Cullman Fiber Guild Prepares to Organize
On August 24, the Cullman Fiber Guild had a first! The proposed Bylaws, Standing Rules and Membership Form were presented. Those who have been attending workshops should have received these materials earlier in August so they could read them. If you did not receive these materials, let us know and we will send these documents.
On Saturday September 21, 9:30 a.m., those present who have given a completed a Membership Form to the Bylaws Committee will vote on whether to accept the proposed Bylaws and the proposed Standing Rules. You may bring your completed Membership Forms to the September 21 meeting, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.
If the proposed Bylaws and the proposed Standing Rules are accepted by a majority of those present, the Nominating Committee will need to be formed. See the Membership Form to volunteer for the Nominating Committee, and to indicate your interest in being an officer. The Nominating Committee will present a single slate of officers for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Director. After the Nominating Committee presents the single slate of officers, nominations may be made from the floor provided that prior consent has been obtained from the nominee.
At the January 2014 meeting, those members present will vote for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Director.
Comments and questions for the Bylaws Committee and Membership Forms may be e-mailed to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.
Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On August 24, we learned how to prepare natural materials to make cordage, and how to twist the fibers. Thanks again to the leader for collecting all the wild materials, and for drying some and retting others. We worked with iris, yucca, and wisteria.
On September 21, the last workshop of 2013 will be held, Wet Felting. A deposit of $15 toward the supply fee must be received by September 7 so that supplies can be ordered. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com to learn how to send the deposit.
Calendar of Events
Sat Sept 7 Deposit of $15 for September 21 Wet Felting workshop must be received
Sat Sept 21 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting to vote on proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules
Sat Sept 21 Wet Felting Workshop
Tue Sept 24 Deadline for contributions to the October newsletter
Sat Sept 28 Demonstration at Holly Pond Founders’ Day
Sat Oct 12 Demonstration at Cullman Oktoberfest Craft Show
Sat Oct 26 Demonstration at Peinhardt Living History Farm Day
2014 Workshop Planning
It’s time to start planning workshops for 2014. If we keep the same workshop schedule days, here are the 2014 dates: January 25, February 22, March 22, April 26, May 17, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 20. Easter is April 20, and doesn’t interfere with either the March or April meeting. In May, the fourth Saturday, May 26, is the Memorial Day weekend, so we usually have planned the Cullman Fiber Guild workshop for the third Saturday, May 17. If the Holly Pond Founders’ Day follows their 2013 schedule, it would be September 27, so we usually have planned the Cullman Fiber Guild workshop for the third Saturday, September 20. Cullman Oktoberfest Craft Show may be October 11, and the Peinhardt Living History Farm Day may be October 25, if they follow their 2013 schedule.
If you know of other changes which need to be made to the workshop schedule, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.
5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering Report
There were 24 people, representing six fiber guilds in Alabama, who attended the Alabama Fiber Gathering on August 10. The six guilds represented were DeSoto (Gadsden), Greater Birmingham, Mobile, West Alabama (Tuscaloosa), and the two host guilds, Cullman and Huntsville. The “longest distance traveled” award goes to a member of the Mobile guild. Thanks to various guild members for demonstrating basket making and vine techniques, bias weaving on rectangle frame loom, spinning on the drop spindle, bobbin lace making, and twining a bag on a frame. Thanks to Mooresville Mercantile for donating a door prize. Thanks to others who brought enough door prizes so everyone went home with one gift, and a few went home with two gifts. Thanks to the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center for allowing us to meet.
Pre-Registering for Workshops
Please pre-register for workshops by sending e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com. Pre-registering will help the leaders provide enough supplies, equipment and copies of the handouts.
You will be welcome to the workshops whether or not you’ve pre-registered, if there is space. However if you don’t pre-register, there may not be enough supplies for you and you won’t receive the handout until the following week. These workshops are designed for adults and youth ages 14 and up.
2013 Workshop Schedule
See the 2013 Workshops button on the right of the screen for details.
Holly Pond Founders Day
On Saturday September 28, we have been invited to participate in the Holly Pond Founders Day. We will have the same covered pavilion that we have had the past two years. This is an opportunity to display the skills we have been learning. Bring items you’ve made that visitors can handle. Bring projects you’re making so visitors can see you at work.
Thanks to those who have signed up to demonstrate at this event. If you’re able to help, I can bring various pieces of equipment to help with weaving demonstrations, such as a rigid heddle loom, an inkle loom, and a triangle loom. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com so I’ll know what to bring for you.
