Festival of Trees
During the month of December, the Main Library (915 Monroe Street SW Huntsville) has the annual Festival of Trees. We decorated our annual Christmas tree and selected the theme of “Fiber Critters” for our 2018 tree ornaments. We will have sheep, rabbits, llamas, alpacas and silk worms on the tree next year but we need help. Exercise your creativity in designing these ornaments. Each month, we will share instructions for making a fiber critter so you can work on them as throughout the year.
On Sunday September 17, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host our Annual Open House in the Auditorium at the Main Library (at intersection of Monroe and St. Clair). Bring show-and-tell and a friend. Members are asked to bring finger food. We will elect officers for the upcoming year. Have you learned a new technique you’re willing to teach us? Bring ideas for programs.
We need nominations for officers for the 2017-2018 year. Are you willing to step up and make the guild grow? Would you consider sharing an office? Do you know someone who would be a good officer? If you’re nominating another person, ask them if they’re willing to serve before nominating them. At the September 17 Annual Open House, we’ll elect officers for the 2017-2018 year. Get involved and make the guild better for everyone.
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.
Inkle Loom Weaving workshop update: The workshop went well as the attendees wove a guitar strap size band and learned to warp the inkle loom and weave letters. The attendees asked for additional training in card/tablet weaving so that class is being scheduled for June 27. Join us then and learn a new weaving technique.
Join us at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza Drive, Huntsville on Saturday May 20, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. This workshop is open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. Learn the language of weaving. You’ll weave a band on an inkle loom which can become
a bookmark, hatband or small pouch to hold a cell phone, MP3 player or coins.
The instructor will prepare the inkle looms before class and bring all the tools and supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop. You’ll also learn how to prepare an inkle loom for weaving. No weaving or sewing experience is required. For those who have already woven on an inkle loom, learn pick-up to weave letters to add a message to your band. Pre-register by May 17 to reserve an inkle loom, and to receive the workshop handout by email. You’ll be welcome to the workshop if you don’t pre-register, but there may not be an inkle loom for you to use. The instructor will bring all the supplies for use in the workshop. Just bring a sack lunch and an eagerness to learn.
View the attached flyer for more details. Inkle Loom Weavingflyerpub
Color Gamp Workshop update: The Color Gamp Workshop was hard work. We all learned alot about winding warps and measuring wefts, which takes a long time to do. We learned about the primary pigments, magenta, yellow and cyan, then the secondary and tertiary to give us 12 colors of thread.
On Saturday March 18, the Guild will present a Color Gamp Workshop at the Huntsville Main Library Auditorium. Explore color possibilities by weaving a color gamp. Learn about color theory and experiment by weaving with different color combinations. Learn which color combinations provide iridescent effects. Weavers can use a rigid heddle or multi-shaft loom to weave their color gamp. No experience is necessary. Register by March 10th if you plan to attend. See attached flyer for more info. gampflyer
Here are some of the bags made at the Project Bags and Totes workshop. Attendees had a great time sewing and decorating their handbags.
On Saturday February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., we’ll learn how to Make Project Bags and Totes from handwoven and dyed fabrics. See the attached flyer for details.
Making project bags and totes workshop 2017pub
Event Report: There were more than 80 visitors and members at Roc Day. Thirty-two of the visitors asked to receive the newsletter. Thanks to the five sponsors for door prizes: Cozy Cove Farm, Crochetville, Handmade Saori, Hook-A-Frog and North Alabama Fiber Arts Co-op. Thanks to members who contributed door prizes and brought their equipment to spin, weave, crochet and knit so that the visitors could see what we do. Thanks for bringing drop spindles and fiber so we could show some of the visitors how to spin.
When: Saturday January 7, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Where: Lowe Mill 2nd floor classroom.
Roc Day is a community celebration of Fiber Arts. Meet and network with local fiber artists while working on your current spinning, weaving, crocheting, and knitting projects. Find out about local beginning and intermediate classes. All fiber artists, aspiring artists/makers and the public are welcome. Bring your friends, any fiber project to work on, or for show and tell. Door prizes are being provided by sponsors.
When: Saturday January 21, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza SE in Huntsville.
We will weave a pocket basket for small tools, mail or “weeds,” about 8 inches wide x 7 inches tall x 2 inches deep with a handle on one side to hang on your spinning wheel, loom or the wall. Learn how to handle reed, and how to shape a basket. No basket making experience is required.
Bring a towel (basket making is wet work) and sack lunch, and wear comfortable clothes. The instructor will bring all the tools and other supplies you’ll need to use during the workshop.
There will be a $5 supply fee, due at the beginning of the workshop. Adults and youth ages 14 and up are invited.