Events featuring fiber on horizon

Posted April 26, 2010, at 7:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:25 a.m.

In Maine, there is no shortage of events that will feature the fiber arts and related events in the coming weeks. Consider these:

The first Acadia Fiber Faire will be held Saturday, May 22, in Southwest Harbor. Spinners, quilters, knitters, crocheters, weavers, stitchers and rug hookers will display their work and skill at designated areas in town.

Linda Cortright, editor of Wild Fibers Magazine, will open the event as special guest and speaker at a reception set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 21, at the Causeway Club Barn. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.

Pemetic Elementary School will welcome a variety of vendors with fiber-related items available for purchase on Saturday.

Fiber arts classes also will be held at the school. Classes include drop spindling, wet felting, knitting, free-form crochet, lace knitting, making fancy fabric cuffs and crafting a watercolor basket. The cost ranges from $30 to $40 per class, and some require additional materials fees.

Demonstrations and activities for children, including a fiber animal area, a scavenger hunt, and knitting and needlepoint instruction, will take place in a tent on the green.

Demonstrations in all of the fiber arts will occur throughout the day.

A “Fiberhead” hat fashion show will take place in the afternoon with prizes for the most creative designs.

Raffles of fiber-related items will be conducted, and a swap table will be available where attendees can drop off unwanted needlecraft gear and help themselves to something someone else has dropped off.

Several inns and guest cottages in the area are offering reduced rates for the weekend.

Admission to the fair on Saturday is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the Summer Festival of the Arts, Mount Desert Island’s summer arts program for children.

Volunteers are needed to assist with the event.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.acadiafiberfaire.com.

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The Page Farm and Home Museum at the University of Maine opened “Not Just Chicken Feed,” an exhibit of feed sacks, and clothing and quilts made from feed sacks, on April 20.

In conjunction with the exhibit, quilter Sharon Quinn Fitzgerald of Orono will give a talk about the history of feed sacks at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at the Page Farm and Home Museum.

After the talk, museum director Patricia Henner will take attendees on a tour of the exhibit in the basement of the White Farm barn.

Fitzgerald’s interest in feed sacks was piqued in 2008 when she received a bag of feed sack scraps leftover from her mother’s sewing projects. This led to her doing research and, as Fitzgerald said, obsession shortly followed.

Feed sacks were introduced, Henner said, in the last half of the 19th century as a replacement for barrels, but gained popularity during the Great Depression in the 1930s when housewives discovered that feed sacks could be used as a source of cloth for clothing and household items. As a result, feed sack companies began printing the sacks with floral and geometric designs, quilt squares and patterns for toys.

For information, e-mail Henner at Patricia_Henner@umit.maine,edu.

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A fabric and yard sale to raise money for the Women’s Re-entry Center in Bangor will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at 18 Griffin Ave. in Hampden. Take Route 9 from Route 1A or Route 202 and proceed approximately one mile, cross the railroad tracks and take the first right, then the second driveway on the right.

The sale will include more than 30 bolts of 100 percent cotton Hoffman and Moda fabric, plus linen and other fabric that the center’s quilting program cannot use, sewing supplies, and kits.

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And here’s news of an up-and-coming fashion designer from Bangor:

Taqqia Ronco, a graduate of Bangor High School, will showcase three of her original fashion designs in a runway-style fashion show at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 3, at Natick Collection, 1245 Worcester St., Natick, Mass.

Ronco, a senior fashion design student at Mount Ida College, was one of four Boston-area student designers selected to participate in the Form to Fashion Grand Finale fashion event.

The featured designers were chosen during Natick Collection’s Form to Fashion, a series of exhibitions of designs produced by more than 40 students from four Boston-area design schools. Each of the four schools was given three weeks to display pieces from their students’ design collections.

Natick Collection customers voted on their favorite looks from each exhibition. The four top vote winners — one from each school — are featured in the Form to Fashion Grand Finale event.

As part of the event, Ronco will display one of her garment designs in the Neiman Marcus storefront windows for two weeks.

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A spinning clinic will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Page Farm and Home Museum, University of Maine. The cost is $25. For information or to register, e-mail andrea.bozzino@umit.maine.edu.

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