Sunday, October 11, 2015

Jan Coray will take us “Back to Basics: Easy Paper Cutting Techniques and Ideas,”

Byron Center, Michigan – The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program meeting will feature Jan Coray on “Back to Basics: Easy Paper Cutting Techniques and Ideas,” on Wed., Nov. 4, 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.  For those wishing to participate in the hands-on portion, should bring a pair of scissors for cutting paper that are comfortable in your hand. Scratch paper will be supplied but bring copy or origami weight paper of your choice.

A Holland resident, Jan Coray will talk about what brought her to paper cutting and what she’s tried. Examples to be shown are trees, flowers, leaves, vegetables (including pumpkins), sunshine, butterflies, snowflakes, "paper doll" chains, cityscapes, faces, hearts, totems, wreaths and more.  We'll try our hands at snowflakes and trees. Specific requests will be addressed if time allows.

Jan Coray’s work experience includes being a teacher, librarian, bookkeeper, administrative assistant, English and Contra dance caller, organizer and dancer.  She is currently a volunteer at the Commons of Evergreen Senior Center in Holland where she has taught Paper Cutting for Beginners. I love to explore a variety of arts and crafts, garden and dance.

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.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Freeform Knitting with Julianne Anderson

Julianne Anderson brought several of her Freeform Knitted
Fashions.  At the same time she gave us a quick lesson in
Freeform Knitting. Julianne owns the Threadbender yarn Shop in Wyoming, MI. She offers classes in her shop on Freeform Knitting, weaving and other types of knitting.
Julianne's daughter, also a knitter, modeled several of the fashions.
The knitted black squares add a new dimension.
Note the ladies in the background concentrating on their Freeform Knitting.
A rectangular knitted shawl worn two different ways.

This vest started as woven pieces and then a knitted
piece was added in the back to make it bigger.
Show and Tell Tonight
Priscilla Lynch had a very interesting dress on.
Made with two layers of knit, stenciled, and
then the top layer is cut away.

This a skirt with the same technique.
This is the book she used for the ideas and patterns.

Sorry I didn't get pictures of the other Show and Tell items.  I will do better.