ELKO, Nev. – The California Trail Interpretive Center, volunteers and the Ruby Mountain Fiber Folk will present a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the fiber arts, “From Sheep to Shawl: Fiber Arts at the California Trail Interpretive Center.” The free program will take place on Dec. 13, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
“We often buy clothing made in other countries, in factories by machines, by people we do not know, with fabrics that are synthetic and unnatural,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose. “The program provides a modern connection to our pioneer past,” said Park Ranger Alex Rose. “Pioneer women knit socks, mittens and shawls. Today, fiber artists create hats, purses, slippers, stuffed animals, and other items that are cherished and loved by friends, family, and strangers.”
Presenters, among others, include Billie Phillips on the spinning wheel, Carmen Bubar on the history of quilting and weaving, and Anna O’Brien demonstrating loom weaving. Visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities as well as learn how wool is processed and knit into beautiful and practical hand-made items.
For more information about the California Trail Interpretive Center call (775) 738-1849. Visit the Trail Center online at www.californiatrailcenter.org, or on Facebook California Trail Interpretive Center Association. For more information about the Ruby Mountain Fiber Folk, contact Billie Phillips at (775) 340-3701.
The California Trail Interpretive Center is located at Hunter exit 292, 8 miles west of Elko on I-80. The Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
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