Knitters, spinners, weavers, quilters and rug hookers — and those who love items those artisans produce — will find bliss at the Acadia Fiber Faire, Saturday, May 21, in downtown Southwest Harbor.
The event will kick off with an opening reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Causeway Club Barn, 10 Fernald Point Road, Southwest Harbor. Featured at the event will be rug hooker Judith Gossart who will give a lecture on “Three Centuries of Hooking,” a historical overview of rug hooking in coastal Maine, Newfoundland and Labrador. Gossart is the owner of Sprucewind Antiques and teaches at Acadia Senior College.
The cost of admission to the opening reception is $10 at the door and includes light hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Summer Festival of Arts, Mount Desert Island’s arts day camp for children and young adults.
Highlights of the Acadia Fiber Faire on May 21 include:
• Free workshops and demonstrations — Continental Knitting, Seaming a Knitted Garment, Hyperbolic Crochet for knitters and crocheters; Preparing your Fleece and Drop Spindling for spinners; Rug Hooking Techniques and Punch Hooking for rug hookers; and Paper Piecing, The Marvelous Nine-Patch and Basting your Quilt using the Roll-N-Pin for quilters.
• Children’s activities, 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1-3:30 p.m. at the Pemetic School dining room. Matrerials will be provided for making felt finger puppets, fleece angels or animals, and a fiber mural. Learn simple embroidery techniques for creating a sampler from a child’s own drawing. Parents and grandparents are invited to take part. The activities are free, but donations to the Summer Festival of Arts are appreciated.
• Gatherings. Bring a project to work on — share tips, ideas and sources of inspiration.
• Fiber Faire Swap Table in the main tent. Bring any fiber-related item, including books, patterns, equipment, yarn, fabric, batting, roving, etc. Leave what you bring and take from the table what you want. No charge and no limits.
• Nineteen vendor booths.
• Exhibits by fiber artists and a display of local student art.
Admission to the faire on Saturday is free, but donations to benefit the Summer Festival of Arts will be accepted. For more information, visit http://acadiafiberfaire.com.
The Northeast Livestock Expo 2011 will take place Friday through Sunday at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor. The fibers arts will be a part of the mix. More information is available at www.northeastlivestockexpo.com.
Knitters who want to put a little fun into stitching will find plenty of drollery in “KnitWit” by Katie Boyette, published by Sellers Publishers located in South Portland. Her crazed creatures will appeal to those who admire amigurumi figures, to children and to those who want to put a “twist” into their knitting repertoire. Boyette’s one-of-a-kind designs include Mr. Abominable, Jacques Crusteau, Vampiric Panda and 17 other critters including an owl, alligator and squid. There’s even a Cyclops and Ninjas. The designs are playful and sure to tickle your funny bone. The projects are aimed at both beginner and seasoned knitters.
Boyette writes a blog at http://caffaknitted.typepad.com.
The Hampden Hookers have designed and hooked eight Friendship Rugs to celebrate their love of rug hooking. The group meets weekly at The Keeping Room in Hampden. Each of the eight group members designed a square to be incorporated into the rugs they hooked and each hooked the square in all eight of the rugs. The rugs are on display until June 11 at The Keeping Room, 56C Main Road North. The display is free and open to all. For more information, call 862-3181.
Along the Lilac Path, an 1840’s bridal quilt, will be featured at a quilt show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21, at East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road. Admission is $3. A salad luncheon will be available.
The public is invited to enter quilts or wall hangings, which may be brought to the church office 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 19, and Friday, May 20; or 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 19. For more information, call Linda Weinmann at 825-4591.
Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or e-mail email@example.com.