In 2010, several members of AGSEM's Museum Weavers group decided that it would be exciting to host a Fiber Arts Fiesta where all kinds of fiber artists could get together to display, demonstrate, and sell their art. We held our first-ever Fiber Arts Fiesta October 8 and 9, 2011. Since it was a resounding success, we have continued the tradition. Our seventh Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta is proudly scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, 2017, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum (AGSEM), 2040 N Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083.
The Museum Weavers, now known as the Palomar Handweavers' Guild at AGSEM, is a group of about 30 weavers who meet regularly at the AGSEM Weavers' Barn. We weave on the looms in the barn, making rag rugs, wool rugs, bath mats, dish towels, table runners, scarves, and other woven items.
AGSEM is a living history museum where we actively weave, teach, and demonstrate our craft. We also offer demonstrations during Museum events.
The Weavers' Barn contains about 50 looms, most of which are not only in working order but are also actually being used. Our oldest loom is an 1840s barn loom. Some of our newer looms are computer-assisted AVL looms.
Almost every Thursday and Saturday, Museum weavers are working at the looms. During the Fiber Arts Fiesta, we will offer demonstrations and tours.
AGSEM is currently raising funds to construct a Spinners' Cottage that will house Susie Henzie's extensive collection of antique and international spinning wheels and weaving looms.