Monthly Archives: July 2016

Hands-On Weaving Lab – Shadow Weave

Shadow Weave

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).

Potluck and Indigo Dyeing

When: Saturday July 9, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Member’s house near the Priceville I-65 Exit

Please e-mail to HsvFiber before noon on July 8 to receive directions and to indicate if you will be bringing something to dye.

Bring a dish or dessert to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided.

Bring your latest projects to show them off.

After the lunch inside, we will be able to experiment with a natural indigo pot outside. Those who don’t want to dye can watch from inside. Bring one item to put in the indigo pot and a plastic bag to take home your wet item.  Item needs to be natural fiber, i.e. cotton, wool, bamboo, rayon.  Hobby Lobby has a nice selection of dyeable items. (Perhaps an apron or a T-shirt to protect your clothes at the next dye workshop.  Skeins of yarn up to one pound are okay, too.)  Item needs to be prewashed.  No mordant is needed with indigo.  Instructor will provide some string and a couple of pipes for shiborri.  Or you can pre-tie your shiborri.  There are lots of “how to’s” online for ideas.  Instructor will provide everything for the dye pot and dye gloves.  Wear older clothes or bring some to change into for the dyeing part of the day.  For more information, e-mail HsvFiber

Tour de Fleece

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Spinner’s get ready – It’s time for Tour de Fleece! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, it was started by Ravelry as a fun way to spend a little time celebrating spinning while the Tour De France is “spinning”.  This event is very informal and relaxed.  The only rules are to try to spin every day of the Tour De France (July 2-24th with the exception of rest days July 11th and 19th) and to set your own challenge!  Your challenge can be simple – i.e. spin for 15 minutes per day, or ambitious – i.e. try a new technique, or type of fiber or try for a speed record!  Everyone’s goals will be different.  There are multiple local teams (some are Team Rocket Spinners and Team Twisted Amphibians)  as well as general groups – join as many as you’d like and have fun egging each other on!  For more information see