For decades, Belfast has been a destination for makers. In our historic downtown, located on the picturesque Penobscot Bay, you will find the arts district filled with galleries and studios, retailers, and restaurants. Watch maker demonstrations at Belfast Fiber Arts, Fiddlehead Artisan Supply, Heavenly Yarns, Waterfall Arts, and more. Find local open galleries and studios eager to share their work with you. Visit the local craft brewery, Marshall Wharf Brewing, or any of the many eateries downtown. Visit the United Farmers Market on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. to find makers of jewelry, food, crafts, and more. As you head out of town be sure to visit Mainly Gallery and Studio for glass-blowing and visit their showroom of local Belfast artists.

Schedule of Activities

Activities will continue to be added, please check back.

Art Together Morning at Waterfall Arts

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Kids and Families co-create together — Make your own Chinese shadow puppets! Registration Required. 256 High Street

Beer Bash at Marshall Wharf Brewing

Saturday, 2:00 – 10:00 p.m.: Marshall Wharf Brewing Co. will host their Annual Beer Festival on Oct 7. There will be 40+ beers on tap, 2 bands, 3 food trucks, and a whole lot of laughs!

Ceramics at Waterfall Arts

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Live demos and try your hands at Wheel Throwing. 256 High Street

Creating Designs on Cloth with Natural Dyes: Mordant Printing at Belfast Fiberarts

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: In the courtyard at Belfast Fiberarts.

Amanda Affleck will demonstrate mordant printing: an ancient technique for producing patterns and designs on fabric with natural dye colors. Mordants, or metallic salts such as alum and iron, are applied to fabric using blocks or paint brushes. When the piece is introduced to the dye bath, colors from the plant dyes show up in different shades on the cloth. It’s a fun and magical process that offers endless possibilities for creative expression.

Amanda Affleck of A Skirt of Leaves Textiles is a fiber artist, natural dyer, and weaver living in midcoast Maine. She loves to teach natural dye techniques and to share the creative inspiration that comes from a close collaboration with nature to make meaningful and beautiful pieces of textile art.

171 High Street

 

Fleece to Shawl Contest at Belfast Fiberarts

Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Teams consisting of 4 spinners and a weaver, prepare wool fleece, spin, ply, then weave a shawl 72″ long in THREE HOURS! In addition to receiving points for finishing in the shortest time, Teams receive points for things like:design, team costume, plus the quality of the spinning and weaving. Prizes will be awarded. Get your Team together and sign up on our website. $25 application fee. 171 High Street

Glass Bead Making Demo Belfast Fiberarts

Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: In the courtyard at Belfast Fiberarts. Basic Bead Making techniques, as well as some more advanced methods used to incorporate semi precious metals, ashes, and using multiple colors to create depth and design and the structural techniques used to build hollow beads on a bead mandrel. 171 High Street

Glasswork at Waterfall Arts

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Make your own glass pumpkin workshop, live demos, and glass for sale. 256 High Street

"Here is Magic" Mural Project at Waterfall Arts

Saturday & Sunday, all day: Visit Waterfall Arts to view the installation of a nw public art piece on the Waterfall Arts’ building is a way for the community arts center to offer something beautiful and thought-provoking to the public while highlighting our mission of connecting people with the power of art whether they choose to enter our building or not. The mural’s theme is a nod to Waterfall Arts’ long history of collaboration between artists and its foundational understanding of the innate value that the arts brings to a place. It will tell a story that links the exterior of the building to the ongoing activity on the interior, while bringing color and visual interest to the center.

Over thirty local artists are set to participate by completing individual reflective narratives on the theme of home. When joined together, these panels will form a whole; a creative placemaking that will highlight and celebrate the natural assets of Midcoast Maine. Waterfall Arts is an active home, a nest, an incubator for the fine arts, a hive of energy and inspiration for the entirety of the Midcoast and beyond.

“HERE IS MAGIC” PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Kirk Linder, Deborah Jellison, Christina Barstow, Allegra Kuhn, Elizabeth Moore, Sally Stanton, Marjorie Arnett, Liz Kalloch, Tara Morin, Victoria Barnes, Willy Reddick, Annadeene Fowler, Sam Maheu, Devon Kelley-Yurdin with Lilah Akin, Abbie Read, Heidi Reader, David Estey, Libby Sipe, Emily Sabino, Karen Jelenfy, MJ Viano Crowe, Nell Parker, Amy Lowry, Ruby Day, Julie Crane, Lesia Sochor, Paul Valentine, Ashley Megquier, Kelly Desrosiers, Barbara Sullivan, Stew Henderson, Peter Walls, and Amy Tingle. 256 High Street

Improv Theme & Variation Workshop At Fiddlehead Artisan Suppy

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.:

Join Denyse Schmidt in Fiddlehead’s sunny new classroom space for a day of exploring the art of “talking” quilts with her pattern, The Proverbial Quilt! Workshop description and supply list below. Lunch provided by Fiddlehead’s – please let the shop know if there are any dietary considerations.

