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 1-23 with the exception of rest days) 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 as well as general groups – join as many as you’d like and have fun egging each other on! For more information see http://www.ravelry.com/groups/tour-de-fleece.
Help with Main Library Display in August
The Huntsville Fiber Guild has reserved a display case at the Main Library in August. What do you want to see in the display case? Let us know.
When: Sunday July 23, 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Private residence in Toney, Alabama.
Cochineal is a small scale insect used for dyeing that produces a crimson color which has been highly sought after for thousands of years. The bug lives on the prickly pear cactus found in Mexico and along the Mexican American border. The female is the producer of the red dye. Cochineal can dye various colors depending on the quality of the produce.
Please bring in washed un-mordanted wool or wool mordanted with alum and cream of tartar. There will be a pot of mordant available at the workshop. Mordanting and how to prepare the dye pot will be explained during the workshop. To receive information on washing your fiber before the workshop, contact the guild. Ammonia and vinegar will be provided to change color after the dye bath. Bring one skein or up to one pound of wool for dyeing. Be considerate of others wanting to dye. Silk dyes beautifully, but cotton, linen, bamboo, ramie, etc. do not dye. Dyeing is messy, so bring an apron and wear old clothes. Bring plastic bags to take home wet fiber.
Please pre-register for location information and directions by contacting the Huntsville Fiber Guild by July 21. You’ll be welcome if you don’t pre-register, but there might not be enough supplies.
Card/Tablet weaving workshop update: Attendees enjoyed learning a new weaving technique and were amazed at the variety of patterns that can be woven with cards.
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.