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Peruse textiles at ‘Altering Matters’ exhibit

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Ready for a road trip? Point your vehicle toward Lewiston-Auburn to take in “Altering Matters: New Work by Maine Members of the Surface Design Association” on display through Tuesday, Nov. 30, at the Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College. The exhibit focuses on textiles that are dyed, stitched, painted, knitted, woven, felted and printed.

The Surface Design Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977 with more than 4,000 members around the world, including studio artists, gallery owners, students, interior designers, industrial designers and curators.

Artists taking part in the exhibit are Karen Anne Baldauski, Lubec; Libby Barrett, Cape Elizabeth; Beth Helene Berman, Searsport; Allison Cooke Brown, Yarmouth; Elizabeth Busch, Glenburn; Mary Allen Chaisson, Harpswell; Katharine Cobey, Cushing; Danny Evarts, Woolwich; Sallie Findlay, Deer Isle; Kathleen Goddu, Bowdoinham; Katherine Harman Harding, Freeport; Sarah Haskell, York; Kate Henry, Southwest Harbor; Christine Leith, Sargentville; Stephanie G. Levy, Brunswick; Denise Linet, Brunswick; Phyllis Harper Loney, Round Pond; Susan Mills, Bowdoin; Jennifer Lee Morrow, Deer Isle; Susan Colburn Motta, Kennebunk; Karen Lee Munson, Kents Hill; Susan Perrine, Woolwich; Shira Singer, Bar Harbor; Jill Snyder Wallace, Minot; Susan M. Wierzba, York; Susan Winn, Portland; and Catherine Worthington, Brunswick.

Also included in the exhibit are textile-related poems by Pam Bernard, Walpole, N.H; Moira Linehan, Winchester, Mass.; Joan Mazza, Mineral, Va.; Elizabeth Oakes, Bowling Green, Ky., and Sally Woolf-Wade, New Harbor.

Susan Perrine will conduct a felting workshop 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the gallery. Participants will learn how to create a felted landscape. Registration and fee information is available at or by calling Ruby Holman at 753-6554 or e-mail

The Atrium Art Gallery is located at the University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn College, 51 Westminster St., Lewiston. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 753-6500.


Want to crochet your way to Halloween? Visit for free patterns for a witch doll, a spider in a web, monster-theme trick-or-treat bags, a trick-or-treat wreath and Halloween-themed dishcloths.

– The National World War II Museum in New Orleans is continuing its Knit Your Bit program, which it launched in 2006, to encourage knitters and crocheters to fashion scarves for veterans in Veterans Centers throughout the country. To date, the program has received 10,000 handmade scarves from those who knit and crochet.

For free scarf patterns and information on where to send a scarf, visit

Don’t have a computer, but want to participate? Send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: By Hand, Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor ME 04402, and I will mail you the patterns and other information.

– It’s not too late — there is still time to craft some zombies before Halloween. The book, “Zombie Felties” by Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate, published by Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, will tell you “how to raise 16 gruesome felt creatures from the undead,” including zombie puppy, kitty, bunny, vampire, pirate and bride. The pattern templates for each zombie are included in the book. Basic hand stitching and a few embroidery stitches are all that is needed to sew the zombies. The cost of the book is $14.95. Learn more about the book at or inquire at your local bookstore.

– Beads and Baubles Downeast, the second annual bead and jewelry show, will take place noon-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Schoodic Room, Ramada Inn, Ellsworth. The show will feature 20 vendors. Beads and beaded jewelry will be available for purchase. Beading workshops will be of-fered during the event. To register for a workshop, call Christina Heiniger at 664-2494.

A door prize of $100 worth of beads will be awarded.

Admission to the show is $1, free to children 12 and under.

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