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Spinning and weaving: Not just for little old ladies anymore

The two-day show aims to teach the general public – of all ages – about fibre-related crafts.
Annual Fibres West show comes to the Cloverdale Fairgrounds this weekend.

This Friday and Saturday is the seventh annual Fibres West show in Cloverdale.

There are classes for beginners and children, as well as demonstrations and lectures throughout the two-day show.

Fibres West is put on solely by Brenda Alexander, who owns Penelope Fibre Arts in South Surrey.

Alexander said spinning and weaving has become more popular over the years for people in their 20s and 30s.

"Most people think of spinning and weaving as something for little old ladies," she said.

Last year more than 15,000 people attended the show, with some coming from Alberta and Washington.

This year there are more than 60 vendors and Alexander said they are 100 per cent Canadian, except for one vendor who comes from Port Townsend, WA.

Alexander said most of the vendors are owners of small fibre craft businesses and Fibres West is their big event.

Fibres West 2015 runs March 13 and 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds (176 Street and 62 Avenue) in the Agriplex building. Cost of admission for adults is $8; students and seniors pay $6; and kids aged 13 and under are free.


Lauren Collins

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I'm a provincial reporter for Black Press Media's national team, after my journalism career took me across B.C. since I was 19 years old.
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