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

The SENIOR COLLEGE at Belfast invites all Maine artists, 50 years of age and older, to enter one piece of their work in the 17th ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF ART, to be held at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, May 30 thru June 2, 2019. You need not be a Senior College member to participate. Amateur and professional artists are welcome. All media accepted (some size restrictions may apply). Deadline for entries is March 31, 2019. Artwork to be delivered to the University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Avenue (Rt. 3), Belfast, on Wednesday, May 29th, between 5 and 7 p.m. A registration form and complete information regarding the event may be obtained via e-mail at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., at our web site www.belfastseniorcollege.org, at the Senior College office, or by leaving a message at 207-338-8033.

THE GALLERY WITHIN at Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Brooksville, ME issues a call for entries in the exhibit: "Water: Form and Flow," scheduled for April 7-28, 2019. Artists whose work explores images of water or that uses water as an integral part of a fabrication process are invited to submit. FMI: Daksha Baumann, 207-326-0631 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., www.reversingfalls.org

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.

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.


April 6

RURAL LIVING DAYS, workshops held at Mt. View High School, 577 Mt. View Road, Thorndike. Workshops in growing ginger, solar energy, pollinators, Amish technology, making sausage, great yogurt, growing fruit trees, backyard beekeeping, strawberries, meat rabbits, guardian dogs, medicinal herbs, the secret life of soils, and many others! Sponsored by Cooperative Extension in Waldo County. FMI: www.extension.umaine.edu/waldo/rld/

April 7
BOOK ARTS BAZAAR, 10-3, USM Portland Campus, Wishcamper Center for the Book, free and open to the public. A festival with Book Artists, papermakers, bookbinders, printmakers, educators, writers, and all things related to the book. Plenty of parking. Arlene Morris (artist books) and Christine Macchi (photography) will have tables.

April 9-10
GOVERNOR’S CONFERENCE ON TOURISM, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta. Tuesday workshops include: google rankings and SEO, Instagram 201, Stragetic Planning, Destination Development, and an update on plans for Maine’s Bicentennial: 2020. Wednesday conference includes: roll-out of MOT’s new Five-Year Strategic Plan, how to expand customer base, keynote from social media expert Scott Stratten, and an address by Governor Janet T. Mills. FMI: www.mainetourismconference.com

April 12-14
CRAFT BOSTON SPRING, vendors at the Cyclorama, for a juried craft show. FMI: www.CraftBoston.org

May 17-19, 2019
ABBE MUSEUM INDIAN MARKET, Bar Harbor, in the town green opposite the Abbe Museum. Indian artwork and crafts from participants within Maine and beyond.

June 21-23

PLEASANT MOUNTAIN FIBER ARTS WORKSHOPS, three days of fiber workshops with an in-house lunch available. “Come enjoy the beauty of the Lakes Region while you learn new techniques and make new friendships.” Recommendations for lodging and meals are available. Workshops are held in the Denmark Municipal Building, the Denmark Congregational Church, and the Denmark Public Library. See “Workshops” in this Bulletin for more details. FMI: www.pleasantmtfiber.com

July 24
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION and Show Preview for Maine Quilts 2019 Show, sponsored by Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Wednesday, July 24, 7–9pm. FMI: www.mainequilts.org

July 25-27
MAINE QUILTS 2019 at Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. 42nd annual quilt show, sponsored by Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Thursday-Saturday 9am–5pm, Daily admission $10; multi-day $15; children 12 and under free with paid adult. Workshops with seven national teachers. Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Lectures. 500+ Quilts: Antique, Contemporary, Display, Judged, Raffles. Champagne Reception and Show Preview Wednesday, July 24, 7–9 pm, Thursday-Saturday 9-5. FMI: www.mainequilts.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August 18-24, 2019
FELTERS’ FLING 2019, Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Retreat Center, Silver Bay, New York. Nine 2-, 3-, and 5-day workshops to choose from. “A celebration of felt making techniques and the artists who create them.” Registration opens January 6. Workshops by Angelika Werth, Fiona Duthie, Katia Mokeyeva, Molly Williams, Rio Wrenn, and Roxanne Lasky. FMI: www.fiberfling.com [see listing in "Workshop"]

September 4-8
FIBER COLLEGE OF MAINE, hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, Searsport, Maine. Classes to be announced April 1. FMI: www.fibercollege.org

September 21-22
HARVEST HOOK-IN. Sponsored by Green Mountain Hooked Rugs of VT and organized by Stockton Springs artist Allegra Kuhn. Hooked rug demos and vendors. Christine Macchi, Executive Director, Maine Fiberarts offers a slideshow about "Hooked Rugs, Fiber Studios, and the Beauty of the Landscape." Rug hooking supplies, fiber arts vendors, lunch and a slidetalk. Held at: Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, Maine 04412. To register: 802-223-1333; www.GreenMountainHookedRugs.com

