Welcome back from our summer hiatus! Even though we haven’t had a guild meeting in July, guild members have been actively pursuing their fiber interests. Following up on the fascinating Mycodyeing Workshop in June, several guild members attended a mushroom symposium at the Birmingham Botanic Gardens last month. I hope we’ll get a report on that at the August meeting! Some of us have travelled to workshops, while others have participated in the Tour de Fleece spinning competition on Ravelry. Another Olympics-related activity begins there this month. So, we’ve been spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing, stitching, crocheting, tatting, making lace, and probably some other fiber-related crafts I can’t think of. Show-and-tell will be really exciting this month! We’re looking forward to a great program on spinning at this month’s meeting. In addition, we’ll be voting on the revised by-laws, which you can find in our guild blog, and we’ll be collecting pieces for the annual exhibit at the Homewood Library. Please consider showing your best work from the past year, or any year as long as you haven’t exhibited it at Homewood already. We look forward to another beautiful month-long display of our work. The patrons of the library really appreciate this annual event, and it’s a great way to give your fiber work a museum-quality showcase. I will pick up your work at the August meeting, we’ll install the exhibit on August 31, and the exhibit will stay in the library for the month of September. We’ll take it down on September 30, and I will return the pieces at the October meeting, or you can pick them up on the take-down day if you prefer. Hope you see you soon, on Saturday August 13 at 10 a.m. at the Hoover Church of Christ!
August Program All About Spinning Hoover Church of Christ 3248 Lorna Road, 35216 10am to 2pm
The August Guild Meeting will be all about spinning! We will have a panel of Guild members talking about fiber prep, fractal spinning, and wheel selection/maintenance. There will be a Q&A time period, so being your questions. We will also hear and see reports from our recent Tour de Fleece Revelry group and award the prizes to our intrepid spinners and boosters !! (If you don't know what the Tour is, be sure to attend the meeting. It's great fun.).
Everyone is encouraged to attend , spinner or not. You will definitely learn something and, of course, there will be regular Show and Tell so bring your recent FOs or WIPs. Don't forget to bring items for the Homewood Library Guild Show as well.
We will be meeting at our regular location. There are doors on either side of the front of the church(part pointing to Lorna Road) that lead directly into the basement fellowship hall. These will be propped open slightly. If you park in he front parking lot near Lorna Road, there are a set of steps leading down to the doors. There's also handicap parking on the other side of the building with an elevator that leads to the fellowship hall. If you park in the large back parking lot, please walk around to the basement doors. As always, if you're lost or need help that morning, just call Jennifer Lackey. Bring or pack a lunch, it's going to be a great day.
Fiber Frenzy September 10
We are going to have a Fiber Frenzy blow out at the September 10 guild meeting! We hope that every member will come, as well as everyone interested in becoming a member. We'll meet at our regular meeting location, the Hoover Church of Christ from 10:00 to 4:00. Guild members will be demonstrating spinning, weaving, fiber preparation, dyeing, knitting, crochet, tatting and more. There will be time to meet new people, be inspired to try new things, show people what you are doing, and hang out with other fiber-crazy people. Bring things you've made to share and whatever you are working on so you are ready to hang around for a while. After lunch we'll open up the Sell, Trade or Give area. You are welcome to bring things to sell, trade or give away. You'll be responsible for handling your own sales and taking away anything you brought that is unsold/unwanted at the end of the day. Items brought for Sell, Trade, or Give should be in good condition, nothing broken, soiled, or buggy. This is a great opportunity to clear out your storage space or fill it up! If you register ahead of time and make a lunch choice (see below), then your lunch will be delivered by Jason's Deli and paid for by the guild. If you don't register ahead of time, no problem, you are more than welcome to come anyway and will just need to bring your own lunch or plan to run out and get something (there are lots of options in the Hoover area). To register: Email Mary Spanos, tell her you are coming and whether you want a turkey roll-up lunch box or a vegetarian roll-up lunch box. There is no fee for this event. It is open to all members and perspective members. We hope you will come and we hope you will bring a friend! Grateful for all of the help we are receiving, the workshop chairs: Elizabeth Young and Mary Spanos.
