know everyone is staying warm because we have all those beautiful wool
articles we have made waiting for it to get cold! It's this time of year
I really wish I could be like an octopus! Just think....the ability to
have four projects going at once.....oh wait I already do that....but as
an octopus I could finish them all at one time instead of having to
prioritize and then something never gets finished in time......oh wait
that's what January is for! Good luck with all your gift projects! May
your needles never stop!
We will be at UAB this month teaching 2 engineering classes about
spinning and weaving! What a wonderful opportunity to enlighten the
younger generation to the delights and secrets of our crafts!
Also, I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our Holiday Party at Mary Kaiser's, always such good food, friends and fun!
Take care and knit/spin/weave on...Santa is counting on you!
Annual Guild Holiday Lunch
Guild’s holiday lunch is an annual tradition, where we celebrate
fellowship and craft with a pot-luck meal and a gift exchange, and
stories, laughter as we look back on another great year. This year’s
lunch will be at Mary Kaiser’s house in Hoover (directions below).
Please bring a salad or dessert to share; paper goods and drinks will be
provided. The gift exchange this year is a favorite small fiber
related gadget (no more than $15) that you would like to share with a
guild member. Please wrap your gift and place it in a plain brown paper
bag for our “blind” exchange.
And if you don't have a gift to exchange PLEASE come anyway. It is a time for socializing and sharing cheer!
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The Happy Weaver Workshop -
taught by Terry Martin
Get ready to enjoy your loom. ..
This workshop is for you if you are a new weaver - it will help you develop good habits from the beginning.
workshop is for you - if you have put the loom aside and keep planning
to get back to it but just can’t seem to make yourself.
will be weaving a project with the focus on having a well-prepared loom
and to cultivate the ergonomics of weaving. This results in few broken
threads and fewer frustrations.
to get organized, learn good habits, refresh your skills, enhance your
understanding of the process from the beginning to the finished project
and be a Happy Weaver.
Date: FRIDAY, February 27 and SATURDAY, February 28, 2015 Location: St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hoover, Alabama
The downstairs room located underneath the sanctuary. Time: 8:30 a.m. with your loom. Please try to arrive by 8:30 a.m.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: January 27, 2015
Guild members will be offered first choice to sign-up for the workshop,
non-guild members will be put on a waiting list and notified if there
Maximum number of participants: 12.
Participants will need to have a 4 or 8 harness table loom or portable floor loom in good working order.
Registration to Debbie Scott (GBFG workshop chairperson) - firstname.lastname@example.org Registration Cost: $125.00 for 2 days(NON-REFUNDABLE) made to the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild – MAIL TO: GBFG, P.O. Box 660723, Birmingham, AL 35266-0723 OR You may also give your check to Debbie Scott no later than JANUARY 27, 2015.
Guild will be providing lunch both days. MATERIALS FEE: Yet to be determined by Terry Martin.
Interesting Fiber Items to Read and Check Out...
Some interesting information about Natural Dyeing:
Colours of Nature produces 100% eco-friendly natural dyed textiles.
Since the beginning we have researched the ancient traditional dyes from
India in order to recover ancient dyeing art for the modern textile
industry. We have recovered the 4000 years old indigo dyeing
fermentation technique. We have also recovered the mordent dyes with
alum in the technique called Turkish red. The Colours of Nature has
taken a holistic approach to the use of natural dyes, integrating all
aspects of the process and is further researching in this field.' www.thecoloursofnature.com
ALCHEMY: 'Stories of Indigo is a feature-length documentary about
indigo, a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for
millennia. It is also about people who are reviving indigo in projects
that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve
cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the
world. BLUE ALCHEMY was filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, El
Salvador, Nigeria, and the USA.' www.bluealchemyindigo.com
very interesting article about the restoration of the Musee de Cluny's
'Lady With the Unicorn'. Donna Hardy pointed out that the "tapestries
are dyed with vegetable dyes such as madder and weld, they have not
faded in 500 years, they still have that beautiful glow. Here's a quote
from the article.'In 1992-1993, the lower parts of the tapestries were
rewoven with fibers dyed with synthetic colorings that faded over time.
People tend to think that the faded parts are older, whereas it’s
exactly the opposite.'
If done properly, natural dyes will not fade, here's the proof!"http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/998953/restoring-the-musee-de-clunys-lady-with-the-unicornFUN short video on 25 different ways to wear a scarf. Definitely put a smile on my face, enjoy!
nominating committee has been formed and will be chaired by Jennifer
Justiss. Also serving are Jennifer Lackey and Nancy Clemmons. The
proposed slate for 2015 officers is the following:
President - Karen Ford
Program - Mary Kaiser
Workshops - Debbie Scott
Membership - Emily Levitan
Treasurer - Nancy Lavender
Secretary - Janice Weinstein
Website - Mary Spanos
Newsletter - Deb Kattus
there are any additions or questions, please contact Jennifer Justiss
prior to the December 13th Holiday Party. The proposed 2015 Slate of
Officers will be voted on at the Holiday Party.
It's Almost Winter and Time for Art Shows
Mark Your Calendars!
Christmas on the Bluff - December 11 - Noon to 9PM
Artists on the Bluff
571 Park Ave
Hoover, AL 35226
Forest Park/Avondale Craft Bazaar - December 13th and 14th -
11 - 5 pm both days.
Blue Light Art Show - December 13th (9 - 4 pm) and 14th (11 - 4 pm) - Earthborn Studios, Leeds, AL
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
Clemmons is interested in sharing her love of tatting with others by
teaching one or more in her home. Please contact her if you are
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
Signing off from the Newsletter News
will be my last month crafting the GBFG's Monthly Newsletter. It has
been a great year gathering and sending out all types of information to
the Guild members and mailing list. The list has grown to almost 100
subscribers! What a tribute to the hard work of the Guild' board
recruitment and programming efforts.
Start looking for fiber tidbits to send the next Newsletter guru!
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).
2014 Officers and Board
Karen Ford – President
Mary Kaiser – Program
Debbie Scott – Workshops
Emily Levitan - Membership
Nancy Lavender – Treasurer
Janice Weinstein - Secretary
Mary Spanos – Website
Susie Strauss - Newsletter
Janelle Zorko Schultz - Past President
Rental of Guild Equipment & Materials
The Guild has available, for rental to members, the following:
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.
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