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Hillary Hutton: Master Rug Weaver

May 27, 2016

Hillary learned to weave at the Massachusetts College of Art and has stayed with it for over 30 years. She is known for her exquisitely-crafted handwoven rag rugs, but also weaves yardage for clothing, particularly women’s tunics. She does all the designing, preparation, dyeing, weaving and finishing work herself. She enjoys self-employment and believes that… Read More»

Carlson’s Collaged Crocodile

May 19, 2016

To prepare for a Summer exhibition of members’ work at Maine Fiberarts, we have been visiting artists’ studios. It had been a while since I visited the studio of Susan Carlson, so we were amazed to come upon “Crocodylus Smylus,” the newly-completed life-size twenty foot long saltwater crocodile she calls Stevie. The piece was completed… Read More»

Boston in 48 Hours

May 12, 2016

On the first warm sunny weekend in May, we set off for a whirlwind textile tour of Boston. We wanted to see CraftBoston, sponsored by the Society of Arts and Crafts—“America’s oldest nonprofit arts organization”—and to spend a day or two in Cambridge. We needed to photograph an art piece friend Arlene Morris had sold to… Read More»

Shearing Day at Hatchtown Farm

April 10, 2016

Hatchtown Farm in Bristol, Maine, held its shearing early in April and several stalwart friends braved a very cold day to help with the harvest of wool. Farm owners Pam and Jim Child produce prize-winning Coopworth sheep and fleeces, and their friend and fellow shepherd Emily returned to the farm one more year to shear.… Read More»

Fiber Marketplace and Yarn Sellar

April 9, 2016

It was off to the town of York this Spring to take in a special event and a yarn shop. Carrie McKie, owner of The Yarn Sellar in York, Maine organizes the Fiber Marketplace currently in its third year. She had invited small fiber farm producers, artisan yarn dyers, specialty button vendors, and other fiber… Read More»

Marlena Ekola Gerberick: Great Gifts Come

March 31, 2016

Birds’ nests, feathers, bones. Paintings, artists’ books, assemblages. The work in the studio of Marlena Gerberick is both nature-based and eclectic. The overall colors are soothing tones of gray, white, and browns with an occasional soft blue. No reds. “I have no use for red,” says Gerberick. Marlena Ekola Gerberick is an artist who has been… Read More»

The Knitting Sculpture Studio of Katharine Cobey

February 5, 2016

The studio of artist Katharine Cobey is located on a cove off Muscongus Bay in Cushing, Maine. Katharine was one of the founding trustees of Maine Fiberarts, and a personal knitting mentor to me over many years. Katharine’s beautiful studio is open most days to the public if visitors call ahead. There, she transforms wool… Read More»

Getting Ready for Sew Class

January 22, 2016

During the past several winters, seamstress Barbara Taylor has been leading a garment sewing workshop for Maine Fiberarts. Barb uses commercial patterns to sew a wide variety of coats, jackets, vests, shirts and dresses, and always wears something chic when she comes to visit. She uses fabrics collected in her travels; her experience and knowledge gained over many years; and… Read More»

Maine Ag Trades Show Walk-Through

January 14, 2016

The 75th Maine Agricultural Trades Show took place January 12-14, 2016 in Augusta and I visited the show to see what’s up. Booths on gardening, maple syrup, farm equipment, composting, dairy, apples, fruit trees, grains, alpaca, sheep and forestry were just a few of those present. I picked up seed catalogs from Fedco and Johnny’s;… Read More»

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