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June 21-23, 2013 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL


enter the work of your hands!

all of you who design and create your own work are invited to enter our Garment Extravaganza!



  • entry for 2013 is closed
  • Be sure to come watch the Runway Presentation at the Fair on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 1pm - entry to the Runway Presentation is FREE with admission to the Fair (no separate charge)
  • SALE after the Runway Presentation - approx 3pm-6pm on Saturday, 10am to 2pm on Sunday.
  • AWARDS: $200 Best of Show; $100 Most Creative Use of Materials; $100 Best Use of Color

the committee

The Garment Extravaganza is run by our new GE Committee who bring a wealth of experience to the Fair. Members are:

Laurie Kosky: Laurie has loved working with clothing since her very first job in high school. She has been involved with fashion shows for most of her life, beginning with participation on the fashion board and commentator in high school and later managing a clothing store in Evanston. After marriage and raising children, Laurie acquired an antique clothes collection and did antique fashion shows in Winnetka. In 1980 she chaired the Midwest Weaver’s Convention for five hundred weavers at Lake Forest College, and was commentator of the Fashion Show finale. In 1988 Laurie chaired an International Convention of two thousand weavers at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. She hired and worked with professional commentators, dancers, musicians, and decorators to create the grand finale Fashion Show. From 2000 to 2010 Laurie was the chairwoman of the Fashion Shows presented during the show “The Fine Art of Fiber”, held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens every November by the Weavers guild of the North Shore, Illinois Quilters, and North Suburban Needle Arts Guild.  Laurie finds it very satisfying to work with artistic people.

Dorothy Kroll: Dorothy Kroll is a Chicago based apparel and textile designer. She has a Fine Arts Degree majoring in Dress Design from the Art Institute & University of Chicago. She first garnered industry recognition with a Fashion Group Award while still a student. She has exhibited works in the New Dimensions in Fiber Exhibit, The National Standards Show, Paducah Quilt Show and the AQS Hobbs Fibers Fashion Show. Professionally, Dorothy has worked in a broad range of textile and apparel related positions.

Vivian Morrison

Carolyn Seng Carolyn Seng, has been a lifelong student of art both in and out of school. She learned knitting, sewing, crochet and other needlework from mother and grandmother, learned to weave and spin in 1974. She owned Serendipity Shop, teaching and providing supplies for the textile arts for 20 years. Carolyn has assisted to produce the Fine Art of Fiber Fashion Show for many years and is looking forward to helping with the MFFAF Garment Extravaganza in June.

Judy Chan Judy Chan has been teaching knitting, writing patterns and selling finished garments since the early 90s.  After learning how to knit from her mother as a child, she honed her skills by taking technique classes taught by instructors from all over the world.

Kay Lange (advisor)



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"Thank you for your vision and hard work to create such a wonderful and inspiring venue of the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair."    email from teacher


Some highlights from 2012:

Best of Show:

Susan Infante
"Umbrellas Like Minds"

Most Creative Use of Materials:

Liz Tekus
"Sandy's Coat"

Best Use of Color:

Kim Hirschman
"Purple Scarf" (above)
"Orange Scarf"
"Green Scarf"

On the Runway:

Sunrise Dragon
Roberta Bragg
"Sunrise Dragon"

Jane K Brown
"Tot Zeins Jacket & Scarf"

Gwen Blakley Kinsler
"Floral Profusion"

Inna Voltchkova
"Lacy Russian Triangular Shawl"

Special thanks to:

Weavers Guild