Fiber-related events and happenings that we post here are "For Sale or Free," "Announcements," "Educational Events," and "Exhibits." (the order may change)

Members may take advantage of free listings in any of these four categories. Listings must contain description, price/fees, contact information, websites, phone numbers and dates and times. Announcements for dated items, such as workshops or classes must be received at least two weeks in advance of the listed event's deadline. Small succinct images may be attached, but please do not attach posters as the only way to show the information. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your listing.

Announcements

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

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Fiber Art Now iinvites artists to submit their artwork to the 2022 Excellence In Quilts exhibition. The Call for Entry is open May 1 through May 21, 2022. Juror Nancy Bavor will select current quilts of original design that show inventiveness and mastery of techniques. Quilts should be two or more layers of any material stitched together as a 2D or 3D artwork. Entry fees are discounted for Fiber Art Now subscribers. Notifications will be emailed June 10, 2022. Juried quilts will be considered by the lowa Quilt Museum for their onsite exhibition, September 27-December 18 2022. "Excellence In Fibers VIII," August 1–21, 2022, Juror: Kate Irvin, Rhode Island School of Design, Curator, Department of Costume and Textiles. Exhibition: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, August 30  ̶ October 8, 2023. FMI: https://www.fiberartnow.net/calls/

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

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

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

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

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

 

For Sale or Free

PARK ROW INTERIORS in Brunswick, Maine will be closing June 1st, after 19 years of providing design services to the community. They are hoping that a quilter or other creative fiber artist might find inspiration in their many books of fabric samples. We also have “hanging samples”—half-yard lengths of some gorgeous fabrics, as well as several baskets of small samples, all arranged by color and FREE. FMI: Jane at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Fiber Art Exhibits

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

 

Educational Events (Workshops, Classes, Retreats, Residencies)

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

MAINE FIBER FROLIC June 4-5, 2022. Windsor Fairgrounds, Route 32, Windsor, Maine, 9-4. Entrance fees on website. Celebraing fiber, fiber animals and fiber arts. Many workshops ongoing both days. FMI: www.fiberfrolic.com

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

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

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

  

Fiber News Emails

We will continue to send out our free periodic fiber news email to our list of over 1900 as we compile it. This will take the place of our former online statewide bulletin of fiber events, exhibitions, opportunities, news and more that we have emailed to members or posted on this site for nearly 20 years.

 

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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. 

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.

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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 www.jackpineproject.com (https://umaine.edu/mainestudies/jack-pine-project/). 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: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/28f4b0c Website: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/outreach-and-education/webinars/index?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

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 https://globalmeet.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1322642&tp_key=7a700acddd.
  • To register for the webinar on Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, visit https://globalmeetwebinar.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1324161&tp_key=6067315417.
  • 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 www.rd.usda.gov.

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): https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDACF/bulletins/287d017

MAINE ARTS COMMISSION ANNOUNCES RESOURCES FOR MAINE ARTISTS and organizations amidst the COVID-19 crisis. https://mainearts.maine.gov/Postings/Blogs/Detail/Maine-Arts-Culture-Sector-Can-Prepare-for-the-Caronavirus

MAINE ARTIST RELIEF FUND is awarding grants of $500 to artists who are permanent Maine residents. Applications open April 1, 2020. https://mainearts.maine.gov/Postings/Blogs/Detail/Maine-Artist-Relief-Fund-Information

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: https://www.nyfa.org/Content/Show/Anonymous-Was-A-Woman-Emergency-Relief-Grant, 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, https://womenscenterforcreativework.com/eh-grant/

MAINE CRAFTS ASSOCIATION offers their list of resources. Some are the same as above. Take a look at this link: https://mainecrafts.org/covid-19-resouces-for-craft-artists-small-businesses/

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

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: https://extension.umaine.edu/agriculture/farm-product-and-pickup-directory/

COVID-19 ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN APPLICATION: https://www.sba.gov/page/disaster-loan-applications

FOR FACEBOOK USERS: https://www.facebook.com/100000899760768/posts/3852301254809829/?d=n gives a list of places artists can visit for relief fund assistance or to donate. For the live links visit Americans for the Arts. https://www.americansforthearts.org/by-topic/disaster-preparedness/coronavirus-covid-19-resource-and-response-center 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.
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP%20--%20Overview.pdf
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/PPP--Fact-Sheet.pdf
https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/136/Paycheck-Protection-Program-Application-3-30-2020-v3.pdf

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.
https://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=2241241 AND https://www.maine.gov/labor/covid19/

The website for small businesses to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans through the US Small Business Administration. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

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. https://maineequaljustice.org/people/covid-19-resources/?link_id=1&can_id=cadc2661605ed0ede497509674d5892d&source=email-grappling-with-covid-19-upcoming-remote-actions&email_referrer=email_752486&email_subject=grappling-with-covid-19-upcoming-remote-actions

Detailed information on the FAME COVID-19 Consumer Loan Guarantee Program offering low-or-no interest loans to qualifying applicants. https://www.famemaine.com/business/programs/covid-19-relief-loan-programs/

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. https://appengine.egov.com/apps/me/essentialservicerequest

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: https://www.gsfb.org/get-help/food-map/

Here's a link to yet another map. This ones' about LOCAL FOOD PURCHASING. https://www.gsfb.org/get-help/food-map/

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. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19/maine-helps

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. https://www.maine.gov/governor/mills/covid-19/maine-helps

Information on COVID-19 for MAINE NONPROFITS. Financial Relief for Nonprofit Businesses and Employers:
https://www.nonprofitmaine.org/learn/resources/covid-19/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: https://www.artistrelief.org To apply for relief: https://www.artistrelief.org/apply

Maine Fiberarts is creating a directory of teaching artists and other learning resources, a compendium of the people and places in Maine where fiber art learning takes place—“Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources.” We are offering FREE LISTINGS for teaching artists and craftspeople, retreats, colleges, museums, learning centers, and fabric, yarn and craft shops.

Our goal is to create a Guide for the public—for fiber-loving residents and tourists interested in taking a weaving class, learning how to spin, or discovering a new craft adventure while visiting Maine. All will be directed to our Learning Fiber Art Guide. In addition to teaching resources, the book will include descriptions of fiber art techniques, select profiles, and illustrative photos. The book will be available as a downloadable ebook, a 7˝ x 7˝ full color publication with an estimated 48-60 pages, similar to our  “Fiber Art Masters” book Maine Fiberarts published in 2016. With sufficient funding, Maine Fiberarts will offer a soft cover printed version of the Learning Guide.

“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.

Thank you for your contributions towards creating our Learning Fiber Art Guide. The online form for fiber art teachers to sign up for a listing in our Guide is now closed. We have begun finalizing the contact information for teachers who have already signed up, and will be contacting some of you to verify missing pieces, or to add clarification to what we have now. If you have come here with an interest in being listed in the Guide and did not fill out the form, contact one of us to see if we can still squeeze you in at the last minute.

Christine on the radio

Christine was on the radio! MPBN Radio featured Fiber Art on their "Maine Calling" program with program host, Jennifer Rooks. Click to listen to the entire radio call-in show that aired on MPBN Radio Tuesday, February 2, 2016.

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