Workshops

Come and enhance your fiber arts skills, or try your hand at something new!

Workshop registration is now open. To ensure your place in a workshop, pre-registration is highly encouraged. Pre-register by September 1, 2019 and receive free entry to the festival.

Reminder: Workshop Materials Fees are to be paid directly to the instruction on the day of the festival.

REGISTER FOR 2019 WORKSHOPS HERE.

Check Out This Year’s Workshops!

Circular Tapestry Weaving Workshop with Vanessa Lauria

10:00am – 12:00pm

Create your own handwoven circular wall hanging in an inspired, fun atmosphere. You’ll learn the basics of weaving on a circular loom (which becomes the finished frame for easy hanging!), receive 2 hours of hands-on instruction and plenty of ideas and encouragement. Frames are pre- warped for time, but you’ll receive a demo in class for future weaving. Instructional worksheet + simple supplies included to borrow for further exploration and weaving. BYOY (bring your own worsted thru chunky yarn) encouraged, and alternative/upcycled fibers if you’d like.
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  • Course Fee: $45
  • Material Fee: $5 for embellishments

Vanessa Lauria

Vanessa Lauria is the weaver + maker behind pidge pidge. She weaves modern scarves, accessories and home decor that merge the craft of traditional weaving with a passion for modern color and texture. Her work is colorful and vibrant. She loves to experiment with unique fibers and play with unexpected color combinations. Vanessa has previously taught weaving workshops at MUSEjar in East Aurora, Makers Buffalo + SPoT Coffee in Buffalo, NY and in Joshua Tree, CA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Fibers from Syracuse University.
Website: CLICK HERE
Facebook: CLICK HERE

Embroidery with Erin Anne Mannion

10:00am – 12:00pm

This class is perfect for beginners looking to learn hand embroidery. In this class, students will learn all the basics they need to get started making beautiful hand embroidered projects! Everything will include lots of little tips to keep embroidery enjoyable for you! Students then go home with a full working knowledge of all of the basics about hand embroidery, along with all of the materials for their first project.
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  • Course Fee: $25
  • Materials Fee: $25 fee

Intro to Oxford Punch Needle Rug Hooking with Christopher Mammoser

10:00am – 1:00pm

A class designed for those interested in trying their hand at punch needle rug hooking. Students will learn the basics of punch needle on a frame that is 4.5” x 6.5” with pre-stretched monk’s cloth attached. Students can use the instructor’s punch needle with option to buy after the class. Yarn to finish the project is included in the class fee and stencils are used to draw the design.
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  • Course Fee: $35
  • Materials fee: Additional materials for future projects available for purchase.

Needle Felting“Things that Walk, Fly or Crawl” with Mary Fisher

11:00am – 1:00pm

Sculpt a creature from wool using a felting needle. Bring a picture or be inspired by samples shared by the instructor.
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  • Course Fee: $30.
  • Material Fee: $15

Mary Fisher

Mary has been offering workshops at the WNY Fiber Arts Festival for the past 4 years. She also does home or group instruction upon request. Mary began needle felting about 20 years ago, first felting creatures for a puppet performance of, “The Ugly Duckling.” Landscape watercolor painting had been another interest of hers. “One day I decided to use colored wool instead of paint. It has been my medium of preference ever since.” Mary is a member of Common Threads spinning and dyeing group, and F.I.G. of Western NY. Mary can be reached by email at: mfaf52@me.com.

Apple Basket with Maureen Quale

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Weave your very own basket. This practical cutie can be made in a 3hr. class. Great size on your counter for seasonal fruits or a potted mum! It’s an easy beginner basket project!
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  • Course Fee: $40
  • Materials fee: $5

Beginner Tapestry Weaving with Vanessa Lauria

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Create your own handwoven wall hanging in an inspired, fun atmosphere. You’ll learn the basics of weaving on a handheld traveler’s loom, receive 3 hours of hands-on instruction, and plenty of ideas and encouragement. Though you may not finish your small weaving in class, you’ll have all the tools (+ a detailed, step by step workbook) to feel confident finishing on your own. Basic loom kit is yours to keep for further exploration and weaving.
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  • Course Fee: $40.
  • Material Fee: $45

Vannessa Lauria

Vanessa Lauria is the weaver + maker behind pidge pidge. She weaves modern scarves, accessories and home decor that merge the craft of traditional weaving with a passion for modern color and texture. Her work is colorful and vibrant. She loves to experiment with unique fibers and play with unexpected color combinations. Vanessa has previously taught weaving workshops at MUSEjar in East Aurora, Makers Buffalo + SPoT Coffee in Buffalo, NY and in Joshua Tree, CA. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Fibers from Syracuse University.
Website: CLICK HERE
Facebook: CLICK HERE

Needle Felted “Pictures painted with wool” with Mary Fisher

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Pictures painted with wool.” Wool is an amazing medium to create with. You will learn to layer colored wool to make a felted landscape image. Bring a picture or work from your imagination.
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  • Course Fee: $30
  • Materials fee: $15

Mary Fisher

Mary has been offering workshops at the WNY Fiber Arts Festival for the past 4 years. She also does home or group instruction upon request. Mary began needle felting about 20 years ago, first felting creatures for a puppet performance of, “The Ugly Duckling.” Landscape watercolor painting had been another interest of hers. “One day I decided to use colored wool instead of paint. It has been my medium of preference ever since.” Mary is a member of Common Threads spinning and dyeing group, and F.I.G. of Western NY. Mary can be reached by email at: mfaf52@me.com.

Beginner Braided Rug with Marjorie Corrow

2:00pm – 4:00pm

This workshop includes all materials to make a tiny rug about 12-18 inches wide. With techniques learned in class you will be able to expand your rug into a larger, more useable size at home.
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  • Course Fee: $36.
  • Material Fee: $36