some of you know from Facebook, I have dusted off my sewing machine and
have embarked on making some very simple bags. I have made 3 so far and
am having a great time with it! It feels so good to be sewing
again....something I used to do daily! I actually think I am loving
combining the different fabrics as much as the sewing!! Color just gets
me excited and energized. I love those little "fat quarters" that
quilters use! They provide so much variety and little guilt over the
leftovers!!! I credit Mary Kaiser and Barbara Mitchell for my new found
enthusiasm! Guilds provide such great exposure to all things you want to
do or used to do but have neglected!!!
hope to see you all at Jennifer's for the picnic! It's always so much
fun and I usually come away with at least one new recipe!!
May Meeting --Guild Picnic Saturday, May 9
11 a. m.
annual guild picnic will be hosted this year by Jennifer Justiss. Her
family’s beautiful farm near Chelsea is an idyllic setting for one of
our favorite traditions. Jennifer suggests bringing swimsuits and
towels if you want to swim in the pond, and folding chairs or picnic
blankets will also be handy as we spread out on the lawn to eat, chat,
knit, spin, or crochet. Families are welcome at the picnic. The guild
will provide soft drinks and water, paper goods, and grilled brats.
Please bring a salad or dessert to share.
DIRECTIONS TO JENNIFER’S HOUSE:
Jennifer says, “Travel east on Hwy 280 over Double Oak Mountain.
Turn right on County Road 43. Turn left at the STOP sign, County Road 280.
Take the 2nd right on Lewis Road. This will turn into a dirt road after
about 100 yards. Keep going about 2 miles. You will come to a gate
where there are 2 rows of trash cans and a row of mailboxes. You are
Go through the gate. After another 1/2 mile or so, you will see a red
fence and a small barn. Our house is just past the barn. Continue past
the house, turn into the driveway and park along the drive or in the
Bring Us Your Best for the Homewood Show
not too early to begin thinking about our annual guild exhibit at the
Homewood Public Library, during the month of September, 2015. Our theme
this year is “Bring Us Your Best.” Please consider displaying your
best work from the past year, or any work you’re proud of that hasn’t
been seen in public. For the past ten years or more, the library has
welcomed us to use the two large glass cases in the entrance foyer, as
well as three table-top cases in the central hallway. The exhibit will
run through the month of September, and we will collect your work at the
August guild meeting, returning your work at the October meeting. This
is a great opportunity for guild members who do not sell their work to
shine in a museum-quality setting, and it’s also a way for professional
fiber artists in the guild to reach a wide audience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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
Next in our series of craft mysteries
Seaside Knitters Series by Sally Goldenbaum
Protagonist: Isabel “Izzy” Chambers, owner of Seaside Knitting Studio
Setting: Sea Harbor, Massachusetts
Number of books: 8, with two new books, A Finely Knit Murder, and Trimmed with Murder, coming out this year
long after Isabel “Izzy” Chambers opens up a knitting shop in the
sleepy fishing town of Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a diverse group of
women begins congregating each week to form the Seaside Knitters.
raises some eyebrows when she rents the apartment above her shop to
Angie Archer, whose reputation for loose behavior and a quick temper has
made her unpopular with many locals. But could any of them have wanted
her dead? Angie’s body is discovered drowned in the harbor, her long red
hair tangled like seaweed in a lobster trap.
official investigation rules the death an accident. There are
speculations of too many whiskey sours, a slippery wharf, a dark night…
But Izzy and the Seaside Knitters smell something fishy. When several
strange incidents occur above the shop, the women decide to take matters
into their own hands. But before long, their small-town sense of
security is frayed, and the threat of more violence hangs over this
tightly knit community…
Why we love it:
Goldenbaum does an excellent job of inserting New England flavor into
her books, making Sea Harbor and its characters practically leap off the
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
Email me at email@example.com 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