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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DENMARK ARTS CENTER is hosting their Jolly Holiday Bazaar, November 10, from 10-2 and is “accepting vendor application from 9/22-10/31 or until we run out of space.” FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-452-2045

HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND extends a call for artisans to apply to MISTLETOE AND HOLLY ARTISANS SHOW, a juried fine arts and crafts sale at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, in South Berwick, Maine. Three weekends, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, November 23-25, November 30-December 2, and December 7-9, 2018. Mistletoe & Holly is not a booth show, but set-up retail gallery-style, so artisans who are doing other shows at the time can participate. The show offers free admission and will be part of a town-wide holiday program in South Berwick Friday, November 30.  FMI and to apply: Marilyn Keith Daly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-384-2454, http://shop.historicnewengland.org/SOJ-HOLIDAY-1-10475/

WOMEN & TEXTILES EXPO is seeking Makers and Designers for our Maker’s Marketplace and Wearable Arts Runway Show to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 10:00am-8:00pm at UTEC (35 Warren Street; utec-lowell.org) in Lowell, Massachusetts. The Expo is celebrating the many ways in which women are at the forefront of the handmade textile movement as leaders, designers, makers, textile engineers, authors and purveyors of culture. Online Application Forms Now Open: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=5699 Professional, experimental, and students in New England region are encouraged to apply. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

THE HARLOW invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for “Tactile”, an open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes traditionally used in the field of textiles. Tactile is on view September 7-29, 2018 at the The Harlow, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Submissions will be juried by Harlow staff as well as textile artists Betsy Cook and Sally Wagley. “Tactile” will pay homage to the decorative, domestic and utilitarian roots of textile art, while emphasizing the application of textile techniques for the purpose of communication and expression. Such techniques include (but are not limited to) stitching, weaving, knitting, crocheting, pleating, and felting. Tactile aims to feature work both large and small, 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, abstract and representational, made of synthetic as well as natural materials, made by hand as well as by machine, “pure” textile as well as mixed with other media. DEADLINE EXTENDED: August 7, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Submission guidelines and FMI: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-tactile/

ART WALK LA seeks “artists of all kinds to fill our venues. We are shaking things up and expanding Art Walk LA, which will now take place on the third Friday of the months from May-December…..We’re adding three more art walks to the season and will be rolling out new venues, new maps, and new experiences. Join us!” Use this link to sign up: https://jl28.typeform.com/to/RSUejf

Classified Ads and Free Stuff

Winter ImageThis listing is for art, craft, farm and/or fiber-related items, equipment, supplies, tools, etc. Ads will run for three months after which they will disappear. They are free for Members of Maine Fiberarts at the Professional Level ($60.00/year). Members may enter up to a 25-word description and contact information. For more information, for listing items you wish to give away for free, or to have Maine Fiberarts enter your ad for you, please contact usTo enter your own ad, look for the heading in this list called "Submit Your Own" and fill out the form.

FREE: Sharon Forest of Lisbon is moving and wishes to give away her collection of knitting, crochet and craft books for free. She has about 40-50 vintage knitting books, 12-13 newer crochet books, and several general crafts books. She also has homespun material to give away. FMI: Sharon Forest, 207-407-4250 

FREE Ashford Spinning Wheel, Ashford Drum Carder, Hand Carders, Peg Loom, Fleece. Must pick up in Jefferson, Maine. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


September 29-30
HARVEST HOOK-IN 2018 at Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Road, Brewer, Maine. $55 for both days includes lunch and snacks. Shopping, rug hooking, and "fun with friends." Vendors. FMI: www.GreenMountainHookedRugs.com

October 6
HALCYON YARN OPEN HOUSE, 10-4, 12 School Street, Bath, Maine. Community indigo dye dip, demonstrations, artist talk by Hector Jaeger, door prizes, refreshments, sales. FMI: www.halcyonyarn.com

October 6 & 7
NEW HAMPSHIRE WOOL ARTS TOUR. Farms and studios across NH open to the public and demonstrating. This tour has been happening since 1983. FMI: www.woolartstournh.com

October 6-7
MONADNOCK QUILTERS’ GUIDE 2018. 200+ quilts on display, door prizes, vendors, boutique, cafe, demos, children’s activities. South Meadow School, 108 Hancock Road, Route 202 North, Peterborough, NH. Admission: $7; children under 12 free. FMI: www.monadnockquiltersguild.org

October 20-21
Brunswick Arts & Crafts Show, Coastal Performance Center, 14 Thomas Point Road, Cook’s Corner, Brunswick. FMI: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

October 27-28
MAINE CRAFTS GUILD, Fine Craft Shows, Brunswick Show, 3rd Annual. Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 10-4. Fort Andross, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME.  Admission: $4; under 18 free. FMI: www.mainecraftsguild.com

October 27
DESIGNING WOMEN 2018 Craft Show, Wells Activity Center, Wells. FMI: www.designingwomen.org

November 2, 3, 4
THE GATHERING, an annual meeting of the Northeast Handspinners Association that is open to the public. At The Raddison in Nashua, NH. FMI: www.nehandspinners.org

November 3 & 4
FIBER FESTIVAL OF NEW ENGLAND, Eastern States Exposition, West Springfield, MA. Saturday, 9-5; Sunday, 9-3. Over 150 exhibitors, fleece sale, sheep shearing, demonstration, workshops and fiber animals. FMI: www.FiberFestival.org

November 3
DESIGNING WOMEN 2018 Craft Show, Husson University, Bangor. FMI: www.designingwomen.org

November 3
SIXTH ANNUAL PARIS HILL HOOK-IN, 9-3, First Baptist Church of Paris, Center of the Village Green, 500 Paris Hill Road, Paris, Maine. The event is sponsored by Parris House Wool Works and one must register by October 27 for a $30 ticket which includes breakfast and lunch. Bring your hooked rugs to show. Vendors and door prizes. FMI: 207-890-8490; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November 3-4
Bangor Arts & Crafts Show, Cross Insurance Center, 515 Main Street, Bangor. FMI: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

