Saturday, September 14, 2013

Turkish Marbling on fabric presented by Mary Sundstrom

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s October meeting will feature Mary Sundstrom presenting a hands-on program, ”Turkish Marbling on Fabric.” The program will be Oct. 2, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:00pm. A $5 guest fee will be requested at this speaker’s meeting for those who are not members of the guild and, for those wanting to do the hands-on marbling, a $10 fee for all supplies is required.

Explore the art of Turkish marbling on fabric. Mary Sundstrom will demonstrate how to float paints and inks on thickened water using traditional techniques. During the program, she will demonstrate how to create the sizing used to float pigment as well as how to treat the fabric with mordant so the color stays put. Once the color is applied the fabric is draped on the surface, and the fun of creating patterns can begin. The result is the transfer of beautiful swirling shapes onto the surface. 

With a $10.00 supply fee mordant pre-treated fabric swatches will be available to use and learn from as well as the use of all tools and inks. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 28 by emailing directly to Mary Sundstrom at

Mary Sundstrom is the Program Director for the Holland Area Arts Council.  She also teaches at the arts council and sells her work through eBay.

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 or contact or 616-878-1526.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Guild Display at the MLH Conference


Our guild has had a display at the Michigan League of Handweavers for every biennial conference since 1981.  Fortunately for us, the conference has been in our backyard
at Hope College's campus here in Holland, Michigan, for a long, long time (10-15 years?).   We try to use the theme of
the conference as our guide (this year's theme was "Finding Your Fiber Path") but, because we had spent more than 6
months on the Surface Design Collaborative work, knew from our first planning that the pieces each of us created would 
be our guild display.  The room this year where the guild
exhibits were located was rather difficult to photograph in so our President Jeanne Emery, who set up the guild display at the conference, recreated it at our Sept. 5 meeting,using two tables and lots of space to show everyone's work to advantage.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Feltmaking from around the world, by Dawn Edwards

Dawn Edwards' presentation of her exquisite nuno-felted
clothing and felted vessels and hats will be a memorable
evening to everyone who was there on Wed., Sept. 5, at the
Holland Area Arts Council.  

  Her PowerPoint show of friends
and fellow feltmaking artists was fascinating and brought
together many European and Australian feltmakers work with
whom Dawn has studied and befriended.  She inspired so many
of us that we're hoping to have Dawn give a workshop for the
guild at some point in the future!