Monday, October 2, 2017


Newsletter of the Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild 


                      President’s Corner   

The summer is flying by, just like the riders of the Tour de France AND the spinners of the fiber world in the Tour de Fleece.  Each summer, the on-line community Ravelry hosts the “Tour de Fleece” in solidarity with the annual race in France.  People from all over the world organize themselves into teams to set goals and spin along .  Our Guild has proudly participated in the race for the past three years, with each year growing wildly in participation and enthusiasm.  Last year, we put up 707 posts, but this year it was well over 1000!!   Even if you aren’t a spinner, the on-line event is fun to follow, thanks to the many beautiful photos posted by all, the lovely camaraderie (code for our silly late night discussions and good natured teasing) and the amazing learning and encouragement.  As president of this group, I am often over-whelmed by the support shown for each other and the Tour is such a tangible example of that.  Perhaps next year you will participate too!! 
Thanks to our riders and cheerleaders from 2017!
 Nancy Clemons , Claire Clifford, Rehka Drwiega, Janna Ford , Karen Ford,Mary Margaret Gray, Julibeth Jones,Jennifer Justiss,Lori Knarr,Jennifer Lackey,Maddy McLendon,Jan McMahan,Dorothy McWhirter,Terry Martin,Victoria Moore, Deborah Naramore,Kathryn Pitt,Mary Spanos ,Debbie Scott, and Janice Weinstien.

Proposed Slate of Officers for 2018
President--Jennifer Lackey
Programs--Rehka Srwiega
Workshops--Mary Spanos and Mary Margaret Grey
Secretary--Shira Robinowich-Miller
Treasurer--Nancy Lavender
Social Media (Blog)--Barbara Gower (with Kathryn Pitt and Janna Ford)
Membership--Chloe Hope
Newsletter--Betsy Lowery


Ravelry Weave-Along
Weavers!  Fall is here (says the calendar) and it's time for our Fall Weave-Along on Ravelry.  The plan is to weave anything in overshot.  There are rumors of baby blankets and table runners.  If you're not on Ravelry, I can't thing of any good reason why you couldn't join us and show off your work at one of the meetings.

October Program
October 14, 2017
Hoover Church of Christ
10 am - 2 pm
Our awesome Weaving Study Group is going to share with us their Fall weave-along subject, which is an overshot weaving project.  Most of us have seen Jen Lackey’s award-winning coverlet, and I am very excited to hear about the history and mechanics of weaving these wonderful patterns.


Calling All Philanthropists
As a guild we have participated in several fiber related charitable projects over the years, the last official one, as I remember, being knitted hats for preemies.  We have had several others presented in recent years that I think members would like to consider making but might have forgotten about or don’t have a pattern.
If anyone has a project they would like to share at the November meeting, contact me,  Bring a sample of your project to show, and I will arrange to make copies of your patterns to give out at the meeting.
Let’s enter the holiday season with a spirit of giving!

Membership Dues Renewals
Several members have not renewed their memberships for 2017.    Dues for 2017 will be $25. You may now pay using PayPal. 
Use  this link or use our gmail account

 If you prefer to pay by check, please give to Nancy Lavender or mail to :
Greater Birmingham Fiber Guild
PO Box 660723
Birmingham, Al 35266-072

Also, please fill out the following application:


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?

How not to miss out on guild news:
    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! Janna 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

We would love to have some information on what each of these groups is presently pursuing.  Please email me ( with anything you would like posted.

  • First Thursday Spinning and Weaving Group:  Spin & Weave Night, Thursday, October 5, 6:30-9:00pm at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Hoover (on Patton Chapel Rd, across from Hoover Church of Christ). Park behind the church, come in the large glass doors, walk toward the happy, loud voices. Everyone is welcome! Contact Kathryn Pitt at for details.
  • 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 Revelry for more information. 

The Guild on the Web

Between newsletters and meetings, keep up with the guild on the web at:

Newsletter News...
Each month, we would like to have news from you to share with all of us.  If you have a favorite blog, website, book, etc that you would like for us to feature, please 
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, 10:00-2:00 (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