Saturday, February 11, 2017

February 2017 Newsletter

Newsletter of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 


                      President’s Column   


“What’s the weather going to be like today?!”  It’s a constant question at my house because the weather is anything but constant!  One day it’s 78 degrees; the next it’s 48 degrees.  I come from somewhere that just gets cold and stays cold for several months so this is strange to me.   Should I wear my favorite hand-knit sweater today?  However, whether the weather is predictable or not, the fact that there are hand-made things in our lives is a constant for which I am very thankful.  We know that our love of all things fibery will stay with us everyday.  And so will the activities of the Guild.  The monthly meetings and the various study groups have become a steady and beautiful part of the rhythm of my month.  Second Saturday here, first Friday there, second Thursday again…it is constant and reassuring like the repetitive motion of knitting, weaving, spinning.  I hope that you’ll find the time in our busy, unpredictable lives (and weather conditions) to join us for one or all of our amazing meetings this month. 

February  Program
Reclaiming Yarn from Old Sweaters
February 11, 2107
Hoover Church of Christ
10 am--2 pm

Join us Saturday, Feb. 11 from 10-12 and learn how to take an old sweater and turn it into yarn for a new project.  We will have several sweaters to demonstrate the process, but if you have one to bring or would like to hit the thrift stores, bring it on.  Sharp pointed scissors and a ball winder, if you have one, are also helpful.
Bring a lunch, or run out to get something to eat at noon.  Then we will have the always amazing “show and tell” or “help me Rhonda” session until about 2:00.


Outreach Opportunities
Farm Day at the Zoo, April 8th, 10am-2pm--If interested in spinning, knitting, etc contact Jennifer Lackey. Note this is our regular meeting day.  

Earth Day at Botanical Gardens, April 22nd--The theme this year is "cotton" so if you want to demo  spinning, carding, knitting, etc with cotton, contact Jennifer Lackey.


Reminder from Kathryn Pitt
If you turned in your resolutions, check out the resolutions thread on our Revelry group.  Comment on how you are doing with those resolutions.

Also, you may still turn those in to Kathryn at the meeting this week.  


Laverne Waddington Weaving Workshop
Coming in March 

Preparations for the Laverne Waddington backstrap weaving workshops in March are coming along nicely! We heard from Laverne this week and she has her plane ticket from Bolivia to Birmingham and her train ticket that will take her from here to Atlanta, the location of the workshops she will teach after ours.

The 3-day weekday workshop is full with one name on the waiting list. Five people have signed up for the 2-day weekend workshop, so there are 3 seats still available. If there are any seats available on January 15 then we will open the registration to the people who have already signed up for the 3-day workshop (we've been holding them off to let as many people as possible get a chance to take a workshop with Laverne). 

You can get all of the details on Ravelry at:

Or on the blog:

If you aren't planning to attend the workshop, we hope you are looking forward to seeing the amazing things the workshop participants will make, at the workshop and after. Every time any one of us learns something new we all benefit.

Membership Dues Renewal
It's that time of year when we ask members to renew their memberships.  Dues for 2017 will be $25.  Please fill out the application form below  and give it with a check to Nancy Lavender at the December meeting or mail both to:
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
PO Box 6607232
Birmingham, Al 35266-072

Attention:  You may now pay dues using PayPal.  Either send money from your PayPal account to this link or use our gmail account

Member information form 2017


Email address:                                    

Ravelry name:                                     

Phone number:                                    



Fiber crafts you do:      Spinning         Knitting         Weaving         Crochet         Sewing         Tatting         Quilting     Embroidery      Other (please describe):

Are there any programs or workshops you would like to give?

Are there any programs or workshops you would like take?

Knitting at ArtPlay
   ArtPlay, located at 10th Ave. and 19th Street, will be offering a free knitting group on Thursday evenings from 6-8 beginning September 8.  Mary Kaiser will be moderating, and giving knitting instruction or help on an as-needed basis.  All are welcome.  We often talk about books while we knit, so please bring your recommendations!


New weaving study group!

We are finally set for a first weaving study group meeting.  It will be on second Thursdays at 6:00pm at Hoover Church of Christ.  Anyone interested in weaving is welcome to come.  Bring a project on a small loom, if you have one going.  That would include inkle, rigid heddle, card, backstrap, tapestry, even zoom looms.  Otherwise, just come ready to be inspired.  If you want  to be included in the reminder emails, let Kathryn Pitt know.  Or watch the new Weaving Study Group thread on Ravelry.

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 to
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

         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 Ravelry for more information. 
  • Weaving study group: Second Thursday of the month at 6 pm at Hoover Church of Christ.  Contact Kathryn Pitt for details or check the weaving study group thread on Ravelry. 
  • 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.  Email:

Newsletter News...
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.
Email me at 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, 10:00am-2:00pm (no meeting in July). Visitors are welcome.  The Guild offers programs almost monthly, focused workshops several times a year, and equipment rental (see below). 
 2017 Officers and Board 

President:  Jennifer Lackey
Programs:  Jennifer Justiss
Workshops:  Shira Robinowich-Miller
Treasurer:  Nancy Lavender
Secretary:  Maddy McLendon
Social Media (Blog): Barbara Gower
Membership:  Janna Ford
Newsletter:  Deb Kattus
Past President:  Mary Kaiser


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.