Saturday, December 22, 2012
Our newest member brought a bunch of her art work for Show & Tell. Cheryl is a spinner, weaver, needle felter, knitter and doll maker, she works with angora rabbits and llama fibers.
At our December potluck meeting we also took a group picture.
We had a large turnout for our December holiday meeting, and a wonderful potluck. Old Business 12 Beatles challenge pieces were hung in the Sutherlin Library, thanks to Kay and Peggy's efforts. They had to add sleeves and hanging devices to some of them, so we discussed making sure we could hang the Weaving challenge before we display it. Mandatory sleeves at least two inches wide, and a piece of lath or yard stick with screw eyes on either end. If your piece is not able to have a sleeve, a weaving , 3-D sculpture, or doll etc... then some form of hanging device/display method must be provided or discussed with the people hanging the display. The January meeting will be photo transfer techniques, by Amy from the book Peggy provided. I'll email a supply list before the meeting. New Business We discussed having the blog printed into a book, Amy will get more details and a price, and let everyone know the cost. Amy's blog book was passed around as a sample. Amy got a new book "Art in Felt and Stitch" with wet felted landscapes, and a workshop is going to be planned at Vera's for trying this technique. Dates and materials list TBA. A new challenge was proposed with a Theme of "A River Runs Through It" with a continuous band of blue fabric winding through the side by side pieces. A sample was shown in a book, with this technique, and we thought it very appropriate for our group. Details to be announced later. If you are still working on your "Weaving" challenge, you still have time to bring it to our next meeting. We had many finished pieces in the show and tell, it will be a great group of art pieces. Any one with a technique to demo or hands on for our next couple of meetings, please volunteer. Show and Tell
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Old Business Amy has all the "What's My Line" pieces, and will be arranging for them to show at The Umpqua Bank, this month. I'll let you know when that is set up. Kay and Peggy are hanging the "Beatles Song" challenges in the Sutherlin Library this week. The Quilting Arts issue Oct/Nov 2011 has the article on the vinyl/silk screen printing that Vera demoed last meeting. We got a thank you email from Sherry for all the painted/printed leaves we helped make, she packed up about 467 leaves to take home to Ketchikan, Alaska. They have started to add batting and burlap to the trunk of the tree, and the bark fabrics, and hope to have the project finished by mid-December. New Business Umpqua Valley Arts Center has a textile arts exhibit "Oregon, State of Diversity II" by members of Oregon SAQA, hanging now, until the end of January. There was a wonderful article in the News Review, this week, and our own member Vera has a piece in the show. We are planning a potluck for our December meeting, and after the meeting, we are planning a field trip together to go see the exhibit. We will be also doing a group photo, so brush your hair and your teeth. Our January meeting, Amy will demo photo transfer techniques from the book Peggy loaned her, a material list will be available at the Dec. meeting. We have a new member, Cheryl, she saw our flyer at the arts center, she is a spinner, weaver, knitter, doll maker, and needle felter. She has been making angora knit hats, and llama slippers for the Christmas fairs. She will be at the Douglas Co. Christmas Fair this month.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
I've been quilting for almost twenty years, focusing on "art quilts" for half that time. It's a form I find indefinable, fascinating, and on most days tremendously enriching. Earlier membership in the fiber art group Tactile Expressions and now Fyber Cafe and High Fiber Diet have given me freedom to explore the medium fearlessly. The support and encouragement of other members is invaluable.