Originally Published: November 10, 2011 9:44 p.m.
For years, Wilhoit resident Diane Braun was drawn to the crafts of spinning and weaving, but she was "not exactly sure why," she says.
Now, she is "hip deep" in yarn and fiber and even raises her own Cotswold sheep to provide the wool for her passion.
Braun and fellow members of the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild are presenting their Holiday Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Marina Room of the Hassayampa Inn, 122 E. Gurley St., Prescott.
Braun, who is the guild's president, creates hand-spun, hand-woven and hand-knitted pieces, ranging from bags, wallets, purses and scarves to table runners, rag rugs, placemats, towels, pillows and stuffed animals. On her website, www.highcastlecrafts.com, Braun says she combines her master's degree in medieval history with her experience in textiles, while maintaining a commitment to the preservation and perpetuation of traditional crafts.
The fiber creations that the Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild have crafted for the Saturday show include wearable art of all kinds, fashion accessories, household décor, beadwork and jewelry, basketry, children's wear and pet items, as well as hand-spun and hand-dyed yarns and fibers.
The Prescott Area Woodturners are also taking part in the show and sale and will be on hand with crafted works in exotic and domestic woods, such as decorative boxes, turned bowls and vases, ornaments, carvings and sculpture.
The nonprofit Mountain Spinners and Weavers Guild dates back to 1977 and promotes interest and skill in weaving, spinning, basketry and related fiber arts. The guild meets at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of aeach month at the American Lutheran Evangelical Church on Scott Drive in Prescott. Visitors are welcome. Programs present fashion trends, weaving designs, color and structure study and techniques in spinning, dyeing and basket-making. For more information about the guild, visit www.mtnspinweave.org.
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