Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Holiday!

Message from  Our President Jennifer: 
A big thank you to everyone who attended the December meeting for all the work in cooking and handmaking:  the food was fabulous, the ornaments were so beautiful and fascinating to find out about, and sharing our things in the show ‘n tell gave me so many ideas.  It was, as usual, a great evening.

What about having a guild retreat in 2012?  Some of us have talked about a day of spinning, or knitting, or handwork that we can do while we visit with guild friends who we never, NEVER, have enough time to talk to.  We could provide our own food (potluck or brown-bag-it) or have it catered.  We could even have the annual indigo workshop that day—or do something that’s special and different. There is a retreat center in Fennville called The Red Spirit that’s run by Karen Duffin which might be a good place.  Check it out at  Please think about it and let me know your thoughts.

I’m writing this 5 days before Christmas so I’m still in the 2011 holiday mood but still amazed that 2012 is almost upon us and time for another guild meeting.  Please remember that the Jan. 4 meeting depends on if the weather is acceptable for driving, so check your email after 4pm on the 4th to see if the meeting is still going to happen.  If so, we’ll start at 6:30---not 7pm!  Have a wonderful, safe and fun holiday and see you next year!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

December Holiday Ornament Exchange

Fiber   Arts   Guild    

6:30 PM  ROOM 217


It’s that time again!  Join us for the annual Holiday Potluck, Ornament Exchange and Show ‘n Tell where we can talk without interruption, eat everyone’s wonderful food (fiber people are such great cooks!), visit with members and new friends, and share what new things we’ve been working on.

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?).

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Complex Cloth Uncomplicated


Our program will consist of three demonstrations of design and surface design techniques with time allotted for hands on practice.
A.     Jennifer Gould will present a technique for creating interesting black and white designs called EXPANDED SQUARE.  Please bring these materials:  4-6 sheets white paper, glue stick, X-acto knife or small sharp pointed scissors, cutting mat or old magazine, old wash cloth, white pencil (if you have one).
B.     Barbara Wright will demonstrate the use of crayons and oil pastels to change the look and color of your fabric with RUBBINGS over textured surfaces.  Please bring:  2-3 pieces of white or light colored fabric (8”x12”), crayons (Staples twist up crayons are excellent) or oil pastels if you have them.  Rubber stamps, plates and other textures will be provided.
C.    Priscilla Lynch will demonstrate GELATIN PRINTING, which uses textile paints to create wonderfully sensitive prints on fabric. Please bring:  Small pieces of washed fabric or paper.  Gelatin plates and fabric paints will be provided.  You may also bring your own paints if you want a specific color.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Everything You Wanted to Know About Sergers, But Were Afraid to Ask

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s October meeting will feature a talk on “SERGERS: Everything You Want to Know” with Barb Habers of Field’s Fabrics on Wed., Oct. 5, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  

Barb Habers likes to say that if the sewing machine is your regular oven, sergers are your microwave.  There are some things you don't want to do with your microwave, but who wants to heat up a pan of soup in the oven?  A serger is an add-on machine which cuts, seams and overcasts the fabric all at the same time with speeds up to 1500 stitches per minute.  Speed, beauty and ease of operation are why she has a serger in her sewing room.

Habers is Vice President of the local American Sewing Guild, the Tulip City. She has taught sewing for 20 years. She sells instructional sewing DVDs on her web site, Habers also produces a sewing show on the local Holland MacTV called "Sew Help Me" for the past 8 years.

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. Guests may attend a speaker’s meeting for $5.