Thursday, August 6, 2020

August Meeting Notice (with photographs!) - Laverne Waddington Lecture, Weaving on Simple Looms in South America

August 8, 2020 Meeting Announcement

Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm

Place: Guild Zoom Room

Program: A SHOW OF IMAGES AND VIDEO ON WEAVING ON SIMPLE LOOMS IN SOUTH AMERICA

Sit back and relax as we take a 90 minute virtual trip to South America with weaver and teacher, Laverne Waddington:


From the coastal plains to highland valleys, up to the dizzying heights of the Andes and down to the tropical lowland jungles, indigenous and mestizo weavers create intricately patterned cloth on a variety of simple looms.

 
 

We will explore these regions and the weavers who inhabit them while learning about the different kinds of materials, looms, techniques, colors and motifs that are used. Along the way I will share stories of the weavers with whom I have studied and my love of the basic, yet often surprisingly complex, backstrap loom.

 
 
This is a one time opportunity as no recording will be made for later viewing. Laverne has taught workshops for our guild several times and we are so happy to see her again, even online from her home in Bolivia.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

August Guild Meeting, Laverne Waddington and Weaving on Simple Looms in South America

August 8, 2020 Meeting Announcement

Time: 10:00am until 12:00pm

Place: Guild Zoom Room

Program: A SHOW OF IMAGES AND VIDEO ON WEAVING ON SIMPLE LOOMS IN SOUTH AMERICA

Sit back and relax as we take a 90 minute virtual trip to South America with weaver and teacher, Laverne Waddington:

From the coastal plains to highland valleys, up to the dizzying heights of the Andes and down to the tropical lowland jungles, indigenous and mestizo weavers create intricately patterned cloth on a variety of simple looms. We will explore these regions and the weavers who inhabit them while learning about the different kinds of materials, looms, techniques, colors and motifs that are used. Along the way I will share stories of the weavers with whom I have studied and my love of the basic, yet often surprisingly complex, backstrap loom.

This is a one time opportunity as no recording will be made for later viewing. Laverne has taught workshops for our guild several times and we are so happy to see her again, even online from her home in Bolivia.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

July Guild Meeting: Photographing Fibers


Learning to take photographs of textiles is like making textiles, it requires thought and practice. 

For our July program on Zoom (same room, same numbers), we will have four textile photographers with different experiences and perspectives discuss how they take photos. We hope that this will help all of us improve our fiber photographs and, maybe, encourage more members to upload more photographs to our guild and other fiber social media hangouts. 

We also plan to have an online version of the guild’s fall show and hope that this will help everyone participate.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June Guild Meeting, Sheep Farm Tour on Zoom!

Plan to join us on Zoom as we gather for an extra special meeting this Saturday. Heather Carter, our friendly local shepherd, will be giving us a tour of her sheep farm!


Join us in the guild's Zoom room, use the same access information as for past meetings. You'll find these codes in the email sent out to guild members about this meeting or in the Zoom thread in the guild's Ravelry group discussion threads. We can't post those codes here without risking unwanted, non-guild related postings to our Zoom meetings.

The meeting will begin at 10:00 Saturday morning. So get your coffee and your knitting and settle down in front of your favorite screen for a tour of Heather's farm. It is going to be great!

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  https://groups.io/g/braidsandbands  This blog is part of the workshop for week one.

The Woolery in the USA, has published a post about the workshop  https://woolery.com/blog/   

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!