Fiber Arts Sale is back in time for holiday shopping

Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild peddles plethora of plush products

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The Community Room at Englewood Civic Center, 1000 Englewood Parkway, is again the place to begin holiday shopping on Oct. 10 (4 to 8 p.m.); Oct. 11 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Oct. 12 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) — as well as considering items a reader must have for oneself!

The extremely wide range of techniques, materials and colors, both subtle and bright, will intrigue other craftsmen as well as prospective buyers.

How on earth did she/he create that unusual effect??

The 2019 Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild holds its annual Fiber Arts Sale in the large, well-lit space on the second floor of Englewood’s Civic Center, which is next to a big, free, parking garage at West Hampden Avenue and South Inca Street in Englewood (site of the once-busy Cinderella City, for longtime readers).

Scarves, shawls, jackets, sweaters, hats, mittens, socks, baby items and more, hand-crafted from wool yarns as well as hose-spun from linen, cotton, silk, rayon. And sometimes even yarn spun from alpaca or dog hair will be available to stroke, try on, admire and buy. Some balls and skeins of yarn are also available for knitters who hope to craft and unusual sweater or scarf — or even a coat …

Holiday shopping was never easier.

Hopefully, there will again be pieces created by members who work in the RMWG dye garden at the Chatfield location of Denver Botanic Gardens, where some members grow traditional dye plants and learn to use them. Soft, muted colors prevail here. (I scored some wonderful silk scarves last year that were created with dye plants grown there.) It’s a recommended visit in summer when/where plants are growing and flowering as well. This garden was near the historic barn on the property last summer, to the right of the entrance. (Free parking, fee for entrance to the gardens, as with the York Street site in Denver, by City Park.)

Walk in and absorb the riot of color and textures — and feel free to pat or stroke as you enjoy the variety.

Knowledgeable guild members will be on hand to talk about technique, care and history of available fiber arts works.

Included are baskets — traditional and contemporary — by basket weaver Karen Lugenbill and others who work with other natural fibers as well as yarns. She and other guild members will have created a new inventory for this once-a-year event. Admission is free. Perhaps craftspeople, new to fiber arts, will discover these creative folks and want to join them. New members are welcome.

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