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Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip kicks off Thursday

It’s back.

Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip will kick off its second year in Vicksburg and thousands are expected to attend.

Held at the Vicksburg Convention Center, the fiber festival will include juried vendors, classes, jazz music, a themed cocktail punch entitled a Tangled Mess and a sit and stitch area.

“This year we will also have a knitting and spinning contest and a fashion show,” organizer and local resident Judy Busby said.

The fashion show will be comprised of crafters who participated in the mystery knit/ mystery crochet along, Busby said.

The mystery knit/mystery crochet along was an idea Busby came up with in an effort to enhance the fiber show.

“I reached out to a designer from Dallas for a knitting pattern and a designer from Madison for a crochet pattern and asked if they would design a pattern just for this event,” Busby said.

Both designers agreed to create patterns.

Busby then began the hype around the “mystery” in May on social media and the first week of July followers found out they would be knitting/crocheting a shawl.

However, a full set of instructions for the design was not released, Busby said.

“Weekly clues were given for them to progress the pattern,” she said.

This went on for four weeks until all of the pattern instructions were available.

Participating vendors, who will be at Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip, also got involved, Busby said.

They put together kits for the mystery knit/ mystery crochet along that included yarn and the appropriate sized needle that would be needed.

Busby said her idea of a “mystery knit-along” was so alluring there were even those from other countries who took part.

“We had people from Germany and Russia who participated, and this meant they were also hearing about Vicksburg,” she said.

Fiber Fun in the ‘Sip will host 42 vendors and 57 fiber classes, which include knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, yarn dyeing, felting and kumihimo, which is the art of Japanese braiding.

People are already signing up for classes, Busby said, and noted some of them were coming from as far away as Atlanta, Ga.

Entertainment for the festival will be trumpeter Kimble Funchess and food and cocktails will be available for sale.

Classes will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at the convention center, 1600 Mulberry St. and continue through Saturday.

The vendor hall will be open to the public Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m..

Admission is $5 for a day pass and $7 for a weekend pass.

For more information and a complete listing of vendors, classes, teachers and sponsors, visit fiberfuninthesip.com.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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