Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Sweet Scent of the End of Summer

A large group gathered for our Aug. 17 meeting after taking July off for summer vacation. Michaela did a great presentation about using readily available herbs, spices and dried plant material to make "sweet bags" to nestle in with stored woolens to discourage moths and other threatening insects.

Using a free form balance of lavender flowers, dried rosemary, mint, cloves, and sage, everyone make their own bag to take with them. Fun! And happy noses all around! (See more recipes at end of this post.)
 It should be noted that this method is effective to make your woolen clothing, accessories, or even your yarn stash, less attractive to troublesome insects, but it will not eradicate the critters once they have moved in on you.

The board has been active during the summer -- first steps have been taken to become an official non-profit organization and several board members have been exploring what our policies and practices should be about loaning out Guild equipment such as the looms we have and tools such as a drum carder.  Programs are lined up through the end of the year -- check the "What's Coming Up" box in the right column of this page.

Falling under the category of "Life's Just Not Fair", Barbara V. showed up at the meeting on crutches. We'll send healing thoughts -- and Barbara will do physical therapy. :-(

Handmade necklace

 It's always fun to get back together after our summer break and see what people have been up to. Kelly and Dale Fort spent a week at John C. Campbell Craft School in July. While Dale took more wood turning classes, Kelly took jewelry making. She found she liked pounding, scoring and welding metals and came home not only with new bracelets, earrings, and necklaces but also with her very own anvil.

Donna Hardy, who recently joined PFAG when she moved here from Georgia, is an avid dyer. She is growing indigo out on Johns Island this summer. Since indigo likes hot, humid conditions, her crop is doing really well -- over 10 feet tall, she says. In Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. Spring issue of Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Donna reviewed a new book on natural plant dyes. (Michaela usually has spare copies of Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot.) See Donna's review of The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes by Sasha Duerr on page 11.

Emily wore a  wonderful triangle shawl crocheted out of bundled cotton yarns in denim colors ranging from dark blue to white. Perfect for those times when it's not cold outside, but you get cold indoors because of over-active air conditioners!
Karen showed us a quilt that will be raffled at Downtown Crossing in Summerville in October to raise money for breast cancer prevention and research.

 As great as it was to see everyone, many of us found ourselves looking around the room and missing Jessica Jones. Sad for us, the Jones' have moved to Savannah. Good for them, though. They moved because Aron got a nice promotion.

Jess won our hearts by being willing to tackle anything -- hello. . . she build her own loom -- including the reed! She knits, she spins, she served on the board, she coordinated our bus trip to SAFF a couple of years ago -- AND she is Mom to Aurora and Genevieve whom we all loved getting to know -- and they both knit and spin and are willing to tackle anything. So. . . we're missing them all and wishing them the best as they settle into their new home. Lucky Savannah Guild. Please come back and visit us.

We miss you, Jessica!

There's lots coming up this Fall. Be sure to check all the pages of our blog -- there's a wonderful locally hand-made floor loom for sale on our Equipment for Sale page -- and a Knit and Crochet Show in Concord, NC (near Charlotte) in September for anyone who can't wait until SAFF in October. (see, Classes, Shows & Exhibits)
A world renown felter and teacher will be in Charleston in September and will offer a class of some kind if enough people are interested (contact Amy Buckley at )<!--[if gte mso 9]>
And watch your e-mail boxes for information about ways to participate in the Fiber Fair in Walterboro on October 12. There are opportunities to have very reasonably priced vendor tables, to do demonstrations, and to teach workshops -- like I said, watch your e-mail for more info on this fun day!

Sweet Bag Recipes

The one we used at the Aug. 17 meeting:
Spoon your preferred proportions into a small silk or muslin bag. Each bag should hold about two or three tablespoons.
Lavendar flowers
Rose Mary

A nice one to use for men's clothing:
2 oz. lemon verbena
1oz peppermint leaves
dried rind of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp of crushed (not powdered) cloves
1 Tbsp of orris root powder