Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jenny Schu: Beadweaver Extraordinaire

Jenny Schu of East Lansing, MI
Jenny's trademark
beadwoven leaves.

An incredibly delicate beaded glove by Jenny Schu.

Jenny Schu was the guest speaker at the guild meeting on April 2, 2014, and arrived with beautiful pieces of beadwoven jewelry and handwoven wall pieces.  Her PowerPoint presentation and talk illustrated how she began as a child to learn how to bead and weave beads, to studying fiber/textiles at the University of Michigan.  

Her inventiveness is shown by the myriad studies she's done in making an initially flat beadwoven fabric into three dimensions with added 3-D leaves and other shapes.  She is now also working beyond jewelry to beadwoven hangings incorporated into her doubleweave pick-up wall pieces (illustrated in the previous post prior to the meeting).  

An excellent speaker and teacher, she has her work at Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing, MI, and will be teaching at the MLH summer workshops at Hope College, Holland, MI, during August ( for workshop info/registration) and at Intercholen Arts Academy this summer.

Jenny Schu's necklaces, bracelets,
and ornamental beadweaving.

Jenny Schu's bangles, bracelets, and wrist cuffs.

Monday, March 17, 2014

“Beadweaving and Weaving, In Progress” by Jenny Schu

 Bangle bracelets
The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Beadweaving and Weaving, In Progress” by Jenny Schu of East Lansing on April 2 at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm. Door opens at 6pm. Nonmembers and guests are asked to donate $5 toward the speaker’s fees. 

With many examples of her work on hand and a PowerPoint presentation as illustration, Jenny will discuss how her exposure to fiber art at a young age has led her to dive feet first into the fiber world.  She taught herself beadweaving techniques at a young age, which led to her desire to weave and eventually obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Fiber Art.  All of this progress has led Jenny to receiving grants, exhibiting nationally and winning awards.  She currently shows her bead woven jewelry at Grove Gallery in East Lansing and the Lansing Art Gallery in downtown Lansing.

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.

She Can't See the Forest Through the Trees - detail
Panel of Blue Leaves

Monday, February 24, 2014

LFAG March Meeting

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “A Brief History of Underwear,” a presentation by Suzanne Eberle, Professor of Art History at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, on Wed., March 5, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm. Door opens at 6pm. Nonmembers and guests are asked to donate $5 toward speaker’s fees. 

Eberle describes her talk: “Underwear can add a soft layer of comfort and warmth to our daily dress.  But historically underwear also protected expensive outer fashions and, most importantly, shaped both male and female bodies into culturally acceptable ideal figures.” Join us for a fascinating look at the history of under garments by Prof. Eberle whose speciality areas are modern and contemporary art, with an emphasis on historical issues relating to the body, including the history of fashion.

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, February 15, 2014

Arashi Shibori Swatches

Here's an image of the fabric that Pris Lynch ironed and photographed for our MLH swatches.  Looks really neat!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dyeing the MLH Swatches: Arashi Shibori with Priscilla Lynch

Pris Lynch shows us the color of the
fabric/dye we'll be using.
Each guild that belongs to the Michigan League of Handweavers donates swatches to an annual swatch collection every 6 years or so, and our turn came up this year.  So, because we don't do much weaving like the other 20 or so guilds, one of our members who is an expert at dyeing and using the Japanese shibori technique of arashi (pole wrapped resist), Priscilla Lynch, led us through the dyeing process at our Feb. 5 meeting.  It took her a lot of months of preplanning to get everything decided on how we would do this in one evening, but not only did we dye enough cotton fabric for swatches, a number of members got to dye their own fabric.  We used a technique which gives a diagonal and very organic looking random striping for the arashi shibori.

The fabric was cut into long strips, sewn into tubes (for horizontal stripes) or for diagonal stripes, one corner was turned down along the opposite edge into a triangle, and sewing the tube/seam began at that point and continued along the edges creating a spiral tube.  Results of the dyeing will be another post soon!

Sue Vegter stands with pole that has
fabric tube pushed down into pleats
and ready for the dye bath.
Poles with fabric in buckets of dye.
Buckets and poles all lined up on
plastic ready for dyeing session.

Pris showed us this piece of fabric on which she had first dyed horizontal stripes; then cut the fabric and redyed the pieces the opposite way for a very dynamic and unusual look.

