We will have our cookbook launch meeting this Saturday (March 16, 2013) at 12:15 in the guild studio. We will be formulating a plan to move forward on producing our cookbook.
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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SKEIN, GARMENT and FIBER ARTS COMPETITIONS AND DISPLAY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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,
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.
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.
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For 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,
Vice-President—Lesley Reynolds and Mary Snellings
Special Events Coordinator —Lynette Reed
Newsletter Editor— Mary Hardy
Education & Outreach—Vacant
Workshops Coordinator—Anna Branner
Membership Coordinator—Judy Klehm
Website – Lesley Reynolds
The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore has some openings available for the upcoming class with Sarah Fortin. If you are interested, please
contact Joanna Crosby at joanna (dot) crosby (at) morgan (dot) edu
WORKSHOP: Shadow Weave: Color and Dimension
INSTRUCTOR: Sarah Fortin
DATES: March 2, 3, & 4, 2013
LOCATION: Howard County Fair Grounds 4-H Building
FEES: Reduced! $130 for Members, $150 for Non-Members
SKILL LEVEL: Advanced beginner +
Here are the programs we have on the calendar so far for 2013. If you have a great idea for a program, or want to volunteer to lead one, please contact Mary Snellings or Lesley Reynolds!
We have so much talent in our group – and so many varied interests. Everyone has something to share.
New Year’s Party at Florence’s – this was so much fun, thank you Florence and everyone who contributed!
Antique Sock Knitting Machine with Jennifer Price, at the Guild Studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.
Introduction to Ravelry with Mary Snellings. and Lesley Reynolds. Location TBD. (Ravelry is a powerful internet tool, a “Facebook for Crafters” and more.
Farm Tour and Fiber Talk with Lisa and Perry Darley of Maranatha Alpacas. This meeting will be at their farm off Rt 17 in Stafford, near Geico. (71 Coakley Ln, Fredericksburg, VA 22406)
MD Sheep and Wool Festival is on the 4th – We’ll have “Show Your Treasure” day on the 11th at the LibertyTown Guildspace. Bring your latest projects and new purchases and craft together.
Celebration of Libertytown Arts Workshop Anniversary
Fiber Toys and the Fair with Bonny Davia at the LibertyTown Guildspace.
Weaving with Diane Kowalski of Woven Gems at the LibertyTown Guildspace. Also Annual Potluck Lunch and “Yard Sale”.
Andean Knitting: Fibers, Color, and Motifs Discussion and Slideshow with Alex Capshaw-Taylor (knitwear designer and instructor) at the LibertyTown Guildspace.
Montpelier Fiber Festival on the 5th. Our 3rd Annual “Let’s Stitch” event is on the 12th at the Guild studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.
Fibers of Ireland and Scotland by Linda, Mary, Fran, and Judy. This meeting will be at Linda George’s house.
Annual Holiday Party – Location TBD.