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Annual fibre arts and quilt fair in Claresholm May 6

Written by  Stephanie Labbe
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Everyone is invited to take in the second annual Claresholm Fibre Arts and Quilt Fair May 6. The event is hosted by the Claresholm Arts Society and will be held at the Community Centre.


Carmelle Steel, promotions co-ordinator, says the planning for the event has gone well.
People can take in the event from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. where they will see quilting, weaving, spinning, hooking and other demonstrations taking place. There will be vendors with homemade items so people can browse, purchase and learn.
Items for sale will include fabrics and wools.
“We want to attract and demonstrate weaving (and) quilting. We’ll have some rug hookers there,” adds Steel.
The bulk of the community centre will be filled with hanging quilts.
Steel says in 2016, they were really happy with the selection of vendors for the event’s inaugural year. There were several fabric vendors and a couple of vendors selling items such as silk scarves.
“We had good selection, good variety and we had about 200 people through the door, so we were happy with that for the first year,” adds Steel.
This year they’re hoping for just as many people to attend the event and more.
People who attend the event are encouraged to vote on the ‘people’s choice award’ quilt as there will be some quilts entered for that hanging at the event.
This year’s theme is ‘Canada: Our Home’ and there will be a category for that quilt display.
Anyone can put a quilt in to be part of the display with a cost of $10 a quilt. People who enter their quilts have the opportunity to win cash prize awards.
There will also be sessions throughout the day for people to sit down and learn some of the different art techniques such as weaving or spinning as examples.
People tend to spend a couple of hours at the event.
Steel says they had a couple of people last year who ended up hanging around the show for five hours as their interest had been captivated.
Hosting this event gives the local crafters and artisans an opportunity to share their work with the rest of the community. Much of the community doesn’t know about the many different artisans located within Claresholm.
“More of an awareness of local artisans really,” she adds. “The Claresholm Arts Society is the one holding this event and … we’re just trying to sort of present more to our community in the way of what people are doing, so lots of the people that come are already in our community and doing this, but so many people don’t know.”
Organizers also hope more people will take an interest in this kind of work.
The cost to attend the event is $10 per person.
Any money raised goes back into the community hall.
Steel says they’re trying to make improvements to the stage, sound system and the lighting at the hall.
If people would like to enter their quilts in the display they can e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 403-625-2880 for more information.

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