Bellingham weavers conference includes open market for public


BIZ-NW Handspun Yarns

Sarah Frazier, 4, of Mount Vernon plays with a spinning wheel as she waits for her family to pick out felt for needle felting Jan. 30, 2011 at NW Handspun Yarns, 1401 Commercial St. in Bellingham. NW Handspun Yarns is one of several vendors at the Marketplace Mall, a public market at Western Washington University's Carver Gym June 20-22 during the NW Weavers Conference on campus.


BELLINGHAM - People will be able to shop and see the work of fiber artists at the annual NW Weavers Conference, which runs through Sunday, June 23, at Western Washington University.

The conference is drawing more than 500 fiber enthusiasts taking part in more than 75 workshops, seminars and one-day classes being taught by 24 instructors from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Bolivia and Japan, organizers said.

It is being sponsored by the Association of Northwest Weavers' Guilds.

The Marketplace Mall, which is open to the public, will feature 32 merchants from the U.S., including from Whatcom County, and Mexico selling yarn, fibers, baskets, clothing, books and fiber-related equipment from around the world.

The mall will be in Western's Carver Gym and will be open:

• Noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 20.

• 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, June 21.

• 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 22.

Admission to the mall is free.

Additional events include a fashion runway show and fiber-related demonstrations. They are open to the public, as well as a "Felting Frenzy" event on Saturday, June 22, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the bricks between Carver Gym and the Fine Arts Building.

Children are welcomed at the felting event.

More information is online at

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or

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