Fibre arts festival teaches lesson on growth

Justin Dickie
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AMHERST According to the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festivals co-ordinator, the first-time event was a resounding success.

After a week packed with 18 textile/fibre-related events and activities located throughout Amherst, Deanne Fitzpatrick, the co-ordinator, said the festival brought hundreds of people to the community and she was pleased with the outcome.

We had a great week, Fitzpatrick said Saturday morning while attending a Handmade Book workshop at Amherst Regional High School. What we did was we decided to pull in all kinds of community members who were wanting to celebrate the fibre arts.

It brought hundreds of people to town, no doubt. If you looked around the restaurants this week and if you looked at the hotels and motels, they were full.

Fitzpatrick said her own Artful Rug Hooker 2008 symposium was the most-attended event, drawing about 70 people from all over North America.

But she mentioned the Maritime Beauty Quilt Workshop as a particularly noteworthy event from the whole week.

There was a beautiful quilt show (Friday) at the Baptist church and I think anyone who attended that show would have had a very moving experience to see those quilts hanging, she said.

She said everyone who hosted an event this year has expressed interest in participating in the festival again.

So, expect a second annual festival this time next year.

We were happy with the turnout, but what it really taught us is that this is a festival that the community can grow, she said. It can bring people to our community.

Organizations: Amherst Regional High School, Baptist church

Geographic location: AMHERST, North America

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