Spin City: Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists Holds Annual Expo

The past and future of fiber art is the theme of annual expo.

The past and future of fiber art is the theme of annual expo.

A consortium of makers headquartered in the old boarding house at Historic Johnson Farm, Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists continue the legacy of Appalachian fiber art. (Their stated mission is “to establish a fiber arts center that will enable both new and experienced fiber artists of all ages to come together in a continuing exchange of creative energy … to promote heritage fiber arts in the Henderson County community by teaching and demonstrating individual fiber crafts … and to develop in young people a knowledge and appreciation of fiber craft and its place in our culture.”)

The early-20th-century home was once a summer tourist’s retreat, and today the farm and its outbuildings — willed by former owners to the school system of Henderson County — remain a big draw for visitors. Schoolchildren and tourists alike get to visit HWFA’s fiber-arts enclave, an initiative that continues to grow. A dye garden — containing the plants whose infusions were once used to color textiles — is in the works, showing the literal roots-up nature of this pioneer skill set.

Meanwhile, the group is holding its annual Hands-On Fiber Expo this Saturday, January 28, from 10am-3pm. Rug hooking, spinning, weaving, basketry, crocheting, and knitting will be demonstrated, with an emphasis on interactive instruction.

At Historic Johnson Farm: 3346 Haywood Road, Hendersonville. For more information, see the Hands-On Fiber Expo event page on Facebook, or the HWFAs website at: hwfawnc.com.


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