From our President – June 2015

from our President…

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It’s almost Summer and the Spring has been glorious (if a little wet lately). The April showers brought plenty of Mayflowers, and now June is… what’s the saying? June is busting out all over? Well, it may be true that June is busting out all over… but I do know it’s true that my stash is! So I hope you’ll find some gems come Saturday, June 13th at our Annual Member Meeting and Picnic, which will feature our stash swap, trade, or sell table. Bring those unloved skeins, piles of roving, wool fabrics, or beads, or… whatever! Free up some space in your busting out stash (and/or maybe bring home a few prizes to bust in)!

There will be delicious food. We’ll have a quick business meeting. And we’ll vote on this coming year’s Officers and New Board Members. If you can’t come, please send your proxy vote! Take a peek at our Upcoming¬†Events page for more details including location, time, etc…

See you there!

Kathleen

Kathleen

Kathleen

From Our President – May 2015

from our President…

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I love Spring. Oh, how I love Spring. I love the green leaves that start covering the trees. I love the bright flowers in garden beds and on the redbuds and dogwoods. I love the chatter of the birds as they compete for mates and build their nests. And I especially love that school gets done by the first week of May! I’m back to a nine to five, and it feels great! Last night for the first time in weeks… I made it to knit night, I sat down and I knit. Oh what a wonderful feeling! I remember now… I love to knit! And I can’t wait until my first weekend, sitting on the back deck, watching the birds through the green trees and knitting… Sigh…

I hope to see you soon when we can all sit and do our fiber thing!

Kathleen

Kathleen

Kathleen

From a Board Member – March 2015

from a Board Member…

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GREETINGS!!!!

Hope you are prepared and all keyed up for our March Meeting of our Shenandoah Valley Textile Guild.

There are some programs coming up, some potential challenges for you to take on, and lots of fun and education ahead. Due to the joys of our electronic age, I am filling in with this letter in place of Kathleen’s more lyrical prose, and her version is resting “somewhere in the atmosphere.”

You are welcome to engage in the “wearing of the Green,” if you so desire. As always, come prepared to contribute to the Show and Tell, and bring along a current project to throw your imagination into, as well as your efforts, and to lather yourself with the Oooh’s and Aaaah’s which it will inspire from the rest of us. We will be looking for you and your Fiber Inspirations. Thanks for your enthusiasm and fun ideas.

As always, KEEP ON FIBERING,

Nancy

February Meeting

Our February Open Study Group Meeting was full of fun, laughter, and fiber goodness!

There were many beautiful finished or near complete projects to see during Show & Tell…

handknit sweater by Sarah I. and beaded bracelet by Peggy

handknit sweater by Sarah I. and lovely beaded bracelet by Peggy

intricate lace crocheted by Beth

intricate lace crocheted by Beth

gorgeous colorful lacy handknit sock by Kathleen

gorgeous colorful lacy handknit sock by Kathleen

… and even more in progress!

Beth crocheting

Beth crocheting

Peggy beading

Peggy beading

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so intricate

Will it be a bracelet? A necklace? Can't wait to see!

will it be a bracelet? a necklace? can’t wait to see!

Kathleen making progress on "second" socks

Kathleen making progress on “second” socks

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it really pays to have more than one pair of socks on the needles! that way if you need a break of from one, there’s always the other!

Helen was knitting gorgeous textured squares for a large project

Helen was knitting gorgeous textured squares for a large project

I was still trying to get the hang of brioche knitting

I was still trying to get the hang of brioche knitting

Marcia was hooking a rug that is truly both spectacular and adorable!

Marcia was hooking a rug that is truly both spectacular and adorable!

love this rug!

that sheep! that bird!

a lot of planning and detail go into rug hooking

a lot of planning and detail go into rug hooking

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it was so good to have Debbie with us! she was able to drop in for a bit, and share her plans for her next hooked rug!

exchanging knitting tips!

exchanging knitting tips!

We had several lovely visitors drop in for knitting tips and advice! They had brought their current projects along and stayed for a while! It was so nice to meet and craft with each and everyone of them!

If you are inclined toward the fiber arts, please feel free to join us at our next Open Study Group on Saturday, March 14th. We’ll be meeting at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, in the Game Room from 10am to 2pm and would love to meet you!

Happy fibering!

From Our President – February 2015

from our President…

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Ahh, February… the month of love, love for your spouse or partner, love for your children, family and friends, and love for your favorite textile skill of course! As the cold weather continues on (with the occasional cruel spring-like tease) I’ll be snuggling on the couch in front of the fire with my sweetheart and my knitting. Or maybe I’ll snug in the downstairs room, warping my loom by the toasty hot woodstove.

I hope you will all be sharing your fiber love with us at our monthly meeting. I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone is doing! And since it’s on Valentine’s Day maybe… just maybe… there might be sweet treats…

Kathleen Conery

Kathleen

Kathleen

From Our Vice President – October 2014

from our Vice President…

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Fall at last! Gorgeous leaves turning all colors on the trees, brilliant blue skies, cool nights and sunny warm days… and to top it all off – Fiber Arts Season is now in full swing! Fall may just be the best time of year!

It’s perfect weather for getting those dye pots going out on the patio, or setting up a spinning wheel on the porch, or having a knit/crochet on the back deck with a nice cup of tea… or maybe you’ve got a lovely table or lap loom just the right size to bring out on the picnic table in the yard… This is definitely the perfect time of year to enjoy your favorite Fiber Arts in the beauty of the Outdoors! What could possibly make life any better? I know! Friends! Friends who love making with Fiber as much as you do!

Join us this month as we revel in the glories of the Fall Season and the Fiber Arts! We’d love to see you at our monthly get together in the Game Room at VMRC this Saturday, at the Montezuma Fall Festival, and at History Day at Eastern Mennonite High School! No one can ever have enough Fiber Loving Friends or enjoy enough Fiber Festivities!

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah

From Our President – September 2014

from our President…

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Where did the Summer go? School is started back up and the leaves are already changing, and it’s time to consider if I have enough warm socks for the winter. I need sweaters too, but socks are more doable in the time frame. It’s time for planning to attend the various fall fiber festivals. There are two wonderful ones coming up next month that we hope to see you at. Believe it or not, it’s getting close to time to think about holiday gifts. And… it’s time for the new guild year to get off to a roaring start! We have several fun things planned and I sure hope we’ll see you at some of the demonstrations, festivals, meetings, workshops or classes.

We’re hoping to hear more from you, our members, about what you really want to learn, skills you possess that you hope to hone, and to see fun projects that you’ve done recently. In fact, let’s start having Show and Tell again! Some of you may recall we used to take a few minutes at the start of a meeting to look at recent accomplishments on display. I have a pair of socks done… quite plain but in an amazing colorway that I’m going to “show off” at this next meeting… I can’t wait to see what you’re proud of!

Kathleen Conery

Kathleen

Kathleen

From Our President – August

from our President, It’s August and that means many things… the hot days and drenching rains of the end of summer, the constant back-to-school sales ads, and preparing for the start of a new year for our Fiber Guild! We … Continue reading