Christine and fiber art in Maine were featured on the radio as MPBN Radio featured Fiber Art on their "Maine Calling" call-in program again on May 24, 2024. 

Panelists included Christine Macchi, executive director & founder, Maine Fiberarts; she spins, knits and is an avid photographer, Chris Antonak, fiber craftswoman who spins, knits, hooks rugs and creates footstools; she is vice president for Fiber Frolic, which is June 1 & 2 at the Windsor Fairgrounds. VIP callers included: Betsy Dorr; fiber artist who sews and quilts; she owned Quiltessentials quilt shop in Auburn for 26 years; teaches and sells quilts, Dr. Donald Talbot, board member, Fiberart; associate professor and Visual Arts Program Coordinator, Mount Aloysius College; fiber artist whose work has been seen in shows and galleries across the U.S.; his studio is in Lisbon Falls, Judith Daniels, contemporary artist who has been involved with painting, weaving, rug restoration, photography and felting; she creates felt wall art and vessels, among other work, Jill Vendituoli, needlepoint artist; her studio and gallery are in her 1790s-era farmhouse in southwestern Maine.

Several listeners called in to participate in the lively discussion. Read about "Maine Calling" and listen to the broadcast on the MPBN website here. Alternately you can log in to a podcast on Spotify here.


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WORKSHOPS. In case you haven't heard, Maine Fiberarts is hosting workshops again. The first one is on "Creating an 8-Page Book" using unconventional ways and means and glue sticks. Braiding workshop next. More to come!. Read more about it on our Fiber Folio where there are links to download a flyer to print and a link to pay online. Or stop in during open hours and sign up in person.


MAINE ARTS COMMISSION has video recordings of a webinar and resources on funding for arts organizations and for practicing artists.   and

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FIBER MAGAZINES. Free to a good home. A complete collection of "Handwoven" since at least 1981 and most of "Spindle, Shuttle and Dyepot" over the same time period. Some in Handwoven binders, the others in magazine cases. All in good shape. Available for pickup on Swan's Island. Call or email your interest:  Maureen Giuffre, 526-4724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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The Story of Fiber Art in Maine

You may have heard of the huge project that’s underway here at MAINE FIBERARTS. It has a very long title, "The Story of Fiber Art in Maine During the Past Half Century as Told by the Artists through Interviews, Retrospective Photo Galleries, and Historical Archives.”  We are calling it "The Story Project" for short. 

Read some of the stories we have posted now:

Here are a few quoted paragraphs showing how we described the project in our proposal:

"Our project examines the evolutionary changes in contemporary fiber art in Maine during the past half century. Having witnessed these changes in our own lives and work, while noting interest in this field from young and emerging artists who weren't part of this period, we feel a creative, informative, visual retrospective compendium of ideas, artwork, studios and philosophies is warranted."

"Our project activities will include in-person interviews of artists in their studios or by phone or Zoom. We will be photographing their studios and artwork, and will be researching and collecting existing photographs from prior decades. We will encourage artists to tell their own stories—detailing their backgrounds and their entry into the art world, and how they see the origin and continuation of their ideas. We plan to contract key artists, art critics, historians and journalists who may have writings pertinent to the period."

The past half century was not so long ago for some of us. Remember 1972 for example. I had only been knitting for five years, making top down raglan sweaters for my five year old daughter. What were you doing in 1972? If you are an artist, what was your early work like compared to the work you do now? How did you enter the fiber art world? Do you have stories to tell about your perspective on the evolution of fiber art during the past 50 years?

1972 is just a starting place, we are interested in the whole period, from 1972, through the 80s, into the 90’s, the turn of the century and on through the next 22 years until today.

Although Maine Fiberarts was only funded for half the amount we requested in our budget for this project, with the help of many generous donors, we are going to try to fulfill most of the plans we made:

“The Story of Fiber” will include the following:

  • stories and photographs posted on our Fiber Folio website;
  • retrospective digital galleries for important artists;
  • commemorative galleries of posthumous work;
  • slide presentations that travel to museums, libraries, or historical societies;
  • a major exhibition and Artists’ Talk held at Maine Fiberarts; and
  • an illustrated record in a portfolio book.

