Saturday, October 15, 2016

New weaving study group!

We are finally set for a first weaving study group meeting.  It will be on second Thursdays, the first one being in November on the 10th at 6:00pm at Hoover Church of Christ.  Anyone interested in weaving is welcome to come.  Bring a project on a small loom, if you have one going.  That would include inkle, rigid heddle, card, backstrap, tapestry, even zoom looms.  Otherwise, just come ready to be inspired.  If you want  to be included in the reminder emails, let Kathryn know.  Or watch the new Weaving Study Group thread on Ravelry.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October newsletter

Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
P.O. Box 660723, Birmingham, AL 35266-0723

Newsletter of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 

                      President’s Column   

I hope you’re all enjoying the cooling temperatures, and if you’re like me, you’re exploring some of the many new fiber ideas we saw at the Fiber Frenzy last month.  Karen Ford and Clare Clifford showed me how to use a blending board, and now I can’t wait to get my hands on one and start creating multi-fiber rolags for spinning.  I didn’t make it around to all the booths, but out of the corner of my eye, I saw guild members winding warps, getting the hang of tatting, and trying out different kinds of spindles.  This month, we’re going to have a program that many members have asked for over the years—a review of hand-sewing.  We’ll be welcoming Lillis Taylor, a gifted fiber artist, to make a return visit and this time take us through a sewing project so we can learn and review those sewing skills that every fiber crafter needs.  We’ll be taking down the Homewood exhibit this weekend, and I will be returning pieces from the show at the October meeting, so please pick up your work at the meeting, and again, many thanks to our talented contributors! 

October Program
Hand Sewing
Hoover Church of Christ
3248 Lorna Road, 35216
10am to 2pm

Lillis Taylor from Bibb and Tucker will be presenting a program on hand sewing.  We will be making a small notions bag which we all can use.  Please bring embroidery needles and scissors.  All other supplies will be furnished.

We will meet in our usual room.  Park on the Lorna Road side and look for the balloons for the entrance.  Hope to see all of you there.

Here is a picture of the bag we are making.  

Knitting at ArtPlay
   ArtPlay, located at 10th Ave. and 19th Street, will be offering a free knitting group on Thursday evenings from 6-8 beginning September 8.  Mary Kaiser will be moderating, and giving knitting instruction or help on an as-needed basis.  All are welcome.  We often talk about books while we knit, so please bring your recommendations!

Save the Date

Our holiday party will be December 10 at Jennifer Lackey's house. The board decided that this year our gift exchange would be along the lines of a stash buster.  You may 4 oz or more of whatever fiber you wish to give.  Also, bring a salad or dessert.  More info as the event gets closer.  Start looking through your stash.  


Baby Booties in Memory of Little Ones -
Annual Charity Knitting/Crocheting Opportunity 

Each October there  is a special service at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens called an Annual Walk to Remember. Tiny knitted/crocheted baby booties are presented to those who have lost babies during pregnancy or afterwords. The booties are not actually worn; they are "take aways" from the service. They can be made in any pattern.  Approximately 200 pairs of booties are needed for the service, which will be held, October 30, 2016. Any extra booties will be saved for next year’s event.  Free yarn, donated by In the Making, is available.

If you have any charity booties ready to give to Nancy Clemmons, she will  be happy to receive them at the next GBFG meeting. on October 8th.  Otherwise, you may drop them by In the Making or send  Nancy and message and she will arrange pickup.

Workshops and Events

Elizabeth Young and Mary Spanos are the workshop/event chair people this year and are excited about the possibilities that are available for us to pursue. They’d really like to hear from everyone in the guild so they can organize the best events and teachers so you can do more and learn more about the things that interest you most!

To read more about this and to share your thoughts, see the "GBFG Workshops and Events!" discussion thread on the guild's Ravelry forum

We really want to hear from you!

Message from Emily

GBFG members (and any other readers), I'd like to post news on the blog about shows you are participating in or other events you think would be of interest to fiber artists and crafters in the Birmingham area. Please send me information through blog comments, Facebook, Ravelry or email. Photos of your work would also be great. Thank you! Emily

The Guild on the Web

Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild on the web at:
    If you don't want to miss new posts to the guild blog, you can choose to receive new posts by email. Go to the blog and look for "Follow by Email" on the right hand side of the page. Type your email address in the window and click "Submit." If you want to have something posted on the blog, send it
   You can post to the guild's Facebook page yourself! Emily shares information and posts that she receives on the guild's Facebook group page and keep Facebook users up to date on what is going on in the guild.
   Ravelry isn't just for knitters anymore. Crocheters, weavers, and spinners all upload photos, project information, and patterns. Kathryn is managing the GBFG group and has posted helpful information on participating in the Ravelry guild group on the blog, find it at

Membership Renewal

Because our membership has grown so much, it was decided by the Board that having a membership form would be a good idea.  This is so we can keep track of all our members to make sure you receive the newsletter and other communications.  It will also give us an idea of what fiber arts the members are interested in so we can plan workshops and programs accordingly .  Please submit the form with your check when you renew your membership for 2016.  These need to be mailed to the GBFG address or give to Nancy Lavender at the meetings.  The new membership year starts in January 2016 but you may submit this before then if you wish. After March, the newsletter will only be sent to current members.

