Handwoven scarf by Emi Ito on display throughout May & June at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham.
SPRING FOCUS ON WEAVING IN TOPSHAM
Statewide nonprofit Maine Fiberarts will host a Weave-In during the months of May and June at 13 Main Street in Topsham, and the public is invited to attend to learn about this beautiful art form.
Maine weavers Emi Ito
of Bath, Susan Perrine
of Woolwich, Sheila Shanti
of Westbrook, and Sybil Shiland
of Standish will be on hand during different days to weave on looms and to answer questions. Guest weavers from all over the State will join this group
at various times to showcase weaving techniques. A complete schedule of events is posted at www.mainefiberarts.org
An exhibition of woven work, special looms and weavers’ tools will be displayed throughout the Gallery, and The Red Studio will be turned into a working weaver’s studio. Visitors will be able to watch a warp being made, a floor loom being warped, and the weaving of cloth.
Several stunning examples of floor looms will be present (including a 36-inch Harrisville and a Japanese Saori), and weavers will also demonstrate the use of table, rigid heddle, tapestry and inkle looms. Weavers will show visitors how to construct a simple loom with heddles and treadles, or to create a card loom that uses only tapestry needles and cardboard to create small woven purses, belts or fabric.
Demonstrations will include:
- “Weaving with Twigs,” (May 1 and 2);
- ”Make a Warp and Start Warping,” (May 8);
- “Threading a Floor Loom,” (May 15);
- “Kitchen Table Garment Design,” (May 24 and June 7);
- “Cutting and Sewing Handwoven Fabrics,” (June 14); and
- ”Making a Simple Loom with Treadles and Heddles,” (June 21).
Weavers Sheila Shanti & Emi Ito examine ikat weavings at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham.
Members of two large spinning groups—
Saco Valley Fiber Artists from the Standish area and
Salt Bay Treadlers from Damariscotta—
will converge on Saturday, June 16, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
and will be spinning and showing off knitted and woven treasures.
Visitors on that day will see a variety of spinning wheels, as well as the looms, in use. Admission is free for all demonstrations, the exhibition, and the sale.
The Weave-In is planned as an opportunity for artists to share ideas and inspiration by working together over a continuous period of time in a common location. It also provides an opportunity for visitors to meet the artists, to learn more about the craft of weaving, and to view the exhibition of handwoven work.
A sale of woven items—including artwork, wearables and pieces for the home—created by many of Maine’s finest contemporary fiber artists will be available for purchase.
Maine Fiberarts supports fiber art, craft and farms through exhibitions, studio tours, residencies, and networking in Midcoast Maine. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10-4 and Saturdays, 11-2. To learn more about the Weave-In, visit www.mainefiberarts.org or phone 207-721-0678.
Category: Classes & Workshops, Exhibits & Shows