Fiber Arts Division
The goal of the fiber division is to recognize and appreciate the unique qualities and characteristics of various natural fibers and encourage artistic and craft disciplines which utilize these fibers. Basket making is the 2021 celebrated handicraft and Plant/bast fibers are the featured fiber.
The Fiber Arts Division is located in the Santiam Building directly behind the Marketplace.
Come visit the fiber division and view these fun and educational displays and demonstrations:
Sally McCarrick Fiber Creations And Skein Competition: knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning, weaving and miscellaneous fiber art
Invitational Artists Gallery
Creative Crochet display
Damascus Fiber Arts School weaving demo
Portland Handweavers Guild display
Ravenstail weaving demo. by John Beard
Tigard Knitting Guild display
Fiber Division Competition Awards – for entry details see Sally McCarrick Fiber creations
and skein competitions.
Ribbons awarded through 5th place in the Fiber Creations and Skein competitions
Rosettes awarded to Champion, Reserve Champion, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winning entries
Diamond Award Trophy and $100 cash presented in the Skein and the Fiber Creations competitions
People’s Choice Award – Stop by the Sally McCarrick Gallery on Saturday, Oct 23rd and vote for your favorite entry! OFFF will be awarding a $25 gift certificate for the marketplace to the most voted for entry in each of the 5 categories. Gift certificate must be used at the 2021 festival marketplace and has no redeemable cash value.
Fiber Division Displays
Alpaca Association of Western Oregon 6th Annual Spin-Off Competition
Contestants submit samples of their alpacas’ fleeces and an experienced judge/spinner evaluates the fiber based on several qualities. This competition provides the alpaca breeder with valuable information for upgrading the quality of fiber from these beautiful animals. This exhibit also is a great guide to help with buying that next alpaca fleece!
Creative Crochet Display
Members of the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, Always in Stitches, will display projects showing the latest trends in the craft.
Portland Handweavers Guild Display
Portland Handweavers Guild will again share an educational exhibit with the visitors at OFFF. While we usually follow the theme/focus of OFFF, we shared Lace Weaving in the past. This year it will be a SURPRISE! however definitely what one can do with weaving and related fiber art techniques. It will be SPECIAL! and have a different spin.
Damascus Fiber Arts School Weaving Demonstrations
Members of the Damascus Fiber Arts School will demonstrate tapestry weaving and weaving on a Navajo-style loom. They will bring examples of tapestries, handspun hand-dyed yarns, baskets, knitting and more.
Ravenstail weaving (a very old weaving tradition from the Native American peoples of southeast Alaska), will be demonstrated by John Beard all day Saturday and Sunday, upstairs in the Main Pavilion. John will demonstrate the Ravenstail technique on an apron he is weaving for one of his robes. The exhibit will include completed robes as well as smaller regalia he has woven. Come watch, listen and ask questions as he shares his experiences with Ravenstail weaving.
Tigard Knitting Guild Knitting Display
Members of the Tigard Knitting Guild will display knit projects and fashions.