2021 Free Talks & Presentations

The live event has ended. 
Check back in 2022 for another great lineup of demonstrations & talks.

The following Guilds and groups will have ongoing demonstrations and educational videos.
Stop by and enjoy the heritage and diversity of fiber arts in NC.

If you belong to a Fiber Arts Guild or group and would like to participate in the festival, please contact us at info@CarolinaFiberFest.org. 

Talks, Presentations and Demos DON'T require registration.

Live Presentations

  1. 10,000 lbs of Cotton & The 2021 NC Hemp Initiative
  2. Knitting Math
  3. E-Spinning on the Cheap with the Eel Nano
  4. From Seed to Garment
  5. Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
  6.  Getting Started in Fiber (Interactive)
  7. Knitted Knockers
  8. Unraveling Elizabeth Zimmerman
  9. Piedmont Fibershed & Sustainable Textiles

Video Presentations

  1. Pattie Lamb – Lamb on the Loom
  2. Livestock Conservancy – Fiber Artist Diane Barrows talks about Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em 
  3. Livestock Conservancy – Champion Sheep Shearer Demonstration
  4. Make It With Wool – State & National Competitions
  5. Rare Find Farm – Shetland Sheep
  6. Livestock Conservancy – Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Program
  7. Lambing Time at Heelside Farms
  8. Alpacas & Their Amazing Fiber – Cribleman Alpacas
  9. Meet the Angora Goats – Avillion Farm
  10. Meet the Angora Rabbits – Avillion Farm
  11. Ginning Cotton with Wes Gordon

Vendor Demos

Our vendors have some incredible demos lined up for you!

For all of our vendor demos and more details, check out the Schedule tab in our virtual event and choose the Booth Demos track!

March 12, 2021

  • 10,000 LBS OF COTTON AND 2021 NC HEMP INITIATIVE: Eric Henry Free

    FRIDAY 10:30-11:15 am

    After the 1993 implementation of NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement), TS Designs watched as customers transitioned their accounts to Mexico in order to take advantage of lower costs. But TS Designs has been successful in adapting their business model to a triple-bottom-line with a focus on People, the Planet, and Profits. Eric Henry originated the Carolina Cotton program and he created Solid State Clothing's 10,000 Pounds of Cotton Project - with the goal of transferring power back to US cotton farmers and the environmentally conscious consumer.

    Eric maintains “Sustainability is a journey, not a destination. I’ll be on that journey for the rest of my life, both personally and professionally. Not one person has the answer; the answers lie within your community.” TS Designs sells largely to local, environmentally and socially-conscious businesses, organizations and consumers that support The Green Movement.


  • From Seed to Garment: Cindy Conner Free

    Friday 2:00 -3:00 pm

    Cindy will present an overview of what it takes to grow cotton and flax and take those fibers all the way to clothes to wear. Learn when to plant and harvest and what equipment is needed for the next steps, such as spinning, scouring, and weaving. Additionally, flax involves retting, breaking, scutching, and hackling before spinning. Once it is spun, flax is called linen. Cindy will show the clothes she has made with her homegrown, handspun fibers and explain how she developed the patterns.

    Cindy Conner bio:Cindy helped establish the sustainable agriculture program at Reynolds Community College. She grows flax and naturally colored cotton in her garden, along with cover crops and vegetables for a sustainable diet. Cindy wants to share her experiences about the entire process from planting seed to ending up with something wearable. She is the author of Grow a Sustainable Diet and Seed Libraries and has produced DVDs about cover crops and garden planning. www.HomeplaceEarth.com

March 13, 2021

  • Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em : Cindra Kerscher- Livestock Conservancy Free

    Saturday 9:30 -10:15 am

    In their ongoing commitment to making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds, the Livestock Conservancy created the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Initiative. It’s a program that recognizes fiber artists for using wool from breeds on their Conservation Priority List while connecting shepherds and woolen mills working with heritage breeds with customers. The Conservancy has long said that the way to save endangered breeds of livestock is to give them a job. In the case of wool sheep, we need to start using their wool again. Because of marketing challenges, some shepherds discard or compost the wool after their annual shearing rather than cleaning it and selling it. In addition to encouraging fiber artists to try using rare wools, the program also educates shepherds about how to prepare their wool for sale and how to reach customers and fiber artists, thereby making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds. Zoom-in and learn about this exciting program and how you can participate!

    Cindra Kerscher bio: Cindra Kerscher is the Program Coordinator for the Shave ‘Em to Save “Em program at the Livestock Conservancy, an emerging fiber artist, and the accidental shepherdess of a small farm in Chatham County. Cindra’s interests include regenerative farming, backpacking & kayaking. www.livestockconservancy.org

  • Knitted Knockers - Lacey McWatters - Her Story Free

    Saturday 11:30 am-12:30 pm

    Knitted Knockers is a charity knitting project that makes soft, comfortable, knitted prosthetics for breast cancer survivors. Knit and crochet patterns are available on the knitted knocker website, Knittedknockers.org - the most commonly used is the Bottoms-Up pattern. The demonstration will be focused on the double-point pattern but crochet and magic loop questions can be answered. The website also lists approved yarns to be used. Lacey’s presentation will tell you all you need to know about the program and get you started knitting knockers. Zoom-In and work along with Lacey!

    Lacey McWatters Bio: Lacey is a local elementary music educator and has been teaching for 10 year, 7 in North Carolina. She has lived in Ohio and West Virginia but has set up roots in North Carolina with her husband. Besides teaching and knitting she plays piano, is a novice woodworker and plays video games. While crafts has always been a part of her life, she’s only been knitting and crocheting for the last decade as time permits. Knitted Knockers has her knitting more regularly than ever before. www.knittedknockers.org

  • Elizabeth Zimmerman – An Opinionated Knitter! : The Unraveling Podcasters Free

    Saturday 1:00 - 2:00

    Join the Unraveling Podcasters Pam Maher and Greg Cohoon as they talk about their experiences working their way through the “Godmother of American knitting’s” fascinating publication. They will feature some of her many gifts to the knitting world such as her percentage system, knitting in the round, the baby surprise jacket and many more examples. Along with a retrospective of her life as featured in her New York Times Obituary.

    The Unraveling Podcaster Bios Pam Maher is based in Raleigh and is a Carolina FiberFest Board member She is very active on fiber related social media and an avid knitter, being a long-standing Member of the Ol’ North State Knitting Guild.

    Greg Cohoon, aka Knitting Daddy, is based in Greensboro and is a podcaster who found himself drawn into the knitting world when his premature daughter was born and he was gifted with some preemie hats. As an engineer he was intrigued to see how they were made - little did he know what he was getting himself into!

    Together, Pam and Greg host The Unraveling Podcast. www.unravelingpodcast.com