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Revel in fiber at the Frolic

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Get ready for the revels (no, I don’t mean ravels, but that could work) — the 11th annual Maine Fiber Frolic will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, at the Windsor Fairgrounds, Route 32, in Windsor. Admission is $5, $2 seniors, free to children under 12.

The weekend will give craft mavens a chance to learn a few new things in the world of fleece and yarn with a lineup of workshops. Information about workshops fees and online registration is available at www.fiberfrolic.com/workshops.shtml.

Here’s what’s happening:

Saturday, June 4

• Finger-manipulated weaving with Eileen Easterky, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Students will learn techniques such as lace, twining and decorative knitting.

• Making faces or needle-felted noggins with Marianne Dubois, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn how to make different facial expressions and wool locks for hair.

• Spinning 101 with Debbie Bergman, 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how to treadle draft wool roving and spin it into yarn. Spinning wheels and roving provided.

• Fabulous felted flowers with Marianne Dubois,12:30-3:30 p.m. Make a colorful bouquet using wool and water.

• Drop spindling with Debbie Bergman, 1-3 p.m. Learn how to spin wool, make a 2-ply yarn and skein the yarn. Bring your own drop spindle or purchase one at the the workshop.

• Primitive rug hooking for beginners with Janet Conner, 1-3 p.m.  Learn the steps of primitive rug hooking from preliminary design to to binding the edges. The work shop goal is to provide students with skills to hook rugs independently and successfully.

Sunday, June 5

• Bangles and baubles with Marianne Dubois, 9 a.m.-noon. Learn to make felt jewelry from merino wool.

• Berry basket with Roberta McClennan, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Learn basket making techniques.

• Weaving for stress relief with Eileen Easterly, 9:30 a.m.-noon. The workshop will focus on Japanese free weaving techniques.

• Miniature punch needle hooking with Janet Conner, noon-2 p.m.  Learn the techniques for this portable craft.

The fleece show and sale at the event will offer more than 300 fleeces in a variety of price ranges. Look for sheep, alpaca, llama, goat and rabbit fiber.

A used equipment marketplace will offer, for example, shears, carders, spinning wheels, swifts, looms, niddy-noddies, knitting needles and other fiber-related items.

Those who want to volunteer to help out at the Fiber Frolic may contact Karen Woods at 233-6152 or email info@mainewoodsalpacas.com.


Have you made something wonderful you’d love to show to others? Then consider participating in Make It With Fiber! Now in its third year, the show and contest will be held at the Maine Fiber Frolic, June 4-5, at the Windsor Fairgrounds. There are categories for garments, wearable accessories, and hearth and home, along with various age and experience classes from youth through professional. For details and the registration form, visit http://fiberfrolic.com and click on “contests.”

Also, volunteers are needed to help staff the exhibit during the fiber frolic. If you have an hour or two to spare that weekend, email michaele.bailey@maine.edu.

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Thanks go to several knitters who answered Spin a Yarn’s call for yarn by sharing their stashes last week. Laurie Scott, Penobscot County chapter coordinator for Project Linus, also donated bags bulging with yarn so volunteers can knit security blankets for area children, many of whom are not babies, she said.

Knitters are invited to drop in at 11 a.m. Tuesdays and stay for a few minutes or several hours to work on one of several 48-by-60-inch blankets. Those hooked on crochet also are invited to take part. Spin a Yarn is located at 39 North Main St. in Brewer.

Collection of yarn and knitting will continue until Project Linus’ needs are met; then another recipient will be chosen. Requests and suggestions are welcome. For more information, call the shop at 989-5002 or email mmaccrae@spinayarn.biz.

Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or email ahamlin@bangordailynews.com.

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