Due to scheduling conflicts at the French Art Colony in Gallipolis, the February 24, 2013 meeting of the Fiber Guild met in Rio Grande, OH at the newly opened Willow Wood Antique Mall. This location is more convenient for Sherry and Suzy coming from the Columbus area, as well as Bev, who lives within sight of the mall.
This location provided a wide open meeting area, lots of light, interesting booths to visit before the meeting, and a warm welcome by owners Sonny and Owen Garnes. Owen kindly brought us coffee as we started our meeting, and Sonny offered the facility for evening workshops, which we may consider for future events. They also own French City Antique and Craft Mall, located nearby. Contact them at 740 245-0008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the meeting, we covered several items before moving on to Show n Tell. Cathy brought the nearly finished wall-hanging that will be donated to the French Art Colony in thanks for providing our meeting space throughout the year. A construction committee composed of Cathy, Mary and Marlene decided on a triptych (3-panel) design with waving borders on either side of the central panel. The central piece is grey flannel with parallel curving lines quilted down the length of the panel. The two side pieces have a background of lighter grey satin with dense free motion background quilting. (At the time of the meeting, only one panel had been quilted, and the hanging tabs were not yet attached.) I love the comment made by one of our members!
The wall-hanging will be our second sold at the FAC Silent Auctions, with this year’s auction scheduled for March 2 at the Elks’ Lodge in Gallipolis.
Upcoming March 17 Meeting
The members were polled to see who was planning to participate in the March silk tie dyeing workshop and meeting at Mary’s house on March 10. Members are reminded to bring only silk ties, as polyester and wool tie dye does not transfer. Marlene will have lengths of silk to serve as a base for the tie-dyed scarves. Since ties can be used several times before the available dye is exhausted, we can trade around ties to make the most of our materials.
Spring Mud Dyeing Workshop
Also upcoming is a special workshop featuring fiber artist Judy Dominic. She will be leading participants in a Mud Cloth workshop on Saturday, April 27th at 9:00 am at Marlene’s farm. The cost of the workshop runs about $60, based on the number of people planning to attend. Bringing a friend could reduce the cost somewhat, but be sure to call Marlene ahead of time so there are enough materials. Marlene requests that you send her a check ahead of time to hold your place.
Marlene will have silk available for purchase, but participants can also bring pfd cotton fabric (prepared for dye). Also, keep your eye and trowel alert to take advantage of local earth/clay outcrops with interesting colors. Judy will bring some she has used as well, but “local dirt” is always more meaningful. I mean this in the geological sense, not interpersonal, of course!
Judy comes from the Cincinnati area. Her website shows that her artistic interests include mud dyeing, knitting, sculpture and other arts. Some of her basketry installations feature huge woven structures, while small baskets may incorporate unusual materials with a unique transparent appearance.
Show n Tell
Show N Tell brought fewer than average items, as some of our usual members were absent, but those that came were delighted to see weaving, dyeing, and knitting skills shared for mutual enjoyment. We even had wine glass slippers! Sonny loaned us a wine glass to model a slipper. We speculated what kind of secret message we could put on the bottom of the slipper, seen only when the glass is lifted to sip bubbly!
Some of the most unusual items were the result of a “play day” for Sherry and Suzy–wool yarn and roving dyed with unsweetened Koolaid! In general, they used Pyrex pie plates for hanks of yarn and a mason jar for roving. If you want to try it, here are the instructions!
Adell brought a scarf made from squares woven on a small square loom–reminded me of pot holder looms when I was a kid, but much nicer! Bev is working on a new pair of multi-colored socks. She starts knitting each sock at the same color location on two balls of varigated yarn, and keeps each ball of yarn in a separate gallon jar. She knits the two socks alternately, making sure the colors change at the same point in the process of knitting cuff, ankle turn and toe.
Marlene brought in another example of Shambolic felting, this time an open vest with long sleeves. she used a reclaimed silk dress (vest bodice) and skirt (sleeves). With the eccentric shrinkage characteristic of the felting process, we marveled at her ability to get her pieces into a size that fits!
Our resident model-cum-knitter, Carol, showed off a new shawl in a color cheerful enough to add at least 15 degrees to its warming capacity!
Unfortunately, Cathy’s tour to Guatemala has been post poned to a later date!
Watch for future posts on the wall hanging and on the mud dyeing workshop!