Southwest Fiber Arts Festival at Tubac Presidio Park – Saturday, November 2, 10am-4pm

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Sixth annual festival featuring premier fiber artists and purveyors, wearable art, hand-dyed fibers, classes and demonstrations. Meet the alpacas, angora goats and rabbits that produce the fiber for the artists. Plus vendors with handcrafted foods, soaps and more.

Admission $5 adult, $2 youth (7–13), children free.

Southwest Fiber Arts Festival Classes at the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2, 2013 Registration Deadline: October 15, 2013

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Spinning Cotton with Simple Tools Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:30am – 4pm Instructor: Jill Holbrook Class Description: Cotton is the perfect fiber to spin in the Southwest – it is cool, soft and really fun to spin. In this class you will explore many of the traditional ways to prepare and spin cotton. There will be carding, punies, Tahklis, Ahkas, charkas and even a Great Wheel. Finishing and using cotton yarn will be discussed. Class Goal: Acquire the skill and joy of spinning cotton Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate Class Fee: $55      Kit Fee: $10

Double Walled Cherokee-style Baskets

Friday, November 1, 2013, 1 – 4pm Instructor: Ric Rao Class Description: Weave a 3 to 4 inch diameter, double walled Cherokee-style basket using #2 round reed. These baskets were traditionally made with buckbrush and honeysuckle and sometimes dyed with natural plant dyes like black walnuts. The teacher will provide the reed for the baskets and written instructions. Students should bring towel, small garden shears or scissors to cut the reed, 12″ wide bucket and rock to hold the reed under water while soaking. You will love the little sturdy baskets we’ll be making!  Class Goal: To finish a basket within the time constraints of the workshop Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate Class Fee: $35                      Kit Fee: $5

Basket Weaving: Coiling with Yarn

Friday, November 1, 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Liz Block Class Description: Coiling is a basket weaving method where a textile is wrapped around a core, and rows of cores are built up, generally in a spiral. This class will use a rope core and yarn for wrapping. It is a very flexible method, and the profusion of basket shapes and colors is limited only by your imagination! Class Goal: Learn the basic construction methods by creating a sampler and start a basket. Skill Level: Any skill level Class Fee: $25                      Kit Fee: $5

Learn to Spin with an Ancient Tool: The Spindle

Saturday, November 2, 2013, 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Jill Holbrook Class Description: Learn to spin making your own yarn with a simple handspindle- where spinning began before the spinning wheel. Spinning is fun and relaxing. We will play with different fibers and spinning techniques and share ideas for how to use your yarn.  Class Goal: Gain basic understanding of spinning and technique for using a spindle Skill Level: No prior experience required Class Fee: $35                      Kit Fee: $10