Maine Fiberarts is a statewide nonprofit membership organization formed in 2000. We welcome members who love and support fiber art and farms and the producers, makers and consumers who keep this wonderful and useful industry alive and prospering in Maine.

Our programs are designed to foster this special work in basketry, beadwork, clothing design, crochet, embroidery, felting, knitting, lacework, needlework, paper, quilting, rugs, sewing, spinning, surface design, and weaving.

Our goals are to create greater opportunities for artists to exhibit work, to apprentice, to mentor, to teach crafts to children, to find school residencies, to sell fleeces and fiber products, to find guilds and study groups, to learn about events, and to become better connected.

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November 19-20
MAINE HARVEST FESTIVAL, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor. Maine grown and processed food and fiber. FMI: www.MaineHarvestFestival.com

November 25-December 24
YULETIDE IN A YURT, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10-4, Holiday fare from local artisands and producers, vintage and collectibles. 319 Norris Hill Road, Monmouth, ME  207-632-3115.

December 2-23
HANDMADE! Over 100 creative vendors participating, plus refreshments, food samples, music, activities for everyone. Proceeds benefit the vendors and Waterfall Arts. Opening night, 5-8 p.m.; tickets at the door are $10. The Handmade show runs through Friday, December 23, Wednesdays-Fridays, 12-6 and Saturdays and Sunday, 10-2. FMI: 207-338-2222

December 2-4
CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY 2016, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Hours: Friday: 10-6, Saturday, 10-6; Sunday, 11-5. General admission: $15, Seniors/Students: $12, Society members: $7.50; Kids 12 and under: free. "...showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood." Sponsored by Society of Arts and Crafts. FMI: www.societyofcrafts.org

December 10
DESIGNING WOMEN FINE ART & CRAFT SHOW, Ocean Avenue School, Portland, Maine. FMI: www.designingwomen.org


TEAPOTS AND TEXTILES: Work by Meryl Ruth, September 28-December 17. Reception/Meet the Artist: Sunday, November 13, 2-5 p.m. Meryl will also be here with her collection of whimsical clay teapots and art quilts on Saturday, October 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. as part of the Maine Craft Weekend. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org; 207-721-0678

Argenta-detail-smallART QUILTS MAINE third annual exhibit at Kimball St Studios (191 Lisbon St, Lewiston) opens Friday, September 30 with a reception from 5:00 to 7:00. The exhibit, consisting of this year's Challenge Quilts created to the theme, "The Power of 3" and several other large and small fiber art items, will remain on view during normal gallery hours through October. FMI: Call the Gallery at 333-3342 to confirm hours, usually 10 to 5 Wednesday through Saturday, http://www.kimballstreetstudios.com. For information on the exhibit or Art Quilts Maine, contact Rana O'Connor atThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“BOOKBINDING AND THE PURSUIT OF THE HUMAN TOUCH: The Work of Gray Parrot,” UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, January 30-April 30, 2017. Lecture presented by Richard Ovenden, University of Oxford, England, April 5, 7 p.m. entitled “Bound to be together: Gray Parrot, Leonard Baskin, and the Gehenna Press.” FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM opens “Uncommon Exposures: Photography in Craft Based Media,” October 8, 2016-January 22, 2017. Opening Reception, November 6, 2-5 p.m. for this and for “Fiber of Life,” photographs by Cary Wolinsky. “Uncommon Exposures” showcases how seemingly opposing practices, craft and photography are brought together by artists through clay, fiber, jewelry, and other traditional craft-based media.

MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN, New York City, hosts “Crochet Coral Reef: Toxic Seas” by Margaret and Christine Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring, September 15, 2016-January 22, 2017. The exhibit celebrates the tenth anniversary of the “Crochet Coral Reef,” an ongoing project. Ready more at this link: http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/crochet-coral-reef-toxic-seas

GAIL SKUDERA: WOVEN, October 3-December 30, 2016, USM Glickman Family Library, 5th Floor, 314 Forest Avenue, Portland, ME. Sponsored by Maine Museum of Photographic Arts. Opening Reception: October 27, 6-8 p.m.; Artist Talk: December 1, 6-8 p.m. Skudera has an MFA in Fiber Arts and a BFA in Textile Printing and Design from Northern Illinois University. Her work has been exhibited across the country and internationally. “Skudera’s work is…photographic in nature; and she realizes the imagery employing weaving and construction,” states Denise Froehlich, MMPA Director. FMI: www.mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org

1965-Ray-D-Amours-Designer“COVERING THE NATION: The Art of The Bates Bedspread”  bringing together a “remarkable array of never before exhibited examples of the world famous Bates Bedspreads” from the Museum’s collection, with examples of tufting, damask, matelasse, colonial and screen printing, design, actual jacquard loom, carding and spinning machines etc!. Organized thematically in designs ranging from classical, historical, child/youth oriented, popular culture and abstract screen prints often reminiscent of expressionist canvases. A history created by teams of highly accomplished Bates & Co. artists and designers from 1860 through the 30’s and 40’s until 2000. On view at Museum L-A, 33 Canal Street, (Off Chestnut) in Lewiston, Maine; July 23, 2016-April 30, 2017. Open T/Th 12-4 and by appointment ($5). The museum welcomes group or individual visitors!FMI: Jennifer A. Cartmell, Museum L-A Director of Community Relations, 207-333-3881, 207-653-3857cell. Download a detailed press release here.

“#techstyle,” through July 10 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston “explores how the synergy between fashion and technology is not only changing the way designers design, but also the way people interact with their clothing." The exhibition draws on the MFA’s collection of contemporary fashion and accessories, and features key pieces from innovators in the field. With pieces by Alexander McQueen, Iris van Herpen, Cute Circuit, Hussein Chalayan, Kate Goldsworthy and Nervous System. FMI: www.mfa.org

“VISION & VERSE: ENCAUSTIC,” July 6 - October 2 at University of New England Art Gallery. Opening Reception: July 6, from 5-7 p.m. Gallery Artists’ Conversation: September 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. Hours: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12-5 p.m. Thursday, 12-7 p.m. FMI: 207-221-4499.

