Friday, March 8, 2019

March Guild Meeting

Bib & Tucker plus Art Quilting hands-on demo

 Saturday, March 9, 2019 10:00 am

Hoover Church of Christ 3248 Lorna Road, Hoover, AL 35216   

Viola Radcliffe from Bib & Tucker will be kicking off our March program with a short presentation on their March Quilts Project. This is an annual project where Bib & Tucker members choose a civil or human rights theme and facilitate open sewing sessions and discussion. During these sessions, community members create quilt blocks that express personal feelings about the theme. Since the beginning, Bib & Tucker members have sewn seven quilts from over 850 submitted blocks.

See the Bib & Tucker website for more information! 

To go along with this presentation, we felt it only fitting to champion one of our very own Guild members, Barbara Mitchell. As an art quilter, Barbara uses hand stitching to lay down layers of appliqué, as well as embellishments like yarn, wool roving, cheesecloth, gauzes, beads, and Angelina fibers. Barbara’s works range in size from under 12 inches per side up to 7 feet by 4 feet.

Barbara will be teaching a short class in art quilting for us on Saturday, in which members will learn a few embroidery stitches while sewing and embellishing their very own Happy House quilt block to take home with them.

If you plan to participate, you need only bring a good pair of sewing scissors, any pins and embellishment supplies you’d like to use, and your imagination!

Visit Barbara's gallery online to see her beautiful work!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February Guild Meeting

Spinning Wheels 101

Saturday, February 9, 2019
10am at Hoover Church of Christ
3248 Lorna Road, Hoover, AL 35216

Are you a spinner, needing an introduction to caring for your brand new spinning wheel? Were you gifted with your great-grandmother's wheel and haven't the first clue how to spin on it? Have you had a busy moment in life and discovered that your wheel has been sitting for months, untouched and gathering dust, and you need tips on how to get her ready to spin again? Have you come across a wheel at a yard sale and don't know what to look for in determining whether it's worth the asking price? Have you always wondered what it would be like to spin on a particular wheel, but never have been able to try it?

If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," then our February program is for you! Board members Mary Spanos and Jennifer Lackey are here to teach us the Spinning Wheels 101 class! We will cover:
  • New wheels
  • Old wheels
  • Wheels of different types
  • How to care for your wheel
  • What to look for when buying a wheel
  • And more!

We'll have many different types of wheels at the meeting, giving members the chance to try wheels on before buying. Members need only bring their imagination and their interest in spinning wheels to participate!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Pia Cusick's Color Study

The cloth shown above, and in the header of this blog, was handspun and handwoven by Pia Cusick as part of a group project of the guild's Spinning Study Group many years ago. Everyone was given a set of dyed Merino tops to use in any way. Pia spun her colored top along with some gray roving from her own sheep and wove the cloth above. Pia passed away earlier this year. She was a generous teacher and wonderful friend. She will be missed, but will continue to have an affect on the spinners and weavers who were lucky to know her.

Pia, along with the study group, wrote about this project in Spin-Off magazine, Vol. 24, No. 4, 2000.

January Guild Meeting

January Guild Meeting

Tips & Tricks

Saturday, January 12, 2019
10:00 a.m.
Hoover Church of Christ
3248 Lorna Road, Hoover, AL 35216

We’ve all picked up tips and tricks in our years of knitting, crocheting, sewing, rug hooking, tatting, weaving, spinning, etc.

You’ve probably never given them a second thought, but we’d love to hear about them. Do you have a foolproof way of tying a knot in thread for hand sewing? How about the best way to figure out how much yarn you need to cast on hundreds of stitches? How do you make warping go faster? Or keep your working yarn/thread untangled?

Some of what’s shared may be old hat for you, but hopefully we’ll all pick up a few ideas that make the difficult parts of fiber crafting a little easier.

We will also have your 2018 Resolutions available and 2019 cards to fill out if you’re interested.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

GBFG November 2018 newsletter


Ever since our April 2018 meeting, we've been working to edit and verify the list of so many great fiber art notions the members shared and passed around the circle. We hope you'll find this a handy resource, especially since the December party gift exchange theme is....notions! Click the button below to view the list as a PDF.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Hi all!
Happy October!
See link below for your newsletter.

New in this issue!
  • October 13 Dye Day sign-up deadline extended to Oct. 5 (subject to space availability)
  • Pictures from September's Fiber Frenzy

Friday, September 28, 2018

GBFG Dye Day October 13

The Guild is offering a Dye Day October 13 for GBFG members.
Please see information below and contact Jen if you wish to participate

Dye Day in October
For our October meeting we will be having an acid dye day at Karen Ford's house! This event is open to current guild members only and while it is free, advanced registration is required. There are still some spaces available but you MUST email Jennifer Lackey (
before Oct. 1st if you want to be added to the list.

This dye day will provide a range of colors of prepared dyestock and the tools and work space to do a little painting with acid dyes. We will be painting and then steaming to set the dye. There
will be no formal instruction on using acid dyes, so please research what you plan to do before
the dye day. Look around on the web for ideas about handpainting roving and yarn! Here are
some helpful links if you’re new to dyeing: – instructions and tutorials – try “dyeing yarn” in search bar - carries natural dyestuffs – yarns to dye – undyed fiber source – natural dyer, author and shopkeeper – dyeable yarn, roving, sock blanks and dyes

Each guild member will be allowed to dye a maximum of eight (8) ounces of total weight of
goods that they bring, like:
- 4 ounces of yarn - 4 ounces of roving - one sock blank - one silk scarf
The 8 oz. limit will be strictly enforced to ensure there is enough dye for everyone. The total weight of both items should be 8 ounces or less. Please ensure items are clean and your yarn, if applicable, is in hank ready to be dyed. Bring the items already wet. Tools to prepare your fibers will not be available.
Items that take acid dye well are protein based. Wool, alpaca, mohair, silk, nylon, etc., should
dye well. Cotton and flax will not dye well.

To minimize crowding, the dye day will be run in two sessions, morning and afternoon. We ask
that you arrive promptly for the start of your session and leave when it ends. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before the start of your session as we have set-up to complete. We will not be gathering for lunch on this day, either, so please plan accordingly.
Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dye on, bring an apron if you have one,
gloves and a bag/bucket to take your wet items home.
The sessions are: Morning - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Afternoon - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.