November 6
SAGE Lecture: “Life Lessons Learned from Goats,” with presenters Margaret Hathaway and Karl Schatz, owners of Ten Apple Farm. Hannaford Hall, USM. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/olli

November 10-11
Augusta Arts & Crafts Show, Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta. FMI: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

November 17
DESIGNING WOMEN 2018 Craft Show, Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport. FMI: www.designingwomen.org

November 17
KNIT WITS HOLIDAY BAZAAR, 9-2, Old Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, Route 24, Orr’s Island. Crafts, baked goods, hand knit items, jewelry, white elephant, coffee and muffins. Lunch available from 11-1.

November 23, 24, 25
Annual Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, Brewer Auditorium, 203 State Street, Brewer. FMI: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

December 1-2
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Shop, USM Sullivan Gym, 66 Falmouth Street, Portland. FMI: www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com

December 8
ROSEMONT ARTISTS GUILD OF MAINE, host a show and sale of the work of over 30 Portland artists including: pottery, stained glass, textiles, jewelry, fiber and more. Breakwater School, 856 Brighton Avenue, Portland, 10-4. FMI: www.rosemontartistsguild.com

December 8
MAINE INDIAN BASKETMAKERS HOLIDAY MARKET, 25th annual event (coming in 2019), 9-3, Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono. 50+ established, award-winning artists plus new and upcoming makers from Maine's Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot nations. Demonstrations, storytelling, traditional music, singing, dancing, fashion show and more. Free admission.

December 8
DESIGNING WOMEN 2018 Craft Show, Ocean Ave School, Portland. FMI: www.designingwomen.org


“Landscapes, Crafted,” at SOCIETY OF ARTS & CRAFTS, August 30-October 27. The work of five craftspeople: Kathryn Clark, Kate Cole, Josh Copus, Peter Hook and Tania Larsson. Artists responding to landscape—natural, built, social—and the intersections of people and the word around us. Cuest curated by Luiza deCamargo. FMI: www.societyofcrafts.org

A WELL-STITCHED LIFE: An Exhibit of Needlework Art by Jill A. Vendituoli, October 1-31, First Congregational Church, 115 South Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH (open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-2). Artist’s Welcome Reception: Thursday, October 4, 5-6:30 p.m. Workshop: October 12-14. FMI: www.fccwolfeboro.org; 603-569-1555 Information about the workshop, contact Jill at 207-793-2504; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIBER COLLECTIVE: Work by 24 Maine Artists on view at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham September 13-November 3. Open House Reception: Saturday, October 13, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 57 works by 24 members of Maine Fiberarts. Work includes: Art quilts, handmade paper, hooked wall art, collage, needlework tapestry, felted work, artists’ books, mosaics, braided work, netting, paper quilts, doll, mixed media, woven tapestry, weavings. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11-4; Saturday, 11-2. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org

ART QUILTS MAINE. The annual tour begins early September and continues through the end of May at venues around Maine. 22 pieces by 13 artists were created in response to the challenges, "On or Off the Beaten Path;" and "Batiks!" Tour dates and locations: Skowhegan Public Library: September 5 to October 15; Kimball Street Studios in Lewiston: October 19 to November 17 (Reception 10/26); Portland Public Library (children's area): November 23 to January 4; Yarmouth History Center: January 4 to March 4 (Reception 1/18); Farmington Public Library: March 29 to May 31. FMI: Rana O'Connor, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-232-5865, http://www.artquiltsmaine.org/

“TAPESTRY IN NEW ENGLAND,” September 9-October 31, Highfield Hall and Gardens, Falmouth, MA. Member Sara Hotchkiss’ piece “Pressing On” is included. FMI: www.highfieldhallandgardens.org

“CURIOUS NATURE: 2018 Alumni Triennial,” presented at Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, first floor, August 3 -September 15. Viewing hours: Wed-Sun, 11-5; Thurs, 11-7; Friday, 11-5 (FFAW until 8 p.m.)

“COMMON THREADS,” August 10-September 7, Brick Store Museum, Bauman Family Gallery, 117 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043. Sponsored by Surface Design Association. Special Opening Reception: August 10, 5-7 p.m. during the Art Walk. FMI: www.brickstoremuseum.org; 207-985-4802

“MASTER/APPRENTICES: an exhibition,” sponsored by Maine Crafts Association, September 25-October 26 at Maine Craft Portland, 521 Congress Street. Opening Reception: September 27, 4-7 p.m. Features new work created during the seven-month apprenticeship of Nancy Giesberger with Nina Ruit, and Christine Peters with Nina Devenney. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

ELIZABETH WHELAN will have woven textiles on view at Engine, 128 Main Street, Biddeford 04005 from August 31-September 22. Artist Talk on September 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. FMI: www.feedtheengine.org/elizabeth-whelan

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM, Brockton, MA presents: “Grounds for Play: Sculptures that Excite the Imagination (through October 21), “Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools,” (through October 28) and the 2018 Biennial Members Exhibition (through October 7). Special event: September 15, 6-9 p.m. entitled “Members Create: Celebrate!” “Enjoy tasty treats and lively conversation. Meet the artists. Purchase outstanding artwork by members. Dance to live music. Take a guided tour.” FMI: www.fullercraft.org

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM presents: “Donna Rae Marder: The Cover Up,” June 21-August 18. Marder creates new textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition her expansive work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

“CONTEXT: Language, Media, and Meaning from the Surface Design Association,” October 27, 2018-February 24, 2019. A juried exhibition of work created by members of the Surface Design Association, MA, RI and CT chapters. Juried by Bruce D. Hoffman. FMI: www.fuller.craft.org

ABBY ROBINSON: ON WOMEN ARTISTS, an exhibit of work during the month of October in the Morrell Meeting Room of Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick. Show includes masks, block prints, and descriptions about women artists. Reception and talk about the artists yet to be arranged and announced.

