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

July Member Meeting

We met on Saturday, July 12th, in the Game Room at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community for our Annual Member Meeting and our monthly Open Study Group combined.

The business portion of the meeting was short and sweet; mainly consisting of members casting their vote on the annual slate for officers and board members.

With business taken care of, we moved on to fun and fiber arts activities!

Peggy beading

Peggy beading

Peggy brought her beading stuff and wowed us all with her gorgeous beaded jewelry!

Beaded earrings

Beaded earrings

Blue beaded bracelet

Blue beaded bracelet

Clasp detail on bracelet

Clasp detail on bracelet

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Purple beaded bracelet

Purple beaded bracelet

Green beaded bracelet

Green beaded bracelet

Beaded earrings and beaded beads

Beaded earrings and beaded beads

I couldn't keep my hands off the beaded ring... ;)

I couldn’t keep my hands off the beaded ring… ;)

Peggy demonstrating how to operate different types of magnetic jewelry clasps

Peggy showed us how to operate different types of magnetic jewelry clasps…

Some of Peggy's beading books

And she let us look through a bunch of her wonderful beading books!

Another beading book...

Another of Peggy’s fascinating beading books…

Peggy beading

Peggy working on a new beading project!

Peggy was just beginning a brand new project. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I know it will be absolutely stunning!

Beads and beading supplies

Beads and beading supplies

More beads and beading supplies

More beads and beading supplies

In addition to beading, there was also crocheting…

Beth was crocheting a preemie baby hat

Beth was crocheting a preemie baby hat

Did I mention we were having fun?!

Did I mention we were having fun?!

Preemie hat finished!

Preemie hat finished!

So adorable...!

So adorable!

…and knitting!

My project...

My project…

Finished hat and one mitt...

Finished hat and one mitt…

Getting started on the second mitt...

Getting started on the second mitt…

Pattern notes...

Pattern notes…

Alpaca is really, really soft and cuddly...

More Show and Tell: A finished alpaca shawl made by a member

Alpaca is so warm and soft!

A sweater made by a member. The yarn is a cotton/linen blend perfect for Summer!

A sweater made by a member. The yarn is a cotton/linen blend perfect for Summer!

If you were unable to join us, we certainly missed you and hope you can make it out next time!

Any and all are welcome to come on out, bring your fiber-related project and hang out with us from 10 am -2 pm every 2nd Saturday in the Game Room at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community! Our next Open Study Group will be Saturday, August 9th, 2014.

We would certainly love to meet you and see what fiber artsy goodness you’re making!

From Our President – July

 from our President,

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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!

Kathleen

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July 4 Parade 2014

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  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

From Our President – June

from our President,

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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!

See you soon!

Kathleen

Kathleen

Kathleen