hope this finds everyone merrily working on their holiday gifts! I
still have some up my sleeve that I hope will be under the tree!!!! I am
trying to finish my Ravelry socks...which were quite educational! Just
goes to show even if you've knit something for 20 years you can always
learn a new trick!!!
am at the close of my Presidency and I have to say with the help of a
very hardworking Board, we have managed to build a very vibrant, active,
fun Guild!!! We will be electing officers at the December party and I
am very confident that all our fun will continue and get even
will be entering my next phase....being a Grandmother! AND the good
news is they are moving to Huntsville so I will have a very busy
November and December!! Such fun to knit and sew those little girly
Hope to see you at the meeting! The program is on a very cool kind of weaving!
In the Making
our November meeting, we’re excited to hear from guild member and
textile artist Miriam Norris Omura, who will talk about her work as a
weaver in a program entitled “A Contemporary Shift on Double Ikat: dye
painted warp and weft.” Miriam will do a brief lecture with slide show
and video clips giving a bit of background on traditional ikat, showing
images of four contemporary artists (including herself) whose work pulls
from ikat influences, and then Miriam will talk specifically about her
own process. She’s bringing samples of her work so we can see her
technique up close, and she will have detailed handouts for those
weavers who want to try their hand at the process. Please join us for
this exciting program. One of the great benefits of a guild membership
is getting to see what extraordinary work our members do, and get a
chance to hear first-hand how they make the magic happen.
holiday party will be held at Mary Kaiser's house (address and
directions in the December newsletter). It's a potluck lunch, so bring a
salad or dessert to share. The guild will provide drinks. We will
have our traditional gift exchange this year. The theme is
containers--boxes, bags, any container for tools and supplies. Fiber
crafters can never have too many of these. Please limit spending to $15
or less, and wrap your gift, but put it in an anonymous brown-paper
bag. At the party, the slate of officers for 2016 will be elected.
Proposed 2016 Officers
The nominating committee proposes the following members for 2016 offices. Anyone else may submit their name for election.
President Mary Kaiser Programs Jennifer Lackey Workshops Mary Spanos and Elizabeth Young
Newsletter Deborah Kattus
Membership Jana Ford
Treasurer Nancy Lavender
Secretary Jan McMahon
Web Emily Levitan
Past President Karen Ford
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
double treadle spinning wheel for sale - $800.00 negotiable. 1 year
old, barely used. Included are several Schacht bobbins, lazy kate, and
extra cord for the drive band. Included is a DVD by Rita Buchanan,
"How I Spin", using the Schacht spinning wheel. If you are interested
please contact, David Coward, e-mail - email@example.com. Or tel: 662-251-2754. This wheel was owned by a dear friend
of mine, who recently passed. The wheel is located in Columbus,
Mississippi. Thanks. Debbie Scott
our membership has grown so much, it was decided by the Board that
having a membership form would be a good idea. This is so we can keep
track of all our members to make sure you receive the newsletter and
other communications. It will also give us an idea of what fiber arts
the members are interested in so we can plan workshops and programs
accordingly . Please submit the form with your check when you renew
your membership for 2016. These need to be mailed to the GBFG address
or give to Nancy Lavender at the meetings. The new membership year
starts in January 2016 but you may submit this before then if you wish.
Are there any programs or workshops you would like to give?
Are there any programs or workshops you would like take?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
I’m so sorry for the INCREDIBLY short notice, but let’s start our
evening spinning study group this Friday (that's tomorrow night, November 6). That’s the first Friday of the
month at 6pm at my house. There’s parking in a
driveway behind the house or on Saulter in front of the house. If you’d
like a map, email me and I’ll send it to you.
Come whenever you can and
stay as long as you like but we’ll say 6pm as a general start time.
Hope you can come!
(You can see the address on the Ravelry post in the Monthly Spin Study thread. We're is being careful about putting personal addresses up on the blog.)