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Sixth Fibre Arts Festival continues to show growth

Fredericton native Brenda Trafford of Murray Corner, New Brunswick stands besides her creation of nineteen knitted wool hats (Hats Off to Fibre Arts) at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst where it was displayed for the duration of five-day Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival that wrapped up on Saturday.

AMHERST-While thesixth annual Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival may have wrapped up on Saturday, plans are already in the works for 2014 and beyond.

“It’s just been wonderful,” stated festival chairperson Phyllis Cameron. “We’ve had large numbers of people coming into town to see what’s going on at the workshops, buying yarn and buying fabric. It certainly has grown (since 2008).”

The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival, which was first held in Amherst back in 2008, attracts people from all over the Maritimes. “We have people coming in from Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, including three unexpected bus tours on Friday from Moncton and Fredericton,” stated Cameron. “That’s an indication of what people will do to organize themselves to travel here together.”

Thousands of people participated in the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival that ran from October 15 to 19. “Over 100 people volunteered,” stated festival coordinator Bev Estabrooks of the five-day event that consisted of over 50 creative workshops, hands-on demonstrations and a twenty-stop Fibre Walk in downtown Amherst. “Between 3,000 and 3,500 people took part. Many people came up for the week.”

“We try to get to all the vendors; we’re getting ideas for next year,” stated Estabrooks. “The (festival) headquarters has been wonderful,” she added. “It would not have happened without the Town of Amherst opening their doors to us.”

A number of prizes were drawn for in the Fibre Button Draw at 3:00 pm Saturday:

Three festival bags- Cynthia Young, Pansey Pye, Kathy Smith; beaded leather and fur moccasins- Emily Hohman; winter silhouette cross stitch kit-Marlene Ellis; hooked welcome mat-Donna Legere; felted flower-Gwen Kerr; three rug hooking books-Pat Weatherbee; Maritime Beauty centrepiece-Wanda Blue; harvest trio cross stitch wall hanging-Lesley Rose; a mobius infinity scarf-Wanda Langille; hand spun merino yarn-Leslie Bonang as well as a fibre basket-Jane Stack.

As for the festival’s window display contest, first place was awarded to Buds To Blossoms; second place: Dayle’s Department Store; third place: Carter’s Sports Cresting.

Looking ahead, the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival will be held October 14-18 in 2014; October 13-17 in 2015; October 11-15 in 2016 and October 10-14 in 2018.


Geographic location: AMHERST, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island New Brunswick Moncton Fredericton

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