Idaho: Snake River Fiber Fest May 20-22, 2016

snake river spinning woman logoWhat: 22nd Annual Snake River Fiber Fest

When: May 20-22, 2016

Sponsor: Weaving, Spinning & Fiber Arts Guild of Idaho Falls

Where:Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho Falls, Idaho



ConnieDenton will be teaching two baskets over two days. One is a LazyKate Spinning Basket that will have room for spinning supplies. The other one is a picnic basket that includes a checkerboard on the underside of the wooden lid.

Steven McEwen will be teaching a class on the “MechanicsofaSpinningWheel”. This will be either a half day class or a whole day. Steven was here last year as a vendor.

Lonna Alexander-Steele is returning and will be teaching four classes. One on using up old or recycled yarns, one on knitting flocati, one on spinning batts, and on the spinning boucles.

Doris Florig is from Jackson, WY., area. She is a world traveler who did a slide show of her travels a few years ago. She’s returning this year with another slide show of her travels AND to teach a class on TANIKO- twining or finger-weaving, and one on IKAT dying.

Joan Contraman is returning to teach a new lecture class on Color Theory, one on knitting a silk scarf with silk hankies and an all-day class on weaving. (*If you don’t have a loom, the Guild can rent you one for this class.)

Elizabeth Dailey will be teaching “Beginning Spindle Spinning” (you get a spindle in this class) and one on “Spinning for Socks on a Spindle”.

Randy Glick is a new teacher to us and will be teaching how to do “Perfect Plying” and “Splendid Singles”.

Classes will be Friday through Sunday.  On Saturday and Sunday, vendors from throughout the region will offer supplies for spinners, weavers, rug hookers and other fiber artists.  Finished items and gift items will also be available. Registration for classes begins March 1 through the Guild’s website,

Scholarship Information

The Weaving, Spinning and Fiber Arts Guild encourages the participation of young people ages 12 to 18 in the Snake River Fiber Arts Fair by providing a scholarship opportunity to enroll in a Fiber Arts Fair class of their choice.  More information and the forms for applying for the scholarship or donating to the scholarship are available on the Guild’s website,  For more information, please contact Kathie Phoenix, (208) 339-3873 or

Doing the Shop Hop!  Pick up your Shop Hop card at the Registration Table and visit every vendor booth.  Above the vendor’s table will be a symbol.  Write the vendor’s name by the symbol as printed on the Shop Hop card.  Write your name, address, phone number and email on the card and return it to the Registration Table.  A winner will be drawn Saturday at 4:00 and Sunday at noon.  

Fashion Show on Saturday Night!  Here’s your chance to show off your beautiful handwork to those who will truly appreciate it.  Anything goes: socks, blankets, sweaters, shawls, slippers, gloves, cowls, you name it as long as it was made by you.  The Saturday night crowd will vote for the People’s Choice Award and the winner will be announced immediately afterward!  Register your items at the Registration Table by noon on Saturday by leaving your name and address on an index card explaining what you are wearing and what it is made of and all that you did to create your masterpiece.

The Fiber Arts Showcase is back in Room 522!  This is an opportunity for you to show off the beautiful work that you have done and to let your peers admire your work and for the public to see it as well.  There is no entry fee and no prizes for individual items.  There will be a Viewers’ Choice Award given.