Salt Lake Valley has fibrous roots. During the ’30s and ’40s, Mary Meigs Atwater helped revive the craft of handweaving, spending much of her life here. To honor her, one of the local craft guilds taking part in the fifth annual Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair bears her name. The fair is a yearly gathering of spinners, weavers, knitters and wannabes inspired by the surging DIY movement. From wearable to decorative, fiber arts varies widely in what skilled hands can accomplish.
Although many of the old animal-fiber mills are now closed, several thriving cottage boutiques will be on hand, along with a variety of vendors selling handcrafted yarns from wool, cotton and linen. There’ll be live demonstrations where participants can try their hand at a wheel. While there won’t be demonstrations on how to weave straw into gold (lessons only Rumpelstiltskin could give), there’ll be plenty of classes—for an additional fee—to teach folks to weave like Atwater.
Great Basin Fiber Arts Fair @ South Jordan Equestrian Park, 11400 S. 2200 West, Sept. 4, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free; classes at various times, $35-$70 plus materials, GreatBasinFiberArtsFair.org