2019-03-08 / Front Page

Annual Textile Day is planned for March 16

By Dan King Editor


Scarborough Public Library’s eighth annual Textile Day is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Artisans from around Maine will gather at the library to demonstrate an array of fiber arts techniques. The event will feature hands-on activities for all ages and items available for purchase. Free to attend. For more information, call 883-4723, option 4. (Courtesy image) Scarborough Public Library’s eighth annual Textile Day is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16. Artisans from around Maine will gather at the library to demonstrate an array of fiber arts techniques. The event will feature hands-on activities for all ages and items available for purchase. Free to attend. For more information, call 883-4723, option 4. (Courtesy image) Scarborough Public Library’s yearly nod to the days of yore is fast approaching.

Textile Day celebrates fiber arts with baskets of raw wool and yarn, spinning wheels, looms, crochet and rug hooks. But that’s not all. Also featured are knitting, embroidery, felting needles, quilting textiles, bobbin lace and tatting.

It’s all stitched together on Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“Textile Day has evolved into a signature event for us,” said Programming and Development Manager Celeste Shinay. “Not only does it bring talented artisans together to celebrate the incredible fiber art industry in Maine, it also offers a wonderful family experience for attendees. Demonstrations include opportunities for children and adults to try wool felting, bobbin lace and tatting, embroidery, quilt making, knitting, weaving, and more. It’s a great tech-free, hands on day.”

The library, located at 48 Gorham Road, will be transformed into a fiber and textile center.

Ongoing demonstrations and hands-on activities will be offered throughout the day, including crafts for children.

Many of the original works on display and sample project kits will be available for purchase. This event is free to attend and is appropriate for all ages.

“People who attend comment on how much they enjoy seeing the process of how textiles are created,” Shinay said. “They’ll see raw wool being carded and spun. Then they have the opportunity to see how many ways that wool can be used to create beautiful textiles. It’s a full-circle experience. It’s also fun for people to come into the library and feel the energy. The event takes up almost every corner of the building. It’s very exciting.”

For more information about this and other Scarborough Public Library programs, visit the library’s website at www.scarboroughlibrary.org.

Dan King can be reached at editor@scarboroughleader.com.

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