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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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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.
December will be our holiday finger food potluck and "not so silent auction," so start preparing for that now! Create an inviting presentation from fibery items you no longer covet and need to divest yourself from. Remember, culling means you'll have room for NEW fibery goodness and someone else will just HAVE to have what you've brought to auction. Everyone wins!
Come hear about the "Culture of Colcha" at our November program given by #1 fan Susan Upson. Can't get enough of fiber arts of the southwest? Than this program is for YOU!
And if THAT isn't enough to entice you to join us in November, perhaps the Super Deluxe Fiber Book Sale Extravaganza just might. Our burgeoning library will be selling off some of its volumes. There's certainly going to be something for everybody, so bring your checkbooks!
Kate will be giving her program on "Spectacular Spindling" for our Oct 12th meeting. Kate will bring several examples of different types of spindles and discuss their virtues and drawbacks. She will have samples of YIP, finished yarns and creations crafted from her spindle spun yarns. A short practice session will be held after the meeting for those who'd like to try their hand at it. I will be handing out instructions to make a drop spindle from a CD.
Doors open at 10:15. IT'S NOT TOO LATE...to take advantage of the time left to participate in the "something small summer challenge"! Try something new or go back to an old favorite. Bring your project, finished or in progress to share with us. We'll want to know: what you think about it, what worked for you and what didn't and what you'd change and what you wouldn't. This casual program should make our kickoff meeting of the new guild year one to remember!
Next year's officers and committee chairs are expected to attend, but this meeting is also open to the entire membership. Bring your knitting, lapwork, etc. and come see what makes our organization tick!
If you would like to stay afterwards for a picnic on the deck, please bring your lunch! Also bring your bathing suit/towel if you'd like to try your hand at kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, or just plain swimming (water is still nice and warm).
Location: See the recent email from Carol for details.
It's a celebration! And your invited to participate in a commemorative project celebrating the 60th anniversary of the South Coast Weavers and Spinners Guild in 2015. Let's go green and blue. Why green and blue? We chose blue to represent the Pacific Ocean that lies off our coast and green for the rolling hills of Orange County. Your project may be woven, spun, knitting, felted, or otherwise crafted using both blue and green and any other colors you choose.
Due date: June 2015 Guild Meeting - Members only
Meeting location: See the June newsletter for details
Once the projects are gathered, we'll decide how we want to commemorate the project. A calendar? A collection of patterns? An illustrated journal?
Questions: Please contact Susan Horton or Pam Furry.
Doors open at 10:15. For our May program Bonnie Britzman of Conservators of Fine Fabrics in Brea will give a short lecture on taking care of special clothing and textile items that we all have lurking somewhere in the back of our closets and drawers. A big part of the program will consist of what YOU bring to the meeting and any questions you might have about conservation and/or repair so please give that some thought. The more items, the more interesting the program...plus you get to share your stuff with others!
(from Pam F.) I'm bringing an old sampler from 1851 that I have pinned in a shadow box, my old linen sheet, and a ripped up but cool old mola that I have no idea what to do with. None of these items are particularly valuable...but hey, I like them! And I'll bet you all have some very cool things as well...so let's see you and them in May!
The April 13th guild program will be “Inkle Weaving” presented by Anna Zinsmeister. Following the meeting and a lunch break, there will be a three-hour inkle weaving workshop for beginners as well as advanced inkle weavers. The workshop is currently full but anyone interested in coming, that hasn’t yet signed up should contact Susan Horton to get on the waiting list. The fee is $20. Anna hasn’t yet sent her materials list and materials fee. When those are available, all participants will be informed via e-mail. With that e-mail will be a list of guild members that have inkle looms to loan.
Doors open at 10:15. The program will be about Pandanus or Lauhala Weaving of the South Pacific, presented by members Margie Bell and Carol Reinhold. We’ll furnish material for all present to make a bracelet. We’ll need a few pairs of scissors. Please bring examples of this technique (most likely found on island trips or import stores.)