"These materials will create a lasting record available to thousands of people both within Maine and beyond and will engender awareness and recognition for the artists and the field of fiber art."

Please let us know of your interest in participating in this project either as an artist, an historian, an art critic, a journalist, or just want to recommend someone for us to contact, or something we should research.

We encourage you to explore fiber art around Western Maine. Available now at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, our new printed travel postcard, "Exploring Fiber Art Around Western Maine," Look for it at Maine's tourism visitor's centers too.

For even more Western Maine discoveries, use the postcard together with...

Rolling mountains, clear lakes and incredible natural beauty. Chic yarns and gorgeous fabrics. Western Maine promises adventure! Visit a bookstore in downtown Farmington. Picnic or hike Mt. Blue. Experience the quiet of South Solon Meeting House. Pet sheep and alpaca at working farms. Follow the Maine Barn Quilt or Langlais Art Trails. Take in a workshop at an arts center or studio. Western Maine offers fiber—spinning, knitting, felting, quilting, sewing, weaving and so much more. Farms produce blended rovings and fleeces. Spinneries turn raw material into beautiful yarns. Quilting studios, yarn shops and specialty gardens accompany your travels. 

See a preview of the sites listed on the postcard below. Before your visit, please call the phone numbers listed to arrange your visits, as some sites have seasonal open hours. Come to Maine Fiberarts for firsthand travel tips about Western Maine.

With heartfelt thanks to The Betterment Fund, the Maine Community Foundation, and our members and friends for making this Western Maine project possible.

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Jagger Spun Yarn
David Jagger
5 Water St
Worsted spun wool yarns, spun in Springvale, Maine. Jagger Spun STASH mill store hours: Every Thursday 9-2 and the second Saturday of the month 10-2. No phone calls please.


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Sunnyfield Studio
Jill Vendituoli
273 Stevens Corner Rd
West Newfield
Working as a contemporary needlepoint artist since 1988, my stitching embraces both the traditional format and a modern interpretation of it. Always “vibrant and varied,” I choose my subjects and materials to best express the idea and resulting visual, using a palette and style not seen before in needlepoint.     


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Underhill Fiber Farm
Jenny Smith
50 Wilson Rd
Spinning and Carding Mill and Fiber Farm. We raise fine-wooled sheep and Angora rabbits. Have your fleeces washed and processed into beautiful roving ready to spin, or select from our practical and exotic fiber blends, millspun or handspun yarns.


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Good Karma Yarn & Soap
Jim and Amy Grant
158 Main St
We create soap, socks, yarn and classes. Along with our spinning mill, we have a small retail space in the charming town of Bridgton, having moved from our former farm in Belfast during 2021.


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Transform. LLC
Kimberly Crichton
In my art, I seek to integrate and amplify the voice, power and supportive structures of nature. I layer my linoprints with pressed flowers and plants and stitch nature’s shapes and patterns that create alchemy.


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Oxford Mill End Store
Cathy Corbett
871 Main Street
We offer friendly service to all quilters, braiders, hookers and craftspeople with fabrics, books, patterns and Pfaff sewing machines and services. Find us on Facebook.


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Parris House Wool Works
Elizabeth Miller
546 Paris Hill Road
South Paris
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A home for all things traditional rug hooking with a contemporary aesthetic. Offering ongoing workshops, a second-Saturday monthly hook-in free to all, and an online community on Mighty Networks.


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Fiber & Vine
Kimberly Hamlin
402 Main St
We are a fun fiber arts and wine shop featuring a wide selection of yarn, felting and spinning fibers, tools and notions for knitting/crochet/felting, buttons, and handmade gift items. We can help you plan and troubleshoot your fiber projects.


