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April 2014 News

Cullman Fiber Guild Membership See the Membership Form button on the right of this page. In addition to asking for your contact information, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate your fiber interests and your interest in serving on a committee. Even if you’re not able to serve on a committee this year, please return the Membership Form to let us know what kind of workshops you want. Members will be able to pre-register for workshops earlier than non-members. Standing Rule # 1: There shall be no membership dues. Donations will be solicited at each meeting and workshop. Membership shall begin when a person gives a completed Membership Form to the Membership Committee. Members must submit a completed Membership Form each year. You may bring your completed Membership Forms to any meeting, or e-mail information to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com

Calendar of Events

Sat April 26 Making Paper

Tue April 29 May newsletter deadline

Sat May 17 Natural Dyeing

Sat June 28 Macrame

Sat July 26 Spinning


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. 2014 Workshop Schedule See the 2014 Workshops button on the right of this screen. Please Share the News About the Cullman Fiber Guild We are 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 this screen. Other News North Alabama Agriplex Home School Programs The North Alabama Agriplex presents programs for home schoolers. I have agreed to help them with two upcoming programs: Wednesday April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Spinning on the Drop Spindle and Wednesday May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Arm Knitting. The parents must stay with their children during these programs. These two programs are open to children ages 9 and up. If you are willing to help with either of these programs, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com. Join Us Today The Cullman Fiber Guild has been meeting regularly since April 2010. On January 25, we adopted Bylaws and Standing Rules. On February 22, we elected the first officers. So, we really are just beginning. To receive the full newsletter at no charge by e-mail, send a request to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com. Permission to Copy The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included. Share the news!

From the March 2014 Newsletter

Cullman Fiber Guild Elects First Officers
At the February 22 meeting, the first officers were elected. Congratulations, and thanks to the new officers for being willing to serve.

Thanks to the Nominating Committee for their hard work.

Make your plans to attend the March 22 business meeting to hear what these new officers have to say. If you don’t plan to attend the Crochet with Tee-Shirts workshop, bring your current fiber projects and enjoy the company of others who are interested in seeing what you’re making.

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
Thanks to the leaders for the February 22 workshop on making a Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet. We appreciate their hard work in teaching all of us how to braid, and how to add the beads. Bring your jewelry to the next meeting for show-and-tell.

Cullman Fiber Guild Membership
See the Membership Form at the right of this screen. In addition to asking for your contact information, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate your fiber interests and your interest in serving on a committee. Even if you’re not able to serve on a committee this year, please return the Membership Form to let us know what kind of workshops you want. Members will be able to pre-register for workshops earlier than non-members.

Standing Rule # 1: There shall be no membership dues. Donations will be solicited at each meeting and workshop. Membership shall begin when a person gives a completed Membership Form to the Membership Committee. Members must submit a completed Membership Form each year.

You may bring your completed Membership Forms to any meeting, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com, or mail it to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815.

Calendar of Events

Sat March 22 Crochet with Tee-Shirts
Tue March 25 April newsletter deadline
Sat April 26 Making Paper
Sat May 17 Natural Dyeing
Sat June 28 Macrame
Sat July 26 Spinning

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 and you won’t receive the handout until the following week.

2014 Workshop Schedule
See 2014 Workshop Schedule on the right of this screen for workshop details.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 Driving Directions on the right of this screen.

Huntsville News

3-Dimensional Needle Felting
On Saturday March 15, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., the Huntsville Fiber Guild will present 3-Dimensional Needle Felting at 3314 Charity Lane, Toney, Alabama. We will be making a simple bird nest and egg. We have a limited number of felting needles available to use and a few available for purchase. If you have your own needles, please bring them along. Brown and white fleece will be provided free of charge. Kirsten has tons of gorgeous dyed fleece available for purchase if you’re interested.

Driving directions: In Huntsville, take Pulaski Pike towards Toney. Turn right onto Charity Lane. Turn right onto dirt drive at the sign for Kirsten’s Kennel. Follow the drive down and turn right after the woods break. Continue on, the kennel will be on the left.

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 March 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Basket Around a Gourd; April 25, Bias Rectangle Loom Weaving; May 16, Weave a Melon/Egg Basket.

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 March 11 workshop is Paper Bead Earrings; April 8, Paint a Quote Tote; May 13, Dragon Boats.

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.

