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Who: Pluckyfluff Studio
Where: Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville
When: Friday to Sunday, July 19 to 21, Friday opening at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
Cost: Free admission. Food and some activities available for a charge
The third annual Yarnival takes place Friday to Sunday, July 19 to 21 at Boeger Winery, 1709 Carson Road in Placerville.
This is a must for all fiber artists, yarn enthusiasts and anyone who wants to have a good time and see some amazing handmade creations.
The free event grows bigger every year, bringing artists and yarn lovers from all over the nation.
Yarnival organizer and fiber artist Lexi Boeger said the theme for this year’s Yarnival is Sleeping Bunny — a reference to both the wool from Angora rabbits and the relaxing good times of the event.
Featured artists at the 2013 Yarnival will be Michelle Snowden from the Blue Mountains of Australia, Boeger, Melissa Nasby from Salmon Arm, British Columbia and printmaker Oran Miller of Placerville.
Snowden, fiber artist and spinner of Wooldancer Studio, will be offering three mini classes on making your own ready-to-wear designer neckwear. Her one-of-a-kind work will be featured in the Orchard Gallery.
Boeger’s work will be featured in the Pluckyfluff Studio. Boeger is re-defining the craft of hand spinning, bringing this craft into an art form and her work reflects this.
Nasby of Soul Fibre Studio, is a fiber artist, spinner, felt maker and designer. Her dramatic felt masks will be on display in the Stone Cellar.
Master printmaker, Oran Miller, will be giving demonstrations and displaying his work throughout Yarnival.
Yarnival kicks off on Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m. with an opening ceremony. Food vendors including Heyday, offering brick oven pizza; Bonne Vie Crepes, offering crepes; and a hot dog vendor will be on hand. There will be wine tasting and wine and wine coolers will be for sale all evening.
A country carnival type dance where all participants are encouraged to dress in wild West attire starts at 6 p.m. and the Handmaker’s Bazaar Market Place will be open until 8 p.m.
At 5:30 p.m. there will be an interpretive dance performance from Ecstatic Dance Placerville. A performance from SLPN Bunny, the Yarnival emcee, begins at 6 p.m. and the country dance with the music of MerryGold begins at 6:15 p.m.
At 8 p.m. the Golden Cadillacs take over the dance for the next hour. While admission to Yarnival is free, there is a $10 fee for the dance.
On Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. there will be a spinning free-for-all under the big top in the orchard where fiber artists are encouraged to bring their spinning wheel and a chair. There will also be a fiber sharing zone, blacksmith demonstrations, the Handmaker’s Bazaar, wine tasting and fiber classes.
For children there are old-fashioned kid games like bobbing for apples and water balloon baseball as well as craft and spinning demonstrations.
“Beyond the Skein: Spin to Wear” a spinning class, will be offered by Michelle Snowdon on Sunday, July 21 at 10 a.m. Those wishing to take the class should sign up on the Website yarnival.org before July 21.
Also on Sunday, Heather Barris-Lightfoot from Girl with a Hook, will teach participants to make an Art yarn headband in her workshop at 1:30 to 3 p.m. The cost is $20.
A Handmaker’s Bazaar and Market Place will include handmade fiber items, jewelry, vintage clothing, organic lotions and oils, pottery, salsa, candles, leather and fiber materials for purchase with vendors such as Beesybee Fibers, Brian Haye and Sarah Murray Pottery, Bungalow Farm Angora, CavyShops, Chic Thrills, Corn Creek Fiber, Craftwhich Creations, Enchanted Circle, Grasshopper Springs Ranch, Girl With a Hook, Hogg Wild Fibers and Twisted Sunshine Design, Oscar and Sophia Handmade Wearables, Laureen Simoni, Picquant Pieces, Rancho Borrego Negro, Red Moon Arrow, Royal Fibers/Columbine Spinning Wheels, SpinGlitz, Spinning Mermaid Fibers, Thistledown Fibers, Wanis Market, Wild Beauties and The Wool Daisy.
Parking for Yarnival is limited so fair goers should plan to car pool or pick up the shuttle at Schnell School on Schnell School Road.
For more information visit the Website at yarnival.org.
Contact Wendy Schultz at 530 344-5069 or [email protected] Follow @wschultzMtDemo on Twitter.