“Braiding Now” is on view in our Topsham Gallery May 3–July 1, 2023. Special opening on Saturday, May 6, from 11-2 with demonstrators on hand! Welcome to the world of braiding! 

Nonagenarian Nancy Young, who lives in Winthrop, Maine and in Pennsylvania, is always thinking about braiding. She has taught hundreds of people to braid from across Maine and from all over the world. Nancy came to us late last year and said, “How about a show of braided rugs?” She put braiders Bobbi Mahler and Pam Rowan from Maine to work on it, and the results are in our gallery now. Glorious works in all shapes and sizes. Braided rugs, braided eggplants, hot dogs, and a cowboy hat. We have braided buoys, rabbits and turtles, and large, sturdy baskets. We have a Tic Tac Toe board—braided—that kids can play with. We have braided acorns, braided L.L. Bean boots, and braided fruit in a braided fruit bowl. Several of the braided works are for sale. Come see!!

Such a fabulous show for sheer innovation and creativity with work included by: Barbara Carlson, Verna Cox, Debbi Ellis, Connie Keschl, Jennifer Kiarsis, Deb Lynch, Bobbi Mahler, Pam Rowan, Cathy Winship and Nancy Young.

Along with our new exhibit, we are announcing a SPECIAL RAFFLE 

Master Braider Nancy Young and friends have made a beautiful, all wool “Color Wheel Braided Rug” (pictured above) to raffle for the benefit of Maine Fiberarts. Tickets are on sale at Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham ME 04086—by checks or by cash—for $20 per ticket. You can also mail us a check for the number of tickets you want with your name, address and phone number, and we will mail you the tickets. Our goal is to sell at least 100 tickets and to award one lucky person with a gorgeous keepsake. For more information and raffle tickets, contact Christine Macchi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Plus, something we have not been able to do for years—DEMONSTRATORS!

Several of our exhibiting braiders teach and have generously set up a schedule of days they will appear at Maine Fiberarts to demonstrate braiding for us. Demos run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the following days:


Thursday, June 2 Bobbi Mahler
Thursday, June 8 Bobbi Mahler
Friday, June 9 Debbie Ellis
Saturday, June 10 Nancy Young
Thursday, June 15 Bobbi Mahler
Saturday, June 17 Pam Rowan
Thursday, June 22 Bobbi Mahler
Friday, June 23 Cathy Winship
Saturday, June 24 Cathy Winship


Come learn about the wonderful art of braiding. Thank you demonstrators!! 


Here are images of some of the braidings you will see at the show:


To view the Enchanted Elements show and some of our previous exhibitions over the past few years, here's a LINK to see and read about them.


Elizabeth Busch

“Current and Coming: Elizabeth Busch Art Quilts" June 15–August 15, 2018. SHOW EXTENDED UNTIL August 31, 2018!!  Reception: Sunday, July 22, 2-5 p.m.  Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 11-4; Saturday, from 11-2

Writes Elizabeth Busch: "Having been an artist all my life and an 'art quilter' since 1983, I've come to realize that my art work is all about process.

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during the gallery show

It's Political. An Exhibition of Political Work, July 3–August 31, 2019. Work by 12 Maine artists representing all points of view. Tea bag quilts, artists’ books, recycled sculptural plastic, paper maché, coiled basketry, woven tapestries, hooked Ruth Bader Ginsberg pillows, crocheted tea cups, mixed media embroidery, paper collage, and more.

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paper work

PAPER CHASE. Handmade paper art including: kozo, Joomchi, waxed, painted, formed, torn and stitched. This is the latest exhibit at Maine Fiberarts Gallery/Center, 13 Main Street in Topsham. Show on view from August 11–October 22, 2022.

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"Geronimo" by Grace Collette

“Home and Childhood Memories,” a show of fabric and fiber work at Maine Fiberarts, on view until July 30, 2022, featuring work by Grace Collette, Debora Dixon, Cindy Finamore, Kimberly Hamlin, Jennifer Lee Morrow, Pamela Slaughter, Jill Snyder Wallace, Bobbie Ann Tilkens-Fisher. The show contains stitched fabric architectural collages, hooked wall pieces, handmade art books, embroidered boxed works, bricolages, sculptural spheres, and unspun roving woven and tufted works. Artwork above is titled “Geronimo,” a hooked wall piece by Grace Collette.

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