Friday, January 14, 2011

Guild News for January and February

From Guild President, Jennifer Gould

Hi, Guild Members and Friends, Happy New Year!

January has been a nice time for me to hibernate, get snowed
in, clean/organize my studio, and explore more fiber
technique while the snow falls.  But guild matters call! So
consider this email the newsletter and information for
January/February 2011---
Plans are falling into place for our regularly scheduled
program meetings for March, April and May.

March 2 – “Kimono Dressing” with Mayumi Balfour:
Grand Rapids resident, Mayumi Balfour, will dress at least
10 people in kimono and obi with all the details and
accessories that would be used in Japan.  A great
continuation and final show after Etta Hesselink’s kimono
talk in November.  Also, if you’re interested in learning
about Japanese culture and language, Mayumi hosts J-Chat in
Grand Rapids on the 3rd Monday of the month at Schuler’s
Book Store on Alpine (just off of I-96/131) at 7pm.  This is
part of the Grand Rapids Sister Cities Committee.  See the
website/info at: or
email the committee for more info at

April 6 – MLH Conference Review and Show ‘n Tell:  The
MLH Biennial Conference and workshops will be at Hope
, again, this August 10-12 (workshops) and 13-14
(conference/seminars) with many exhibits in which to enter
pieces and see in downtown Holland.  We’ll have a short
presentation on the instructors, the workshops and seminars,
and guild exhibit.  Brochures should be in our mailboxes and
on the MLH website in February.  For Show ‘n Tell, bring
what you’ve been working on in the last 6 months (last SNT
was June) and share the fun of your experimentation and
exploration with us!

February (2):  If you’re really missing not having a
meeting and you have an idea (spinning & knitting together,
a hands-on demo you’d like to show, a DVD you’d like to
show---fiber related, of course) email all of us to let us
know your ideas and get a group together.

Some shows of interest:

The Princess Diana Exhibit:  Grand Rapids Art Museum,
through Feb. 16, tickets are $20 (for most of us) and audio
tours are $5.  The tickets are for a specific day and time
at 800-585-3737; and

BOOKS:  I’ve come upon these books (library loans) that I
think are fascinating and offer all kinds of great ideas and

Eco-Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles – by
India Flint
The Yarn Lover’s Guide to Hand Dyeing – by Linda La
Real Life Journals – by Gwen Diehn
The Bead Maker: Projects for creating hand-crafted beads –
by Mary Maguire
Creative Recycling in Embroidery – by Val Holmes
DESIGN! A Lively Guide to Design Basics for Artists &
Craftspeople – by Steve Aimone