MEMBERS BIENNIAL EXHIBITION, 2018 at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA, April 14-October 7, 2018 “showcasing stunning works of ceramics, glassware, furniture, textiles, basketry, wood turning, jewelry, and other craft-based media.” Opening Reception: Sunday, May 20, 2-5 p.m. Juried by Sadie Bliss, Executive Director, Maine Crafts Association. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

PINE TREE QUILTERS GUILD presents the Maine Quilt Show at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Drive, Augusta, Maine, July 26-28, 2018; preview night Wednesday, July 25. Workshops with seven national teachers, Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Lectures, Raffles and Friday night event. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://mainequilts.org

The exhibit “WATERWAYS” is meant to draw attention to our living planet both to celebrate, and to raise awareness of the diversity of species on our planet! This will be the 8th annual All Species exhibit, which has drawn artists from across Maine and across the country. This year we have chosen the Cathance River Education Alliance to receive the funds raised. We recognize the important role that this organization plays in educating the public and protecting species in our local community. 30% from each sale will be donated to this important and well-loved local organization. "Waterways" will be on display at Frontier Café, 14 Maine Street, Brunswick, from June 4–August 6, 2018. FMI: Details are available at www.spindleworks.org


SPINDLEWORKS FIBER CIRCLE. Spindleworks artists invite community members to join them while they work on fiber projects. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon. 7 Lincoln Street, 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. Email Jess for 2018 dates. 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

EMBROIDERY 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 meet every Tuesday, 1-4 p.m.

Winter ReflectionKNITCHAT! 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.

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!

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

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

Member News and Letters

[Needlework tapestry artist Jill Vendituoli emailed this when asked about a beautiful photo of her work that appeared in the August/September issue of “New York” magazine called “The Cut.”]

"The piece for NY Magazine was a whirlwind adventure. I was approached to stitch this collaboration with photographer Emma Ressel in early July, with a publication date of 8/20. Sequestered in my studio for two weeks and stitching 8+ hours most days, the magazine editors and I were very pleased with the final work which was completed on August 8th and shipped to them that afternoon. The foliage is stitched in petit point. . .324 stitches per square inch!! I literally bled for this piece, but my DNA is all on the backside, so the Cartier watch and St. Laurent boots were safe from my sweaty hemorrhaging!"
—Jill Vendituoli

FIBER COLLEGE has added a Maker’s Market to their week-long classes and events that take place at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, 216 W Main Street in Searsport. The second annual market takes place September 7, noon-7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Interested makers and farmers can sell their goods ($10 & $15 tables are still available www.FiberCollege.org). During the market, there will be demonstrations, games with prizes, short drop-in classes ($20), food, fiber animals, and live music. “The focus of Fiber College 2018 is mindfulness…aware, conscious, alive, alert. There will be opportunities to participate in crafts that will be appropriate for both beginners and advanced artists with the hope that attendees of all ages will find something interesting to try. Stretching the boundaries of ‘fiber,’ this year the College will offer short courses in plasma cutting and 3-D printing…both available during the Maker’s Market. Because art should always include music, we will have live performances by the Miners Creek Bluegrass Band, Chris Brine, James Hyland and friends.”  FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-548-6059

Member CYNTHIA MCGUIRL sends the following: “Sandy Weisman, Abbie Read, Paula Blanchard, and I have formed a group to promote, encourage and educate around Book Arts. We are offering a three-day Workshop  https://mailchi.mp/be90240c4145/summer-artist-book-intensive-2143789?e=1bf1ec0c14 this summer, sponsoring a show Book Arts: Maine Artists at the Camden Library in September, and have formed a Facebook Group Midcoast Maine Book Arts to facilitate discussion and opportunities. Please consider being part of the discussion by joining the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/325185851340562/about/. 

BARBARA BURNS, Maine Fiberarts' member and tapestry weaver/teacher, has begun a new blog to offer tools you need to promote your work in a professional manner. "I don’t presume to know all the answers, but I would like to share with you the information and resources I have been compiling along with occasional insights from my personal experiences." http://americantapestryalliance.org/blog/  

BARBARA BURNS was interviewed by TextileCurator.com. See it here: http://www.textilecurator.com/home-default/home-2-2/barbara-burns

Janet Conner's hooked Van GoghJANET CONNER writes the following: Dear RUG HOOKING friends, colleagues, students, teachers and hooking artists, Can you please help me with a big project/dream of mine that has been percolating for at least a decade? My mission is to write a book for rug hookers that illustrates the great design resource of ART HISTORY....the whole timeline from Prehistoric to Post Modern, with forays into Asian, Oceanic, Native American, African, and Aboriginal Australian images. I NEED PHOTOGRAPHS of your great rugs which have been adapted or inspired by fine art and indigenous tribal design. Ideally, I would love to have several rugs representing each major movement in Art History. Each section of the book will contain information about the art of that period and its relevance for rug hookers, along with technical hints for hooking in that style. Because I have specialized in teaching American Folk Art and Post Impressionism (especially Van Gogh), these categories are already well filled. It would be fantastic to receive submissions of your work!!! By email please, to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Submissions should be: well photographed; include your written permission to publish in the future (it is okay if it has been previously “seen,” “shown,” or published.... this will be a new context); include title and date of the fine art piece (or style) referenced; include descriptive notes by YOU about materials used, dimensions in inches, your name and town, year completed and what inspired you to hook this piece; and include any additional info, story, etc. you would like readers to know about you and your work. Don’t have any Art History inspired rugs in your portfolio, but would be willing to MAKE ONE??? (by January 1, 2019)?? Email me if you would like suggestions, help drawing a design, or if you know a hooker. With your generous help and kindness, I hope to fulfill this dream--only possible with lots of networking and communication within the rug hooking community. Thank you, thank you!    —Janet Conner, PO Box 224, Hiram, ME 04041, www.jconnerhookedrugs.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-625-3325

