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Desert Fiber Arts Guild Preserves Art of Spinning, Weaving

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Have you ever wondered where your clothes come from? A local group wants to make sure you know. The Desert Fiber Arts guild is trying to preserve the traditional arts of fiber like weaving and spinning.

From sheep to shall. That's a quick explanation of what they do. 

"A lot of people don't understand that it's twisting of a fiber that makes a yarn that ends up in the clothes you buy at the store and end up in your closet. You can see all of that happen here," said guild president Cheryl Reed.

"Consider a world without twisted fiber. No clothes, no ropes, no fishing lines, no sails for people to sail across the ocean," said Vicki Hughes, another member.

The group formed nearly 40 years ago. Their mission is to teach their crafts and educate the public.

"In the 70's when they started, there was a real national fear that we were losing these old crafts and so that's how the group got formed. There wasn't much out there to learn and you had to learn on your own and teach the rest of the group," said Reed.

Now, they hold monthly meetings and host workshops on felting, dyeing and even basket making. They just moved into a new space on Union Street where they house equipment, a yarn library and an assortment of their wares.

"The best way to learn when you're sitting with a new friend and they're coaching you or whatever. Answering questions that you can't get the answer to on Youtube or a book," said Reed.

"When I'm making fabric, I'm making something that's uniquely mine. I mean, nobody's ever made this fabric in these colors before and to me, that's important," said another member, Dianna Chesley.

Desert Fiber Arts is holding a sale on Saturday at 101 N. Union Street Suite 208. That is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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