The Oxford Fiber Festival will be returning January 21–23, 2022 to the Powerhouse Community Arts Center. As the oldest, longest running, continual festival in Mississippi, Oxford Fiber Festival is proud to present more than 20 in-person vendors, featured speakers, including The Combat Quilter Andrew Lee, and more than 36 classes, workshops, games, speakers, and more.
The opening reception is Saturday, January 22 from 5–7 pm and will feature the Combat Quilter Andrew Lee of Loudon, Tennessee. Lee is a 20 year military veteran who turned to quilting after suffering from PTSD. He now shares his work with The Quilts of Valor and other groups speaking about the healing qualities of quilting and making.
“We are delighted to bring back the Show and Tell hour on Saturday, January 22 from 5–6 pm,” says new Program Director Stacey Sanford. “We are encouraging participants to bring in something they have quilted, felted, sewn, woven, knitted, whatever. Then our opening panel will speak from 6–7 pm.”
While the core of the festival is over the weekend, the kick off event will be Storytime with the Lafayette County and Oxford Public Library on Friday, January 14 at 10:30 am. Families are welcome to come listen to stories and participate in a hands-on craft. Afterward Take and Make bags with a different craft will be available for the public.
New this year are online classes and workshops including a Meet the Maker with New York-based artist Anja Riebensahm.
Program director Stacey Sanford says, “This program is an online Q&A with Anja and includes a giveaway of one of her tea towel prints. Then later in the week we have a “Sit and Stitch: Your First Tea Towel” sister program. Then we have another program teaching others how to create their own custom fabrics just like Anja and others. We tried to really curate our curriculum this year and round out our programming in person and online.”
These classes are: Meet the Maker: Anja Riebensahm (online); Your First Tea Towel (in person); Custom Fabrics, Spoonflower and YOU (online). Registration is open at OxfordFiberFestival.com.
“We have worked very hard to bring in new artists and new ways to participate,” says Sanford. “We have built a new website and we are encouraging participants to share these online classes with friends or family far away. Fiber arts are often passed from person to person, so maybe someone in Oxford wants to take the online Journal Your Craft Class, but they learned how to scrapbook from a family member who lives far away. They can still both enjoy that workshop together because it is online.”
Return participants will be happy to see that many vendors from previous years have also returned.
“The Oxford Fiber Festival is grateful to SPARKLE Studios, Jems Lux Fibers, the Tutwiler Quilters, Three Creeks Farm, Buckmaster Family Farm, CWSG-Co Op, DeSoto Arts Council and more for their continued support. It feels like a family reunion!” says Sanford.
With so much to see and an extended calendar, the Oxford Fiber Festival has created a complete journal with calendars, schedules, and information. These can be picked up at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center or Visit Oxford. They can be mailed by request by contacting OxfordFiberFestival@gmail.com.