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Local venues celebrate fabrics and fibers in the Adirondacks

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - A myriad of color, texture and design will meet at the Adirondack Museum in the form of fabrics and fibers Saturday, Sept. 25, for the annual Adirondack Fabric and Fiber Arts Festival.

Activities are planned throughout the museum campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and all are included in the price of general museum admission.

"Extraordinarily talented artisans will make this year's festival one of the premier needlework events of the season," said museum marketing director Susan Dineen.

The festival will include demonstrations of rug hooking, quilting, felting, spinning, and weaving, a regional quilt show, textile appraisals, an artisan marketplace, a "knit-in" for a good warm cause, hands-on activities, and the museum's exhibit, "Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters."

Returning participants include the Serendipity Spinners, members of the community-based needlework group Northern Needles, the Adirondack Regional Textile Artist's Association, as well as felter Sandi Cirillo and mixed-media quilter Louisa Austin Woodworth.

The Adirondack Museum also welcomes many new exhibitors this year who have shown their work all across the country as well as overseas. Regional artists will also be selling handmade goods.

For information, call 352-7311 or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

The second annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival will also visit the region the weekend of Sept. 25-26, at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich. More than 120 regional fiber vendors from New York and New England will be participating. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

Local artisans include Common Thread of Saratoga and Yarn Angel of Glens Falls. These shops will provide patterns, books, and tools in addition to some of their own local fibers.

Demonstrations of sheep shearing, weaving, felting, spinning, Kool-Aid dyeing, and Rug Hooking will also be featured.

For more information, visit www.washingtoncountyfair.com.

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