weavingSOUTH WALES — How does wool become yarn? What sound does a llama make? What makes silk? Do people really still use spinning wheels? There are so many questions to ask and so much to learn about the fiber arts.

Inquisitive minds of all ages are invited to take a scenic drive to Emery Park in South Wales, N.Y., (at the end of Route 400) on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. for the ninth annual Western New York Fiber Arts Festival.

The public can enjoy a full day experiencing and learning about the balance between fiber animals and humans. Live animals, including sheep, llamas, alpacas, bunnies and silk worms will be in attendance along with their human companions to answer questions about husbandry, behavior and products we enjoy from the animals.

In the Ski Lodge, many local guilds will be demonstrating their arts including spinning, knitting, embroidering, weaving and tatting. See firsthand how wool becomes yarn with Common Threads, the spinning guild, and maybe even sign up for the drop spindle workshop!

A make-and-take craft activity will keep the children busy and provide a memento of their day to take home. The Weaving Guild will have artists working at their looms to answer questions about the creative process involved in making clothes. Lace makers, knitters and quilters will also be demonstrating and displaying their creations.

After learning all about the four-legged friends and the art they inspire, take a shopping trip through the vendors to find products handmade from fiber and supplies to get you started on your own artistic path. You’ll find local indie artists offering finished garments, yarn, dyed wool, spindles, fleece, honey, lotions and soaps, to name a few.

Spinners, knitters, weavers, quilters, crocheters, dyers and rug hookers of all skill levels will be gathering at the park to take classes, shop the vendors and watch fiber demos. It’s a time to get inspired and stock up for the upcoming winter while catching up with friends, brushing up on techniques and picking up a new skill or two. Here’s a chance to bring out and explore the fiber artist within. Tap into your hidden talents!

This ninth year of the festival also marks the third year at Emery Park. The event has enjoyed rave reviews about the beautiful location. Admission to the festival is $5; children under 10 are still free. For more information, contact locusthill@yahoo.com or call Victoria at (716) 652-3237.