Textile arts will be celebrated as the Fiber Art Fair returns for the second year on May 12.
“I was so pleased about it last year. It’s like a lost art,” organizer Jenny Eklund said of the textile arts.
The fair will be held from 10-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Various vendors will be located inside La Poste, Mary Rose Collection, Perry Perk, Peterson Designs and Citizens Bank Gallery.
“We’ll have everything from weaving to knitting to crochet to spinning,” organizer Jenny Eklund said.
Fellow organizer Mary Rose Nichols said the event had a great first year. The fair, she said, will feature returning artists and new artists in its second year.
Around 15 vendors will have their goods displayed on the main floor in La Poste. Classes will be available in The Cellar of La Poste. Classes include beginning crochet at 11 a.m., wheel spinning at 10 a.m. and drop spindling at 1 p.m.
Attendees can also watch demonstrations of people spinning and weaving. Those interested in crocheting or knitting themselves are invited to bring a project to work on while sipping a glass of wine or another beverage in The Cellar.
The Perry Piecemakers Quilt Guild will be presenting a pair of programs at the Citizens Bank Gallery. Quilts will also be on display at the gallery from the Bitsy Chicks on Parade, members of the Des Moines Area Quilt Guild.
Also new this year will be outside vendors selling homemade ice cream and barbecue.
Leading up to the Fiber Art Fair, around 100 pole warmers will be stitched on light poles in the downtown. A yarn bomb wall will also installed on the wall of the Josh Davis Memorial Plaza.
Both projects, Nichols said, are ways to help promote the Fiber Art Fair.
“It’s a fun way to bring it to Perry, and as Jenny says, to color the town,” she said.
When the group started stitching the pole warmers last year, Eklund said people stopped to take a look and to take photos.
“There was a lot of excitement with it,” she said.
Eklund anticipates more excitement to come leading up to the Fiber Art Fair as the pole warmers and yarn bombs are installed. She encourages the public to come check out all of the various fiber on display during the fair on May 12.
“It’s another form of art that we are introducing and sharing with the public,” Eklund said of the textile arts. “There are so many types of art and this is just one of them.”
For more information on the Fiber Art Fair, visit the Facebook pages of La Poste, LLC and Perry Iowa Piecemakers Quilt Guild.