Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Potluck, Ornament Exchange, and Show ‘n Tell

Arlene Tiemeyer's needle tatted heart from 2013.
 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild will celebrate their annual Holiday Potluck, Ornament Exchange, and Show ‘n Tell on Wed., Dec. 3, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm, room #217. 


We invite members of the community who are interested in the guild to attend.  You may bring a dish to pass with the appropriate serving utensil.  Plates, “silverware,” and beverages will be provided.  Wrap your ornament so no one will know who made it. Sign and date the ornament so the recipient will remember who made it in years to come.  Everyone who brings an ornament will take home an ornament.  For Show ‘n Tell, bring what you’d like to show that you’ve been working on (from summer? for Christmas gifts?).

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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.

Sue Vegter's needle-felted poinsettia on her
handwoven white fabric.

Friday, November 7, 2014

“Needle-Felting: An Unexpected Journey” by Aron Lowe

Aron Lowe presented her work to a crowded room of very
enthusiastic women!

We counted 40 people who wanted to try needle-felting
and came up with wonderful little pumpkins.

Aron's treasure chest of scary pumpkins she'd needle-felted.

Some of her newest work involves
adding wires inside so that legs and
arms can be moved.

One guest's incised lines of the
pumpkin.

Next she worked on making the stem.
Alexa Urquhart's lampworked glass beads.


Alexa's beads with agate stones added in.


After Aron finished her presentation and the hands-on session, we had a business meeting, and then got down to our members' show and tell which is always a highlight.


Sue Vegter's natural dyeing studies in an attempt to
recreate Pris Lynch's MX dyes.

Arlene Tiemeyer's beaded scarves.  She strung the beads
onto the yarn first, then knitted the scarf.

Arlene Tiemeyer's handwoven placements.

Arlene Tiemeyer's hand knitted scarf that
began as a long rectangle and, with some
manipulation at the end, creates this long
fringed scarf.
Printed papers (above and below) made by Jennifer Gould long, long ago at a guild meeting at which Alice Breese
taught us how to create paste papers.


Jennifer Gould's Barefoot Sister dolls for an
upcoming holiday show.

Jennifer Gould's little standing angel (6" tall).
Jennifer Gould got her work published
recently in "Textile Art Around the World"
from the Netherlands (TextileLink.com).

Jennifer's page in "Textile Art Around the World" illustrating
her Pisces Women textile figures.
Jan Coray showed us her wonderful paper cuts.

Jan Coray's sun paper cut.

Jan Coray and one of her long paper cuts.

Jan Coray's individual pine tree paper cuts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Needle-felting: An Unexpected Journey" with Aron Lowe

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Needle-Felting:  An Unexpected Journey” on Wed., Nov. 5, with Aron Lowe, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  The doors open at 6pm.  Nonmembers are asked to pay $5 toward speaker’s fees.  Please email Aron Lowe directly if you would like to reserve a $6 kit of supplies for the hands-on demonstration at aronlowe@hotmail.com.  (If you have your own supplies bring: a few felting needles, piece of foam to work on, and some orange and green wool to make a pumpkin.)  Aron will have extra supplies attendees can purchase.

Aron Lowe’s presentation will include a short discussion of the history of needle-felting and how she began using this technique, as well as walking the group through an example project and finish with a hands on portion where participants can make a small pumpkin.

Aron Lowe has won awards for her felted creations, been featured in magazines, and gained a large following for her felted pieces.


The kit will contain supplies to make a pumpkin!

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, contact jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Soy wax batik with Jennifer and Pris

Pris Lynch explaining the process of soy was batik.

Jennifer Gould holding some of her
soy wax batik samples.

Guild members and guests work on small samples of batik using melted soy wax and thinned paints. 

Jennifer Gould shows a long screen printed sample she
did at Susie Krage's "mystery workshop" in Detroit using
fugitives (watercolor pencils, pastels), paper resists,
textile paint and base extender.  
Show 'n Tell provided us with a look at members' work they'd done the previous month.

Wendy Rice's free form machine embroidered
quilt piece.
Marty Swank showed a carrying box
covered with fabric that folds flat.

Crimp Weave sample by Jennifer Gould.  Lavender fabric below shows
how the initially woven fabric has white threads that are pulled to contract
fabric.  The lavender is a thermoplastic Orlon acrylic yarn that, when
steamed,  shrinks permanently creating a crimped and elastic fabric like
green above.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

“Soy Wax Batik” on Wed., Oct. 1, 2015


The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Soy Wax Batik” on 
Wed., Oct. 1, with Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  The door opens at 6pm.  Nonmembers are asked to pay $5 toward speaker’s fees.  

NOTE:  Please bring small pieces (no larger than 10" x 10") of white or light colored smooth fabric (may have printing on it, and does not necessarily have to be cotton or natural fabric).  Nonmembers are asked to pay an additional $3 for demo materials (wax, paint, etc.).  

Batik is an ancient technique in which hot wax is stamped onto fabric to create a patterned resist so that the fabric below the wax remains uncolored when dye/paint is put on the unwaxed areas of the fabric.  Soy wax was developed as an environmentally friendly alternative and easier to use than traditional batik wax.  Guild members Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould will share their experiments with this technique, demonstrate and then participants will be able to try waxing and painting a small piece of fabric. 

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 lakeshorefiberartsguild.blogspot.com or contact jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.