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January 16, 2014

Annual Fiber Frolic coming up at St. Mary-of-the-Woods

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, a ministry of the Sisters of Providence, will continue a decade-long tradition Jan. 24 to 26, with its annual Fiber Frolic.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 and conclude at 11 a.m. Jan. 26. All events will take place at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice at St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice Garden Manager/Fiber Projects Coordinator Candace Minster said the event requires no prior experience and several participants return annually. “We often have people who come back to this workshop year after year,” Minster said.

Fiber Frolic will offer beginning levels of instruction in three different fields, including spinning, weaving and Nuno felting. All who participate will walk away from the event with a finished product.

The spinning course will be instructed by Robin Edmundson, from Solsberry. Minster says Edmundson, whom she calls a “master dyer” of fiber, will focus on spinning.

The weaving class will be under the instruction of John Salamone, from Carbon. Those participating in the class will be making a scarf.

Debbie Green will instruct the felting class. Green, who hails from Marshall, Ill., works at the Forsythe Alpaca Farm. Minster said she specializes in the Nuno felting technique.

Minster said those participating in the felting class will also be making a scarf by adhering alpaca fiber to a silk backing.

The three classes take place simultaneously. Participants must choose one area of concentration during the three days.

In addition, housing will be available at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. The cost to attend the three-day event is $300, and the registration deadline is Monday. Classes are limited to 15 participants. Registration in advance is required. For more information, call Robyn Morton at 812-535-2932 or email

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