Florida Tropical Weavers Guild Conference update: our district is in charge of goodie bags and door prizes again this year. Alice Martin has asked all the guilds in our district if we have anything we can donate to help fill the goodie bags and/or hand out as door prizes. Last year we donated bookmarks woven on inkle looms for the goodie bags. Does anyone have any ideas for things we can donate this year?
The December Guild meeting will be on December 3rd from 10 to noon. Location: Julie Paterson’s house. Please call Julie at 850-692-8636 for the address.
Seven Hills Handweavers Guild Membership Form 2017-2018
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Make checks for $15.00 payable to Seven Hills Handweavers Guild.
6760 Johnstown Loop,
Tallahassee, Florida 32309
The November Guild meeting was held on November 5, 2016 from 10 am to noon at Golden Acres Ranch in Monticello, FL.
Seven Hills Handweavers Guild
Passing this along: The South Florida Basket and Fiber Guild invites artists 18 years and older residing in Florida (full or part-time) to submit up to three pieces completed after January 2014, for a juried exhibition showcasing original artwork that represents contemporary approaches to fiber art and that pushes the boundaries and/or traditions in media and execution. Categories are: Wall Works; Sculptural Works; Vessel Forms/Basketry; and Wearables. All work must be prim…arily natural or synthetic fiber in content or executed using traditional fiber techniques and be original in concept, design and execution.
This event titled, Perspectives in Fiber: Moving Beyond Tradition will be on display January 7- February 10, 2017 at The Armory Art Center Annex, Lake Worth Florida. Jurors for the exhibition are Jon Eric Riis, Lois Russell and Benjia Morgenstern. Cash prizes will be awarded. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to apply.. This event occurs during South Florida’s high season and coincides with Palm Beach County’s annual Art Week drawing a sophisticated audience including collectors.
The application is online via CaFÉ www.callforentry.org or visit www.SouthFloridaBasketandFiberGuild.org for more details
This next Sunday’s meeting will take place at the house of our member Martha Paradeis
Agenda for the meeting
We have some fun stuff planned,
1. Ramona will share her expertise in tying different knots useful for weaving:
If anyone is interested in learning the difference between a square knot and a slip knot, a lark’s head and a weaver’s knot, plan to bring these few supplies with you to the meeting.
Bring two lengths (18” each or so) of different colors of heavy yarn or small rope, like clothes line size or a bit smaller. Nylon shoe strings work well, too. You want cord that can be untied easily for repeated practice. I’ll bring a book to help and we’ll play to get comfortable with a variety of knots that help weavers.
2. Michele Belson and Michèle Girard will do a small demo of weaving on a Rigid Heddle loom and one will be available for you to try.
Please use contact email for directions to the meeting.
November: Fabric Swap!
At the guild meeting Sunday we talked about the guild swap for November this year. We decided in March to repeat the patchwork bags we made in 2007. Attached is the file from the original project.
At the meeting we agreed to iron out the details of the exchange at our August meeting but I thought some might want to weave fabric over the summer. We changed the requirements for the fabric just a bit. We agreed to use 5/2 mercerized yarn, weaving fabric the size noted in the attachment. Fabric is to be a twill, any kind of twill on any number of harnesses. Choice of draft is up to the weaver. We also agreed to use two colors in any way we choose. Wyatt has already woven a 24 shaft point twill variation, using one color in the warp and the second color in the weft.
When we get to the November 9 meeting we’ll exchange pieces of our cloth. That way every bag will be different but all will include fabric that another guild member has woven.
We had a lot of fun with this project, especially when we got together with our sewing machines for the actual bag assembly. The bags have proved very useful and have held up well. I’m looking forward to having another one, very different from the first.