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May 28, 2006|By LORI SEARS

`Celebration of Textiles'

Next weekend, visitors to the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C., can gain a new appreciation of the textile industry - beyond just touring the museum. Beginning Saturday, the museum presents its 28th annual "Celebration of Textiles," featuring hands-on activities, artist demonstrations, sheep-shearing in the gardens (Saturday only), tours of exhibits and more. Visitors can talk with local fiber artists and watch as they spin, weave and knit. Folks can try out a variety of looms, including a Braille-type loom for blind weavers. Visitors can learn to spin wool into yarn, make an embroidered item and design a hat. Textile exhibits on view include Harpies, Mermaids and Tulips: Embroidery of the Greek Islands and Epirus Region (through Sept. 3) and Seldom Seen: Director's Choice From the Museum's Collections (through July 30). The Greek dance troupe Return to Origins performs Saturday. Food will be available.

The textile festival runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 4 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington. Free admission. Call 202-667-0441 or visit textilemuseum.org.

[LORI SEARS]

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