Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas ornament exchange and show and tell: December 2014

Needle-felted basket and presents by Jonetta Brown
(with chocolate candy inside!)

Wendy Rice's Christmas tree mad with water
soluble stabilizer, paper and fabric.
Jennifer Gould's felted ball embellished
with beads and embroidery.

Pris Lynch's knitted mitten ornament.

Alexa Urquhart's flying tiger super hero.

Alice Breese's twig angel ornament.

Arlene Tiemeyer filled this clear plastic bauble
with yarn, buttons, fabric and ribbon from
all her many weavings and projects!

Arlene Tiemeyer shows her handwoven fabric
(first image above after her ornament), rugs,
and her wild colored knitted scarf made with
wool fabric (rugs) and yarn (scarf) that was
given to her.

Jan Koster is so proud of her
pants: she worked a long
time, she said, to design a pants
pattern that was perfect for her.
The fabric is a gorgeous double
weave jacquard.  And they are beautiful!

Jennifer Gould showed her embroideries she's been doing
using her hand printed fabric.  Most of these use the simplest
whip stitch (straight, seed, and many other names).

Jeannie Emery made a skirt for her co-worker who is
leaving for Southern Africa and missionary work.
The previous photo shows the inside of the skirt where
she had all the other co-workers sign their names.

Pris Lynch brought a huge pile of pieces she had
made using a technique of putting WonderUnder
underneath quilt cotton, cutting out the design,
and then ironing/bonding it to fabric for an
array of incredible designs.  Some fabrics are
then machine sewed for added depth and change of color.

Pris Lynch also brought her nuno felted scarves that she had
eco-printed with purple leaves (a Vietnamese plant that they
use to dye rice).

Jonetta Brown (above) wasn't going to show us anything
but she was wearing this gorgeous shawl that she had knitted.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Jennifer Gould on “Disperse Dyes for Synthetic Fabrics”

Jennifer Gould’s B/W Flower & Leaf on Green    

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program will feature Jennifer Gould on “Disperse Dyes for Synthetic Fabrics” on Wed., Jan. 7, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee. 

Disperse dye is a special type of dye made specifically for polyester, nylon, acrylic, and acetate rayon fabrics. Jennifer’s talk will focus on transfer printing and its possibilities with synthetics with many actual samples.  A short hands-on portion will be possible for those interested. 

Jennifer Gould makes art dolls and hand printed fabrics at her home in Byron Center.  She sells her dolls year-round at YT Galleria in Grand Rapids where her annual show is currently on through Dec. 31.  The Galleria is located at 966 Cherry St., SE; 616-451-8817.

There will also be a Surface Design Association (SDA) Swatch Book with over a 100 pages of members’ actual fabric pieces for attendees to view and discuss.

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.

Jennifer Gould’s Sheer Layered Images on Fabric (photos by the artist)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Holiday Potluck, Ornament Exchange, and Show ‘n Tell

Arlene Tiemeyer's needle tatted heart from 2013.
 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild will celebrate their annual Holiday Potluck, Ornament Exchange, and Show ‘n Tell on Wed., Dec. 3, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm, room #217. 

We invite members of the community who are interested in the guild to attend.  You may 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?).

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.

Sue Vegter's needle-felted poinsettia on her
handwoven white fabric.

Friday, November 7, 2014

“Needle-Felting: An Unexpected Journey” by Aron Lowe

Aron Lowe presented her work to a crowded room of very
enthusiastic women!

We counted 40 people who wanted to try needle-felting
and came up with wonderful little pumpkins.

Aron's treasure chest of scary pumpkins she'd needle-felted.

Some of her newest work involves
adding wires inside so that legs and
arms can be moved.

One guest's incised lines of the

Next she worked on making the stem.
Alexa Urquhart's lampworked glass beads.

Alexa's beads with agate stones added in.

After Aron finished her presentation and the hands-on session, we had a business meeting, and then got down to our members' show and tell which is always a highlight.

Sue Vegter's natural dyeing studies in an attempt to
recreate Pris Lynch's MX dyes.

Arlene Tiemeyer's beaded scarves.  She strung the beads
onto the yarn first, then knitted the scarf.

Arlene Tiemeyer's handwoven placements.

Arlene Tiemeyer's hand knitted scarf that
began as a long rectangle and, with some
manipulation at the end, creates this long
fringed scarf.
Printed papers (above and below) made by Jennifer Gould long, long ago at a guild meeting at which Alice Breese
taught us how to create paste papers.

Jennifer Gould's Barefoot Sister dolls for an
upcoming holiday show.

Jennifer Gould's little standing angel (6" tall).
Jennifer Gould got her work published
recently in "Textile Art Around the World"
from the Netherlands (

Jennifer's page in "Textile Art Around the World" illustrating
her Pisces Women textile figures.
Jan Coray showed us her wonderful paper cuts.

Jan Coray's sun paper cut.

Jan Coray and one of her long paper cuts.

Jan Coray's individual pine tree paper cuts.