November 15-17; 22-24; 29, 30, December 1
SECONDS SALE 2019 at Snow Farm. New artwork each weekend, 200+ artists, “make your own glass ornament,” 10-4, every day. “Biggest fundraiser of the year!’ Located at 5 Clary Road, Williamsburg, MA 01096; 413-268-3101; www.snowfarm.org


MAINE FIBERARTS hosts an exhibit of “Hooked Rugs” and our “By Hand Collection,” smaller works by members on view throughout April 2019. We are preparing to launch our new Art Shop, selling works that are on view in the gallery and collected during the winter at our newly-redesigned website www.mainefiberfolio.com. Coming soon!

PULP AND PROCESS,” a variety of paper-made works ranging from cut paper to miniatures. Viewers are invited to discover how the craft of making paper by hand is being c arrived on by artists today, and to see how makers are using the medium to produce a massive variety of forms. Curated by Sam Aldrich. On view February 21-April 21, 2019 at Full Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. FMI: www.fullercraft.org

INTERWOVEN—THE LIVES AND WORKS OF MARTHA HALL,” January 22-June 3, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Second Floor Gallery, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. “This exhibition explores how fiber and book artist Martha Hall used physical acts, such as marking, stitching, weaving, and knitting, for creative expressions and built both community and narratives.”

MAINE QUILTS 2019. July 25-27, 2019 at Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine. 42nd annual quilt show, sponsored by Pine Tree Quilters Guild. Thursday - Saturday 9 am–5 pm, Daily admission $10; multi-day $15; children 12 & under free with paid adult. Workshops with 7 national teachers. Merchants Mall, Demonstrations, Lectures. 500+ Quilts: Antique, Contemporary, Display, Judged, Raffles. Champagne Reception and Show Preview Wednesday, July 24, 7–9 pm, Thursday-Saturday 9-5. FMI: www.mainequilts.org This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MAINE FIBERARTS hosts “By Hand Collection,” smaller works by members on view January-March 2019 (although Maine Fiberarts is open only by appointment during the month of February. Handmade paper, knitwear, artist books, hooked rugs, and more. FMI: www.mainefiberarts.org

“Contemporary Illuminated Manuscripts: the work of Nancy Ruth Leavitt,” January 28-April 30, UNUM Great Reading Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library. KATE CHENEY CHAPPELL CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS, USM, Portland Campus. Lecture and Exhibition Reception: Wednesday, April 3 at 4 p.m. Interview with the artist and with Priscilla Juvelis (bookseller, fan, and friend), University Events Room, 7th floor, Glickman Family Library. Free and open to the public. FMI: www.usm.maine.edu/library

“Fashioning Modernity: Art and Independence among Yorubas in Nigeria,” at Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Becker Gallery, January 17-March 17. The exhibition examines innovations in Yoruba arts—at once traditional and modern—during a critical moment in Nigeria’s history, the transition to political independence. FMI: www.bowdoin.edu

“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:

  • 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/


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: Jayne Flanagan, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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!

STITCH HIVE, a group organized by Maggie Muth, meets on the first and third Mondays at Mayo Street Arts, lower entrance, Portland from 6-7:30 p.m. Drop in or stay the whole time. Bring any kind of stitching and ideas or materials to share. They will have teaching, fruit and laughs. FMI: 207-317-2502

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.

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.


MAKERS’ MARKET is a shop and studio located in Brooksville, Maine that is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. from June to October, or by chance. “Offering a carefully-curated selections of goods created by the Peninsula’s finest artisans.” Work includes: fine art and craft, botanical potions, jewelry, artist’s supplies, decorative accoutrements, and more. FMI: www.makersmarketmaine.com

Two new art centers are opening in the East Bayside area of Portland. INDIGO ARTS ALLIANCE will open at 60 Cove Street as a “hybrid studio and community work space that will pair professional and emerging artists of color.” Daniel and Marcia Minter are the proprietors. COVE STREET ARTS will involve textile designer Angela Adams, her partner Sherwood Hamill, John Danos and Kelley Lehr, newly-moved here from LA and the new owners of Greenhut Gallery. They will open a 13,000 square-foot “multimedia community space” that will include “multiple commercial galleries, event and workshop spaces and two artist studios.” Angela Adams will run her design business and showroom from the same building. Danos envisions public space for lectures, artist talks, movies and other events related to the exhibitions in the galleries. The art centers will join PortFiber and Running with Scissors, as well as area coffee roasters, restaurants and breweries, in creating a vibrant draw for the public. [See article in 1/26/2019 Portland Press Herald, “New Art Center Where ‘The Energy is Great’” by Bob Keyes.]

