Telluride fiber festival another drop in bucket
Valerie Franzese’s list of things to accomplish in her lifetime requires more than a bucket to contain it. The Telluride resident may need to round up a bucket brigade to carry out all she wants to do.
“When I turned 60 three years ago, I started working on my bucket list,” she says. “One thing on that list was making a quilt entirely by hand — no machine stitches at all.”
Although she dreaded the task, thinking it would be “nothing but torture,” Franzese says she discovered that she “loved quilting.”
Recognizing that good ideas often are borne of such surprises, her mind soon gestated an all-inclusive fiber arts festival in Telluride.
“There are quite a few quilt shows in the region, but not ones that include knitting, weaving, needlepoint, crochet and textiles,” she says.
With the gathering of women with expertise in each of these disciplines last September, Franzese’s brainchild developed into their mutual goal and became the inaugural Many Hands Fiber Arts Festival scheduled Aug. 9–11 in Telluride.
The many hands participating in this event truly are a dream-team bucket brigade for Franzese.
Juried exhibitions in quilting, knitting, needlepoint, crochet, weaving and textiles will be on display at Telluride High School gym, 725 W. Colorado Ave.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults, free to children 16 and under.
Demonstrations are planned on needlepoint and drop spinning, and a fiber arts shopping mall will feature vendors from the region.
On Saturday, the front lawn of the school will be filled with baby yaks, alpacas, merino sheep and angora rabbits, because “it’s important for kids to see where the fibers for their hats and sweaters actually come from,” Franzese says.
The Wilkinson Public Library this summer is introducing children to needlepoint and quilting, with all of their creations being shown at the festival.
At the Telluride Historical Museum, 201 W. Gregory, visitors can see antique quilts and a weaving exhibit all three days.
Also, a two-day class on rust dyeing is offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday by Kathy Green of Telluride, a batik textile artist. The sessions take place at her studios, 227 E. Gregory Ave.
The class is suitable for children 11 and older, as well as adults, and the only cost is for a white T-shirt or scarf provided by Green.
After the festival, a three-day class on “Art Cloth,” is scheduled with fiber artist Ayn Hanna at the Ah Haa School for the Arts, 300 S. Townsend St. It runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12–14. For details, call 970-728-3886.
For information about the festival, go to manyhandsfiberartsfestival.org or email info@manyhandsfiberarts festival.org.
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Meanwhile, about 400 miles northeast of Telluride, the 2013 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival will be under way at The Ranch Event Complex in Loveland.
More than 600 quilt art items will be exhibited, and that includes the entire 2013 Hoffman Challenge traveling collection with more than 40 winning entries (dolls, clothing and accessories are among the categories).
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9–10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11 at Interstate 25 and the Crossroads Boulevard, Exit 259, Loveland. Entrance fees are $10 per day, $25 for three days, $3 a day for students and free to children under 14.
Featured instructors are veteran longarm quilter Linda V. Taylor and Irene Bluhm, who will teach machine quilting for modern designs, custom quilting for advanced longarm quilters and more.
Other classes are planned on machine appliqué, sashiko, borders and bindings, rugs from rags, snow and ice dyeing and dimensional florals. Details and fees are available at rockymountainquiltfestival.com or 800-473-9464.
Quilt appraisals will be offered by Jeananne Wright, and a vendor mall will be available. Free stage demonstrations begin at 9:30 a.m. daily.
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More events on the horizon:
■ 15th annual Labor Day Weekend Quilt Show and Boutique, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, Old Westcliffe Schoolhouse and Museum, 320 S. Fourth St., Westcliffe. Free admission.
A raffle quilt will be displayed at Grammie Tammie’s, The Wet Mountain Quilt Shop, 95 Main St.
Wet Mountain Weavers are sponsoring a fiber arts sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at the Library Community room, 209 Main St. Weaving, spinning and felting demonstrations also will be given.
For information, call 719-783-2199, email oldeschoolhousequilters@ yahoo.com or go to visitcustercounty.com.
■ Quilts in the Country, featuring creations from across northwest Colorado, a quilt raffle and a country bake sale, is planned from 1–8 p.m. Sept. 6 and from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Meeker Elementary School in downtown Meeker. Admission is $3.
Email Sherida.Warner@ GJSentinel.com.