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Demonstrations and Talks

Free Talks and Presentations – 2019

WOW!  We have some exciting free talks and presentation lined up for you this year. You don’t want to miss this!!!


The following Guilds and groups will have ongoing demonstrations.
Stop by and enjoy the heritage and diversity of fiber arts in eastern NC.

  1. Bobbin Boy
  2. Crochet (Friday Only 12-3pm)
  3. Make It With Wool & NC Sheep Producers
  4. Ol’ North State Knitting Guild
  5. Piedmont Rug Hooking
  6. Sir Walter Lacers (Bobbin Lace)
  7. Tri-Tatters (Saturday Only)
  8. Triangle Machine Knitters Guild
  9. Triangle Weavers Guild
  10. Twisted Threads Fiber Arts Guild /Sheep to Scarf

If you belong to a Fiber Arts Guild or group and would like to participate in the festival, please contact us at [email protected]  You can also fill out a CFF Demonstration Request Form


Friday March 22, 2019

Friday March 22 9:30- 10:30am Keeping the Past Alive: Caring For Your Heirloom Treasures – Paige Myers

Do you have an old quilt or grandmother’s wedding dress?  What about that tatting you did last year or that throw you knitted sitting on the back of your couch?  Want to learn how to preserve it for future generations? Then join Paige Myers Textile Conservator at the North Carolina Museum of History as she presents “Keeping the Past Alive:  Caring for Your Heirloom Treasures”. Ms. Myers will discuss methods of storing and displaying textiles as well as some basic steps that you can take to better preserve your precious family heirlooms and your newly made items that will someday become family treasures.

About the presenter:  Paige Myers is the Textile Conservator at the North Carolina Museum of history in Raleigh, NC.  Having been a conservator for almost 25 years, Ms. Myers has done contract work for the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, worked with a private conservator in the Washington, DC area and completed internships at the American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA; Smithsonian Institution, and Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  She has a post-graduate degree in Textile Conservation from the University of Alberta, Canada and BS degree in Clothing and Textiles from East Carolina University. In addition to being a conservator, Ms. Myers has been a professional costumer for over 25 years and worked for Raleigh Creative Costumes and Troika, Inc. She is a current board member of Historic Interpretations- a living history organization that uses demonstrations and teaching to bring history to life, and she volunteers for Joel Lane house in Raleigh, and Historic Hope Plantation in Windsor, NC.

Friday March 22 11:00 am- Noon Tools for a fiber Business- panel moderator Pam Maher,

Do you have or are you starting a fiber related business? Come and hear about tools and resources that other fiber business owners have found helpful. From software, books, websites, community resources and more, leave with new ideas about tools to help you in your business. If attendees have suggestions, please share! We would love to have an interactive session.

Panelists- to be announced

Friday March 22 12:30- 1:30pm Introduction to Saori Weaving /Weaving with Lack of Intent– Dawn Hummer

Saori Weaving has taken the globe by gentle storm – encouraging those of all abilities to embrace their creative inner selves and enjoy the process of free-form weaving. With over 40,000 Saori weavers in more than 30 different countries, Saori weaving encourages designing while at the loom and weaving with no rules; celebrating the process and spontaneity of unique creations. With a focus on color, texture and a variety of regular and irregular fibers, free-form weaving on the ergonomic Saori Looms makes the process easy, enjoyable and accessible for all! Dawn will have several Saori Looms, accessories and woven pieces available for demonstration and trial. Come catch the spirit of Saori weaving!  For hands on experience, sign up for Dawn’s classes- Saori Weaving Thurs 4 pm, Friday 4:30pm or Saturday 12:30 or 3:30 pm

About the presenter​: Dawn was recently awarded Saori Weaving Studio designation and certification from Saorinomori in Osaka, Japan. She has taught artistic creativity across mediums to students, groups and individuals with varying degrees of ability. A recent transplant to Chapel Hill, NC from Austin, TX, Dawn balances personal artistic exploration while continuing to carry forward a passion for facilitating creative expression and joy within the larger community through artful and sculptural weaving.