Other News

North Alabama Agriplex Home School Programs
The North Alabama Agriplex presents programs for home schoolers. I have agreed to help them with two upcoming programs: Wednesday April 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Spinning on the Drop Spindle and Wednesday May 14, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Arm Knitting. The parents must stay with their children during these programs. These two programs are open to children ages 9 and up. If you are willing to help with either of these programs, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

We’re Just Beginning – Join Us

The Cullman Fiber Guild has been meeting regularly since April 2010. On January 25, we adopted Bylaws and Standing Rules. On February 22, we elected the first officers. So, we really are just beginning. To receive the full newsletter at no charge by e-mail, send a request to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper

We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. We are in the process of organizing, so e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com for details of receiving the paper newsletter, or wait for the April newsletter. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

April Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday March 25, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to the April newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the February 2014 Newsletter

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
At the historic January 25 meeting, the members who were present approved the proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules.

At the February 22, 9:30 a.m., the Nominating Committee will present a slate of officers, President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Newsletter Director. Nomination may be made from the floor during this meeting, provided that the nominees consent to serve. Elections will then be held.

All present enjoyed the celebration. Thanks to those who brought door prizes and Show-and-Tell.

Cullman Fiber Guild Membership

See the Membership Form button on right side of screen. In addition to asking for your contact information, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate your fiber interests and your interest in serving on a committee. Even if you’re not able to serve on a committee this year, please return the Membership Form to let us know what kind of workshops you want. Members will be able to pre-register for workshops earlier than non-members.

Standing Rule # 1: There shall be no membership dues. Donations will be solicited at each meeting and workshop. Membership shall begin when a person gives a completed Membership Form to the Membership Committee. Members must submit a completed Membership Form each year.

You may bring your completed Membership Forms to the Febuary 22 meeting, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Changes in Pre-Registering for Workshops
Change # 1: Pre-registrations will not be accepted for workshops earlier than five weeks before the workshop date.

Change # 2: Only members can start pre-registering for workshops five weeks before the workshop date. This will be an advantage of membership.

Change # 3: Non-members can start pre-registering for workshops three weeks before the workshop date.

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2014 Workshop Schedule
See the 2014 Workshops button on the right of this screen.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this screen.

Huntsville News

Introduction to Warping a Loom
On Saturday February 15, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., the Huntsville Fiber Guild will present Introduction to Warping a Loom at the Bailey Cove Public Library. The Library is located at 1409 Weatherly Plaza Drive, in Huntsville, southwest of the intersection of Bailey Cove Road and Weatherly Road, off west side of Bailey Cove Road, turn between Bailey Cove Eye Care and Dollar General.

You’re invited to learn how to make a warp and the steps in warping back to front and front to back. This is a hands-on workshop, so come prepared to work. All the equipment will be there: warping board, portable floor loom, table loom and rigid heddle loom.

Bring a sack lunch.

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 February 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Triangle Loom Weaving: Beginner and Beyond; March 28, Weave a Basket Around a Gourd.

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 February 11 workshop is Crochet a Necklace; March 11, Paper Bead Earrings.

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.

Other News

North Alabama Agriplex Upcoming Programs
We are excited about our upcoming programs at the North Alabama Agriplex! We hope you can join us. To sign up, just e-mail me, CullmanAg@gmail.com, or call, 256-297-1044.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:00 p.m. Attracting Bluebirds Learn the life history of this beautiful bug catcher and how you can attract bluebirds to your yard. Make a bluebird house to take home and learn to maintain a bluebird trail. Ages 8 to adult, $5.

Sat, Feb 1, 9:00-10:30 a.m. Farm Kid’s Club - Building for the Birds Rotate through stations making a bird feeder, bird house, nesting material holder, and more. Only $5 thanks to our Farm Kid’s Club sponsor - First South Farm Credit!

Sun, Feb 9, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Heritage Skills – Leatherwork Learn the basics of working with leather and make a leather belt to take home. Ages 8 and up, $20 per belt.

Wed, Feb 19, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Heritage Homeschool - Propagation, $8 per student or $16 per family.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00 p.m. Organic Vegetable Garden Basics Find out how to get started growing your own vegetables naturally. We will cover the basic organic growing techniques and prepare you to get a garden started this spring! Ages 13 and up, $5.

Like us on Facebook at “North Alabama Agriplex.”

Blue Ridge Fiber Show – Teena Tuenge
This is a Call for Entries to the Blue Ridge Fiber Show 2014 taking place at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, North Carolina in the fall of 2014. You may have seen some of the ads in recent Handwoven, VAV, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot and Complex Weavers Journal already.