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION and the MAINE ARTS COMMISSION announce the pairs selected for the 2019 Craft Apprentice Program: Joe Ascrizzi, master with apprentice Lisa Neuman (jewelry); Kim Dailey, master with apprentice Jedediah Malcore (wood turning); Gabriel Frey, master with apprentice Frances Soctomah (basketry); Nisa Smiley, master with apprentice Lauren Beach (jewelry); and David Wolfe, master with apprentice David Connor (printmaking). FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“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 


BELFAST ART MARKET issues a Call for Vendors.The Art Market will be held every Friday from June through August from 9-1 alongside the Belfast Farmers’ Market at Waterfall Arts, 256 High Street in Belfast. Participate as much or as little as you like. $25 annual registration fee plus a fee of $25 for each market you participate in guaranteeing you a 10x10 foot flat lawn area. FMI: www.waterfallarts.org

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION offers several grants for individual artists, including “Project Grant for Artists,” “Traditional Arts Apprenticeship,” “Maine Artist Fellowship,” and the “Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fund.” For descriptions and 2019 deadlines, see: www.mainearts.gov/Pages/Funding/For-Individuals

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.

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.

MID-COAST ALTERED COUTURE CONTEST 2019 sign-ups are happenings (late January 2019). This is the ninth annual event, only 25 participants are accepted, and the creative theme challenge is “Beatles Couture.” The contest will be held May 4, with tickets going on sale April 2019. This will be Christine deTroy’s last event for a while as she plans to “try other Art Community event participation ideas.” This year’s proceeds benefit the Bates Dance Festival. FMI: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

Submit Your Own

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.

Your Bulletin Item or Ad

Our Fiber Bulletin is not the same thing as our Fiber Resource Guide/Tour Map. If what you are announcing is a consistent or recurring event, an organization, a service or a studio that has an address that you would like to add to our digital tour, there is a link to enter your information on our map, here.

Thank You

To THE TATTER TEXTILE LIBRARY of Brooklyn, New York, for its recent financial gift supporting the work of Maine Fiberarts. Your gift and recognition are greatly appreciated. Tatter has a library of books that is open to the public by appointment. They also offer classes in various types of stitching. Check out their website and thank you, Tatter! www.tatter.org

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

PLEASANT MOUNTAIN FIBER ARTS WORKSHOPS, June 21-23, with workshops held at three locations. Workshops include: “Tiered Basket,” “Mixed Media Cozy Cottage,” “Folk Art Rug Hooking,” “Miniature Punch Needle,” “Penny Rugs,” “Eco Printing on Paper,” “Shibori and Indigo,” “Braided Trivet or Hotpad,” “Wet Felt a Hat,” “Shetland Hap Shawl,” “Latvian Cowl,” “Two Color Brioche Cowl,” “Introduction to Sock Knitting,” “Paper Card Crafts,” “Coptic Bookbinding,” “Leather Bound Sketchbooks,” “Felted Dryer Balls,” “Nuno Felt Scarf,” “Rigid Heddle Weaving,” “Tapestry Weaving,” “Little Boxes,” “Kumihimo with Beads,” “Needle Felt a Garden,” and others! “Come enjoy the beauty of the Lakes Region while you learn new techniques and make new friendships.” Recommendations for lodging and meals are available. FMI: www.pleasantmtfiber.com

Book artist ABBIE READ of Appleton teaches “Printmaking for Collage,” April 13-14 in Belfast; “Assemblage,” at the Farnsworth Art Museum in May; “Making your own Sketchbook,” at the Steel House in Rockland in June; and “Book Arts Intensive,” Split Rock Cove, August.

hotchkissworkshopsSARA HOTCHKISS announces two-day and three-day weaving workshops for 2019 in her studio on the coast of Maine. Classes are relaxed, basic fundamentals of rug weaving are taught along with finishing techniques, and have a focus on using colors of the student's choice and requirements. The three-day workshop also includes tapestry stitches that will become the geometric design of the rug. Lunch, tea and snacks are provided. Class dates: May 22-23 and July 9-10 for 2-day classes; June 4-6, August 20-22, September 10-12, October 29-31 for 3-day classes. FMI: Sara Hotchkiss, 207-832-8133, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 28 Pitcher Road, Waldoboro, ME 04572. Download schedule for more information.

