Learn an inexpensive and portable method of weaving that goes back to the Egyptians, card or tablet weaving. Begin to learn the language of weaving. Instead of a loom, you’ll use cards and something to hold the warp threads under tension. Learn how to read card weaving patterns, thread the cards and how to turn them to weave. Card weaving produces a warp-faced fabric that is related to braiding.
Join us Tuesday June 27, 6:45 p.m. at the Cooper House across the street from the Central Presbyterian Church (406 Randolph Ave, Huntsville). Free use of weaving supplies during the class, $10 if you keep the cards and shuttle, payable at workshop. Pre-register by June 23 by email to HsvFiber @gmail.com. Handouts will be sent by email. Workshop open to adults and youth ages 14 and up.
If you have them, bring two C-clamps (at least 2-3”) to use a table top. To make your work more portable, bring two C-clamps and a board at least 2’ long. The leader will provide all the supplies and equipment for use in the workshop. No weaving experience is necessary.
Inkle Loom Weaving workshop update: The workshop went well as the attendees wove a guitar strap size band and learned to warp the inkle loom and weave letters. The attendees asked for additional training in card/tablet weaving so that class is being scheduled for June 27. Join us then and learn a new weaving technique.
Join us at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza Drive, Huntsville on Saturday May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. This workshop is open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. Learn the language of weaving. You’ll weave a band on an inkle loom which can become
a bookmark, hatband or small pouch to hold a cell phone, MP3 player or coins.
The instructor will prepare the inkle looms before class and bring all the tools and supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop. You’ll also learn how to prepare an inkle loom for weaving. No weaving or sewing experience is required. For those who have already woven on an inkle loom, learn pick-up to weave letters to add a message to your band. Pre-register by May 17 to reserve an inkle loom, and to receive the workshop handout by email. You’ll be welcome to the workshop if you don’t pre-register, but there may not be an inkle loom for you to use. The instructor will bring all the supplies for use in the workshop. Just bring a sack lunch and an eagerness to learn.
View the attached flyer for more details. Inkle Loom Weavingflyerpub
Color Gamp Workshop update: The Color Gamp Workshop was hard work. We all learned alot about winding warps and measuring wefts, which takes a long time to do. We learned about the primary pigments, magenta, yellow and cyan, then the secondary and tertiary to give us 12 colors of thread. This was part one of weaving a color gamp. Work is continuing at the Weaving Study Group meetings held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays with winding warps and wefts as well as planning how to weave it. Stay tuned to hear more about those woven color gamps as work continues.
On Saturday March 18, the Guild will present a Color Gamp Workshop at the Huntsville Main Library Auditorium. Explore color possibilities by weaving a color gamp. Learn about color theory and experiment by weaving with different color combinations. Learn which color combinations provide iridescent effects. Weavers can use a rigid heddle or multi-shaft loom to weave their color gamp. No experience is necessary. Register by March 10th if you plan to attend. See attached flyer for more info. gampflyer
Here are some of the bags made at the Project Bags and Totes workshop. Attendees had a great time sewing and decorating their handbags.
On Saturday February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., we’ll learn how to Make Project Bags and Totes from handwoven and dyed fabrics. See the attached flyer for details.
Making project bags and totes workshop 2017pub
Event Report: There were more than 80 visitors and members at Roc Day. Thirty-two of the visitors asked to receive the newsletter. Thanks to the five sponsors for door prizes: Cozy Cove Farm, Crochetville, Handmade Saori, Hook-A-Frog and North Alabama Fiber Arts Co-op. Thanks to members who contributed door prizes and brought their equipment to spin, weave, crochet and knit so that the visitors could see what we do. Thanks for bringing drop spindles and fiber so we could show some of the visitors how to spin.
When: Saturday January 7, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lowe Mill 2nd floor classroom.
Roc Day is a community celebration of Fiber Arts. Meet and network with local fiber artists while working on your current spinning, weaving, crocheting, and knitting projects. Find out about local beginning and intermediate classes. All fiber artists, aspiring artists/makers and the public are welcome. Bring your friends, any fiber project to work on, or for show and tell. Door prizes are being provided by sponsors.
When: Saturday January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE in Huntsville.
We will weave a pocket basket for small tools, mail or “weeds,” about 8 inches wide x 7 inches tall x 2 inches deep with a handle on one side to hang on your spinning wheel, loom or the wall. Learn how to handle reed, and how to shape a basket. No basket making experience is required.
Bring a towel (basket making is wet work) and sack lunch, and wear comfortable clothes. The instructor will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.
There will be a $5 supply fee, due at the beginning of the workshop. Adults and youth ages 14 and up are invited.
Thanks to all who contributed by making ornaments and decorating our Christmas tree at the Huntsville Main Library. As you can see, the tree looks great. Huntsville Fiber Guild wishes everyone Happy Holidays and endless good fortune in the coming new year.
The Huntsville Fiber Guild is planning to decorate a tree at the Main Library for the month of December.
The tree theme will be stars – woven, crocheted, tatted, knitted, etc. Choose your fiber technique and
make stars to draw attention to our tree. Please send us any patterns or ideas you have for stars made with
the fiber arts.
On Friday November 11, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., come to
the North Alabama Fiber Co-op Studio at #314 Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville, to help make
Dye three one-yard pieces of cotton fabric with fiber reactive
dyes in one pot as demonstrated by Kathrin Weber in the
September workshop. The cost is $20 for each dyepot and
each participant will take home three yards of coordinated color dyed fabric or you can bring your own fabric/dyepot and just pay $5 for the chemicals for each pot, but your fabric may not turn out like the sample. Dyeing is messy so wear old clothes.
When: Thursday November 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
Where: North Alabama Fiber Co-op Studio #314 Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive Huntsville
The study group will have a hands-on lab July 26th in a studio at Lowe Mill. We will meet at Piper and Leaf Tea (2211 Seminole Drive SW Huntsville) at 5:00 p.m. and be guided to the studio. We will get a lesson on Shadow Weave, what it is and how to design projects with it. We will have a loom set-up for people to try hands-on weaving with Shadow Weave and we will help everyone choose/design a project and create a warp to take home to try out. Bring your own yarn for the warp (two colors, light and dark) or purchase yarn at the shop. Bring your own drafting paper (graph paper/handouts/project plans will be available for optional purchase).