It is an international, biennial show of handweaving, felting and spinning open to both amateurs and professionals. The theme is “Mountains and Meadows.”

The show is not juried. We rely on you to send us your very best work and we will show it all, however, all entries are judged in their categories for First, Second, Honorable Mention and for various special prizes with specific criteria. These are cash awards. Our judge this year is Lynn Pollard of Broadwovens in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild sponsors the show with its many volunteers. More details including the prospectus, entry forms and photos of the winners in the 2012 show can be found at their website: wncfhg.org. Click on the menu item “blue ridge fiber show” from the home page. If you have any questions, please email brfs2014@yahoo.com.

Deadline for entry is August 1, 2014. We hope to have you join us.

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. We are in the process of organizing, so e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com for details of receiving the paper newsletter, or wait until for the March newsletter. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

March Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday February 25, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to the March newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the January 2014 Newsletter

Come to the Celebration in January!
On January 25, we’ll have a celebration after the important business meeting. We’ll give away door prizes, enjoy Show-and-Tell and a potluck lunch. Bring your fiber projects, interesting tools, and short demonstrations of possible workshops for Show-and-Tell.

Bring door prizes that would interest a fiber person. Something that you’ve made would be great! When you make something, put your name and the date on it to make it more valuable. If you have excess fiber craft materials and tools, they could find a good home. Good craft books don’t have to be new, just still in usable condition.

For the potluck lunch, a soup/stew, coffee and water, and the paper goods will be provided. Bring a dessert or salad to share. Remember, there is no easy way to reheat food and no large space to keep food cold.

If you’re not planning to attend the workshop after lunch, bring a project to work on while the others learn card weaving.

I realize that many of us drive long distances to the Cullman Fiber Guild meetings. I hope the celebration will make it worth everyone’s while to attend this important meeting.

Cullman Fiber Guild Important January Meeting

Even if you don’t attend the January 25 workshop, you need to come to the business meeting at 9:30 a.m.

Since February 2013, five of us who have been attending the workshops for the Cullman Fiber Guild have been meeting to create Bylaws to formally organize the Cullman Fiber Guild. The Bylaws Committee is proposing two documents, Bylaws and Standing Rules. Bylaws are supposed to be general in nature. Some specific details of the organization are contained in the proposed Standing Rules, which are to be reviewed annually and should be easier to change.

Have you been attending, and enjoying, the Cullman Fiber Guild workshops? See the Membership Form button on the right of this screen. In addition to asking for your contact information, you’ll have the opportunity to indicate your fiber interests and your interest in being an officer or serving on a committee. Even if you’re not able to serve as an officer or on a committee this year, please return the Membership Form to let us know what kind of workshops you want. Members will be able to pre-register for workshops earlier than non-members.

Proposed Standing Rule # 1: There shall be no membership dues. Donations will be solicited at each meeting and workshop. Membership shall begin when a person gives a completed Membership Form to the Membership Committee. Members must submit a completed Membership Form each year.

On Saturday January 25, 2014, 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 January 25 meeting, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com, or mail it to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815.

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. 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.

Comments and questions for the Bylaws Committee and Membership Forms may be e-mailed to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com or mailed to P. O. Box 12632, Huntsville, AL 35815.

Changes in Pre-Registering for Workshops
Change # 1: Pre-registrations will not be accepted for workshops earlier than five weeks before the workshop date.

Change # 2: Only members can start pre-registering for workshops five weeks before the workshop date. This will be an advantage of membership.

Change # 3: Non-members can start pre-registering for workshops three weeks before the workshop date.

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2014 Workshop Schedule
See the latest 2014 Workshops button on the right of this screen.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this screen.

Huntsville News

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 January 24, 2014, the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Round Basket; February 28, Triangle Loom Weaving: Beginner and Beyond; March 28, Weave a Basket Around a Gourd.

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 January 14 workshop is Needle Felting; February 11, Crochet a Necklace.

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.

Other News

Alpaca and Llama Fiber for Sale
Huacaya fiber $10 per pound, Suri fiber $12 per pound, llama fiber $8 per pound. E-mail tonycozy @bellsouth.net or call Cozette O’Neil for an appointment, 256-776-4633. Cozy Cove Farm is located at 888 Miller Road in Gurley (off Little Cove Road).