Member SARAH HASKELL writes that she has two pieces in the Juried Member's Exhibition, Fuller Craft Member's Biennial at Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. One piece has been selected for a jurors award. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MARIANNE SENECHAL writes: "Studio to Share in Bath, ME; available immediately (April 1, 2018). I am looking for an artist to share my studio on upper Front Street in Bath. The total studio is nearly 450 square feet in size and the portion available for a co-renter is over 150 square feet; doors separate this portion of the studio from the rest of the space. The shared studio space also has a private bathroom. The studio is on the second floor, no lift, stairs only. $200/month plus utilities (about $20 per month). I am a feltmaker. The studio has good natural light and would be good for a painter, mixed media artist, sculptor or fiber artist. I can’t have open flame in the studio (so most jewelers would probably be out); the floors are carpeted, and the studio is on the second floor, so wet or dusty work (like ceramics) would also not be a good fit. FMI: Marianne Senechal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-751-0766.

NINA RUIT of Ruit Farm in Bristol has been awarded the Craft Apprenticeship Program award for 2018 as one of only two pairs succeeding. The program is sponsored by Maine Crafts Association and Maine Arts Commission. Nina will be the apprentice working with her mentor, Nancy Giesberger of Round Pond, who is an extremely accomplished weaver. The pair will work together during 2018 with an exhibition showing the fruits of their labor scheduled for the Fall. See the lead image on our current Bulletin’s “Winter 2018 Image Gallery” on this website for a view of Nina’s working studio.

We like your letters, and your news. Keep them coming.


ANNE COX is featured in the September/October 2018 issue of RUG HOOKING magazine in an article entitled, “Where the cultivated meets the wild.” Eight large photos of her rug are featured.

schoodicartsforallMary Laury of SCHOODIC ARTS FOR ALL writes that a handmade tapestry by Helen Webber has been donated to the organization to be auctioned in their Silent Auction fundraiser this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The piece measures 53x70”, has “amazing” colors and textures, and is valued at $2000.

Artist Marlene Ekola Gerberick passed away in May of 2018. She held a studio in Bath for many years and created paintings, mixed media sculptures, artist books and more. Christine Macchi had the pleasure of interviewing Marlene about her life and work for a photo story that appears on our Fiber Folio. See the piece at http://folio.mainefiberarts.org/studio-of-marlene-gerberick/

Friends with summer visitors. Looking for something fun and interesting to do? Remember our Fiber Arts Mini Tour: Midcoast Maine. Pick up a brochure at Maine Fiberarts or at any one of the Maine State Visitor Information Centers detailing 20 great studios, farms, galleries and more to visit. A fine tour! See a glimpse of the sites to see at: http://folio.mainefiberarts.org/fiber-arts-mini-tour/

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF ART announces that the Jane Weiss Garrett Scholarship is now fully endowed supporting tuition, room and board annually for a student to attend a workshop in ceramics, glass or fiber. FMI: www.haystack-mt.org

Fiber Art Masters Book”FIBER ART MASTERS: A Visual Tour to Maine Artists’ Studios and Work,” is a small book published by Maine Fiberarts profiling the work of twenty Maine master fiber artists ($23 plus tax and shipping through Maine Fiberarts). 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 link 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. Copies also for sale at Gulf of Maine books in Brunswick, Markings Gallery in Bath, and the Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner.

MARSHFIELD SCHOOL OF WEAVING, Marshfield, VT has “received an extraordinary gift of large and small tools from the American Textile History Museum. A number of looms and wheels are in daily use at the school, and the other tools are house in a new storage space where they are available for study and use as needed.” MSW hosts workshops, teacher training in barn loom weaving, a Textile History Forum and other fiber-related events. FMI: www.marshfieldschoolofweaving.com

OVER THE RAINBOW yarn shop, owned by Mim Bird and located in Rockland, closed in February 2018. See the website to learn of Mim’s plans for the future.

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD ran an article by Anne D’Innocenzio about “Fashion design process upended as firms focus on speed, trends” [Business, 7/18/2018]. “Digital technology shortens the time it takes to put a prototype on the web from half a year to just a week, tearing up the old business model.” The article states that web shoppers are interested in ordering items of interest more quickly, so the manufacturing process is changing to suit. “It’s a big cultural change for clothing makers.” Whereas before, designers sketched ideas on paper, sketches went to a factory that created prototypes, and designers and developers went back and forth tweaking samples, the new process can save months of time. “Now, some companies have designers sketching on high-resolution tablets with software that can email 3_D renderings of garments with specifications straight to factories.” The new process is revolutionizing the industry and the way that garments are produced.

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

MAGGIE MUTH of #stitchHIVE in Portland invites us to make hats for the 2019 Alice Springs Beanie Festival, June 28-July 1 and to travel with her to Australia. FMI: www.beaniefest.org




Sign-ups for the MAINE CRAFT WEEKEND, October 13 & 14, 2018 are being accepted at www.mainecraft.org. See the website also for a listing of 2018 Jury dates.

