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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Calls for Entries

Detail of a quilt by Dahlov IpcarGUILFORD ART CENTER in Guilford CT is looking for artists for the Guilford Craft Expo 2018. In celebration of its 61st year, the Guilford Art Center’s annual Craft Expo 2018 will return once again to the scenic and historic Guilford Green, celebrating the arts. Expo date-July 13-15, 2018. A juried show seeking unique, high quality craft work. FMI: Guilford Art Center, 203-453-5947, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., http://guilfordartcenter.org/expo/craft-expo-interested-in-applying/#applyvisit, Application: zapplication.org

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

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

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: Unassembled large floor loom FREE to experienced weaver willing to assemble it! Handmade resembles Glimakra. Will send pix. FMI: Linda, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Susan MillsFebruary 9
OPENING RECEPTION for "Every Fiber of my Being," a fiber art exhibition held at the Fernald Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME. The reception is Friday, February 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. This exhibition will showcase 15 fiber artists from Maine, using various fiber media to create their work. Felters, rug hookers, embroidery, quilting, 3-D fiber work, and more will be on display until May 4 during regular business hours. FMI: Fernald Gallery, Hutchinson Center, Belfast, Maine, Sandi Cirillo, co-curator of the exhibit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

February 23, 24, 25
SPA KNIT & SPIN takes place this weekend at the Hilton Garden in Freeport when spinners, knitters and fiber people from all over New England converge on the inn and have a weekend-getaway. Vendors, Fashion Show, sit and spin and dinners with friends. Check it out.

March 16
OPENING RECEPTION for “Face Value: Portraits in Tapestry,” the work of Barbara Burns, 5-7 p.m. Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street, Bath. Barbara will be in the gallery all day Friday. FMI: 207-443-1499; www.MarkingsGallery.com (See “Exhibitions” in this Bulletin for more information about the exhibition.)

April 3 & 4
GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, with programs on social media, video storytelling, digital marketing 101, cyber security, how to build and experience, how to capture the attention of editors and writers, tapping into the wellness market, and an opening reception. Kelly McDonald, keynote speaker, “Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You.” $75 fee through March 2; $90 after that. FMI: www.mainetourismconference.com

Crochet work at the MarketplaceApril 7
FIBERARTS MARKETPLACE & RETREAT, fifth annual, 10-3 at The York Harbor Inn, York. $5 admission, 20 vendors, prizes, talk by a representative from Jagger Spun “around noon or 12:30 p.m.” speaking about the history of the mill. Special room rate of $99 includes free breakfast if you'd like to make a weekend of it. The event is organized by Carrie McKie, owner of The Yarn Sellar, 264 US Route 1, York, Maine 03909 who will host a Preview Party at their store on Friday, April 6 at 6 p.m. A representative from Berroco Yarns will be at the store on April 7 while the Marketplace is going on along with the store’s beautiful yarns, books and patterns. FMI: www.yarnsellar.com

April 14

DENMARK SHEEPFEST. 24th annual event will be held from 9:30-4 at the Denmark Arts Center, 50 West Main Street (Route 160), Denmark, Maine. Shearings, fresh fleeces, demonstrators, used equipment sales, vendors and more. FMI: www.denmarksheepfest.com

April 21 & 22
CALICO QUILTERS QUILT SHOW, Rowe School, 52 School Street, Yarmouth. Saturday, 10-4; Sunday, 11-3. Admission $5. Over 100 Maine-made quilts and quilted items, themed baskets, handmade items, vendors, needlecraft items, pre-owned fabric, books and supplies. Demonstrations on needlecraft techniques. Wall art, home decor, children's quilts, traditional and modern bed quilts, military veterans' quilts, needlecraft bargains and unique gifts—“this event has something for everyone to enjoy.” Easy parking and handicapped accessible, all displays and shopping are on one level in a spacious, comfortable environment. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or www.mainequilts.org/upcoming_events.htm  Directions: Take I-295 to Exit 17, Yarmouth. Travel South on Route 1 for about a mile. Immediately after crossing the river, exit right onto School Street. The school and parking lot entrance is on the right. 

May 4
"MECAmorphosis: The Runway Fashion Show 2018," an annual celebration of Maine College of Art’s graduating class in the Textile and Fashion Design Program. Held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Tickets available through www.meca.edu/info-for/advancement/mecamorphosis

May 5-6
MARYLAND SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL, Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD. FMI: www.sheepandwool.org

May 12-13
NEW HAMPSHIRE SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL, Deerfield Fairgrounds, Deerfield, NH. FMI: www.nhswga.com

2018 altered announce 250pxwMay 19
MID-COAST ALTERED COUTURE CONTEST 2018: “Culture Couture: Celebration of Maine’s Diversity. A Fashion Show held in Brunswick to be held May 19. This year’s theme is open to interpretation: “culture” can be geographical, ethnic, emotional, spiritual, physical. Participants are still needed to create a theatrical or practical costume and have it modeled at the show ($25 fee). Tickets—$13.50 each available in April—this year benefit Mayo Street Arts, Portland. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