HAYSTACK MOUNTAIN SCHOOL OF CRAFTS offers workshops, residencies and a Summer Conference in their new catalog for Summer 2019 (June through August). Textile classes include; “Hand-Weaving 101,” with Christy Matson; “Social Paper: Using Text, Image, Paper, and Print for Social Practice,” Mary Tasillo and Michelle Wilson; “Obtainium/Embellish’um,” Jim Drain; “Home is Everywhere,” Doug Johnson; “Embodied Line,” Courtney Puckett; “Pulp Fictions: Developing Narratives through Papermaking,” Krista Franklin; “Around the World with Natural Color,” Kathy Hattori; “Sculptural Paper Craft: Form and Freedom,” Michael Velliquette; and “Discovering a Mindful Stitching Practice,” Christine Mauersberger. Summer Conference, July 7-11 entitled, “Craft and History: Writing a History, Preserving a Field.” Residency and scholarship applications due March 1; regular applications due April 1. FMI: www.haystack-mtn.org.

MSAD #11 ADULT EDUCATION (Gardiner, Pittston, Randolph, West Gardiner) offers its Winter/Spring 2019 guide with: “Folk Art Hooking,” with Janet Conner, 4/6/19; “French Braid Quilt,” Barbara Accord, 4/8-4/29; “Mandala Paint Night,” Nadine Aubuchon, 5/14; “Crochet Granny Squares,” Samantha Dimmick; “Introduction to Weaving,” SpinOff Studio, 2/13-3/27; and “Gelatin Printing with Plants,” SpinOff Studio, 4/17 & 4/24 to name a few. Many other classes in gardening, cheese-making, scone baking, Gardiner history, yoga and sailing. FMI: www.msad11.maineadulted.org

MERRYMEETING ADULT EDUCATION, RSU1, Wiscasset Adult Ed offers its Winter/Spring 2019 catalog with textile classes in: needlefelted animals, knitted hats, teddy bears, and sketchbook journaling, among others. Susan Perrine teaches “Altered Fashion,” transforming a sewing pattern into something uniquely you. FMI: www.merrymeeting.org

SHAKERAG WORKSHOPS 2019, Sewanee, TN offers textile classes in: “Imagery for Textiles,” Michael Brennand-Wood; “Natural Dyeing and Direct Application of Natural Pigments,” Donna Brown; “Creating a Capsule Wardrobe,” Sandra Johnson; “Sewing: Learning By Doing,” Jean Jones; and “Using Lines as a Design Focus in a Sewn Composition,” Valerie Maser-Flanagan. Classes also in pottery, photography, glazes, recording, painting, jewelry, woodblock printing and more. Also, a “Knitting Getaway” hosted by Ann Shayne and Kay Gardiner [wait list only]. FMI: www.shakerag.org

SNOW FARM, Williamsburg, MA hosts textile classes in: “Images in Fiber,” “Paper Marbling: Color Play,” “Handmade Sketchbooks,” “Watercolor Monoprint: Experimental Printmaking,” “Written in Wax: The Encaustic Book,” “Sewing 101: Bags & Purses,” “Traditional Wet Felting for Beginners,” “Hat Making to Your Heart’s Content,” “Rug Hooking with the Oxford Punch Needle,” “Leather with a Twist,” “Slow Stitching,” “Indigo Shibori,” “Mosaic Quilting,” “Sculptural Weaving,” “Foraged Color: Print and Pattern Using Found Natural Dyes,” “Exploring New Shapes with Twining & Coiling.” Also classes in ceramics, mixed media, glass, metalsmithing, mosaics, welding, and woodworking. Huge catalog of art- and craft-making workshops!!! FMI: www.snowfarm.org

WATERFALL ARTS hosts “Textiles as Paintings,” a workshop with Ingrid Ellison, February 28-March 14, Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. “Using found materials, worn out clothing and supplies from the sewing basket, we will work on assembling inventive pieces of textile art…. this is not a traditional quilting class.” FMI: www.waterfallarts.org

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. April 27-)May 4 (almost full. 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). Two new retreats added: “Japanese Piecing and Slow Stitching” in Live Well Farm, a cozy farmhouse setting in Harpswell, Maine, February 14-17, 2020 and “Explore Vintage Japanese Textiles and Techniques including Sashiko Stitching and it’s rich history,” Versailles, France, November  11-18, 2019.

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

“FELTERS’ FLING 2019,” August 18-24, 2019, Silver Bay YMCA Conference and Retreat Center, Silver Bay, New York. Nine 2-, 3-, and 5-day workshops to choose from. “A celebration of felt making techniques and the artists who create them.” Registration opens January 6. Workshops by Angelika Werth, Fiona Duthie, Katia Mokeyeva, Molly Williams, Rio Wrenn, and Roxanne Lasky. FMI: www.fiberfling.com


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