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Learning about, viewing fiber arts is easy in Maine

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Opportunities to view fiber art, to learn about or discover it in Maine are seemingly endless. Here is a list of the latest events and venues offering everything from the historical aspects of needlework to the first explorations of stitching by children:

• The Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonard’s Mills in Bradley will present Fiber Arts: Then and Now, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21. Visitors are invited to join volunteer demonstrators at the historical setting for an educational walk through the history of fiber. Learn how plants and animals were raised, processed and transformed into useful household materials and fabrics. A variety of creative arts, including spinning, weaving and needlework, will show how functionality enhanced with creativity provided for the family. Interact with demonstrators as they hook rugs, embroider, knit, spin, weave and create felt soap covers with wool and flax.

Leonard’s Mills is located on Government Road off Route 178. Admission is $5 adults, $3 children, free to members of Maine Forest and Logging Museum. For information, call 974-6278 or e-mail info@leonardsmills.com.

• Learn how to make beaded rosette earrings using porcupine quills, beads and fringe with Passamaquoddy jewelry and basket maker Gal Frey, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St., Bar Harbor.

Participants will need good eyesight in order to complete the intricate work.

The cost of the workshop is $25 for museum members, $40 others. For information, call Astra Haldeman at 288-3519, e-mail astra@abbemuseum.org or visit www.abbemuseum.org.

• The Abbe Museum will present a program, Tell Me More! 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, at the Northeast Harbor Library. The program is the first in a series of interactive experiences where participants can meet with museum staff and learn more about the Abbe’s permanent collections. Those who have examples of Wabanaki art and artifacts in their personal collections are invited to bring them, and the Abbe staff will help you learn more.

During the program at the library, Abbe Museum Curator of Collections Julia Clark will be the expert in residence. Clark is a seasoned archaeologist and specialist in Maine Native American material culture. She has been on the museum staff since 2000. Clark will bring a selection of objects from the collections of the museum that exemplify traditions unique to Maine and integral to island history and life today. Joining her will be Astra Haldeman, Abbe educator, who will engage participants of all ages in hands-on learning activities.

Participants may try one of several weaving styles commonly used by Wabanaki basket makers, past and present, or see what it would be like to etch delicate double curves into birch bark using reproduction paper.

The event is free and open to all. Light refreshments will be served.

For information, call the Abbe Museum at 288-3519 or e-mail info@abbemuseum.org.

• “Uncommon Threads: Wabanaki Textiles, Clothing and Costume” will be held at the Maine State Museum in Augusta until Sept. 4.

The popular, landmark exhibition of Wabanaki textiles, clothing and costume is on view in the museum’s fourth-floor temporary exhibition gallery. The exhibition then will travel to three museums in Canada before returning to the United States.

• Stillwater Montessori Summer Art Camp with Jackie Dimmock and Summer Sewing Crafts Camp with Kathy Lyons and Jackie Dimmock will display samples of children’s work during August and September at Fields Pond Audubon Center, 216 Fields Pond Road. View the creativity, get inspired and explore one of the nature trails during your visit. The center is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For information, call 989-2591.


The Pine Tree Kneedlers Knitting Guild will meet 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, at the Bangor Parks and Recreation building, 647 Main St. Guest speaker will be Debbie Bergman of Purple Fleece in Stockton Springs who will teach needle felting.

Guests are encouraged to attend the meeting. To make sure there will be enough supplies for everyone, RSVP by calling 943-6909 or by e-mailing knitting@Pine-Kneedlers.org.

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