North Alabama Agriplex 2014 Programs
There are several programs planned for the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center through the year. For the following programs, call 256-297-1044 or e-mail CullmanAg @gmail.com for more information on the programs and fees, and to register. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

The Living Landscapes programs are held at 6:00 p.m., 1/28 Attracting Bluebirds; 2/25 Organic Vegetable Garden Basics; 3/11 Cultivating Mushrooms; April 22 Native Insect Pollinators; 5/13 Hooked on Hummingbirds; 6/23 Bats!; 7/8, 5:30 p.m., Raptors in Alabama; 8/26 Rainwater Harvesting and Raingardens; 9/23 Using Herbs for Cooking and More; 10/7 Native Woody Plants; 11/4 Attracting and Photographing Backyard Birds; 12/2 Grapevine Wreath Making. The fees and recommended ages vary.

The Heritage Skills Series programs are 1/9 Trapping and Tanning; 1/23 Winemaking Workshop; 2/9 Leatherwork; 3/6 Growing Your Own Bait. The times, fees and recommended ages vary.

The Farm Kids Club programs are held 9:00 – 10:30, 1/4 Rabbits, 2/1 Building for the Birds; 3/1 Chick Time; 4/5 Natural Egg Dyeing and Egg Roll; 5/3 Nature Notebooks; 6/7 Little Red Hen – The Story of Wheat; 7/12 Fairytale Dish Gardens; 8/2 Bugs and Slugs. These programs are for kids age 5 and up with an adult. The charges are $5 per child, with a maximum $10 per family. Rachel Dawsey needs volunteers to help with these programs.

The Heritage Homeschool Series programs are held 9:00 – 11:00, 1/22 Make Your Own Terrarium; 2/19 Propagation. The charges are $8 per child, with a maximum of $16 per family.

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. Do not send cash through the mail. To learn how to subscribe, send a note to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

February Newsletter Deadline

Tuesday January 28, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to the February newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the November/December 2013 Newsletter

Cullman Fiber Guild Important January Meeting
Even if you don’t want to attend the January 25 workshop, you need to come to the business meeting at 9:30 a.m.

On Saturday January 25, 2014, 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 January 25 meeting, or e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
Thanks to all who helped spread the word about the Cullman Fiber Guild at the public events this autumn: September 28, Holly Pond Founders’ Day; October 12, Cullman Oktoberfest Craft Show; and October 26, Peinhardt Living History Farm Day. Thanks to those who volunteered in other places at Peinhardt Living History Farm Day and in the October school programs.

Calendar of Events
Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting to vote on proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules
Introduction to Card/Tablet Weaving
Sat February 2 2 Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet
Sat March 22 Crochet with Tee-Shirts
Sat April 26 TBD
Sat May 17 Natural Dyeing
Sat June 28 TBD
Sat July 26 TBD
Sat August 23 TBD
Sat September 20 TBD

Changes in Pre-Registering for Workshops
Change # 1: Pre-registrations will not be accepted for workshops earlier than five weeks before the workshop date.

Change # 2: Only members can start pre-registering for workshops five weeks before the workshop date. This will be an advantage of membership.

Change # 3: Non-members can start pre-registering for workshops three weeks before the workshop date.

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2014 Workshop Schedule
See the latest 2014 Workshop Schedule details by selecting the button on the right of this screen.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this screen.

Huntsville News

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 November 22, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Tote/Purse Basket. On Friday January 24, 2014, the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Round Basket; February 28, Triangle Loom Weaving: Beginner and Beyond; March 28, Weave a Basket Around a Gourd.

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 December 10 workshop is Kiragami Gift Boxes; January 14, Needle Felting; February 11, Crochet a Necklace.

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.

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.

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From the October 2013 Newsletter

Cullman Fiber Guild Delays Organization Vote
Due to very poor attendance at the September meeting, there were only four persons in addition to the five on the Bylaws Committee, the business meeting to decide the organization question will be delayed to Saturday January 25, 2014.

On Saturday January 25, 2014, 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 January 25 meeting, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com, or mail it to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815.

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 other committees, 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.

Comments and questions for the Bylaws Committee and Membership Forms may be e-mailed to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com or mailed to P. O. Box 12632, Huntsville, AL 35815.

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On September 21, we learned how to make a wet felted pouch and geode pin cushion. The pouches and geodes all look different, even though everyone started with the same shape. We’ll have to bring our geodes back for the group to see after they dry, and we can cut them open.

It has been a good year of learning fiber techniques. We started the year with pine needle baskets, and an overflow crowd. Triangle loom weaving, inkle loom and twining frame weaving, Navajo knot rag rug and leaf pounding/printing, natural dyeing, spinning, kudzu baskets, and cordage from natural fibers. Thanks to those who taught workshops.

