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Fiber Arts show set for Oct. 3 as part of Key Peninsula Farm Tour

The eighth annual Fiber Arts: Threads Through Time show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 as part of the Key Peninsula Farm Tour.

This free, family friendly event will be held at the Longbranch Improvement Club, 4312 Key Peninsula Hwy. S, Longbranch.

The goal of the Fiber Arts show is to demonstrate the wide range of fiber arts, from traditional techniques to modern adaptations, utilitarian uses of fiber to the purely artistic.

The event will be held in the focus of the preservation activity, a unique A-frame building listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Patty Carroll, a resident of Longbranch, is an artist whose work will be shown at the event. She has worked with fabric for the past 15 years and, though she refers to herself now as “retired,” continues to create for family and friends, as well as special commissions.

Carroll has taken a winding path to her role as artist, from a career as a nurse and then time as a homemaker spent creating school drama costumes for her daughter.

“I had been sewing since grade school and took design classes in high school,” she recalled in a press release.

Her work continues to expand and evolve as she continues to pick up new techniques and inspiration.

“You have to love sewing,” she said, referring to her time-consuming art form. “I may work over a period weeks on a given piece, considering the color and design.”

Fiber Arts promises to have something for everyone with exhibits, food and local and regional fiber artists providing demonstrations of their craft.

For more information on the Fiber Arts event, visit the KP Farm Tour website at