Improv Theme & Variation

A single block pattern can yield an infinite number of variations. In this workshop, we’ll use improvisational patchwork to explore repetitions and variations on a theme. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of the design elements of structure and composition, while building confidence in working with improvisation to create quilt tops that reflect your own voice. Bring a favorite traditional or original block pattern to work with. (See below for ideas.)

Tools & Equipment to Bring:
Sewing machine
Thread
Rotary cutter
Acrylic ruler
Fabric shears
Snips
Sketchbook
Pens or pencils
Digital camera
Template
Making supplies (paper or thin cardboard – a file folder is great –as needed for your block, pencil, paper scissors, etc)

Materials:
A total of 3-5 total yards will be ideal for this workshop, based on your preference for working large or small, and how fast (or slow) you typically work. This total should include mostly solids, supplemented with prints and/or yarn-dyed wovens in a variety of values and hues. Your overall fabric palette should be simple and reflect the composition of the quilt block pattern you are bringing. For instance, if your quilt block pattern has three parts, select three main colors and broaden your selection for each by bringing several related fabrics that represent that one color.

* Selecting a Quilt Block Pattern to bring

Your experience will feel more successful (and you’ll have more fun) if you reduce your block choice to its most elemental form. Complexity and secondary patterns emerge through overall composition. Blocks like the examples below are all excellent. The blocks as shown have two main colors.

Above left to right: Basketweave quilt from my book Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, L pattern, Shoeman’s Puzzle pattern from my book Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration, half-square triangle.

To Prepare:
Online, take a look at the Quilt Index. You can search by pattern names, or by “one patch”, or “four patch”. Either of these search terms will yield good references and ideas for this class.

Your local library will likely have one of the following books, or something like it. A little time perusing any of these is perfect preparation for the class. Bring a sketchbook to the library for visual note-taking.

• Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns by Barbara Brackman
• The Quilter’s Album of Patchwork Patterns by Jinny Beyer
• Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns by Patricia Wilens
• 5,500 Quilt Block Patterns by Maggie Malone

Age
16 and up

Location
Our classroom space is on the second floor of our building. Please let us know if we can help you carry up your things.

64 Main Street

Please familiarize yourself with our class policies before enrolling. Thank you!

Knitting at Heavenly Yarns

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 131 High Street

Life Drawing at Waterfall Arts

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Clothed model, drop in and draw! 256 High Street

Madder Root Workshop at Waterfall Arts

October 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT
$40.00 – $50.00

Join us during Maine Craft Weekend in Belfast for a botanical dye workshop with professional fiber artist Jude Hsiang. This 3-hour workshop invites participants to learn about the ancient and continuing art of using natural materials from plants, insects and minerals to permanently dye a wide range of fibers. This class may be of special interest to quilters as we will dye cotton fabrics with madder (Rubia tinctorium) a classic dye plant that can be grown in Maine and gives a range of shades from pinks to reds to purples. Other fibers and dyes will be sampled, and all are welcome to join the fun. The instructor will share knowledge gained in her many years as a natural dyer through finished works, dye record books, and samples of dyestuffs. Note-taking and photos are welcome. A resource handout will be provided.
About the instructor: Jude Hsiang has been dyeing with natural materials for 45 years and teaching the craft for 12. She is particularly interested in exploring the use of Maine-grown fibers—wool, alpaca, mohair, angora, linen, and hemp—that are spun in Maine by hand or in local mills. She grows a dozen or so varieties of dye plants in her Central Maine garden and forages more in the wild. She also uses traditional dyes and fibers from around the world. A knitter, weaver, and stitcher, Jude enjoys putting her results to work in an array of items and selling naturally dyed yarns.

256 High Street

Pop-Up Art Market at Waterfall Arts

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 256 High Street

Pop-Up Makers at Toko

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 am – 6:00 p.m. 76 Main Street

 

Pottery at Belfast Clay Studio

Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 34 Front Street

Shop the United Farmers Market

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Shop 70+ Makers of food, homegoods, jewelry, ceramics, flowers, fabrics, and so much more! 18 Spring Street

Sit Down Belfast

Saturday & Sunday, all day: As you experience all that Belfast has to offer, find the 18 Sit Down Belfast chairs Our Town Belfast has installed throughout downtown. The are all designed and painted by local artists. You will find a plaque on each reprenting that artist. 

