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Amherst's Fibre Arts Festival celebrates 10 years

Phyllis Cameron (left) and Chantelle Taylor tryout their fibre arts skills in preparation for the 10th Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst from Oct. 10 to 14. There will be events throughout the downtown including classes as well as quilting and rug hooking shows, among other things.
Phyllis Cameron (left) and Chantelle Taylor tryout their fibre arts skills in preparation for the 10th Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival in Amherst from Oct. 10 to 14. There will be events throughout the downtown including classes as well as quilting and rug hooking shows, among other things.

AMHERST – Amherst’s Fibre Arts Festival is about to reach a significant milestone.

The festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the annual event that draws scores of people to Amherst for five days of everything fibre.
“It’s amazing how far we’ve come in just a few years. It all started as just one class,” organizing committee member Chantelle Taylor said. “The instructors are all known internationally and they came together for this festival it brings people from across North America to Amherst to be taught by them.”
This year’s Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival begins Tuesday, Oct. 10 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 14 with daily events centered around the fibre arts, whether it be rug-hooking, quilting, knitting, needlefelting, making wreaths, embroidery, thrumming and a lot more.
The festival will have a Canada 150 theme and will represent the history of fibre arts in the community.
“Fibre arts is history,” committee chairwoman Phyllis Cameron. “It’s part of our natural history. Almost everyone’s grandmother made the clothing or made the socks. You didn’t go to the store to buy those things. They also recycled a lot of things like taking clothing apart and redoing it.”
Some of the highlights include the official opening event on Oct. 10 at the festival headquarters at town hall at 4:30 p.m. and quilt shows at Christ Church, First Baptist Church, Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church, Holy Family Parish and the Amherst Curling Club on Oct. 13 and Oct. 14.
The Maritime Hooked Rug Show is set for the Community Credit Union Business Innovation Centre on Ratchford Street on Oct. 13 and 14 and the Zonta Bazaar at the Col. James Layton Ralston Armoury on Oct. 14.
Atlantic Fabrics Pop-Up Shop will be at First Baptist Church from Oct. 12 to 14 and will host the Creative Showcase Quilt Trunk Show featuring Ken Grantham and Nicole MacKenzie.
Many of the festival’s more popular instructors will be back including Deanna Fitzpatrick, who started the festival a decade ago; award-winning quilter Karen Neary, Kathy Tidwelland fibre artist and photography Jan Boiduk.
Some of the other instructors include Gwen Dixon, Verna McInnis, Karen Henrey, Edie Arsenault, Denise Corey, Ann Dunlap, Joyce Gill, Anna Mathis, Chris McCarthy, Penny Lighthall, Lois MacDonald-Laydon and Brenda Trafford.
Cameron said many of the courses have already been sold out, but added there are still some that have openings. The best way to register, she said, is by going to the festival’s website at fibreartsfestival.com or emailing info@fibreartsfestival.com .
The festival is supported by Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium, Acadian Printing, the Town of Amherst and the Municipality of Cumberland as well as the federal Department of Heritage Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program.
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