June 22-24
PLEASANT MOUNTAIN FIBER ARTS CLASSES, Denmark, Maine. Three days of fiber art workshops in new and classic techniques! Small class sizes. “Awesome Instructors!” See "Workshops" in this Bulletin for a listing of classes. FMI: www.pleasantmtfiber.org

July 26-28
MAINE QUILTS, Augusta Civic Center, workshops, vendors, Champagne Preview (July 25, 7-9 p.m.), Dinner and Lecture with Nancy Chong (July 27, 5:30 p.m.). “Specimens” Exhibit by Susan Carlson. “All in the Family” from The New England Quilt Museum collection. “Not Patience, Perseverance” Exhibition by Marjorie Lydecker. “Bee Sew Inspired” Challenge. FMI: 207-216-7358; www.mainequilts.org


“ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS Photo Exhibition” at MacPage, 30 Long Creek Drive, South Portland, November 9, 2017-May 4, 2018. Photographs are by Michael Wilson. Exhibit sponsored by Maine Crafts Association. 

“BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES: USM Book Arts,” March 2-24, Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square. Reception: March 2, 5-7 p.m.

“BORDERLAND: Contemporary Icelandic Book Artists and Bookbinders,” January 30-April 30, UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus.

"EVERY FIBER OF MY BEING" is a fiber art exhibition held at the Fernald Gallery at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, Belfast, ME; on display until May 4 during regular business hours. Reception Friday, February 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This exhibition showcases 15 Maine fiber artists using various fiber media to create their work—felting, rug hooking, embroidery, quilting, 3-D, and more. FMI: Hutchinson Center Website, Sandi Cirillo, co-curator of the exhibit, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

burns madeline.web“FACE VALUE: Portraits in Tapestry,” featuring award-winning tapestries by Barbara Burns at Markings Gallery, 50 Front Street, Bath, March 16 through April. Opening Reception: March 16, 5-7 p.m. Barbara has studied tapestry in the U.S. and in England. Her work has been exhibited extensively in the U.S., Europe and Australia and has merited several awards in the U.S., England and Serbia. Although Burns’ medium is ancient, her imagery is contemporary, focusing on faces and figures. About her work, Burns writes: “I grew up surrounded by my mother’s collection of tribal masks and sculpture. I loved that each one was expressive, mysterious and primal. This led to my fascination with faces and my desire to portray people who are historically or personally compelling. Most recently, I have been using images from photos I have taken of burlesque, belly dancing and drag performers. This work explores the tensions, beauty and contradictions in these performance arts. I find the dichotomy of the ancient medium of tapestry being used to express contemporary subjects a powerful tool.” For hours and info about the show: www.MarkingsGallery.com. To see more of the artist’s work: www.Burns-Studio.com

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


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

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

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.


DURING WINTER BREAK: Maine Fiberarts is not maintaining regular hours from December 28, 2017 through February 28, 2018. Fiber Friday meetings are suspended as well. We are available by chance (Wednesday-Friday, 11-4) and by appointment. We’ll announce regular hours, once we open again. Feel free to contact us.

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 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. 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.

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


At the Book Arts BazaarBook Arts BazaarBOOK ARTS BAZAAR, Sunday, April 8, from 10-3, Wishcamper Center for the Book, Portland Campus, University of Southern Maine. Book Arts related vendors—printmakers, letterpress, printers, zines, etc.—are encouraged to apply. Table fee of $45; application due by March 15. Arlene Morris and Christine Macchi will be there as artist vendors. FMI: Rebecca Goodale, Program Coordinator, 207-228-8014; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

2018 FIBER RESIDENCY IN MEXICO. International fiber artists working in all fiber media are welcome to apply, as well as writers working on fiber-related projects and musicians/composers whose focus is stringed instruments. Free one-month residency. Applications due July 29, 2018 through www.callforentry.org. Residency dates are December 15, 2018-January 14, 2019. For more details about the residency see: www.360xochiquetzal.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 A GUIDE TO LEARNING FIBER ARTS 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 and follow the link or use: https://www.mainefiberarts.org/maine-fiber-resource-guide/join-our-newest-project

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.

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 


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!

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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.


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Thank You

"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

Registration is now open for A GATHERING OF STITCHES retreats with classes in "Slow Fashion," July, Ferry Beach Park Association, Saco, ME; "Slow Stitching," August, Medomak retreat Center, Washington, Maine; "Jeans and Wardrobe Basics," September, Rabelais Books, North Dam Mill, Biddeford, ME. FMI: North Dam Mill, 2 Main Street, Biddeford, ME 04005, http://agatheringofstitches.com/mainestitchingretreats/

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

CREATIVE PORTLAND offers free professional development workshops for artists and arts administrators. March 21, noon-1:30 p.m. at Creative Portland: “Money Matters for Artists 101” featuring presentations on bookkeeping, tax preparation, and lending. Creative Portland, 84 Free Street, Portland (directly across from the back entrance to Maine College of Art). FMI: www.creativeportland.com

