Fiber College of Maine convenes

Aug 21, 2014
Four of the famed Gee’s Bend quilters will be in residence during this year’s Fiber College of Maine in Searsport.

Searsport — Fiber College of Maine, the largest fiber arts education gathering on the East Coast, will take place Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 3 through 7, on the award-winning grounds of Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, Route 1.

The 2014 Fiber College will offer classes, reserved in advance or register in person (subject to availability), or the opportunity to simply purchase a day pass and spend the day soaking up the atmosphere. Either way, attendees will learn from demonstrations, visit the gallery, stroll the Shopper's Boulevard, interact with fiber “critters” and wander through acres of organic gardens and miles of beach.

Fiber College offers classes on everything fiber — knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, felting, fiber preparation, rug hooking, quilting, lace making, dyeing, book making, wood working and more. Fiber College endeavors to further the education of creative pursuits for novice and highly trained artists alike.

This year Fiber College is featuring the quilts and quilters of Gee’s Bend, Ala., whose quilting credo is  “Do it your way!” Four of Gee’s Bend renowned quilters —  Miss China Pettway, Miss Stella Mae Pettway, Miss Revil Mosely and Miss Lucy Mingo — will teach their distinctive quilting style, participate in a forum discussion and be part of the event’s community.

On the evening of Sept. 3, First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner, followed by a discussion forum and gospel singing with “the ladies from Alabama.” The forum will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy. Price to attend dinner and forum is $30; for those interested only in the forum, the donation is $15. Tickets are available at the door or through the Fiber College website. Profits from the evening will support the Interfaith Fuel Fund and the Searsport Congregational/ Methodist Food Cupboard.

To continue the community-helping-community theme, during the weekend there will be a booth set up to teach people about Kiva.org, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the Internet and a worldwide network of micro-finance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Fiber College is always held the week after Labor Day. Accommodations are available at the campground and in nearby hotels and B&B's of Searsport and Belfast. For more information, about weaving a colorful community one thread at a time, visit fibercollege.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

See what's in store at Fiber College

Fiber College of Maine, web slides 2014 from Steven Tanguay on Vimeo.

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