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.

Blue Ridge Border Collies Herding Demonstrations

New this year! On Sunday, bring the whole family to watch Dwight Parker’s amazing border collies.  These award-winning dogs will do that what they were born to do:  Herd sheep!

This demo will take place on the Covered Arena, just north of the McGough Arena on Sunday at 10 am, noon and 2 pm! Don’t miss it!


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 near the information desk. 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, near the information desk.

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