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Needle arts showcase Islanders' handwork

"Photo: Chris Lubinski of Clinton demonstrates the craft of spinning in the Fiber Arts exhibit at the Fair. Lubinski says the process is a wonderful stress reliever. I'm rewinding while I'm winding, she said with a smile.Joan Soltys/staff photoThe time honored traditions of handwork are thriving on Whidbey. A walk through the displays of sewing, quilting, needlework and fiber arts reinforces the Island County Fair 2000 theme: Preserving the Past for the Future.In the sewing class, an elaborate costume of gold brocade is trimmed with braid and gold coins; a long black coat is opposite an evening dress cape; practical aprons are shown with contemporary styled vests; and a children's section offers glimpses into their burgeoning talents.Quilts range from the traditional to contemporary art; the needlework show features luxurious knitted sweaters and old-time crocheted doilies. And in the adjacent section can be seen handwoven scarves made with handspun yarn, in a merging of age old fiber art techniques that create works for the present and the future. "

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