Calls for Entries

WATERFALL ARTS issues a call for work to participate in “Handmade 2016” sponsored by Waterfall Arts. They seek “unique, quirky, upcycled artwork and handmade gifts with an unconventional but professional aesthetic” for their Annual December Handmade show happening Nov 25 – Dec 23. FMI: To submit images or to arrange a review of work in person at Waterfall Arts in Belfast, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Artist submissions will be accepted up to October 28. Upon selection, quantity and display details will be discussed. If selected, all work is due by November 23.

MAINE FOLKLIFE CENTER at the University of Maine is looking for Maine fiber community-based artists to take part in their new project. They write, “If you identify as a Mainer—whether old or new—and if you use thread, cloth, fabric or fiber, and learned from and are influenced by your communities (family, friends, neighbors, other craftspeople, or a tight-knit online community), we want to hear from you! Maybe you learned to knit and spin from your mother, or developed and advanced your skills with help from your aunts, heritage group, or local crafts group. You do not need be professional or commercial, but it is fine if you are. The purpose of our project is to put together an artist directory to accompany our Maine Fiber Folk Arts Traveling Exhibit that showcases Maine fiber art traditions such as knitting, weaving, quilting, embroidery, and rug making (to name just a few). The exhibit is traveling to different public libraries throughout the state. The directory will serve as a list of individuals or groups willing to be contacted by Maine public libraries about the possibility of offering demonstrations or talks to accompany the exhibit. If you think you fit our definition of a ‘fiber community-based artist’ and would like to be part of this project, please contact Katrina Wynn, Maine Folklife Center archives manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-581-1844.”

SPINDLEWORKS in Brunswick is hosting an open call exhibit to benefit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust set for July and August in Brunswick. The exhibit, titled “The Forest Though the Trees,” is meant to draw attention to our planet and its diversity of species. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium, inspired by and focusing on plant life. Thirty percent of each sale will be donated to the Land Trust. Additionally, Spindleworks seeks donated items for a silent auction benefit at the opening July 15. Deadline is June 24. FMI: www.spindleworks.org

THE ART LOFT, a nonprofit arts center in Rockland, is opening to the public during June 2016, and seeks artists interested in teaching classes. Competitive hourly rates, display space in the gallery, and free drop-in art classes. FMI: www.artloftrockland.org

CRAFT BOSTON 2017 APPLICATIONS OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 12. Share your Craft with the world at CraftBoston, a twice annual show and sale of fine contemporary craft and design, presented by the Society of Arts and Crafts. Both CraftBoston Spring and CraftBoston Holiday unite talented makers with passionate and knowledgeable shoppers. CraftBoston welcomes exhibitor applications from both established and emerging artists making original work that shows exemplary execution of design, quality craftsmanship, and creative use of materials. CraftBoston Spring; April 21 - 23, 2017, at The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts; and/or CraftBoston Holiday, December 15 - 17, 2017 at The Hynes Convention Center. Apply for one show or both! with the same application with  one fee. FMI: www.juriedartservices.com by September 12, 2016.


AE-marketing-graphicMSAD 52 ADULT & COMMUNITY EDUCATION, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282 is looking for new classes and instructors for their adult education program to offer a course. Instructors are paid $20 per hour. FMI: 207-225-1010 (ext. 2120) with questions, www.msad52.maineadulted.org

JOHN MICHAEL KOHLER ARTS CENTER application deadline for 2018 residencies is April 1, 2017. Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2018 program, which takes place at Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis. FMI: http://www.jmkac.org/explore-discover/arts-industry-program, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3934

CRAFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM 2017 will have an information session for prospective applicants on November 2, 2016 from 7-8 p.m. at LA Arts, 221 Lisbon Street, Lewiston, Maine. The 2017 CAP application deadline is December 9, 4 p.m.  To learn more about the program, contact Sadie Bliss of the Maine Crafts Association or Julie Horn, Maine Arts Commission.

HELP WANTED. Halcyon Yarn is hiring experienced fiber artists who enjoy working with the public. Weaving experience a plus, cheerful attitude a must! Full or part-time retail positions in Bath, Maine. Please email Gretchen Jaeger This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details or to apply. Application accepted 9/3/2016-10/1/2016

EXHIBITION IN PRINT (EIP) SDA member and non-member artists working in or inspired by fiber arts and/or textile media are invited to submit work for a juried issue of the Surface Design Journal entitled Crafting Community: SDA Inaugural International Exhibition in Print. Selected work will appear in print in the winter 2016 issue of the Surface Design Journal (publication date December 23, 2016). Works should be completed on or after January 1, 2013. Entry Deadline: 9/15/16. Entry Fee: SDA Members $20.00; SDA Non-Members $45.00. FMI: www.surfacedesign.org.

CAMBRIDGE ART ASSOCIATION invites all artists living and working in New England to join this 72-year-old arts nonprofit. Benefits include participation in juried, non-juried, and online exhibits; discounts on workshops, framing services, and artwork purchases; members-only networking events; and promotion on our blog, website, and social media networks. CAA presents roughly 25 gallery exhibits and an additional 20 exhibits in satellite spaces, and creates opportunities for local and regional contemporary artists to engage with gallery owners, curators, collectors, and each other through networking events, portfolios reviews, and other professional development programs. FMI: www.cambridgeart.org

Lynn Knight at the HARPSWELL CENTER HISTORICAL SOCIETY is looking for a spinner willing to demonstrate spinner on your own wheel or on their historical Walking Wheel on Saturday, October 1, from noon-4. Instead of payment, the spinner will be able to sell their handspun yarn or fiber goods. The event takes place indoors and two spinners could probably be accommodated. Please call Lynn at 207-833-3192 or 978-204-1306 (cell phone).