In addition, we co-hosted the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering in August.

Calendar of Events

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
Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:30 a.m. Business Meeting to vote on proposed Bylaws and Standing Rules

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.

Holly Pond Founders Day Change
On Saturday September 28, we have been invited to participate in the Holly Pond Founders Day. Since most of the booths and entertainment will be in a different part of the park, we will be closer to the “action” instead of being in the covered pavilion. We will have tables, a few chairs and a canopy. Bring your own chairs so we’ll have enough. 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.

The event will be open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. We can start to set up at 6:00 a.m.

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.

Celebrate Spinning & Weaving Week

The Handweavers Guild of America has declared October 7-13 to be Spinning & Weaving Week. “We invite all weavers, spinners, dyers, and basketmakers around the world to join together in celebration of our common heritage during Spinning & Weaving Week. Each year, during the first week in October, we celebrate the traditions and the future of our fiber arts and crafts. Join us as we demonstrate handweaving and handspinning, exhibit works of fiber techniques, and teach our children about their fiber heritage.”

Debra Scott, the Alabama HGA representative, offers these suggestions. “… Take your spinning wheel or small loom into a park, a shopping area, a street corner, or even your own backyard, to share all about spinning and weaving, all the wonderful fibers and yarns we work with. … Have fun and share what you have learned with others!”

See “Educational Programs” on the www.weavespindye.org web page for more information and a poster.

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. The event will be open to the public 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In order to get through the gate on Farm Day, you’ll need to show the volunteer letter, which also has the parking information. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com with your mailing address so you can receive the volunteer letter.

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 will 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? The event will be open to the public 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 the right of this screen.

Huntsville News

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 October 25, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present 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 October 8 is 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.
Other News

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. Do not send cash through the mail. Send a note to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815 to find out how to pay. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

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From the September 2013 Newsletter

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?

Please Share This Newsletter
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 News

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.

Other News

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.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the August 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On July 27 we had a good kudzu basket workshop. Thanks to the leader for collecting all the wild materials to make the baskets. The melon baskets had more than kudzu in them, plants like wisteria, supplejack and yucca.

It’s time to start planning workshops for 2014. First, we need to know what you liked about the 2013 workshops, and what you want to learn. The completed survey may be returned by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com, by attending a meeting, or by mail to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815.

We have someone who needs help in presenting two workshops. She needs someone who will help teach crochet so we can learn how to recycle T-shirts into rugs. She also needs someone to help collect equipment for a tie dyeing workshop. Are you willing to help her?

Calendar of Events
Sat Aug 10 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – in Cullman
Sat Aug 24 Making Cordage from Natural Fibers Workshop
Tue Aug 27 Deadline for contributions to the September newsletter
Sat Sept 21 Wet Felting Workshop
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

Next Event: 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – Annual Picnic
Saturday August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Cullman Fiber Guild and Huntsville Fiber Guild.
Location: North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center.

The Cullman Fiber Guild and the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering on Saturday August 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center in Cullman, Alabama. Bring a dish to share, a spinning wheel or fiber project to work on and come meet other fiber artists from Alabama. Guilds are encouraged to bring show-and-tell items illustrating recent programs and activities. Family members are welcome. This event is open to the public.

The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be providing paper goods for the potluck, plates, napkins, cups and utensils. The Cullman Fiber Guild will be providing beverages and ice.

We need door prizes for a drawing after lunch. Can you donate something you’ve made, a tool, or a book that a fiber person would appreciate winning?

We need fiber projects to display on the Cullman Fiber Guild table. Bring something to show what we’ve been doing. Keep in mind, the items will be handled.

Thanks in advance to four members who have volunteered to demonstrate some of the skills we’ve been learning at the Alabama Fiber Gathering, rug hooking, making twined bags, spinning with the drop spindle and vine techniques. In addition, another person will demonstrate making bobbin lace. There will be a Demonstration Corner, the schedule of demonstrations will be posted, and those interested will be able to gather around the speaker and see what is being demonstrated.

Driving Directions to the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center: From I-65, take exit 308 onto US 278 East. Turn right onto Talley Ho Street SW, less than 1 mile from the interstate, there is a Sunbeam bread store at this corner. Turn right at the Cullman Bowling Center (1710 Tally Ho Street NW). Just past the Cullman Bowling Center, you’ll see the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center on the right.

