This weekend Lil Dorothy is returning to her roots in Lanark County for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 19th annual Fibrefest in historic Almonte. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out, Fibrefest will have something for you.
This two-day celebration of textiles and fibre arts spans three locations: the Museum, the Almonte Arena (182 Bridge St., where you’ll find Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.), and the Almonte Curling Club. Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.
“That’s My Style,” vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers, giving you the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location. “Button Mania” returns to Fibrefest this year, with displays of WW I era military and fashion buttons, alongside button vendors. Members of the Ottawa Valley Button Club will be present to identify your special buttons!
New this year will be a “Sort-a-Thon” presented by Alpaca Ontario. If you are curious about this wonderful animal, here is your chance to meet and greet them and to familiarize yourself with alpaca fibre and the products made with it. Alpaca farmers will have their fleece at the Sort-a-Thon, where it will be assessed, sorted and batched ready for the mill. Come and check out this fascinating process and see what the buzz is all about! Edited 12 Sept to add: The Sort-a-thon has been cancelled.
And finally, the Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 14th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes! Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum ahead of the event.
The Museum is featuring two artists: Frances Taylor and Reiko Sudo, and on the second floor is the permanent history exhibit “Fabric of a Small Town,” which interprets how a piece of wool becomes a piece of finished cloth and the industrial machines used throughout the process.
The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be running a tea room, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.
Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.