DEAR SUN SPOTS: Kay wrote in about having sheet music to give away (Sun Spots, Jan. 23). She might consider contacting Bagaduce Music Lending Library in Blue Hill. They may accept it.

— Janet, no town

ANSWER: What a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for this, Janet!

Bagaduce Music Lending Library loans sheet music from its incredible collection of over 250,000 titles. This may be just the place for some of Kay’s collection. People from all over the world borrow the sheet music, including rare and out-of-print titles. To borrow, one pays a yearly fee to become a member and then pays a small fee for each item ordered.

The organization is at 49 South St. and is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Their website is www.bagaducemusic.org/. You can reach them at 374-5454.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Thank you for such an informative column. You have helped me once before so I’m in hopes that you will again. Is there someone who does reupholstery in the Farmington or Lewiston-Auburn areas?

— No name, no town

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know if anyone in the area teaches an upholstery class? I searched to no avail. I need to cover some cushions and need some instructions on how to proceed. Thanks.

— Rita, no town

ANSWER: Readers searching for upholsterers is a very popular question. As far as classes go, it would be a good idea to ask one of these upholsterers if they know of a class or perhaps they would be willing to take you on as a student or intern.

Also, in regard to classes, try contacting Creative Artisans of Maine at Provencher’s at 299 River Road. The number is 713-4786. They are finishing up a three-class upholstery workshop. They can put you in touch with that instructor or hopefully they will be offering the workshop again in the near future.

Sun Spots has listed these upholstery shops recently: Doreen Gendron of Unique Designs in Greene, 754-0048 or find her on Facebook at Unique Designs. She has dozens of photos of her work; Alan Osborn Upholstery, Main Street in Sumner, a third-generation upholsterer with a wide service area. Contact info is 388-3177 or write to Rosemari Osborn at [email protected];

Decorating Plus, Gray, 784-0173 or 657-8103; Hill’s Upholstery at 346 Lewiston Road, Topsham, 725-2485; Maine Correctional Center in Windham, work done by inmates learning new skills, 17 Mallison Falls Road, Windham, 893-7000; Mary’s Upholstery on Route 196 in Topsham, 353-7638.

Now this is what I like to see in my Rolodex, and there’s always room for more!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: I’m looking for a place around Lewiston to get my needlepoint blocked and framed. I’m willing to travel up to 40 miles. Thanks!

— No name, no town

ANSWER: Blocking is easy to do at home following online tutorials. Hobby Lobby at 65 Mt. Auburn Ave. may know of someone as well. Another resource is Creative Artisans of Maine at Provencher’s. (Their contact information is listed in the previous answer about upholstery.

Other choices for framing include Kimball Street Studios at 191 Lisbon St., Lewiston, 333-3342; The Picture Framer at 81 Main St., Topsham, 729-7765; and 100 Aker Wood at 413 Main St., Norway, 743-9539. Possibly they could also advise you about blocking your needlepoint.

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