More than 45 fiber destinations located across the state will open to the public for a Fiber Arts Tour Weekend, including a number in Midcoast Maine. The event will run Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5 through 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Fiber Arts Tour Weekend, sponsored by statewide nonprofit Maine Fiberarts, is a chance to visit working studios and farms and to take part in demonstrations, workshops, studio tours, children’s crafts and farm living.

Fiber Arts Tour Weekend is Maine’s largest open studio tour and all activities are free and open to the public. Local sites to tour include Waldoboro to Searsport to Washington. Hand-dyed yarns, cashmere fiber, collectible art quilts, needlework images and freshly-shorn fleeces all can be discovered during the three-day event.

Complete information is posted at mainefiberarts.org including site descriptions, photos, driving directions, web links and contact information for each site. Demonstrations offered during the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend also are posted to help people plan their own itineraries. Printed 2011 Weekend Brochures listing all participants can be obtained at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham, Halcyon Yarn in Bath or at participating sites.

The fiber scene continues to flourish in Maine and includes artists working with fabric, collage, thread, paint or paper. These artists paint quilts, stitch books, coil baskets, felt masks and knit sculpture. Small farms producing mohair, alpaca, llama and wool are also a part of this scene. Curious travelers can find handknit sweaters, handspun yarns, and other treasures or experience craft demonstrations, working studios or farm chores firsthand. The Fiber Arts Tour Weekend presents both the makers and the producers with a chance to open their doors and be discovered.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.