Exeter Hosts 36th Annual Harvest of Handwovens

The 36th Annual Harvest of Handwovens, presented by Handweavers of the Valley, comes to the Exeter Memorial Building on Saturday, October 24.

“This show and sale has become increasingly popular in recent years and rivals shows you might expect to find in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas,” said Nikki Crain, show publicity chair.

Harvest of Handwovens showcases work from some of the club’s 100 members including towels, scarves, shawls, blankets, rugs, saddle blankets, jewelry, baskets, gourds and more, available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts, as well as yourself, but also to learn about many types of weaving crafts, as well as a chance to purchase equipment and supplies.

Spectators can watch demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting, bead weaving, fiber preparation, color-blending techniques and dyeing of fibers and yarns. Exquisite pine needle baskets and weaving on gourds will also be featured with basket making demonstrations against a backdrop of completed, award-winning work.

Village Spinning and Weaving from Solvang will return with an array of beautiful weaving and knitting yarns as well as fiber, equipment and books. The shop also carries an extensive line of spinning wheels and looms.

Check in with the Weaver’s Attic for great prices on equipment and project remnants at great prices.

Show entrants and items for sale have to follow careful directions created by the club. Everything must be at least 50% handwoven and anything that is knit or crocheted, must be done with fiber that is 100% handspun, Crain said.

The goal of the club, she said,

The 36th Annual Harvest of Handwovens, presented by Handweavers of the Valley, comes to the Exeter Memorial Building on Saturday, October 24.

“This show and sale has become increasingly popular in recent years and rivals shows you might expect to find in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas,” said Nikki Crain, show publicity chair.

Harvest of Handwovens showcases work from some of the club’s 100 members including towels, scarves, shawls, blankets, rugs, saddle blankets, jewelry, baskets, gourds and more, available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts, as well as yourself, but also to learn about many types of weaving crafts, as well as a chance to purchase equipment and supplies.

Spectators can watch demonstrations of spinning, weaving, felting, bead weaving, fiber preparation, color-blending techniques and dyeing of fibers and yarns. Exquisite pine needle baskets and weaving on gourds will also be featured with basket making demonstrations against a backdrop of completed, award-winning work.

Village Spinning and Weaving from Solvang will return with an array of beautiful weaving and knitting yarns as well as fiber, equipment and books. The shop also carries an extensive line of spinning wheels and looms.

Check in with the Weaver’s Attic for great prices on equipment and project remnants at great prices.

Show entrants and items for sale have to follow careful directions created by the club. Everything must be at least 50% handwoven and anything that is knit or crocheted, must be done with fiber that is 100% handspun, Crain said.

The goal of the club, she said, is “to try to preserve the ancient arts of weaving and spinning.”

“We want people to know what we do,” she said.

The non-profit club’s membership is generally from the South Valley, but has active members from Springville to Squaw Valley.

Meetings are the second Saturday morning of each month at the Exeter Memorial Building.

Each meeting features a speaker or demonstration. Members have a show and tell, and refreshments are served.

Advice is always available from fellow members regarding techniques in various types of weaving and spinning.

The Harvest of Handwovens will be held from 10am-3pm and is free. Refreshments will be available.

The Exeter Memorial Building is located at 324 N. Kaweah Dr.

For more information visit the club’s website at www.hwotv.org or call Crain at (559) 561-4048.

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