Cookbook Update from Lynette

We are well underway to pulling our first official guild cookbook together. Everyone has been working hard entering recipes, proofreading, and organizing. Thanks to all that have already submitted recipes and to those that haven’t – there is still time! We have a goal of 250-300 recipes so we really need your support. Pre-orders have been going well and now is the time to turn in money for the cookbook count that you have committed to. We are shooting for a date of June 24th to have the package sent to the printer so don’t delay.

Keren’s Korner – April 2013

Kerens KornerAs winter winds down, the Guild has been gearing up on some new projects. Special thanks go to Lesley Reynolds for setting up our new website, found at fswguild.org . If you haven’t checked it out yet, give it a try. It looks great, is easy to access, and is the place to go for info on the Guild.

Thanks also go to Lynette for organizing our Cookbook fundraiser. Please note the deadlines for getting this together. Info about this is also found on our website and I hope you all are gathering your favorite recipes to add to the cookbook.

With Spring also comes the start of outreach requests, and we have several opportunities to demonstrate our skills. The first will be our participation in the Earth Day event at Old Mill Park on Saturday, April 13th from 11am – 3 pm. This is a popular family friendly event, and fun to attend, so we hope to see you there.

Hope to see you all at our April meeting at Lisa and Perry Darley’s farm Maranatha Alpacas where they will give a tour and fiber talk.

 

April FSWG Newsletter 2013

 

Summer Dye Workshop

The Fredericksburg Spinners and Weavers Guild would like to introduce an outstanding learning opportunity.  The Guild is hosting a multi-day/part dying workshop that will cover many facets of fiber dying, from beginner to more advance topics specifically geared toward certain artist groups.

The signup sheets are on the Guild bulletin board.  Please pay when you sign up and put payment in the Treasurer’s drawer.  And PLEASE label your payment so we know which class(s) you are paying for.

Introduction to Dyeing Fibers

Introduction to Dyeing Fibers – Focused on the background of chemical dyeing and how to do it. If you have ever picked up a book about dyeing or catalogue of materials and found the terminology or details overwhelming, this day will help you to see and understand the tools and processes of chemical dyeing. Handouts, catalogues and directions will accompany all information. If you are like me, sometimes even after the workshop, details slip your mind and you wish you had specific instructions to follow. This course will provide it all in an easy to follow format.

 

Dates: Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th, 2013

Registration Deadline: May 8

Time: 10am to 4pm (with break for lunch)

Cost of workshop: $150.00 for two days (or $75.00 if interested in only one day)

Day 1-Learning the basics

-The difference between fibers and what dyes work best for each fiber

-A quick history of chemical dyeing

-Natural vs. chemical dyes. Why choose chemical?

-Engineered dyeing in the modern world

-Chemical assistant (what else do you need besides dye to make dyeing work)?

-Overview of the process to dye different natural fibers

-Safety procedures and environmental responsibility

-Setting up a workspace

-Prepping fibers for dyeing (participate in process)

Hands on portion of the day

-Basic solid color dyeing of fibers (immersion dyeing)

-Dyeing with grocery store finds

Day 2-Hands-on Basic Dyeing

(The second day is entirely hands on! Bring your own natural fibers to dye! Samples of each process to keep will be provided a long with directions. )

-Dyeing a color wheel sample to keep for reference

-Dyeing fiber in the microwave

-Dyeing in the crockpot

-Troubleshooting common problems

2nd Day Bonus!

And just for fun (if there is interest) I will create an Indigo dye vat (for plant fibers). This is a very cool process if you haven’t tried it before! Workshop conducted by Julie Hodge, Assoc. Professor of Theatre, Univ. of Mary Washington Dept. of Theatre and Dance Professor of THEA 291- Fabric Dyeing and Painting

Creating Colorful Fibers

Have you ever wanted to have the skills to make those beautifully color fibers that you see at the wool festivals? This workshop is all about getting hands-on experience with dyeing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yarns/fibers to experiment on. We will be hand painting fibers to create both monochromatic skeins of yarn (or roving) as well as learn techniques for dyeing multi-colored skeins (or roving). All participants will receive written directions, information on suppliers, and take home a sampling of the day’s techniques. If you are like me, sometimes even after the workshop, details slip your mind and you wish you had specific instructions to follow. This course will provide it all in an easy to follow format.

Date: Saturday June 15th, 2013

Time: 10am to 4pm (with break for lunch)

Cost: $75.00 for the day

-Quick overview of the process to dye different natural fibers

-Safety procedures and environmental responsibility

-Keeping records of what you have done so you can do it again

-Setting up the workspace for each process at home

-Prepping fibers for dyeing (participate in process)

-Creating hand-painted multi-color yarn or roving

-Immersion dyeing monochromatic fiber with changes in value or multi-colored yarns

-Knitting, dyeing, unknitting, and reknitting

Samples of each process will be given to all the participants to keep for reference Workshop conducted by Julie Hodge Assoc. Professor of Theatre, Univ. of Mary Washington Dept. of Theatre and Dance Professor of THEA 291- Fabric Dyeing and Painting

More Hands-On Colorful Fiber Dyeing!

Date: Saturday July 13th

Time: 10am to 4pm (with break for lunch)

Cost: $75.00

This day of fiber dyeing processes has a variety of dyeing techniques that are good for both shorter and longer lengths of fiber that need to be dyed. This day is all about COLOR! If you are a weaver or just taking on a larger project and want to create distinctive yarns, this class will provide the opportunity to learn how to do this! Bring your own fibers or just take home a sampling of the ones we dye in class. All processes are hands-on! Most knitters, spinners and weavers are tactile learners and what better way to learn than doing it yourself. We all take classes with the best of intention to do a process at home, but, sometimes, even after the workshop, details slip your mind and you wish you had specific instructions to follow. This course will provide it all in an easy to follow format. Written directions, suppliers and samples of each technique will be provided to all participants in the workshop. Come and create your own distinctively colored fibers and learn to do it at home!

-Quick overview of the process to dye different natural fibers

-Safety procedures and environmental responsibility

-Keeping records of what you have done so you can do it again

-Setting up the workspace for each process at home

-Prepping fibers for dyeing

-Multi color dyeing balls of yarn or cones of yarn

-Color injection dyeing

-Tye-dyeing yarns

-Long length dyeing (warps) monochromatic or multi-color

-Hand painted warps

Workshop conducted by Julie Hodge Assoc. Professor of Theatre, Univ. of Mary Washington Dept. of Theatre and Dance Professor of THEA 291- Fabric Dyeing and Painting

 

Guild Meeting Days

In an effort to garner the greatest participation by guild members in our monthly meetings the board is examining the possibility of meeting on the 2nd Saturday of the month.  Members have remarked that shifting the meeting to the second Saturday of the month would free the guild of conflicts with events and holidays such as the 4th of July, Labor Day, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, and the Virginia Fall Fiber Festival.  Additionally, shifting the regularly scheduled meeting times to the second Saturday would also alleviate members from having to participate in the Liberty Town First Fridays and Guild meetings back to back.

We are taking an informal poll to help inform the board and members about the general feeling of what day the regularly scheduled guild meeting should take place.  Responses are anonymous.

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

11am-3pm

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