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!

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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… ūüėČ

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