Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 21. The presentation will be “Anni & Josef Albers at Black Mountain College” by Molly Gwinn, art historian who has presented the spring lecture series in the past and has offered a number of classes with the Center for Creative Living at Sandhills Community College. She earned her doctorate from Rutgers University and has taught at Rutgers, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University, and at the Dallas Museum of Art.
When the Albers arrived at Black Mountain College in 1933, from the Bauhaus and Nazi Germany, they joined a faculty of avant garde artists and writers. Josef spoke no English and Anni had to translate his lectures to the first class of art students. Josef taught that art wasn’t about creating objects, but about performing experiments with color and materials, often using geometric compositions like the Albers square we know so well. Meanwhile, Anni found time to establish a weaving studio, to encourage students to imagine materials as an adventure and to make art from the unlikeliest objects they might find. She went on to have a profound impact on weaving in America. Molly is a fabulous presenter and you are sure to enjoy this program.
A Note from Nancy (Please note–Important Date coming up)
We are having a weave in on April 6th from 9-4. We will bring our prewarped (plain weave) looms to make plastic bag products similar to what is done at Common Threads. Kathy will supervise this weave in and will give instructions about the warp at the March meeting.
The March meeting will feature a program on Icelandic Weaving by Deborah Andersen.
November 9, 2018
A reminder from Linda
Take a few minutes to look this over and put some dates on your calendar. These were discussed at the recent guild meeting.
Nov 10 Stepping Back in Time Heritage Day at Mill Creek Forge 9-5pm
Dec 2 Bryant House Holiday Open House 1-4pm
Dec 7, 8 & 9 Shaw House Holiday Open House 1-4pm
Dec 18 Christmas Celebration 5:30pm at Nancy’s home
Jan 5, 2019 Rock Day 12 Noon at Linda’s home
Our community outreach is educating the public about textile traditions. Plan to attend these events if possible and help with our outreach goals. Bring handwork, spinning or other tools needed for your activity. Each place has a large frame loom & materials set up for weaving.
Mill Creek Forge
4512 Busbee Rd, Seagrove
There are 2 working saxony wheels & a walking wheel available to use and some white wool roving. Linda will bring a Dorset loom set up with the twill gamp, yarn, & shuttles for this loom. Someone may want to demonstrate carding/preparing fleece. You will need to bring your own fleece. 1 set of new handcards is available to use there. If you prefer to spin your own fiber or use your own wheel, please bring! Quilts on the ground and a tent (if needed) will be set up outside the weaving & spinning rooms to accommodate guild members & visitors. Some chairs will be set up for us to use. If you have a favorite stool or chair, bring it. You can always leave it in your car if you don’t need it. Don’t forget to bring your lunch and/or snacks. You’ll want to stay a while so you have time to visit all the other folks demonstrating a wide variety of old-time crafts at the Forge and Westmoore Pottery. Come hang out and have a good time! This is in lieu of our regular monthly meeting which falls near Thanksgiving.
3361 Mt Carmel Church Rd, Carthage
The loom is set up to weave rag rugs. All tools & material for weaving are there. Bring any handwork or spinning wheels you want to use and any needed tools & fiber for your project. Newly installed lights will make it easier for everyone to see in the dark of winter. Contact Linda if you plan to come.
110 Morganton Rd/SW Broad St, Southern Pines
The loom is set up for plain weave. This is a small cabin so we usually try for shifts of demonstrators. Two people per shift works out well. One can bring handwork or spinning wheel & the other weave on the loom. OR do any other type of fiber craft, as well as just talking about textiles and history. Contact Nancy if you plan to come.
Hope you can make it to these events!
August 21, 2018, Inkle Weaving with Andy
Our next meeting is already here, folks–It’s tonight!
Andie will demonstrate card weaving on her Inkle loom and will bring samples. You will have an opportunity to weave and to cut off samples.
Please bring your Inkle loom (if you have one), string heddles and a belt shuttle.
June 16, 2018, Dye Day at Nancy’s
A note from Nancy
Dear Fiber Friends,
Here is what is I planned for the dyeing workshop on June 16th at my home. I will be ready at 9:00 a.m., and we will start as soon as you get here since it will heat up quickly on the back deck.
Please wear old clothes and bring a skein or two of white (natural) wool. I have some skeins. Please email me, if you need one so I know that I have one for each of you. We will dye in a dye bath or paint the skein and set the dye in one of my microwaves.
Your skein should be soaked before coming in a solution of warm water with a few tablespoons of white vinegar or citric acid crystals. You can bring wet fiber in a plastic bag. For you who are spinners we can use white (natural) roving also soaked in above solution.
I will have water hot for tea, and we have a Keurig for coffee. I guess someone will bring refreshments, and I will have a few scones.
If you have questions, please call or email me and let me know if you plan to attend.
March 20, 2018, Color Wraps as a starting point for cloth inspiration!
A note from Jackie
At this meeting we will explore the creative process in creating a colorful warp—using small yarn wrappings on cardboard to create a pleasing design. The Fibonacci and Lucas Series will be discussed as an aid in planning color, stripes, and plaids.
