Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27th 2015


Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
 
Next event:  Dickens Downtown
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 5:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Historic Downtown Northport
Carol will be demonstrating bobbin lace indoors.  Space for demonstrators indoors is limited.  However, any guild member can participate outside.  This can be a fun event, especially if the weather is nice.  Contact Carol for more information if you are interested in attending.

Next meeting:  Sunday, December 6, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Year In Review and Planning for 2016
We plan to discuss program ideas for next year.  Please bring your suggestions.
 
Last meeting:  November 15, 2015
Topic:  Spinning Sunday/Swap Day
 
Our youngest spinner, Anna, using Tori's new Honeybee wheel.

News:

Carol will look into buying another EZ-up tent for the guild to use at Kentuck.

We will not have a meeting on the first Sunday in January, due to the holidays.  Our first meeting of 2016 will be on Sunday, January 17.  The topic will be Spinning Sunday and Program Planning.
 

Other Tidbits:

Temporary Emergency Services on 15th Street is "Looking for Knitters."
 


'Til next time,

-Christine

Photos taken by Christine.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

November 12, 2015

t Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter - November 12, 2015
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Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

Happy Fall!
 
Next meeting:  Sunday, November 15, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Spinning Sunday/Swap Day
Bring your surplus, "why did I buy this", or "I'll never use this" fibers, yarns, and tools to swap.
Generally, Spinning Sunday is for working on projects, sharing tips and ideas, and helping each other.  Also, bring any finished items that you would like to share.  We love to see them!
 
Last meeting:  November 1, 2015
Topic:  Recycling/Reclaimed Fibers
Carol talked about several ways that she re-purposes things she has made after they have served their original purpose -- such as turning the good parts of worn out socks into coasters, woven garments into pillow covers, and how to take apart a purchased sweater to re-use the yarn. 
 

News:

Monica Moore announced that the guild earned $245.16 at Kentuck this year. This means that we had over $2000 in sales, as the guild portion was 10%.

Happy Anniversary!
Carol informed us that the guild is now 20 years old!  The West Alabama Fiber Guild was established in Carol's living room in 1995.
 

Other Tidbits:

Jennifer sent me a note that the guild's Ashford traditional wheel (photo below) with Lazy Kate and three bobbins needs a new home.  She recently got her own wheel and doesn't have room for both. She'll bring the guild wheel to the next meeting.
If you are interested, please contact Jennifer.
 


'Til next time,

-Christine

Thursday, October 15, 2015

October 15th 2015

 

 

 

Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

 
Next event:  Kentuck Set Up, Friday, October 16, 2015, 1:00 pm
Location: Kentuck Park
Bring tables and chairs on Friday if you wish to leave them in the tent for use during the weekend.
Set up will be delayed by up to two hours in case of rain.
 

Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015

Carol has a list of who is participating and what they will demonstrate.  Bring any supplies you need for demonstrating.  If you have any questions about attending Kentuck, please contact Carol.
Monica Moore will coordinate our sales table.  If you have any questions about sales at Kentuck, please contact Monica.  Details about sales were in our last newsletter.
 
Next meeting:  Sunday, November 1, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Recycling/Reclaimed Fibers
Bring anything fiber-related that you wish to repurpose, such as an old sweater that you would like to take apart to reuse the yarn.
If you have any questions, please contact Carol.
 
Lynn making Lucet cord.
 
 


Friday, October 2, 2015

October 1, 2015


Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

Happy October -- It will be a busy month!
 
Next meeting:  Sunday, October 4, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Lucet Workshop and Kentuck Preparations
Lucet cord making, led by Lynn Higginbotham
Supplies needed:  
  • Lucet (available locally at Hobby Lobby - don't forget your 40% off coupon).  If you don't have a lucet, a fork with the middle tines bent or removed can also be used (see pics here).
  • A firm, smooth yarn that will slide easily, anything from fingering to worsted weight, any color. Variegated is fine.  100% cotton is good.  Examples: dishcloth cotton, Peaches & Creme, #10 crochet cotton.
If you have any questions, please contact Lynn.
 
"I've done an example in no name acrylic yarn, worsted weight.
I've put an Emory board by it to see size comparison.
What you can do with a Lucet cord is limited only by your imagination."
-Lynn


Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015

We will be at booth I11, across from the West Alabama Quilters Guild.  Everyone should demonstrate some skill or assist those who are demonstrating. Carol has a list of who is participating and what they will demo.  If you have any questions about attending or demonstrating at Kentuck, please contact Carol.

