Our June program is “Helpful Hints.” Please share ”Tips,” “Hints” anything you wish you would have known sooner! A good book, a favorite tool, etc. It can be anything related to: dyeing, spinning, felng, weaving, wire jewelry making and things from the small groups the whole guild maybe hasn’t heard. Please think of something to share. Even if only one person benefits, your input was worth while. Also, don’t forget to bring something to share for our potluck. But don’t stay home if you don’t have me to bring an edible to share. Just come!
Our program is Embellishing, Cutting and Sewing With Your Woven Cloth by Marcia McCormack. Your woven cloth can be used for more than basic projects such as towels, scarves, blankets, and placemats. You can construct garments such as jackets, tops, vests, and skirts ... with hats and purses to match! This presentation on will introduce you the exciting prospect of embellishing, cutting and sewing with your woven fabric. Besides fashion and accessory designs for yourself, friends and family, you will learn how you can construct clothes for dolls ... and your dog too! Learn about embellishing techniques such as needle felting and couching and how to spin and ply your own yarn with your sewing machine. Doors open at 10:15.
Reminder...our Not So Silent auction is coming up in December, along with our holiday potluck. Now is the time to go through your fiber "stuff" and gather together those things that no longer hold their allure for you. Put 'em in a pretty basket, box or bag and bring them to our December meeting and let the fun begin! Fiber related items only, please.
The program will be a needle felted pumpkin project with Robal O’Larte. Have you ever been interested in needle felting? Already do felting but would like to learn to make cute little pumpkins? If you want to join in on this project you will need to reserve and purchase a kit from Robal. Kits are $10 each and include roving, yarn, dyed wool locks, foam pad and two needles. This kit makes one pumpkin in about an hour. Add $2 if you want to make a face on your pumpkin and it will take about another hour. Pumpkins with easy faces are a little more complicated. Please email Robal at email@example.com to reserve your kit now if you did not do it at the guild meeting in September. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Come to a tea party! Our last meeting of the year, and the installation of officers, will be our interpretation of a high tea and fashion show. Please bring a finger food and tea cup. Tea and accompaniments will be provided, and wear your best tea hat and something you've created for the fashion show (and yes, a handwoven tea towel worn as a hat counts!) Be inspired! Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Spinning Wheel Extravaganza! For the closing program of the year, and the perfect follow up to Michelle Lee's expert lesson in spindling, our group of talented spinners will bring their wheels to demonstrate spinning at the next level. There will be several wheels for our members to try out. This is the perfect opportunity to ask quesons and learn from our best. Come take a spin! Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Guild member Michelle Lee will teach everyone how to spin yarn
with a drop spindle. Spindle kits will be available for purchase at $8 each. With a background in Costume Design and Hollywood entertainment, Michelle started weaving and spinning in 2003. She now teaches those crafts both privately and at a local yarn shop.
The program for February is open studio time, so bring hand work, wheels, small looms, or WIPs that have you stumped or designs you need help working through and we will put our creative consciousness to work! Also, as a special guest, Margaret Carlberg will be coming to share her secrets of natural dyeing, from a chemist's perspective. Her work is truly beautiful.
Please join us for our January program featuring historian Sharon Donnan's ﬁlm “Coton jaune,” the documentary that explores the history of natural brown cotton in Southwest Louisiana and examines its origins and use among the people of Acadiana. A short introduction will precede the ﬁlm and there will be a Q&A to follow. Examples of ﬁber and textiles will be also be available to view.
A short business meeting will be held before the program with the break and Show and Tell to follow the program. Open studio time will be available for those who want to participate. Feel free to bring lunch and a beverage if you plan to stay.
Reminder...our Not So Silent auction is coming up in December, along with our holiday potluck. Now is the time to go through your ﬁber "stuﬀ" and gather together those things that no longer hold their allure for you. Put 'em in a pretty basket, box or bag and bring them to our December meeting and let the fun begin! Fiber related items only, please. Doors open at 10:15am.
Please join us in October for our program speaker, Peggy Wiedemann, basketress extraordinaire! She will be talking to us about her process, her inspirations and her work. If you'd like a peek at what is in store for us, take a look at her website: http://peggywiedemann.com.
It's that time of year again! Summer is almost over, and we all want to know how you spent it fiber-wise. So, bring your show and tells for the "What I Did This Summer" September program. As an added bonus, we will be having open studio time after the meeting until 2:00 or so. Be prepared to card, flick, pick, spin, knit, crochet, tat, bead, and/or weave on any of your WIPs or UFOs. This is a great me to practice a new technique, sample, solicit advice on something you're stuck on, make headway on a current project, or just visit. Bring lunch and a beverage if the light refreshments from the meeting won’t tide you over. See you there!
