In October, I traveled to Eastport, Maine in search of fiber art teachers to be profiled in our 2019 publication, “Learning Fiber Art: A Guide to Maine Teaching Resources.” Foliage was just past prime, days were still warmish, and the trip was fabulous! Fiber art and artists are thriving along Route One throughout Midcoast Maine.
First stop was Attic Heirlooms. This shop located right on Main Street in Damariscotta, carries yarns, books, hooking supplies, wool fabrics, patterns, magazines, embroidery threads and more. They teach classes in punch needle, cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, rug hooking, knitting, wool appliqué and more. Beyond their well-supplied street-level shop, they have a lovely huge room upstairs dedicated to classes. In the same building, Aboca Beads, carries glass and exotic beads and supplies and offers classes also.
Next step was Marion Brown’s Fiber Art Studio in Belfast. A workshop was just winding up and I was able to meet other people who hook, do punch needle and teach. Marion Brown opens her studio each week on Thursdays (best to call ahead), and community members gather to stitch, hook and work on projects. Marion’s studio is filled with hooking supplies, a dye kitchen, fabric on the bolt books and finished rugs. A large table and comfy seating offer places to work.
A quick stop at KOT Contemporary Crafts in Ellsworth and then a visit to Artsworth, a weaving school founded by glass artist Linda Perrin at their glass studio in Ellsworth. Many fun sites. However, I had to keep moving since it’s a long drive to Eastport. See the next post.