Sunday, January 15, 2017

“Adding Dimension and Texture to Fiber Art Pieces,”

Byron Center, Michigan – The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., February 8, featuring Julia Voake on “Adding Dimension and Texture to Fiber Art Pieces, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm. 

Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee. 

 Guests wishing to participate in this hands-on program are asked to bring scissors and $1.50 for kit fee.

Guild member Julia Voake and Caledonia resident will present her “Textures” quilt and describe the techniques and inspirations for each as well as her greeting cards.  She will lead attendees through a hands-on making of many of the displayed 3-D techniques while participants add these textures to a greeting card/envelope.  She will have fabric, beads, buttons and more on hand but participants may bring their own items to use.





The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild invites anyone interested in the textile fiber arts to their monthly program meetings held normally the first Wednesday of each month at the Holland Area Arts Council.  For more information,  contact jgould1526@gmail.com or 616-878-1526.

Please note the meeting in February is the second Wed. instead of the first Wed.

Friday, January 13, 2017

More than just Tweaking Your Clothing

Barbara Norlin gave us all kinds of ideas on how to alter clothing.  My favorite would be to let her do it. 
She quite often buys quality clothing items that are too large and cuts them down to fit her. She also does alterations for other people who have lost weight.
I think this is one of her favorite remakes.  The dress cost $540.00 originally, she purchased it at a bargain price at an exclusive dress shop and then remade the collar part and took in the side seams to fit her.



You can see in the picture how large this top was on her when she bought it.  Barbara had to cut off the sleeves, take up the shoulders, take the sides in, take fabric out of the sleeves to fit back in and put it all back together.  Great top, and the best part is she did not have to do the neck part, which is always the hardest to make lay flat.


Never one to throw anything out,  Barbara saved the fabric from a large skirt she was taking in for a customer and added it to the bottom of this plain knit dress.


Another remake.


This is a beautiful gown that she purchased at a consignment store for $1.00.  Although she did a lot of tweaking on this one.  The cap sleeves were breast covers, and she added the satin top.  she also spent a lot of time reattaching the large sequins.  Made a great cruise dress.





                            Another bargain priced top purchased extra large and cut down.


Helping Jeanne figure out how to remake a slightly too large jacket she purchased at an antique store. The top part of the sleeve would have to come out in order to move the sleeve up.

       Priscilla's Geiger boiled wool jacket is a classic.  We decided it should be left as a classic.

Barbara gives advice to Ann on how to take in this black dress.







One of Barbara's favorite sewing projects is to make doll clothes for American Girl dolls and sell them at craft fairs.  She does not use a pattern, just cuts and sews and adds all the fun little details that we all love.


SHOW AND TELL


Jan modeled her new Magnifying glass with light for close up sewing.  Yoctosun is the brand name.










Priscilla has been taking an online class from Elizabeth Barton on dyeing fabrics which she then makes into a  small quilt picture and quilts.  The plain fabric she uses is from Test Fabrics, testfabrics.com

Priscilla Said:
The Test fabric that I use is #419 - bleached, mercerized combed broadcloth.  I usually buy the 45” wide fabric but you can also buy it 60” wide.  This is the fabric that has been recommended to me by numerous dye instructors and it gives beautiful color!

She loves trees and hopes to use more of her tree photographs in future projects.

Jennifer is making this collage out of all different types of fabrics and many different types of techniques.  Some easy, some not so easy.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

CANCELLATION

The meeting tonight, Jan. 4, has been cancelled due to the weather.

It has been rescheduled to next Weds. Jan. 11, same place and time.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

"TWEEKING YOUR CLOTHING" Featuring Barbara Norlin

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., January 4, featuring Barbara Norlin on “Tweeking Your Clothing, 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.

Holland resident Barbara Norlin will present her unique method of altering clothing.  Norlin explains that “my mother never taught me to sew.  I learned from watching her.  That was the beginning of my interest in sewing.  I would take scraps of fabric to make doll clothes and I’m still making doll clothes for craft sales and art fairs.  I’ve always loved a sewing challenge.  Often I will purchase something from a sale rack either too large or too small, then alter it to fit me.  I’ve done this for other people also such as doing alterations for a local dry cleaners for 10 years.”  She will have before and after pictures of garments she’s altered for clients as well as her own clothing and looks forward to attendees bringing their own garment questions.


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

Example of an altered skirt that was way to big.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Christmas Party 2016, Lots of great food



Time for chit chat before filling our plates with great food.  Mexican lasagna, deviled eggs, squash soup, salad with quinoa, cheeses and dips, cookies, chocolate brownies, special chocolates from Japan, and a few other things.

Show and Tell



Ann made this wonderful Santa Hanging out of wool felt.  Very detailed.





Alexa made the beautiful necklace she has on, and the glass beads.





Pam, a guest of Pat's, made this wonderful coat with a technique known as Alabama Chanin.  The entire coat is hand sewn.  First the design is stenciled, then stitched, then cut away.  After that the coat is made also by hand.



Jennifer shows  how her name would be written in Japanese. The small stamp has the characters for her name.
She just returned from a month long visit to Japan. If you have not read her Blog about her trip, it is like a story, wonderful descriptions of the food, transportation, and things in general.








The small purse made to hold the small stamp above, is made out of a certain type of banana leaf, shown above.



CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT EXCHANGE
Jennifer received this Star from Alice

Ann received these little fuzzy balls, she has a project in mind for them.
Wendy received this lovely, partly vintage ornament from Ann
Ann received this little wool wreath.





Alexa received this zipper ornament from Wendy





Jennifer received this little wool basket a couple years ago from Jonetta








If anyone else has a picture to share, please send it to me, Wendy, so I can post on the blog. They all got put away to fast for pictures, sorry.