WATERFALL ARTS in Belfast seeks an Office Manager to work 30 hours/week from Tuesday-Friday. Some evening and weekend work required; salary $13-$15/hour. WA is a community art center and the office manager is in charge of generating and maintaining all office protocols and organization. See a complete list on their website: www.waterfallarts.org

Argy Nestor of the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION seeks art making materials and supplies that are no longer needed since she works with many art teachers in Maine and in other country. Email her and she’ll be glad to make arrangement for pick up. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS seeks a Development Assistant to work part-time from May through August assisting with publicity and marketing (social media and print), tours, fundraising, and development. Compensation and some meals provided (housing is not available). Request a job description or an application for the paid position. About 35 volunteers are also needed to ready the school and Community Center for summer programming. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

Craft show in New Hampshire seeks fiber artists: https://www.facebook.com/ManchesterCraftMarket/posts/841481519311795:0

BELFAST CREATIVE COALITION seeks an Executive Director who is familiar with the local art and culture scene, has a minimum of five years of experience in an administrative role (preferably with a non-profit) and has at least one year experience working in an arts and cultural program. Part-time (25 hours/week); salary commensurate with experience. Submit electronically by June 6, a cover letter, resume and three reference to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOFGA is searching for its next COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR COORDINATOR. This is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, personable, highly organized and dedicated individual. The Fair is a unique agricultural event that hosts over 1,400 exhibitors and speakers to celebrate community, sustainable living and local economies while highlighting organic agriculture. The ideal candidate has experience working on events and with volunteers, excellent verbal and written communication skills, and an unwavering attention to detail. MOFGA will begin accepting applications for this year-round position on May 1. The position will remain open until filled. Please see the job description for a complete list of needed abilities and knowledge. Send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and a list of three professional references to Fair director April Boucher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. More details are available on MOFGA's Employment Opportunities page.

MOFGA is searching for its next Common Ground Country Fair Assistant. “This seasonal, part-time position is an excellent opportunity for a dynamic, personable, highly organized and dedicated individual. The Fair is a unique agricultural event that hosts over 1,400 exhibitors and speakers to celebrate community, sustainable living and local economies while highlighting organic agriculture. MOFGA is currently accepting applications, and the position will remain open until filled.” To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Fair Director April Boucher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SEEKING HAND SEWER to work 30+ hours per week from their home. Experienced hand sewer with creativity, problem solving skills and passion.References required. To start some time around April 20, 2016. FMI: Betsey Telford-Goodwin, 207-363-6800, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY in Damariscotta has a small gallery, The Carey Gallery, and artists are welcome to hang work there for one month. FMI: Pam Gormley, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SPINDLEWORKS, an artists’ cooperative located in Brunswick is looking for artists to teach one- to four-part 1.5 hour workshops at Spindleworks. They welcome all media, including drawing, painting, weaving, small printing press, wood, ceramics and performance art. Also: one full time, 40-hour position as “Artist Mentor,” and one part time “relief position” Artist Mentor are being sought. FMI: Brian Braley at 207-725-8820; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM IN WISCONSIN. December 16, 2015-April 1, 2016. Artists working in any discipline may apply for the Arts Center’s Arts/Industry 2017 program, which takes place at and is funded by Kohler Co. in Kohler, WI. Each year, 16 artists are accepted for 2- to 6-month residencies in the Pottery or Foundry/Enamel areas of the factory. Artists-in-residence receive 24-hour access to studio space, materials, use of equipment, technical assistance, photographic services, housing, and round-trip transportation. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://www.jmkac.org, https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=3049&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes

LOOKING FOR ARTISTS TO PRESENT WORKSHOPS, demonstrations or lectures to small groups of "Gifted and Talented" students. The Gifted and Talented Coordinator/Teacher RSU#12 Sheepscot Valley Regional School Unit in Somerville, Maine, announces that they have a fully functioning Visual and Performing Arts element as part of the gifted and talented program via the Maine Department of Education's state mandate. Right now they are looking for local Maine artists and craftspeople to give a short workshop (demonstration and lecture) about their work to very small groups of GIFTED YOUNG VISUAL ARTISTS (age 9-14) at the Chelsea and/or Windsor Elementary Schools. FMI: https://sites.google.com/a/svrsu.org/gifted-and-talented/, 207-549-3261, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

APPLY TO BE A MOFGA FARM APPRENTICE. MOFGA is currently accepting applications for apprentices for the 2016 growing season. Many farms have updated their listings with openings for this spring. You can peruse the profiles or farms that interest you and complete an application online here. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

USDA announces FARM OWNERSHIP MICROLOANS, “a new financing avenue for small and mid-sized farming operations to buy and improve property.” The loans are available to help with farm land and building purchases, and soil and water conservation improvements. Microloans could provide up to $50,000 to qualified producers, and can help new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Contact your local FSA office which can be found at http://offices.usda.gov, or learn more at www.fsa.usda.gov/microloans.

One-LupineONE LUPINE FIBER ARTS AND MAINE YARN AND FIBER SUPPLY announces their second annual Tidal Tours fiber retreat. Two groups of fiber fans will be staying in a beach-front captain's house in Machiasport complete with a beach, walking paths, and views galore. They still have openings for the second session, which runs from July 20 to July 23. FMI: Jodi Clayton, 207-992-4140, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION offers scholarships for Maine students graduating high school. Also, “Adult learner scholarships” for students who are over 25 years of age, have delayed college, are financially independent, or attend school while working full time. FMI: www.mainecf.org/Scholarships/ForAdultLearners.aspx

EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Growing their staff in anticipation of their move to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District in line with their expanded space. “The Society's staff is a talented, dedicated, and collaborative team committed to advocating for contemporary craft using our diverse skill sets.” FMI about the open jobs:

Member News and Letters

A GATHERING OF STITCHES is undergoing some changes this Fall. Owner Samantha Hoyt Lindgren will leave the studio at 54 Cove Street in Portland at the end of December to "take the show on the road." She will continue to host workshops and retreats with Maine and national teachers at various locations around Maine. She will use her newly-found creative time to work on her website and blog, and to create more hands-on interactive activities. FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

SUSAN MILLS has a new website: www.susanmillsstudio.com with lots of photos of her work, studio and surroundings. Check out “Gatherings” and “Schedule” to see the latest in her felting workshops and spirit gatherings.