Join us at HGA's Convergence® conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 30 - August 6, 2016 - Learn more
The ultimate international fiber arts experience, HGA's Convergence conference features classes, exhibits, tours, special events, and a Marketplace vendor hall full of fibers, fiber-related equipment, and an artist market.
Convergence classes offer novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fiber techniques, including weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, feltmaking, knitting, garment construction, and more!
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As we bring our guild year to a close, we're celebrating with a good old fashioned tea party, potluck style. Choice of teas, hot water, milk and sweeteners will be provided. Please bring your own tea cup or mug, a tea party treat to share: small scones, jams, tea sandwiches, petits fours, and the like for our refreshments.
We will also be having an informal fashion show, so please wear something you've created...scarves, shawls, wraps, tops, socks, vests, jackets, sweaters....wear your fabulous towel as a turban and your wonderful runner as a shawl! AND...don't forget your hat/bonnet. It wouldn't be a proper tea without it.
Haven't you always wanted to take some of the complexity out of natural dyeing and put more magic in? I've met just the person who's done that for me, Ms. Ercil Howard. Please join me for a very informative presentation on her vision and viewpoint of natural dyeing. I've been lucky to spend two whole days dyeing with her, and she changed my whole perspective on the genre. Logistics prevents us from hosting a full-blown workshop this time around. HOWEVER...we are planning one on a Saturday next year, but only for the 20 lucky people who sign up first!
FIRST THE HARD STUFF: The time has come to sign up for positions to keep the SCWS Guild running for the coming year. Please be thinking of what you can do for the good of the order. Since Sarah will be away on a NorCal teaching expedition, the onus is on your editor to pinch-hit for her. If you have your eye on a particular job, please get your dibs in early by return email to me or to Sarah. Positions open include president, 1⁄2 of programs, newsletter, etc. This needs to happen quickly during the business meeting so we can get to.....
THE FUN STUFF: From Program Chair Susan Upson: Do your projects sometimes take a wrong turn, ending up completely differently than originally planned? The you'll want to join us for Deborah Jarchow's April program "It’s All In Your Perspective - Make Discoveries, Not Mistakes -It happens to everyone. The project we work so hard on turns out totally different from what we envisioned. Don’t despair! We’ll talk about ways to make “mistakes” into springboards for future projects. I’ll show some of my past bloopers that turned into valuable pieces or were responsible for a new direction in my work."
****Students are encouraged to bring in projects that have gone awry for discussion.****
BUT WAIT...THERE'S MORE! Deborah will be giving a short workshop on Rigid Heddle Pick-up starting at 1:00. We have space for 12-16 participants with looms, but any member is welcome to hang out and pick up some pointers. We will be direct warping our looms under Deborah's direction, complete with tips and tricks from her experiences. We will then be working on a sampler of pick up techniques. A completed project is not part of this workshop.
IF YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE WITH A LOOM, PLEASE CONTACT SUSAN UPSON to reserve your space. If you do not have a rigid heddle loom, you may contact Deborah Heyman to make arrangements to check out one of the guild's rigid heddle looms. If those are all gone, and there is still space permitting, arrangements may be made through Susan to borrow (or buy!) a loom from Deborah. Last chance to do that is this Sunday, 4/3 by 5 pm. Pick-up sticks will be available for purchase from Deborah.
The materials and supplies that need to be brought are as follows: A rigid heddle loom with at least 8" weaving width, 7.5 or 8 dent reed, warping peg, clamps, sley and threading hooks, shuttle, scissors, measuring tape, 2 pick up sticks, 10 - 15 yards waste yarn, about 200 yards worsted weight yarn that is not hairy, strong enough not to break easily and at least 2 ply (no single ply). The yarn can be 100 yards each of 2 colors...and a Manila file folder.
What could be better than weaving AND beads? Not much, right? How about putting those things together and weaving a bead OUT OF beads? Join us for Annette Hernandez's program of weaving a simple embellished bead, designed especially for us, to wear on a cord or chain. Materials will be available for sale at the start of the program. Your cost depends on what you pick, as there will be beads from a reasonable price spectrum. Don't miss this fun packed mini workshop (If you need magnifiers for close work, be sure to bring them)!
Doors at the Irvine Fine Arts Center open at 10:15; meeting begins promptly at 10:30.