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Carroll County Times

Fiber artists meet to learn, enjoy one another's company

The Carroll County Fiber Artists meet monthly to share works in progress, hear presentations, learn techniques and enjoy the company of others who knit, crochet, spin, weave, quilt, dye and are enthusiastic about things related to fiber arts.

Fiber artists of varying abilities are welcome to join in the sessions which are held on the second Thursday of each month, generally on the grounds of the Carroll County Farm Museum. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. July 11 at the museum.

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"I come because it's a group of people who are like-minded and share that," Stephanie Davis said at a winter meeting of the Carroll County Fiber Artists, held in the old log schoolhouse on the grounds of the farm museum. Davis has been spinning yarn with a drop spindle, rather than with a spinning wheel, for about three years.

At that winter meeting, 8-year-old Andrea LaBelle was knitting a scarf. Her hands moved quickly and she didn't even have to look while she worked. "Andrea's learning to knit. She's doing quite well," said Carroll County Fiber Artists Communications Facilitator Heather Gorden, who practices fiber arts at her family's homestead in Marston. Andrea was accompanied by her mother, Kerry LaBelle, who was making a Baltimore Album quilt.

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All with an interest in learning about fiber arts are welcome to attend the group's meetings. There is no charge, and no prior experience is needed.

Additional future meetings are scheduled for Aug. 8 and Sept. 12, leading up to Worldwide Spin In Public Day, when fiber artists around the globe will spin yarn in public on Sept. 21.

For those who wish to inquire about learning fiber arts, the Carroll County Fiber Artists meetings can be a good place to start.

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Crab cake orders
St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 200 Main St., New Windsor, is taking orders for crab cakes, cooked or uncooked.
The cost is $6 each, payable upon pickup on July 11 at the church, between 10 a.m. and noon.
Orders are due by July 8. Call 410-635-6680 or 410-635-2442 to place an order.

Free meal and more
St. Paul's United Methodist Church offers a free meal for all at the Divine Cafe on the third Wednesday of each month. A healthy meal with seasonal fare is available from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
The next Divine Cafe meal will be served in the Fellowship Hall on July 17.
The church Cupboard and Closet provides free food and clothes every Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
For more details, call 410-635-2442.
The church is at 200 Main St., New Windsor.

Bookmobile visits
The Carroll County Public Library Bookmobile will make stops in New Windsor and Union Bridge next month.
On July 1 and 22, the bookmobile will be at the CCPL Administrative Headquarters, 1100 Green Valley Road, New Windsor, from 3 to 5 p.m.
On July 8 and 29, the bookmobile will be at the Union Bridge Community Center, 4770 Ladiesburg Road, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Call 410-386-4500 ext. 3147 or email keris@carr.org for additional information.


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