2020 became a different year for the Flag Wool & Fiber Festival. Normally, we would be spending the Memorial Day holiday frantically making last minute preparations for the annual festival the following weekend. Instead, we find ourselves unable to gather due to the unprecedented worldwide impact of COVID-19.
Our love of all things fiber and the community that surrounds it makes this festival a labor of love. Not being able to celebrate and gather that community in person this year has been heartbreaking to say the least. We know many in our community, particularly our friends on the Navajo Nation, have been greatly impacted by COVID-19. That knowledge makes not being able to have a physical festival to support our friends, artists, and fiber producers all the more difficult.
In order to bring a little piece of the festival into your homes, we invite you to join us online from May 23-31, 2020. Throughout these nine days, we will have our Vendor Marketplace Directory available, highlight vendors supporting Navajo Nation and Hopi COVID-19 relief efforts, share short tutorials from our workshop instructors, make select festival merchandise available for purchase, share a special knitting pattern release, and more. While we know this can't replace the festival itself, we hope it inspires you to continue finding solace in fiber arts during this time.