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Oct 1st, 2019 | Category: Crafts

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Lynden Craft and Antique Show in its 30th year

Fall crafting is a special time. The weather is changing, creativity turns towards autumn and winter themes, and things get cozy. We have things to make and events to visit.

The Used Equipment Marketplace is a great resource at Fiber Fusion Oct. 19-20 in Monroe. Find spinning wheels, spindles, carders, looms, swifts, knitting needles, crochet hooks, books, and more for sale. PHOTO BY FIBER FUSION

The Used Equipment Marketplace is a great resource at Fiber Fusion Oct. 19-20 in Monroe. Find spinning wheels, spindles, carders, looms, swifts, knitting needles, crochet hooks, books, and more for sale. PHOTO BY FIBER FUSION

Fiber Fusion is one of these events at the top of our list. It’s a place where learning and creativity come together, centered around all things fiber. What started as a small event nine years ago is now an annual weekend at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Held this year on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19-20 in the Commercial Building and Display Hall, visitors are welcome free of charge to learn, watch, meet and create. Over 60 fiber-related vendors will be set up showing and selling their crafts and products. Free demonstration stations will be ongoing throughout the weekend, including all things  fiber, “Ask an Expert,” shearing, and mill equipment.

Do you spin, knit, crochet, weave or felt? The Fiber Arts Show accepts submissions of hand made creations. Fiber Art entries may be dropped off directly at the show on Friday, Oct. 18 between 2-7 p.m. and Saturday morning, Oct. 19 between 8-9 a.m.

The Used Equipment Marketplace is a great resource. Find spinning wheels, spindles, carders, looms, swifts, knitting needles, crochet hooks, books, and more for sale. Fleece shows include alpaca, wool, mohair, llama and angora, and a spin-in are also here.

Classes are a big part of Fiber Fusion, and these do require registration and a class fee. Subjects of all kinds range from beginner to experienced. “The Wonderful World of Wool,” for example, explains various types of wool available to spinners. “Sampler Series in Wet Felting” gives participants a chance to learn at least 8 techniques, creating six unique 10”x 10” felted items. “Finesse your Knitting” helps anyone with some knitting experience to hone in on their skills. “Colorplay on Cellulose” is for those who want to dye cotton, linen or other cellulose (plant) fibers. All workshop listings are posted at www.fiberfusion.net.

Whether you are a crafter, artist, or just plain curious there is something for everyone here. Admission and parking are free. Hours are Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information see www.fiberfusion.net and follow their social media for photos and updates.

The 30th annual Fall Craft & Antique Show returns to the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19. More than 100 artists, crafters, and antique and vintage dealers will be on site with home and holiday decor, gourmet foods, vintage and re-purposed treasure, and more. Food and drinks will be for sale, including AB Crepes and espresso.

General admission is $6. Seniors ages 60 and over are $5. Children 12 and under are free. Entrance fee includes return privileges to the show. Hours are Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see  www.lyndencraftantiqueshow.com or http://www.facebook.com/LyndenCraftandAntiqueShow.

Another annual event, the 2019 Quilt & Fiber Art Festival, will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. Participants can check out three exhibits, 13 vendors, and six classes. “The Future of Quilting” lecture will be presented by Frank Bennett, CEO of the  National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. Complete information is available at www.qfamuseum.org/. Tickets are $10 at the door. The festival is held at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett.

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