Fall Fiber Festival – competitions

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 skeinandgarment@gmail.com

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,
HISTORY OF KNITTING presentation
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
202-727-0321

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,

Karen

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,

Keren

FSWG OFFICERS & CHAIRPERSONS 2013

President—Keren Pritchett

Vice-President—Lesley Reynolds and Mary Snellings

Special Events Coordinator —Lynette Reed

Secretary—Peg Waters

Treasurer—Anne Nourse

Newsletter Editor— Mary Hardy

Education & Outreach—Vacant

Librarian—Margaret Hermann

Workshops Coordinator—Anna Branner

Membership Coordinator—Judy Klehm

Publicity—Mary Snellings

Website – Lesley Reynolds

WORKSHOP: Shadow Weave: Color and Dimension

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 +

2013 Programs

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.

January

New Year’s Party at Florence’s – this was so much fun, thank you Florence and everyone who contributed!

February

Antique Sock Knitting Machine with Jennifer Price, at the Guild Studio at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.

March

Introduction to Ravelry with Mary Snellings. and Lesley Reynolds. Location TBD. (Ravelry is a powerful internet tool, a “Facebook for Crafters” and more.

April

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)

May

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.

June

Celebration of Libertytown Arts Workshop Anniversary

July

Fiber Toys and the Fair with Bonny Davia at the LibertyTown Guildspace.

August

Weaving with Diane Kowalski of Woven Gems at the LibertyTown Guildspace. Also Annual Potluck Lunch and “Yard Sale”.

September

Andean Knitting: Fibers, Color, and Motifs Discussion and Slideshow with Alex Capshaw-Taylor (knitwear designer and instructor) at the LibertyTown Guildspace.

October

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.

November

Fibers of Ireland and Scotland by Linda, Mary, Fran, and Judy. This meeting will be at Linda George’s house.

December

Annual Holiday Party – Location TBD.