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.
























Saturday, April 15, 2017

Upcoming Auction of Members' Treasures ___ Public Invited





 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., May 3, for the guild’s Annual Auction to raise money for its monthly programs of innovative and stimulating speakers from the world of textiles and fiber arts.  The guild welcomes the public to join us in a lively bidding and purchasing of “our junk to your treasure” items from our members’ studios.  The auction is at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Come with cash and your checkbook!

Members of the guild are cleaning out their studios of unfinished projects, fabric fabric and more fabric of all kinds, knitting and weaving yarn, patterns (knitting, bag/purses), some kimono, beaded fabric such as one on silk satin, baskets, needle-point canvas, books on knitting and decorating fabric and more, shade-loving plants, a Craft Pasta Machine, Fimo clay, ribbon, silk flowers, leather scraps, organza and tulle, heavy clear plastic, stitchery frames, silk/cotton sweater, wood beads, and so much more.


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.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Wonderful Night Viewing Quilted Wallhangings by Lauren Strach





This was such a fun night examining up close many of Lauren's Art Quilts.  Her basic techniques involve Discharge and Indigo Dyeing.

She uses bleach, sometimes thickened, and thiox to discharge the color from fabric.  If she wants to add color she then puts the item in Indigo Dye.

Lauren's first group of wall hangings she considers her:       
                    Garden Journal Series






              Many of her Art pieces incorporate leaves and grasses.


The back









This piece uses recycled fabrics, patched together and stitched.  










The above pieces are samples using a Discharge technique and then putting them in an Indigo Dye.
She learned the Indigo Dyeing technique from Jennifer years ago.  


Lauren used bleach and thiox on this one above.




This quite large piece is made up of many different pieces, each with a pond or water theme and then all put together like a puzzle.



This has corn plant leaves in it.


Note the reed design she used to quilt this piece. Seems to tie it all together.








Red Fern,over dyeing with Indigo





Lauren's daughter and friend waiting patiently for the next group of Art Projects. The above hangings Lauren considers her Garden Journal Series.


Following are Projects that are made up of Thrift Store clothing or parts of clothing or other recycled fabrics.



Note the piece of a skirt in here.




This is one of my favorite pieces.
 Strach refers to this technique as "Boho Boro", as she often incorporates recycled fabrics in her work.  Lots of hand stitching.





Even the back is interesting.

Lauren


Show and Tell




These are examples of what Priscilla was working on this winter.