favorite among many experienced spinners. Participants will learn how to spin wool on a drop spindle, and then test the new skill with a contest. The contest is free and prizes will be awarded. No experience is needed and participants will be separated by age (youth and adult) and experience (beginners and experienced).

Participants can register for workshops online at A brochure with a mail-in registration form can be found at the same website, on the Stephenson County Fiber Art Fair Facebook page or by contacting Suzy Beggin at or 815-541-0897. Workshop registration will be available on the day of the fair if space is available, but preregistration is recommended.