Yan (Mona) -Li brocade weaving techniques. With strong determination to preserve and pass down such precious cultural heritage, Yan started her journey of collecting information on Li brocade weaving skills and putting them into writing with illustrations. During the ten years between 1995 and 2005, following her love and passion for Li brocade, she traveled deep into five Li dialect areas in Hainan Province, China, including Wuzhi Mountain, Li Mother Mountain, Baisha, Dongfang, Changjiang and Ledong. The Li people are divided into five different population groups in terms of the dialect they speak: Qi, Ha, Sai, Meifu, and Run. Yan visited over 100 Li female weaving masters, and lived with them to learn different Li brocade weaving techniques such as spinning, dyeing, weaving and embroidering. She worked side by side with Li people on chopping down bamboo, making weaving tools, tilling the land, picking peanuts, and brewing sweet rice wine. After 10 years of hard work, the first draft of her book was completed in 2010. The book records steps and specifications on Li brocade’s draw-warping, raising heald, weaving techniques scattered in five Li population groups that she visited.
Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
January’s program is by Sydney Berner on the topic of “How to Warp and Weave on a Triangle Loom.” Come and see the amazing possibilities. We will learn how to weave on a triangle loom. If you are already familiar with a triangle loom, Sydney will display several finished items to inspire you. Please feel free to share some of your accomplishments. Doors open at 10:15am.
Our Annual Holliday Auction and Potluck!!! So be collecting your items to auctionon off and add to the excitement of our meeting. Please bring an item of food for our delicious Potluck. Thank you for your help and enthusiasm to make our December Holiday meetingng extra fun for all. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
Deanna Deeds, “Neno Weaving” Gauze, leno, doup...just what do these mean in weaving? Take a step into the dimension of crossed-warp weaves! In a slide presentaon, Deanna will show the characteriscs of gauze structures and how they can be made on the handloom. Doors open at 10:15am.
Cameron Taylor-Brown will present a program on “Spice It Up: From Bland to Beautiful.” Beginning with simple yarn twisting and wrapping, experiment with adding small amounts of accent yarns and see what a difference they make. Short format covers yarn blending and wrapping longer format includes adding accent yarns to a warp, using a “tie-in” board and weaving samples. Doors open at 10:15 a.m.
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!
For more information: HGA