JILL VENDITUOLI has had two sales AND both her pieces "Branching Out" & "Taking Flight" have been shortlisted for the fall edition of a nature art/writing publication called Nature Inspired.

Member JANET CONNER, Hiram Maine, announces the August 17th, 2016 release of her book, “Rug Hooking Traditions with The Hutchinsons," co-authored with Kathy Wright. Over a decade of research has revealed hundreds of hooked rug designs from a talented and prolific couple who worked during the first third of the 20th century in Brooklyn. Their rug designs feature sailors, firemen, loving couples, animals and characters of all kinds, with ironic inscriptions and innovative design. With sections on auction records, provenance, and making your own, this is an addition to any hooker or rug collector’s bookshelf. For signed copies, contact Janet Conner, www.jconnerhookedrugs.com

Maine Fiberarts’ members David Lima and Richard Muto of Rhode Island wrote to say they would love to come to Maine to teach workshops. Three they suggest are: “The Perfect Rolag and the English Long Draw,” “Lace-Weight Spinning to Cobweb-Weight Spinning,” and “Understanding the Basics of Spinning.” Contact them at: 401-944-4809 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BARBARA BURNS was interviewed by Deborah Blakeley of Zone One Arts. She was sent several questions by the interviewer and given time to form her responses. The article includes several images of Barbara at her tapestry loom and many of her artwork, including a preview of a very recently-almost completed piece. See the article at http://zoneonearts.com.au/barbara-burns/

ELIZABETH BUSCH has been named Master Craft Artist for 2016 by the Maine Crafts Association. She was nominated by Stuart Kestenbaum and reviewed and selected by Diana Greenwold, Assistant Curator of American Art at Portland Museum of Art. Busch will be honored at MCA’s Annual Workshop Weekend at Haystack Mountain School of  Crafts on May 13 (contact MCA for tickets) and will have an exhibition at the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner. The 2016 Award for Craft Supporter has gone to Tammy Knight, Development Program Manager of Maine DECD’s Maine Made Program.

ELIZABETH BUSCH will have an article about her kinetic sculpture appear in the pages of FIBER ART NOW this fall. FMI: www.fiberartnow.net

Nina Ruit quiltNINA RUIT has been working on a quilt for the last few months and it will soon be ready for handwork. Great spot of color for waning winter days.

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Workshops and Classes

tapestry weaving samplesTAPESYTRY: BEGINNING AND BEYOND. A three-day workshop at Halcyon Yarn, taught by Barbara Burns. In this intensive, three day workshop you'll learn the fundamentals of tapestry weaving. You'll be guided step-by-step through various techniques while exploring the creative possibilities of tapestry weaving. January 20-22, 2017. FMI: Halcyon Yarn, www.halcyonyarn.com, 800-341-0281

TAPESTRY WEAVING. Ongoing sessions. Thursdays beginning February 2, 2017. Work alongside others as you explore tapestry weaving and discover the incredible range of creative expression this medium offers. The class is guided by Barbara Burns. FMI: Halcyon Yarn, www.halcyonyarn.com, 207-442-7909, 800-341-0282

SUSAN MILLS offers felting workshops: Felting 101, Object of Attachment, and Architectural: Forms of Felt, Holiday Gifts, and Journey of Spirit Circle. FMI: www.susanmillsstudio.com

USM CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, “Making a Side-Sewn Book from Start to Finish, October 1, 10-4 with Stephanie Stigliano, Multi-Purpose Room, Wishcamper Center, $125 fee. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts; 207-780-5900

A GATHERING OF STITCHES presents Maine Stitching Retreats: “Garment Sewing” with Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings of Fancy Tiger Crafts, September 21-25; and “The Pearl Dress,” with Alexia Abegg and Christine Haynes, November 10-13. FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

FELTED VEST CLASS with Marianne (DuBois) Senechal at Prospect Harbor Women's Club, August 5, 6, 7, 2016, 9:00am-5:30pm. Create a one-of-a-kind seamless reversible top using a custom pattern, “learn tips and tricks to create a well-fitted nuno felt top. Nuno felting combines the technique of wet felting merino wool with the structure of silk fabric to make a lightweight and flexible textile. You will learn key design considerations for resists, templates, and embellishment.” Best for those with some felting experience. Cost for the three-day class, $29, ages 17 and up. FMI: Mary Laury, Executive Director, Schoodic Arts for All, 427 Main Street, PO Box 174, Winter Harbor, Maine 04693, 207.963.2569. www.schoodicartsforall.org

A GATHERING OF STITCHES offers “Block Printing,” June 4, 10:30-1:30 with Eliza Jane Curtis, $50; “Screen Print Study,” June 18-19, 10:30-1:30, Eliza Jane Curtis, $200; “Learn to Sew Garments with Fancy Tiger’s Amber and Jaime,” September 21-25, with Amber Corcoran and Jaime Jennings, $900; and “A Garment Sewing Weekend with Lauren Taylor of Lladybird,” April 13-17, $525. Also: “Stitch More, Buy Less T Shirt,” “Mindful Mending with Katrina Rodabaugh,” “The Archer Shirt Stylings with Jennifer Beeman,” “Design and Make your Own Clothes with Cal Patch,” “The Pearl Dress,” “Bra Making,” “Quilt Local,” and “Slow Stitching at Camp Medomak.” FMI: www.agatheringofstitches.com

A WRINKLE IN THYME FARM offers classes: “Felting Friday,” with Marty Elkin, Sept. 2, 1-3, $30; “Natural Dyes for Wool,” Marty Elkin, Sept. 17, 10-3, $80 (at Shaker Village, New Gloucester); “Dyeing to Spin: Space-Dyed Roving,” with Linda Clutterbuck, Sept. 28, 10-4, $75. FMI: www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com