CRAFT BOSTON 2019 seeks artists for two shows: Spring, April 12-14 and Holiday, December 13-15. One jury fee, two shows, apply by September 20, 2018. FMI: www.CraftBoston.org

MONSON ARTS, a new residency program in Monson, Maine is currently accepting residencies during the following dates: October 7 - November 3, 2018 and November 11 - December 8. The deadline to apply is July 7, 2018 and there is an application fee of $25. Residencies are four weeks long and include private studio space, a private bedroom in shared houseing, all meals and a stipend of $1,000. The program is open to artists and writers in all stages in their careers working in all media, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and nonfiction writing, poetry, and audio production. FMI: www.monsonarts.org

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS issues a call for applications for scholarships for 8-week concentrations. Apply by August 1, 2018 for this Fall. Work Study, Special Work-Study, Studio Assistants, and Standby are some of the scholarships offered. FMI: www.penland.org/workshops

MAINE CRAFT WEEKEND, October 13 & 14, 2018 signups are accepted at www.mainecraft.org See the website also for a listing of 2018 Jury dates.

BOOTHBAY HARBOR FEST welcomes applications for two creative events that will take place in September in East Boothbay, Maine. Both events are part of Boothbay Harbor Fest, a 10 day festival missioned to showcase and promote our small business community. The East Side Vibe Vendor Market will feature artists of all kinds, handmade and local products, vintage and repurposed. The 5th annual Fishin' For Fashion show will feature original designs made with materials from the marine industry. Applications for both are available upon request. The dates are September 8 and 9, 2018. FMI: Lori Reynolds 207-671-7676, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.BoothbayHarborFest.com, www.VintageMarketMaine.com

INTERWEAVE ESCAPES KNITTING RETREAT: Stowe, VT, May 31-June 3, 2018. “An Exploration of Reversible Cables, Lace and Beads,” with Laura Nelkin and “Introduction to Twined Knitting,” with Beth Brown-Reinsel. Held at the Trapp Family Lodge. FMI: www.interweave.com

HARLOW GALERY seeks Workshop Proposals for its Second Sunday program. Visual artists, craftspeople and writers are encouraged to propose a workshop.  FMI: www.harlowgallery.org 

JOSEPH A. FIORE ART CENTER located in Jefferson, Maine offers art residencies, open studio days, exhibitions and retreats for artists on a rolling farm setting. The Center is "available for rent, in its entirety or by the room, to groups or individuals whose reason for wanting to stay at the Center aligns with our mission." The Center is part of Maine Farmland Trust. FMI: 207-338-6575; www.mainefarmlandtrust.org

Maine Fiberarts is creating LEARNING FIBER ART: A GUIDE TO MAINE TEACHING RESOURCES in Maine and wants all artists, craftspeople, shops, learning centers, retreats, libraries and special events—offering fiber learning on a regular and ongoing basis—to get yourself listed FREE. See "Do You Teach Fiber Art?" on our Home Page or follow this link to sign up.

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.

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 countries. Email her and she’ll be glad to make arrangements for pick up. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION has created an "Artisan Village," made up of little cottages on the waterfront in Greenville, Maine. They are offered for rent to artists for a weekend or a week at a time during the warmer months to showcase and share their talent with the vacationing public and to make sales. The fee is $75/week or $30/weekend. Each cottage is 10’x8’ with a 10’x4’ covered front porch, security lock, windows on two sides, an exterior porch light, an interior track light, two electrical outlets, a trash receptacle, and broom. Participating artists provide their own tables, chairs, and display units. The cottages will be open on weekends only from Saturday, May 26 through Sunday, June 24 and again from Saturday, September 15 through Sunday, October 14 during the summer’s “shoulder” season. They will be open each week from Thursday through Monday from June 28 through September 10. An artist may lease a cottage for a term of one weekend or one week; the maximum number of weeks and/or weekends is four. Although there are no overnight accommodations provided at the cottages, a list of low-cost options for lodging will be provided on request. Applications will be reviewed throughout the winter months to ensure there is always a variety of high quality offerings at any one time. FMI and Application: https://www.mooseheadartisanvillage.com/application.html; or Artisan Village Coordinator, PO Box 223, Greenville, ME 04441, 207-280-0855; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://www.mooseheadartisanvillage.com

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.

STUDIO SPACE: Marianne Senechal, feltmaker, Arcady Designs in Bath, Maine is looking for an artist who wants to share her studio on upper Front Street in Bath. Available immediately. Total studio is nearly 450 square feet with the portion available for a co-renter over 150 square feet, separated by doors. Private bathroom, second floor, no lift, stairs only. $200/month plus utilities (about $20 per month). FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration for THE MAINE FIBER FROLIC is now open and available. FMI: Cindy Arnold, Vendor Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 207-449-6850; http://fiberfrolic.com/app.shtml

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association) announces exhibitor applications for the 2018 COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR. They are also seeking proposals for offering a presentation at the fair (deadline April 6). FMI: www.mofga.org; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Also, MOFGA has also launched a search for its next Executive Director.

"Full Moon" at Harlow GalleryHARLOW GALLERY invites artists to submit artwork to be considered for “TACTILE,” an open call juried exhibition of art incorporating processes traditionally used in the field of textiles. Tactile will be on view September 7-29, 2018 at the Harlow Art Center, 100 Water Street in Hallowell. Submissions will be juried by Harlow Gallery staff as well as by textile artists Betsy Cook and Sally Wagley. The deadline for email submissions is August 1, 2018, 11:59 p.m. “‘Tactile’ will pay homage to the decorative, domestic and utilitarian roots of textile art, while emphasizing the application of textile techniques for the purpose of communication and expression. Such techniques include (but are not limited to) stitching, weaving, knitting, crocheting, pleating, and felting. Tactile aims to feature work both large and small, 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional, abstract and representational, made of synthetic as well as natural materials, made by hand as well as by machine, ‘pure’ textile as well as mixed with other media.” FMI on guidelines and fees: http://harlowgallery.org/call-for-art-tactile/#prettyPhoto

