Fibre Arts Festival comes to a close

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST - For five full days, people involved in the fibre arts descended on Amherst.
The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival hosted workshops on many topics, from hooked handbags and quilted landscapes, to a fibre collage scarves workshop.
For one California woman, the festival was a success.
"This is my second Fibre Arts Festival," said Val Ewan, who travelled from San Diego this year and last to participate in some hands-on experience.
"The festival this year is great. It seems to be growing," she said.
Ewan also noted that there seemed to be more participants from south of the border this year than last.
Hailing from Toronto, Barb Darcy worked away Friday afternoon during a hooking in an impressionistic style workshop hosted by Doris Eaton from Lunenburg County and Amherst's Deanne Fitzpatrick.
"I'm here for this course specifically," she said as she pulled her fabric through her rug. "The festival was a bonus."
On Friday, the First Baptist and the Christ Church were home to quilt shows that saw numerous local quilters drape their pieces over the church pews.
People came and went to get a look at the quilts, donning latex gloves if they had plans on touching the quilts.
As a member of the Cumberland Quilter's Guild, Joyce Babcock had four pieces at the Christ Church display.
"Every one of my quilts is different and unique, and I like all of them when they're finished," she said.
Having made roughly 20 quilts in the past 10 or so years, Babcock has given them away, mainly to family members including her son, daughter and sisters.
The festival wrapped up on Saturday with a thrum mittens workshop, hook in and small fibre market, quilt display and patterns with Karen Neary, and a felting workshop with Justine Kerr.

Organizations: Christ Church, First Baptist

Geographic location: California, AMHERST, Nova Scotia San Diego Toronto Lunenburg County

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