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A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm
Mary Ann Haxton
106 Black Mountain Rd
A diversified farm and fiber enterprise from a 1850’s farmhouse, barns, fiber workshop and sugar house on 32 acres of fields, woods, and apple orchards. Offering incredibly soft home grown Maine fiber, yarn and supplies, fun felting kits, classes, farm visits, farm stays and retreats. 


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Hutton Handwovens
Hillary Hutton
277 Tower Rd
Knowledgeable weaver with over 40 years of experience. Custom cotton rugs, designed to your colors, dimensions and specifications. Visit website for patterns and inspiration.


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Pins & Needles Quilt Shop
Cheri Tompkins
157 Main St
Proudly serving the greater Farmington area since the early 90’s with fabrics, books, quilting notions, patterns and more. My shop began in my home and moved to a quaint historic building in downtown Farmington when I outgrew my space.


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Two Imagine Studios
Meredith Mustard and Judy Tollefson
173 Mosher Hill Rd
Art you can wear. Hand-printed fabric. Artist books, collage and paintings. We welcome you to share in this creative exchange—the result of our 40 year collaboration. Call ahead to arrange a fabric printing demo and to try on the cool Wearable Art.


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Dark Star Fabrics
Deb and Rachelle Knight
30 Main St
A mother-daughter retail and online fabric and quilting shop selling creative fabrics for quilters and fabric lovers.


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Hugh Verrier Studio
Hugh Verrier
991 Arnold Trail
I use a unique art technique to create sculptural paper birds using formed paper with watercolors. The effect is similar to bas relief resulting in a lifelike “dimensional” watercolor painting. Visitors are welcome. Please call ahead.


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Jill Snyder Wallace’s Studio
Jill Snyder Wallace
Carrabassett Valley
“Nature” and “fragility” have become the focus of my mixed-media fiber art since moving full-time to rural Carrabassett Valley in 2018. The delicate work is both two- and three-dimensional in format. Vintage textiles and objects are often incorporated along with embroidery techniques to create thought-provoking visual experiences for the viewer. Best to visit in Summer or Fall. Please call ahead.


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River Roads Artisans Gallery
75 Water St
Member Cooperative Since 2010. We are Maine artisans creating a wide variety of original, high quality work for sale at a cooperative-managed venue in downtown Skowhegan. Open from May-December. 


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Sarah Davis
42 Court St
A yarn store offering a variety of yarns, mostly blends of natural and luxury fibers. We also carry an assortment of needles, accessories, buttons, and patterns. Happyknits also has a comfortable “sit and stitch” space for you to enjoy in your free time.


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Lindsey Rice
20 Water Street
A working historic spinnery creating wool yarns on the last remaining spinning mule and dyed or natural roving. Wholesale/Retail service and custom processing: washing, spinning, carding, or weaving. Annual Open House in August for mill tours. 


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Midsummer Night's Meadow Farm
Susan Elizabeth Watson
67 McComb Rd
Visit my farm "in the back of beyond," and I will show you how easy locker-hooking is to learn. Many examples to see including finished rugs, felted hats and shawls, and colorful dyed or natural Corriedale/Merino yarn, batts and roving. Locker-hooking is portable, permanent, requires no frame, and involves loops of wool that will not pull out.


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Monson Arts
Chantal Harris
PO Box 67
8 Greenville Road
Monson Arts is a new artists’ residency and arts center located in Monson, Maine. We provide time and space for creative work with artist residencies, workshops, community programming and gallery exhibitions of Maine-based artists. The town is surrounded by areas of stunning natural beauty. 


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Mainely Antler Baskets
Sarah Coleman
859 Main St
Making crafts since I was eight years old, and baskets since 1990. I am self-taught at most everything I do, and enjoy making useful things from nothing. I make baskets with deer, moose, or caribou antlers for handles. Visitors are welcome. Please call ahead.


Our Fiber Folio website is a compendium of photo journalistic fibery adventures in, around and beyond Maine. In 2021 we are going to make some changes and add some features to this blog-style journal. We are planning some technique talk and how-tos, our own personal reviews of products and reads, and we hope to entice participation from members and friends who want to contribute interesting or educational stories that fit.

