2011 Call for Instructors

How about teaching at Fiber College, September 8-11 in Searsport Maine?  We’re asking for class proposals on anything fiber related…something fun, something funky, something very easy or extremely technical…the committee is looking for quality projects and techniques that offer new ways to give form to our creative ideas. 


As always, we’re searching for project classes on garments & accessories, baskets, quilts, yarn making, surface design, needle arts, wood working, weaving and trying not to forget subjects like fly tying and interesting knots.  As we celebrate our 6th year, we’ll continue to search for fresh ideas; classes that are unique to Fiber College.  Think of the skills, techniques and ideas you’d like to share with other enthusiasts and let your imagination dance around a bit. 


The focus of 2011 will be the celebration of color in all forms of fiber art.  Fair Isle knitting…totally color based…Mary Jane Mucklestone, diva of extraordinary color palettes, will guide our mission as this year’s Artist in Residence.  You may know her from the teaching she’s done at Fiber College and around New England (and Old England too) or from the many designs she’s published in books and magazines.  We are awaiting her Fair Isle book due in September.  Joining Mary Jane will be knitters/authors Beth Brown-Reinsel (of Knitting Traditions) and Amy Herzog (Fit to Flatter)…We’re thrilled to have three internationally recognized knitting teachers amongst us this September and expect them to draw an enthusiastic audience that will be looking for your classes too.


In response to our conversations with students, we have made a couple of changes that will make the College more accessible to everyone.  First, this year’s registration process will be on-line, 24/7 and immediately confirmed (satisfying the need for instant gratification).  Second, we have eliminated all registration fees.  Third, there will be a wine and cheese reception for the Artist in Residence on Thursday night.  Finally, if you are chosen as an instructor, you will be invited to exhibit your favorite creation in the College Studio for the weekend…yet another opportunity for us to share in the artistic wonder of our instructors.


Fiber College of Maine is devoted to educating creative expression in all forms.  By integrating classes, shopping, demonstrations, evening events and gathering places, we facilitate a community that supports light-hearted and authentic artistic discovery.  All of the classes are taught in tents and casual buildings on Mid-Coast Maine’s picturesque Penobscot Bay.   If you are in the position, consider combining your teaching schedule with a vendor booth to quadruple your exposure and sales.


The easiest way to track the FC planning process is to read the Fiber College blog, Facebook or e-mail us with your questions.  You can find me (Astrig) on Ravelry too.  When you’re ready to submit an application, find one on the website or click here.  The last day for submission will be March 9th.  You will be notified of the jurying committee’s decision by March 23rd.


We’re hosted by Searsport Shores Ocean Campground…making the College feel like a summer art camp for devotees of all ages. When you’re not teaching or participating in the events spread over the 40 oceanfront acres, we hope that you’ll find a spot at the beach or nestled into the organic gardens for some quality time of your own.  This is the perfect “working vacation!” 



Weaving a better world one thread at a time,

Astrig Tanguay,

One of many who bring you Fiber College each year

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