Last year, when I accepted the invitation of a friend to attend her fiber guild meeting in Gallipolis, Ohio, never did I imagine the way it would broaden my experience as an art quilter. I knew that some art quilters described themselves as fiber artists so I figured this would be a good place to meet others with similar interests. What I didn’t expect was the range of interests and activities of the fiber guild members.
The first thing I discovered was that the “fur farmers” in the group raised, not corn, but sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas and other furries. I was delighted to learn that the group represented interests ranging from caring for the creatures, dyeing fiber, felting wool, spinning, knitting and crocheting yarns, to using woven fabrics and fibers in decorative art quilts. Members come from a wide geographic area, but primarily from hilly Appalachian Ohio and nearby areas.
Guild activities include monthly meetings that feature some type of hands-on workshop as well as a time to admire current projects and share life’s adventures. Outings include visits to members’ farms and studios, fiber-related exhibitions, shows and shops and even overnight retreats to learn a new skill or work on our own projects without distractions.
The following slide show has lots of pictures from our Fall 2010 dye workshop at Marlene’s farm, a visit to Adell’s farm in March 2011 to see sheep shearing and fleece preparation, as well as photos of other fiber guild activities.
If your interest is aroused by the thought of learning more about fur farming, you long to transform dull-hued yarn or fabric into glowing creations, if creating felted accessories and decorative items sounds fascinating, you love knitting or crocheting, or want to go beyond traditional quilting to creative wall art, contact us about the Appalachian Ohio Fiber Guild.
We generally meet the second Sunday of each month, most frequently at the French Art Colony in Gallipolis. There are no dues and we welcome visitors and new members.