Spin in and Officer nominations

What: Spin-In
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.

Marbling Workshop with Pat Thomas


Update: We had a great time marbling paper and fabric at the workshop. We also marbled a small bear and an egg.  There were 8 members who benefited from learning how
to make the historic patterns.  Thanks to all who made the workshop possible.

We are looking forward to having Pat Thomas teach a Marbling Workshop on Friday evening through Sunday, March 16-18, 2018.

In our workshop, we will learn to float paint on thickened water, manipulate colors into traditional and contemporary patterns with simple tools, and print our own original marbled papers.  Participants will progress through historic designs and branch out into the myriad number of adaptations possible.  Techniques learned in this workshop can be adapted to fabric and three dimensional objects.

The workshop fee for members will be $150.  As an incentive to register early, pay before February 1 for a 10% discount ($135).  The fee for non-members will be $170, which includes the Guild membership fee (before February 1, $155).

Pat Thomas is a surface design, marbling, paper and fabric artist who is also co-owner of the historic Cliff Dwellers Gallery in Gatlingburg, Tennessee.  Pat conducts workshops and classes at locations including Arrowmont and John C. Campbell Folk School.  Her work is represented and collected internationally.  See examples of her work at www.Facebook.com/SeenMyMarbles.

See the attached flyer marbling workshp flyer 12-1  and registration forms Marbling registration and information

Roc Day 2018

Update: Over 120 people attended Roc Day. Thanks to all who supplied door prizes and organized the event. Thanks to all who came to show what a fiber guild is about.

Saturday January 6, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., we will celebrate Roc Day in the Lowe Mill second floor classroom. There will be demonstrations of spinning, weaving, crocheting, knitting and other fiber arts in addition to door prizes. Last year about 50 visitors registered their attendance. Others dropped in when they saw/heard us. You’re needed to  provide demonstrations to show what a “fiber guild” does. See roc day flyer 2018 new

Happy Holidays

The Huntsville Fiber Guild wishes everyone Happy Holidays. Thanks to all our members, guests, and sponsors for your attendance and support of this years activities. We look forward to another great year in 2018. 

Dress and Weave a Towel Workshop

Weave a Towel with the Huntsville Fiber Guild –A Two-Part Workshop — Update

The weave a towel workshop was wonderful. We had a great time meeting new crafty people, seeing old friends, talking crafts and of course weaving. We indoctrinated 4 new weavers into the craft. Join us at the Fiber Study Group on December 12 to see the finished towels from the workshop.

Part 1 – Dress a Loom for a Towel
When: Tuesday November 14 and 28, 6:00 p.m. Attend one session or more, your choice.
Where: Member’s home in Toney, contact the guild for driving directions.
Start at the beginning by learning how to select the warp and weft and the pattern. We will measure the warp and dress the looms for weaving towels. We be warping multiple looms  for Part 2 – Weave a Towel workshop. You are welcome to bring your own loom at these times to prepare for the December 2 workshop. No experience is required. Bring a chair,
notepaper and pencil.

Part 2 – Weave a Towel
When: Saturday December 2, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Member’s home in Toney, contact the guild for driving directions.
Supply fee: $15 for first towel, due at pre-registration; $5 for each additional towel, due at workshop. We will weave towels on the looms we prepared earlier. No experience is required. You do not have to attend Part 1 – Dress a Loom for a Towel in order to attend thisworkshop.
Please Pre-register by November 18 to reserve a loom or to reserve a space for your loom at the workshop. You will be welcome if you do not pre-register, but you might have to wait for equipment. Bring a chair.

Decorations for the Guild Christmas Tree at the Huntsville Main Library–Update

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.

Annual September Open House

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.

Main Library Display Case

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.

Cochineal Dyeing Workshop

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.

Introduction to Card/Tablet Weaving workshop


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.