The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be hosting a Sheep to Shawl Contest some time in the near future. The Lowe Mill Fiber Festival will not be held so we’re looking for other venues. Start forming your team now and thinking of a great name! There will be a $200 grand prize for the winning team. We are still working on the guidelines for the competition but we do know that each team will have carders, spinners, and only one weaver. Any kind of loom allowed as long as finished shawl is 20 X 72 inches or at least 1440 square inches. All looms except for triangle looms can be pre-warped. Teams will provide all their own equipment and supplies. Use any animal fiber that is cleaned and ready to card. The fiber may be dyed. No electric equipment will be allowed. We want people of all skill levels to participate. Points will be given for team spirit as well as quality of spinning and weaving. There will be other prizes including a People’s Choice Award. The final details will be announced soon.
Update: The workshop was very successful and everyone had a great time. Laverne Waddington will be teaching a Complementary Warp Pick Up Backstrap Weaving Workshop. The fee is $200. See the flyer attached for more details (waddington backstrap weaving info and registration form). See https://backstrapweaving.com/ for more information on the instructor.
Update: We worked hard. The warps were measured and dyed, the weft was ordered and received, the looms were dressed and the scarves came out beautiful. The four new weavers survived the journey and were happy with their work. Weave a tencel or bamboo scarf. Come prepared to work hard on Saturday Dec 8 0900-1500 at a member’s Weaving Studio in Toney AL. Contact the Guild to receive driving directions.
After the success of the Weave a Towel Workshop this past year, we’re having a Weave a Tencel or Bamboo Scarf Workshop, September – December, 2018. Each person will weave one tencel or bamboo scarf. If time and skill permit, you may be able to weave samples or scarves on other looms. You have the option of weaving on your own loom (floor, table or rigid heddle) or borrowing a loom. You can do as much work as you want: you can create your warp and dress your own loom or a borrowed loom, or pay more to have other guild
members create your warp and dress a borrowed loom. We planned the scarves and ordered yarn in September. We measured, wound and space dyed the warps in October. We’ll warp the looms in November, weave the scarves in December and finish weaving (if necessary) in January. This workshop is for novice weavers as well as advanced weavers. There is a limit of 12 participants due to the space at the member’s Weaving Studio in
Toney. See the attached flyer for details. Weave a Tencel ScarfCurrent(1)
Update: The fiber critters made it to the library and the tree has been put up and decorated. Here’s a picture that doesn’t do it justice so go and check it out yourself. Thanks to everyone who took time to make or buy decorations and those who helped set up the tree. We’d be nothing without our great member volunteers.
The theme for the 2018 Library Christmas Tree is Fiber Critters. Those of us who set up the tree at the Main Library last year decided that we would like new ornaments depicting animals that give us fiber. We would like to have sheep, rabbits, llamas, alpacas and silk worms on the tree. Make up some fiber animal ornaments and bring them to the holiday gathering at the Madison Library on Saturday November 10th. There will be a prize for the most creative fiber animal. Don’t know how to make animal ornaments? Contact the guild or we’ll have instructions for some fiber animal ornaments for you to make available at the holiday gathering. We’ll need all donated ornaments for the library tree by tree decorating day the end of November.
Donations are needed for door prizes to be given away at Roc Day 2019. This year to show off the creativeness of our members, we would like donations of fiber items you have made to use as door prizes at Roc Day. If you have some fiber creations would like to donate, contact the guild or bring them to any guild meeting or event by January 1. Please include a card with your name as donator, item description, process used, i.e. knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, tatting, etc., types of fiber used, and care instructions if applicable. The card will be included with the door prize given way at Roc Day. This is your chance to show off a little and get some recognition for the beautiful work you have done.
Update: We had a blast making cold process soap. Here’s some resulting soaps.
When: Saturday August 18, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Member’s home studio in Toney, contact the guild for driving directions.
Supply Fee: Depends on how much soap you take home.
Pre-registration deadline: August 11.
Workshop open to adults and youth ages 16 and up.
As a summertime change of pace, learn to make all natural handmade soap as we experiment with what we learned in the November 2017 workshop. This will not be “melt and pour” but “from scratch” homemade soap. Like grandma did it but better. You will learn to make your own soap. You’ll learn how to safely handle lye, the properties that the various oils give to soap, how to use scents and colors and how to make your own soap recipes.
We will have the equipment and supplies for you to make your own soap to take home. Or, you can watch and learn.
If you want to make soap, please wear clothes that could get dirty, long sleeve shirts, long pants and closed toe shoes if possible. Bring your own safety equipment: goggles, thick chore gloves and apron. Bring your own soap molds if you want something special.
Email HsvFiber @gmail.com to pre-register by August 11 and reserve your supplies. You are welcome if you don’t pre-register, but there might not be enough supplies.
When: Tuesday August 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.
Where: Cooper House across street from Central Presbyterian Church at 406 Randolph Avenue Huntsville.
I. Prepare for Meeting: Nominate officers. Persons can nominate themselves. Offices can be shared. Person being nominated must agree to be nominated before the meeting. Contact the guild with your nominations ASAP.
II. Nominate a Slate of Officers at meeting. Election will be September 15 meeting.
III. Plan Workshops/Meetings: Suggest topics and/or leaders.
Editors Note: I have found that I get more from an organization when I give something of myself to it. Some of the officers in the Huntsville Fiber Guild have given more than their fair share, and are requesting a rest. If you have enjoyed any of the workshops we’ve had this past year, we need to hear from you. If you want Huntsville to have a really great fiber guild, we need to hear from you.
From the By Laws: “The object of this Guild shall be to foster knowledge of the fiber arts through workshops, demonstrations, educational programs, and exhibitions for members and others who are interested in working with fibers.” Is this something you want too?
Come and do some natural dyeing with us on Saturday June 23, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Peinhardt Living History Farm, Cullman, AL. Yellow dye comes from flowers, leaves and onion skins. Red comes from insects. Brown comes from nuts. We’ll use plants, trees and insects to color fibers. We’re planning black walnut hulls, pecan shells, marigold blossoms, mimosa leaves, onion skins, Queen Anne’s lace, cochineal, logwood, indigo and a couple of other dyes. Learn how to prepare the fiber and the dyes. At the end of the day, you’ll have a rainbow of colors.
Supply Fee: Option 1 = $5, chemical fee if you’re bringing up to one pound of your own fiber already mordanted, or up to one pound of wool fiber washed and ready to mordant;
Option 2 = $15, chemical fee and one pound of wool yarn washed and ready to mordant.
Fee to be paid to leader at the beginning of the workshop.
Pre-registration deadline: June 9. Maximum Number: 15. Workshop open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. For driving directions, see peinhardtlhf.tumblr.com/directions. For pre-registration and more information see the May or June Guild Newsletters.
The 2018 Tour de Fleece will be July 7 – July 29, 2018. This is a challenge to spin every day the Tour de France rides. The Interweave site has last year’s information, but hopefully they will update it soon, https://www.interweave.com/article/spinning/get-wheels-spinning-tour-de-fleece/. Will you accept the challenge?
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 7-29 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.
When: Saturday May 19, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bailey Cove Public Library
1409 Weatherly Plaza SE, Huntsville.
Join us for a Spin-In. Bring your spinning wheels and drop spindles, or other fiber projects. Bring your exotic fibers for show-and-tell. Those in the Deb Menz Study Group will have colorful fibers to show.
Don’t be shy if you are a beginner. You know how we like to talk about and show our fiber projects.
There will also be a business meeting, including nominations for officers. The election will be in June. All offices are up for election. Volunteers are desperately needed. Offices can be shared so volunteer to be active in the guild.