Update: During the summer months the Huntsville Fiber Guild is suspending the Zoom meetings that were being held the second and fourth Thursday of the month. Thanks to Teresa Harris at Hook-A-Frog for hosting our meetings. We’ll let you know if we resume them in the fall.
Huntsville Fiber Guild Zoom meetings are usually scheduled every other Thursday at 6:30 p.m. What have you been doing in the past weeks? All are welcome to join the meetings, bring show-and-tell, and bring something to work on.
Which workshop instructors/topics would you like us to have in 2021? The instructors can be national or local. Other fiber guilds are presenting workshops in Zoom. Their workshops have been a mix of their local members presenting and outside instructors. We need ideas for challenges, contests and learning activities that will make us feel like a group. Contact the Guild with your ideas.
Wishing all a happy holiday season and a better 2021 without the Covid virus. In the spirit of the season we put up our annual Guild Christmas tree at the Huntsville Main Library. Here it is. It looks better in person so check it out in Mystery/Science Fiction area on the first floor of the library.
The Huntsville Fiber Guild is planning a Mug Rug Challenge and Swap. This event is open to all members of the Huntsville Fiber Guild. For the Challenge, submit a photograph of your completed set(s) of mug rugs along with a description. You will receive photographs and descriptions of all the mug rug sets submitted to the Challenge. For the Swap, send in your completed set(s) of mug rugs and receive another set(s) of mug rugs in exchange. See all the details in the November Newsletter
Due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, all Huntsville Fiber Guild events have been cancelled. We are implementing Zoom Teleconferencing online meetings to keep in touch with our members. Contact the guild for teleconference details. Please stay home, wash your hands frequently, wear a mask while out and about, and be safe.
Update Feb 2020: Most are finished weaving and have yards of fabric to make their tote bags. We need to have a show and tell soon to see the finalized bags.
Update Jan 2020: We are continuing the Weave our Tote Bags, with participants weaving their yardage and their tote bag handles.
Update Dec 2019: We’ve planned our tote bags, wound the warps, space dyed them and started warping the looms. Looking forward to weaving and sewing the totes.
Start at the beginning to Weave and Sew a Tote Bag. Go through all the steps: plan the project, create the warp, space dye the yarn if desired, dress the loom, weave and create your own tote bag. This workshop is for novice and advanced crafters. Knowledge of weaving and sewing is not required. We’ll teach you the basics.
We will plan the tote bags, order yarn and wind the warps in October. We’ll space dye (if you desire) the warp and weft skeins, and warp the looms in November. We’ll weave the cloth and sew the totes early in December. There is a limit of 12 participants due to the available space at the member’s Weaving Studio in Toney. When you pre-register, you will receive driving directions to the Weaving Studio.
Each person will weave 2-3 yards of cotton cloth which is enough to make 1-2 tote bags depending on your size preference. Make one large bag or 2 smaller ones. These tote bags make great reusable grocery haulers or craft storage bags. Give them as handmade gifts. You have the option of weaving on your own loom (floor, table or rigid heddle) or borrowing a loom for a small fee. See attached flyer for more information: Weave a Tote Bagpub
Update 2/2/20: About 30 people in all attended. Several new names were added to the Open Sheds email list, and two signed up for the Inkle Weaving for Beginners and Beyond class. We had 20 door prizes given out in 3 drawings throughout the day with something for spinners, knitters, weavers and more! Thank you to everyone who donated a door prize, helped with set-up, clean-up and everything in-between.
Update 1/15/20: Roc Day will be held Saturday January 18 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at Bailey Cove Library.
Update 1/11/20: Due to hazardous weather today we’re postponing our Roc Day Celebration. We’ll let you know when its re-scheduled.
When: Saturday January 11, 2020 0930 am to 4 pm at Bailey Cove Library
The Huntsville Fiber Guild will celebrate Roc Day. Join this community celebration of the fiber arts. See demonstrations of spinning, weaving, crocheting and knitting with a chance to join in. Meet and network with local fiber artists. Find out about local beginning and intermediate classes.
All fiber artists, aspiring artists/makers and the public are welcome.
Update: Congratulations to the Sparkle Cats, from Sparkle Studio and the Foldout Cat Studio, winners of the Grand Prize and to the Girls on Fire, representing the Senior Center, winners of First Prize AND the People’s Choice Award! Three cheers for the Huntsville Fiber Guild members who coordinated the event for their vision, persistence and hard work to manage the myriad details involved! HFG’s team, the Alpaca Punch Rocket Weavers, won second place. The finished shawls were all beautiful.
The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be hosting a Sheep to Shawl Contest on Saturday September 21, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. as part of the Spin in Public Day celebration being presented by Sparkle Studios and Fold Out Cat Studio at Lowe Mill. Teams will compete to process animal fiber, spin yarn and weave it into a shawl. There will be a $200 team grand prize, plus other prizes. Register your team to be assured a spot by email to HsvFiber @gmail.com. There are no registration fees. Teams will provide all their own supplies and equipment. All skill levels are welcome. Any type of animal fiber which has been washed but not carded and may be dyed. Any type of loom to produce a shawl 20 inches by 72 inches, or at least 1440 square inches. Individuals may register and be randomly placed on teams. More detailed information is presented here.