Every year, painters, potters and other artisans line Main Street in Halstead for the annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, a four-decade community tradition.
However, this year Doris VanSlyke and Patty Jewett hope festival goers will pop inside the Halstead Fire Station for something new — a fiber arts show.
"What we really want is just a show to increase an awareness, to educate people, to enthuse people about fiber arts," said VanSlyke.
The friends both live in Halstead and are helping to organize the fiber arts show on Oct. 18. While a quilt show has traditionally been part of the Halstead Fine Arts and Crafts Festival, this year the friends decided to cover a broader spectrum of fiber arts.
"This year we're going to expand it," VanSlyke said.
They hope to have various art forms represented, including quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, lace-making, needlepoint, button collecting, fabric dying and more.
The show will include fiber arts projects on display; artists giving demonstrations, such as a hand-quilting bee; and vendors selling fiber arts.
As part of their research for the show, Jewett and VanSlyke attended a meeting of the Central Kansas Knitting Guild in Newton, and were also introduced to guilds for crochet and spinning (the art of creating yarn).
"We have been enthused by what we have seen," Jewett said.
"It has been fascinating," VanSlyke added.
The friends are still looking for vendors, exhibitors and artisans to perform demonstrations. Call Jewett at 835-2929 or VanSlyke at 830-6160. Find the Facebook page at "Halstead Fine Arts and Crafts Festival."