CATHERINE WORTHINGTON offers classes: May 7, 10-3, “Screen Printing and Sewing Zippy Bags,” Cost: $60. includes textile paints, freezer paper and canvas and instruction. Students should be able to make at least one bag during class, maybe more. Learn to use silkscreen techniques and textile paints with your designs to create unique cloth. Then, learn to sew in a zipper using the sewing machine and make the bag. Some basic sewing knowledge is helpful. Please bring to class your sewing machine and a zipper foot. Extra machines will be available. Also, “Explore Textile Design,” a five-hour workshop each session $75. includes textile paint and use of supplies and instruction. May 14, 10-3: “Textile painting, block carving and printing.” May 21, 10-3, “Creating Stencils,” gelatin printing on cloth and found object printing. June 18, 10-3, “Textile Painting and Silk Screening.” FMI: 207-233-4879; www.earthtonesandfishbones.com

CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART hosts ART CAMP for kids ages 6-11. Three one-week sessions beginning July 11, Monday through Friday, 9-noon. CMCA also offers ART LAB on the theme of “Re-inventing Yourself,” “Bodyscapes,” and 3D Arts.” Also classes for adults. FMI: www.cmcanow.org

Janet-Conner-rug-hookerJANET CONNER will teach at the 20th annual RUG HOOKING WEEK, August 16-20, Sauder Village, Archbold, Ohio. Four-day classes; half-, one- or two-day workshops; over 500 rugs exhibited; plus vendors. FMI: www.saudervillage.org/RugHookingWeek 

YOUNG ARTIST’S WORKSHOP, presented by Merrymeeting Adult Education. Tweens and teens (12-16) can join Mandy Russell for a week of exploration and learning, experimenting with a wide variety of media while learning color theory. Students will work first in a mixed-media art journal, then work with doodling, coloring, collage, watercolor, assemblage. July 25-28, 9-12 p.m. Adult Ed Center, Topsham. For fees and registration, call 207-729-7323; www.merrymeeting.org

FIBER COLLEGE OF MAINE, scheduled for September 7-11 in Searsport, offers nearly 70 textile and fiber classes varying in length from one hour to two days on topics of sewing, knitting, weaving, embroidery, dyeing, surface design, felting, beading, sock cranking, quilting, chainmail, and paper. FMI: www.fibercollege.org

Haystack-Mountain-School-of-CraftsHAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Deer Isle announces Summer 2016 Programs. Residency and scholarship applications due March 1; regular applications due April 1; full scholarships available. Fiber classes include: “Fill Up/Stack Up/Twist and Shout,” with Susie Brandt; “Artist’s Books: The Balancing Act of Concept and Form,” Rebecca Goodale; “Natural Dyes, New Methods,” Elin Noble; “Baskets,” Lissa Hunter; “Skins and Skeletons: 3D Textile Constructions,” Mo Kelman; “Graphics: Paper Contains the Universe,” Aimee Lee; “More than Skin Deep: Structure, Fashion and the Body,” Annet Couwenberg; “A Letterpress, An Artist’s Book, and Some Text Walk into a Bar….” Erin Sweeney; “Printmaking: Modified Monotypes,” Susan Webster; “Weaving: Layers, Surface, Space,” Ismini Samanidou; “Foraged Color—The Art and Science of Eco-Printing,” Amelia Poole; “Glass Beadmaking,” Kristina Logan; “Joomchi & Beyond,” Jiyoung Chung; as well as several others in wood, ceramics, glass, drawing, mixed media, and writing. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a SUMMER CONFERENCE: “Craft Thinking: Ideas on Making, Materials, and the Creative Process,” July 10-14. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

HAYSTACK OPEN DOOR 2016, October 7-10 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle. Open Door is a program offering an intensive fall session to Maine residents. The cost of $335 includes tuition, room and board from Friday’s dinner through Monday’s lunch. Applications must be received by August 17. Classes in blacksmithing, book arts/paper, ceramics, metals, wood and writing. Fiber classes include: “Book Arts: Limp Paper Bindings,” with Barbara Korbel; and “Fiber: Thinking Textile/Constructing Surfaces,” with Warren Seelig. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

MARY MCFARLAND has been an artist, quiltmaker and clothing designer for most of her life. She has been teaching garment making classes for Quiltessentials in Auburn creating tunics and tops. On June 24 and June 25 from 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., Mary will teach “Rayon Pants: Part I ($70) and Part II ($70).” Make a basic pair of pants with elastic waist and a pattern to fit you. She’ll also teach a “Button Making Workshop,” June 4, from 9:30-1:30. Create one-of-a-kind buttons for bags, knitted garments, or art quilts. All materials provided with class fee, $50. Quiltessentials is also hosting classes with Jo Diggs, Susan Carlson and others.

KNITWIT YARN SHOP in Portland offers Fall classes: “A Skirt for All Seasons,” with Ann Budd, August 27; “Brioche in the Round,” Leanne Walker, September 17; “Socks from the Toe-Up,” Judy Warde; “Arrow Caterpillar Shawl,” Judy Warde, October 17 and 29 (2-part class); “Shawl Shapes,” Bristol Ivy, October 22; “Short Rows,” Bristol Ivy, October 22; “Fix it!”Judy Warde, November 12. FMI: www.yarnonthebrain.com

MSAD #11 ADULT EDUCATION (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner) hosts Winter/Spring 2016 classes in: digital story telling, chair caning, recycled wool sweater mittens, felt making, knitting your first sweater, stenciled silk scarf, beginning quilting paper piecing, mariner’s compass, basic and advanced soap making, cheese making, stone wall construction, and many others. FMI: www.msad11.maineadulted.org; 207-582-3774

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION HAYSTACK WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2016. MCA invites members and nonmembers for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, ME, May 12-15, 2016. Instruction, room and all meals are included in the fee. Fiber Arts: "Textile Design" with Claudia Brahms will explore ways to use off-loom weaving techniques on a current project of your own, or weave new designs in the workshop. Free-style weaving will be used to add texture, color, dimension, and a personal signature. Learn how drawn thread-work, the addition of supplemental warp yarns after weaving, tapestry techniques, pleating, and texturizing can be incorporated into your fiber art. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

