More than 50 studios and farms statewide will open their doors to the public Friday through Sunday, Aug. 6 through 8 for a Fiber Arts Tour Weekend. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

This special three-day 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.

The fiber scene is hot 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 also are a part of this scene. The Fiber Arts Tour Weekend presents both the makers and the producers with a chance to open their doors and be discovered.

Midcoast participants in the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend include Katherine Cobey Studio and Timberdoodle 2, Cushing; Ibis Arts Textile Studio, St. George; Hope Spinnery, Hope; Black Locust Farm, Washington; Good Karma Farm & Spinning, Belfast; Rose Whitehead Fiber Fabrications, Waldo; Hermitage Fiberart, Stockton Springs; and Lakeside Alpaca Farm, Thorndike.

An interactive tour map is available at mainefiberarts.org with driving directions, map markers, Web links, and contact info for each site. Also posted is a listing of craft demonstrations offered during the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend. Printed 2010 Weekend Brochures listing all participants can be obtained at participating sites.

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