Friday, March 27, 2009

One Weaver's Costa Rican Experience

Upcoming Guild Meeting -- April 18 -- 2:00 - 4:00 PM at The Meeting Place in N. Charleston.

At Colorado State University in the late 1990s, Heather Howell majored in Apparel & Merchandising with a concentration in natural fibers. As a senior, she designed an independent study project that took her to a remote Costa Rican village where, for four months, she lived with and learned from the ancient Borucan tribe known for their spun cotton and backstrap loom weavings. The tribe welcomed Heather's ability to coax more colors and more vibrant colors from native plants and indigenous materials and Heather grew in her atunement with the earth's natural processes and gifts. Today, Heather has three young children and a thriving home-based natural skin care business. It all started during that special time over 10 years ago in Costa Rica. At our meeting in April she will share her story of that time and show us examples of woven goods made in Costa Rica.

At our last two meetings, Vera Hannaford has been crocheting these afghan squares out of Kureyon Sock Yarn. She says the yarn sometimes behaves badly, but the beautiful colors make it worth the trouble. The next step in the process will be the addition of a bright blue border to tie it all together.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Upcoming Guild Meeting -- March 21

Our guest this month is Vera Hannaford, author of Vera's Crafty Blog - a local blog that details the on-going projects of one of Charleston's most prolific crochet-ers. If you knit or crochet, if you love yarns and patterns and finding new sources of both, you will find Vera to be a wealth of information and inspiration.

Vera combines her passion for a traditional craft many of us learned from our grandmothers with an up-to-the minute command of technology resources for crafters -- her internationally followed blog is just one case in point.

In January, our newsletter included a list of links and websites of interest to fiber crafters and artists. Vera will share how she uses these and other web tools -- and how the World Wide Web is making resources, tools and the people who inspire us easier to connect with all the time.

These felted baby booties were knitted with yarn spun from rabbit fur by Paula Ashworth.