Friday, September 8, 2017

GBFG September, 2017 NEWSLETTER

              President’s Corner   


Is your life busy right now? Mine surely is!! With shifting back to our routine from being gone all summer, with the start of a new semester of work and with my little one going back to school everything feels just a little crazy at the moment. If you can relate to that frenzy, don’t worry, we’ve got your back! Come and get frenzied with us about our love of all things FIBER!! Put aside all the cares and troubles of this hectic life for at least a day and come focus on the beautiful, exciting, lovely work of our hands. September’s meeting for several years now has been the very successful FIBER FRENZY and we expect this year to be even better. Hope to see you there! 
 
 

Fiber Frenzy
September 9, 2017
Hoover Church of Christ
10 am
Come join us and learn about all things fiber related.  You may just find a new hobby or passion whether it be knitting, weaving, spinning, tatting, crocheting--the list goes on.  Also, we will again be offering up all kinds of free things and reduced prices on things such as yarn.  Now is a good time to clean out your stash and bring it so it can find a new home.  




Brioche Knitting with 
Mercedes Tarasovich
JOIN US SAT SEPT 30TH , 10AM-1 PM
AND SUN OCT 1ST, 2-5 PM
 AT HOOVER CHURCH OF CHRIST
3248 LORNA ROAD, HOOVER, AL 35216
Email Shira Robinowich-Miller at sdrmiller@uabmc.edu for 
more information.            



Spin in Public Day

Worldwide Spin in Public Day will be September 16 .  We will spin at the Homewood Public Library from 9am-12pm.  Bring your spinning and join us.  
  

Volunteer Opportunity
 
The after-school knitting program at the Birmingham Public Library’s downtown branch is in need of volunteers! Knitwise is a weekly drop-in program for local students, mostly aged 10-15, meeting on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30. We get a lot of beginners, as well as students who have been with us for a while and would like to expand their knitting skills. It’s a pretty popular program, and we would gratefully welcome more local knitters to share their skills with our students. We’re also short on good teaching yarn, so if you would like to donate some or have a favourite source for affordable, colourful, plied, heavier-weight yarn, that would be a huge help, too.
If you’d like more information or to be added to the volunteer mailing list, feel free to email me at elizabeth@eelliottknits.com and I’ll be happy to give you any information you need.




Membership Dues Renewals
Several members have not renewed their memberships for 2017.    Dues for 2017 will be $25. You may now pay using PayPal. 
Use  this link paypal.me/GBFiberGuild or use our gmail account  gbfiberguild@gmail.com
 

 If you prefer to pay by check, please give to Nancy Lavender or mail to :
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
PO Box 660723
Birmingham, Al 35266-072

Also, please fill out the following application:


 



Member information form 2017


Name:                                            


Email address:                                    


Ravelry name:                                     


Phone number:                                    


Address:                                        


                                            


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?


How not to miss out on guild news:
    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 to blog@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com.
  
You can post to the guild's Facebook page yourself! Janna 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
http://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2015/04/gbfg-on-ravelry.html



         Study Groups Meet Monthly

We would love to have some information on what each of these groups is presently pursuing.  Please email me (dkattus@charter.net) with anything you would like posted.

  • First Thursday Spinning and Weaving Group:  Takes the place of "second Thursday" and First Friday groups. Will meet at St Peters Catholic Church in Hoover at 6:30 pm.  Contact Kathryn Pitt at kjpitt@gmail.com for details.
  • 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. 
  • 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.  Email: jeekeehoo@gmail.com


The Guild on the Web

Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild on the web at:




Newsletter News...
Each month, we would like to have news from you to share with all of us.  If you have a favorite blog, website, book, etc that you would like for us to feature, please 
email me at
dkattus@charter.net and put GBFG Newsletter in the subject line.

 


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, 10:00-2:00 (no meeting in July). Visitors are welcome.  The Guild offers programs almost monthly, focused workshops several times a year, and equipment rental (see below). 
 
 2017 Officers and Board 

President:  Jennifer Lackey
Programs:  Jennifer Justiss
Workshops:  Shira Robinowich-Miller
Treasurer:  Nancy Lavender
Secretary:  Maddy McLendon
Social Media (Blog): Barbara Gower
Membership:  Janna Ford
Newsletter:  Deb Kattus
Past President:  Mary Kaiser

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

GBFG Homewood Library exhibit

The Homewood show is up, and gorgeous as always!  Please stop by and check it out; if you have not been to one of our shows before, you will be amazed at the talent displayed and the diversity of the pieces.  So head on out and soak up some inspiration!  The exhibit will be available for viewing during the month of September.

See this link:




Friday, September 1, 2017

Fiber Frenzy next Saturday!

Guild members:
Next Saturday (Sept. 9) is our monthly meeting.  This month we are offering our annual Fiber Frenzy. Do not miss this opportunity to see examples of all craft types, and SHOP!!!
If you want the Guild to provide your lunch, please let Shira know ASAP:
sdrmiller@uabmc.edu


Hoover Church of Christ
Fellowship Hall
Saturday, September 9, 2017 10am
Come see what we are all about! Weaving, spinning, dyeing,
knitting, tatting, crochet….. We love all things fiber related.
There will be demonstrations, vendors and lots to see and feel.
facebook.com/greaterbirminghamfiberguild




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lace Knitting and Wood Fusion

Check out this link for a novel and strikingly beautiful type of art created from lace knitting and pieces of wood.




As explained on the web site, Hungarian artist Ágnes Herczeg combines delicate lace art with the knotty branches of found wood to create scenes depicting the contemplative beauty of humanity. The intricate portraits showcase women as they recline, sleep, and gaze into an infinite abyss. Often, the wood is an anchor for their activities; it’s a place where the characters rest their bodies, or the floor on which they stand. Herczeg also uses it as a striking visual juxtaposition—the looseness of the lace and the solidity of the wood is at odds, but they are harmonious when linked together.


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

First Thursday Spinning and Weaving


The GBFG spinners and weavers will meet on the first Thursday of each month:

6:30 pm
St. Peter's Catholic Church
2061 N. Patton Chapel Rd, Hoover, AL 35216

This meeting will replace the "first Friday" and "second Thursday" meetings.

Contact Kathryn Pitt for details kjpitt@gmail.com

Guild meeting this Saturday (Aug. 12)



The monthly GBFG meetings start up again this Saturday at the usual time and place:

10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Hoover Church of Christ.

This week, we are excited to offer a program on Acadian Spinning and Weaving, with guest presenter Debbie Todhunter from Tennessee.

See you there!

BRIOCHE WORKSHOP coming soon!

The Guild is planning a Brioche knitting workshop September 30-October 1, 2017, with local instructor and fiber artist Mercedes Tarasovich.

Please let us know if you are interested.

Contact Shira for more information, and if you would like to get on the participant list.
sdrmiller@uabmc.edu