Friday March 22 2:00- 3:00 pm What Can I Do With That Fiber?– Elaina Kenyon

In this interactive presentation, we’ll play the fiber identification game, focusing on the characteristics that make particular plant and animal fibers unique and how their characteristics impact their usefulness for different projects and purposes.  We‘ll emphasize fibers raised and produced in North Carolina.  Participants are welcome to bring fibers for evaluation and questions are encouraged.  For a more in-depth, hands-on experience, covering all types of animal fibers, sign up for Elaina’s class- Fleece Selection and Handling – Wool and Beyond on Thursday at 3:30 pm

About the presenter: Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German, English and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, she discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of her greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.

Friday March 22 3:30-4:30 pm The Cotton Road:From the Field, to the Mill,  to Your Knitting Basket.-Cindy Walker

Cindy Walker will share photos and talk about the farmers, mills, and folks she has met along the  journey of this “Cotton Road”.  Through her slide show,  Cindy will introduce you to the many faces and stories that are part of her yarn’s(Pacolet Valley) story: the multigenerational farming community of the western US, Sally Fox, and the mill owners in NC and Georgia.

About the presenter: Curiosity surpassed only by cluelessness, pattern designer Cindy Walker set out in 2012 to produce her own line of US grown and processed organic cotton yarn. Assisted by the many knowledgeable folks of the local textile industry and the organic farming community of the western US, Walker now has a line of organic and blended yarns for your knitting, weaving and crocheting projects.

Friday March 22 5:00-6:00 pm Pulling the Thread: Spinning Through the Generations – Kalin Lee

Carolina FiberFest strives to sow seeds for the next generation of fiber artists as do many of the fiber enthusiasts who attend the Carolina FiberFest.  Kalin, our youngest presenter, will share with us what inspired her to enter the fiber arts, how individuals in her life encouraged her to keep learning, and what her local guild did to take her deeper and challenge her to progress.  Teachers, Guilds, fiber business owners, and each of us with youth in our lives will be encouraged to think about how we might help inspire and encourage the younger generation to pursue the fiber arts for all the benefits that they bring.  We hope to see many other young people in attendance to share with us how we can support them in learning about the fiber arts we love.

About the presenter:  Kalin Lee, 15 years old, spins, weaves, embroiders and crochets from her family’s home in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.  She grew up surrounded by the fiber arts. One of seven home schooled children, she began at the age of five, weaving wool loop pot holders with her mother. She has sewn with her grandmothers, embroidered with her sisters, and occasionally works wood with her father.  Kalin Lee is an articulate young woman who came to our attention last year when she enthusiastically participated in the fleece to scarf demonstration.

Saturday March 23, 2019

Saturday March 23 9:30-10:30am Art and Agriculture – The Indigo Trail – Catherine Cross Tsintzos

Be inspired by an artist and art educator’s journey over a period of years traveling from the northern tip of the North Carolina coast to southern Florida on what she calls the Indigo Trail. Meeting indigo artists, enthusiasts, growers and personally returning indigo seeds to the hands of those whose ancestors once grew indigo in the South has been apart of the journey. Listen to how visiting small family farms in the Carolinas and learning how farming has changed since her early days before the 1970’s Farm Movement as a Community Organizer funded by the R. J. Reynolds Family Foundations and how the Southern Christian Leadership Conference has inspired her work. Hear and see visuals of Catherine’s journey into the fields of the South working with fibers from the fields to create natural pigments, dyes, paper and works of art that promote best practices for a sustainable environment. For a hands on experience, join Catherine in her workshop- Saturday March 23 at noon

