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West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter - October 11, 2016

West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter - October 11, 2016
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Welcome to the West Alabama Fiber Guild Newsletter

Next Event:  Kentuck Festival of the Arts, Sat & Sun, Oct 15 & 16, 2016
Setup: Fri, Oct 14, 2:00 pm (Later if it is raining.)

We will have two to three tents this year.  Planned demonstrations include bobbin lace, weaving, spinning, wool combing, hand spindling, knitting, lucet cord making, tatting, tablet weaving, and tapestry weaving.

Our Festival location has changed from past years. We are now located in the center of the park at CCN1/CCN2. Here is a map provided by Candice.

You can pick up your Artist Assistant pass Friday afternoon from Carol, during Setup.  Or
call Candice Wharton when you arrive at the gate on Sat or Sun (mobile 205-765-9910).
Candice will be at the Information booth.  If you can't reach Candice, call Carol T. at 205-

If you have not already paid for an Artist Assistant pass, you can call Candice up until 5:00 pm on Friday, Oct 14, to get one for $5.00.  After that time, you will need to pay full price at the gate.  Either way, you are welcome to join us at the guild tent.

For Setup on Friday, bring tables, chairs, and any other items that you wish to leave at the tent and use over the weekend.  Monica requests that anyone who brings a table to display items for sale also brings a black sheet or tablecloth.  The black cloth will set off your items and give our booth a unified look.

Carol went to the Northport City Hall and paid for our business license, which is required
this year for anyone wishing to sell items at Kentuck.  So our paperwork is all done. :)

We have a message forwarded from Exa Skinner, Program Manager, Kentuck Art Center
205-758-1257, eskinner@kentuck.org
Please also read the Kentuck Exhibitor Rules (pdf) (which is the attachment mentioned below).

Greetings, Artists!

Only one week away until we greet the most incredible artists to Kentuck! Congratulations
again on being a part of the 45th Kentuck Festival of the Arts October 15 and 16.

Included is an attachment of information about exhibitor rules that also include tips on
check-in, artists' party, booth sitters, artists' hospitality tent, check-out, etc.

We are also having a new collaborative event for the festival artists only, that we hope you
will enjoy. Follow this link to check out the art car project going on this year at the

If you would like a link to all of the artists' information, click here.

Safe travels to all and as Charlie Lucas says, "Bring love and happiness with you!"

Our best to you,
Amy and the Kentuck Staff
Upcoming Event: Northport Heritage Days, Mon-Wed, Oct 17-19, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Location: Northport Community Center
2100 Park St, Northport, AL  35476

Northport Heritage Days is a demonstration event for 4th graders.  Anyone is welcome to participate.  Nan G. plans to be there on Mon, 10/17, and Tori S. will be there on Tues or Wed.

They will have chairs and tables.  Bring your own beverage.  There is a small kitchen if you wish to bring your lunch.

Arrive early so that you are set up and ready to demonstrate by 8:30 am.
Contact June Springer for details, 205-339-0488.
Next meeting:  Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 
Location: 1000 28th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
Topic:  Kumihimo
Details in the next newsletter.

Last meeting:  Sunday, October 2, 2016

Topic:  Spinning Sunday and Kentuck Preparations
Handknit shawl with beaded edges by Glynda M., made with hand-painted gradient yarn.  See her Ravelry project page here.
Tatting shared with us by Tori S.  The earring pattern is from the Craftsy class
"Shuttle Tatting" with Marilee Rockley.
Handwoven towel by Marilyn B.  100% cotton twill, 8-shaft pattern called "Circles."
Large-gauge knitting by Lynn H. on size #19 needles.
Weave-A-Round loom from Wild Hare Fiber Studio, weaving by Monica M.
Crocheted racoon scarf by Candice W.
Beaded scissor fobs by Christine C.
Portuguese knitting hooks by Monica M.
"Technological Handbook: Wool Manufacture" by Roberts Beaumont, 1899, shared with us by Monica M.


Other Tidbits:

Carol shared information with us on a local fiber arts equipment source: MC's Creations, Rug Hooking and Fiber Artist Equipment, Monroe Creel, in Chelsea, Alabama.  His card lists: Rug Hooking Frames, Frame Covers, Folding Foot Stool, Carpenter Tool Boxes, Yarn Winder, and Blending Board.  Contact Monroe by email or phone 423-653-4263.
'Til next time, 


Photos taken by Christine.
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