TRASH-TO-FASHION SHOW, University of Maine, Presque Isle, April 20, 6 p.m., Campus Center. Open to all artists, designers, students and community members. $5 per entry and suggested $5 ticket price. Studio 923 UMPI Art Club seeks entries now. FMI: www.umpi.edu; 207-768-9441 

3S ARTSPACE in New Hampshire invites submissions for the upcoming 2019 season. Artists selected for an exhibition will be offered a 4-6 week exhibit during the 2019 calendar year. 3S will consider submissions for solo or group shows. Following the review process, 3S Artspace may offer artists applying for solo shows space instead in a curated group show. 3S Artspace is particularly interested in exhibiting cohesive bodies of work that lend themselves to auxiliary 3S programming (i.e. artist talks, workshops in the artist’s medium, or performances) that consider similar themes. We will consider proposals in all media including video and installation art [and the person emailing Maine Fiberarts expressed a particular interest in fiber.] We seek a diverse and balanced season. Work is selected by a committee comprised of professional artists, curators, and gallery staff. Shipment/delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist. For work that is for sale, the gallery retains 40%. Deadline to apply is August 31; notification given on September 17. 3S Artspace is located in historic Portsmouth NH, a Seacoast community known for its local art scene, thriving restaurant scene, and diverse tourist attractions. The Gallery at 3S Artspace is committed to presenting a diverse representation of contemporary visual artists. The Gallery at 3S features 25’ ceilings and 1696 square feet of floor space.” FMI: https://3sarts.submittable.com/submit/0b4d89c4-6a89-45fe-8efd-92e8803a0414/3s-artspace-call-for-artists-2019-season


CMacchi Fall2017 18MAINE 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.

FIBER 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 this Fiber Bulletin here, you can enter it yourself using this form.

Maine Fiberarts has a CLASSIFIED ADS section. Ads are FREE for Members ($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.

Be sure to take the FIBER ART MINI TOUR: Midcoast Maine. Read about it here. Brochures are available at Center for Maine Craft in West Gardiner; Markings Gallery in Bath; Maine Fiberarts in Topsham; Halcyon Yarn in Bath; Maine State Information Centers in Yarmouth, Kittery, Hampden North and South, Calais, Fryeburg, Houlton; Newcastle Inn in Newcastle; Henry and Marty Restaurant in Brunswick, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Wild Oats in Brunswick.

If you teach fiber art of any kind, be sure to sign up for a FREE listing in our new LEARNING FIBER ART: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources.

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Fill in the form below to simplify sending us your news, event, announcement or ad for our Statewide Fiber Bulletin. Please check our bulletin for other items that have been published so you will have an idea of the length and the format. Keep it brief, 25 words. Make sure emails and websites are correct and functioning before you put them in. We will delete items once they have happened, we do not keep an archive of events. Ads will run for 3 months and are free for members.

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Thank You

Thank you to BANGOR SAVINGS BANK for sponsoring our exhibition for Elizabeth Busch! Your support is very much appreciated!

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for partial funding of a project grant to redesign, expand and promote our Fiber Folio photo blog, www.mainefiberfolio.com. We are looking for guest writers and unique ideas to feature on our online Folio. Be in touch! Maine Arts Commission is an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

THE EDGARD AND GERALDINE FEDER FOUNDATION for monies to reprint our FIBER ART MASTERS book since our first edition is just about out of print. Thank you!

To the BELVEDERE TRADITIONAL HANDCRAFTS FUND of the MAINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION for major funding to create our online and printed new book: LEARNING FIBER ART: A GUIDE TO MAINE TEACHING RESOURCES. Thank you, Belvedere. You are dear to us!!

"Target" by Arlene MorrisTo the BELVEDERE FUND FOR EXCELLENCE IN HANDCRAFTS, a program of the Maine Community Foundation for a grant that will update Maine Fiberarts’ technology systems and our ability to present works of art and craft.

To our AMAZING BENEFACTOR, who wishes to remain anonymous, and who will support Maine Fiberarts with a check for $12,500 during 2018 if we can match it. Thank you to all who gave towards this match last year. We raised $25,000 during 2017 with this incentive. Wonderful!

MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL for an award of a Major Grant in support of our "Threads of History" show this Spring-Summer 2017. The grant supports programming at Maine Fiberarts, three scholars, one tour, and two lectures. Candace Kanes will offer a guided tour along Maine Street, Brunswick pointing out the former fiber businesses of yore: haberdasheries, dressmakers, milliners, and corsetiere shops. Historian Scott Hansen will provide a tour through Cabot Mill and a talk about Brunswick mill history. And Jacqueline Field is offering a talk on Maine's silk industry. See "Current Exhibition" for dates and locations.

To TWO DONORS who wish to remain anonymous, one for general support of Maine Fiberarts during 2018 and another who is supporting our new Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources. Thank you!

MAINE OFFICE OF TOURISM and MAINE ARTS COMMISSION for support of our Fiber Arts Mini Tour: Midcoast Maine which is now in use during Summer of 2017 and into 2018 for self-guided tours.

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, Katharine Watson, Peggy Whitney Hobbs, Sue Perless, and Carolyn Wollen. Many people working together to bring beautiful shows of fiber work to our gallery!

