Sunday, August 7, 2011

News for Fiber Artists in Rochester and Western New York

Here's a press release I just sent out to local media. For anyone who reads my blog, heads up!


Open House on Wednesday, September 14

In celebration of its 10th anniversary and a new location, the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center will hold an open house on Wednesday, September 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited.

The location: Studio 1940, Piano Works Mall, 349 West Commercial Street, East Rochester.

Over 10 years, the center has grown and expanded, moving from its original studio at Village Gate in Rochester to this new location. Piano Works Mall includes a number of popular fiber arts stores, making it a destination for Rochester’s growing community of fiber-arts enthusiasts.

The new center features a room dedicated to weaving, including looms and related equipment, as well as a “wet room” for dyeing, surface design, felting, basketry, paper art, and papermaking. Additional areas are available for knitting, crocheting, wheat weaving, temari, needle arts, and other techniques.

The fall teaching schedule begins on September 6 and offers some 100 courses, including classes on weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Classes are offered for all ages and all skill levels. Details are available online at

The Weaving and Fiber Arts Center is a rare treasure, not only to regional students but also for students nationwide. Few cities in this country offer a facility dedicated year-round to teaching a variety of skills – including weaving, dyeing, felting, knitting, spinning, crocheting, papermaking, and basketry – at levels from beginner to master artist.

The center is the primary outreach activity of the Weavers’ Guild of Rochester, Inc.

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