Don’t forget to bring your mobius for “Show and Tell.”
March 9 – 11
Another workshop, another opportunity to expand your horizons and have fun doing it!
This time around we’ll be holding a Beginners Weaving Workshop, specifically designed to help our new weavers meet this year’s challenge, which is to weave a scarf using yarn from Barbara’s stash. Friday night we will set up our looms and get started on the warping process. Saturday and Sunday will be devoted to exploring the possibilities of weaving on a four-shaft loom and creating a mobius.
The workshop leader will be led by Jacqueline Stewart, a Guild member now living in Virginia, and her side-kicks, Jackie and Linda. The class will be limited to 12 participants, and it’s filling up quickly, so call Teri, Jackie or Linda to reserve space. If you don’t have four-shaft loom, we might be able to rent a couple from a neighboring guild. Just let Jackie know and she will make inquiries.
The cost, which includes 4 mini cones of 5/2 mercerized cotton, is $115 for members and $140 for non-members.
February 20, 2018
A note from Jackie
November 21, 2017
A Note from Linda
Let’s look at planning a weaving project! We’ll review the steps, the decisions and the math that has to be done. We’ll talk about resources that can help with planning. We’ll review several projects from beginning to end and learn some tips to make the process as painless as possible. If you have some yarn and a project idea, bring them and we’ll work with these to get you started. If you haven’t planned your guild challenge project, this would be a good way to get started!
October 17, 2017
There has been a suggestion from some of our members that our Guild should adopt a set of bylaws. Therefore, our October meeting will be devoted to coming up with bylaws, modeled on those of other guilds.
This is an important pivotal meeting. Do come, if at all possible and have your say on our need for bylaws and what they should cover.
September 19, 2017
In preparation for our Saori Workshop, Jackie will demonstrate how she warps her table loom from front to back. She will bring her warp on the warping board, chain it off, pre-sley the reed, wind on using lease sticks and finally threading. She will also try to have a handout for the members.
This classic method of dressing a loom will be helpful to everyone and especially to those new weavers who have joined the group recently.
Jackie will also be providing snacks for the group.
August 15, 2017
From Teri and Linda
Our meeting on Tuesday, August 15, will start at 6:30 p.m. at Nancy’s home. When you enter her driveway, keep bearing right.
This month we will have a sale of items donated by Barbara and her husband, Brian. She wanted our guild to have her fiber “stuff.” So Brian has passed it along to us. There are numerous small weaving tools, from shuttles to weaving needles. There is also some yarn, in a wide variety of fibers and sizes.
Barbara was such an integral part of the guild, a real treasure. So her stuff becomes treasure for all who purchase something. We have discussed several options for using the proceeds from this sale. It will ultimately be used for educational purposes since Barbara was a life-long learner who loved to learn new techniques & skills and share them with us. This will honor her generous spirit.
You can purchase items with cash or check. Teri will get some petty cash from our guild account so that we can make change more easily.
May 16. 2017
Our May meeting will be held on Tuesday evening. I would love for everyone to come as early as possible so that we could have our business meeting and be finished by 7 pm. We will be making macramé snowflakes and it will take every bit of our time to finish by 9 pm. I will be providing all of the supplies that you will need.
Refreshments this month will be provided by Louella–always a treat! The “new” refreshment sign-up sheet that was passed around during the February meeting has not been found as far as I can tell. If anyone has located it, please bring a copy to the meeting. Otherwise, we will start over with another sign-up sheet for the next twelve months.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday,
April 18, 2017
Betty is one of our incredibly talented craft people. Her presentation will be about recycling yarn from old sweaters and redesigning some we might wish fitted a little better. You could even use the yarn to restyle one that had laid dormant in the back of your drawer for ages.
March 21, 2017
It’s March–that means it’s Swap Meet time. Do you remember last year when Linda and Jackie organized the silent auction of Georgie’s weaving equipment? Wow! that was spectacular.
So now’s the time to go through your stash, thin it out, bring it to our Swap Meet and make some extra money to do…. what? Get more yarn, of course!
We buy, sell and barter; but most of all we have a good time and go home happy.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at this once-a-year fun event.
February 21, 2017
Patty, the newest member of our Guild, has stepped up to the plate and volunteered to lead us through a program about embellishing fabric. She will be referencing Anita Mayer’s DVD on embellishment, a great source of inspiration for all fiber artists.
Here comes the list of stuff you will need to bring with you:
1) Material, handwoven or commercial
2) Beads or Buttons
3) Needles, thread and scissors
4) A tapestry needle and different colored yarns to match your material and beads
5) Yarn and a crochet hook
6) Plastic rings, about 1″ in diameter, like the ones you use for hanging café curtains. If you are having trouble finding the 1″ plastic rings, don’t worry Patty will be at JoAnn’s this week and will pick up some extras.
7) Any other items that might be used for embellishing fabric.
This should be a really fun meeting–who doesn’t love to add a little glitz and sparkle to life? And it will tie in perfectly to our challenge for this year which is to jazz up something in your wardrobe. So if you are looking for good ideas to feed your creativity, plan to join us at our February meeting.