Crafting community at Fiber Fest


Jessica Parsons

Did you know that whalebone was an important fashion tool “back then?” Have you ever
wanted to know what it’s like to knit or crochet, but not sure where to begin? Or maybe you have a half-finished scarf that’s bunched up on your closet floor and you need some motivation to add to its stitches. This Saturday is an opportune time to celebrate fiber arts, inspire one another and learn about the history of
clothing construction.

Hosted by the Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC), the 2018 Lake Superior Fiber Festival will motivate, educate and inspire citizens in an informative way, Planning Committee
Member Rosemary Michelin said. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will showcase presentations from three different crafting guilds and will cover the history of clothing construction, lace techniques and show rare

“This event is meant to
continue the art of fiber arts,”
Executive Director of the MRHC,
Cris Osier said. “We want to show its importance, and give a bit of the history.”

There will be multiple events happening throughout the day,
including weaving, embroidery and quilting. Displays will have some items for sale and the MRHC will be giving away door prizes.

“We want to give credibility to people creating with their hands,” Michelin said. “It’s a good place to find out what’s in the area.”

Adult demonstrations will
feature unique categories, such as “Rags to Rugs,” “Creative Crochet” and “Vintage Clothing Construction.”
There is a designated area for children to buzz around and
explore their creativity, and hopefully be inspired by the event,
Michelin said. The members of the planning committee hope that children will learn something new about fiber arts and expand their creativity, regardless of their
limited attention span.

Demonstrations for children include instruction on weaving, knitting and quilting. People may also get a chance to use a sewing machine, Michelin said.

The biennial event is excited to introduce a fashion show this year. Around noon, 20 garments from different members will be expressed with color, excitement and uniqueness, Michelin said.

Admission fees are $3 for NMU students, $7 for adults, $6 for
seniors and $2 for children
12 and under. For more information, visit the Marquette Regional History Center website at or call
Rosemary Michelin at (906)475-9308.