Help with Main Library Display in August
The Huntsville Fiber Guild has reserved a display case at the Main Library in August. On Tuesday August 1, 6:30 p.m., we will meet at the Main Library to put up a display of fiber art. Bring your projects from the workshops this past year: Kathrin Weber’s dyeing and weaving, triangle loom, “three fabrics, one dyepot,” pocket basket, project bags, color gamp, spin-in, inkle loom and card weaving. Bring your “Tour de Fleece” skeins. Bring other colorful projects you’ve been working on this past year. We’ll use this opportunity to invite visitors to the Annual Open House on Sunday September 17. If you can’t bring your items for the display at that time, don’t fret, contact the guild to arrange for pick up.
Update: We had the opportunity to make eight different shades/tints from the cochineal and learned that cochineal on unmordanted wool does produce great colors.
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.