Guild Challenge Results

In November we handed out brown paper lunch bags to those who wanted to accept the challenge of creating a piece out of 5 items in a bag brought to the December meeting with final pieces due at the February meeting.  Since the winter has been so brutal and awful here in West Michigan this year, we didn't have a January meeting and so while our fabric was dyeing in the buckets for the MLH swatches (see previous post), we had time to look at everyone's pieces.  Not everyone was able to make it to the meeting but seven of us were there.  Here are the results:
Jennifer Gould's "Flower Seed Packet Book" of items
from Alexa Urquhart (dark forest green sweatshirt
fabric, green heathered paper cards, her fused lamp-
work beads, copper metallic cord, and blue seed
beads, and copper seed beads.

The full length of
the accordion
book opened.
A sample of work done in order to test out how to make the book.

The copper metallic cord is encased in freeform machine
embroidery of ferns (done on Solvy water soluble
stabilizer and Solvy Heat Away) along with Alexa's own
fused glass beads as seeds/fruit, and then wrapped around
book to close it.

Barbara Norlin made a doll from Jennifer
Gould's printed pink lame (dress),
upholstery fringe (hair), postage stamps
(eyes),  flower rosettes of pink thread warp
and printed/painted paper towels (shoes).

Here's what Barb started out with.

Jeannie Emery made a container for
sewing tools from Barb Norlin's items:
beads, fabric printed with zebras (from
DeVos Children's Hospital caps), buttons.

The surprize on the inside of the l id is the pin cushion
attached inside so that scissors, etc., can be laid on the lid.

Zebra fabric is the surprise bottom.

Jonetta tried hard NOT to make something functional
but this beautiful handbag resulted from Pris Lynch's items.

Jonetta worked with wet felted and shibori dyed wool, beads,
yarn, and lace.

Inside is the lace made into a pocket just for her cell phone
so it won't roll around in the bottom.

Pris Lynch worked with Wendy Rice's items to create
a book cover for her drawing journal: printed fabric
was hand stitched, UltraSuede was used as the book
over edge, yarn was unraveled to create a furry
adornment between the suede and fabric, cording
keeps the book closed, and the beads created a
book mark string.

Wendy Rice worked with Jonetta Brown's collection
of many different kinds of fabric.  Cutting the fabrics into
strips and weaving them into a colored warp created her
beautiful hallmark "mug rugs."

Sue Vegter worked with Arlene Tiemeyer's collection of
fabric, buttons, yarn, and pink Chinese frog closure to
create a pillow with cats and wild stitching.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild Holiday Ornament Exchange and Show and tell

As usual, we had a fabulous time enjoying each other's food, talking, visiting AND exchanging ornaments as well as showing some of the work we've been doing at home.  Below are the Christmas ornaments and below that are the Show 'n Tell items that were brought.  Enjoy!

Wendy Rice's roving sheep that Alexa Urquart received.

Jennifer Gould's antique lace angel
that Sue Vegter received.

Jennifer Hefko created this felted Snow Man Ball.

Jonetta Brown made this little Santa
with a needle tatted hanger.

Jeannie Emery's sheet music stars given to Jennifer Hefko.

Jonetta Brown received Alexa
Urquart's fused glass
bead dangle ornament.

Pris Lynch created this little felted bird which
Arlene Tiemeyer received.

Wendy Rice received Arlene Tiemeyer's needle tatted heart.

Sue Vegter's felted and pleated wreath which
Marti Swank received.

Jennifer Gould received Alice Breese's
handmade paper angel.

Marti Swank's beaded snowflakes received
by Alice Breese.


Sue Vegter's table runner from Dawn Edward's workshop
on nuno felting (silk sari strips inserted into wool).

Silk scarf dyed in sumac by Sue Vegter.

Jennifer Gould's deconstructed screen printed fabrics.

Some more the knit fabrics that Jennifer screen
printed using the deconstructed screen printing method.

Sue Vegter's Fascinator Hat (nuno felted wool and silk) from a
Dawn Edwards workshop.

Marti Swank's deconstructed coat
which she took apart, made
smaller and resewed!

Sue Vegter wearing her Fascinator Hat!

Pris Lynch wearing her waffle felted
scarf and showing her bag she
designed with leftover felted and
dyed felt.

Pris Lynch with her quilt top of various
arashi shibori cottons.

Pris Lynch's kantha embroidered and hand dyed piece
(Dorothy Caldwell workshop).

Pris Lynch dyed fabric with machine stitching and
resisted areas.

Pris Lynch's experiments with 3-D felt.

Arlene Tiemeyer's hand woven bag in which she used
shots of roving (dark stripes); lining is hand printed
African fabric.