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Common Ground fair will showcase best of Maine fiber

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Penelope Olson of Wednesday Spinners provided this information:

For knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers wanting to purchase Maine-produced fleece or those interested in learning more about fleece, the Fleece Tent is the place to be Friday through Sunday, Sept 21-23, at the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.

Fairgoers will discover an abundance of sheep fleece riches at the Fleece Tent — white and colored; fine, medium and long staple; and fleece from “primitive” or dual-coat breeds. Specialty fibers, including llama, alpaca, mohair, cashmere and angora, also will be available.

Fiber artists are invited to show off what they have made with fleece purchased from the Fleece Tent at last year’s Common Ground fair.

Kate Henry and Susanne Grosjean will offer an exhibit of breeds and fiber samples with information about uses of different types of fleece, whether for spinning yarn or creating felt.

Educational information about growers and farms selling fleece, and fiber-related groups in Maine will be available.

Throughout the weekend, spinners and growers will be at the tent to answer questions. The schedule also will include talks all three days at the speakers’ tent right outside the Fleece Tent and at the Wednesday Spinners Tent. Subjects will range from choosing the right fleece for spinning to Peace Fleece’s new collaboration with Navajo and Lakota sheep farmers.

Growers wishing to register in advance for the fleece sale should contact Penelope Olson at 785-2784 or mizoly@midcoast.com to obtain number of tags and registration forms.

Fleeces from this year’s clip only may be submitted 1-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept 20, and at any other time during the fair. For those unable to register in advance, there will be a supply of registration materials available at the Fleece Tent throughout the weekend.

The Fleece Show will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, and will include both wool and specialty fibers. Wool judging will start at 10 a.m., with specialty fibers judging to follow. For information about submitting fiber to the sale and/or show, contact Penelope Olson.

Guidelines for the Fleece Sale and Show are available at mofga.org on the Fleece Tent page in the fair section.


Barbara Rolleston of the Blue Hill Fair reported that these artists were judged Best of Show at the fair:

• Corrine Sucsy of Blue Hill for her hooked rug, “Noah and the Ark.”

• Siobhan Dhority, 17, of Franklin for her charcoal portrait of a geisha.

• Alice Herrick of Otis for her color photograph, “Winter Scene.”

The see a slide show of the knitted and crocheted items modeled in on Sept. 6 at Fiber College in Searsport, go to stmargaretsbelfast.org/3rd-annual-knitmaine-ia-2012/.


Bag maker Jared DeSimio of Brunswick and knitter and spinner Nanne Kennedy of Washington are finalists in the Martha Stewart Living American Made Contest. The winner will be determined by online votes. To vote, go to http://americanmade.marthastewart.com/.

The Click for Babies caps campaign is under way. Those who wish to donate a hand-knit or -crocheted purple baby hat to raise awareness of infant abuse may drop it off at Penquis on 262 Harlow St. in Bangor or mail caps to Penquis, P.O. Box 1162, Bangor ME 04402. For information, call Wendy Pace at 973-3674, or go to clickforbabies.org to access cap patterns and to learn more about the Period of Purple Crying.

Crafters are need to take part in a craft fair 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Momentum, 28 Gilman Plaza in Bangor. Bring your own table or request one. Space rental fee is $20. The fair will benefit Special Olympics Team Momentum North. For information about participating in the craft fair, call Catherine Forker at 907-4501.

Classes in primitive penny rug wool applique beginning Wednesday, Oct. 3; and Ukrainian egg dyeing beginning Monday, Sept. 24, are offered by SAD 22 at Reeds Brook Middle School in Hampden. For information, go to sad22.us/adulteducaton or call 862-6422.

Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or email ahamlin@bangordailynews.com. Don’t forget to visit her blog at byhand.bangordailynews.com.

Correction: An early version of this story included incorrect contact information for SAD 22. The phone number is 862-6422, not 862-6545. The Common Ground Country Fair is held in Unity, not in Thorndike.

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