Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

In December, Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild gathered for our last meeting of the year, shared a pot luck lunch, shared some of the fiber projects we've been working on, and did a fun gift exchange.

A new board was introduced -- and deep thanks expressed for the current board -- Lynn, Michaela, Kelly, Garnette, and Jess -- all have served multiple terms and we are so grateful to them.

New board members for 2013 are: President, Nancy Warren, 1st VP, Peggy Pye, 2nd VP, Barbara Vanselow, Secretary, Kayleigh Osborne, and Treasurer, Sandy Hutchinson. We are looking forward to another good year with fiber friends and projects!

We've had wonderful programs in 2012 -- often tapping the talents of our own members. Our members have been quite visible in the community this year as well. Kelly Fort has been teaching knitting and Barbara Vanselow has taught bobbin lace making. Linnie Trettin had a show of torn paper collage at How Art Thou Cafe in the spring. Beth Parrot became a published author again as her third collaboration with Charlene Schurch, The Sock Knitter's Handbook, Expert Advice, Tips, & Tricks came out in March. Kelly and Dale Fort, along with Kayleigh, set up an Etsy site featuring art yarn, felted charms, and hand-turned yarn bowls and spindles. Arianne King Comer was honored, along with her Very Special Arts program, to be chosen to design and create ornaments for South Carolina's tree for the 2012 National Christmas tree display in Washington, DC. I'm sure I've missed other significant highlights but suffice it to say, we've got some wonderful talent in our group.

Here's a few pictures from that good get together in December.

Sisters Sharon and Barbara Downey dressed in red for the holiday occasion!
Barbara Vanselow made this precious little elf.
Lots of good food!
The Fort's have been busy. Dale is becoming quite proficient in woodworking. He made these spindles and Kelly spun (and knitted) this cowl. And yes, those are feathers spun into the yarn.
Felted snowman by Kayleigh Osborne
Large batik on silk by Arianne King Comer
Barbara Vanselow's bobbin lace pressed between glass.
Plan on joining us on January 19 for our next meeting. We'll get info on the program out in the next few days.

Happy New Year!!

Easiest Scarf Ever

Directions: Amass a huge selection of yarns with as much color, texture, and variety as possible. Choose a length, allowing for several knots to make the finished scarf to be a little shorter. Gather yarns in your chosen length -- make it random or work on a colorway. A little bling goes a long way. When your group of yarns feels like it's the right thickness, tie some knots about two hand spans apart and Voila!
It couldn't be easier -- or more fun to do as a group.
Lynn showed us what we were aiming for. . .
Everyone brought a lot of yarn. We set it all out on the tables and then we began to pick and choose. (oh,did we mention, we meet in a recreation center?)
One method was to lay out the yarns under consideration on the table to see how they looked together.

Another way to do it is to just build it around your neck and make adjustments as you go.
Here's a few examples of our Voila! moments.