Watch ALFiberGuilds.tumblr.com for the latest updates on the 2013 Alabama Fiber Gathering!

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2013 Workshop Schedule
See the 2013 Workshops button on the right of this page.

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.

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.

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. As with the Holly Pond Founders Day, we are part of the entertainment. The first question is, do you want to help staff the booth?

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this page.

Huntsville News

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 August 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Introduction to Crochet and Broomstick Lace.

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 August 13 workshop will be Introduction to Basket Making; September 10, 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 two Weave a Melon/Egg Basket workshops at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. The first session will meet Tuesday August 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The second session will meet Wednesday September 11 and 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. See WeavingBasics.tumblr.com for details.

Other News

Help Needed with Cotton Exhibit
At the Alabama Department of Archives and History, we are looking for a spinner and/or a weaver of cotton. We are planning an educational component of the new museum of Alabama, Alabama Voices Gallery which will open in November. We plan to have a display of a few bolls of cotton, cotton cards, some spun cotton yarn. Also, we want to show it dyed with natural dyes and we will have a woven sample which will be a “touch it.” This project will need to be completed for installation by 1 September.

Do you know anyone who is experienced with cotton spinning, dying and weaving? … We are hoping this will be accomplished by someone in Alabama.” E-mail debsyarns @gmail.com.

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. Send a note to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815 to learn how to pay. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

September Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday August 27, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to this newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the July Newsletter

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On June 22 and 29 we learned how to prepare fiber for spinning and how to spin. We learned there is a lot of work in preparing the fiber by washing some fiber (and waiting for it to slowly dry) in the week between the classes, and carding the fiber in the second class. Thanks to the leader for bringing several of her flock of spinning wheels for us to try, after we had had a week to practice our drop spindling.

Calendar of Events
Sat July 27 Weaving Kudzu Baskets Workshop
Tue July 30 Deadline for contributions to the August newsletter
Sat Aug 10 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – in Cullman
Sat Aug 24 Making Cordage from Natural Fibers Workshop
Sat Sept 21 Wet Felting Workshop
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

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2013 Workshop Schedule
See 2013 Workshops button on the right of this screen.

Are You Pre-Registered for Weaving Kudzu Baskets?
This workshop has filled, and has a Waiting List. If you pre-registered for this workshop, please e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com by July 13 to let us know whether or not you still plan to come. We’re having a problem in that several people pre-registered months ago for some of the workshops, and haven’t come to workshops or let us know they aren’t coming.

Will You Help With the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – Annual Picnic?
Saturday August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Cullman Fiber Guild and Huntsville Fiber Guild.
Location: North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center.

The Cullman Fiber Guild and the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering on Saturday August 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center in Cullman, Alabama. Bring a dish to share, a spinning wheel or fiber project to work on and come meet other fiber artists from Alabama. Guilds are encouraged to bring show-and-tell items illustrating recent programs and activities. Family members are welcome. This event is open to the public.

The Huntsville Fiber Guild will be providing paper goods for the potluck, plates, napkins, cups and utensils. We need several people in the Cullman Fiber Guild to provide beverages, such as tea, lemonade, bottled water, and ice for the potluck. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com if you can do this.

We need door prizes for a drawing after lunch. Can you donate something you’ve made, a tool, or a book that a fiber person would appreciate winning?

We need fiber projects to display on the Cullman Fiber Guild table. Can you bring something that can be handled?

Thanks to two members who have volunteered to demonstrate some of the skills we’ve been learning at the Alabama Fiber Gathering, rug hooking and making twined bags. There will be a demonstration area in one corner of the room, the schedule of demonstrations will be posted, and those interested will be able to gather around the speaker and see what we’ve been learning. Others are invited to present their favorite fiber craft or skill. You can show the samples you’ve made and the tools, and demonstrate the techniques. Reserve your presentation time (e-mail to ALFiberGuilds @yahoo.com).

Driving Directions to the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center: From I-65, take exit 308 onto US 278 East. Turn right onto Talley Ho Street SW, less than 1 mile from the interstate, there is a Sunbeam bread store at this corner. Turn right at the Cullman Bowling Center (1710 Tally Ho Street NW). Just past the Cullman Bowling Center, you’ll see the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center on the right.

Watch ALFiberGuilds.tumblr.com for the latest updates on the 2013 Alabama Fiber Gathering!

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.

We will be providing “make-and-take” projects for children, and adults who are interested. We have plenty of the braiding disks left over from last year. We have supplies for corn shuck dolls. Do you have other ideas for “make-and-take” projects?

