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Fiber Frolic highlights fleece of sheep, rabbits, alpacas

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

Windsor Fairgrounds is the place to be 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, when the 13th annual Maine Fiber Frolic will take place. It features classes, vendors from throughout New England and as far away as Pennsylvania, animals, and the Fleece Show and Sale.

A highlight on Saturday will be Dan Grady and his Marvelous Marionette Medley with shows at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.

Classes offered at the Fiber Frolic are:

Saturday, June 1

— Exploring Mushrooms for Dyes with Alissa Allen, noon-4 p.m.

— Baa, using doll making and needle felting techniques to create a small sheep, Amy Felske, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

— Off-loom Weaving, Dana Fadel, 9:30-11 a.m.

— Plying with Thread, Hattie Clingerman, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

— Felt Fabric, Susan Perrine, 9:30-11 a.m.

— Spinning 101 No. 1, Debbie Bergman, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

— Weavette Weaving, Sue Black, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

— Weave a Fishy Tapestry, Susan Perrine, 12:30-2 p.m.

— Spinning 101 No. 2, Debbie Bergman, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 2

— Japanese Shibori on a PVC Pipe, Sandi Crillo, 9 a.m.-noon. Shibori is a Japanese dye resist technique used to create designs on silk.

— Build a Twig Trellis, Susan Perrine, 9:30 a.m.-noon.

— Drop Spindling, Debbie Bergman, 10 a.m.-noon.

— Creating a Linen Stitch Scarf, Linda Whiting, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

— Twist, Grist, Crimp and Ratio: Spin the Yarn You Want, Linda Clutterbuck, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Class is for experienced spinners.

— Plant Imprinting on Fabric, Sandi Crillo, 12:30-3 p.m.

— Carding Basics and Tricks, Debbie Bergman, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

For information about class fees and materials costs, visit

The Fleece Show and Sale will offer wool, alpaca, llama, rabbit and goat fibers.

About 80 vendors will be on hand with products that include angora yarn from German angora rabbits, wool yarn from Finnish Landrace, Coopworth and Rambouillet sheep, alpaca yarn, wood pulp fiber yarn, roving for spinning, books, blankets, hand knit items and kits, jewelry, raw and processed wool; goat’s milk soap; handmade tools for spinners; hand sewn wool clothing, buttons, stitch markers, rug hooking wool, organic skin care products, spindle kits, pottery, handwoven baskets, beads and ribbons, lavender pillows, handmade glass buttons, beads and shawl pins, wooden fiber art tools, used spinning wheels, and much more.

In other words, it’s a shoppers’ paradise — not just for those interested in supplies for doing needlearts and who prefer to acquire yarn close to its source, but for anyone who appreciates handcrafted items and wants to support the small farms that produce such products.


The Bangor Sewing Guild will conduct the class, Simple Shorts and Skirts, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Hampden Municipal Center, 106 Western Ave., in Hampden.

Bring a sewing machine and thread. Patterns will be available. Learn how to trace a pattern, layout the pattern on the fabric, cut out and construct a pair of shorts or a skirt.

For information, call Norma Binan at 862-4367 or email

Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153 or email Don’t forget to visit her blog at

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