It’s time to go back to school — Fiber College, that is — where “students” can “major” in knitting, felting, weaving, embroidery, spinning, quilting, basket making, rug hooking and related arts. Fiber College convenes Thursday, Sept. 4, through Sunday, Sept. 7, at Searsport Shores Ocean Camping, Route 1, in Searsport. Besides a dizzying array of classes, ranging in cost from $10 to $65, the event will offer demonstrations, a shopper’s boulevard with vendors from throughout Maine and as far away as New York and Massachusetts, fiber animals and meals.
Quiltmaker and author Mary Ellen Krantz will serve as artist in residence at the event. Krantz is the co-author of “Blending Photos with Fabric.”
A potluck supper and fiber swap will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5. A lasagna dinner and lecture by a fiber artist is set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6.
Here is a list of the classes offered at Fiber College:
Thursday, Sept. 4
– Introduction to Tapestry Weaving, Maria Kovacs, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Yarn Jazz: Creating Unique Yarns with Color Blending, Linda Whiting, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Photo-Inspired Landscape Quilts, Mary Ellen Krantz, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Threads of Life: Spinning and Weaving in Folklore, Karen E. Miller, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 5
– Laminated Silk and Wool Scarf, Michelle DeLucia, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
– Quilts: Paper Piecing, Mary Ann Hall, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
– Beginning Bobbin Lace, Gloria Buntrock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
– Kumihimo Braiding, Linda Whiting, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
– Creating Art Cloth, Terri Lipman, 10 a.m.-noon.
– Beginner’s Fly-Tying, Harry Michaud, 10 a.m.-noon.
– Charmed de Fleur Bracelet, Jeannette Cook, 1:30-5:30 p.m.
– Weaving in Navaho Tradition, Alice Seeger, 2-6 p.m.
– Penny Rugs, Janet Conner, 2-5 p.m.
– All About Angora, Liz Grover, 3-5 p.m.
– Spinner’s Notebook for Wool, Deb Woolley. 3-5 p.m.
– Recycled Rag Rugs, Laurie Sims, 3-5 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 6
– Quilting Fundamentals, Jan Friend, 9-11 a.m.
– Native Plant Dyeing, Michelle DeLucia, 9-11 a.m.
– Beads from Paper, Delores Broberg, 9 a.m.-noon.
– The Belt of Power (tapestry weaving), Susan Barrett Merrill, 9 a.m.-noon.
– Mastering the Curl, Jeanette Cook, 9 a.m.-noon.
– Drop Spindling, Deborah Bergman, 9 a.m.-noon.
– The Magic of Mohair, Pogo, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
– Fair Isle Knitting Simplified, Chris Savoy, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
– Photograph Your Work, Mary Anne Mucklestone, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
– Super Easy Stretchy Bracelets, Laurie Farrell, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
– Felted Paintings, Susan Perrine, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
– Folk Art Rug Hooking, Janet Conner, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
– Appalachian Basketry, Marcia Markwardt, 2-6 p.m.
– Designing Sweaters from Handspun. Jackie Fee, author of “The Sweater Workshop,” 3-6 p.m.
– Deluxe Pop Bead Clasp, Jeannette Cook, 2-6 p.m.
– Papermaker, Gayle Fitzpatrick, 3-6 p.m.
– The Heart of Weaving a Life, Susan Barrett Merrill, 3-6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 7
– Bad Girls Spinning Club (Boys Allowed), Linda Scharf, 9-11 a.m.
– Baby Socks, Kathy Norwood, 9-11 a.m.
– Learning to Love Charts and Stop Worrying, Susan Dewey, 9 a.m.-noon.
– Crazy Quilting with Victorian Ladies, Mary Anne Hall, 9 a.m.-noon.
– Elegant Raku Necklace, Laurie Farrell, 9 a.m.-noon.
– Spinning in the Navajo Tradition, Alice Seeger, 9 a.m.-noon.
– “Threads of Civilization” lecture, Alice Seeger, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
– Recycle Your Sweater, Sharon Chandler, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
– Tatting, Beryl Dulson, 12:30-3:30 p.m.
– Beginner’s Fly-Tying, Harry Michaud, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
– Dyeing from your Pantry, Linda Earles, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Some classes also have a materials fee in addition to the cost of the class. An event registration fee of $25 includes three-day entrance pass, parking, demonstrations, Friday night turkey potluck supper and fiber swap, Saturday night dinner and lecture and a book signing on Sunday. For more information or to register for classes, visit HTTP://www.fibercollege.org
– Linda Murray of the Blue Marble Gallery, 165 Main St., Waterville, reports that 230 images from more than 150 people were submitted for the gallery’s “Soul Quilt” exhibit, part of the gallery’s “Out of Stillness” exhibit, now on display. Artists and nonartists were asked to submit 6-inch-by-6-inch pieces that best reflected their effort to remain “in the now” at the time it was created. Pieces were created by those of all ages and all walks of life.
The “Soul Quilt” collaborative project was inspired by the concept of “being in the now” as found in the teachers of Eckhart Tolle.
Each image in the “Soul Quilt” may be purchased for $20 with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Fresh Water Arts Scholarship Fund. Fresh Water Arts is a nonprofit organization in Waterville that teaches art to children and adults.
For more information, call the gallery at 873-2300.
– Common Ground Fair is just a few weeks away and are seeking craft items for the children’s area, including face paints, tempura paints, school-type glue, wooden dowels, beads and wooden blocks, buttons, fabric scraps, yarn, wool and other fibers, duct tape, masking tape, cellophane tape, clothespins, birch bark, pine cones and other materials for fairy houses. Call the fair office at 568-4142 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to donate craft supplies.