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Weave-In, Exhibition and Sale throughout May and June 2012

May 10, 2012

SPRING FOCUS ON WEAVING IN TOPSHAM

Statewide nonprofit Maine Fiberarts will host a Weave-In during the months of May and June at 13 Main Street in Topsham, and the public is invited to attend to learn about this beautiful art form. Maine weavers Emi Ito of Bath, Susan Perrine of Woolwich, Sheila Shanti of Westbrook, and Sybil Shiland of Standish will be on hand during different days to weave on looms and to answer questions. Guest weavers from all over the State will join this group at various times to showcase weaving techniques. A complete schedule of events is posted at www.mainefiberarts.org

An exhibition of woven work, special looms and weavers' tools will be displayed throughout the Gallery, and The Red Studio will be turned into a working weaver's studio. Visitors will be able to watch a warp being made, a floor loom being warped, and the weaving of cloth. Several stunning examples of floor looms will be present (including a 36-inch Harrisville and a Japanese Saori), and weavers will also demonstrate the use of table, rigid heddle, tapestry and inkle looms. Weavers will show visitors how to construct a simple loom with heddles and treadles, or to create a card loom that uses only tapestry needles and cardboard to create small woven purses, belts or fabric.

Demonstrations will include: "Weaving with Twigs," (May 1 and 2); "Make a Warp and Start Warping," (May 8); "Threading a Floor Loom," (May 15); "Kitchen Table Garment Design," (May 24 and June 7); "Cutting and Sewing Handwoven Fabrics," (June 14);  and "Making a Simple Loom with Treadles and Heddles," (June 21). Members of two large spinning groups—Saco Valley Fiber Artists from the Standish area and Salt Bay Treadlers from Damariscotta—will converge on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and will be spinning and showing off knitted and woven treasures. Visitors on that day will see a variety of spinning wheels, as well as the looms, in use. Admission is free for all demonstrations, the exhibition, and the sale. 

The Weave-In is planned as an opportunity for artists to share ideas and inspiration by working together over a continuous period of time in a common location. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists, to learn more about the craft of weaving, and to view the exhibition of handwoven work. A sale of woven items—including artwork, wearables and pieces for the home—created by many of Maine's finest contemporary fiber artists will be available for purchase. 

Maine Fiberarts supports fiber art, craft and farms through exhibitions, studio tours, residencies, and networking in Midcoast Maine. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-4 and Saturdays, 11-2. To learn more about the Weave-In, visit www.mainefiberarts.org or phone 207-721-0678.

CALENDAR LISTING

"Weave-In," hosted by Maine Fiberarts at 13 Main Street in Topsham throughout May and June 2012. Weaving demonstrations, design sessions, and exhibitions are free and open to the public during regular hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10-4; Saturdays, 11-2. Find a complete schedule at www.mainefiberarts.org or call 207-721-0678.

Contact: Christine Macchi, Executive Director, Maine Fiberarts, 13 Main Street, Topsham, ME 04086, 207-721-0678,      fiberarts@gwi.net        www.mainefiberarts.org

 

Find a gallery of high resolution downloadable weaving images at: 

http://gallery.me.com/fiberarts#100546&view=mosaic&bgcolor=black&sel=21

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