Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Loom for sale




Lilistina 4-shaft floor loom.
44 inches wide, folds upward partially (for dressing the loom) and folds flat for transport.
allenmealer@gmail.com
205-243-6904

January Newsletter


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




Newsletter of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 


                      President’s Column   



Welcome to the new year!  As your new president, I find myself reflecting on all the new of this season.  This is a time for new beginnings, new hopes and, of course, those new resolutions.  Sometimes I feel that all I should resolve is to have no new resolutions:)  They often feel like “pie crust” promises – easily made and easily broken.  But,  I do have one simple resolution that I believe we all share and that I know I will keep.  Make something. With your own hands.  Just make something. Those of you who get email from me may have occasionally seen this added at my signature:
“But tho’ industrialism has now won an almost complete victory, the handicrafts are not killed, & they cannot be quite killed because they meet an inherent, indestructible, permanent need in human nature.”
It’s a favorite quote of mine, written by Eric Gill, an intensely contradictory artist, who wrestled with the contradiction that is modern life.  He was a sculpture on one hand but on the other hand, also invented the font Gill Sans, which you probably have on your computer word processor right now.  Two hands, one on either side of that contradiction, the hand made and the machine processed.  My hands do the same.  One the “one hand” my world is pre-fabricated by machines, items sent to me in plastic shrink-wrapped, mundane, identical packages.  But on the “other”, my hands make things, filling a need in my nature that I know cannot be destroyed.  
Whatever else “new” you find in your life this year, I wish you the joy of finding new creations from your own hands and I promise you the joy of sharing that with a  community of fiber enthusiasts who understand our victory!


January Program
January 14, 2107
Hoover Church of Christ
10 am

   Welcome to 2017!  Join us at 10:00 on Saturday when we will jumpstart the new year with a review of last year's resolutions and the making of new resolutions for this year.  We will also brush up on our hand sewing and embroidery skills by making name tags from repurposed sweaters.  The guild will provide materials, but members need to bring scissors and large embroidery needles.



 

Laverne Waddington Weaving Workshop
Coming in March 


Preparations for the Laverne Waddington backstrap weaving workshops in March are coming along nicely! We heard from Laverne this week and she has her plane ticket from Bolivia to Birmingham and her train ticket that will take her from here to Atlanta, the location of the workshops she will teach after ours.

The 3-day weekday workshop is full with one name on the waiting list. Five people have signed up for the 2-day weekend workshop, so there are 3 seats still available. If there are any seats available on January 15 then we will open the registration to the people who have already signed up for the 3-day workshop (we've been holding them off to let as many people as possible get a chance to take a workshop with Laverne).

You can get all of the details on Ravelry at:


http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/greater-birmingham-fiber-guild/3532545/1-25#10

Or on the blog:

http://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2016/11/how-to-register-for-laverne-waddington.html

If you aren't planning to attend the workshop, we hope you are looking forward to seeing the amazing things the workshop participants will make, at the workshop and after. Every time any one of us learns something new we all benefit.

Reflections on 2016
by
Kathryn  Pitt
Numbers.
It's all Shira's fault.  She happened to notice that our group on Ravelry, as a local guild, had a very high number of posts per month.  I checked, and had to be careful about the search terms I used.  But yes, there we are, almost at the top of local guilds.  Here you go.  Out of 189 matches for the terms "guild:local", we come in with the second highest number of posts.  Bakersfield What the Knit has 185 members and 191 posts per month.  GBFG (that's us has 143 members and 165 posts per month.  Who would have thought...?  Of course, Jen helped us along with a series of one... word... posts.

Then there are our own numbers: the most posts per thread per year within our group.  Team Vulcan Spinners TDF 2016 had 707 posts; Ravellenic Games in Vulcan-land had 262; Spinning Study Groups had 221; Crochet & Tatting Study Group had 217; and Weaving had 137 posts.  The Spinning and Crochet/Tatting threads include this month up to Sunday, 1/8/17, 10:25am.

And that's all I have to say about numbers for 2016.




Membership Dues Renewal
 
It's that time of year when we ask members to renew their memberships.  Dues for 2017 will be $25.  Please fill out the application form below  and give it with a check to Nancy Lavender at the December meeting or mail both to:
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
PO Box 660723
Birmingham, Al 35266-072

It would be great to have all renewals by the first of January.

 




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?





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!



New weaving study group!

