Fiber Arts

Your doctor would tell you that more fiber is a good thing. And we'd agree.

But we would argue that a diet rich in fiber (arts) makes life less regular and more interesting. Which is why we were so excited to see maps for the Maine Fiber Art Tour out and about. Though the actual event is slated for the weekend of Aug. 7-9, most of the featured shops, studios, galleries and artisans will be open to to visitors year-round through 2012.

Though knitters will rejoice, this event isn't just about warm woollies. Yes, there's a fair share of yarn shops, spinneries and farms on the docket — you can visit a farm where they raise cashmere goats or one that raises alpacas (pictured). But this comprehensive, statewide, self-guided tour also highlights jewelers and book artists, paper makers and rug hookers, basket weavers and more — 130-plus, from Kittery to Fort Kent. The weekend tour includes more than 100 demonstrations in a diverse range of disciplines — from farming to felting, papermaking to purling. A full listing of the demonstrations is available here.

Maine Fiberarts Center in Topsham, the driving force behind the maps and tour, celebrates fiber in all its forms (well, the non-edible ones, anyway).

So get out and make a weekend of it or chip away at the list one by one. Either way, you'll get your recommended intake of fiber. And trust us: this is way better than a bowl of bran flakes or a glass of Metamucil.

To view an online map or a full list of participants, click here. Maps are also available at boutiques and natural food stores statewide.

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