Tuesday, September 12, 2017

October 4th, AfroCentric Inspired Clothing with Georgia Mae Farr

Byron Center, Michigan – The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program meeting is on Wed., October 4, featuring Georgia Mae Farr on “AfroCentric Inspired 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.  Guests are asked to pay $10 toward the speaker’s fee.

Grand Rapids resident Georgia Mae Farr will talk about how she uses traditional handmade
African mud cloth in her clothing creations, her methods, and how she handles fabrics.  She will have samples of her one-of-a-kind clothing on hand.

An experienced sewer who started sewing, doing alterations, designing and making garments when she was very young, Farr began her Creations by Georgia in 1992 after years of professionally altering clothing.  She later had a custom fashion business where she made formal ware and wedding attire.  Her work can be seen on her Etsy Shop, https://www.etsy.com/shop/CreationsbyGeorgiaF; at the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA) on Monroe, NE, in Grand Rapids; or on her Facebook page.


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.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Painting with Thread with Priscilla Lynch

Priscilla is an amazing fiber artist. Following are several samples of different types of thread painting or free motion embroidery. She uses many types of fabric, quite often a very heavy painters canvas as she can just fuse this to pellon and stitch, no hoop needed.  She also uses, tyvek, plastic, felt and vanishing or wash away fabric.









This is an example of thread painting on a painted canvas.  Priscilla uses a 
lot of her own photographs in her fiber art.
Sometimes she uses them as is, but often times she photo shops them
into a modern type design that she likes.

The skeleton leaf is a drawing she downloaded, hooped with wash away
stabilizer and free motioned stitched.


The words above were stitched on Vanishing Stabilizer. (Wash Away in warm water)




                 The Meadow above was a fabric collage on
                     Aqua Bond with free motion stitching.


Priscilla likes doing free motion faces on vanishing fabric.

Contour drawing face colored in with ink tense pencils.

Swallowtail was printed on fabric
 and stitched on vanishing fabric.
This is a lovely soft scarf made with yarns and other snippets,
layered between two sticky vanishing stabilizers.  Two sticky pieces were way too sticky. Gums up the needle.
Stitching on felt allows for more stitching and more dimension.







My Mother Left Me Her Words
Priscilla photo transferred some of the letters her Mother had
written her years ago.  She then use the text to quilt the piece. Her Mother is in the top photo and she is in the bottom.





She makes lots of sample pages to keep track of threads, fabric, stabilizers etc.


Lovely Jackets Made by Sue and Judy



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Priscilla Lynch's presentation on "Free Motion Machine Embroidery: Painting with Thread."


Priscilla Lynch's presentation on "Free Motion Machine Embroidery:  Painting with Thread." will be our next speaker









Byron Center, Michigan – The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s first program meeting of the year is on Wed., September 6, featuring Priscilla Lynch on “Free Motion Machine Embroidery: Painting with Thread, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Guests are asked to pay $10 toward the speaker’s fee.

Saugatuck resident Priscilla Lynch will present a talk about using free motion machine embroidery to create images on fabric.  Lynch explains, “You don’t need a fancy and expensive sewing machine to do machine embroidery.  By dropping the feed dogs (those jagged little bars sitting under your needle that propel fabric through the machine) on virtually any sewing machine, you can turn your needle and thread into a freely moving pencil or paint brush allowing you complete control in creating your imagery.”  Her talk will focus on work that she has done with free motion embroidery, and techniques and tips that she has learned along the way. In addition to her PowerPoint presentation, she will have many samples and finished pieces on hand.

Lynch has been working with fiber since a child, starting with sewing and knitting and then learning to weave.  For over 35 years she produced handwoven clothing that she sold in several regional galleries.  Later, she transitioned into tapestry weaving and was the Educational Chair for the American Tapestry Alliance.  Her current work is primarily in felting, art quilting and free motion machine embroidery.  Throughout her fiber career, she has taught and lectured in many venues and shown in juried and invitational shows locally and nationally.  Currently her work can be seen at Good Goods in Saugatuck, MI and at the MI Arts Show at the Holland Area Arts Council (8/25/17 -11/4/17).

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.



Jennifer Gould, VP-Programs
Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild
435 Woodburn, SW
Byron Center MI 49315
616-878-1526

jgould1526@gmail.com

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

MLH Conference, June 2-June 4, 2017 Hope College



The Michigan League of Handweavers' biennial conference will take place at Hope College, Holland MI, from Friday, June 2, through Sunday, June 4.  

Exhibits of Fiber Art, Functional Fiber, Fashion, Fashion Accessories (in Graves Hall), Guilds (Schaap Science), and the Marketplace (Haworth Ballroom) will be free and open to the public.  Please check www.mlhguild.org for exact locations and specific open hours.  

MLH members are an encouraging and enthusiastic group who love to explain and talk about the world of textiles, and look forward to the public visiting. 

AUCTION NIGHT


Not much to say about Auction Night, or exchanging of treasures night.  Some of us had a lot more fun than others, lots of great items to be bid on.  Because of everyone's participation we should have enough money for great speakers for next year.  Thanks everyone and especially Jennifer who organizes all our wonderful speakers. Even the food was exceptional this year. Have a good summer and hope to see everyone in September.