Read the stories and see photos of the places we’ve been. One of the newest stories is in four parts, about Christine's travels to Franklin and Somerset Counties to visit and photograph fiber places. 

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Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources” includes listings of close to a hundred Maine studios, farms, shops and centers where fiber art learning takes place. Profiles of Maine people and places that have a long-standing dedication to this field are also included, with lots of photos of fiber art. The book was conceived, designed and produced completely in-house, and stems from the design and technological expertise of Carol Jones and the photography and community knowledge of Christine Macchi, and from our love of fiber, craft and making. Please use Learning Fiber Art as a guide to learn new skills, to discover a friend, or to take your work to the next level. Great teachers are ready to help you!

The Guide may be purchased at our Online Art Shop!

Here's a fun link to the Guide on ISSUU to see a digital version you can page through. Sorry about the ads you will see. You can also download a PDF file, or peruse it online.

DEFINITIONS: “Fiber arts” include spinning, knitting, quilting, crochet, embroidery, papermaking, book arts, sewing, felting, weaving, hooking, basketry, dyeing, and mixed media. Teaching resources” include artists, craftspeople, learning centers, institutions, museums, craft schools, nonprofits, libraries, shops, residencies, special events, and island and seasonal retreats hosting regular and ongoing instruction.


Here follows a random assortment of links we have found which may be of interest to artists and fiber-related businesses. NOTE on May 21, 2020: The following notices and links are posted as we get them, i.e. newest ones are on top:

ARTISTS WANTED for a new project: "The Jack Pine Project" is a collaboration between the Maine Folklife Center, UMaine Hutchinson Center and Belfast Creative Coalition. "Where Crisis Meets Community Arts." It is intended to help Maine respond to and recover from the coronavirus pandemic through the arts. They are hiring artists to conduct workshops with cohorts of affected people throughout the state, using different art forms to help them tell their stories and express their feelings about the current crisis. They currently do not have a fiber art workshop planned but would like to hear from interested instructors. More information, as well as the instructor proposal form, can be found at ( Also Kreg T. Ettenger, 207-581-1840, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director, Maine Folklife Center & Maine Studies Program

SERIES OF EDUCATIONAL WEBINARS offered by USDA Farm Service Agency. June 16 CFAP National Program Specialists will discuss what non-specialty crop and livestock producers should know to sign up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which ends August 28, 2020. Newsletter: Website:

A small compendium of current (as of May 21) Maine Covid resources with live links, provided by Representative Seth Berry: Download the PDF here.

WORKING CAPITAL Support for Rural Businesses and Farms: WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2020 – U.S.Department of Agriculture is making available up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help rural businesses meet their working capital needs during the coronavirus pandemic. Additionally, agricultural producers that are not eligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans may receive funding under USDA Business & Industry (B&I) CARES Act Program provisions included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. B&I CARES Act Program loans must be used as working capital to prevent, prepare for or respond to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The loans may be used only to support rural businesses, including agricultural producers, that were in operation on Feb. 15, 2020.

  • USDA intends to consider applications in the order they are received. However, the Department may assign priority points to projects if the demand for funds exceeds availability.
  • USDA announced the expanded B&I CARES Act Program authorities in a notice published in the May 21 Federal Register (PDF, 217 KB). Program funding expires Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Eligible applicants may contact their local USDA Rural Development State Office in the state where the project is located.
  • USDA is developing application guides for lenders and borrowers on the B&I CARES Act Program. The Agency also will host two webinars to provide an overview of program requirements.
  • To register for the webinar on Wednesday, May 27 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, visit
  • To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit
  • USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit

The MAINE FIBERARTS Gallery and Red Studio are closed to the public for the duration of the COVID-19 "stay at home" directives. We are going ahead with modified plans for the rest of the year which will be announced as we know them. Christine is available by phone or email or by contact form.

