On October 20 and 21, Fiber Fusion was held at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, Washington. Weavers Meg Lehinger and Angela Boyle attended this festival celebrating all things fiber from yarn producers and shops to individual local weavers and traditional artists in Laos and Vietnam to ranches and more .
McFarland Creek Lamb Ranch had beautiful fiber and wool that was dyed using natural materials. But even better, they had sample of their dye sources: from madder and chammomile to indigo and cochineal.
There were multiple inkle looms around the festival floor, but this example at the Horse 'n' Round Studio booth was stunning with its carved runes.
Above the Fray represents artists from Laos and Vietnam. They had many works on hand and were happy to discuss the traditional materials, methods, and motifs. The loom below with the fine, rusty-colored fabric (middle) at the Above the Fray booth has a very fine wooden reed.
Little House Rugs also had beautiful hooked rugs, which is a very different and artistic method of rug making. More time consuming, but more versatile, the rug yarn (or fabric) is pulled through a stiff, woven based, such as burlap. This allows you to create images similar to how the pixels on your monitor create images.
And so many animals! Purly Shell Fiber Arts brought in some rabbits. Based in Post of Ilwaco, WA, they have 75 rabbits, all of whom are handled with love and attention every day.
JNK Llama Farm brought their registered therapy llamas brought five to the show, and sometimes to the show floor! Their llamas cuddle their way through nursing homes, elementary reading programs, and more. And of course with all the fiber comes yarn to support the cause.
Of course there were a few sheep, but every knitters favorite, the alpaca, also made an appearance. The farm Alpacas from Mars was there in force. In addition to both Suri and Huacaya alpaca, they also brought their mohair goats.