Connie Cheney of Fairview Acres, Longbranch, spins yarn at the show last year. Photo: Danna Webster, KP News

The Longbranch Improvement Club will host the ninth annual Fiber Arts Show on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring the work of more than two-dozen artists, from traditional to modern, from artistic to utilitarian.

This year’s theme is Threads Thru Time. And while for many, the word “fiber” is synonymous with cloth or fabric, the LIC is out to prove that for artists, fiber means a great deal more.

This year’s featured artist is just one of many expanding the visitors’ understanding of what fiber is and how it can be used artistically. Squire Brooms, a tiny mom-and-pop business, will travel from Bay Center in Pacific County for the event.

Working on equipment that dates to the 1800s, broom squire John Simurdak will be making Shaker-style brooms from broomcorn at the show. John and his wife Margaret spent several years traveling and learning the craft from master broom makers in Arkansas and Alabama. They have demonstrated in Texas, Tennessee, Montana, Oregon, Wyoming and Washington. Visitors can take a turn sewing a stitch or two on a broom or maybe turn wire on the winder. John and Margaret will also bring their mountain dulcimers to play a few old-time tunes.

In addition to Squire Brooms, a wide variety of other local fiber artists will grace the Improvement Club for the popular one-day event.

Terry Logan and her business, The Logger’s Daughter, will be there with fiber bowls, jackets and other items. Also attending will be Allyn Knit Shop and Spinning Supply. Elizabeth Purvis will take part with her hand-painted muslin dolls. Diana Iversen, a quilter from Elma, will be there with Diana’s Quilts, bringing a variety of finished pieces, some of which have never been displayed before. Organizer Nancy Carr will also show her embroidery, featuring Seahawks and patriotic themes.

As in past years, the event will also be set up outside on the LIC field. “There will be a vintage tractor display, willow furniture display and a demo of weaving a willow wiki compost bin, among others,” Carr said.

Although the LIC is a bit of a drive from local restaurants, visitors who get hungry at the Fiber Arts Show have some great options. “The lunch will be homemade soups (tomato basil and corn chowder) and Peg’s famous apple crisp,” Carr said.

Carr also said that putting on this annual event takes the dedication of many caring volunteers. “There is a very active LIC Fiber Arts Committee that is spending many hours to make sure it is a successful event. We are supported by the Longbranch Improvement Club, Angel Guild, Bruce Titus Automotive Group and the KP Farm Council in conjunction with the KP Farm Tour,” she said.

Organizers encourage visitors of all ages with activities to keep little ones happy. Pierce County Library will return with their popular make-your-own-duct-tape-wallet activity. “Fiber Arts is a family-friendly event. There are kid activities, outdoor activities and food. There is something for everyone, and there is no charge.” Carr said.

While the event itself is free, food sales and raffle tickets make it an important annual fundraiser for the LIC, with the winners drawn around 3:45 p.m. Two quilts will be raffled off, one of which is a child’s Hawaiian alphabet quilt. There will also be raffle baskets with donations from artists at the event. Fundraising events enable the LIC to fund camp and college scholarship programs.

 

For more information, visit the Longbranch Fiber Arts Show on Facebook or contact Nancy Carr at ncarr44@centurytel.net.

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