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When the knitting machine was invented, hand knitting became useful but nonessential. Like quilting, spinning, and needlepoint, knitting has become a leisurely activity.j
The world’s fastest knitter is Miriam Tegels of the Netherlands. She can hand knit 118 stitches in one minute.a
Linda Benne has been the North American speed-knitting champ for the past 10 years. She can knit 253 stitches in 3 minutes.a
The record for the most people knitting simultaneously happened September 2012 in Royal Albert Hall, London, when 3,083 people knitted together for 15 minutes.b
Mega knitting is a recent term that refers to the use of knitting needles that are greater than or equal to half an inch in diameter. Mega knitting uses needles that have been carved at the tips into hooks. The hooks help prevent stitches from slipping off the needles. Mega knitting usually creates more chunky, bulky fabric or an open lacy weave.b
The knitting machine was invented in 1589 (during the reign of Queen Elizabeth) by William Lee, a clergyman. After the invention of the knitting machine, knitting was gradually taken over by guild-organized cottage industries in the 17th and 18th centuries.d
The full-fashioned knitting machine was invented in 1864 by William Cotton of Leicestershire, England.j
Americans have sex an average of 6 minutes per sexual encounter. These six minutes burn about 21 calories. A person burns 55 calories by knitting for half an hour.e
Early knitting needles were typically made from bone, ivory, or tortoise shell.h
Ravellenic Games in Vulcan-land
Dates: Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 21 "The One Rule To Rule Them All: Challenge yourself by starting and finishing one or more projects during the 2016 Summer Olympics. What will be a stretch for you? It could be a new technique, that first sweater or pair of socks, something massive, something delicate, or maybe finishing that monster in the closet." ~Home of the Ravellenic Games 2016 The GBFG Ravellenic Games will kick off at First Friday Spinning (perhaps while watching the opening ceremonies, technology permitting) and conclude with a closing ceremony party. Events include:
Our annual guild exhibit is scheduled for September, 2016. We’ll be collecting your work for this year’s exhibit at the August meeting, so now’s the time to get those beautiful projects finished and ready for the world! Don’t miss this great opportunity to give your work a museum-quality place to be seen and to share your gifts with all of the library visitors.
Fingerless Mitts and Wrist Warmers For UAB Chemo Patients
Chemo treatment rooms are very cold even in summer, and patients might appreciate a pair of stylish, handmade mitts to protect cold fingers while they’re receiving treatments. Guild member Rosalynn is making and collecting several pairs of mitts for UAB chemo patients. If you want to contribute, guidelines are below. Any weight of yarn Machine-washable: superwash wool, acrylic, cotton, etc. Primarily adult sizes, both men and women Any color or style (breast cancer pink is lovely, but consider neutrals and other appealing colors too) Knitters and crocheters can use whatever pattern they want. Wristwarmers are a great way to learn to knit small circumferences in the round or just to use up leftover yarn. They can be short, patterned tubes with some ribbing or a little fancier according to the maker’s taste.The mitts can have thumbs, no thumbs/thumbholes, long or short, etc. All mitts should be submitted with the fiber type or yarn name, size, and first name of the maker. Rosalynn will make some Fiber Guild tags with care instructions and gender/size/age suggestions for each pair. Rosalynn says "I happen to be using April Klich’s KIS Mitts, http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/kis-mitts (free), to practice some simple colorwork, but they can be made plain as well."
Workshops and Events
Elizabeth Young and Mary Spanos are the workshop/event chair people this year and are excited about the possibilities that are available for us to pursue. They’d really like to hear from everyone in the guild so they can organize the best events and teachers so you can do more and learn more about the things that interest you most!
To read more about this and to share your thoughts, see the "GBFG Workshops and Events!" discussion thread on the guild's Ravelry forum
GBFG members (and any other readers), I'd like to post news on the blog about shows you are participating in or other events you think would be of interest to fiber artists and crafters in the Birmingham area. Please send me information through blog comments, Facebook, Ravelry (emmybess) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Photos of your work would also be great. Thank you! Emily
The Guild on the Web
Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild on the web at:
If 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 guild. 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
Because 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. After March, the newsletter will only be sent to current members.
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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 changes.
Nancy Clemmons is hosting a tatting and crochet group at her home. Please check the group discussion thread on Revelry for more information.
More 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 group.
Join us for First Friday Spinning Study at Jen Lackey's house. We meet around 6pm. Feel free to email Jennifer for directions and parking information.
Each 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.
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).
2016 Officers and Board
Mary Kaiser – President Jennifer Lackey – Program Elizabeth Young/ Mary Spanos – Workshops Janna Ford - Membership Nancy Lavender – Treasurer Jan McMahon - Secretary Emily Levitan – Website Deborah Kattus - Newsletter Karen Ford - Past President
Rental of Guild Equipment & Materials
The Guild has available, for rental to members, the following:
There 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.
Equipment 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 condition.