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Artists from Enchanted Fibers of Bennett, Colorado, bring their luxury alpaca fibers to the East Texas Fiber Festival in Canton November 18 and 19. One of many vendors featuring wearable art, the festival also provides yarns and other supplies for beginner and experienced fiber artists.

The East Texas Fiber Festival returns to Canton 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, November 18 and 19 at the Canton Civic Center.

The event connects hundreds of fiber artists from around the region, providing a way to meet vendors and learn new techniques.

The fiber festival features classes and demonstrations. Dozens of vendors come from the Upper East Side of Texas and around the US selling everything from tools and yarns to beautifully finished products. Most are willing to share their techniques with beginners.

Some artisans farm their own fibers like cotton from cotton seed pods, linen from flax stems, silk from the spun cocoons of silkworms, and wool from sheep hair.

Once the product is in hand, the next step involves spinning, knotting, twining, plaiting, coiling, and other forms of treating the fibers to get them into workable material. Many artists dye the mate- rial to get the colors they want in their finished products.

The fiber arts include many techniques of working with yarns of all varieties. Spinning, silk fusion, and rope making prepare fibers to be used in knitting, crochet, and weaving. Other techniques include quilting, appliqué, embroidery, canvas work, macrame, felting, silk screening, and basketry.

Visitors get to glimpse the artists who create wearable and decorative designs throughout the year. Many fiber artists get their start at festivals like these and the seasoned artists offer sage advice to beginners. Some are attracted to the fiber arts because they offer the chance to make their own wearable products.

The Canton Civic Center is located at 800 Flea Market Road. For information and news about the East Texas Fiber Festival, visit their Facebook page or www.easttexasfiberfestival.weebly.com.

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