Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fiber    Arts    Guild    

September 13, 2016

For immediate release

Byron Center, Michigan – The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., Oct. 5, featuring Jan Koster and Diane Mulder on “Designing Your Own Costumes, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee.

Longtime friends Diane Mulder and Jan Koster, both Holland residents, have shared a passion for creating artful costumes, clothing and decorative items for their homes.  In addition to creating many one-of-a-kind costumes, they both worked in costuming for the Holland Community Theatre.  Diane will present her expertise in costume research, utilized in 1986 for her design of the Men’s Staphorst Dutch Dance Costume.  Jan will use her alteration and pattern making experience to demonstrate how to change basic patterns to create different costume effects.

Diane Mulder worked for Kohl’s Department Stores where her job as a staging specialist was setting up the individual store displays for their new stores.  Her current job at Dutch Village involves many of the same creative skills in the area of displays and buying for their store.  In addition, Diane has also created many commissioned costumes over the years.

After receiving an Elementary Teaching Degree, Jan Koster returned to Michigan State’s Clothing and Textile degree program to pursue her love of textiles, pattern making and clothing design.  Jan opened a shop, The Tiny Tailor, which centered on alterations and custom design clothing.  She loves the creative process of getting an idea, deciding how to create it and designing patterns or methods to make those ideas into clothing, costumes or home decorating items.   

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council.  For more information, visit the guild’s blog at or contact or 616-878-1526.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Our First Meeting of the 2016-2017 Season Featured Nancy McRay, "Small Looms, Big Results"

Nancy McRay gave a wonderful talk and demonstration on rigid heddle looms and tapestry looms.

  Nancy McRay has been teaching and producing a wide variety of fiber arts since the mid-1980’s. With an MFA from the University of Michigan, plus years of experience as the Fine Arts Coordinator for East Lansing and 10 years as a yarn shop owner, Nancy has knowledge to share, and she loves to share it.  Having recently moved to the Traverse city region, Nancy is establishing a studio on the beautiful south shore of Elk Lake. 

Check out the Fiber Weekend at Interlochen:

Following are some of her weavings she shared with us.

The blue pattern and the lacy patterns she weaves using pick up sticks.

This vest was made on a 10" wide loom

As a weaver I was very impressed with all the different techniques she used on a rigid heddle loom, including Shibori, Theo Moorman technique, Krokbragd, Lace, and Collapse weave. She prefers the Schacht 25" rigid heddle loom.  She also does tapestry weave on an upright tapestry loom.
Nancy also dyes and handspins her own wool.

Kathy loves to spin but had never tried out a loom even though she has one.  She volunteered to warp the rigid heddle loom of Nancy's and show us how to weave

Nancy then demonstrated on another loom a double weave technique where the cloth is connected on only one edge to make fabric twice as wide.

Some of Nancy's Favorite Books

The books Nancy brought to the meeting last night:

Simple Woven Garments - Sara Goldenberg and Jane Patrick

Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom - Syne Mitchell

Hands On Rigid Heddle Weaving - Betty Lynn Davenport

The Weaver’s Idea Book - Jane Patrick

Contemporary Tapestry - Carol Russell

Tapestry Handbook - Carol Russell

Tapestry Weaving - Nancy Harvey

Show and Tell

Jan made this beautiful top out of some silk fabric that Priscilla had printed.
She had purchased it at our auction.
Jane made this wonderful wall hanging. Lots of different techniques.

Priscilla has been very busy working on various quilting techniques. The last quilt is of Saugatuck.

Different colors of dirt to dye with.

Her travels

Part of a series of houses

This is one of several "Highway" quilts she has been making.

Map of Saugatuck

Monday, May 9, 2016


Its Tulip time in Holland, time for our annual auction and feast.

We all bring  sewing-crafting type items that we no longer think we
will use.  Then we buy back each others treasures.  Always a fun night.

Getting all our items on the tables, checking things out.

 Finger type foods are ready.  So many good things this year.

Alexa and Jeanne get ready to auction things off.

Lots of vintage magazines.  Really fun to go through.
 I am enjoying my Shuttle, Spindle, and Dyepot Magazines.

We all wait intently to get a treasure at a good price.

The real treasure of the night is a felted mouse by Suzanne.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Art of Altered Books by Leara Glinzak

Leara was a joy and also very inspiring when talking about "The Art of Altered Books". She is often quite hesitant to talk about how she glues and cuts up books, as some people do not share her passion.  It took her a while to be comfortable with this art, but as she said, it is another way of preserving  books, quite often books that would be discarded anyway. 
She is shown here with her first book.  She often adds a favorite quote or word in a place easily seen.  The quote in this book, "Some people dream of success while others wake up and work hard at it.," reminded me of her and all she has accomplished already in her life, both as an artist and as an art therapist.

Some of the techniques she used in her books are Relief Carving, Paper Mache,  and Tape Transfer. 

Leara shows us how to do a tape transfer of a picture from a National Geographic Magazine.  You need a good picture, not ink jet, put clear packing tape over it, rub the tape onto the picture, submerge it in warm water until it begins to curl, carefully rub off the paper, and dry.

She uses Modge Podge to glue the pages together,
one page at a time, after cutting some of the pages
out so the book initially lies flat.

This is a picture of Leara that she did a tape transfer of.

The little house has a light under it.

She used the Tape Transfer method for the Butterflies.

According to Leara altered books involve Transformation, Preservation and Storytelling.

A Celebration

This year marks the 35th Anniversary of the Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild. We celebrated with a special cake.  Jennifer and Alice have been with the Guild since its beginning. We are thankful they got it started and have kept it going all these years.

Show and Tell

Jonetta had three wonderful items for Show and Tell.  This wallhanging
she made by hand dyeing a piece of linen with Indigo Dyes,  Shibori style.  She then handstitched
the quilting type design.

This is some wool that she hand dyed with Pokeberries.

Jonetta knitted this Family book and embroidered the designs.
The inside displays her Hardanger expertise on the corners
of the book.

Jennifer finished her journal cover with lace from her
Godmother that she dyed with Indigo dyes.
Sue took a class in making a handwoven rug using different techniques
all with a Rosepath threading and rag strips for weft.