Wednesday, October 15, 2014

"Needle-felting: An Unexpected Journey" with Aron Lowe

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild presents “Needle-Felting:  An Unexpected Journey” on Wed., Nov. 5, with Aron Lowe, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting at 6:30pm.  The doors open at 6pm.  Nonmembers are asked to pay $5 toward speaker’s fees.  Please email Aron Lowe directly if you would like to reserve a $6 kit of supplies for the hands-on demonstration at  (If you have your own supplies bring: a few felting needles, piece of foam to work on, and some orange and green wool to make a pumpkin.)  Aron will have extra supplies attendees can purchase.

Aron Lowe’s presentation will include a short discussion of the history of needle-felting and how she began using this technique, as well as walking the group through an example project and finish with a hands on portion where participants can make a small pumpkin.

Aron Lowe has won awards for her felted creations, been featured in magazines, and gained a large following for her felted pieces.

The kit will contain supplies to make a pumpkin!

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, contact or 616-878-1526.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Soy wax batik with Jennifer and Pris

Pris Lynch explaining the process of soy was batik.

Jennifer Gould holding some of her
soy wax batik samples.

Guild members and guests work on small samples of batik using melted soy wax and thinned paints. 

Jennifer Gould shows a long screen printed sample she
did at Susie Krage's "mystery workshop" in Detroit using
fugitives (watercolor pencils, pastels), paper resists,
textile paint and base extender.  
Show 'n Tell provided us with a look at members' work they'd done the previous month.

Wendy Rice's free form machine embroidered
quilt piece.
Marty Swank showed a carrying box
covered with fabric that folds flat.

Crimp Weave sample by Jennifer Gould.  Lavender fabric below shows
how the initially woven fabric has white threads that are pulled to contract
fabric.  The lavender is a thermoplastic Orlon acrylic yarn that, when
steamed,  shrinks permanently creating a crimped and elastic fabric like
green above.