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Release Date: 02/17/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Trails Center Kicks Off Knitting Exhibit with Demonstrations, Programs

Learn how to stitch, feel yarns made in Wyoming, and observe spinning wheel demonstrations at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center (NHTIC).

On March 3, the Trails Center is celebrating the opening of the exhibit, "Wyoming Knits! Contemporary Knitting in the Cowboy State" with a variety of demonstrations and family-friendly activities, free and open to the public:

  • Spinning Wheel Demos -- Colleen Jennings, of Jennings Family Fibers in Riverton, will demonstrate the spinning of wool into yarn, between 12 and 4 p.m.
  • Yarn Tasting -- Charlotte Kinner, of Dancing Sheep Yarn and Fiber, and other yarn experts, will show a variety of animal and plant fibers, including wool, cotton, alpaca, and Wyoming produced yarns, from 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Learn to Stitch Station -- Want to learn the basic knit stitch? Stop by the Learn to Stitch Station and learn from the experts, 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Freestyle Knitting -- Bring your current projects to the Trails Center and work on them with other fiber artists, 12 to 4 p.m.
  • Children's Needle Felting Class -- Children will have the opportunity to create and decorate their own felted journal covers, ages 10 and up. The instructor is Billie Jo Norsworthy, of Lucy's Sheep Camp in Thermopolis. Participating children must be accompanied by an adult, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The program and materials are free, but pre-registration is required. To register, call (307) 261-7780.

The exhibit, "Wyoming Knits! Contemporary Knitting in the Cowboy State," features over 100 examples of knit and felted items by Wyoming fiber artists. The exhibit opens on March 3 and runs through the end of the month.

The NHTIC is a part of the BLM's National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS). The areas of the NLCS are specifically designed to conserve, protect and restore the exceptional scientific, natural, cultural, ecological, historical, and recreation values of these treasured landscapes.

The NHTIC is a public-private partnership between the BLM and the National Historic Trails Center Foundation. The facility is located at 1501 N. Poplar Street, Casper, Wyo. The Center is currently operating on winter hours, and is open Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Trails Center   1501 North Poplar Street      Casper, WY 82601  

Last updated: 02-19-2012