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS: 2018 Summer Programs include: “Mending and its Metaphors,” Mark Newport; “Sewing Rebellion Maneuvers,” Carole Frances Lung; “Piece Play Propagate,” Caroline Lathan-Stiefel; “South Asian Rajasthani Traditional Block Printing and Natural Dyeing,” Sarah Khan and Meeta Mastani; “Surface Design,” Fraser Taylor; and “New Uses for an Ancient Technique,” Salvador Jimenez-Flores. Applications due: April 1. Residency and scholarship applications due March 1. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org

HAYSTACK WORKSHOP WEEKEND 2018, sponsored by Maine Crafts Association willl be held May 10-13 in Deer Isle, Maine. Registration opened November 1. Classes include: “Study Model-Making for Craftspeople,” with Christopher Campbell; “Plexi Drypoints/Lauan Woodcuts,” Anna Hepler; “Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication,” Nisa Smiley; “Expressive Surface Design Techniques,” Jonathan Meiss; “Designing and Constructing a Bank Saw Box,” Joe Lendway; “Windvanes and Ironwork for your Garden,” Doug Wilson; and “Exploring Landscape Through Machine Knitting,” Anne Emlein. FMI: www.mainecrafts.org

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

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 offers classes for Winter and Spring 2018: “Paper Sculpture: Spring Flowers,” Sarah Yakawonis; “Paper and Stitch,” Crystal Cawley; “Intermediate Sewing Course: Altering the Basic A-Line Skirt,” Ashley Wernher-Collins; “Experiments with Textile Printing,” Rose Allard; “Sampler: Paper, Fiber, Print and Stitch,” Crystal Cawley; “Radio Storytelling,” Peter Lang-Stanton; “Fashion Sewing,” Cheslye Ventimiglia; “Hats,” Betsy Scheintaub; “Sewing for Creatives,” Rose Allard. Also, classes in graphic design, painting, drawing, creative practice, documentary studies, photography, and jewelry. FMI: www.meca.edu

MERRYMEETING ADULT EDUCATION offers Winter/Spring 2018 classes: “Felt Making and Mixed Media Techniques,” with Susan Mills; “Egg Decorating with Wax Resist Dyes,” Nancy Marstaller; as well as classes in baking, toning, Tai Chi, cheese making, photography and computer programs. This too: “Hurricane Island Summer Art Workshop,” with Deb Arter, $428, August 1, 2 and 3 for a drawing/painting art getaway (who's to say you couldn’t do fiber?). FMI: 207-729-7323; www.merrymeeting.org

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

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

PLEASANT MOUNTAIN FIBER ARTS WORKSHOPS, June 22-24, 2018 has all-day and half-day classes in Denmark, Maine. All-day classes on Friday include: Natural Dyeing, Top Down Aran Teddy Sweater, Wet Felt a Hat, Felted Mittens, Contemporary Crochet: Mandalas, Eco Printing, Coptic Bookbinding, A Good Day to Dye. Classes on Saturday: Spinning Exotic Fibers, Reversible Felt Scarf, Braided Roving Mat, Carding for Color, Wet Felted Bird Houses, Leather Bound Sketchbook, Fashion Basket, Needle Felted Wool Animal Portrait. Sunday: Felted Wool Stones for Home Decor, Braiding a Trivet, Pine Needle Basketry, Embroidered Eco Prints, Wet Felt a Purse or Tote. Half-day classes include: Folk Art Rug Hooking, Carolina Stars, Scented Ornament, Punch Needle Hooking in Any Gauge, Paper Card Craft, Lavender Sachet, Oh My Stars and Baubles, and Fearless Finishing. FMI: www.pleasantmtfiber.org

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 

Maine Fiberarts Digital Tour Map

This map along with our Fiber Bulletin and Fiber Folio is our digital version of the Fiber Arts Tour/Resource Guide. The listings on the right side can be filtered by category by checking the box beside one or more categories in the list. The default is to view all categories. If you do not see what you are looking for you can move the map around. The listings that show on the right only reflect the locations (hotspots) on the area of the map in view. The "Read More" links (if they exist) at the bottom of each listing go to more detailed profiles.

You can enter your own fiber site on the map. Take note that the "Title" field refers to the name of your studio, farm, gallery, shop, business, etc. listing and not your professional or personal title. The name and email you enter at the top do not show up, it is for us to know who is entering the information. If you do not want your exact location to show on the map, you can just enter the town name, and/or drag the marker on the map in the form to wherever you want it. Once it is correct you can hit the "sticky marker" selection.



Maine Fiberarts
The Red Studio

13 Main Street
Topsham, ME 04086


Gallery Hours

Spring Hours:
Starting March 15, 2018
Wednesday-Friday 11-4
(Saturday hours TBA.)

Fiber Fridays Return
First Friday of the month


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    13 Main Street
    Topsham, ME 04086

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    Wednesday-Friday 11-4
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