Monday, July 5, 2010

June, July, and August

 "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning."

It is hard to be an effective blogger when you are such a crummy photographer! Not only can I not take very artful, or even technically good, pictures, but all too often, I don't take any at all! Such was the case at our June meeting which should have been a treasure trove of wonderful shots of a larger than usual group of us trying our hands at spinning with drop spindles.

Jessica Jones had everything we needed to get started. For those of us who didn't have one already, she helped us fashion a simple drop spindle, gave us a bit of information and demonstrated over and over again – and then we were off. Some already knew how and had the hang of it, some picked it up quickly, some of us, (ahem) floundered, and took heart from everyone who promised it would happen for us, too.

Long after we had left and my camera was far away from anyone who could have provided a pretty sample of what it was supposed to look like, I spread my lumpy results on a towel and took this picture. A little embarrassing, but maybe later I can post another picture that shows progress.

Thank you Jessica for such a fun program, thanks to all who brought spindles, fleece, and roving to share, and thanks to Amy for opening the conference room at the Charleston Water System Department for us to meet. It was a great room. Wish you weren't planning to retire this fall!

Coming up July 17

Anne Ball has invited us back to her house for an afternoon of beading. This was a fun afternoon when we did it in February – this time Anne says she'll teach us something new, or we can each look through her books and pick out something we'd like to make. She'll have seed beads, thread, and needles on hand. If you have a beading mat, (or a small tray you can line with a piece of felt or 1/2 inch foam) bring it along.

Like many groups, we are relaxing a bit during the summer, but this is our regular guild meeting time --  the 3rd Saturday of the month from 2:00 - 4:00 PM. I will send Anne's West Ashley address to members in a separate e-mail, but if you would like to visit with us on the 17th, leave a comment here or contact Sandy at or at 843-766-0752 and I'll help you out with directions.

August and Beyond

We will be taking a break in August but we'll still be in touch. The board is busy planning a one-day fall retreat that will focus on preparing and working with raw fiber. Details to come, but for now, please plan on joining us on Saturday October 9 from 9:00 - 3:30 at James Island County Park.