Tour de Fleece

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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 2-24th with the exception of rest days July 11th and 19th) 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 (some are Team Rocket Spinners and Team Twisted Amphibians)  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.

May 2016 – Natural Dyeing with Gina Levesque

Monday May 30, 2016 (9 AM – 5 PM)
Toney, Alabama

Come join us as we learn the ancient art of dyeing with the plants used for centuries! We will use dyes dating back over 500 years and learn about their history and importance to ancient cultures and Native Americans. Students will have the chance to learn about and sample over twenty dyes! Dyes used will include, but are not limited to, indigo, madder, Osage orange, black walnut, cochineal, logwood, onion skins, and turmeric. At the end of the class the student will have created a dye notebook with samples and instructions on how recreate each color on their own.

About the Instructor
Gina Levesque works with natural dye stuffs, weaving, rug hooking, spinning, and traditional penny rug construction. Due to her love of the outdoors and training as a biologist, she finds the natural world to be the greatest influence on her work. She remains true to the roots of these traditional fiber arts by incorporating some recycled materials into her finished pieces. As an instructor, she has conducted classes, workshops, demonstrations, and given lectures on natural dyes at various locations throughout the country.

Her fiber art business, Across Generations, provides supplies and beginning projects to those interested in rug hooking, penny rugs, and natural dyeing.
Cost: HFG members – $60 includes materials
Non HFG members – $80 includes materials and HFG membership

Registration ends May 12, 2016 so please contact us as soon as possible!.

Contact the guild for more info: HsvFiber @gmail.com, 256-384-5515, www.HuntsvilleFiberArts.com.

Spring 2016 Weaving Workshop registration is now closed!

We’ve had a great response to this series and have filled all the available class spots. If you didn’t make it in on time and would like to see another weaving series please email us and let us know about your interest. We can set up another series if there is still community interest.

 

Don’t forget about our next Workshop – Natural Dyeing with Gina Levesque!

 

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Roc Day 2016! Jan 9, 2016 Noon-5:30pm

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Come Join us for Roc Day 2016!

Jan. 9, 2016 Noon – 5:30PM

Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment
Second floor classroom
2211 Seminole Dr. SW
Huntsville , Al 35805

A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF FIBER ARTS

Roc day is the day spinners and other fiber artists resumed work after the Christmas Season. It is a day to come together, socialize and show off our work. See demonstrations of spinning, weaving, crocheting, and knitting and join in! Meet and network with local fiber artists. Find out about local beginning & intermediate classes. Bring something to work on or just come and visit!

All Fiber Artists, Aspiring Artists/Makers and Public Welcome!

Local fiber businesses and organizations are sponsoring this celebration:

Huntsville Fiber Guild
http://huntsvillefiberarts.com
hsvfiber@gmail.com
256-384-5515

Handmade Saori Weaving Studio
Studio 103 @Lowe mill
http://www.handmadesaori.com
256-542-8363

In the Loop Yarn Shop
www.facebook.com/intheloopyarnshophartselle
intheloophartselle@gmail.com
256-318-3423

Fiber Artworks
http://www.fiberartwork.com
817 Regal Dr. SW, Huntsville, AL 35801
256-656-0163

Cozy Cove Farm
tonycozy@bellsouth.net
www.cozycovellamas.com
256-776-4633

Hook A Frog Fiber
www.hookafrog.net
105 C Church St. , Madison, AL 3578
hookafrog@gmail.com

Don’t Forget! Yarn Order!

Yarn Orders need to be in by October 1st!

Our next order comes courtesy of Handmade Saori Studio and is for Supreme (8/2 Plied Cotton and 3/2 and 5/2 Mercerized Cotton) and Mo Purl (unmercerized, mercerized and flake cottons bamboo, rayon, rayon boucle, and rayon chenille). If you are interested in participating, please contact the guild at HSVfiber@gmail.com.

Yearly Membership Renewal Time!

The Huntsville Fiber Guild membership year is October 1 – September 30. Renew your membership now!

Your membership allows us to continue to provide workshops, bring in instructors and support the local fiber groups with materials and community forums.  The Huntsville Fiber Guild is entirely volunteer led so every dollar you send us goes back out to the community. Please join so that we can continue to provide these services as well as bring in new an exciting ideas to the fiber community.

What does membership include?

The individual membership fee is $20 per year, and the family membership fee is $30 per year. Individual and family members are entitled to a classified advertisement up to 40 words long in each monthly newsletter to sell or buy fiber equipment and supplies for their personal use. Your membership fee qualifies you for discounts on certain workshops, access to members-only discussion groups, participation in discount yarn and equipment buys.

The commercial membership fee is $50 per year. Commercial members are entitled to one quarter page advertisement 3.5″ wide x 4.5″ long or 7.5″ wide x 2.25″ long in each monthly newsletter.

Send the attached Membership Form and Fiber Arts Interest Survey, along with membership fee checks payable to Huntsville Fiber Guild to P.O. Box 1562 Huntsville, AL 35807.

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Fiber Arts Interest Survey Form

Welcome Back Open House

Sunday September 20, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Auditorium of Main Public Library
915 Monroe Street, Huntsville

Bring show-and-tell to share your past year of fiber projects, and bring guests. Spinning wheels and looms are encouraged so guests can see what a fiber guild is about. We and our guests will enjoy seeing what you have been up to.

Things are changing in the Huntsville Fiber Guild. Learn about upcoming programs, workshops and benefits of guild membership.

Bring finger food to share. Plates, napkins, cups and water will be furnished

Fiber at the Tennessee State Fair

The Tennessee State Fair has fleece and spinning competitions and a fleece auction. Fiber events are September 16 and 17. Wednesday starts off with the fleece show. Last year, there were around 230 entries. They have classes for many specific sheep breeds, alpacas, and llamas, as well as general classes for handspinning fleeces and commercial fleeces. Anyone is welcome to come watch and ask questions.

Thursday evening, there is a Spinning Contest, followed by the Fleece Auction at 7:30. For more information go to tennesseestatefair.org and click on COMPETITION. You will find the Fleece Department listed under Livestock. If you are interested in car-pooling to the fair, please contact theGuild and we will try to coordinate rides.

Felted Flower Workshop Report

Felted Flowers - Kami Workshop
The Guild had a wonderful workshop with local Felting Artist Kami Watson.  She had a great technique to produce nuno-felted flowers from silk caps and custom dyed merino. Everyone left with several colorful flowers.  We can use the flowers to embellish hats, scarves, or bags or as centerpieces. She also showed us some of her lovely nuno felted scarves and clothing items. Check out her studio to see her work at Lowe Mill (2nd floor).