Friday, November 8, 2019

November Guild Meeting

Crewel Embroidery
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Location Change for This Meeting!

Homewood Public Library at 10:00 a.m.
1721 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209


Crewel embroidery, or crewelwork, is a centuries-old technique that uses wool and a wide variety of different embroidery stitches to create fabric masterpieces. Erica Hlebowitsh, a member of Birmingham Needlearts, will join us this month to discuss crewel embroidery and to demonstrate some of these stitches. Supplies will be provided so attendees can follow along, practice, and get a feel for crewel embroidery.

Please note that this month’s program will be held at the Homewood Public Library in their large auditorium The library is located at 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL 35209. The large auditorium is on the main level near the Book Drop entrance. Our appreciation to board member Heather Cover for arranging our meeting place this time in the unavailability of our usual space.

Another change just for this meeting, the Guild will not be providing coffee or snacks for this meeting. You are welcome to bring your own. We will break for lunch on your own and return for Show and Tell, as usual.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October Guild Meeting

Needle Felting

10:00am, Saturday, October 12, 2019

Hoover Church of Christ
3248 Lorna Road, Hoover

We’ve all had days where stabbing something 10,000 times sounds like a great idea, but that’s rarely a legal option. Until now!

Mollie McFarland will demonstrate the art of needle felting (a.k.a. stabbing wool over and over again to make something adorable). She will help us make our own small felted owls. Whooo’s in?


All supplies will be provided. Please join us for this great program on our regular meeting day, October 12th at 10:00 a.m.!

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September Guild Meeting - Fiber Frenzy!

Please join us for the annual Fiber Frenzy on our regular meeting day and time, September 14th at 10:00 a.m. From 10:00 to 11:30 we will have demonstrations, refreshments and time for members to put their raffle tickets into the proper bags. Drawing for the raffle will take place at 11:30!! So, if the door prizes are a fun part for you, please be there in time to enter the raffle (which is free).

There will be snacks, lunch and drinks available during the Frenzy. If you have special food or drink requirements, feel free to bring whatever you need.

We will once again have a “Market” with for sell and swap items. The market will open at 12:30. The Market and Fiber Frenzy end at approximately 2pm. Items can be placed in the free or for sale market areas throughout the morning. Separate sides of the Hall will be used for free and for sale; please follow the signs. For early birds bringing items for sale/swap, please give us until 9:30 before bringing your items for the market just to make sure we are all set up and ready for you.

A few things to remember for the market:
1. Items for the market should be given to those setting up the areas when you arrive…the earlier, the better for organization purposes. The areas will be clearly marked.
2. Items should be in good condition.
3. All items to be sold must have your name and the price clearly marked.
4. You are responsible for collecting your money.
5. At the end of the market, you are to take home any of your remaining items.

VENDORS: If you have a business selling fiber or fiber related items and would like a table in our market area, please see the following. (this does not include members who just have a few items they have made and want to sell).

We’re limiting vendors to what will fit on one of the round, 8-foot tables which will be set up in the side room for the sale. We will have chairs available for you and ask that vendors man their own tables during the sell. Please have everything on the table clearly marked. Vendors will only be selling during the 12:30-2:00 p.m. market hours to keep guests from wandering into the sell room before the market opens, but you are welcome to set up your table anytime during the morning. We are also asking vendors to donate a door prize to our raffle drawing ($20 or up). Please contact treasurer@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com) to reserve a table.

Fiber Frenzy is open to all, including non-members. So, find a friend and bring them along!! If they would like to join the Guild, there is a special pro-rated price of $12.50.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Tour de Fleece, 2019

The photo of the skeins in this blogs banner shows the yarns that were spun by Team Vulcan Spinners during the Tour de Fleece Ravelry event this year! Yay team!

Photo credit and copyright: Victoria Moore

August Guild Meeting

Monetizing Your Craft 

Saturday, August 10, 10:00am
Hoover Church of Christ
3248 Lorna Road, Hoover


Have you ever thought about selling your hand spun yarn, patterns, or finished work but don’t know where to start?

Join Janice Weinstein, Jennifer Lackey, Debbie Scott, Barbara Mitchell, and Janna Ford and hear their advice on how to sell online or at shows, what it takes to market yourself, how to price your work, setting up an online shop or show booth, and more.

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Bring your items for the September gallery show at the Homewood Library! See the newsletter for more information!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

No guild meeting in July!

There will be no guild meeting in July and no newsletter! I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and finding time for some creative relaxation with the fibers and tools that you love.

The study groups are continuing to meet and many of us will be at the Purl on the Plaza at the Hoover Library from 1:00 to 5:00 this Saturday.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the August meeting and at our annual Fiber Frenzy in September.

Drink lots of water!

Mary S.

Monday, June 3, 2019

No guild meeting in June, but we'll be at WWKIP day!

Worldwide Knit in Public Day

Saturday, June 8, 2019
1:00-5:00PM
Hoover Public Library, on the Plaza

We invite you to participate in Worldwide Knit in Public Day again this year with Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild, and the Hoover Library’s Purl on the Plaza! There will be no Guild business meeting beforehand, so you may eat lunch before you come, bring it with you to eat on the Plaza, or plan on ordering something from East 59 Vintage & Cafe right by the Plaza (in the same room). Guild members will be given a special sticker or name tag that we are having made for the event, so please find the Guild person with the stickers when you arrive.

Free basic knitting and crochet classes will be offered by the library from 11:00 to 1:00, so please reserve your spot at one of the following links if that is something that interests you:
Knitting: http://bit.ly/hpl_knit
Crochet: http://bit.ly/hpl_crochet

There will be many door prizes including one free Guild membership through the end of 2020, and few of our guild members will be demonstrating spinning, tatting, and other fiber crafts. We have a few people bringing different spinning wheels, but are still looking for someone who is willing to demo on a weaving loom (small harness floor or table loom with stand, and/or small rigid heddle such as a Cricket loom) so please contact Janna Ford at fb@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com if that is something that interests you, or if there is something else that you would like to demo.

If you are currently working on a WIP that is a specialty outside of basic knit and crochet stitches, (beaded lace, brioche, amigurumi, tatting, backstrap weaving, embroidery, rug hooking, etc) please feel free to bring it to work on and show off how diverse our Guild members’ fiber art can be! It would also be great if you could bring a couple of your best/favorite FO’s to show and tell from the stage, and maybe even wear something you have made.

No matter what you are able to bring with you, even if it is only yourself, we look forward to seeing you there!