Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Lots of Activity

As this new year gets underway, activity among fiber artists and arts organizations is already picking up.

For those who create wearable art, the North Charleston Arts Festival is soliciting pieces for a juried show at the festival this year. The deadline to submit your articles of clothing and/or accessories is March 5. If you are interested in submitting items, get details by calling 843-740-5854.

Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members Kelly Fort and Barbara Vanselow will be teaching classes through Charleston County Community Education. Kelly will be teaching an 8-week class for Beginning Knitters beginning Jan. 26 in James Island, and Barbara will teach an Introduction to Bobbin Lace on Feb. 4 in West Ashley.

And at our Guild meeting on Jan. 21, local fiber artist Carolyn Thiedke will share examples of her varied work (felting, quilting, and more) and talk to us about her design process and techniques. Carolyn showed creche pieces in the 2011 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

And before we get too far into 2012, we should take just a moment and look back at a really good 2011 for our fiber guild. Highlights for the year included an active spinning group, a public exhibit at the Center for Women showcasing our wonderful wallhanging from the Maseru Tapestries Cooperative in Lesotho, a good showing at the Hand & Heart Show and Sale, and a fun bus trip to Asheville to the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in October.

Some personal highlights among our membership are that Michaela McIntosh is now serving as the South Carolina Representative for our parent organization; the Handweavers Guild of America and Linnie Trettin had the awesome experience of an 8-week stint at the Penland School of Crafts in papermaking.

Big thanks go to our Board and leaders: Lynn Holland, President, Kelly Fort, Vice President, Jessica Jones, Secretary and Garnette Tuten, Treasurer. Amy Heins, as Publicity Chair, set up a FaceBook page for us early in the year, which as been fun. And when Amy could no longer manage ongoing publicity for us, Judy Warren capably stepped into this important "get the word out" role.

Jessica Jones did a great job coordinating our first-ever bus trip and Linnie Trettin worked incredibly hard on the "Connected By a Thread" exhibit, including developing the photos, matting and framing them. Special thanks to all for jobs well done.

We are quite lucky that for 2012, all of our officers will stay in their roles and Michaela McIntosh will join them with a special focus on program planning.

Please join us on Jan. 21. We're off to a good start already.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Some of us celebrate Christmas, some Hannuka, and some The Winter Solstice, but our deep and abiding fiberphilia (made-up word meaning, of course, love of fiber) makes us easy to shop for. Let's see what fiber-related gifts Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild members received this holiday season.
Sandy Hutchinson's friend, who is widely known for her stunning quilts, surprised her with this lovely hand-knitted scarf, in rich colors and a flawlessly even seed stitch.

Nancy Warren got a new temple to help keep selvages in a straight line. This looks like a great size for table linens  and scarves.
Nancy is already busy on her new small Mirrix tapestry loom. Here, she is bead-weaving without a shedding device. This piece is a beaded hatband that will be an anniversary present for her husband. This little loom will also be perfect for small tapestry weavings and beaded cuffs.
Dale Fort made these beautiful wool combs for Kelly.
Here they are in action on wool from a fleece bought at SAFF this Fall
And books! We have new books!
Barbara Vanselow has this new one: Around the Corner Crochet Borders: 150 Colorful, Creative Edging Designs With Charts and Instructions for Turning the Corner Perfectly Every Time by Edie Eckman.
Nancy Warren received Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman. Notice it promises a "stress-free" journey to original design. That makes me think it's really hard.

And Sandy is looking forward to trying some of the projects in Modern Paper Crafts A 21st Centrury Guide to Folding, Cutting, Scoring, Pleating, and Recycling by Margaret Van Sicklen
Sometimes the gift over the holidays is the time to spend on our projects. That was the case for Linnie. She picked up on this sweater, knitted in intarsia, started by her mother 10 years ago. Her mom put it down after one row of diamonds and Linnie hopes to finish it to wear next year.
Linnie said when she got into this project, she learned her mother had a.) switched all the colors, b.) changed the ribbing and c.) stopped because she'd made a mistake and probably was waiting to take it out later (know how that goes!) Oh yeah, and it appears the Mission Falls wool is no longer in production, so Linnie hopes there's enough of these jazzy colors.

And when we said "what gifts did you get?" Liz Hoos thought of a wonderful trip to DC she and Judy Warren made back in the spring. They went to the Smithsonian and saw an exhibit of sea creatures, all crocheted.
The Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef Exhibit
Judy moved to Charleston from the DC area where her guild had gallery space at the Torpedo Factory. Judy introduced Liz to some of her DC friends and Liz had a wonderful time seeing the sights guided by true insiders. What a gift that trip was! What are friends for?

It's great to have our fiber-peeps who really appreciate our new treasures and who so generously share what they have and what they know how to do. Thanks to everyone for sending in your pictures!

Here's to a Happy New Year for Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild!