Watch out for the Yarn Stormer

Darrell Cole
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Fibre Arts Festival preparations under way

The Fibre Arts Festival organizing committee has begun preparations for the October festival that will bring artists, artisans and visitors to Amherst for several days of all things fibre.

Fibre Arts Festival co-ordinator Patti Colson is joined by the Yarn Stormer (Logan Pipes) and Amherst Mayor Robert Small in launching the festival’s new brochure and ticket draw. The festival runs from Oct. 14 to 18 in Amherst.

AMHERST – The Yarn Stormer has arrived and he’s talking about all things fibre.

The organizing committee of the 2014 Fibre Arts Festival has launched its preparations leading up to the October event with a new brochure, a fundraising ticket drive and a mascot.

“You’ll see the Yarn Stormer at a number of events this summer helping promote the Fibre Arts Festival,” co-ordinator Patti Colson said. “We have a new look this year, as you can see from our banners and brochures, and the Yarn Stormer.”

The See It, Like It, Make It, Wear It, Buy It, Sell It, Give It – You Can Do It! theme was developed to help promote the festival to all members of the community. Colson said you don’t have to be a fibre artist to participate and organizers and the artists themselves are hoping to see more people out at events in October.

The festival runs from Oct. 14 to 18 at various venues throughout Amherst.

“In the past there has been a feeling that only artisans can take part in this festival but that is certainly not the case,” Colson said. “With the numerous workshops, displays and shows, demonstrations and sales, teas and theatre productions happening there is truly something for everyone to see, like, make, wear, buy, sell or give.”

Colson said the Town of Amherst remains a big supporter of the festival and is again throwing its support behind this year’s event as part of its Amherst 125 celebrations, while Scotiabank, Mrs. Puglsey’s Emporium, Acadian Printing, Archway Insurance, Coldwell Banker, Manasseh, Deanne Fitzpatrick Rug Hooking Studio, Maltby Casey Investment Group, Tantramar Chev GMC Buick, Joey’s Pizza and Pasta, Mansour’s Men’s Wear and Jim Hatheway Ford Sales are on board as sponsors.

Colson said it’s the ongoing support of community businesses that enable the festival to grow and attract world-renowned artists.

This year’s Pin-It Draw features outstanding handcrafted items, she said. In addition to the 10 handcrafted prizes, Colson said there are two grand prizes including a Showcase Productions trip for two to New York City as part of the Christmas Broadway Tour and a New York Beauty Quilt that was handmade and donated by quilter and author Karen Neary of Amherst. The quilt will be featured on the cover of Quilter’s Connection Magazine.

Colson said the New York trip is being donated by Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium in honour of the release of Neary’s new book Quilting Beauties. The release date is expected to coincide with the Fibre Arts Festival.

Mayor Robert Small credited the volunteers behind the festival for making it the success it has become.

“It has become a signature event for Amherst,” Small said. “The festival continues to grow and bring people from around the world to Amherst and we’re happy to support it as part of our Amherst 125 celebrations.”

The mayor said along with bringing business to merchants, especially those who sell fibre arts products, he said it also brings business to restaurants and hotels in the area.”

He said the festival is all about ideas. While some people have ideas, the mayor said, the committee is acting on them and making the festival bigger year after year.

Twitter: @ADNdarrell


Organizations: Scotiabank, Archway Insurance, Maltby Casey Investment Group

Geographic location: AMHERST, New York City

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