FOR FARMERS—FIBER AND OTHERWISE: This is a link to am email from Maine Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources highlighting, comparing and explaining the expanded and renewed agricultural funding programs (EIDL and PPP):


MAINE ARTIST RELIEF FUND is awarding grants of $500 to artists who are permanent Maine residents. Applications open April 1, 2020.

EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT. A new emergency relief grant will be launched by "Anonymous Was A Woman" in partnership with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), to support women artists age 40 and older who have lost income or opportunities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The new grant will distribute a total of $250,000 in funding, up to $2,500 for each grantee, to eligible women-identifying visual artists in the US and its territories. Applications are only being taken from April 6, 10:00 am EST, until 6:00 pm EST, April 8, 2020. First come first served. The link won't be available until Monday April 6 at 10:00 am. FMI:, questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19 EMERGENCY HEALTH GRANT FOR ARTISTS. If you have friends or family near Los Angeles, there is another grant launched by the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) in Los Angeles, California announced it would adapt its 2020 Emergency Health Grant, offering a shorter form application and a rolling weekly deadline for $1,000 awards. This grant is for “Low-income artists who work in any genre or medium, who identify as a woman, as trans or nonbinary, and/or as a person of color, who live in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside or San Bernardino Counties are eligible to apply,” the WCCW explains. Opens April 3,

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION offers their list of resources. Some are the same as above. Take a look at this link:

MOFGA offers a way to support local Organic farms through shopping directly from the producer. Only MOFGA-certified organic producers are listed. FMI:

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension (UMCE) offers a map of producers not limited to organic with ways for customers to shop for and pick up products directly from the farmer, even during the COVID-19 restrictions. FMI:


FOR FACEBOOK USERS: gives a list of places artists can visit for relief fund assistance or to donate. For the live links visit Americans for the Arts. or you can download a PDF file with live links.

ADDED ON APRIL 4, 2020: The following links are mostly specific to Maine resources and information to help us get through theses extraordinary times. Some of the following links may repeat those above. Some are quite long so make sure if you click on them you have the entire URL in your browser address bar.

AG PRODUCERS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PPP: The Department of Treasury (Treasury) and Small Business Administration (SBA) has released an interim final rule on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Agricultural producers are eligible to participate in the program and should reach out to their bankers and/or agricultural lenders to apply. While SBA still needs to confirm some administrative details, loans will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and producers can get started on the application now.

TAX EXTENSION: Deadlines to file and pay both State and Federal taxes have been extended to July 15, 2020.

A Maine Department of Labor FATSHEET and COVID-19 webpage to help navigate unemployment insurance benefits. AND

The website for small businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the US Small Business Administration.

A compilation of resources created by Maine Equal Justice for folks with concerns about health care, food security, evictions, court proceedings and other issues during this time.

Detailed information on the FAME COVID-19 Consumer Loan Guarantee Program offering low-or-no interest loans to qualifying applicants.

Is your business essential? An online application for businesses that believe they should be classified as essential under Gov. Mills's March 24 Executive Order.

A resource to get answers any time by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Find your nearest food bank:

Here's a link to yet another map. This ones' about LOCAL FOOD PURCHASING.

Gov. Mills launched "Maine Helps," a website that outlines ways Maine people can help their communities and our state. Take a look to see how you can lend a hand.

If you’re a willing and able health care worker in Maine, whether retired or not, register for Maine Responds, an initiative gathering volunteer resources to assist our health care system during the COVID-19 crisis.

Information on COVID-19 for MAINE NONPROFITS. Financial Relief for Nonprofit Businesses and Employers:

And a slew of information sent to Christine from ORNAMENT MAGAZINE excerpted here into a PDF file. It contains many live link.  This ocument includes lists of gallery and museum closures and other events nationwide and internationally that are affected. Download and/or view the PDF file here.

UNITED STATES ARTISTS has launched a new website, Artist Relief, an emergency initiative in support of artists facing dire financial emergencies due to this global health crisis. This emergency, non-restricted fund will grant $5,000 to individual artists facing financial hardship; serve as an informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Research Partner Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists moving forward. FMI: To apply for relief: