The Fiber Arts: Threads Through Time Festival will be held on Saturday, October 1st, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC), 4312 Key Pen Hwy SW, in Longbranch on Key Peninsula, WA. For sixteen years, this FREE family-friendly event has been a focal event for the Key Peninsula Farm Tour, which is held this year on October 1st and 2nd.
LIC is celebrating its Centennial Year in 2022, having, postponed it last year. Founded in 1921, its mission for the past 100 years has been “to encourage any activity for the betterment of schools, homemaking, roads, marketing, dairy, poultry and all its branches.” This all-volunteer organization maintains a clubhouse—originally a school gymnasium—that is now on the National Historic Register.
The Festival features approximately two-dozen artists demonstrating, exhibiting and selling their work. Only items made by the artists themselves are available for sale. Inside the historic clubhouse, exhibitors/vendor displays will include a range of artists who utilize both traditional and modern techniques that show the utilitarian and artistic uses of fiber in the creation of quilts, hand-woven baskets, jewelry, wall hangings, dolls, embroidery and wearable art made from silk, wool and alpaca fibers.
Outside on the LIC grounds, there will be live music throughout the day and a variety of arts and crafts booths. This year’s featured artist is Peter Rowe who spins, knits and crochets and will have his creations on display at the event. Peter has participated at the Puyallup Fair and has several first-place ribbons and received the Grand Champions’ awards in 2019 and 2020.
Peter lives in Kitsap County and started knitting in 2005 with a scarf based on a DNA pattern. Looking for more challenging patterns, he started to work on Estonian Lace, followed by knitted lace patterns by Herbert Niebling. Peter finished his first tablecloth in 2012 and has been knitting and crocheting ever since. Most of his projects have been gifted to friends and family members. His knitting projects include hats, scarves, sweaters, mittens, socks, hats and “stuffies” (stuffed animals) that were gifted to his nieces.
The Fiber Arts Show is held in conjunction with the Key Peninsula Farm Tour, the oldest farm tour in Pierce County. Plan to join in for a wonderful day on the Key Peninsula and mingle with some fabulous artisans as well as visiting various farms. For further information, please go to: licweb.org and www.kpfarmtour.com; and on Facebook.
Longbranch is a community on Key Peninsula, which is a finger of land in Puget Sound. It is approximately 16 miles long and extends south from the Kitsap Peninsula.
Registration is available for The Longbranch Improvement Club annual Fiber Arts Show Saturday, October 1, 2022. Please complete our Fiber Arts registration form for our records, and make checks payable to the LIC. Checks can be mailed to:
Attention: Fiber Arts
PO Box 111
Lakebay, WA 98349
If you want to pay by credit card or have questions, please email Barb Green, Fiberarts.LIC@gmail.com.
Booth fee is non-refundable for cancellations requested after September 19, 2022.