We will be providing “make-and-take” projects for children, and adults who are interested. At the meeting in June, we discussed having Cherokee leaf pounding bookmarks for the “make-and-take” project. Thanks in advance to those who volunteered to prepare fabric for the leaf pounding bookmarks.
Driving Directions to Holly Pond Lions Club Park
Coming from the Arab area: Travel on AL-69 toward Cullman, go through Bailyton to Fairview; go past a golf course with a white picket fence and a water tower on the right; when you reach a caution light and a restaurant on the right called The Hutch, turn left onto Wesley Avenue / County Road 1669; drive 6 miles and turn left onto Lions Park Road.
From I-65: Take exit 308 and get onto US-278 East; drive 13.5 miles to Holly Pond; turn left beside Holly Pond First Baptist Church onto County Road 1669; drive 0.5 miles and turn right at the Lions Club Park sign.
From the north and east of I-65: Follow US-231 South/AL-53 South; turn right onto US-278/AL-74 and travel 5.9 miles; turn right onto County Road 1669 and go 0.5 miles; turn right onto Lions Club Park Road.
Beware: the sign for Lions Club Park Road is not outstanding.
I used MapQuest for the distance between intersections. If anyone finds errors in these directions, please e-mail CullmanFiber@yahoo.com with corrections, and I’ll send the corrections to those who are planning to come.
October Public Events
Saturday October 26 will be Peinhardt Living History Farm Day. We will have a space to demonstrate what we’ve been learning. If you want to demonstrate for the Cullman Fiber Guild, let the guild know. You don’t have to stay with the guild table all day. When we know how many people will help, we’ll know how many activities we can have.
If you give your name as a volunteer to the Farm Day Volunteer Coordinator, you will be stationed somewhere else. Both volunteer activities are important, but you need to decide where you want to volunteer.
Peinhardt Living History Farm presents a school program on the weekdays in the month of October. If you’re able to volunteer during the week, this is an opportunity to help with a well-run school program.
On Saturday October 12, the Cullman Fiber Guild can have a booth at the Cullman Oktoberfest Craft Show. We will be providing “make-and-take” projects for children, and adults who are interested. What project do you want to provide?
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I’m looking forward to new learning opportunities and meeting new fiber friends. At each meeting, we have a different group of people. Thanks to all who have given information on the Cullman Fiber Guild to new folks. That is the way the Cullman Fiber Guild will grow.
Directions to Peinhardt Living History Farm in Cullman, Alabama
See the Driving Directions button on the right of the screen.
Huntsville Fiber Guild Open House
On Sunday September 15, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host an Open House at Madison Public Library (130 Plaza Boulevard in Madison). You’re invited to come see the projects members have been working on this past year.
Other Learning Opportunities
On Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., Basket Classes continue at the Huntsville Madison County Senior Center. The classes meet in the Ceramics Room.
On Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Weaving Classes continue at the Huntsville Madison County Senior Center, meeting in the Weaving Room. Sign up at qranki @knology.net.
Workshops at Madison Public Library
On Friday September 27, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Melon/Egg Basket; and October 25, Two Ways to Make Rag Rugs.
See WeavingBasics.tumblr.com for workshops as they are scheduled at Madison Public Library. The workshops at Madison Public Library are open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. See www.hmcpl.org or call 256-461-0046 to learn the fees and to pre-register.
How to Do Things Workshops at Huntsville-Madison County Main Library
The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be presenting How to Do Things workshops at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library on the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The September 10 workshop will be Make a “Navajo Knot” Mug Rug; October 8, Bead Embroidery Badge.
See WeavingBasics.tumblr.com for workshops as they are scheduled at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library. These workshops are open to adults and youth ages 14 and up. See www.hmcpl.org or call 256-461-0046 to learn the fees and to pre-register.
LearningQUEST Basket Class
LearningQUEST will present Weave a Melon/Egg Basket workshop at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. The class will meet twice, Wednesday September 11 and 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., with homework between classes. See WeavingBasics.tumblr.com for details.
Alabama Gourd Show in Cullman
October 19-20, the Alabama Gourd Society will present the 2013 Alabama Gourd Show at the Cullman Civic Center. There will be vendors with decorated and undecorated gourds and classes scheduled both days. See AlabamaGourdSociety.org for details.
We’re Just Beginning – Join Us
The Cullman Fiber Guild has been meeting regularly since April 2010. To receive the full newsletter at no charge by e-mail, send a request to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.
October Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday September 24, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to this newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.
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