The seasonal Camp & Create program continues at Searsport Shores Oceanfront Campground, offering hands-on programs for campers and the general public. Artist in Residence Sunday through Saturday, July 26 through Aug. 1, is Ellen Mason, advocate of The Humble Stitch.

Mason was raised as a maker by a family of do-it-yourselfers who supported her stitching habits from the time she was just a girl. They kept her well supplied with fabric and yarn, machines and tools; and they enrolled her in lessons, provided space and, most of all, set an example. Mason lives in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, sewing or knitting every day. She makes most of her clothing and writes patterns for knitted items such as sweaters and mittens.

While at Searsport Shores, Mason will sew a complete garment each day. Campers and visitors are invited to come learn about pattern making and garment construction, both sewn and knitted, and the tiny thing that holds it all together: The Humble Stitch. They can sew an accessory, fasten a button, hem too-long pants, embellish with embroidery, all with coaching and the company of friends. Stitching is a handy skill that can be learned at any age.

The Camp & Create, Artist in Residence Program is sponsored by Fiber College of Maine. For more information, visit or call 548-6059.

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