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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MF member Sandi Cirillo co-curated a FIBER SHOW held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast during 2018 which was very popular and well attended. She has been asked to gather a show again for 2019 and is thinking of a September/October/November timeframe. The exhibiting space has been expanded, so there is room for more artists. If you are interested to learn more, please contact Sandi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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. This is a curated event. The Expo will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in Lowell, MA. It is a daylong with many activities. FMI: Sara White, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.facebook.com/womenandtextilesexpo

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 

FOR SALE: 60” wide AVL 16-Harness Mechanical Dobby Loom $2000. OBO 28 years old, in excellent working condition. 2 back beams- single and sectional, metal heddles, single and double fly shuttle, many bars and pegs for dobby, extra sturdy back beam, custom braking system. Have original manual with easy to follow instructions for putting it together. Will help you take it apart. Pick up in Thomaston, Maine. FMI: Cynthia McGuirl, 207-354-0929,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 14
TEXTILE STUDY GROUP OF NEW YORK hosts speaker Jo Stealey, head of the fiber program at the University of Missouri, 7 p.m. She is known for work that ranges from sculptural objects and artist books to mixed media installations and has exhibited widely in more than 300 national and international exhibitions over a forty-year career. Community Church, 40 East 35th Street.

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

December 8
NATURAL FIBER SHOWCASE WEEKEND. December 8, 2018 at A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm. Marty Elkin 207-212-4058 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. awrinkleinthymefarm.com

December 14-16
CRAFTBOSTON HOLIDAY, show and sale of fine craft by national artists. Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115.


“SARAH D. HASKELL COLLECTED WORKS,” is on view at Maine Fiberarts November 15, 2018-January 15, 2019. Sarah uses a brocade tapestry technique to express her ideas about impermanence, life and the passage of time. See “Current Exhibition” on this website to learn more.

SOCIETY OF ARTS AND CRAFTS, Boston, hosts two exhibitions: “Adorning Boston and Beyond: Contemporary Studio Jewelry Then + Now,” and “Our Cups Runneth Over.” The jewelry show includes work by some of the most important pioneers of the art jewelry movement and the show about cups includes representative portfolio pieces from upwards of 20 artists.

“TWISTED, TWINED AND WOVEN: Contemporary Fiber Art,” November 2-December 22, Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit, MA. Work by Jodi Colella, Jacqueline Davidson, Anna Kristina Goransson, Sarah Haskell, Andy Mauery, Salley Mavor, Diane Savona and Elizabeth Whyte Schulze. “Sculptural Shibori Workshop,” with Jodi Colella, December 12, 10-1. FMI: www.cahoonmuseum.org

felt by post"HOT ALCHEMY: FELT INTERACTIONS" New works by Marina Rheault Post, Nov 1-24, 2018, at Ocean House Gallery, 299 Ocean House Rd in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Opening Reception: Thursday Nov 1, from 5 to 8 pm with brief artist talk at 6:30.FMI: https://www.facebook.com/studiom4good/; https://www.instagram.com/studiomforgood/; https://www.instagram.com/studiomforgood/. You Tube video from the Felt Sense Exhibition: https://youtu.be/q4LeMw1KbNU

“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

ART QUILTS MAINE 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: Sept 5 to October 15
  • Kimball St 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/

THEN AND NOW: WORK BY SIX FIBER ARTISTS. Thought-provoking art work by six Maine artists: Natasha Kempers-Cullen, Susan Mills, Arlene Morris, Kathleen Bird, Kirsti Sandoy, and Jill Venditouli. Dec 4, 2018 through Jan 4, 2019, at Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, ME 04086. Reception at the Library, Sat. Dec 8, 11:00 am. Works will feature paper and painted fabric collages, felted constructions, hooked rug works, wall quilts, and needlepoint tapestries. The artists will display some works that are ten or more years old, and some that are current, to illustrate how their work has developed and changed over the years. Some aspects will carry through, and some will be definitive changes in each artist’s pieces. You can enjoy reading about their perspectives on the storyboard that will accompany each artist’s series of works. Expect the unexpected! Play, mystery, story, inventiveness, and great skill will abound in this exhibit. FMI: 207-725-1727. Hours: Tue-Wed-Thur 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon.


BOOK ARTS PROGRESS GROUP MEETING, 6:30-8:30pm at Maine Media Workshops, 70 Camden St., Rockport, ME. These meetings are held every other month on the second Thursday and are open to everyone--professional and amateur book makers, and anyone else interested in book arts. Bring books or projects you have finished or are working on to share, your questions, or anything else related to book arts. Or just come to be inspired! FMI: Cynthia McGuirl This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 207-354-0929

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.