Monica Moore will coordinate our sales table.  (Thanks, Monica!)
Please contact her at the October 4th meeting or beforehand if you wish to sell any items at Kentuck, as she needs to know what items you have and the quantity so she can plan how to display them.
Pricing:  Determine the amount you wish to charge for your item, then add 10% which will go to the guild.  This total is what you should put on the price tag.  Monica will add the appropriate tax at the time of sale.
Tags:  Use two tags (or a two-part tag) on each item.  On the first tag, please put your name and the price of the item.  On the second tag, put a description of the item, fiber content, etc.  You can also add your name and contact information if you wish your customers to have it.  Monica will keep the first tag for record keeping.
Receiving payment:  Monica has a credit card reader and will also accept checks from customers at Kentuck.  She will need to wait for the transactions to clear before she can remit the proceeds of the sales to guild members.  You will not receive income from your sales immediately at Kentuck.
Setup:  We will set up the guild tent at Kentuck that Friday afternoon.  Bring your items for sale during setup or first thing Saturday morning.
If you have any questions about sales at Kentuck, please contact Monica.
 
Last meeting:  Sunday, September 20, 2015
Thanks to Deanna for her generosity with the Llama Share!  Thanks also to Tori for helping to organize it.
That's a lot of llama!
Various colors of the llama fleece.
Top Down Raglan being knit by Clare
Tatting by Christine (Tat Days projects, in box)
Tatting by Tori (in progress)
Lace Mohair Scarf being knit by Nan

Other Tidbits:

Candice told us about the upcoming Stringer Alpaca Festival.  It takes place November 21, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, in Stringer, Mississippi (136 miles from Tuscaloosa).  More information is available on their Facebook page or by calling 716-863-4366.
 
Lynn showed us an adorable tatting pattern called "The Purrfect Snowflake."  You can find it on Carollyn's Tatting Blog here.


'Til next time,
-Christine

Lucet photo provided by Lynn.
Photos of the last meeting taken by Christine.


 
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Newsletter Steptember 17th 2015

Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

Free Llama Fleece on Sunday!
 
Next meeting:  Sunday, September 20, 2015, 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Llama Share Meeting  **Note the earlier start time.**
Details from Tori on the Llama share:
Recently Deanna made contact with a lady who raised show llamas and gave her a great amount of fleece. Carol has seen the fleece, and she and Deanna are planning a llama share.
The fleeces range in age from 1 to 15 years old and high to poor quality. Everyone interested in the fleece will draw a number and be given the opportunity to choose a bag of fleece depending on what number is drawn. We will do this until all the fleece has been claimed. Contact Carol if you have any questions.
 

Upcoming workshop:

Lucet cord making, led by Lynn Higginbotham, October 4, 2015
Supplies needed:  
  • Lucet (available locally at Hobby Lobby - don't forget your 40% off coupon).  
  • A firm, smooth yarn that will slide easily, anything from fingering to worsted weight, any color. Variegated is fine.  100% cotton, such as dishcloth cotton, is good. 
For more information, please contact Lynn.
If you don't have a lucet, a fork with the middle tines bent or removed can also be used.


Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015

Everyone should demonstrate some skill or assist those who are demonstrating. Carol has list of those participating and what they will demonstrate.  We are looking for a volunteer to coordinate the sales table.  If you have any questions about Kentuck, please contact Carol.

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'Til next time,
-Christine


 
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Newsletter August 2015

Welcome to the first issue of the new West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter!  

I won't call it "new and improved," as I don't promise to do anything better than what was done before, but I hope that sending out newsletters on a regular basis will be helpful and informative to you.
 
Next meeting:  Sunday, August 16, 2015, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic: Spinning Sunday/Swap Day
Bring your surplus, "why did I buy this", or "I'll never use this" fibers, yarns, and tools to swap.
Primarily, "Spinning Sunday" is for catching up on projects, socializing, and sharing projects and help.

Last meeting:  Sunday, August 2, 2015
Lucet cord making was planned, but our teacher was not available.  The workshop has been rescheduled for Oct 4, 2015

Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, 2015
Everyone should demonstrate some skill or assist those who are demonstrating. Carol would like a list of those participating and what they will demo -- just so we can cover lots of skills, techniques, etc.  We are allowed, even encouraged, to sell original items so we need a volunteer to handle the sales table. We can discuss this at the next few meetings.  If you have any questions about Kentuck, please contact Carol.

Membership List:
I am updating the guild membership list.  If your contact information has changed in the past year or so, please send me an email with your current information. I would like to keep you informed of exciting upcoming guild activities and news!

Logo Graphic:
It occurs to me that this email would be a bit snazzier with a logo graphic or picture.  If you have anything I could use for future newsletters, please send it!

Thanks!
-Christine

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Fiber Guild Newsletter, March 2014

Our March issue has arrived, and you can access it by clicking here. Thanks to Glaushaus for publishing it. Enjoy.