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
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!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Lambs in a sandbox

The banner photo is an old snapshot of Pia's lambs playing in the kid's (human kid's) sandbox under the tree house.

May Guild Meeting

Annual Picnic!

Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:00 to 3:00

Pia Cusick’s family farm (see the newsletter for the address)

This month, our program will be the annual guild picnic hosted by Pia Cusik's family at the family farm (see the newsletter in your inbox for the address) from 11:00 to 3:00 (drive around behind the house to park). The guild's annual spring picnic was held here for many years and it will be so nice to enjoy one last day on Pia's beautiful farm. 

Please bring a side, a salad, or a dessert to share. Barbara Tucker made the trip to the German butcher near Atlanta to get those special bratwursts, and the guild will provide water and some soft drinks. If you want something special to drink, please bring it!

Make sure to bring a chair as seating is limited. As always, spouses and children are welcome!

The current forecast (or one of them) predicts that the rain will not hit our picnic, but keep an eye on the online guild sources (your email, Ravelry, and Facebook).

April Guild Meeting

Plarn with a Purpose: Crochet a Sleep Mat 

Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Hoover Church of Christ 

3248 Lorna Road, Hoover, AL 35216 

Erin Williams presented a terrific program about crocheting, or knitting, with plarn (plastic yarn, made from used grocery bags).

As we’ve seen in a previous program based on charity work, Erin Williams uses those bags to crochet mats for the homeless that provide insulation from cold, hard ground. In our April program, Erin taught us about where to find this type of fiber, how to harvest and process it, and how to spin it and use it. The guild provided a crochet hook for anyone who wanted to make a mat—all we needed to add was a stash of plastic grocery sacks.

Find out more, at:
http://www.finecraftguild.com/ craft-for-humanity-crochet-aplastic-sleeping-mat-for-thehomeless

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!