Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Hiatus for Guild Meetings

The Guild takes a hiatus from regular meetings in July and August, but that doesn't mean our hands aren't busy. Michaela recently reminded me that summer in the South is comparable to winter in the North -- the inhospitable weather makes it a good time to stay in and weave or spin or knit or whatever you most love to do.

I hope you are all doing just that because, as a Guild, we plan to participate in The Hand and Heart Project Oct. 14 - 15. This is an art show and sale co-sponsored by The Center for Women and benefiting the Charleston Area Senior Center. We will have a table at the show and hopefully each member will have at least a few items to sell. Our table will represent the wide range of fiber arts we love -- woven goods, hand-spun wool, knitted items, paper creations, dyed items, felted pieces, samples of bead weaving -- it's time to let your creative flag fly!

The coordinating committee will do all the promotional and set-up work. They will  provide publicity, print the program, host a reception Friday night, and provide and set-up tables. The Guild has had several meetings at the downtown location and it beautifully transforms for this annual art show.

The Guild will pay the $50 fee for our table. 20% of the price of each item sold will go to the support of Charleston Area Senior Center -- a good organization that serves our community's more vulnerable older adults. They do the Meals on Wheels and the Foster Grandparent programs and manage Ansonborough House, the apartment complex for lower-income seniors that is next door to the Center.

So start thinking about what you would like to put in the show and look for upcoming  e-mails that will help us organize our table at The 2011 Hand and Heart Project.

In June, two members showed us their recently completed shawls. Here's one Lynn's made with a luscious, rich-hued yarn she feel in love with:
And Kelly was celebrating the completion of her cotton shawl -- in the works for four months. She said the pattern was 20-pages long!
The progression of color change in this wrap comes, not from a variegated yarn, but from 4-ply thread where one strand changes color at a time. Kelly manipulated it to come out just the way she wanted it.

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