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50 Cove St
Portland, ME, 04101
United States

(207) 780-1345

Located in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, we strive to provide an encouraging community for fellow fiber-lovers by offering classes and carrying supplies for weavers, spinners, wet felters, needle felters, and dyers.  Stop in and let us help you on your merry fiber way!  

Kathleen Gerdes

Kathleen is a Maine fiber artist who loves the magic of turning wool fiber into picturesque landscapes, wearable art, and sculptured and appliqued pieces for the home.  She loves teaching needle felting, wet felting and wool applique/embroidery to others and passing along techniques and processes that she has learned in her travels.  Kathleen teaches classes at Portfiber in Portland, The Common Ground Fair in Unity and at Fiber College in Searsport.  In the spring of 2014, Kathleen was chosen to teach a five-week short term "felting" course for Bates College students, concluding with a "Farm to Table" dinner, complete with felted decorations made by the students.  Her belief that "everyone is an artist" is evidenced by the results achieved in her students' work.  Blending colors and texture is important to Kathleen, and she likens her intricate felted landscapes to "painting with wool."  When not felting, she can be found working on wool applique projects and penny rugs.  Her work has been exhibited at Doc's Café in Cumberland, Portfiber, and Nezinscot Farm.  Kathleen also enjoys doing "fiber demonstrations" each year at The Fiber Frolic in Windsor, the Cumberland Fair and the Common Ground Fair.  To nurture her passion, she attends The New England Fiber Arts Retreat at Medomak Camps in Washington, Maine each year, where she is joined by other fiber artists from across the country.  2016 will mark Kathleen's fifth year at the camp.