Fiber Bulletin

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We have narrowed the types of fiber-related events and happenings that we post here: "For Sale or Free," "Announcements," "Educational Events," and "Exhibits." (the order will change)

Members may take advantage of free listings in any of these four categories by emailing Carol (same as the "send an email" link above). Listings must contain the same information, including description, price/fees, contact information, websites, phone numbers and dates and times. Announcements for dated items, such as workshops or classes must be received at least two weeks in advance of the listed event's deadline. Small succinct images may be attached, but please do not attach posters as the only way to show the information.

We are still offering fee-based FOR SALE ads for anyone at $25 per ad which is payable on our online art shop. Once the payment is made, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. describing the item, price, your name and contact information. If the item is free there is no fee required, and you may email the same link. It will be posted as soon as possible. For Sale Items will be active until you notify us, or for a period of three months, whichever comes first. We will be posting the ads and announcements below.

Announcements

Bigsail2022GET HOOKED AT SEA is the fiber art retreat of a lifetime aboard the Schooner J&E Riggin departing from Rockland, Maine and sailing beautiful Penobscot Bay. Our teacher this year is Meryl Cook of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia bringing her class "Wild Women at Sea" (all genders welcome!). The medium is rug hooking, but all are invited - no previous rug hooking or sailing experience necessary. Gourmet food, island lobster bake, ports of call, and new friends!  August 23-27, 2022. For more information and to register go to www.207creatives.com/events and/or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Fiber Art Now invites fiber artists to enter one of their Calls for Entry in 2022. Internationally renowned jurors select artwork for exhibitions that appear in the magazine and are eligible for onsite exhibits at world-class partner venues. All juried exhibitions include cash awards. Calls for Entry: "Excellence in Quilts," May 1–21, 2022; Juror: Nancy Bavor, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Director Emerita, Appraiser, Curator, Lecturer. Exhibition: Juried quilts will be considered by the lowa Quilt Museum for their onsite exhibition, September 27-December 18 2022. "Excellence In Fibers VIII," August 1–21, 2022, Juror: Kate Irvin, Rhode Island School of Design, Curator, Department of Costume and Textiles. Exhibition: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, August 30  ̶ October 8, 2023. FMI: https://www.fiberartnow.net/calls/

THE FIBER MARKETPLACE opens on Saturday April 9th from 10-3pm, at the Union Bluff in York. The Fiber Marketplace celebrates all things fiber! Hand dyed yarns, fiber for felting and spinning, notions, buttons and tools. Many local vendors on hand. FMI: Carrie McKie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The Yarn Sellar, 891 US Route 1, York Maine 03909. 207-351-1987,  WWW.YarnSellar.com

Read the official press release from the NEA announcing the grant Maine Fiberarts received to "Tell the Story of Fiber."

CALLING ALL TEXTILE ARTISTS! The Rangeley Friends of the Arts in Rangeley, Maine, is interested in doing a quilt or textile exhibit spring/summer of 2022. They are looking for artists skilled in textile arts, rug making, quilting. Please email your interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FMI: Rangeley Friends of the Arts, PO Box 333, Rangeley, Maine 04970, 207-864-5000, www.rangeleyarts.org

CAREER TEACHING OPPORTUNITY FOR A WEAVER! The Department of Textiles in the Division of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a focus on weaving to begin fall 2022. One of RISD’s founding departments, the internationally renowned Textile program instructs students in the concept, method and practice of textile art and design. The department has approximately 100 undergraduate and 12 graduate students, 4 full time and 12 -15 part-time faculty offering a two-year MFA degree and a four-year BFA degree. The immersive program builds analytical and critical thinking skills in a curriculum that encompasses a variety of courses in three major areas: knit, woven and printed textiles. FMI: www.risd.edu and to apply: https://careers.risd.edu/postings/2211

26th Annual Sauder Village RUG HOOKING WEEK, August 16-20, 2022. Retreats, workshops, extensive exhibits, exclusive “Celebration Rugs,” vendors. Highlight on Maine artists in 2022; special solo exhibition of hooked work by C. Susan Ferraro of Harpswell, among other events. FMI: 800-509-9755; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.saudervillage.org

HOUSING ASSISTANCE FOR ARTISTS AND ARTS ORGANIZATIONS. National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has issued a special notice concerning help for the arts and culture sector. Resources include rental assistance, preventing evictions, mortgage assistance, links to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.  https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Special-Notice-from-the-NEA.html?soid=1103211031308&aid=BkWTgl4w4NQ

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION has video recordings of a webinar and resources on funding for arts organizations and for practicing artists. (Sorry for the hugely long links): https://ushr.zoomgov.com/rec/play/jnviYIyE97lVpkxqTfzzAkoip1xyA_XbhkWmFpdIheNSllED0J9Vn36IKuYMBxUIGZ5nCYxwWyHYfrfw.SvtJUD0KVWtJDjuw?continueMode=true   and https://mainearts.maine.gov/Postings/Blogs/Detail/NEA-Distributes-Relief-Funds-to-Help-Arts-and-Culture-Sector-Recover-from-Pandemic

