Topsham-based group sponsors fiber arts tours

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TOPSHAM — Nearly 50 locations throughout Maine will host the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend next month.

The tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 7, and is sponsored by Maine Fiberarts, a statewide non-profit organization based at 13 Main St.

The event offers an opportunity for people to visit working studios and farms and participate in demonstrations, tours, workshops and children’s crafts. All activities are free and open to the public.

Sagadahoc County sites include Halcyon Yarn, 12 School St. in Bath; sFELT Creations, which makes wet felt rugs, hats and scarves at 25 Alliquippa Road in Phippsburg; and Susan Mills, who has a studio at 736 Millay Road in Bowdoin.

Emi Ito, who has a weaving studio in Bath, will show off her work at Maine Fiberarts during the tour weekend, as will Sheila Shanti, a weaver with a studio in Westbrook. Arlene Morris, whose works include paintings and stiched painted collages, will open her upstairs studio at 13 Main St. for the event.

“Our Fiber Arts Tour Weekend is a wonderful way to step inside a working studio or farm and see how craft is made,” said Christine Macchi, executive director of Maine Fiberarts. “Thousands of people toured studios in past years, and we are pleased to host this event annually – always the first weekend in August.”

Fiber arts includes work with fabric, thread, collage, paint or paper. The artists paint quilts, coil baskets, stitch books, knit sculpture and felt masks.

Small farms are also a part of the scene, offering items such as hand-spun yarns and hand-knit sweaters.

Log onto mainefiberarts.org for complete information, such as site descriptions, driving directions, photos, web links, and contact information for each site. The organization can also be reached at 721-0678 and fiberarts@gwi.net.

Printed brochures that list all tour participants can be found at Maine Fiberarts, Halcyon Yarn, or other participating sites.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.