More than 50 studios and farms across the state will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Aug. 8 for Fiber Arts Tour Weekend.

The free weekend event sponsored by Maine Fiberarts offers folks a chance to see demonstrations and participate in workshops, children’s crafts and farm living.

The sites open to the public include an antique spinning mill in Harmony, a Pygora goat farm in Limerick, a feltmaker’s studio in Garland, natural dye demonstrations in New Gloucester and tours of gardens and sheep flocks in Brownfield.

Spinning wheel collections, handspun yarns, art quilts, collectible crafts and freshly shorn fleeces can all be discovered during the three-day event.

Maine’s fiber scene includes artists working with fabric, collage, thread, paint or paper. These artists paint quilts, stitch books, coil baskets, felt masks and knit sculpture.

Small farms producing mohair, alpaca, llama and wool are also a part of this scene.

Maine Fiberarts has an interactive map on its Web site,,

that includes driving directions, map markers, links and contact information for each site. A list of craft demonstrations also has been posted.

Brochures listing participants are available at Maine Fiberarts in Topsham and Halcyon Yarn in Bath.

The tour stands as one of Maine’s best examples of a cultural tourism initiative. While events are focused around this coming weekend, the map can be used on a call-ahead basis throughout the year.

Maine Fiberarts’ gallery in Topsham, at 13 Main St., hosts revolving exhibitions. On view through Aug. 31 is “Encounters: Paintings on Handmade Paper” by Arlene Morris. A reception for the artist will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.

For more information, call 721-0678 or visit