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
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.
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.
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
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).
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
Membership Dues Renewal
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
Are there any programs or workshops you would like to
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
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
Guild on the Web
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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and put GBFG
Newsletter in the subject line.
Birmingham Fiber Guild
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
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:
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.