Wednesday, March 14, 2018

MLH Biennial Fiber Show Winners in our Guild

Some how we missed not telling all of you about Jane Blacquiere's major prizes at the MLH Biennial Fiber Show.  She won the Best of Show as well as the 1st Prize in Fiber Art for her "Ascension" piece.  A gorgeous piece that the juror, JoAnne Bachelder, loved --- it made her happy.

Priscilla Lynch and Jennifer Gould had pieces in the show, too, that received Honorable Mentions.  Thanks, Jonetta, for the great pictures.

The above two pieces are Priscilla's.  
The one below she got an Honorable Mention for.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

"Demystifying Felt" with Heidi Bukoski

The Lakeshore Fiber Arts Guild’s next program meeting is on Wed., April 4, featuring Heidi Bukoski on “Demystifying Felt” at the Holland Area Arts Council, 150 East 8th St., Holland, MI 49423, starting promptly at 6:30pm with social time beginning at 6pm.  Guests are asked to pay $10 toward the speaker’s fee. (If the Holland Public Schools are closed due to bad weather that day, the meeting will be cancelled and rescheduled for the following Wednesday.)

“Demystifying Felt” will be a hands-on exploration of the three primary techniques used in making felt: traditional wet felting, needle felting and nuno felting.  It will include a bit of history and, hopefully, make everyone want to go home and try more!

Heidi has been experimenting with a variety of felting techniques for at least 10 years and now sells and teaches her felted work throughout the Midwest.

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 at or 616-878-1526.

Sandra Hansen's enthusiasm for Paper Making was amazing


Sandra brought much of her basic paper making equipment with her to show us just how she makes her large papers. She uses Ornamental Grasses, wets them and beats them with her Holland beater.  This makes a very slimy substance that she adds dye to.

Sandra the showed us how she put the dyed pulp in her Mold and Deckle frame.  Most of the her tools she has made herself.

Above is a picture of the set up in her home.

She is an avid traveler, and she loves to enter her paper in shows in China. 

Sandra also has an exhibit right now in the Great Legs Winery in Holland.  She also has some of her journals for sale there.

Above are close ups of her papers. The top 3 which is all one, fit across a table.



This is our 39th year of the Guild, so we celebrated with a cake.

Three people also finished their brown bag challenge.

Jeanne made a pincushion with her 5 items.

Jane made this wonderful art piece out of toilet paper rolls, ribbon, a bone and a couple other things.

Alice made a great doll figure.

Show and Tell

Alice also had a fun time dyeing these cloths with rusty objects, tea and vinegar. Fun designs.

Alexa is busy making pendants and copper tubes to use in her jewelery making.

Jennifer is hand sewing some of her smaller pieces together to make houses and other art pieces.