Stage presentation

Stage Presentations

The 2021 lineup on the Fiberworld stages promises to be amazing, edifying and entertaining. This year, both stages are open to all attendees for the same ticket price! Have a front row seat (on the internet you’re always in the front row!), and enjoy…

Lecturers:

 

Have you always wanted to know about the wood used to make drop spindles? What about the history of tatting? Have you ever heard Abby Franquemont (cool thing from last year)?

Learn about heritage crafts from people actually of those heritages.

Hear speakers discuss the history of the arts and crafts business, socio-economics and crafting, and politics and trends in the crafting community.

Demos:

Attend a demonstration of heritage skills, lost or endangered arts, or tours of creators’ lives, worlds, and creative spaces. Have you always wondered what your favorite designer’s kitchen looks like? Us too. You’ll get a video tour.

Meet quilters from the Hawaiian quilting community, learn all about what it actually means to get someone’s goat. And then what to do when you have a live goat in your yard. Forever.

Don’t forget morning Not-Yoga-at-All with Kel. Wake up, shake off the pieces of fiber and evidence of last night’s debauch in the lounge, and move to soothing New England sounds of dogs barking, the neighbor’s chainsaw and hunters firing randomly at things in the nearby woods. Breathe in… out… in… out…

I loved being able to attend from the comfort of my home, plus get to learn from and interact with folks I probably would otherwise have never been able to meet.

-Fiberworld 2020 Attendee

Panels:

As with all stages, the live content is always the most exciting. Fiberworld’s live panels are no exception! Come hear a group of speakers discuss topics from “How we got into the yarn dyeing business” to “Designing our fandom” to “Racism in the fiber community and why aren’t we talking more about it?”

As always, we can’t really predict how these panels will go except that they’ll be smart, funny, honest and incredibly thought-provoking.

Fashion Show:

The Fiberworld Fashion Show is one of the show’s marquee events.  A fascinating collection of garments and more curated by the Fiberworld Video Goddess  lovingly displayed and demonstrated in both video and still images.  Our hosts will provide live commentary and describe each item and its special characteristics.

2021 Lectuers and Demos

Knitting History 101: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History

Ever wonder how we got to this point of so much wealth in ideas and materials for fiber people? So many fabulous gatherings, techniques, interest groups, podcasts, hand-painted yarns! Has it always been this way? Absolutely NOT! Join us, Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer, in our two part series covering Elizabeth Zimmermann’s influence on the contemporary knitting scene. We’ll follow her through her TV series, books, and textile community activism, and take a look at how her ideas about design and knitting independence helped generate a sea change in how knitters viewed themselves and their community. Dr Marsh’s 2016 dissertation broke new ground in documenting knitting history as a serious academic subject, and we should know our Knitting History!

Knitting History 102: Elizabeth Zimmermann and the Arc of Knitting History

Ever wonder how we got to this point of so much wealth in ideas and materials for fiber people? So many fabulous gatherings, techniques, interest groups, podcasts, hand-painted yarns! Has it always been this way? Absolutely NOT! Join us, Dr. Lilly Marsh and Sara Bauer, in our two part series covering Elizabeth Zimmermann’s influence on the contemporary knitting scene. We’ll follow her through her TV series, books, and textile community activism, and take a look at how her ideas about design and knitting independence helped generate a sea change in how knitters viewed themselves and their community. Dr Marsh’s 2016 dissertation broke new ground in documenting knitting history as a serious academic subject, and we should know our Knitting History!

The Perfect Match: Selecting the Right Needles, Beads, & Other Supplies for Every Project

This lecture will enable new and intermediate knitters to approach every project—including lace, cables, and color work—with greater confidence. It explains how to evaluate and select the right knitting needles for every project, including length, shape, style, material, tip, cable, and connection. It also covers crochet hooks, which every knitter needs, too. It describes how to select markers and row counters and the many unique ways to use them. If you’ve ever thought about adding beads, this lecture explains how to select and test beads and the tools for applying them in different ways. It also discusses how to select other tools, including, sewing needles, cable hooks, and more. Knitters will learn how to use their swatch as a laboratory for testing needles, supplies, and techniques. It’s everything that advanced knitters wished they’d known sooner!

Shades of Culture: How the World Uses Color in Dress

“In an increasingly multicultural society, it is essential to understand the significance of the symbols related to each culture. This knowledge may protect people from danger, allow them to stand out or assimilate, or lead to greater profitability. The color of dress—which is defined as anything that is carried or worn on the body—is an especially important and visible symbol. This lecture explains and illustrates the role of color in dress throughout the world, including its importance in displaying social, economic, political, marital, and religious status; revealing technological level; and protecting the wearer from supernatural forces. Whereas some colors indicate that social contact is welcomed, other colors warn people to keep their distance. This is essential information for everyone who works, lives, and trades with other cultures. It’s also a great source of inspiration.”
Karen will display her bags and give everyone an opportunity to see how unique and useful her product may be to crafters of all types.
I will be teaching how to get a boll of cotton, gin it, card it, make a puni and spin on a takli.

A Short History of Knitting

What are the earliest knitted projects that survive? Where did knitting start, and how did it spread? We will explore the history of knitting, look at surviving projects, and ask questions about the origins of our craft.
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