WGM Artisan Sale: Plied, Dyed, and Woven

Shop hand woven, hand dyed, and hand spun goods made here in Minnesota

Friday October 16 – Saturday October 17, 2020 

History & Heritage Center, MN State Fair Grounds

The WGM Artisan Sale: Plied, Dyed, & Woven, formerly known as “Fiber Fair,” features the highest quality handmade items made by the skilled members of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota. Join us for two days in the beautiful new History & Heritage Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

History of the Annual Sale

The annual Weavers Guild of Minnesota sale has been a staple for members and the community alike. The History of the Weavers Guild of Minnesota 1940-1990 by Jean Seeker mentions numerous iterations of a guild sale, including the first guild-sponsored sale in the spring of 1956. At that time, the organization expected each member to donate at least one piece of work, but also encouraged members to sell their own wares, with the Guild receiving 25% of proceeds. In the fall of 1956, they held another sale where the goods were all made from materials provided by the Guild, and the labor of weaving was provided by the members. There was a demonstration area, where community members were encouraged to try their hand at weaving, and then could take home a sample of their handmade work. See More

Plyed, Dyed, and Woven: Why the New Name?

The Weavers Guild re-envisioning team has been hard at work to refresh and update our annual sale, including considering (and choosing) a new venue and making the sale a shorter 2-day format. One of the things we needed was a new name that would more accurately reflect what this sale is about – you, our members. See More

Artisan Sale: What’s New and Different

The new location of the Artisan Sale is in the History & Heritage Center on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. One of the first things that you’ll notice is the large number of windows and glass doors letting in a lot of natural light. When you walk inside, you will also see that there are clerestory windows adding to that light. With the change in event date to mid-October, there will be plenty of that daylight since we will still be on Daylight Savings Time. Perhaps we will be treated to fabulous fall weather and have some open doors as well. See More