Roc Day Celebration

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.


Pocket Basket Workshop

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.

Huntsville Main Library Christmas Tree Ornaments

The Huntsville Fiber Guild is planning to decorate a tree at the Main Library for the month of December.
The tree theme will be stars – woven, crocheted, tatted, knitted, etc. Choose your fiber technique and
make stars to draw attention to our tree. Please send us any patterns or ideas you have for stars made with
the fiber arts.
On Friday November 11, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., come to
the North Alabama Fiber Co-op Studio at #314 Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, Huntsville, to help make

Three Fabrics – One Dyepot

Dye three one-yard pieces of cotton fabric with fiber reactive
dyes in one pot as demonstrated by Kathrin Weber in the
September workshop. The cost is $20 for each dyepot and
each participant will take home three yards of coordinated color dyed fabric or you can bring your own fabric/dyepot and just pay $5 for the chemicals for each pot, but your fabric may not turn out like the sample. Dyeing is messy so wear old clothes.

When: Thursday Nothree-fabricsvember 10 @ 5:00 p.m.
Where: North Alabama Fiber Co-op Studio #314 Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive Huntsville

Hands-On Weaving Lab – Shadow Weave

Shadow Weave

The study group will have a hands-on lab July 26th in a studio at Lowe Mill. We will meet at Piper and Leaf Tea (2211 Seminole Drive SW Huntsville) at 5:00 p.m. and be guided to the studio.  We will get a lesson on Shadow Weave, what it is and how to design projects with it.  We will have a loom set-up for people to try hands-on weaving with Shadow Weave and we will help everyone choose/design a project and create a warp to take home to try out.  Bring your own yarn for the warp (two colors, light and dark) or purchase yarn at the shop.  Bring your own drafting paper (graph paper/handouts/project plans will be available for optional purchase).

Potluck and Indigo Dyeing

When: Saturday July 9, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Member’s house near the Priceville I-65 Exit

Please e-mail to HsvFiber before noon on July 8 to receive directions and to indicate if you will be bringing something to dye.

Bring a dish or dessert to share. Drinks and paper products will be provided.

Bring your latest projects to show them off.

After the lunch inside, we will be able to experiment with a natural indigo pot outside. Those who don’t want to dye can watch from inside. Bring one item to put in the indigo pot and a plastic bag to take home your wet item.  Item needs to be natural fiber, i.e. cotton, wool, bamboo, rayon.  Hobby Lobby has a nice selection of dyeable items. (Perhaps an apron or a T-shirt to protect your clothes at the next dye workshop.  Skeins of yarn up to one pound are okay, too.)  Item needs to be prewashed.  No mordant is needed with indigo.  Instructor will provide some string and a couple of pipes for shiborri.  Or you can pre-tie your shiborri.  There are lots of “how to’s” online for ideas.  Instructor will provide everything for the dye pot and dye gloves.  Wear older clothes or bring some to change into for the dyeing part of the day.  For more information, e-mail HsvFiber

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

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, 256-384-5515,

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!