Fiber arts of all description—quilting, knitting, weaving, macramé, crochet, embroidery, tatting, spinning, and more—are the focus of the new “Threads of Glory” exhibit opening April 25 in the Union Museum of History and Art in Farmerville. More than 50 individuals from Union, Lincoln, and Ouachita parishes have contributed some 200 artworks for the exhibit, which will run through June 2. The museum is located at 116 N. Main St., Farmerville, in the Union Chamber of Commerce building. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday (closed 12-1 for lunch), and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, see www.unionmuseumofhistoryandart.org or call 318-348-2005. Several workshops will be held in conjunction with the exhibit.
Three free workshops will be held in the Union Museum of History and Art in conjunction with the “Threads of Glory” fiber arts exhibit currently underway:
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m. — “Embroidery and English Paper-Piecing” workshop led by Stacy Lee. English paper piecing (or EPP) is a quilting technique used to hand-sew intricate patchwork with the aid of paper templates. Several samples of Stacy’s paper piecing artworks are displayed in the current exhibit.
Thursday, May 17, 4:30 p.m. — “Kids’ Art Quilt” workshop led by Lisa Feldhaus, a teacher at Minnie Ruffin Elementary School in Monroe. Participants will learn how to turn children’s drawings into fabric creations such as quilts or pillows. Each year Lisa has her pre-K students draw on muslin squares, which she then sews into a bright, colorful quilt. Her 2017 quilt is displayed in the museum exhibit. A hallway at the school is lined with these brilliant quilts to remember the children through the years.
Thursday, May 24, 4:30 p.m. — “Spinning Wool Into Yarn” demonstration by Norma Daniels. Participants will learn about the ancient skill of spinning by a master artisan, who turns raw fiber into yarn ready for weaving, knitting, or rug-making. Norma’s Kromski Minstrel spinning wheel is displayed in the gallery.