Earth Day on the Rappahannock

Help the Guild celebrate Earth Day on the Rappahannock.  We will have volunteers spinning and weaving their way to a good time.  Guild members will also be able to sell their creations at the event.

April 13th, 2013


Old Mill Park

2410 Caroline Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

FREE ADMISSION! Alternative fuel cars, dozens of exhibitors, hands on activities, live music, live animals, food vendors, nature hikes and so much more. Bring grandma, the neighbors, friends, and learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment while having GREAT FAMILY FUN.


The Stafford Area Crochet Guild

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Are you someone that likes to crochet but find it hard to meet others with your same interest? Thanks to the newly formed Stafford Area Crochet Guild, you now have a place to meet and share!

The guild meets at the England Run Library, meeting room 1 from 6:30-8:30pm on THIRD Wednesday of every month.  The first meeting will be held on 17 April 2013.  The library address is: 806 Lyons Blvd, Stafford, VA 22406.

Please spread the word!

Guild Cookbook Now Available for Preorder

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The guild’s cookbook is now available for preorder.  If you are interested in ordering a cookbook, or maybe several, please fill out the form located here.

The cookbooks are $15.00 and the price includes a hard copy and a downloadable soft copy. Please fill out the top portion of the preorder slip and save the bottom portion for your records.  Please mail the preorder form, along with your payment to:

Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild

916 Liberty Street

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Fredericksburg Sit-n-Knit

Are you a knitter looking to join a low key knit night? Do you want to find a knitting group that only meets every other week giving you time to participate in other activities

The Fredericksburg Podcaster Sit-n-Knit takes place every other Thursday at the Barns and Noble located in Central Park. Come join Lesley host of The Knitting Game and Other Stuff and Courtney from The Fearless Knitter Podcast in the Starbucks Cafe from 6:30 – 8:00.  If you would like more information please use the contact form below.

Meeting Dates 2013

March 7, 2013

March 21, 2013

April 4, 2013

April 18, 2013

May 2, 2013

May 16, 2013

May 30, 2013

June 13, 2013

June 27, 2013

July 11, 2013

July 25, 2013

August 8, 2013

August 22, 2013

September 5, 2013

September 19, 2013

October 3, 2013

October 17, 2013

October 31, 2013

November 14, 2013

November 28, 2013

December 12, 2013

December 26, 2013

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Fall Fiber Festival – competitions


It’s time to start planning to enter the 2013 Skein, Garment and Fiber Arts Competition!  This year’s competition has 23 Adult categories, and 4 Youth divisions with 2 age groups.  Over 60 ribbons will be awarded and we’ll present over 25 prizes from vendors at the Festival!  We’re encouraging more people to enter their handwork and hoping to have many more Youth entries.  It’s a great opportunity to receive recognition for your wonderful fiber arts and show off your talents to all of the appreciative fiber enthusiasts at our Festival. Plan to come see all the entries at the Display and Demonstration Tent during the festival.

For more information, please contact Clotho’s Handspinners Guild via email at

Entry forms can be downloaded here: Adult or Child

via Fall Fiber Festival – competitions.

History of Knitting Presentation

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 – 3:00pm
Place:  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library,
In honor of National Craft Month, we will be joined by Deb Fuller for a lecture about the history of knitting.
Deb Fuller is a costume historian who can honestly say that she has “over 2000 years of clothing in her closet.”  She studied costume history under Paul Reinhardt at James Madison University and is currently pursuing a masters of museum studies at the University of Leicester. Her areas of research include the history of knitting, hand-knit socks and stockings — especially from the 18th and 19th centuries — historical sheep breeds and textile production.
She also consults for historic houses and museums in the D.C. metro area, where she presents living history demonstrations on knitting, spinning and all things fiber and repairs historic spinning wheels and equipment.
901 G St. N.W.
Washington,  DC  20001

Keren’s Korner – March 2013

Kerens Korner

Being a member of the FSWG has many rewards, and hanging out with fellow fiber enthusiasts is one of them.  We share a love of fiber, food and fun at our monthly meetings. But also enjoyable are the smaller groups that gather and concentrate on a particular interest or skill, such as the sock group, knitting group or weaver’s study group. They provide a chance to get to know members better, learn new techniques and share ideas.

During these winter days, the Studio is a welcome place to meet with friends—for informal show and tell gatherings as well as more structured learning sessions.  Perhaps your interest will lead you to join one of the groups, or even start one that piques your interest. Our talents cover many areas.

See you at the March meeting,


March 2013 Newsletter

Antique Sock Knitting Machine with Jennifer Price

Jennifer introduces the guild to the history of her antique sock knitting machine

For the February 2013 guild presentation, Jennifer Price set up her antique sock knitting machine for a demonstration.  In addition to watching how the machine worked, Jennifer also shared the history behind the machine, what to look for when thinking of purchasing a machine, and some neat peculiarities that her particular sock machine has.

Machine History

Jennifer’s demonstration was on a vintage Erlbacher Gearhart Sock Knitting Machine. Jennifer walked the guild through the history of the machine from it’s concept and inception through it’s use in WWII.  For a complete history of the machine, and some of it’s more interesting uses, please visit Gearhart Machines written by Mr. Mark Gearhart.

Image and Video Gallery

Inside sock machine with starter yarn
Sock made by the machine with only the toe left to go

Keren’s Korner – February 2013

Kerens KornerFor the holiday season I do enjoy the festive atmosphere created when decorating the house. Setting up the tree with family ornaments, and using colorful holiday tablecloths and linens from friends abroad. This year however, once the new year began and the holiday decorations were packed away I found my “back to normal” house looking rather boring, and having about 2 weeks of grey, rainy days didn’t help. I decided that short of a whole new set of furniture (not going to happen) I would freshen it up with textiles. I am going through my collection of items, seeing what I have that I can display on the walls and furniture. I’m reminded of how much I enjoy seeing my textiles from my travels or places I’d like to go to, how nice it is to make use of the linens and crocheted items from family members and reflect on the memories that they bring. Plus the added benefit that when strategically placed they help to hide my worn out furniture.

My newest piece is the Christmas gift my husband and I bought for each other—a Turkish(?) saddlebag found in downtown Fredericksburg no less. It is a nomadic piece, worn but in good shape. For a very utilitarian piece someone spent an enormous amount of time laboring on its design and weaving. I would love to know the stories this piece could tell. It will speak to me from my dining room wall now. Maybe inspire me for future projects as well.

In every culture worldwide fiber techniques have developed for use in clothing and everyday items. Fabric and cloth connect every one of us on this planet. It’s nice to know we all are doing our part to keep the traditions alive and thriving!

See you at our next meeting,