MORGAN ART OF PAPERMAKING offers the following Summer Workshops 2016: “Box with a Twist,” “Paper Cutting,” “Chinese Lantern Box,” “Marbling on Paper and Cloth,” “Miniature Pop-Up Books,” “Carousel Books,” “Historic Letterpress Illustration,” “Ecoprinting,” “Islamic World Papermaking,” “Surface Manipulation,” “Paper to Book,” “Fiber Arts Techniques for Book Artists,” “Mark-Making: The Stitch,” and many others. Contact: The Morgan Conservatory, 1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland, OH 44103. FMI: 216-361-9255; www.MorganConservatory.org

NEEDLE FELTING WORKSHOP, Sunday, August 14, 2 - 5 p.m., 769 Congress Street, Portland, Maine. Taught by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus. You will create a set of needle felted greeting cards, learn to use a felting needle and dyed wool to make art. Feel free to bring images for inspiration. Registration: $35 for MOFGA members, $40 for non-members, $25 for children aged 12 and under; includes a $10 material fee. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 207-568-4142. Register at the MOFGA Country Store: http://www.mofgastore.org/product.sc?productId=246&categoryId=5

NEW ENGLAND HERITAGE CONFERENCE 2016, August 27-August 30 or to September 3. Conference theme: “Weaving the Threads of New England History,” contains the following talks: “Spinning Wheel: Colonial Hearth to Modern Fiber Art,” with Peter Cook; “Weaving in the 17th to 19th Centuries” with Marjie Thompson; “Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill,” with Aurore Eaton; “Exploits of Mill Girls,” with Elizabeth De Wolfe. Discover how textiles and clothing both shaped and reflected civilization in New England over time. Through a variety of lectures and workshops, explore transitions from farm to factory, homespun to decorative art and handcrafts to mill manufacturing. Sponsor: Star Island, Morton-Benedict House, 30 Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801. FMI: www.starisland.org/newenglandheritage

NEW VENTURES, formerly Women, Work and Community, offers business classes in the Midcoast in “Your Next Career Move: Tools to Get Started,” and “Creating Your Future: Career Planning for the New Economy.” FMI: www.newventuresmaine.org

NORTHEAST HANDSPINNERS ASSOCIATION announces that THE GATHERING 2016 will take place November 4, 5, and 6 at The Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George NY, www.fortwilliamhenry.com. A block of rooms is reserved in both wings of the Grand Hotel: doubles and kings for $109/night or the premium east wing for $89/night. The premium east wing does not have an elevator, so if that is important to you, book a room on the first floor or in the Grand Hotel where there is an elevator. Mentors include Jane Woodhouse, Patsy Zawistoski, Beth Smith, Jillian Moreno, Fiberensemble (the felters who taught at the ME Gathering), Alanna Wilcox, Donna Kay and Cal Patch. Registration materials go out June 1 to current members; make sure your membership is current to get first pick of classes. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org; Maria Hughes - Gathering Chair - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 631-219-0927

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PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS, Summer 2016 workshops include: “Stitching as Drawing,” Susan Brandeis; “Natural Dye,” Catharine Ellis and Joy Boutrup; “Weaving: All the Elements,” Helle Rude Trolle; “Woven Matrix: Weaving with the TC2,” Cathryn Amidei; “Re: Constructions,” Barbara Cooper; “Wearable Art and the Body,” Michael Cepress; “The Thrill of Color,” Rebecca Mezoff; “Seams Legit: Reconstructed Quilts,” LUKE Haynes; “Structure and Form,” Carole Frances Lung; “Small-Scale Tinkerings: Toying with Felt,” Lisa Klakulak; “Doubleweave on Eight Harnesses,” Robin Muller; “Embroidering Impressions of Nature,” Katherine Diuguid; “The Soul of Forgotten Materials,” Geoffrey Gorman. Also, workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, letterpress, wood and others. FMI: www.penland.org

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS hosts a Fall Concentration from September 25-November 18, 2016 with classes in clay, glass, wood, metals and iron. Their fibers classes include: “Textiles: The Thread Between,” with Rachel Meginnes; “Print: From Paper to Print!” with Georgia Deal. Also, One-Week Sessions, October 9-15, “Textiles: Wrap Your Head Around It,” with Peg Gignoux; “Box Making for Book Artists,” with Mary Uthuppuru; “Every Picture Tells a Story: Drawing, Collage and Storytelling,” with Melissa Stern; “Letterpress: Analogue Social Media,” with Bryce McCloud. Scholarships available: deadline August 1. Finally, a Spring Concentration, March 12-May 5, 2017 in “Image as Narrative: Letterpress and the Artist’s Book,” with Anne Covell and “Weaving: A Dialogue,” with Tommye McClure Scanlin and Bhakti Ziek. Also: Spring One-Week Session, March 26-April 1, 2017: “Intuitive Geometries,” with Martha Clippinger. Scholarship application due: November 28, 2106. For a complete catalog and more info: www.penland.org.