Member information form 2016


Email address:                                    

Ravelry name:                                     

Phone number:                                    



Fiber crafts you do:      Spinning         Knitting         Weaving         Crochet         Sewing         Tatting        Quilting     Embroidery      Other (please describe):

Are there any programs or workshops you would like to give?

Are there any programs or workshops you would like take?


         Study Groups Meet Monthly

  • Spinning Study Group:  4th Wednesday of the month from 10 am to 2 pm at St. Peter’s Church in Hoover.  Please check out the GBFG Blog  for cancellations or schedule changes.
  • Nancy Clemmons is hosting a tatting and crochet group at her home.  Please check the group discussion thread on Revelry for more information. 
  • More groups may meet in the future.  Watch the newsletter for more information and let a board member know if you are interested in a study group.
  • Join us for First Friday Spinning Study at Jen Lackey's house.  We meet around 6pm.  Feel free to email Jennifer for directions and parking information.  

Newsletter News...
Each month, I am planning to have items coming from YOU, our Guild members. These will include short book reviews related to any fiber art; a tip you have discovered and used that make your fiber art a little bit easier to execute; any fiber related articles; and a fiber question you would love answers or suggestions from other guild members. Please send your ideas, suggestions, book recommendations, questions to me (Deborah Kattus ) by the 20th of the month to go into the following month's newsletter.

Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
The Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild is comprised of individuals dedicated to the dissemination and preservation of fiber arts.  Meetings are the second Saturday of the month, 10:00-12:00 (no meeting in July). Visitors are welcome.  The Guild offers programs almost monthly, focused workshops several times a year, and equipment rental (see below).  
 2016 Officers and Board 
Mary Kaiser – President
Jennifer Lackey – Program
Elizabeth Young/ Mary Spanos – Workshops
Janna Ford - Membership
Nancy Lavender – Treasurer
Jan McMahon - Secretary
Emily Levitan – Website
Deborah Kattus - Newsletter
Karen Ford - Past President


Rental of Guild Equipment & Materials

The Guild has available, for rental to members, the following:
There will be a $30 deposit per DVD (Lucy Neatby) and $100 deposit for the drum carder. Deposit for Laura Fry's materials still to be determined.
The rental fee for all items is $5 per month rented.
Equipment can only be checked out at Fiber Guild monthly meetings and a check-out list will be posted inside the door of the cabinet. Deposit checks will be held by Nancy Lavender, treasurer, until returned in original condition.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Meeting this Saturday October 8

This Saturday’s program will be feature Birmingham’s own Lillis Taylor from Bib and Tucker. She will be walking us through a hand-sewing project. We will be making a small sewing notions bag. Please bring sewing needles with large eyes and a pair of sharp scissors. As always, also bring your Show and Tell! We will have the program in the morning starting at 10am, break for lunch, and then share our recent or in-progress work!! The meeting will be in our regular location on the lower level of the Hoover Church of Christ. Park in the front on the Lorna Road side and look for the balloons to see the entrance door!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fiber Frenzy Tour

Fiber Frenzy was (as always) a fantastic event. Any day with that much fiber is a good one, but Mary S and Elizabeth Y organized a wonderful set of demonstrations and events. Janna did a great video tour of the Frenzy that you can check out here. Thanks to the organizers, demonstrators, and everyone else who contributed to the success of the day. Mark your calendars for the next Fiber Frenzy September 9, 2017.

Upcoming fiber events

International Spin-in-Public Day
The guild will be celebrating International Spin-in-Public Day on Saturday, September 17 at the Homewood Public Library’s main gallery from 10-12.
Hope you can come!
While you’re there, you can see the guild’s exhibit!

Art of Making Paper from Native Plants
Also September 17 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. This class is taught by UAB’s Doug Baulos. Read more about it here and here.

And finally, Tinkuy 2017.
It's not until November 8-11 of 2017, but this amazing international textile gathering is in Cusco, Peru, so you might want to plan ahead.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fiber Frenzy Sept 10: Some reminders

Fiber Frenzy is coming up this Saturday (September 10). It should be a fun and informative day!

A few last reminders to make the event go smoothly:

  • You are responsible for all sale/trade/give-away items that you bring.
  • Items should be in good condition (no bugs or mold, please!).
  • Label any items for sale/trade/give-away with your name and the terms (ie, price) on which you are willing to part with the item.
  • Bring change if you will be selling items.
  • Take home everything you bring that is not going home with someone else.
  • If you did not sign up for lunch (sorry, sign-up is now closed!), bring your own or plan to get something at one of the local restaurants. 

And as a reminder of the fun stuff, there will be demonstrations of knitting, tatting, crocheting, spinning, fiber prep, weaving, dyeing, and maybe some other stuff as well, plenty of time and space to hang out and work on projects, and shopping the sale/trade/give-away area.

The Fiber Frenzy will be 10-4 at our usual meeting location on the lower level of the Hoover Church of Christ, 3248 Lorna Rd. See you soon!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Artwalk this weekend

Birmingham Artwalk is this weekend. Come downtown Friday or Saturday for art (including a few fiber artists), music, and food.