Wednesday, April 13, 2016

April 13, 2016 Newsletter

West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter - April 13, 2016
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Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter


Next meeting:  Sunday, April 17, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Temari Balls
Supply List:
  • A styrofoam ball, any size (3-4" diameter is good for beginners)
  • Junk yarn that is smooth and even, any weight (Red Heart acrylic or anything similar)
  • Sewing thread or fine crochet cotton in colors that you like
Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  October 15 & 16, 2016
We have been invited to participate again as a demonstrating artist.  Our jury fee is waived and our booth fee is discounted.  We have money in the treasury that will cover the discounted booth fee.

Admission badges for our active guild members are $5 each.  Carol needs to submit our acceptance form to Kentuck by the end of April.  Please let her know by April 15th if you plan to attend Kentuck this year and would like to purchase a badge.  Carol must list the number of badges needed on the form and the names of attendees.  Our requirement is that the badges are for active guild members who have attended at least six meetings during the year.

Dye Day: May 1, 2016
Deanna is working on plans for our upcoming Dye Day.  She uses a different process than we have used in the past for dyeing animal fibers with acid dyes.  For example, she will put citric acid or vinegar in the dye so that we won't need to spray vinegar onto the fiber.  Her process takes longer but also sets the dye thoroughly.  Deanna plans to start setting up at 10:00 am so that we can start dyeing at 11:00 am that day.
Please complete this very short survey if you plan to participate in Dye Day.

Last meeting:  Sunday, April 3, 2016

Topic:  Knitting Toe-Up Two-At-A-Time Socks
Carol provided guidance on knitting socks and answered questions members had about a few other projects.  We discussed plans for upcoming Dye Day.  Carol also informed us that Kentuck has invited us to participate in Art Night, which is the first Thursday of the month.  We plan to discuss which month would be good for our group at a future meeting.
 
Carol's Traveling Bobbin Lace Pillow (which folds up into a pretty bag, below), made by Sharon Powell
Other Tidbits:
Sara Terrell, a West Alabama Quilters Guild member, has an antique spinning wheel for sale.  It has been finished with a clear coat and she is asking $125.  Contact Sara at 205-409-6257.

'Til next time, 

-Christine


Photos taken by Christine.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

March 31st 2016 Newsletter

West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter - March 31, 2016
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Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter


Next meeting:  Sunday, April 3, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Knitting Toe-Up Two-At-A-Time Socks
Carol will continue to guide us in knitting toe-up two-at-a-time socks.
Supply List:
  • US 6 ( a 5 or 7 will be ok ) 40" long circular needle.
  • 2 balls of (close to) worsted weight yarns IN CONTRASTING COLORS
  • 2 split ring markers
  • Paper and pencil for notes
Kentuck Festival of the Arts:  October 15 & 16, 2016
We have been invited to participate again as a demonstrating artist.  Our jury fee is waived and our booth fee is discounted.  We have money in the treasury that will cover the discounted booth fee.

Admission badges for our active guild members are $5 each.  Carol needs to submit our acceptance form to Kentuck by the end of April.  Please let her know by April 15th if you plan to attend Kentuck this year and would like to purchase a badge.  Carol must list the number of badges needed on the form and the names of attendees.  Our requirement is that the badges are for active guild members who have attended at least six meetings during the year.

Last meeting:  Sunday, March 20, 2016

Topic:  Spinning Sunday
Eleven members were present.  Activities undertook during the meeting included sock and sweater knitting, spinning, twining, fiber combing, drawing, hand sewing, and crochet.
 
Hemlock Ring Blanket by Lynn H. (Pattern link)
Crochet Motifs by Nanette S.

 
Easter Egger chick, hand raised by Deanna

 
'Til next time, 

-Christine

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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