Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Got Scraps?


Do you have bags or baskets of fabric scraps in need of a good home? Here is a chance to put them to good use:

Each year the town of Snow Hill sponsors a community art project to engage residents in a town-wide art endeavor that reflects the character and history of the town. For 2009 the Snow Hill Arts & Entertainment Committee will be leading the creation of a series of circular weavings on community looms.

The committee is in need of scrap fabric for use in this project. They can be dropped off at the Julia A. Purnell Museum in Snow Hill during the week, or call Claire at the museum to inquire, 410-632-0515. The committee is holding a work session on Monday, March 9 at 2pm at the Old Fire Station in downtown Snow Hill. We will be sorting out the donated materials. Anyone interested in being part of the project is invited to join in.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Fiber Weekend Getaway

Knitting and Spinning Weekend Getaway at the Merry Sherwood.You're Invited! Come spend a relaxing weekend knitting and spinning, learning new techniques, and having fun!
Below are a detailed list of the activities. Following that are the price details.

Friday, March 20
7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Yarn Tasting
Try out a variety of yarns and fibers. You'll also be able to test drive a variety of knitting needles as well. Every taster will get a goody bag of treats. Light refreshments will be served. Cost is $25 per person.

Saturday, March 21
9:00 a.m.- Noon - Class Session A:
Classes are $45/person. You will choose your class when you register. Additional fees for supplies or kits may apply and will be listed in the class descriptions.

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch:
A lovely spread of meats, cheeses, and rolls; pasta salad; finger desserts, and more along with tea, coffee, and punch. Cost is $15 per person.

1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Class Session B:
Classes are $45/person. You will choose your class when you register. Additional fees for supplies or kits may apply and will be listed in the class description.

Guests are on their own for dinner. Staff of Merry Sherwood are happy to make suggestions of area restaurants.
Upon returning from dinner, the fireplaces will be lit and guests are encouraged to sit in the ballroom and spin or knit all evening. Wear your PJ's and fuzzy slippers! There may be games and prizes!

Sunday, March 22
9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Brunch
Dine on a fantastic buffet of egg dishes, french toast, meats, fruits, and muffins. Coffee, tea, and juice will be served. Mingle with vendors in the Fiber Craft Faire before it opens to the general public. Cost is $20 per person.

Noon - 2 p.m. Fiber Craft Faire
Stacy from The Fine Needle, the Lilley's from Upper Room Studio, and more will have set up small tables of fiber, yarn, and hand-made items. From handcrafted soaps to hand dyed roving, you're sure to find some great treasures you can't live without. Brunch attendees will be able shop from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There is no fee to attend the Fiber Craft Faire.

For class descriptions, bed and breakfast pricings, or to register http://www.fineneedle.com/merrysherwood.html

Friday, February 13, 2009

Upper Room Studio Opening

Berlin's newest art studio may be off the beaten track, but it represent the continuation of the town's emphasis on regional arts. Upper Room Studio is located on Logtown Road, just off Route 50, in a cozy studio space. The business specializes in spinning wheels, looms, and fiber art accessories, and plans to offer classes in spinning, weaving, felting and jewelry making.
“Interest in fiber art has been growing, in our area and around the country. A lot of knitters and crocheters are branching out into spinning and weaving,” says proprietor Lisa Lilley. “We wanted to share our love of the fiber arts with the community,” adds Monika Lilley, the other half of this mother-daughter business team.
Upper Room Studio sells spinning wheels and looms by internationally known companies Louet, Schacht, and Ashford, and will soon be adding products from Kromski to their inventory. Handcrafted items including jewelry, shawls, purses, and hand-spun yarn are also available for purchase.
A grand opening celebration will be held at the studio on Saturday, February 14 from 10am to 4pm. There will be fiber art demonstrations, door prizes and refreshments. Guests are welcome to test drive the eleven showroom spinning wheels.Even those with no background in the fiber arts often catch the spinning and weaving bug after sitting down at a wheel or loom, warn the Lilleys. “It's creative and meditative and has a connection to the handicrafts of our ancestors. For a lot of people, it's a meaningful antidote to the modern world of mass production,” says Monika Lilley.
Upper Room Studio is located at 8525 Logtown Road. More information about upcoming events can be found on the company's blog, http://www.upperroomstudio.blogspot.com/. For more information, or for directions, call (443) 373-3115 or email upperroomstudio1@gmail.com.