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.

The Proverbial Quilt Workshop with Denyse Schmidt at Fiddlehead Artisian Supply

Saturday

Join Denyse Schmidt in Fiddlehead’s sunny new classroom space for a day of exploring the art of “talking” quilts with her pattern, The Proverbial Quilt! Workshop description and supply list below. Lunch provided by Fiddlehead’s – please let the shop know if there are any dietary considerations.

The Proverbial Quilt

The Proverbial Quilt is inspired by early “talking” quilts. These quilts often featured quotes from the Bible, or commemorated public events. My version is an amalgamation of proverbs and fortunes from cookies, and the original pattern includes the entire alphabet so you can customize, personalize, editorialize, or memorialize. You can even (if you must) dispense advice. And they can sleep on it.

Long before I created this pattern, I made my first Proverbial Quilt and improvised all my letters. During this workshop, I’ll show you how easy it is to create your letters this way. It’s so much faster, and tons of fun! Come prepared with an idea of what you want to “say” with your finished project, and I’ll get you started! Or, create the phrase as shown on my pattern: “When we are flat on our backs, the only way to look is up. Find release from your cares, tomorrow is another day”.

What You Need

For the letters: I used a selection of several prints in warm colors for my letters, and prints and solids in cool colors for the letter backgrounds and spacers, offset by solid white in between the letter rows. This creates a quilt that at first glance looks like alternating rows of color – the words themselves are slightly obscured. You can choose a range of prints and solids that replicate this effect for a subtle message, or use your background fabric for the letter backgrounds and spacers for a bolder statement.

For the Background: Choose a solid color to offset your letter fabric choices. Use the fabric requirements list below for background and binding yardages. For the workshop, you’ll only need to bring 2 yards of the background fabric. For the workshop, you will only need a yard or less of background, and enough of your scraps or letter fabric for a few words or lines.

Tools & Equipment:

* Sewing machine and the usual accompanying supplies like needles and thread

* Fabric shears/snips

* Cutting mat/rotary cutter/acrylic ruler

* Sketchbook/pens or pencils

* Digital camera or phone

* Masking tape or pins for hanging blocks/design wall

* A printed copy of PDF pattern will be supplied at a cost of $15 per student.

The Proverbial Quilt Fabric Requirements

(Based on 45″ wide fabric)

Twin 70″ x 90″

Letters: 1⁄4 yard each of 8 – 16 fabrics (or your choice) Background and binding: 5-3/4 yds

Queen 86″ x 94″

Letters: 1⁄4 yard each of 8 – 16 fabrics (or your choice) Background and binding: 7 yds

King 103″ x 93″

Letters: 1⁄4 yard each of 8 – 16 fabrics (or your choice) Background and binding: 8-1/8 yds • Use your favorite batting in the appropriate size.

• Sizes are based on US mattress size plus a roughly 13” drop on three sides.

• To customize your quilt size, add more words or borders, and adjust your fabric requirements accordingly.

• Binding yardage is based on cutting 2-1/2″ selvage-to-selvage strips sufficient for a double-fold, crossgrain binding with mitered corners. Adjust for your preferred binding method.

Age

16 and up

Location

Our classroom space is on the second floor of our building. Please let us know if we can help you carry up your things.

Please familiarize yourself with our class policies before enrolling. Thank you!

Tiny Doors of Belfast

Saturday & Sunday, all day: As you experience all that Belfast has to offer, look around and see if you can spot Stuart Little.

Stuart Little, the one and only two-inch-tall talking mouse boy, was created by beloved Maine author E.B. White in 1945.

On a glorious summer day, a local resident sat on a bench down by the water. “I saw the most incredible thing,” she said. “I was so excited to see Little Family with Stuart Little walking alongside them. I was immediately inspired to make entrances to accommodate Stuart’s small stature so that he could visit Belfast alone in his tiny birch bark canoe, ‘Summer Memories,’ anytime he wanted to.”

You might not get to see Stuart while you are here, but you will know if he is in town by heading down to the water and looking for his tiny birchbark canoe tied to his dock. Be kind to Stuart Little, he wants to enjoy the beauty and bounty of Belfast, just like you do. You never know where you might see him… Learn more here.

Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn more here.

Waterfall Arts "Art Gone Wild" at the Stover Preserve
Wine Tasting at Vinolo

Saturday, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. 74 Main Street.

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