Weaving course slated at Trescott art center

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff
Posted Sept. 29, 2008, at 9:34 p.m.

Fiber artist Susan Barrett Merrill will conduct a weeklong Weaving a Life session of fiber arts instruction Monday-Saturday, Oct. 6-11, at the Cobscook Community Learning Center in Trescott near Lubec. The cost of the weeklong course is $250.

The center is a nonprofit community organization whose mission “is to sustain an educational setting within which people can cultivate understanding and enrich life through experiences in the natural surroundings, with our cultures and traditions, and through access to the arts,” according to information at its Web site, www.thecclc.org.

Merrill’s weeklong workshop will have room for 18 participants who will take part in hand weaving, spinning, and dyeing, using the fleece of Washington County sheep and tints made of local plants.

“The Weaving a Life approach brings handwork to a broad audience by providing the simple materials for creative activity. The weaving is a process of deepening awareness through connecting the hands and heart in a journey of self-discovery,” according to information at Merrill’s Web site, www.weavingalife.com.

Participants will weave three different projects, learning tapestry techniques and drop-spinning in the process. They also will create a joint piece on a free-standing indoor loom and be the facilitators for a collaborative weaving on a 9-foot Earth Loom planted in the ground. People from the community are encouraged to take part in this activity.

The final day of the session, Saturday, Oct. 11, will coincide with the grand opening of the of the center’s new fiber arts studio. “The entire community is invited to the grand opening and we encourage people to take part in the group weaving,” said the center’s Program Director Kara McCrimmon.

The new Don Furth Memorial Bandstand also will be dedicated that day. The bandstand was constructed in the memory of the father of the center’s Executive Director Alan Furth. Music begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 10 p.m. with the Orange River Jazz Band and trumpet player Mark Tipton, Oakum Bay String Band, New Brunswick fiddler Garold Hanscom, Michael Cooney and friends, SHUSH, R.E. Bell and Home Brew, and a Black Socks String Reunion String Band and friends.

The day will be filled with art, music, food and fun, said McCrimmon.

Other on-going fiber-related activities at the center include:

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