Friday, February 25, 2011

February with Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild in Charleston

This is one of Judy's own pieces
Saturday's meeting on Shibori was a good one. Judy has found a true  passion in these varied and hard to totally control dying techniques. She brought lots of samples that she has dyed as well as pieces she has collected. The patterns and textures were just beautiful!

She would like to get together with others on a regular basis for "dying days." Anyone interested?

 Our group begins to gather in a comfortable area off the main lobby.

We enjoyed being in the spacious Charleston Area Senior Center. Downtown streets were teaming with people enjoying a perfect day at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. It was kind of fun being in the middle of it. Jessica, Aurora, and Genevieve walked from their house, and two women arrived on bikes. We'll use this space again for our March meeting (March 19).

Show and Tell was especially good on Saturday. Dale Fort brought the completed wool rug he has been working on since taking some workshops last year. One workshop was on making Shepherd's Rugs (traditional braided wool rugs) and one was on Standing Seam rug techniques. Dale's rug combined and altered the two traditional methods, creating something very beautiful and unique.

Kimberly Gibson also shared traditional hooked rugs she has made. She's made four door toppers -- one for each season.

And this beautiful piece drapes over the back of a wing-back chair at her house:

New member Jennifer Ley comes to us from the local group "Art That Works." Members of this group begin with a shared interest in quilting, but use the group to explore "all things fiber." Jennifer made this lovely block, but because of the curved seams, it didn't lay flat enough to suit her. As a fix, she experimented with machine quilting stitches. Now, it lays flat nicely and is not only a beautiful color block, but also interesting as a quilting-stitch sampler.

As a preview of our meeting next month, DeDee Regan brought two needle-felted rabbits that she dressed in party hats!

At our meeting in March, DeDee and Kayleigh Osborne will get us all started on felting our own whimsical "critters." Stay tuned!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The World of Shibori

Shibori is a method of resist dying that includes stitching, clamping and binding techniques. Guild member Judy Warren has explored this form for many years. At our regular Guild meeting on February 19, Judy will share the basics and show samples of her work as well as the work of others.

Shibori Sampler

Our meeting will be Saturday, the 19th, from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Charleston Area Senior Center located at 259 Meeting Street (this is right next to Jestine's Kitchen and across the street from the fire station.) Click here to see a map.We are considering using this meeting location on a regular basis so, in February and March, we will be "test-driving" the space -- and they will be trying us out as weekend guests as well.

A real plus to this centrally located, downtown space is free parking. The parking lot runs parallel to Meeting Street and fills the block between Wentworth and Society Streets behind the Senior Center and Jestine's Kitchen. Since the Southeastern Wildlife Expo will be in full swing this weekend, we highly recommend car pools. After you park, just walk around to Meeting Street and use the front entrance.

 Another piece dyed using Shibori techniques
 If you have recently completed a project, please bring it for "Show and Tell." As always, guests and visitors are welcome.  See you on Saturday!