Of Note!

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This is a new section that I’m going to try out and see  how it pans out.  I’d like to add different blogs and websites that you find helpful in your fiber pursuit.  If it gets too large, we may have to vote and thin them down but we’ll see how it goes!  I have learned about so many from other people that I never have found by myself.

Starting with:

These are all weaving sites sent by Kathy Dailey (Thank you!):

thewarpandweftblog.blogspot.com.         Laura Thomas of Britain

http://www.warpedforgood.com

evasweaving.wordpress.com.           Eva Stossel

Mollyelkindtalkingtextiles.blogspot.com

Check these out!  If you have  sites you love, send them to me!  I will update these every couple of weeks, separating them by fiber discipline.

 

Textile Arts and Veterans

flag-on-the-loom  TEXTILE ARTS & VETS Drop-in Fiber Arts Activities for Veterans

Every Wednesday from 1-4 pm Introductory Weaving and other fiber arts activities will be offered to veterans at no cost. Weaving looms and yarn have been donated by local fiber artists, veterans supporters and members of the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild, Pikes Peak Weavers Guild and Front Range Fiber Artisans, committed to sharing our love of fiber arts with veterans. We offer a friendly and supportive environment where you can get your creative juices flowing and create your own masterpiece! Join us at Imagination Celebration located at 750 Citadel Drive East, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Coordinator: Mary Madison                Email contact: TextileArtsandVets@gmail.com

Library Corner

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Spotlighting in our library this month is the wonderful but alas, no longer published magazine, ‘Sew Beautiful’.

From re-purposing family heirlooms to fashioning wedding finery, these pages are filled with truly beautiful sewing. Whether you’re looking for a quick-and-easy gift idea or planning to spend hours shaping a round lace yoke, these issues have you covered.

We have several years  including some of the special editions of the magazine.

 

If you see a book you are interested in, let me know and I will bring it to a meeting for you to check out for 30 days (or longer if it hasn’t been requested).  If I’m coming to town, I’m sure we can arrange a meeting to drop it off!    Every month I will be bringing several books that relate to the topic of the program.  You are welcome to look through the books and check one out if you are interested.

If you have fiber related books/and, or magazines that need a new home, we are always accepting donations!  Same with equipment:  looms,  needles and so on…  Remember we are a non-profit organization and it can be used as a tax deduction.

Intermountain Weavers Conference

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INTERMOUNTAIN WEAVERS CONFERENCE A CONFERENCE FOR FIBER ARTISTS

THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEAVERS’ CONFERENCE

                         And Why I Love Attending

         Pamela Bliss

The Intermountain Weavers’ Conference, held every other year in Durango, Colorado, is a nationally known fiber arts conference that attracts attendees from across the country.  Held on the beautiful Fort Lewis Campus in southern Colorado, the four-day gathering celebrates all the fiber arts, including knitting, spinning, weaving, felting, embellishing, dyeing and more.  I look forward to every conference.

The next one will be July 27-30, 2017.  It is a four-day event and many of the workshops are three days in duration.  I have always liked the depth of study that a three-day experience provides.  One-day workshops are also offered.  This format allows a flexible mix-and-match approach as attendees can chose to attend one, two, or three different workshops.  Visit www.intermountainweavers.org for a full list.

I always stay in a dorm on campus.  The rate is very reasonable and some units have kitchens so I can make my own breakfast or organize a mini potluck dinner with friends.  And while the cafeteria does not provide fine dining, the chef always supplies fresh salads and a variety of reasonably good entrees for us.  You can, of course, stay in a local hotel and eat off-campus.

Inside or outside the classroom, inspiration for the fiber artist is everywhere.  Besides the workshops, there is an opening convocation with a featured speaker, this time silk expert Karen Selk.  There is a fashion show of members’ creations and a raffle of gift baskets.  The vendor hall is a great way to see (and purchase!) a variety of fiber art specialty items that are conveniently all in one place. For creative inspiration I visit the non-juried exhibit featuring members’ work, another featuring teachers’ submissions, and a tapestry exhibit.  There is also time built into the schedule for visiting other workshops – a feature I very much appreciate, as I am perpetually curious about other fiber arts.

Personally, I love being with other fiber artists for four days – people who understand my passion and support it!  I love the deer that live on campus and the occasional refreshing rains that visit the mesa.  I appreciate the size of the conference – not overwhelmingly huge, but big enough to attract major teaching talent.

And the IWC is a home-grown product – a non-profit organization made up of representatives from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.  I urge you to give it a try and hope you love it too!

 Registration begins February 1, 2017.  Many classes fill early, so be sure to register as soon as possible. See you in Durango!

 

 

 

 

FRFA 2017/2018 PROGRAMS

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PROGRAMS for 2017/2018

Date Program Plan and Presenters Hands on Activity
 

June 1,2017

 

Dream catcher

 

 

Dream catcher

 

July 6, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 15, 2017

 

 

 

Ruth Chandler – a local well known and published author of embroidery stitches.  Ruth will be walking us through some embroidery stitches on a pre-stamped square.

Contact: ruthachandler@comcast.net719-650-9055

 

Zentangle Class

 

Embroidery square

 

 

August 5, 2017

(Saturday)

 

Potluck and spinning day at Ellen Alderson’s in Black Forest – NOTE: this is on a Saturday and the location is Black Forest. We will NOT be meeting on that first Thursday.

 

 

Learn to spindle spin on Ellen’s wire hanger spindles or bring your own spindle or spinning wheel

 

NOTE: ALL HANDS ON ACTIVITIES ARE FREE UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

 

Date Program and Presenter Hands on Activity
 

September 7, 2017

 

Cass Mullane – a creative artist will provide the supplies and show us how to make a piano hinge book.

Contact info: Cass@propercreatively.com

719-471-2022

 

 

Piano hinge book

 

 

October 5, 2017

 

Terza Ekholm – creative artist with silk. Will provide a demonstration regarding her art with silk

Contact: terza@theterzafactor.com

719-213-9469

 

(Possible silk class later this month if there is enough interest)

 

 

November 2, 2017

 

 

Elizabeth  Crow – bead artist will discuss her art and provide supplies for everyone to make their own bracelet. Elizabeth has Bead Soup Saturdays that you may participate in for a cost.

Contact:crowbetsty@gmail.com

719-641-7766

 

 

Beaded bracelet

 

 

December 7, 2017

 

Linda Logan – paper artist. Will provide all supplies and walk us through a holiday card making program

Contact: lilosartandsoul@gmail.com

719-237-7216

 

 

Holiday card

 

 

January 4, 2018

 

 

Kimberlie Griffis – art therapy. Learn how art provides less stress

 

 

Art Therapy

 

February 1, 2018

 

 

Elizabeth Hanson – papermaking artist. Elizabeth will walk us through step by step on making our own sheets of paper.

Contact: plantedinpaper@gmail.com

719-494-2487

 

 

Papermaking

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March 1, 2018

 

 

Textiles West – Cecelia will present a demonstration regarding their new Epson SureColor printer, which can print on paper, canvas and paper-backed fabrics. Up to 24×44”

Contact: printer@textileswest.org

 

 

Demo of large color printer

 

April 5, 2018

 

New Hue – Tess Murdoch and Susan Haldeman will present a hands on program for chemical dying. Please wear clothing you do not mind getting dye on.  Bring something small you want to dye or use their supplies.

Contact: tess@newhuetextilestudio.com

susan@newhuetextilestudio.com

 

 

Small dye project