"Heritage Skills for Contemporary Life: Seasons at the Parris House," a book by member ELIZABETH MILLERBook Information and a Google book preview: https://www.google.com/books/edition/Heritage_Skills_for_Contemporary_Life/arEjEAAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcover

Maine Fiberarts is very sad to mention the passing of one of our dearest member artists, Mary Allen Chaisson. https://www.pressherald.com/2021/04/16/obituarymary-allen-chaisson-2/  Remembering her work here in a 2012 Maine Fiberarts exhibition called "Pioneers" that featured four quilt makers.

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center seeks artists interested in instructing a fiber arts workshop at their facilities. Email their programs/events coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center, located on the coast of southern Maine offers engaging conferences, retreats, vacations, and youth camp, plus meeting and celebration spaces on our beautiful 32-acre oceanfront campus. Quaint cottages and halls, campsites, sand volleyball court, fire pit, outdoor chapel, beach, dining hall with delicious food and good coffee. Ferry Beach is a welcoming non-profit member organization. One visit to Ferry Beach and you'll know why generations of families and friends love it here! FMI: https://www.ferrybeach.org

 

For Sale or Free

FOR SALE: Leclerc 45 inch floor loom. Excellent condition. Non smoking home. Many accessories. Everything you need to get started weaving. $1450.00 or best offer. Jennifer Maeverde, Lewiston. Email for more information and photos: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

rug projectUNFINISHED PUNCH NEEDLE RUG PROJECT looking for a home. Contact our friend ANNE COX at HEDGEROW who has come into possession of a beautiful started punch needle rug project about 2/3 finished. (above image) The craftsmanship thus far is exquisite. She wants to find a good home for this project with someone who will complete it. The finished piece will be about 3'x5' and includes all instructions, punch, and the remaining wool to finish it. Please get in touch with Anne for more information, and to see or "adopt" the rug: Hedgerow is near St. George, Maine, between Port Clyde and Tenants Harbor:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or  https://hedgerowdesign.com/

FOR SALE: Rug Hooking wool cutter, Hooking yarns, wool fabric for hooking. FMI: Jane Page-Conway Artist/Photograher, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-798-0668

I have a lot of wonderful ART BOOKS (mostly fiber-related) I need to dispense with. I have been going through my rather (!) extensive library and have decided to downsize. I am offering the books for $4 each, and $10 for 3 books. They are in very good condition. Quite a variety of media: art quilts, weaving, rug hooking, collage, knitting, fabric design, you name it! —Natasha Kempers-Cullen; 207-406-2640; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fiber Art Exhibits

Book Arts 2022BOOK ARTS BAZAAR. Sunday, April 3, 10-3, Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland Campus. A festival with book artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, writers, educators, and all things related to the book. Free and open to the public, masks required. FMI: Annie Lee-Zimerle, Program Coordinator, 207-228-8014; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINELY WEAVERS Study Group, a warm and welcoming group of handweavers that has been meeting since the 1980s, announces an exhibit at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, ME, 04105. On view February 3–March 30, 2022 during regular library hours, 9:30 am–5:00 pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat; 9:30-7:00 pm Wed; closed Sundays and holidays. This exhibit features our own recent weavings side-by-side with the books, magazines and rare centuries-old handwritten manuscripts that have inspired them. FMI: Debby Hammond, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  http://www.falmouthmemoriallibrary.org

small square Arlene card 1ARLENE MORRIS presents PAPER ASSEMBLAGES at The Gallery in Readfield, 138 Main Street, Readfield, Maine, September 4 – October 16, 2021. Reception September 4, 3-5 pm. Hours Wednesdays 2:30-5 and Satyurdays 10-Noon. FMI: 207-522-7325.

CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS at USM offers the following Virtual Exhibit: “Guild of Book Workers New England Chaper.” View online at www.usm.maine.edu/bookarts

HATS FOR SALE, an artful fundraiser with Altered Couture's Christine DeTroy, fiber artist and organizer of the well-loved “Altered Couture” show. Maine makers were invited to create a hat, a headpiece, a Chapeau, a Millinery Masterpiece “to raise spirits and zest for Spring and to raise funds for ArtVan!” FMI: Christine Detroy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-213-5368, Sign up and join: https://artvanprogram.org/artists-artvan/

The SEABREEZE QUILT GUILD, based on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, is having a virtual quilt show during the month of April. They are very proud of the 90+ quilts that are displayed in the show. And a chance to win a beautiful lap quilt. FMI: Jacki Hinton, Virtual Quilt Show Chairman, www.SeabreezeQuiltGuild.com 

 

Educational Events (Workshops, Classes, Retreats, Residencies)

image.jpegTWO TE-KUMO SHIBORI WORKSHOPS! These workshops will introduce you to the traditional method of making five different Kumo Shibori “te kumo” techniques. You will also learn different ways of dyeing these kumo to create other gorgeous results. If there is time, you will try tesuji shibori. One is In-person: 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, Maine on two Saturdays: June 11 and 18 from 9 am - 4 pm. The other workshop is on zoom on Thursday, June 9 and 23 from 3-6 pm. To register for either workshop send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. FMI: https://kathleengoddu.com then click on WORKSHOPS in the menu bar.