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. 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. As with the Holly Pond Founders Day, we are part of the entertainment. The first question is, do you want to help staff the booth?

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this screen.

Huntsville News

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 July 26, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Round Basket; August 23, Introduction to Crochet and Broomstick Lace.

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 July 9 workshop will be Sprang; August 13, Introduction to Basket Making; September 10, 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.

Huntsville Gourd Patch Basket Class
On Saturday July 20, the Huntsville Gourd Patch will present Weave a Melon/Egg Basket. See the Huntsville Gourd Patch information on AlabamaGourdSociety.org for contact information.

LearningQUEST Basket Class
LearningQUEST will present two Weave a Melon/Egg Basket workshops at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. The first session will meet Tuesday August 6 and 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The second session will meet Wednesday September 11 and 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. See WeavingBasics.tumblr.com for details. You’re invited to the LearningQUEST Rally Day on Tuesday July 16, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church across the street from the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com to learn how to pay. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

August Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday July 30, 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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The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the June Newsletter

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On May 18 we had a grand time with natural dyeing. Thanks to those who made this possible, by starting and tending fires, collecting dyestuffs and mordanting yarn. Thanks also to the Huntsville Fiber Guild for some dyestuffs. Twenty-seven of us left with nature’s colors.

In June, pay attention to the workshop dates. There will be two spinning workshops. The first is the fourth Saturday, June 22, and the second is the fifth Saturday, June 29.

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2013 Workshop Schedule
See the button on the right for the latest 2013Workshop Schedule details.

Will You Help With the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – Annual Picnic?
Saturday August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Cullman Fiber Guild and Huntsville Fiber Guild.
Location: North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center.

The Cullman Fiber Guild and the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering on Saturday August 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center in Cullman, Alabama. Bring a dish to share, a spinning wheel or fiber project to work on and come meet other fiber artists from Alabama. Guilds are encouraged to bring show-and-tell items illustrating recent programs and activities. Family members are welcome. This event is open to the public.

We need door prizes for a drawing after lunch. Can you donate something you’ve made, a tool, or a book that a fiber person would appreciate winning?

Thanks to two members who have volunteered to demonstrate some of the skills we’ve been learning at the Alabama Fiber Gathering, rug hooking and making twined bags. There will be a demonstration area in one corner of the room, the schedule of demonstrations will be posted, and those interested will be able to gather around the speaker and see what we’ve been learning. Others are invited to present their favorite fiber craft or skill. You can show the samples you’ve made and the tools, and demonstrate the techniques. Reserve your presentation time by July 6 (e-mail to ALFiberGuilds @yahoo.com).

Driving Directions to the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center: From I-65, take exit 308 onto US 278 East. Turn right onto Talley Ho Street SW, less than 1 mile from the interstate, there is a Sunbeam bread store at this corner. Turn right at the Cullman Bowling Center (1710 Tally Ho Street NW). Just past the Cullman Bowling Center, you’ll see the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center on the right.

Watch ALFiberGuilds.tumblr.com for the latest updates on the 2013 Alabama Fiber Gathering!

Thanks for Help with Farm Kids
On June 1, three of us demonstrated natural dyeing for the Farm Kids program at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center. Other activities for the group included tie dyeing.

Please Share This Newsletter
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.

Huntsville News

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 hvilleweavers @gmail.com.

Workshops at Madison Public Library
On Friday June 28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present Weave a Tote/Purse Basket; July 26, Weave a Round Basket; August 23, Introduction to Crochet and Broomstick Lace.

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 June 11 workshop will be Leaf Pounding; July 9, Sprang; August 13, Introduction to Basket Making; September 10, Make a “Navajo Knot Mug Rug.”

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.

Other News

Report from Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival
I enjoyed four workshops at the Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival during Memorial Day weekend. I learned to make wet felted flowers and wet felted mittens, studied Krokbragd weaving, and picked up some tips for more natural dyes. In addition, I enjoyed seeing the fiber and fiber tools for sale. This festival will be the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend in 2014.

East Tennessee Yarn Crawl
June 1-15, the yarn shops in east Tennessee are hosting a Yarn Crawl. See www.easttnyarncrawl.com 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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. Send a note to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815, to learn how to subscribe. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

July Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday June 25, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to this newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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From the May 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to the Cullman Fiber Guild
On April 27, we had the noisiest workshop yet. Thanks to Raydonna Sims from the Alabama Cooperative Extension for teaching Navajo knot rag rug and leaf pounding/printing. Both activities are great for stress relief. We tore up blue jeans for the Navajo knot rag rugs and we pounded leaves to smithereens with hammers for the leaf pounding/printing.