We are finally set for a first weaving study group meeting.  It will be on second Thursdays 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 Pitt know.  Or watch the new Weaving Study Group thread on Ravelry.




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 to blog@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com.
   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 http://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2015/04/gbfg-on-ravelry.html



         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. 
  • Weaving study group: Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm at Hoover Church of Christ.  Contact Kathryn Pitt for details or check the weaving study group thread on Ravelry. 
  • 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



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.
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, 10:00-12:00 (no meeting in July). Visitors are welcome.  The Guild offers programs almost monthly, focused workshops several times a year, and equipment rental (see below).  

 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






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.

Copyright © 2017 Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild, All rights reserved. 
You are getting this email because you are a member of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild or are somehow affiliated with the organization. 

Our mailing address is: 
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
P.O. Box 660723
Birmingham, AL 35266

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sheep Shearing Day, Saturday, January 14

Shearing Day & Farm Open House
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Free Admission! 

http://www.dayspringdairy.com/shearing-day/
212 Dogwood Drive, Gallant, AL 35972

The event is at Dayspring Dairy, an Alabama family farm offering handcrafting, sheep milk cheeses, and milk caramel.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a wonderful year filled with fiber arts. I will be handing the guild blog over to Barbara Gower for 2017. I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the January meeting. All the best. ~Emily

Sunday, December 11, 2016

GBFG December newsletter

Newsletter of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 

 

                      President’s Column   


Happy Holidays!  It’s a busy, joyful month, as we finished our hand-made gifts and fill up our calendars with parties and get-togethers, but it’s also a time of reflection as the year winds down.  This year has been a banner one for the guild, with exciting workshops and inspiring programs, new members, and lots of action in our social media outlets like our blog, our Facebook page and our Ravelry group.  New tools and beautiful new fibers seem to appear overnight, and every trip offers an opportunity to explore a yarn shop or weaving studio.  As we welcome a new board to the guild, I want to thank every member of the 2016 board for their hard work and enthusiasm, (and being a good sport about climbing the hill to my house for every board meeting)!  I’m also grateful to the new board for 2017 led by Jen Lackey, as we hand off the baton.  I plan to step back in the next year to develop some creative projects in the forgiving privacy of my own studio, but I’ll be back soon, I hope with some new work for show-and-tell.  My sincerest wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a rich and rewarding 2017.

Mary Kaiser


 

Laverne Waddington Weaving Workshop
 
Registration for the March 2017 Laverne Waddington workshops opened
December 1 for guild members. All the information you need is in previous posts on our Facebook page, on the guild's Ravelry thread for the workshops, and on the guild blog. You can also ask any questions by writing to 
workshops@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com
 



Membership Dues Renewal

It's that time of year when we ask members to renew their memberships.  Dues for 2017 will be $25.  Please fill out the application form below  and give it with a check to Nancy Lavender at the December meeting or mail both to:
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
PO Box 660723
Birmingham, Al 35266-072

It would be great to have all renewals by the first of January.






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?
 




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!

 

Proposed 2017 Officers
We, the Nominating Committee, respectfully submit the names for officers of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 2017:

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

Thank you to all who have agreed to serve.

Karen Ford
Janice Weinstein
Elizabeth Young




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 Pitt know.  Or watch the new Weaving Study Group thread on Ravelry.

 


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 toblog@greaterbirminghamfiberguild.com.
   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 
http://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2015/04/gbfg-on-ravelry.html



         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. 
  • Weaving study group: Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm at Hoover Church of Christ.  Contact Kathryn Pitt for details or check the weaving study group thread on Ravelry. 
  • 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
 


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.
 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

GBFG parties!

Our annual Fiber Guild party was a smashing success with great company, fantastic food, and a Dirty Santa yarn gift exchange. Thanks to 2017 president Jennifer Lackey for hosting.

The 2017 board members are:

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

Thank you to all who have agreed to serve!






Monday, December 5, 2016

Holiday party this Saturday

We will be having our annual Holiday Party this Saturday, Dec. 10th @ 11AM at Jennifer Lackey's house in Homewood.  Please bring a salad or a dessert to share!  

There will also be a optional gift exchange.  If you'd like to participate, please bring 4 oz. of yarn (wrapped, all the same yarn, unused, enough for a small project).  We will do a slightly "dirty" Santa exchange :)  

Please carpool if at all possible as parking is limited!

If you need directions email Jennifer.