Tuesday, January 5, 2021

January guild meeting, Melvenea Hodges and Handspun Cotton

January Guild Program, Melvenea Hodges and Handspun Cotton. Saturday, January 9, 10:00am (CST), in the guild's Zoom room (zoom contact information was sent in the January email to all guild members).

Melvenea Hodges is a Fiber Artist residing in South Bend, Indiana. She creates clothing and accessories using traditional techniques such as block printing, sewing, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery.

Melvenea's presentation this Saturday will focus on creating with handspun cotton with practical information about sourcing fiber, spinning the right yarn for different applications, and woven, crochet, and knitted projects that inspire. 

While Melvenea works with an array of fibers, cotton is the fiber that has sent her on a journey of self-discovery as a fiber artist. She was inspired to begin growing, spinning, and weaving cotton as a way to reclaim an undocumented heritage of fiber arts as a Black American maker. Aside from its cultural significance cotton is a remarkable fiber that is a joy to create with. Melvenea finds tremendous joy in helping others learn new skills. In addition to teaching at a primary school, she connects and shares with other textile enthusiasts through social media and at her local weaving guild.
Melvenea’s mission is to honor and preserve our fiber arts heritage through practice.
She intermittently blogs about her work and traditional textile techniques on her website www.traditionsincloth.com where she also offers handcrafted accessories and spinning supplies. She has also published articles with SpinOff magazine on techniques in working with cotton.

Monday, December 28, 2020

Happy New Year, 2021!


The Crochet and Tatting study group has had a New Year’s gathering in the past and since they can’t have their usual meeting IRL, the guild is taking a cue from the tatters and crocheters and having an “Open House” or “Open Zoom Room” on New Year’s Day from 11:30 to 1:30. Come and go as you like, chat, show off the new tools or materials that Santa brought, or start a new project.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, December 10, 2020

December 2020 guild meeting this Saturday, December 12

Meet us on the second Saturday of  December, 2020.

Date:   December 12, 2020                           

Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm

Place: Guild Zoom Room (access information was emailed to members)

Program: Quilts of Alabama, Beth Hunter will be our presenter. Be prepared for lots of color and history!

The Yarn Ball has been bounced to next year and in its place is the opportunity to DECORATE YOUR HEAD !!!

To make our meeting a bit more FESTIVE, to entertain, brag, play dress-up or just be clever, Decorate your head!  the part of you we see in the Zoom meeting!

A tiara, crown, hat, head sculpture etc. made, recycled, repurposed, created for the occasion, or whatever.

Guidelines: 1) Fit for public viewing (and possible recording), 2) totally optional, 3)BYO Eggnog and Snickerdoodles


! Mailed-To-Your-Door-Prize!: A random number generator will be used to choose one 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!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Collective Gratitude and Weaving

Photo from Trinity United Methodist Church

During the month of November a weaving project will be in progress at Trinity United Methodist Church. Ruth Truett, a weaver, guild member, and member of Trinity Church, has organized the project, Mary Spanos loaned a Hagan tapestry loom, and Jennifer Lackey will weave pieces of fabric on which church members have written prayers of gratitude. Jennifer will weave during the week and members will see the weaving grow throughout the month of November.

November 14, 2020: Galina Khmeleva Knitting Orenberg Lace

Date:  November 14, 2020

Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm 

Place: The Guild Zoom room (guild members received the Zoom access information in the meeting notification email)

Program: Galina Khmeleva at Skaska Designs

The presentation will include a slide presentation of Orenberg shawls (different kinds, how to start knitting a shawl, what yarn to use, etc.), and a comparison of Orenberg lace, Shetland lace, Estonian lace, and the primary lace structures used by knitters today.

!Mailed-To-Your-Door-Prize!: A random number generator will be used to choose a member 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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

October guild meeting this Saturday, October 10

What's the favorite thing I crafted while Quarantined


What I discovered while digging in my stash during Quarantine

So, basically a Show and Tell with guidelines

Date:   10-10-2020 
Time: 10:00am until approx. 12:00pm 
Place: Guild ZOOM Room (see below)



We will also have the ever popular

!! Mailed-To-Your-Door Prize!!

You do not have to be present to win!

One lucky member will be randomly chosen from the membership list for a door prize that will be mailed to you at the address on the membership list! If you have moved, contact Jen Lackey, the Membership Chairman QUICK!

Be sure to save the second Saturday in November for the presentation by

Galina Alexandrovna Khmeleva,

Designer and Instructor of Orenburg Lace Knitting. You might enjoy previewing her website- Skaska.com

Monday, September 7, 2020

September Meeting - FIBER FRENZY!!!


Meet us on the second Saturday of September, 2020, for our annual Fiber Frenzy. We wish it could be the happy, loud, frenzy of past years, but maybe we will be back to meeting in person next September. So, for now, we'll meet online in our Zoom room and spread the Frenzy all over town.

Date:   September 12, 2020                          

Time: 10:00am until approx. 12:00pm

Place: Guild ZOOM Room, check your newsletter for details. It is the same Zoom room the guild has been using.

Program: Fiber Frenzy 2020 with online RAFFLE!!!

Crocheting, Tatting, Dyeing, Spinning, Knitting and Weaving groups will each present information and examples in 15-20 minute segments. Dyeing will run a bit longer. The "Put your tickets in the bag" Raffle will be done via an online list, 3 entries each member.

Watch for more information next week on sequencing of the presentations and the Raffle Items!

At the end of the presentations there will be opportunity to publicize your fiber related shops, sale items and businesses.

Some Lucky member will be awarded a Free Membership for next year in the Door Prize drawing!

You do not have to be present to win!