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Sauder Village to host Fiber Arts Festival

Archbold, OH – Fiber artists from throughout the region will be gathering in Archbold on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October1 for the annual Fiber Arts Fest at Sauder Village. Guests will be able to watch spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting tatting, and many other fiber arts demonstrations. There will be workshops, fiber exhibits, and vendors will be selling handmade items and fiber art supplies.

“We are thrilled to have so many talented fiber artists and vendors joining us again this year for our annual Fiber Arts Fest at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “There continues to be an increased interest in fiber arts and we welcome the opportunity to celebrate and share information about these crafts with our guests.”

 A highlight of the event this year is a special display of antique and vintage textiles presented by fiber artist Joan Sheridan. From towels and purses to feed bags and lace, at this year’s Fiber Arts Fest you will be able to view textiles from the last 200 years. The earliest object is a “show towel” from Pennsylvania and other items on display include lace baby bonnets, sugar sack aprons and several different kinds of rugs. A collector since the 1970s, Joan Sheridan is a textile specialist volunteer at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

Throughout the weekend guests can watch as craftsmen share their love of turning fibers into finished products. Guests will have an opportunity to visit with fiber artists and watch as they demonstrate spinning, weaving, knitting, rug hooking, tatting and crocheting. There will also be craftsmen demonstrating felting, bobbin lace, spinning on a great wheel, peg knitting, using a blending board, flax processing and using a sock machine. A number of vendors will be set-up in Founder’s Hall – offering guests a great opportunity to purchase supplies or hand-made items.  There will also be a fun “Fiber Arts Zone” with a variety of fiber-related activities for children to try including carding wool, spinning, weaving, making felt balls, making yarn dolls and working with sewing cards.

New this year a free “Fiber Arts Saturday Night String Along” is being offered at the Sauder Heritage Inn. Fiber arts enthusiasts are encouraged to bring knitting needles, spinning wheels and looms and work on projects from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m. at the Heritage Inn. There is no fee for this fun opportunity and pre-registration is not required. 

A variety of unique workshops are also being offered as part of the 2017 Fiber Arts Fest. Fiber artists Sonja Downey, Kate Larson and Joan Sheridan are offering both full and half-day workshops on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. Workshop details and registration information is available online at

While at Sauder Village, guests will also want to visit places like the Spinning Shop, Weaving Shop, Basket Shop and Threads of Tradition Quilt Shop in the Historic Village to enjoy even more unique demonstrations and unique shopping opportunities. Throughout the weekend guests can also see fiber arts demonstrations in some of the historic homes, natural dyeing demonstrations, and hear a reading of the book “Woolbur” in the Grime Home – especially for kids!

Saturday, September 30 is also Lucas County Appreciation Day at Sauder Village. Thanks to our sponsor The Edge Group, all residents of Lucas County will receive free admission to the Historic Village and Fiber Arts Fest in Founder’s Hall (with valid ID) on September 30 from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The County Days events have been a great way to encourage people in local communities to visit and see all the changes that have taken place over the years at Sauder Village.

Other upcoming fall events at Sauder Village include the Transportation Exploration event on October 7 & 8, Fall on the Farm/Scout Day on October 14, Fall Family Fun Nights on October 20 & 21 (pre-registration required) and Community Health Day on October 21.

Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $17.00 for adults and $11.00 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season. For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.