This project made possible by funding from The West Oxford Agricultural Society ~ presenter of The Fryeburg Fair

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Rivercroft Farm Donated Wool for the Maine Reef Project

Joe and Judy Miller of Starks, Maine raise Shire Horses and Registered Fiber Sheep. The Miller's are well known in the Fiber Art world for their high quality fleeces which they sell at a number of venues throughout the area to hand spinners and felters. Blue ribbon fleeces are common place for the Millers in every show where they enter fleeces.

The Maine Reef project has been fortunate to receive a large gift of white and dark fleeces from the Millers including Merino, Romney, Lincoln, and Border Leicester . Thank you Joe and Judy! We appreciate your generous contribution to this amazing community project!

We have had the fiber processed into beautiful felting batts by Frankenmuth Woollen Mills in Michigan thanks to the support of the Fryeburg Fair. The fiber will be used in the creation of the reef parts with plenty left over for use in educational efforts during future Fiber Center activities.

Talented Fiber Artist Julie Yarborough is the steward of the wool. She is storing it for us and will be dyeing some of it for various felting projects to be used in the creation of the reef by children and adults.  She has reported that the fiber is beautiful! No doubt her phenomenal talent will be evident in the reef project along with the talents of many of our dedicated Fiber Center volunteers.

Dare to imagine.....
Felted caves, sea serpents, fish, clams, kelp and other sea creatures.

ANYONE who does not come to see this exhibit during fair season 2012 will definitely miss out on one of the finest and most ambitious community art projects this state has ever seen!

Mark your calendar and be sure to visit the Fiber Center October 2nd - 9th, 2012!

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