After being on hiatus for two years due to the pandemic, Fiber Fun In The ‘Sip will return with all the entertainment, classes, vendors and excitement that made the event a success.
“It’s really great to be back,” said Judy Busby, organizer of Fiber Fun In The ‘Sip. “And it will be fun to see past participants and meet new participants.”
The inaugural event, which highlighted several areas of fiber craft including knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and dyeing, was held in 2018 at the Vicksburg Convention Center and was attended by another successful year in 2019. Unfortunately, it was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the festival will once again be held at VCC, 1600 Dr. Briggs Hopson Blvd., and will begin at 9 a.m. Friday, August 26 and run until 5 p.m. and continue Saturday, August 27 beginning at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Fiber arts shows are held across the United States, and Busby said while they’re also fun to attend, the Vicksburg show is unique.
“We have live music and a sit-and-knit area,” she said, and like the past two years when the festival has been held, a signature drink will also be available.
“This year we’ll be serving the Dropped Stitch,” Busby said. The Mojito-style cocktail got its name, she said, with the warning that if you have a couple, “you might drop a point.”
In addition to the signature cocktail, Busby said, to offer a bit of Southern hospitality on Saturday mornings, Mimosas and Bloody Marys will also be available for sale with donuts.
“When we served donuts in 2019, they sold out,” Busby said, and more needed to be done.
Live music will be provided by blues musician Kimble Funches from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days of the festival.
Busby said Funches has performed with some of the biggest artists in the country, including Mavis Staples, the O’Jays, Paul Overstreet and Wilson Pickett, BB King, Pine Top Perkins and David “Fathead” Newman.
Classes offered during the festival will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The cost for a day pass to the festival is $5 or $7 for a weekend pass.
Busby said Fiber Fun In The ‘Sip is funded in part by grants from Visit Mississippi and the Vicksburg Convention Visitors Bureau.
For more information and detailed course and event information, visit fiberfuninthesip.com.
Schedules of lessons and instructors:
Friday August 26
- Donna Peyton — Entrelac, a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern; Intermediate skill level; $37
- Beverly Anglin — Finishing Fun, finishing techniques for knitting; Intermediate skill level; $37
- Jonee Davis – Diagrams Made Easy for Crocheters, simple and easy way to learn to read a pattern; Intermediate skill level; $52
- Jennifer Miller – Design your own shawl without graphics or math, learn the geometry of shawls and how they are constructed; Intermediate skill level; $52
- 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Katie Clark — Double Knitting, a fun technique that produces a two-tone, double-ply fabric with a reversible design; Intermediate skill level; $52
- Bex Oliger — Frame weaving, a technique for creating triangles, squares, or rectangles of woven fabric that can be joined together to make shawls, scarves, pouches, rugs, pillows, etc. ; Beginner skill level; $37; materials, $20
- Gina Levesque — Introduction to natural dyes, the art and history of dyeing fabrics using natural lightfast and colorfast dyes; Beginner skill level; $65
- Marla Morris — Embroider Your Knitting, an introduction to using embroidery stitches to embellish your knitting; Beginner-advanced skill levels; $50
- 1-5 p.m.
- Jonee Davis – Crochet socks, learn to crochet socks; Intermediate skill level; $52
Saturday August 27
- Beverly Anglin — Zoom Loom Weaving, learn the basics of pin loom weaving; Beginner skill level; $37; materials; $45
- Jennifer Miller — Decorative Threading and Binding Techniques: Whimsical Touches for Your Knitted Projects!, a fun course with innovative ideas for starting and finishing your knitted projects, including shawls, hats, mittens, scarves and more Again ; Intermediate skill level; $47
- Donna Peyton — Fair Isle Hat Knitting, learn the Scandinavian technique of strand knitting; Intermediate skill level; $37
- Katie Clark – Learn Continental Knitting, learn and practice how to comfortably hold your yarn and “choose” your stitches the right way for continental knitting; Advanced beginner skill level; $52
- Jonee Davis – Learn to Weave, learn to weave rag rug or placemats without the expense of buying a loom; All skill levels; $52
- 1-2 p.m.
- Marla Morris – Spot Me Now Scarf, make silk scarf with dusting method; Any skill level; $27
- 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
- Bex Oliger – Toe-Up, Two-At-A-Time Socks, learn how to make socks from tiptoe and two at a time; Intermediate skill level; $37 materials, $30
- Donna Peyton – Beginner in Drop Spinning, learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle; Beginner skill level; $37
- Beverly Anglin — Tunisian crochet, learn the basics of Tunisian crochet; Intermediate skill level; $37; materials, $15
- Gina Levesque – Indigo Magic, learn how to make a stock solution and indigo dye bath and how various fibers take dye; Beginner skill level; $65
- Katie Clark — Make a sweater that is suitable for knitting or crocheting; Intermediate skill level; $52
About Terri Cowart Frazier
Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.
Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.
Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.
Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.
“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I like the most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.
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