this finds everyone on track with their handmade gifts for the season!
If you attended last month's meeting you know that my November got
totally rearranged by a precious 5 lb 2 oz beauty! I guess she couldn't
wait to see Grandma and showed up one month early! Momma and baby are
great and Grandma is surviving also! Who knows what our Christmas will
look like but my favorite gift has already been opened! Guess I can
table my knitted gifts for this year!
Bridget and thinking about her future makes me fully realize how many
women in our lives have done the same thing....even if we always think
we are the first. She is the best of many, many generations....as are
all our children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren. I think of the
family traditions and stories that will be shared and know that our past
is safe in the future. I will share my love of fiber with her and maybe
it will speak to her heart or maybe not. But she will know Grandma was a
crazy, sheep loving, knitting, spinning fool!
have enjoyed my tenure as President and look forward to the New Year
and new leadership! Be sure to say "yes" if asked....it can lead you to
all kinds of new adventures! I am hoping to make the Christmas party
after all.....it's always so much fun and Mary is a wonderful hostess!
Take care and I hope whatever Holiday you celebrate this season is wonderful!!!
See you at the party!
December Program Notes Holiday Party
guild’s annual holiday pot-luck is scheduled for Saturday, December 12
at 11:00 at Mary Kaiser’s house in Hoover. (See directions below).
We’ll be sharing salads and desserts, and the guild will supply
beverages. In addition to celebrating the season together, we’ll have
our election of 2016 officers, a tribute to our out-going president,
Karen Ford, and a gift exchange. To participate, bring a container for
yarn or tools wrapped in a brown paper bag. Use your creativity and
ingenuity to find or make a useful container—as we know, fiberists use
lots of bags, boxes, envelopes, pouches, and many other things to hold
our fibers, tools, and gadgets!
[Check your newsletter for directions to Mary Kaiser's home. If you can't find your copy of the newsletter, contact me and I'll email them to you (be sure and give me your name in your email as I shouldn't give directions to anyone I do not know). - Mary Spanos]
Proposed 2016 Officers
nominating committee proposes the following members for 2016 offices.
Anyone else may submit their name for election. Election of new
officers will take place at the December meeting.
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
The Guild on the Web
Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild on the web at:
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 email@example.com. 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 athttp://greaterbirminghamfiberguild.blogspot.com/2015/04/gbfg-on-ravelry.html
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