Maine Fiberarts will present a lecture and slide show given by sculptural knitter and author Katharine Cobey of Cushing Saturday, June 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The presentation also will include a short film taken of a working 1950’s Worumbo Mill.

The event will be held at Frontier Cafe & Cinema located in the Fort Andross Building, 14 Maine St. Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $12 at the door. They are available through Frontier Cafe at 725-5222. Proceeds will benefit Maine Fiberarts.

Nationally recognized for her contributions to the art and stewardship of American knitting, Cobey is lauded for her large-scale sculptural installations and innovative designs. Her work has been exhibited at the Portland Museum of Art, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Textile Museum and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Over the winter, Cobey showed work at Maine Fiberarts’ Gallery in Topsham and offered a gallery talk to a filled-to-capacity room. The talk was so successful that Frontier’s auditorium was booked to provide ample seating and image projection.

Knowledgeable and interesting — especially on the theme of “craft” — Cobey will speak on the topic of Knitting Great Shapes, a discussion about her discoveries around the use of diagonal knitting in creating wearable art and sculpture. Cobey will show slides of her work and will have a few finished items on hand.  Copies of her new book, “Diagonal Knitting,” will be offered for sale and for the author’s signature. A question and answer session following Cobey’s presentation will provide attendees an opportunity to engage with this living national treasure.

Cobey was named Maine’s Master Craft Artist for 2010 by a group of craft organization leaders. She maintains a studio in Cushing, which will be open for the Fiber Arts Tour Weekend Aug. 5 through 7.

Maine Fiberarts will precede the talk with a nine-minute film made from old footage discovered in the Worumbo Mill in Lisbon Falls by the daughter of the mill foreman, Faye Brown. The film portrays the process from woolen fleece to finished suit taken in the 1950s by a contestant for the TV series “Truth Or Consequences.” The film is a loving tribute to Brown’s father. For the afternoon’s presentation, Brown will display a woolen quilt, yardage and a man’s coat created at Worumbo.

Maine Fiberarts promotes fiber art, craft and farms statewide through various programs. This lecture is the first in a series that the organization plans to bring to the public to increase awareness about Maine’s excellence in fiber. For more information, visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to