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

Husband and wife artists STEVE and BARBARA BURNS were profiled in the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 issue of NORTHERN JOURNEYS, she, for her tapestry weaving and he, for his sculpture. The issue includes many photos of artwork by both artists.

[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

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/. 

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

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


“Study of 400,000 knitters shows how hobby evolves into business,” is an article by Andrew Van Dam appearing in the “Business” section of the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD [November 15, 2018]. The article highlights how an MIT Ph.D. candidate Hyejun Kim studied Ravelry to “shed light on the hard-to-measure early stages of entrepreneurship, and the social and economic forces that cause some to flip from ‘fun’ to ‘profit.” The article states that there are “more than 8 million people who have signed up for Ravelry since 2007” of which “96 percent are women.” Ravelry is a social media website dedicated to yarn, patterns, tools, books and designers involved with knitting and fiber techniques.

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION has announced its Master Craft Artists for 2018: Patricia Daunis-Dunning, David Wolfe, and Steve Cayard. Michelle Henning is the 2018 Master Craft Artist Award pin artist, presenting artist-made pins to awardees.

WATERFALL ARTS in Belfast seeks a part-time Marketing Manager to be responsible for implementing a comprehensive communications plan and coordinating marketing/promotion efforts across multiple platforms.

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.

Friends with 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.

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

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 


HELP WANTED: Part time position at Sheepscot Harbor Yarns. Small fiber business marketing, website development, Ravelry, Etsy, social media; knowledge of yarns/knitting helpful. FMI: Linda Perry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STUDIO SHARE. Sunny, light-filled studio to share on Front Street in Bath. $220/month, Available immediately (December 16, 2018) Looking for an artist (or two) to share my studio. The total studio is nearly 450 square feet, the portion available is 150 square feet and is carpeted, doors separate this portion of the studio from the rest. The studio is on the second floor, no lift, stairs only. Probably best as a working studio, not as suited for retail space. I'm a feltmaker, the portion of the studio available has natural light and would be good for a painter, mixed media artist, or sculptor as well as for a fiber artist. No open flame is allowed in the studio; wet or dusty work (like ceramics) would also not be a good fit. Please contact Marianne Senechal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 207-751-0766 for more information.

WATERFALL ARTS in Belfast seeks a part-time Marketing Manager to be responsible for implementing a comprehensive communications plan and coordinating marketing/promotion efforts across multiple platforms.

CRAFT APPRENTICE PROGRAM application is due by December 7. Master/apprentice pairs are encouraged to apply for the 2019 cycle. Successful applicants are awarded $3000 (master) and ($1000) apprentice to participate in a seven-month apprenticeship in the master’s studio. An exhibit of work is shown upon completion of the training. Sponsored by Maine Crafts Association. FMI: www.MaineCAP.org, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 207-205-0791

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

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.

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

NEZINSCOT FARM WEAVING AND FIBERARTS WEEKEND, Turner, Maine. Taught by Dana Fadel, November 10, 2018, 8:30 a.m.-November 12, 2018, 12:30 p.m. In this three-day weekend retreat, you’ll learn to weave—from warping to threading to finishing. By the end, you’ll take home a weaving of your own creation! In between weaving sessions, take part in various other fiber arts classes. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nezinscot-farm-weaving-fiber-arts-weekend-tickets-39957459838. Accommodations are relaxed bunk-style with option for private room. Sheets and pillows not provided. FMI: contact Samatha Varney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Gloria Varney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit Nezinscot Farm’s website at www.nezinscotfarm.com or https://www.nezinscotfarm.com/weaving-fiber-arts-weekend/

tuscany workshop smFLYING WITH SCISSORS STUDIO announces a week-long intensive in Tuscany, "Stitched and Pieced," an exploration of Japanese-inspired patchwork piecing and stitching techniques—Boro, Katazome, Sashiko, Shibori, Indigo and Ikat held in San Gemini, Tuscany. Instructors: Kimberly Becker and Berri Kramer. Details: https://www.flyingwithscissorsstudio.com/details. Registration: https://www.flyingwithscissorsstudio.com/register ($500 non-refundable deposit required with registration form, can be paid online).

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

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

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 

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
The Red Studio

13 Main Street
Topsham, ME 04086


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Wednesday-Friday 11-4
Saturday 11-2

Fiber Fridays
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