Saturday, April 15, 2017

Upcoming Auction of Members' Treasures ___ Public Invited

 The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next meeting will be on Wed., May 3, for the guild’s Annual Auction to raise money for its monthly programs of innovative and stimulating speakers from the world of textiles and fiber arts.  The guild welcomes the public to join us in a lively bidding and purchasing of “our junk to your treasure” items from our members’ studios.  The auction is at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Come with cash and your checkbook!

Members of the guild are cleaning out their studios of unfinished projects, fabric fabric and more fabric of all kinds, knitting and weaving yarn, patterns (knitting, bag/purses), some kimono, beaded fabric such as one on silk satin, baskets, needle-point canvas, books on knitting and decorating fabric and more, shade-loving plants, a Craft Pasta Machine, Fimo clay, ribbon, silk flowers, leather scraps, organza and tulle, heavy clear plastic, stitchery frames, silk/cotton sweater, wood beads, and so much more.

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, April 7, 2017

Wonderful Night Viewing Quilted Wallhangings by Lauren Strach

This was such a fun night examining up close many of Lauren's Art Quilts.  Her basic techniques involve Discharge and Indigo Dyeing.

She uses bleach, sometimes thickened, and thiox to discharge the color from fabric.  If she wants to add color she then puts the item in Indigo Dye.

Lauren's first group of wall hangings she considers her:       
                    Garden Journal Series

              Many of her Art pieces incorporate leaves and grasses.

The back

This piece uses recycled fabrics, patched together and stitched.  

The above pieces are samples using a Discharge technique and then putting them in an Indigo Dye.
She learned the Indigo Dyeing technique from Jennifer years ago.  

Lauren used bleach and thiox on this one above.

This quite large piece is made up of many different pieces, each with a pond or water theme and then all put together like a puzzle.

This has corn plant leaves in it.

Note the reed design she used to quilt this piece. Seems to tie it all together.

Red Fern,over dyeing with Indigo

Lauren's daughter and friend waiting patiently for the next group of Art Projects. The above hangings Lauren considers her Garden Journal Series.

Following are Projects that are made up of Thrift Store clothing or parts of clothing or other recycled fabrics.

Note the piece of a skirt in here.

This is one of my favorite pieces.
 Strach refers to this technique as "Boho Boro", as she often incorporates recycled fabrics in her work.  Lots of hand stitching.

Even the back is interesting.


Show and Tell

These are examples of what Priscilla was working on this winter.