Free demonstrations take place all the time at SAFF.  Watch as vendors and other festival-goers spin, knit, weave, crochet and felt throughout the event.  At particular times, vendors will demonstrate a special technique.

Sunday – Sheep Dog Herding Demonstrations

New this year, Dwight Parker of Blue Ridge Border Collies  will put his dogs and sheep through their paces.  On Sunday at 10 am, noon and 2 pm, in the Covered Arena (just north of the McGough Arena), watch these beautiful and smart animals as they work to make the sheep do just what Dwight tells them to.  Dwight makes his working dogs do what they were born to do – -herd sheep and cattle.  There’s a reason they won the National Championship!  Videos and more at


Drop in and Weave

Throughout the weekend you can try your hand at weaving with the WNC Fiber Handweavers Guild.  They’ll have looms set up near the main entrance of the Davis, in the long hall that runs from the atrium area where you enter. Experienced weavers will be on hand to answer your questions as you try out the fascinating transformation from yarn to cloth.

Sunday – Contemporary Roving to Scarf

More than a demonstration, SAFF 2017 will feature Spinning and Weaving teams as they transform the roving of their choice into a lovely scarf.   If you’d like to be a part of such a team, check out the details at

Educational Opportunities

If you want to learn more, visit with representatives of the John C. Campbell Folk School and Haywood Community College all weekend long to see what opportunities are available in our craft-rich area.  You’ll find them in the long hall near the main entrance of the Davis arena.

Would You Like to Demonstrate?

This is an opportunity for fiber folk to give a brief (15-20 minute) presentation on a subject that they know well.  Here is your chance to share your expertise in animal care, techniques for knitting, crochet, weaving, felting, dyeing and lots more.  SAFF will provide a table and 2 chairs.  You bring your own supplies, business cards and a poster (if you like). Absolutely no selling, but you may direct people to a vendor booth, workshop registration or animal stalls.

In an effort to encourage SAFF-goers to visit the animals, most demonstrations will be in the McGough Arena.  Others may be in the Davis Arena, in the Boone Building or the Sales Arena.  More details and sign ups here.

This is just a sampling of the demonstrations going on all around you.  The 2017 SAFF event program will have the demonstrations listed.