Wednesday, February 15, 2017


The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., March 1, featuring Gail Myrhorodsky on “Spinning the Yarns You Love, at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Non-members are asked to pay $5 toward the speaker’s fee.

Grand Rapids resident Gail Myrhorodsky will present a talk on hand spinning unique yarns. She will present an overview of how she prefers to plan and make her yarns, different types of wool and other fibers, several processing methods using tools of the trade, different spinning techniques, and finishing the final yarn. Gail will have her art quilts on hand as examples of how she uses her yarns in 2-D work, as well as her handspun yarn for sale.

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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Julia is a Master at "Adding Dimension and Texture to Fiber Art Pieces"

It is always a treat to have Julia Voake present our program.  We had a great night as she explained several of her methods of adding dimension and texture to not just quilts, but to notecards and other things.

This quilt she made as individual samples for
another guild, and then put them all together. Each square is unique, using wood, floss, washers, pleated fabric, yo yo's, antique lace, waves of fabric, an old circuit board, wire coiling, felt, ultrasuede, ribbon, copper beads, buttons, real leaves, zippers, and other items.  She used techniques of weaving, gathering, dyeing, couching and ruching fabric, and sewing by hand with big stitches, to name just a few.

A few of the tips she gave us,  use white glue for most gluing and to hold the items together with homemade cloth weights filled with pellets.  Trickier things to glue she uses Gem Tac Glue. Julia just discovered a great spray bottle, "Solutions" at Great Clips. Very nice fine spray.

Julia brought lots of fun texture items for us to use to decorate a note card. She suggested sewing with big stitches, or by machine with decorative stitches.

A couple of her sample cards:

The following pictures are of the group actually concentrating and working.

Even Julia was able to work on a card.

 These are a few of our finished cards.

Or started at least.

This fiber quilt Julia made and got Judge's choice award at the West Michigan Quilt Guild and First place in the non-representational fiber art category.  A big plus for all Fiber Artists.

Show and Tell

Ann added texture to her heart quilt. 

Jennifer was experimenting with dyeing techniques.

Wendy paper pieced "Findus" a child's storybook character

She also made this runner for her sideboard.

Wendy showed a simple way to make doll clothes out of newborn baby clothes.

Julia wore a wonderful vest type cardigan that she knit.

Food was especially yummy. We had quiche, cherry almond cake, muffins and homemade hummus and crackers. Thanks everyone.

Here is the link for the Cherry Almond Cake, just substitute cherries if you prefer for cranberries.

Quiche link:

A couple of  our members also mailed items to the Arts Council Mailed Art Event.

The two above are Jennifer's.

Ann mailed in the next two.