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

 

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

Copy Right: The Green Dragonfly

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!

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

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

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 +