Fiber Division

Focus on Fiber Series – Introduction to Shetland Fiber

Printable Form: 2014 Pull-Out Entry Forms

The Focus on Fiber Mini-Workshop series is designed to en-courage fiber artists to explore the many breeds of fiber producing animals and their unique qualities. The workshops are designed for spinners, knitters and crocheters.
Bring your wheel, needles or hook and experience the characteristics of Shetland sheep wool. Each 30-minute workshop gives participants a hands-on introduction to the Shetland breed and its fiber. Call 503/663-2772 to register. There is a $3 fee for handouts/samples. Workshops are held upstairs in the main pavilion:

  • 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday for spinners
  • 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday for knitters/crocheters.

Displays and Exhibits

fiberCompThe fiber division is located upstairs in the Main Pavilion and is co-chaired by Naomi Royle and Sue Lambert. The goal of the fiber division is to recognize and appreciate the unique qualities and characteristics of various natural fibers and encourage artistic and craft disciplines that utilize these fibers. Felting is the 2014 OFFF celebrated handcraft while Shetland sheep are the celebrated breed.

Come visit the fiber division and view these fun and educational displays and demonstrations:

  • Focus on Fiber Series: Shetland Sheep

  • The New Look of Crochet display

  • Sandoval McNair Memorial display

  • Display of the fiber division judges creations

  • Ravenstail weaving demonstration by John Beard

  • Portland Handweavers Guild display

  • Damascus Fiber Arts School weaving demonstration

  • Book signing by Laurinda Reddig (downstairs in the main pavilion),

  • Pygora Breeders Assoc. Fiber Show/Display; judging is open to the public and questions are welcome


Jeanne Carver from the Imperial Stock Ranch is coming to OFFF!

Jeanne_and_lambs (Small)Don’t miss this opportunity to see Jeanne Carver in person with her official 2014 Olympic sweater.
Jeanne will tell the story of the historic Imperial Stock Ranch she and her husband, Dan, own and operate near Shaniko, Oregon. This past year she became the face and spokesperson for “Made in America” when her wool was chosen by Ralph Lauren to be used for official Olympic apparel. Interviews with her about  the ranch, her sheep and the wool were shown on OPB and on the national news.
Jeanne will be giving presentations both Saturday and Sunday from 12:15 to 1:15 pm.  It’s a very inspirational and heartwarming story.
(photo by Paul Thacker)

Invitational Artists Gallery:

Felt making is an ancient art form dating back 6000 years. From Mongolian yurts to tiny needle-felted flowers, the shapes which felt can take are infinite. The process of making felt from animal fibers is simple, but the addition of a person’s creativity to wet or dry felting transforms the fibers into amazing pieces of art. These invitational artists do just that. Please join us in the Fiber Gallery to share in these visionary works

S_with_Geordie_MollySandoval McNair: A Retrospective in Felt

Come see a beautiful collection of Sandoval McNair’s work, displayed in tribute to our friend and OFFF felting instructor who passed away January 25, 2014 from complications of the flu. We are lucky to have many pieces of Sandoval’s creative felt work in the display, along with several pieces inspired by her teaching. If you have a piece of fiber art inspired by Sandoval that you’d be willing to have displayed, please contact Judy Anderson (503-784-7163 or by September 5, 2014 to have your piece included.

WS464Booking Signing Laurinda Reddig

The book signing is on Saturday from 1 to 3 pm downstairs at the west end of the main pavilion building next to the staircase. Copies of Laurinda’s book will be available for purchase at the Eugene Textile Center booth.


Sally McCarrick Fiber Creations And Skein Competition:


Challenge yourself and enter the Skein Competition! Skeins are judged by skill level to encourage participation. Spinning categories: singles, two-ply, multiply, novelty, spindled and thigh spun.

Weaving Demonstrations

Members of the Damascus Fiber Arts School will demonstrate tapestry weaving and weaving on the Navajo-style loom. They will bring examples of tapestries, handspun hand-dyed yarns, baskets, knitting and more.

Ravenstail Weaving

Ravenstail weaving (a very old weaving tradition from the Native American peoples of southeast Alaska), will be demonstrated by John Beard all day Saturday and Sunday, upstairs in the Main Pavilion. John will weave on the Klamath River robe he started in 2011 or on a new dance apron. He will have other robes on display, as well as smaller regalia he has woven. Come watch, listen and ask questions as he shares his experiences with Ravenstail weaving.

The Portland Handweaver’s Guild

The Portland Handweaver’s Guild will exhibit their study of Japanese textiles completed this past year.  The display includes examples of a variety of dye techniques and types of dye projects.  This exhibit was showcased at the Association of Northwest Weavers 2014 Conference in Bellingham, WA., and received accolades and awards for the display and their Guild’s booth. Questions:

New Look of Crochet:

Members of the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, Always in Stitches, will display projects showing the latest trends in the craft.



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