If you would like to view the ZOOM recording of our membership meeting and program on 11 July 2020, please send your request via the Online Contact Form. Special thanks to Denise K. for presenting her Inlaid Weaving Technique and to Bonny D. for sharing with us her weaving and crochet projects over the COVID-19 quarantine times.
Our next meeting is scheduled for August 8th at 10 AM. Lesley R. will be presenting the first in a series on Non-European Textile Traditions. August’s program will look at West African Weaving. Interested in becoming a member or to obtain the ZOOM link for the August meeting, please fill out our Online Contact Form. We would love to hear from you.
Do you have a question about the guild’s activities in October? Need to keep up to date on what the guild is planning for the Fiber Show in October, check in with the thread on the guild forums to ask your questions and get your answers.
IF you have already paid your deposit, please bring the remainder to the July meeting and give it to Anne. If paying by check, please make it payable to “FSWG”. The total cost is $150.
As of 1 July we still have at least 5 spots open. If you are interested and not a guild member, please email fswguild “at” gmail.com to let us know you’re interested. Please let us know if you have any additional questions.
If you want to experiment with dyeing plant fibers we will have directions and dyes for everyone to use or just come and watch!
If you want to dye please bring:
1 warp, 3 yards or less long, 150 ends or less, cross tied, and warp loosely tied every yard
1 skein, 4 oz or less, loosely tied
1 bag of fiber, 4oz or less
Plastic bag to take your project home
Plant fibers, cotton, bamboo, rayon, tencel, (silk will also work, even though it isn’t a plant)
Soak your fiber over night in water with about 1/2 cup of salt, dissolved, and a squirt or 2 of dish soap. Make sure you have enough water to cover the fiber and for it to move around (kinda like a pot of spaghetti). The fiber needs to be wet when we dye it.
11:30-1: Lunch someplace and travel to the Textile Museum (there are options near Looped and near the Textile Museum)
1-4: Textile Museum
4:30: Metro down to Fiber Space
5-7: Shop at Fiber Space
7: Metro back to Springfield
7:30: Head back home
For parking purposes, we could meet and use the Leeland Road VRE lot at and just carpool from there.
Please use the form below to indicate your interest. Once I get a rough headcount, I can contact the yarn stores and the museum to let them know roughly the size of our group. Remember, this isn’t until NOVEMBER, so we have some time to plan.
I was at a loss for what the program should be for September, but I was inspired by Linda G. and Nancy H. this past week at the sock knitters group. Linda wove some beautiful cloth that Nancy made into an outstanding jacket. Linda even put on a little fashion show. So what does this have to do with September’s program? I think an extended “Show and Tell” would be fun.
This Saturday, bring your finished objects good or bad. Knit, crochet, weaving, spinning, anything “fiber” related. We’ll talk about what went well, and what didn’t. If your learning something new, or have a more unusual art form, bring it to share. This can be a great learning opportunity.
Please let me know if you have any questions. See you Saturday.
I am sorely behind on getting the June program together and I need your help. If you can volunteer to answer questions at the program Saturday please let me know. Likewise, if you have any problems that you have been having with your knitting, spinning, weaving, crocheting, or any other fiber art, please send them to me by Wednesday evening at email@example.com. I will consolidate the problems and let the volunteers know what the questions are so they can prepare the answers.
I just wanted to remind you to please bring your smartphone and/or tablets to the guild meeting on Saturday. I will be giving a brief introduction into some of the apps that are available today to help with knitting, spinning and weaving.
Please note: I am very Android centric, if you are an iPhone/iPad or Windows phone/tablet user and have an app that you just can’t live without, let me know so I can add it to the presentation. I will be distributing paper copies of the presentation so that you can take them home and have them for future reference. That way we don’t have to try and fiddle with setting up projectors or screens.