Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"SPINNING THE YARNS YOU LOVE"




The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., March 1, featuring Gail Myrhorodsky on “Spinning the Yarns You Love, 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.

Grand Rapids resident Gail Myrhorodsky will present a talk on hand spinning unique yarns. She will present an overview of how she prefers to plan and make her yarns, different types of wool and other fibers, several processing methods using tools of the trade, different spinning techniques, and finishing the final yarn. Gail will have her art quilts on hand as examples of how she uses her yarns in 2-D work, as well as her handspun yarn for sale.


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, February 12, 2017

Julia is a Master at "Adding Dimension and Texture to Fiber Art Pieces"

It is always a treat to have Julia Voake present our program.  We had a great night as she explained several of her methods of adding dimension and texture to not just quilts, but to notecards and other things.


This quilt she made as individual samples for
another guild, and then put them all together. Each square is unique, using wood, floss, washers, pleated fabric, yo yo's, antique lace, waves of fabric, an old circuit board, wire coiling, felt, ultrasuede, ribbon, copper beads, buttons, real leaves, zippers, and other items.  She used techniques of weaving, gathering, dyeing, couching and ruching fabric, and sewing by hand with big stitches, to name just a few.

A few of the tips she gave us,  use white glue for most gluing and to hold the items together with homemade cloth weights filled with pellets.  Trickier things to glue she uses Gem Tac Glue. Julia just discovered a great spray bottle, "Solutions" at Great Clips. Very nice fine spray.


Julia brought lots of fun texture items for us to use to decorate a note card. She suggested sewing with big stitches, or by machine with decorative stitches.












A couple of her sample cards:



The following pictures are of the group actually concentrating and working.






Even Julia was able to work on a card.






 These are a few of our finished cards.




Or started at least.







This fiber quilt Julia made and got Judge's choice award at the West Michigan Quilt Guild and First place in the non-representational fiber art category.  A big plus for all Fiber Artists.


Show and Tell


Ann added texture to her heart quilt. 


Jennifer was experimenting with dyeing techniques.

Wendy paper pieced "Findus" a child's storybook character

She also made this runner for her sideboard.

Wendy showed a simple way to make doll clothes out of newborn baby clothes.

Julia wore a wonderful vest type cardigan that she knit.

Food was especially yummy. We had quiche, cherry almond cake, muffins and homemade hummus and crackers. Thanks everyone.

Here is the link for the Cherry Almond Cake, just substitute cherries if you prefer for cranberries.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12398/crustless-cranberry-pie/print/?recipeType=Recipe&servings=8

Quiche link:

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/spinach-impossible-pie/77de0372-b67e-4d94-acf0-037778d169a3


A couple of  our members also mailed items to the Arts Council Mailed Art Event.






The two above are Jennifer's.

Ann mailed in the next two.



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.