Friday, May 8, 2020

Free Online Band Weaving Workshop

 Terry sent this info for the guild:

We talked about band weaving yesterday and this is the information I have on Susan J Foulkes  online band weaving workshop:

Here is what she said about it:
online workshop for the Braid Society on Braids & Bands group  This blog is part of the workshop for week one.

The Woolery in the USA, has published a post about the workshop   

Her video on getting started weaving is good:

The workshop and all the printable materials are free and I think most of these bands can be done on an inkle loom with string heddles or a small rigid heddle . She is doing a complete workbook on the history and weaving of these simple bands.

Thanks Terry!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Summer Meetings

It has been a tradition of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild to take the summer months off. People are usually traveling or busy with summer schedules. 2020 is a weird year, no question, so we decided to have our guild meetings on the second Saturdays through the summer months. We'll wait and see if it is safe to gather together or if we need to continue to meet in our Zoom room.

It will be good to see you and be together for a little while, in real life or online.

So our next meeting will be on June 13, 2020.

May Guild Meeting on Zoom!

Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild Meeting Announcement 

Date:   May 9, 2020, always the 2nd Saturday   
Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm
Place:  our Guild ZoomRoom!   Bring: Photos of your workspace at home
NEW! Mailed-To-Your-Door-Prize: A random number generator will be used to choose one or two members from the membership list. The winner will have the prize mailed to them at the home address on the guild member directory! All members will be included! You do not have to be present to win!

Program: Our Workspace at Home 

Several guild members will give us a tour of their work spaces. It will be great to see how other fiber people organize (or don't organize!) their studios/rooms/corners. Since the May program will be a ZoomRoom meeting, we are excited to make this meeting fun!

Come join us!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April Guild Meeting, 2020, on Zoom!

We will have a Zoom guild meeting this Saturday from 10:00 to noon. We'll keep it simple for our first online meeting and share the fiber projects that have helped us stay sane while we stay home.

Check back for info on how to connect to the guild's Zoom meeting room. As always, you can find us on Ravelry and Facebook.

Monday, March 16, 2020


Guild study group meetings are canceled for the remainder of March and including the First Thursday Spinning and Weaving meeting in April. Guild members will be meeting online on Ravelry and Facebook.

The guild can be found on Ravelry at

On Facebook, you can find us at Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild.

Join in our conversations! Hope you have a happy and productive quarartine!

Friday, March 13, 2020

Changes to March Meeting

Being strong while also being sensitive is challenging!

Plans for our March meeting have changed in light of the COVID-19 situation. We have postponed Karen Ford's Spinning 201 program, but we will meet at the usual time and place (10:00 at Hoover Church of Christ) to have a Fiber Comfort and Support Group meeting.

Karen's spinning programs are too good to have when many of our members may not be able to attend. We'll schedule Karen again in a month or two, when our world has gotten back to our old normal or found a new normal.

In the mean time, if you are able and need to get out and spend time with fiber people, please bring your current project and join us for a little comforting fiber time. We'll prop the door open and you might be able to come in and stay for a while without touching anything or anyone. Bring anything you want to drink or eat, we are suspending our usual coffee and snacks this month (you know COVID is evil when it gets in the way of coffee and cake).

Monday, March 9, 2020

New Meeting Format!!

We are trying out a new meeting format at our March meeting. Show & Tell has always been an important part of our meetings. We all feel appreciated and encouraged when we get to show our work to people who really understand it and we get so inspired when we see the beautiful things our fiber friends make. As our group has grown it has become difficult to have both a program and Show & Tell at each meeting.

For the past couple of years we have tried taking a lunch break after the program and coming back for Show & Tell. Some people can't stay that long and have missed participating in everything. So we are going to try another approach. This may work or it may lead us to another idea.

10:00-10:30  Show & Tell Gallery
Bring your latest masterpiece or work in progress or new tool and place it on the long tables near the coffee pot. Put your name on a maker’s card with the item and then hang around and talk to people about your work. We hope this will allow us to keep Show & Tell as an important part of our meetings while still allowing our busy members to get everything done they need to do on meeting days.

10:30-10:45-ish  Business Meeting
A very short business meeting so everyone knows what is coming up.

10:45-ish to noon  The Program
Special programs may run to 1:00, we’ll announce that in the meeting notices.