About the presenter: Catherine Cross Tsintzos A 2016 TEDx Speaker, CATHERINE CROSS TSINTZOS has spent a lifetime in the arts as a practicing artist and educator. She has been awarded five artist residencies to work on her Art and Agriculture Project with exhibits and lectures at Salem College, Acme Art Studios and the Cameron Art Museum in North Carolina. She has been a Visiting Artist Resident in schools throughout the Southeast. Her most recent residency provided the opportunity to develop art and agriculture inter- sections for school curriculum. In 2017, she was invited to be a Duke University Trillium Sustainability Fellow for her work with the Duke Campus Farm. During 2018, she expanded the Art and Agriculture Project into school STEAM curriculums for fiber arts in NC, SC, GA and FL. She has presented at education conferences on the local, national and international level.

Saturday March 23 11:00 am Noon Body Mechanics for the Fiber Enthusiast -Sue Knight

Is carpal tunnel interfering with your knitting or crocheting?  Is neck pain or back pain getting to you, preventing you from weaving and spinning? Come learn how changing our posture helps decrease the symptoms of overuse syndrome.  You will have the chance to try some techniques to help you enjoy fibering without any annoying side effects.

About the presenter: Sue Knight is a licensed physical therapist who has 40 years of experience. She has been knitting and crocheting since she was six and learned to spin 4 years ago when she joined the Twisted Thread Fiber Arts Guild.  Sue is a member of Cary Blankateers who make blankets for Linus Project.  She enjoys teaching and blending her vocation with her avocation.

Saturday March 23 1:00-2:00 pm “Color Theory: a Slightly Scientific View of the Artist’s Palette”– Reid Haslup

Have you ever wondered why dye lots matter? Or why some color combinations don’t work? The subject of color can be approached from many angles. You’ll get some tips & learn more about how to choose your next palette!

About the presenter:​ Growing up in South Carolina, Reid always said she wanted to move north for school so she could see snow, but not so far north that she would have to go to class in it. Raleigh seemed like the perfect spot, and she earned all of her degrees from North Carolina State University. Reid’s undergraduate background is in textile chemistry, and her doctoral research focused on color science. Reid has a passion for color, and she is looking forward to sharing a bit of what she has learned!

Saturday March 23 2:30-3:30 pm The Nightmare in your closet –Julie Moore

We’ve all heard about how fast-fashion is enslaving and even killing workers in the garment industry in Bangladesh and other far away places.  In her talk, Julie Moore will connect the dots between Bangladesh and North Carolina and explain the environmental and health impacts of what you wear and what you can do to change it.

About the presenter: Julie Moore is the Founder & CEO of Fiberactive Organics, LLC, a zero waste, triple bottom line company that supplies organic cotton sewing thread to manufacturers and retailers around the world.  Julie is a fiber artist that creates textile housewares and natural burial products under the business name of Earth To Earth Burial. She serves on the Fiber Council of the Organic Trade Association and is actively participating in the evolution of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  Julie has recently launched Sewpure™, a new brand of organic cotton thread for heavy-duty sewing. Julie is passionate about living lightly and with purpose.

Saturday March 23 4:00-5:00pm Getting Started with Fiber Animals – Elaina Kenyon

 Have you thought about owning your own fiber animals such as sheep, angora goats or angora rabbits and wondered what it takes in terms of time and investment?  This presentation will focus on the basic issues to consider if you are new to fiber animals in general, or considering the addition of a new species to your farmstead.  We’ll talk about the basic characteristics and needs of these wonderful animals, and how they fit with various homesteading situations and fiber production goals. Questions are strongly encouraged.

About the presenter: Elaina Kenyon is shepherd-in-charge at Avillion Farm where they raise Shetland and Jacob sheep, colored and white angora goats, and German and French angora rabbits. Raised on a small farm in RI, she discovered spinning in college and from there it was only a matter of time until the fiber animals would follow starting in the mid-1990s.  One of her greatest joys is experiencing the whole process from raising the animals themselves to producing finished goods, and sharing this joy with others.