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 2017 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


Workshops and Classes

FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM hosts “Dyeing to Wear It,” with Rhonda Fazio, July 14, 1-4 p.m. Create your own silk scarf, bow tie or ascot during this class. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

HALCYON YARN hosts classes for Summer 2018 in: Two-At-A-Time Socks, Knitting 102: Basic Hat, Magic Loop, Rigid Heddle Weaving, Basic Macrame Bracelet, A Lecture on the History of Knitting (August 9), Why Ply?, Sprang: An Ancient Forerunner of Knitting, and Basic Socks. FMI:. www.halcyonyarn.com

SARA HOTCHKISS offers a tapestry rug weaving workshop July 10-12. Sara does all fabric and loom prep work after students offer input on design and color. Then, students do the weaving and finishing under Sara’s tutelage. Lunches provided and a 24x36” rug results. FMI: www.sarahotchkiss.com

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART announces its Fall Term 2018 Adult Classes September 14-December 17. These include: “Bookbinding for Beginners,” “Sketchbooks: Cultivating a Daily Practice,” “Drawing for Seniors,” “Intro to Graphic Design,” “Fashion Sewing,” and “Contemporary Processes in Printmaking.” Also, photography, painting, ceramics, and jewelry. January Intensives in Sculpture, bookbinding, digital photography, and painting. One- and two-day workshops in “Natural Dyes,” 9/29 and “Make Your Own Sewing Patterns,” 10/6-7. FMI: www.meca.org

MAINE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THE ARTS, hosted by Maine Arts Commission, September 27-28. Twenty sessions in five key areas: leveraging investment, building capacity, visibility of the arts and cultural sector, arts education and lifelong learning, and promoting cultural tourism. Early bird price: $100 (before July 14), thereafter $125. FMI: www.mainearts.com/MICA

MERRYMEETING ADULT EDUCATION hosts Fall 2018 classes in: “My First Stranded Colorwork Cowl or Inspira Cowl,” with Zoe Howell-Martin, starting November 5 for 3 weeks. Adult Ed Center, Topsham, $50/$55 NR. FMI: www.merrymeeting.org; 207-729-5609

NEEDLEPOINT DESIGN WORKSHOP with Jill Vendituoli. October 12, 2018. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-793-2504, www.jillavendituoli.com

ARTIST BOOK INTENSIVE 2018 with Abbie Read, Cynthia McGuirl, and Sandy Weisman at 26 Split Rock Cove, South Thomaston, Maine. August 3-5, 2018; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Gelatin Prints, Stab Bindings, Paper Marbling, Coptic Binding and Hardbound Binding. Sponsored by Midcoast Book Arts. Maximum 8 participants each day. All skill levels welcome. Bring your own lunch; drinks provided. CMCA members receive a 10% discount. To register: http://26splitrockcove.com. Detailed Info: https://mailchi.mp/be90240c4145/summer-artist-book-intensive-2143789?e=1bf1ec0c14

CONVERGENCE: International Fiber Arts Conference, July 6-12, 2018, Reno, NV. Organized by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. Marketplace, art exhibits, TWIST meeting, networking sessions, yardage exhibit, basketry exhibit, community fun weave, fashion show with awards, “Artists of Nevada,” kitchen towel exchange, plus workshops. Tour: “Behind the Scenes of Reno’s Art Community: Burning Man, Costume Design and Wind Sculptures.” FMI: www.WeaveSpinDye.org

FIBER COLLEGE OF MAINE 2018. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - Sunday, September 9, 2018. Searsport, Maine. Registration open. Vendors, makers market, food, events and classes in knitting, crochet, quilting, hooking, tapestry weaving, Andean weaving, creating sweaters from used knitted garments, wet and needle felting, 3D mixed media forms, masks, fabric painting and dyeing, surface design, Shibori, baskettry, fleece processing, wool combing, fiber blending; plus some woodworking and jewelry classes. Just to mention a few. Volunteer and scholarship opportunities. http://www.fibercollege.org/home, General Schedule, Workshop List, Teacher Bios. 207-548-6059, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAYSTACK 2018 Summer Conference is entitled “Sustainability: Impulses, Models, and Practices,” July 8-12. Nine presenters with backgrounds in art and design, fashion, education, anthropology, biology, community organizing, and critical writing. “Their work models the potential for creative practices to make meaningful connections between people and to serve as a catalyst for change.” Registration deadline: June 1. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

HAYSTACK 2018 OPEN DOOR, October 5-8, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine hosts a fiber class in “Hand Tufting” with Dee Clements (www.studioherron.com). Also, workshops in blacksmithing, ceramics, metals, graphics, wood, and writing. Participants must be at least 18 years old and a Maine resident. Application deadline: August 20. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

INTERWEAVE ESCAPES KNITTING RETREAT, October 21-24, 2018, Black Point Inn, Scarborough, with instructors Mary Jane Mucklestone and Beatrice Perron Dahlen.

Jill Vendituoli's needlework tapestryJILL VENDITUOLI of Sunnyfield Studio Needlework Design in West Newfield, Maine is offering design classes, throughout 2018. Class 1: “Abstract Design,” requires no art training. You will use the Continental stitch and your own palette in an instructional setting. Class 2: “Color,” focuses on the selection and use of color in a Vortex design. Class 3: “Advanced Design,” April 2018, (date TBD), will focus on developing stitching skills and learning to incorporate form and mixed media techniques. Class 4: “Advanced Stitches,” in May 2018 (TBD), will allow students to expand their knowledge of stitches and create a design using 4-8 stitch patterns of the student’s own choosing. Class is limited to eight students. FMI: Jill Vendituoli; jillavendituoli.com; 207-793-2504

KNIT MAINE, September 6-9, 2018 at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Nationally-recognized designers and instructors including: Nora Gaughan, Kristen Tendyke, Katharine Cobey, Gale Zucker, Kate Atherley, Patty Lyons and others. Instruction, meals and lodging. For fees and registration information, see: www.knittingandyogaadventures.com

MAINE COAST SURFACE DESIGN WORKSHOPS offers two sessions: June 22-24, 2018, three days using many surface design and mixed media techniques to create exciting designs in paper and fabric. Second session: July 20-22, 2018. Three days of creating new ideas using various surface design techniques on paper and fabric. Make your own Coptic-stitched journal to record your ideas along with other exciting projects. FMI: Beth Berman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., https://mainecoastsurfacedesign.blogspot.com/

