Please note: These requirements also apply to donations to The Un-Annual Auction.
We have listened to participants and customers of prior sales (formerly named “Fiber Fair”). They told us they want to see more handmade work: Plied (hand-spun), Dyed (hand-dyed) and Woven (hand-woven). So, we will showcase these types of goods, thus aligning the sale with the Guild’s mission: to preserve and advance the arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing. All items will be hand-made by our members.
This document describes the categories of hand-made items that will be accepted to the sale, and examples of each category. It also describes the types of items that we can no longer accept.
If your item does not fit in any of these categories, please contact the Artisan Sale Committee if you would like it to be considered.
Items within the scope of the Sale and the Un-Annual Auction
Hand Plied (Spun)
- Roving: dyed or undyed
- Yarn: any fiber
- Knit/crochet: garments, mittens, hats, afghans, etc., using any type of hand-spun and/or hand-dyed fiber
- any type of dye (natural or commercial)
- and any type of fiber: natural fiber (wool, cotton, silk, alpaca, llama, angora, etc.; man-made or cellulose (rayon, Tencel, bamboo, etc.)
- Hand-spun fiber: yarn, roving
- “blanks” = purchased “blank” or un-dyed item, made for hand dyeing: yarn — hank, spun/plied, warp for weaving; roving; scarf — often silk; clothing
- Over dyed: usually finished clothing already dyed, which is dyed a second time.
We welcome textiles woven on any type of loom — floor, rigid heddle, inkle, card, pin, bead — using any type of fiber — animal, plant, mineral, synthetic, plastics.
- Kitchen: towels, hot pads/mitts, dish cloths
- Tabletop: runners, placemats, napkins, tablecloths/table squares, bread cloth/bread bags, mug mats/coasters
- Household: rugs, blankets, throws, pillow covers, coverlets, wall hangings
- Clothing: scarves, shawls, garments sewn from hand-woven cloth
- Other woven examples: gift cards, bookmarks, purses, wallets.
Any process. Nuno scarves are popular; needle felting
- Dryer balls (unscented only)
- Small figures/animals
Fiber-based, woven, twined, or ply-split braided.
- Bead bracelet
- Sami-style tin/leather jewelry
- Fiber-based jewelry
- Household decor
Includes Kumihimo and other types of pre-packaged fiber kits for hand-made items
Tools used in the creation of hand woven, hand spun or hand dyed items. This does NOT include large equipment such as looms, spinning wheels, warping boards or reels, etc
- Drop spindles
- Shuttles (boat, stick)
- Threading hooks
- Natural dye supplies
If your item does not fit in any of the categories above, please contact email@example.com if you would like it to be considered.
If we have the exciting challenge of too many items brought to Plied, Dyed & Woven sale in a given category (exceeds the display space available for that category), we will hold back some merchandise and bring it out for display as space permits.
Items outside the scope of the Sale or Un-Annual Auction
We had significant feedback from our members and our customers over the past several
Fiber Fair Events, about the types of items offered for sale. Taking our cue from that
feedback, we are narrowing the categories of items we focus on. Our emphasis will be once again on Plied (hand spun), Dyed (hand dyed) and Woven (hand woven) goods. Said another way, we are laser focused on showcasing goods aligned with our mission — to preserve and advance the arts of weaving, spinning and dyeing — and goods produced from the skills we currently teach, or have historically taught, at WGM.
Regretfully, we will no longer be offering the following types of items for sale:
- Knit or crocheted items from commercial yarns
- Sewn or quilted items from commercial fabrics
- Repurposed items
- Hand-made paper
- Jewelry not specifically identified above
We also have space constraints to consider. We outgrew both the Textile Center Auditorium and
Northrup King, and have added 500 sq ft of space with our move to the State Fair History & Heritage
Center. Given the number of venues we looked at, it is clear we will not be able to afford any move to
a larger space. Therefore, we are working to ensure our Artisan Sale is aligned with our Purpose &
Please consider The Textile Center and other Guilds (many of which belong to the Textile Center) for
their holiday markets and events that are intended to sell:
- Paper making
- Book binding
- Leather making
There are also many other “maker” market opportunities throughout the metro area and out-state.