Fiber Festival is Saturday at Pakatakan Farmers' Mkt.

Halcottsville — The art of carding, spinning and weaving will be showcased as Mountain Yarns presents a “Sheep to Shawl” demonstration on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market on Route 30 Halcottsville.

This program is part of the “Catskill Arts & Air” open-air arts festival series presenting free events every Saturday this summer through Labor Day.

This is an event to promote the traditional art of spinning and weaving. These competitions occur throughout the country at many festivals and fairs. Teams arrive with their looms “dressed,” spinning wheels greased and piles of fiber. The bell rings .... people start carding and spinning to create the first spool of yarn so the weaver can begin. The teams are judged on their fleece, warp, yarn, weaving, how well they work together, set up of area and public speaking as well as the finished product.

The “Wild and Wooly Women” will be on hand to demonstrate the making of a shawl. This team of women will be carding and spinning the fleece to produce yarn. The yarn will then be woven and a shawl length cloth will be created during the afternoon.

“Watching people gain an understanding of how an animal’s hair can be transformed into a piece of cloth keeps the fiber arts alive,” says Tina Harp, owner of Mountain Yarns.

During this demonstration a shawl-length cloth will be created in just one afternoon. There will be activities for children, but this is an event the whole family can enjoy. You can just watch the demonstration, card some wool or spin on a spinning wheel yourself and learn what it takes to make cloth. Visitors can also meet some of the “wooly” animals that provide fleece and yarn.
Mountain Yarns is a complete fiber shop with finished goods and a full array of supplies to fit your fiber needs. Visit the shop and let Tina Harp take the mystery out of your fiber projects. She teaches classes in spinning, knitting, crocheting, weaving, rug hooking and always supplies an abundance of inspiration.

Also at the market from 10 a.m.-noon will be Barbara English demonstrating how glass work is created from start to finish. For more information about the Pakatakan Farmers’ Market, call 845 586-3326 or visit: www.pfmarket.org.