Annual Fiber Festival in Oxford: Fiber Arts Demonstrators Sought

Jennifer East, a local artist, spinner and weaver, will appear at the 2020 Fiber Festival on April 18 and 19 at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead in Oxford. She showcased her artwork and her weaving on a triangle loom during the 2019 Fiber Fest.

OXFORD — The Oxford Historical will sponsor its fifth annual Fiber Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 18, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the Twitchell-Rowland Homestead, 60 Towner La.

The event features the New England Lace group, demonstrating the making of bobbin lace both days of the festival. In addition, there will be a Spin In on Saturday. Spinners are invited to bring their wheel or spindle.

On Sunday, area knitters and crocheters are invited to knit or crochet. The Spin In and Knit In will run 1 to 3 p.m. All spinners and knitters are invited to share their craft with the public on the assigned day.

The society is seeking demonstrators of all fiber arts and volunteer spinners, weavers, felters, etc., to show their craft at the event. 

There will be no charge to exhibitors who participate and demonstrators may offer their handmade fiber crafts for sale.

The festival commemorates Oxford’s early industrial and agricultural history. In 1802, David Humphreys purchased 100 Spanish merino sheep and on April 10 shipped them to his homestead in Derby.

The Oxford Historical Society will begin the weekend with a tribute to Barbara Rickman, an important contributor to the Fiber Fests, who passed away unexpectedly this past year.

The event will feature the Jensen Farm Barn loom, which dates back to the 1700s, spinning and weaving demonstrations, live fiber producing animals, shearing demonstrations and crafts for sale. There is no fee for vendors or admission to the event.

Those seeking additional information or to register may email FiberFest@oxford-historical-society.org.

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