in just a few weeks i’ll be headed up to Searsport, Maine to teach at Fiber College of Maine. i’ve been curious about this annual event since i first heard about it several years ago, because it sounds quite different than anything i’ve attended before. for one thing, it’s held at an oceanfront campground that has its own natural dye garden and GOATS! also, it’s a combo of fiber festival and craft retreat, by which i mean you can attend for just one day or stay for the whole thing (September 3-7). there’ll be a marketplace of vendors, longer intensive workshops Wednesday-Friday and shorter ones Saturday and Sunday.
notable teachers include Gale Zucker, Amelia Poole, Donna Drachunas, Ellen Mason, Jackie Ottino Graf, with subjects ranging from spinning, kitting, dyeing, basketry and felting to chain mail, bookbinding, woodworking, and photography… learn more and check out the teacher profiles on the FC blog.
from the Fiber College site:
Fiber College of Maine is an annual fiber festival whose sole reason for being is to celebrate the fiber arts in all forms. Maine is particularly blessed with artistic energy and inspiration from the flow of the tides, the rolling hills of the blueberry fields and the stars in the night sky. Each year, the weekend after Labor Day, fiber artists, crafters and students gather together for a weekend of casual fiber classes, time with friends old and new, live animals and good food.
i’m extra-excited to attend this year because 4 of the Gee’s Bend quilters will be there! i can hardly believe it. they’ll be teaching several workshops, speaking and exhibiting a selection of quilts. so exciting!
i’ll be teaching 3 workshops: Folk Dress (or Blouse), the versatile style inspired by the traditional Mexican dress on Friday afternoon, Wingfeathers Shawl on Sunday afternoon, and a Block Printing *pick-up class* with my pal Amy Lou Stein, Saturday night “after the beach bonfire”! find details on ALL the classes and registration over here.
if you’re in New England, please come and visit! i’m having a vendor booth too along with some of the other teachers, so you’re likely to find me there when i’m not teaching. hope to see you in Maine!