PORTFIBER hosts workshops April through June in: “Intro to Four-Harness Weaving,” with Ray Cooper; felted gnomes, felted owls, dyeing 101, spinning 101, “Silk Paper,” “The Silk Experience,” and “Wet Felting Slippers” with Robin Russo, “Eco Printing,” and “Indigo Shibori,” with Amelia Poole. FMI: www.portfiber.com

SKAKERAG WORKSHOPS, Sewanee, TN. Session One: June 12-18: “Outside, Inside: Creating a Painted Quilt,” with Elizabeth Busch; “Sewing: The Art of Making,” Diane Hall; also song writing, spatial media design, jewelry, handbuilt clay pitchers, and mosaic mandalas. Session Two: June 19-25: “Pop-Up Book Structures,” with Colette Fu; “Monoprinting and Handstitching: Your Personal Expression,” Ilze Aviks; and “Traditional Yoruba Batik, Adire, and Tie Dye with Indigo Dye,” Gasali Adeyemo. FMI: www.shakerag.org

SUMMER TEXTILE RETREAT. July 29–30, 2016. Kick the Moon Farm, West Baldwin, ME. Two days of fiber workshops including weaving, dyeing, spinning, rug hooking, felting, basketmaking, and more.  Come one or both days; includes a gourmet lunch. See website for details. FMI: Janet Conner, 207-625-3325, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.sacovalleyfiberartists.com/shearbrooke.html

FELTERS’ FLING takes place Augut 19-27, 2017 at Snowfarm, Williamsburg, MA. The group is dedicated to “bringing exceptional felt artists from around the world” for workshops and good times. Ten, three-day, and six-day workshops in dyeing, surface design, layering, nuno, seamless, 3-D construction, sculptural forms, dressmakers pattern making, garment construction, mixed material, millinery, and outdoor installation. Workshop topics and instructors are announced on their website www.feltersfling.com (under construction).

MCA WEEKEND WORKSHOP 2017 takes place May 11-14, 2017 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. This year’s workshops include: Elizabeth Busch, “Creating a Painted Quilt Top;” Tim Christensen, “Sgraffito on Porcelain Bird Sculptures;” Rebecca Goodale, “Interlocking and Pop-up Books;” Kate Mess, “Enamel Immersion;” Scott Minzy, “Brayers, Barens and Blocks—an adventure in printmaking;” Jason Morrissey and Nick Rossi, “Function and Form in Damascus Steel;” and Jacques Vesery, “Wood: Spoons and Such; Carve it, Paint it, Gild it.” Early Bird Discount before January 31. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

BUSINESS WORKSHOPS FOR ARTISTS, October 22-23, sponsored by Arts Business Institute, Maine Crafts Association, Waterville Creates, and Maine College of Art. Tuition: $250 for two workshops; $150 for one. Scholarships available. Classes include: “Introduction to Art Licensing,” “Booth Design,” “Selling Art Online,” “Building Gallery Relationships,” and more. Individual Artist Consultations available for an additional fee. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org


MAINE FIBER RESOURCE GUIDE has become Maine Fiberarts Tour. This online version takes the place of our printed Tour Maps, and is THE place we direct visitors to. Listings are FREE so please fill out the online form, or call Maine Fiberarts and we will assist you: 207-721-0678.

Summer-sceneFIBER FOLIO folio.mainefiberarts.org is our photo-illustrated tour to fiber, art, craft and farms across Maine and beyond. Always new profiles and changing content, profusely-illustrated with colorful photography. A living tour. Check it out!

If you have a bulletin item to contribute to our fiber bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.

Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for members at the Professional Level ($60/year) or higher, and run for three months. Enter your fiber-related item or help wanted request in the form at the bottom of every page. It is the same form you would use to add an event or bulletin listing.


”FIBER ART MASTERS: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Studios and Work,” our new book profiling twenty of Maine's master fiber artists will be available soon. Meanwhile, you can take a look at the preview here. Printing is disabled, but you may download it to view it later. It is about 7 MB. You will need Adobe Reader (or Acrobat), and if you right click on this lin and download it to your computer, you will be able to view it full screen if you choose. When you are done, you can get things back to normal by pressing the ESCape key.

REPAIR TECHNICIANS for looms, spinning wheels and fiber equipment are needed. Carol Fritz needs someone to repair a 36-inch Nilus LeClerk loom and Maine Fiberarts needs to know who the repairmen are that we can refer. Add your free listing to our online Tour Map/Resource Guide at www.mainefiberarts.org

SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS in Boston will host a Grand Opening of their new home in the Seaport District, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, 100 Pier 4, at 6-9 p.m. “Radius,” the work of craft artists working within one mile of Pier 4 is their opening exhibition from October 6-November 5. Opening Reception: Sunday, November 6, 2-5 p.m. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

STUART KESTENBAUM, former director (for 27 years) of Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Maine’s Poet Laureate has been named as Interim President of Maine College of Art until a permanent successor to Don Tuski is hired. 

fiber pillowsAMERICAN CRAFT WEEK has been extended this year to occur from October 1-16, 2016. The group is looking for craft events to take part and to benefit from combined marketing. FMI: www.americancraftweek.com

CREATIVE PORTLAND’S first executive director, Jennifer Hutchins, is taking on a new role as the executive director of Maine Association of Nonprofits, effective July 18. For information about CP’s search for her position, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Penobscot basketmaker THERESA SECORD received a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, one of nine artists to receive the award in June of 2016. The fellowship includes a $25,000 stipend and Second will be honored in Washington, DC in September. Past recipients include musicians, boatbuilders, dancers and quilters and over 400 artists, including a half-dozen Mainers.

After six years of institutional growth, Don Tuski, president of MAINE COLLEGE OF ART, is stepping down to accept a new position as president at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Don has been an energetic, creative and generous spirit in the school and he will be sorely missed.

According to an article in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD, (3/23/2016), “Recreation drove tourism spending to record in 2015. Revenue from outdoor activities increased by 13 percent, helping push total direct tourism spending to $5.65 billon.” Maine Office of Tourism presented data at an annual conference in Newry during March that showed direct tourism spending incrased by 3.2 percent in 2014. Steve Jermanok, a travel writer who led a session on adventure travel, said “the demand for travel packages building around outdoor recreation activities such as winter sports, hking and water sports has taken off in the past decord. Part of that increase has been driven by baby boomers.” The economic impact of tourism (which includes direct and indirect spending) totaled $8.29 billion in 2015. Jobs supported by tourism increased to 98,932, representing 15% of all employment in the state in 2015.

MAINE FARMLAND TRUST’S Executive Director John Piotti has accepted the position of President and CEO of American Farmland Trust in Washington, DC and will be leaving the Maine organization after ten years at the helm.