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.

Waiting Lists for Workshops
Due to limitations on the maximum number of participants in some of the workshops, Waiting Lists will be established when needed. If you are on the Waiting List for a particular workshop, you will be notified when we learn of an opening in the workshop. If you are pre-registered for a workshop that has a Waiting List and are unable to attend the workshop, please be kind and notify us as early as possible, preferably at least seventy-two hours in advance of the workshop. This will give us time to notify those on the Waiting List so someone else can take advantage of this learning opportunity. Thank you in advance for allowing the maximum number of participants to enjoy the workshops.

2013 Workshop Schedule
See the 2013 Workshops button on the right of this screen.

Will You Help With the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering – Annual Picnic?
Saturday August 10, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Hosted by Cullman Fiber Guild and Huntsville Fiber Guild.
Location: North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center.

The Cullman Fiber Guild and the Huntsville Fiber Guild will host the 5th Annual Alabama Fiber Gathering on Saturday August 10, 2013, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center in Cullman, Alabama. Bring a dish to share, a spinning wheel or fiber project to work on and come meet other fiber artists from Alabama. Guilds are encouraged to bring show-and-tell items illustrating recent programs and activities. Family members are welcome. This event is open to the public.

We need door prizes for a drawing after lunch. Will you donate an item that a fiber person would appreciate winning?

Are you willing to present a fiber technique or project? Would you demonstrate fabric pottery, rug hooking, crocheting a rag rug, making a pine needle basket, twining a bag, the Navajo rag rug stitch, leaf pounding/printing, or any of the other skills you know or have learned at our workshops? You can show the samples you’ve made and the tools, and demonstrate the techniques. Reserve your presentation time by July 6 (e-mail to ALFiberGuilds @yahoo.com).

Driving Directions to the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center: From I-65, take exit 308 onto US 278 East. Turn right onto Talley Ho Street SW, less than 1 mile from the interstate, there is a Sunbeam bread store at this corner. Turn right at the Cullman Bowling Center (1710 Tally Ho Street NW). Just past the Cullman Bowling Center, you’ll see the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center on the right.

Watch ALFiberGuilds.tumblr.com for the latest updates on the 2013 Alabama Fiber Gathering!

Help Wanted
On June 1, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., I’ve agreed to demonstrate natural dyeing and spinning for the Farm Kids program at the North Alabama Agriplex Heritage Center. If you are willing to help with this program, e-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com by May 10.

Please Share This Newsletter
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 this screen.

Huntsville News

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 hvilleweavers @gmail.com.

Workshops at Madison Public Library
On Friday May 17, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., the Madison Public Library will present, Triangle Loom Weaving: Beginner and Beyond; on June 28, Weave a Tote/Purse Basket.

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 May 14 workshop will be Redwork Embroidery; June 11, Leaf Pounding; July 9, Sprang.

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.

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.

To Receive the Cullman Fiber Guild Newsletter on Paper
We will mail paper copies of the newsletters to those who do not receive e-mail. The first newsletter will be mailed at no charge. We publish 11 newsletters a year, January through November. If possible, we ask that those who need paper copies of the newsletters, help with the costs of photocopying and mailing, $13 for 11 issues. If you’re interested, but unable to pay, we are able to continue mailing your newsletters thanks to the generosity of some members. E-mail CullmanFiber @yahoo.com or send a note to P. O. Box 12632 Huntsville, AL 35815 to learn how to subscribe. Remember, we don’t have a bank account, and no way to cash a check made payable to the Cullman Fiber Guild. E-mailed newsletters are still free!

Alpaca Raw Fleece for Barter or Sale – David Smith
I have several colors of fiber for sale or barter. I’m looking for someone to spin for me in trade. I usually trade it pound for pound. I’ll send you 2 pounds. You keep one pound, and I get back one pound that you’ve spun. I’m open to other ideas or offers. Contact David Smith, Monte Sano Alpacas, dtsmith @montesanoalpacas.com, 256-656-0215.

June Newsletter Deadline
Tuesday May 28, 5:00 p.m., is the deadline for contributions to this newsletter. Send contributions by e-mail to CullmanFiber @yahoo.com.

Permission to Copy
The Cullman Fiber Guild grants permission to copy articles from this newsletter as long as the source of the article is included.

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