QUILTING WORKSHOP by Susie Brandt at Monson Arts in Munson Maine. Room and board included. Visit website for this and other workshops including Book arts and more. April 30 deadline to sign up. https://monsonarts.org/workshop/susie-brandt-quilting/ and https://monsonarts.org/workshops/

RURAL LIVING MONTH (28th Annual) is offering virtual workshops on the first four Saturdays in April. The first one starts, April 2 on "Homestead Livestock Choices. Other workshops offered include the following: April 9  Youth in the Garden, April 16 Invasive Forest Insects in Maine, April 30 Queso Presto! (revised date). Hosted by Maine Cooperative Extension, Waldo County Extension Association. FMI: http://extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rural-living-month/; 207-342-5971

PENLAND SCHOOL OF CRAFT, Penland, NC presents two textile classes in their Spring Concentration (March-April 2022): “Body As Armature,” Erika Diamond and “Handweaving: Foundations and Exploration,” Amanda Thatch. “Body as Armature” will create objects for the body that connect conceptually and physically to the body as metaphoric and literal extensions of the self. “We’ll discover how to wear new materials as we mine the personal meaning behind them.” The session on “Handweaving” will “explore both the practical and poetic aspects of creating unique cloth by hand and discover the contemporary possibilities of handweaving.”  FMI: www.penland.org

tatter quilt blocksTATTER offers a special new series of workshops on ZOOM: Hand Sewn Quilting Primer Series. A carefully curated, contemporary series to build your confidence and skill with hand-sewn quilt blocks. No machine needed! The development of building quilts through blocks came about as a solution to the cumbersome task of wholly sewing a large blanket from the center to its edges. Building quilts block by block made quilting much more convenient, and led to an absolute explosion in variation of designs and patterns. With six unique teachers, varied approaches even within the same technique, the blocks from each class can then be assembled in any way you wish, to represent a sampler of skills, and would make great pillows or patches for other textiles. Classes include Precise Appliqué with Sarah Nishiura, 3D Quilt Block–Saeksilnubi with Youngmin Lee, Precise Curved Piecing with Tara Faughnan, Improv Appliqué with Heidi Parkes, Improv Patchwork Piecing with Zak Foster, Embroidered Quilt Block with Ekta Kaul. From October 7 through November 11, 2021. FMI: https://www.tatter.org/stitching-classes-index#/handsewn-quilting-primer-series-a-six-week-course

A Wrinkle In Thye Farm offers Ongoing every Tuesday 1-4 pm, no mask required for those fully vaccinated. All levels of experience welcome! Learn to read patterns and fix mistakes. Plan to purchase our yarn and bring your knitting needles (or buy or borrow them here). Show and tell. Enjoy and visit with our friendly fiber circle. Come join us! OPEN STUDIO Needle Felting, Most Fridays, 1-3pm, lease call ahead. Practice basic techniques and  create a cute felted image 5x5 inches square. Please call ahead. $30.00 includes wool pattern. PROCESS YOUR OWN FLEECES. Use our space and dedicated equipment to wash, card and dye your wool. We have an older Patrick Green cottage industry carder that can do 8 ounces of wool in 20 minutes. LEARN TO SPIN YARN WITH MARTY. Instruction for Spinning with a wheel in 2 gentle lessons. Marty has developed a plan that has  helped  beginning spinners have success. Fee: $15.00 per hour, 1-2 hours per lesson. Louet wheels available for rent while you learn. $35.00/month. FMI: A Wrinkle In Thyme Farm, https://www.awrinkleinthymefarm.com, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MSAD 52 wants to host more fiber art classes for their community education program. Please be in touch with Kelly Cabral if you are interested. Kelly Cabral, Marketing & Promotions, MSAD 52 Adult & Community Education, 486 Turner Center Road, Turner, Maine 04282;  207.225.1010 Ext. 2120, www.msad52.maineadulted.org

  

Fiber News Emails

We will continue to send out our free periodic fiber news email to our list of over 1600 as we compile it. This will take the place of our former online statewide bulletin of fiber events, exhibitions, opportunities, news and more that we have emailed to members or posted on this site for nearly 20 years.

 

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