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57 classes on tap at Sept. 9-12 Fiber College

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Fiber College on Penobscot Bay will celebrate its fifth year Sept. 9-12. The event will offer 57 classes ranging from quilting, knitting and spinning to chair caning, woodcarving and surface design.

Instructors will include Mary Jane Mucklestone, Fair Isle knitting and photography; Bob Nichols, exploration of two- and three-dimensional needle-felting; Hatie Clingerman, extreme embellishment techniques; Batty Hauger, earflap hat from homespun yarn; Faith Garrold, scrap quilting; Christine Fraga-Thornton, organizer tote from placemats; Deborah Bergman, fiber preparation techniques for spinners; Tom Cote, woodcarving; Beth Berman, surface design; Jackie Fee, author of “The Knitter’s Workshop”; Gus Szbronski, chair seat weaving; and Allen Voss, model ship building.

Each evening will feature a gathering for teachers, vendors and students to sit together and share information on projects and connections.

Those who want to be vendors at the event must provide supplies and tools rather than finished products.

Free demonstrations are scheduled every hour, Friday through Sunday.

Artist in residence for the event will be weaver Alice Seeger of Rhinebeck, N.Y. In addition to the teaching classes, Four-harness Weaving and Warping Without Fear, Seeger will demonstrate throughout the weekend on a variety of looms. She will be available to answer questions, discuss techniques and share finished projects. On Saturday night she will give a slide show talk of her international textile journeys at the Penobscot Marine Museum.

New for the event are family focus classes on Sunday. The classes will appeal to all ages. Adults and children will create together. Classes include silk painting, scrap quilting, woodcarving and weaving. Children under age 15 are exempt from the college registration fee.

Fiber College is held at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground on Route 1 in Searsport. The general public may browse, shop and sign up for classes. For detailed information about classes, schedule and fees, visit www.FiberCollege.org or call 548-6059.


• Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport will present a workshop in the art of shadowbox making 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8. Participants will have the opportunity to examine the museum’s current exhibit of contemporary marine shadowboxes, “Inside the Box: The Art of Anne-Emmanuelle Marpeau,” for inspiration and ideas.

Shadowboxes, also known as dioramas, are artistic scenes or tableaux presented within a glass-fronted or open box. A shadowbox can tell a story, honor a person or event, focus on a theme, or by abstract.

Workshop participants will create a diorama using a variety of techniques and materials including collage, assemblage, sculpture, painting, lettering and more. A collection of objects and materials will be provided, and participants may bring materials of their own. Participants also may bring an empty box or purchase one from the museum for a minimal fee.

The workshop will be led by the museum education director Betty Schopmeyer and program and outreach coordinator Cathy Melio. Cost of the workshop is $30, with a 10 percent discount offered to museum members. For information or to register, e-mail cmelio@pmm-maine.org or call 548-2529.

• The town of Holden will hold a Fall Frolic Day 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, on the Holden Elementary School and town office grounds, Route 1A. Organizers are seeking crafters who want to sell their items and want to rent yard sale space. Tables will be available for crafters at $15 each inside the school auditorium. Yard sale spaces (20 feet by 20 feet, no tables) will be available outside on the grounds for the same price.

For information call Pat at 843-5518 or e-mail patsir29@myfairpoint.net.

• The Old Town Riverfest will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, at Old Town’s downtown Riverfront Park.

This year, for the first time, crafters will be invited to participate in the festival and will have booths set up with their handmade crafts for sale. Limited spaces are still available and crafters are invited to contact the committee and reserve a space.

For information, e-mail oldtownriverfest@hotmail.com or call 478-9012.

• Windsor Fair, which runs through Sept. 6, at the Windsor Fairground, will feature a fiber display area complete with animals and educational activities. For information, call Raini Perry of Raini Ridge Alpaca Farm in Palermo at 313-9925 or e-mail pacas4u@hotmail.com.

• The Searsport Historical Society will offer a demonstration of traditional crafts 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, at the Crary-Carlon-Coleman House, Sears Island Road.

On hand will be Sarah Nickerson with primitive rug hooking, Gus Szabronski with chair caning, Lynda McHugh spinning, Sue Nichols with traditional rug hooking, Becky Mohr knitting, and Merle Griswold demonstrating rug braiding.

Demonstrations will be held in the Crary-Carlon-Coleman House if the weather is inclement.

The event is free and open to all.

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