Fiber College of Maine will celebrate its 10th anniversary edition Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 7 through 11, at the Searsport Shores Ocean Park and Campground, 216 West Main St./Route 1.

There is a cornucopia of nearly 70 textile and fiber classes, varying in length from two hours to two days. Subjects include knitting, weaving, sewing, embroidery, tatting, dyeing, surface design, felting, rug hooking, spinning, bookbinding, chainmail, woodworking and papier-mâché. A few of the notable fiber artists participating this year include knitting artist and philosopher Katharine Cobey; ethnic knitting specialist Donna Druchunas; wooden flute maker Hawk Henries; basket maker Tina Puckett; rug hooking and felting diva Susie Stephenson; and weaving and color specialist Daryl Lancaster.

The Wednesday Night Dinner will be an Abanaki Cultural Celebration featuring wood-fired breads and other traditional Maine Indian specialties, both meat and vegetarian. Henries will provide music and stories.

The Friday Fiber Fiesta and Makers’ Market will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Shopper's Boulevard will be open late and the park will be filled with the sounds of music, food vendors and shopping opportunities. There also will be a book signing and directors’ screening of the documentary “Do it your way!”, a film about connections quilts make between the hearts, homes and histories of women from two very different worlds. Admission is free for everyone Friday night; $10 vendor tables are available to artists and suppliers.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ellen Mason will be in the Mentored Dye Tent for help making fiber masterpieces without all of the usual set-up needed for dyeing yarns. Mason has been making colors sing for more than 30 years and is happy to help advise on projects.

Fiber College of Maine is an annual fiber festival that celebrates the sharing of fiber arts in all forms. Maine is particularly blessed with artistic energy and inspiration from the flow of the tides, the rolling hills of the blueberry fields and the stars in the night sky. Each year, the week after Labor Day, fiber artists, crafters and students gather together for a weekend of casual fiber classes, time with friends, demonstrations, live animals and good food. For more information, visit

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