hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful weather! As I write, the birds
are singing, the deck door is open and the Corgis are snoring!!! I guess
next will come the sneezing...oh well!
is the time to start thinking cotton/bamboo instead of wool! I do have a
hard time giving up my wool projects for the warmer weather. I think
more of socks, and spinning. I am trying to resolve to knit some cotton
or bamboo cowls to wear with my cotton shirts before it gets really hot!
Several of us drove to Alexandria to a charming knit shop, Yvies, last
week, and I did indeed buy yarn for 2 cotton cowls.
have to say our meetings have really energized me! The attendance has
been phenomenal! I believe we have the largest membership in the history
of the Guild right now! Good job spreading the word! I was so excited
to see the 2 "new" spinning wheels acquired after the talk on antique
wheels! Way to go!!!
am looking forward to dusting off my crochet skills with Jana showing
us how to make a dishcloth out of cotton at our next meeting. It should
prove to be a lot of fun!
I hope to see you all at the meeting this month!
April Meeting Saturday, April 11
10:00am - noon
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
2061 Patton Chapel Rd
Birmingham, AL (205) 822-4480
April Program: Introduction to Crocheting
Presented by Jana Ford
month, guild member Janna Ford will share her crochet skills with us in
an Introduction to Crochet program. After a brief introduction, Janna
will help us all get started on a crocheted washcloth, using several of
the most common crochet stitches. Please bring a crochet hook size “I”
and a ball of Sugar’n’Cream cotton yarn (available at Michaels and
Walmart) in any color you like, and Janna will get us started!
Attention All Spindle Spinners
engineering professor, Uday Vaidya, has asked us to help introduce new
engineering students to the concepts of spinning and weaving again this
semester. Textiles play a big role in modern industry, from the Kevlar used in soldier's helmets to strong and flexible parts for the aeronautics
industry. Dr. Vaidya's students will engineer better components by fully
understanding how yarn is made, and we will get to introduce curious,
intelligent people to the concepts of spinning and weaving. You can read
about last semester's class on the blog at: http://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2014/11/spinning-and-weaving-with-uab.html
If you are comfortable spinning on a spindle and might be able to
arrange your schedule to spend an upcoming Friday morning at UAB, please contact Mary Spanos. We don't have a date for our class yet, but as soon as we know we will send out an email to all interested spinners.
Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild at www.greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com . If
you don't want to have to visit the blog to see if anything new has
been posted, you can choose to receive new posts by email. Go to the
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Type your email address in the window and click "Submit."
If you want to have something posted on the blog, send it to email@example.com
Craft Book Series
it might be fun to suggest different series that deal with
fiber crafts. This is series of books dealing with crocheting. More
series to follow.
Protagonist: Molly Pink, a bookstore event coordinator Setting: Tarzana, California Number of books:9 First in the series:Hooked on Murder
bookstore event coordinator Molly Pink stumbles across the dead body of
a crochet group’s leader, her complicated past with the woman makes her
a prime suspect.
while Molly’s fending off a detective with a personal grudge and
navigating the pitfalls of crochet group politics, the real killer
remains at large. And it’s up to her to catch the culprit — before she
winds up in a tight knot.
Why we love it:Molly is the character we all want to be — not only does she crochet, but she also gets to work at a bookstore every day.
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
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 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).
2015 Officers and Board
Karen Ford – President
Mary Kaiser – Program
Debbie Scott – Workshops
Emily Levitan - Membership
Nancy Lavender – Treasurer
Janice Weinstein - Secretary
Mary Spanos – Website
Deborah Kattus - 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