Saori Weaving with Sarah Dauro and Denise Prince

In this class, students will weave “Saori style” on pre-warped Saori floor looms. Saori is a “no rules” weaving style developed nearly 50 years ago by Misao Jo in Japan. Saori weaving focuses on natural creativity rather than technical skills and commercial patterns. Students in this class will relax and have fun while creating an individual piece of art. Looms and all supplies are provided. This class is suitable for both beginners and experienced weavers who want to explore a new weaving methodology.

Instructor: Sarah Dauro
Cost: $59
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 7

Sarah Dauro of Handmade Saori Weaving Studio in Huntsville, AL. Sarah has been involved with arts and crafts for most of her life and has done everything from needlework to stained glass but she focuses predominantly on fiber arts including spinning, knitting, and, of course, weaving. Finding Saori was a game changer for Sarah. Before Saori, life was about spinning the perfect lace weight yarn and knitting the most beautiful lacy gray shawl. Since Saori, Sarah’s eyes have been opened to the wonders of art yarn, the beautiful colors of the rainbow and beyond, and the imperfect perfection of weaving your heart.

Award-winning jewelry designer Denise Prince’s lifelong interest in fiber arts took her on a journey through many of handicrafts of the genre.  When she found SAORI weaving she knew she had found her way home.
Her journey with SAORI Weaving has brought her a new outlook on life and art.  She is eager to share her love of SAORI weaving you. In her home studio in Peachtree City, GA, Denise teaches weaving, holds fiber related workshops, and holds SAORI-kai—a time for sharing your SAORI journey with other SAORI travelers.
Denise spent February 2013 in Japan studying with Kenzo Jo and his teachers at SAORInoMori.  While there she passed levels 3, 2, and A from the Saori Hand Weavers Testing Association.  She  is currently working towards level 1 and looking forward to a return trip to Japan.

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2016 Classes

Classes have been posted. We’re so excited to be offering some wonderful classes again this year. Just hop on over to the class page to browse and register. Enjoy!

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Class Proposals

The class proposal form is up and open for business.  Just hop on over the the Classes tab.  Applications are due by June 30, 2016.


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Vendor Applications

The community center has filled up, as of now.  There are still spaces available in the barn.  If you  apply for a community center space, you will be put on a wait list.  We’ll let you know if a space opens.  Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Thank you

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy all the fiber goodness…..hope you had fun, met new friends, found inspiration.  See you next year.

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Children’s Activities

We are so very fortunate to have the Shelbyville Spinners Guild with us again this year….teaching and painting children….yes, that’s right.  Stop by the community center to visit with these wonderful ladies.  They will teach your children a craft or two and even give them a little face paint.

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TAA Kids Zone

We are so lucky to have the Tennessee Alpaca Association Kids Zone booth in the arena this year. They will be teaching Peg Loom weaving with straws for children over 6 years of age at 10am and 1pm.  Stop by to learn and enjoy the alpaca.  This is a great craft for children and a wonderful addition to the festival this year thanks to TAA.

Stop by to say hello to Pat and Deb and enjoy a little weaving and some lovely alpaca

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Teacup Pincushion and Instructor Katelyn Dunn

This is a class full of whimsy! During this class you will learn the basics of three-dimensional needle felting while creating your own unique miniature scene for your teacup pincushion. Whether it be a barn on a hillside, a fairy sitting on a flower, or a bumblebee about to take flight… the sky is the limit on what scene you create! Be creative! Once you have made your scene, we will then attach it to its teacup base. By the end of this class you will be going home with new needle felting skills and a whimsical teacup pincushion.

Instructor: Katelyn Dunn
Cost: $31
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 10

Katelyn Dunn, although only twenty-three years old, has been involved in the fiber arts community for many years.  She first fell in love with fiber arts at the age of eleven when she learned how to knit, and as she says, “It ‘spun’ out of control from there!”  After discovering knitting, Katelyn became captivated by her newfound medium.  She was determined to learn as much as she could about the entire process.  Katelyn’s fiber art now starts at the beginning, or as she says, “I start with the sheep.”  Katelyn does most of the fiber processing herself including cleaning, dyeing, combing, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and felting her fiber to create the finished product.  She now owns her own fiber arts studio, Dunn Spunn, and has been a guest teacher and demonstrator for many stores and events.  Katelyn’s philosophy when teaching fiber arts is “It’s just fluff,” and she loves having the opportunity to be able to share her passion with others.


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Appalachian Hearth Broom (Besom) Making: Broom Making: Beginner and Instructor Robin Goatey

The original brooms were not flat nor made with wire. We will craft a Hearth Besom the old way with twine, a stick, Broom Corn, some grown at Oak Knoll Farm & Basket materials. Material included in the class fee & a finished broom to take home… Broom Maker’s Tying Frames available at TheDancingGoats booth.

Instructor: Robin Goatey
Cost: $31
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Class Size Limit: 10
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Cost: $30  Broom Making materials included

Maker and Guide in Traditional Folkways. Student of Folklore. Teaching traditional skills for ‘The World Made by Hand’. has been in business since 1987 and online since 2000. We make tools for Folkways Artisans and provide ‘Northern Folk-school’ instruction

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Needle Felted Reindeer and Instructor Gayle Roberts

Never tried needle felting, but always wanted to – this is the class for you.  Students will begin by learning the basics of needle felting.  Using basic needle felting techniques and skills students will work on sculpting a reindeer.  The reindeer is button jointed.   Each student will make their own reindeer to take home.

Instructor: Gayle Roberts
Cost: $52 (includes materials)
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size Limit: 10

Gayle Roberts of Wild Hair Studio has been an artist for over 25 years.  She is an accomplished felter and enjoys sharing her felting knowledge through her workshops and classes.  Wild Hair Studio carries a selection of rovings and fleeces raised on their family farm, including wool from their flock of purebred Romeldale/CVM sheep.

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