MAINE COLLEGE OF ART Continuing Studies Program offers Summer 2018 classes: “Beginning Graphic Design,” “Intro to Black and White Film Photography,” “Sampler: Paper, Fiver, Print and Stitch,” “Sketchbooks: Cultivating a Daily Practice,” “Book Arts: Paper and Stitch,” “Introduction to draping for Apparel Design,” “Painting Monhegan: Early Summer Retreat,” “Tunnel Books and Paper Dioramas.” FMI: www.meca.edu

MAINE MEDIA WORKSHOPS + COLLEGE has a Book Arts Program with workshops in: letterpress, photopolymer platemaking, book binding, alternative book structures, good design and layout, and digital book design. FMI: www.mainemedia.edu

MORGAN ART OF PAPERMAKING CONSERVATORY AND EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION offers workshops in book arts, bookbinding, printmaking, letterpress, papermaking and mixed media. Also, classes in encaustic, natural dyeing, Suminagashi marbling, Celtic weave binding, upscaling for papermaking, embedding in handmade papers, printed books, woodblocks, miniature bookbinding, cake box books, concertinas with slipcase, paste papers and many more. Send for their extensive catalog: 1754 East 47th Street, Cleveland, OH  44103; 216-361-9255; www.morganconservatory.org

NEW VENTURES offers free entrepreneurship training in: Building Confidence, Career Planning, My Money Works, Pursuing Your Passion; Work for Yourself at 50+, Your Next Career Move, Business Basics, Tax Prep for the Self-Employed. FMI: www.newventuresmaine.org 

ONE LUPINE FIBERARTS/MAINE YARN & FIBER SUPPLY hosts the "Fourth Annual Tidal Tours: Islands of Wool Retreat" in Machiasport, July 14-17 or July 18-21, 2018; and "Woolways Retreat: Hurricane Island," August 11-15. FMI: http://onelupine.com/classes/, http://onelupine.com/events/; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-992-4140

OLDS COLLEGE MASTERS LEVELS WEAVING AND SPINNING COURSES IN NOVA SCOTIA. Gaelic College, St. Ann's, Cape Breton. Master Weavers Level One, May 28-June 1 (deadline to register April 28); Master Weavers Level Two, June 4-June 8 (deadline to register May 4); Master Spinners Level One, Sept 10-Sept 14 (deadline to register August 10). Link to register for Master Spinners. Link to register for Master Weavers. FMI: www.gaeliccollege.edu or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAINTING WITH TEXTILE PAINTS ON FABRIC at Natasha Kempers-Cullen’s colorful studio, Saturdays: August 11, 18, and 25, and September 8 and 15, 2018, 10 am 'til about 4 pm. BYOB lunch, sun tea and seltzer water provided. Dark chocolate always welcome! Fees: $40 for one day, $70 for two days. Things you could make with your unique painted fabrics: dinner napkins, table runners, t-shirts,designer pillows, pieces for art quilts, the list is endless.... To register call Natasha (207-406-2640) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A supply list will be provided when you sign up, Register by july 25!

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers 2018 summer workshops in textiles: “Kalamkari,” a traditional Indian drawing, printing, and dye process, with Lavanya Mani; “Weaving Origami and Other Dimensional Possibilities,” Susie Taylor; “Embroidered Portraiture,” Ruth Miller; “Pattern & Motif: Warp Ikat with Natural Dyes,” Wendy Weiss; “Denim: Fabric of Resistance,” Anna Toth; “Weaving Ideas,” Maria Davila and Eduardo Portillo; “Plant to Print,” Christina Roberts; “Sculptural Fibers,” Gabrielle Duggan; “Natural Dyes & Quilting: Expanding on Tradition,” Kim Eichler-Messmer; “Mixed Media: Conversations with Nature,” Kyoung Ae Cho; “Color onto Cloth: Printing on Silk & Wool,” Jane Keith; “Pushing Tapestry,” Susan Iverson; “Sculpting with Fiber Techniques in Wire,” Lindsay Ketterer Gates; and “Weaving Traditional Linens,” Cassie Dickson. Also classes in printmaking, letterpress, book arts, photography, paper and much more. Registration opened January 8. FMI: www.penland.org; 828-765-2359

SUSAN MILLS offers feltmaking workshops at her studio in Bowdoin in felting and mixed media. FMI: www.susanmillsstudio.com. To see photos of a visit to her studio, see: www.mainefiberfolio.com

SUSAN MILLS is teaching a class at Fiber College of Maine in Searsport on “Wall Hangings, Prayer Bundles and Masks in Felt and Mixed Media,” September 5-6, from 9-4. Also, “Felted 3-Dimensional Forms with Mixed Media,” September 8, from 9-4. FMI: www.fibercollege.org

SCHOODIC ARTS FOR ALL, announces August 2018 Classes with a fiber focus: "Needle Felted Journal Covers" and "Needle Felted Medallions," Thursday, August 9, "Felted Gnomes" and "Felted Greeting Cards," Friday, August 10, "Felting Pictures with Kids," Saturday August 11, taught by Jessica Peill-Meininghaus, at Women's Club. Shibori "Japanese Tie-Dyeing," Wednesday, August 8, at Peninsula School Cafeteria with Diana Quinn. "Silk scarf Painting" Friday August 3, at Women's Club with Leanne Nickon. "The magic of Indigo" dyeing, Sunday August 5, at Darthia Farm with Cynthia Thayer. FMI: www.schoodicartsforall.org, 427 Main Street, Winter Harbor, ME, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUMMER BOOKS ARTS PROGRAM 2018, July 30-August 5, Wishcamper Center for the Book, USM Campus, Portland. Spend seven days in Portland studying Book Arts. Topics include generating color and collage, botanical contact printing, letter forms, and a final lecture, panel discussion and exhibition of students’ work. FMI: 207-780-5230


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