July comes in with a bang! I hope you all had as fun a 4th of July as those of us who rode on a “float” in the downtown Harrisonburg parade did! We had spinning, knitting, crochet, and hooking; all of us and our equipment decked out in the requisite red, white, and blue as we drove slowly down Main Street past grandparents and even their dogs. I heard lots of excited comments about the flag bedecked loom, the spinning wheel, and the great big knitting needles! Maybe this year we’ll regain that streak of trophy wins?
Unless… the judges noticed that halfway through the parade route my wheel threw a very unpatriotic fit! One of the two singles I was plying snapped in half and the yarn jumped out of the flyer and wrapped around the spindle, and Oh! What a mess! If the reverse action of “to knit” is “to tink”, what’s the reverse of “to spin?”
I guess I know what project I’ll be bringing with me to the next meeting this coming Saturday. Where I hope to see you all with much happier fiber projects!
These are several of our Guild members, on our July 4th, 2014 Parade Float, with our spinning, weaving, rug hooking, crocheting, and knitting! The day could not have been more perfect! The weather was amazing, the crowds were fun and … Continue reading →
The Picnic was FABULOUS this year! (I’ll let you in on a secret: It always is!) We met up at Shelter #3 at Hillandale Park in Harrisonburg for a wonderful afternoon of fun, frivolity, and fiber art in the beautiful outdoors! … Continue reading →
It’s June! The month of weddings and flowers and thunderstorms! What do the three have in common you ask? … Well, nothing that I know of. Although weddings do have lots of flowers, and of course flowers need the rain that comes with a thunderstorm…
But I hope all the June brides will forgive me if I hope we don’t have rain on June 14th … because that’s the Annual Guild Picnic! Yay!!! On Saturday, June 14th, we will gather together at Hillandale Park, Shelter # 3, for a short Member Meeting followed by a picnic lunch. The Guild will supply the main course (pulled pork and buns if we hold true to course) and drinks. Any and all sides and deserts are welcomed. We will be assembling in this official manner to vote on next year’s officers and board members.
And I certainly hope that before, after, and while voting and eating, we will do what fiber lovers do best … create fiber masterpieces!
It’s May and Spring is finally here. I would love to talk to you about a thought that’s inspiring me . . . how to craft outside in the beautiful sunny day. But something very important is coming very soon, and I need to talk with you about our guild.
We are approaching the turnover of a new guild year. In June we will come together and discuss how this past year went, and what our hopes are for the next. We will name committees and vote for officers. And here’s where I need to ask you all . . . please consider participating in more of the nuts and bolts behind our guild. Whether new, or having been with us from the beginning, no matter the interest, no matter the skill level . . . we need your input! We try to keep official meetings to a minimum, and work as efficiently as we can, but the guild needs you to work its best. Your support, your discussion, your ideas, and your participation. We welcome you on the board, we need you on committees, and we hope you will consider joining us as we try to craft the best guild we can be.
Now . . . back to crafting outside . . . do you think they make umbrellas big enough to cover a loom?
Almost twenty years ago I moved to Harrisonburg from Ithaca, NY. Although I considered myself a well traveled person, having lived in 10 different States and one other country, this was my first time in the south. I had no idea of what to expect from the area or the people.
It was high Spring as I flew in to Charlottesville and was driven across mountains covered in green woods carpeted in trillium. The farm lands were lush and green and the town of Harrisonburg was plopped right in the Center of all that beauty. I was charmed by the natural beauty of the valley and the warmth of it’s inhabitants. And though I could not know what the future might hold for me in this new place I felt sure of one thing . . . certainly the winters are bound to be easier than upstate NY!
My first January here we had a 3 foot snowfall blizzard. Which didn’t melt until March. Luckily it was also in this valley that I also discovered an ally against Old Man Winter. It was here that I reignited my passion for and honed my skills in knitting. It was here that I learned to spin and create warmth with wool. And it is here that I have found a like minded set of fiber enthusiasts to share my interests, stretch my knowledge and celebrate our common love for all things fiber.
Join us this coming Saturday and share in our ceaseless fight against chilly feet and necks and floors! Take that, Winter!
Roc Day was an ancient Celtic celebration following the Christmas holiday, when spinners and weavers as well as other fiber people went back to work. This followed a period of rest during the holidays and was a time for celebration of the return to daily routines. Traditionally, it included the husbands as they returned to their fishing responsibilities. There was much merriment and fun, along with renewal of commitment to chosen fields of work. What a great way to start the New Year!
The tradition of Roc Day is still recognized and celebrated today in many ways, especially among fiber artists. Our Guild follows the tradition by offering its members free fiber classes on the day most closely aligned with the original holiday. This year our members enjoyed classes on Peyote Stitch Beading and Drop Spindle Spinning!
Kathleen beading away!
For those of you who may not know, Peyote Stitch Beading is a method of weaving beads together one by one to form a decorative fabric.
Peyote Stitch Beading supplies
Beth and her finished Peyote Stitch Beaded bracelet
Drop Spindle Spinning is a method of hand-spinning where you spin yarn out of wool using a tool called a Drop Spindle (usually wooden, like those in the the picture above) that you can spin with your hand.
Do you celebrate Roc Day or a have a similar fun tradition? Tell us about it in the comments!
While I believe that the whole year is the good time to give thanks, there is a certain glow that happens at this time of the year. The warmth of home against the chill of autumn. The glorious blaze of color that lights up the hill tops everywhere. The gathering together of family and friends. Personally, I think of my two new twin great niece and nephew and feel gratitude for their safe arrival. These moments help push the feelings of gratitude to the surface. In addition to the above I have more temporal gratitudes. I am grateful that I have a room of colorful yarns and rovings to indulge my fiber loving heart. I am grateful that Ihave a fiber supportive husband (who thinks I need more yarn!) and a home to bedeck with knitted pillows and throws. And I am grateful that I have contact with like-minded fiber people … who else would get as excited about seeing sheep and alpaca, understand the feeling of accomplishment because of new stitch learned, or commiserate as feelingly with the hours of painstaking work deliberately unraveled to undo a simple mistake, as a fellow fiber lover?
I am grateful for all of you.
How about you? Are you listing your gratitudes this season?
Several of our members went to the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier this year! We participated with several other guilds in demonstrating weaving…. … knitting and crocheting… … spinning… … and how to use a yarn swift to wind hanks … Continue reading →