don't know about you but my summer has managed to be pretty busy! I
have tried to keep up with my spinning and knitting and my sewing.....I
am only doing a fair job! In my defense, we did get some wonderful news
on Father's Day.....we are going to become granparents in December! Our
first! So my brain has been very, very busy.....thinking pink!
Tour de Fleece was really a lot of fun! No I didn't have a completed
hank at the end but I did figure out that sometimes it is the wheel that
needs the work and not the Spinner:) I want to thank Kathryn and Shira
for the great job they did with our Ravelry page for TdF! I loved seeing
have been busy getting ready for the Dye Workshop! Debbie has done such
a good and thorough job preparing for our day! The dyes are mixed and
the sock blanks are waiting....I just have to decided what I want to do
this time. Guess there will be a lot of sock knitting this winter!
See you dyers on the eighth!!!
GBFG Sock Blank Dyeing Workshop Saturday, August 8 10 a.m.
Parking – Due to the workshop being held at Karen’s home, and the large number of people (28) signed up, we
are asking workshop participants to please park in the parking lot
where the vacant Pier 1 is, located on Hwy 31 in Vestavia. (SEE ADDRESS
BELOW) This is a large parking lot, we will be shuttling workshop
participants to Karen’s home from there and we will be bringing you
back. The shuttle will be running from 9:40 until 10:15.
This will make it easier for all of us. This is adjacent to the
Diplomat Deli (1425 Montgomery Hwy or Hwy 31) where we will be having
our catered lunch. We are asking members NOT to park in front of
Diplomat Deli. Thanks.
What to wear: COOL and old comfortable clothes, apron if desirable. You will be standing for a length of time.
to bring: Pair of rubber gloves, large old bath towel, at least two
large trash bags to carry home your sock blanks, possibly a yard chair.
will be catering lunch from the Diplomat Deli. There will be chicken
salad and a vegetarian option, along with chips, cookie, and bottled
water. If you have any dietary restrictions, such as gluten or dairy,
we ask that you bring your own. If you desire to have something else to
drink besides water, bring that. AlL food and water will be consumed
away from the workshop area at lunchtime.
– We will be providing each workshop participant 2-sock blanks for you
to work with. The guild will be providing the dyes (all acid dyes).
These dyes are non-toxic as long as they are diluted in water, which we
will be mixing ahead of time. We want you to have fun!
to the large amount of participants, we are asking that everyone be
prompt, as we need to get started on time. We ask that you be
respectful to those who are leading the workshop, as it may be difficult
to hear directions otherwise. This will help us all! We will be
giving some basic directions at the beginning of the workshop for the
dyeing, after you have received your sock blanks. We will also give you
a nametag to wear.
We will be shuttling you back to your car! Look forward to seeing all of you! CREATIVITY RULES THE SOCK BLANKS!
GBFG Workshop Chairperson
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. We
will have a sheet for you to fill out about the work you are leaving so
you may want to make sure you know what type of yarn was used,etc. If
it not possible for you to bring your work to the August meeting, please
email Mary Kaiser at Migkaiser@aol.com to arrange for pickup. 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
Knitting Class this Fall
Kaiser will be offering Beginning and Advanced Knitting at ArtPlay this
fall. ArtPlay is the educational wing of the UAB’s Alys Stephens
Center, and is housed in a beautiful, historical house near the corner
of 11th Ave. and 19th Street. The class meets
from 6 to 8 on Thursday evenings beginning September 3. Beginning
Knitting is a six-week class in which students create a sampler scarf,
learning basic knit and purl stitches, cables, lace stitches, and color
work. Advanced Knitting, beginning October 15, focuses on planning and
completing a project like a sweater, shawl, socks, or other garments.
Check the ArtPlay website for registration details.
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
Weaving Mystery Series by Carol Ann Martin
Protagonist:Della Wright, owner of Dream Weavers, a local weaving shop
Wright has come to peaceful and picturesque Briar Hollow, at the foot
of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to realize her lifelong dream of owning a
weaving studio. To promote her new business, Dream Weavers, Della is
offering weaving workshops for all levels of ability. In her first
class, she meets half a dozen of the town’s colorful characters, who
seem as eager to gossip as to learn how to work a loom.
when a shady local businessman is found murdered, Briar Hollow suddenly
appears a lot less idyllic. And when one of her weaving students is
suspected of the crime, Della can’t help getting entangled in the
investigation — with some help from her criminologist friend, Matthew.
But can she weave together clues as well as she weaves together yarn —
and stop a killer from striking again?
Why we love it: What’s not to love about Briar Hollow’s beautiful mountain setting? This series makes us want to move to North Carolina ASAP.
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