Crossman-Essence-of-SeaBassMEMBER STEPHANIE CROSSMAN'S netted sculptures were selected for inclusion in ”Oceania,” an exhibition at the WEX, Inc. international headquarters in South Portland that ran through April 22. FMI: www.wexglobalgallery.com Stephanie also exhibited at the Southeastern Wildlife Exhibition in Charleston, SC, and at the Baltimore American Craft Council show in February. Stephanie has a piece in Maine Fiberarts' current exhibition "Innovations: Contemporary Art."

“Prominent arts group” UPCOUNTRY ARTISTS closed its gallery and learning center in downtown Farmington in April after three years of operation. An article, “Financial problems force arts center closing,” appeared in the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD on 4/11/2016. Due to limited sales of art and a small pool of volunteers to keep the gallery open, the group’s board decided to scale back programming. Upcountry will continue its annual Sugarloaf show, hosting workshops, creating an open juried art show, and awarding scholarships. FMI: www.upcountryartists.com

SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, an arts organization that has been located on Newbury Street for 40 years has moved to 100 Pier 4 in the Seaport District of Boston.

See a story about AFGHANISTAN CASHMERE using this link sent in by member Debbie Smyth: http://www.peacefleece.com/afghan_cashmere.html


SPINDLE WORKS FIBER CIRCLE. Spindleworks  artists invite community members to join them while they work on fiber projects. Thursdays, 10 am to noon. 7 Lincoln St, Brunswick, ME 04011. All welcome! FMI: www.spindleworks.org, Julianne Carle, 207-725-8820.

BEE ON THE FARM—a gathering of knitters, quilters, hookers, and other hand-workers of all sorts and skill levels—meets once per month in Newcastle in the bucolic setting of Dandelion Spring and Straw Farm, 30 Brick Hill Road, Newcastle. Upcoming dates: Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m., June 29, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CRAFT MEETUP at CURTIS MEMORIAL LIBRARY, Mondays, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Seminar Room, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, free. FMI: www.curtislibrary.com

Jill-Snyder-Wallace-EmbroideryEMBROIDERY GROUP, SKIDOMPHA LIBRARY, Barbicon Room, 184 Main Street, Damariscotta, free. FMI: www.skidompha.org

FIBER FRIDAY, meets at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham on the first Friday of each month, 10-noon. Bring handwork and show-and-tell. All welcome! FMI: 207-721-0678

FREEPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY hosts a group of rug hookers every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

KNITCHAT! South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, Fridays at 10 a.m. Free. FMI: www.southpoprtlandlibrary.com

KNIT NITE every Thursday night, 6 p.m., at the Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street in Bangor. Area knitters are invited to share the joys of knitting and their favorite patterns, while informally passing on knitting advice and skills. Newcomers welcome. Stop at the front desk and ask where the knitters are gathering. FMI: 207-947-8336

MAINELY WEAVERS STUDY GROUP meets the first Wednesday of each month at Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Route 88 in Falmouth, 10-2. All levels of weavers are welcome. FMI: Jane Flanagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mainelyweavers/info

MIDCOAST RUG HOOKERS meets the second Friday of each month, 10-1 or -2 at the Wiscasset Community Center. Bring lunch and friends. FMI: 207-633-7518; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OVER THE RAINBOW YARN, 18 School Street, Rockland 04841 hosts “Stitch and Spin Circles” on Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10-noon; Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Also, “Drop-In Knit and Crochet Class,” Mondays and Thursdays, 5-7 p.m. FMI: 207-594-6060; www.OverTheRainbowYarn.com

PORTFIBER hosts PortWeavers every Tuesday, from noon-5 p.m. (bring your loom and project) and PortSpinners, Thursday afternoons from noon to 5 p.m. 50 Cove Street, Portland 04101, (207) 780-1345. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.portfiber.com

PORTLAND PUBLIC LIBRARY, Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Avenue, Portland hosts a free Adult Knitting Groups on Thursdays starting at 6:30 p.m. Bring your knitting project and chat!

SALT BAY TREADLERS meets the first Wednesday evening of each month starting around 5:30 p.m. at the Damariscotta River Association's sanctuary. Bring a potluck dish to share and your handwork—not necessarily spinning. 

TOPSHAM PUBIC LIBRARY hosts Sip & Stitch for knitting and crochet, Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon. 25 Foreside Road, Topsham; 207-725-1727

springMEMBERS, your regular Meet-Up could be posted here.

Thank You

Knitted-lace-and-yarnFor the terrific response to our letter mailed out to about 85 long-term supporters and friends of Maine Fiberarts. We’ve raised almost $10,000 from this mailing making our beautiful exhibition of Maine artists’ work possible this Summer. Come to our gallery during June, July and August to see INNOVATIONS: CONTEMPORARY ART. Thank you, donors!

Maine Fiberarts has received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to produce one of our Mini Tours to artists’ studios and farms. We are delighted to have this funding and support. Thank you!

Thank you to the following special donors who continue to support our exhibitions and programming: Verrill Dana, Ann Kaplan, Maine Humanities Council, Maine Arts Commission, Katharine Watson, Judith Connorton, Carolyn Murray, Bangor Savings Bank, Mary Lou Steptoe, Arlene Morris, Dr. Steven Stern, Mr. and Mrs. John Schaperkotter, William and Judith Winship, David and Margo Knight, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!

Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Dr. Steven Stern, Arlene Morris, Carolyn Wollen, David Knight and others for their continued general support of Maine Fiberarts during 2015.

Thank you also to Katharine Watson who underwrote our 2015 rent making it possible to host beautiful shows of Wabanaki basketry, hooked rugs, artists' books, and art neckwear that were enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Is there a generous sole who would underwrite rent for 2016 so that exhibitions can continue? Please be in touch.

Thank you to The Betterment Fund, Maine Arts Commission, Margaret Burnham Charitable Trust, Morton-Kelly Charitable Fund, Maine Office of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts for support during 2016 to continue our programs, and especially our online Maine Fiberarts Tour. Artists and fiber producers: get yourself listed on our map at www.mainefiberartstour.com


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    Maine Fiberarts

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    Topsham, ME 04086

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