Spin the story of cloth

Surrey Museum hosts Fibre Crafts Festival on Aug. 16.

Celebrate heritage crafts such as spinning, knitting and weaving at the Surrey Museum’s Discovery Saturday: Fibre Crafts Festival on Aug.16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The museum will spin the story of cloth at this family-friendly and interactive exploration of all things fibre.

• Visitors can try the Museum’s looms and spinning wheels with tips from staff and volunteers.

•Children make take-home textile crafts like God’s Eyes and yarn bracelets.

• Explore displays by Fraser Valley fibre enthusiasts, which include rug-hooking, needle-felting, inkle loom weaving and other types of hand work.•

• Watch a beautiful and intricate lacemaking demonstration, and visit with entertaining local fashion historian, Ivan Sayers, for a rare opportunity to view his antique lace collection.

• Visitors are invited in to the Hooser Textile Library extensive collection of vintage patterns and books.

• The Museum’s Textile Studio features a rare Jacquard loom, and will host spinning and weaving demonstrations.

Visitors can purchase snacks from Smile Indian restaurant.

• Sign up for a “Drop Spindle Spinning” workshop held on the same day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use a blending board to mix your own fibres into colours that are uniquely yours. Learn to spin with them on a Turkish drop spindle to create your own yarn. The fee is $45; supplies fee $12. Pre-register at 604-592-6956.

Admission to the event is free.

It all takes place on the same day as the Cloverdale Blueberry Festival.

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Ave. Admission is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum Society. For more information, call 604-592-6956.

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