My weekend was surprisingly busy. In a good way. A week ago a friend suggested taking a road trip to an artisan festival that was to be held in Denison. Initially I thought that I wouldn’t be able to take the trip as I was scheduled to get my hair done on that particular day. However, after some thought we decided that we would make the trek out to Loy Lake Park and the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Showgrounds to attend the Black Prairie Artisan & Fibre Faire.
We arrived mid afternoon around 3-ish or so with the knowledge that the faire ended at 6 p.m.
There was no fee to enter the vendor area which was decidedly small, but held vendors that I was familiar with from the DFW Fiber Fest.
I talked at length with Cecil of Buffalo Gold about dying fibers – their color line is patterned after the Patone colors chosen at the beginning of each year – which was really awesome to learn. I also talked with the owners of Fiberlady.com about knitting needles and the new hemp yarn that they just started carrying. (And the fact that I had several ounces of bamboo that I purchased from them several years ago that I still haven’t spun up!) It was also nice to see Jacob’s Reward Farm there as well.
Naturally there was ohhing and ahhing over all the unspun fiber in all of its varying forms.
I was amazed by some of the artistry that I came across – Kate’s Paper Crafts was particularly stunning (I didn’t think to take pictures at the time) and I would have made a purchase were it not for the immediate thought that whatever I brought home would get destroyed by the cats.
There was plenty of pottery and other handmade items. A lovely discussion was had about yarn bowls and the benefits of having a divider in them for multi-strand work.
Before leaving I did make a purchase from Dawning Dreams. A lovely blended bat of Merino wool and bamboo.
There were demonstrations held throughout the day, when we arrived we caught sight of a Border Collie herding demonstration.
I missed the one demonstration I was truly interested in attending due to my hair appointment – a Kumihimo braiding demo. By the time we made our way to the building where the demonstrations were being held it was rather late and almost all of them had finished. Even though we didn’t stay for them, I was truly impressed by the varied demonstrations being offered.
Before leaving Loy Lake Park we stopped and “poked around” a little. At which point I finally remembered that I had a camera on my phone and took some pictures of the lake and a structure that caught our attention.
Over all I really enjoyed the faire and look forward to seeing what it will be like next year when they move to a two day event.