Happy (Belated) New Year!!!
I know we were MIA for the month of January, and I greatly apologize to you all, but we are ringing in the New Year with you now and we are bringing you more fiber fun than ever before. I hope you all have had a great 2013 so far; I can already tell, this is going to be a busy year! Wait until you read what we have in store for you (literally).
The Countdown Has Begun!
We only have 2 more months to go until the 2013 Southeast Fiber Forum Conference; can you believe it? I hope you all have your calendars marked for April 4 – 7, 2013 because this year’s conference will be amazing. The ever so gracious, Piedmont Fiber Guild from Gastonia, NC (http://piedmontfiberguild.org) will be hosting this year’s conference at Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, TN (http://arrowmont.org).
Registration has begun, so make sure you get your information in as soon as possible. If you would like to stay on the property at Arrowmont, make sure you call Cynthia Bellacome at 865-436-5860 ext. 33 to finalize your lodging reservations. Follow this link to read all the lodging options Arrowmont offers, (http://sefiberforum.org/FiberForumInfoRegister3.pdf). You can also follow that link to register for the conference and workshops if you haven’t done so already. Make sure you turn in your paperwork as soon as possible, because 2 classes have already filled up, Walt Turpening’s class, Weaving a Bench and Kathrin Weber’s class, Thinking Outside the Blocks.
My friend and fellow fiber artist Molly Feudale and myself at Arrowmont. We both received TA Scholarships to the 2011 Southeast Fiber Forum and loved every second of it!
We have some AMAZING news for all you blossoming fiber artists. We have extended the Teaching Assistant Scholarship deadline for the 2013 Conference! We still have 5-6 TA Scholarship slots open for fiber students to apply for. This is an outstanding opportunity and I highly recommend all fiber students to act on this as soon as possible, and if you are teacher – make sure you get your students to apply.
Why? Well, the TA Scholarship not only includes tuition for class, paid lodging and meals, SFFA membership, but you also will make amazing connections, get TA experience, have a resume booster, and make great lifelong friends. How do I know this you may ask? Because I was one of the TA Scholarship recipients for the 2011 Conference!
Here is a photo of Geri Forkner, Molly Feudale, myself, and some ladies in Geri Forkner’s What’s New with Nuno Felting class that I was a TA for. We had a great time making wild, dancing ladies!
Two for Two
Since we have two classes with closed registration, why don’t we talk about two teachers workshops this month? Perhaps these two instructors will help you make up your mind as to which workshop you are going to take at this year’s conference. To be completely honest, these are two of my top picks. Remember, time is running out, sign up today!
Kate Larson’s workshop, Spinning Spectacular Knitting Yarns will have you spinning for joy! Just learning about Kate Larson’s work and workshop, I couldn’t wait to learn more. Reading Kate’s blog, there was a quote I stumbled upon that I loved, “I have a fairly short list of things without which my life would be greatly diminished – such as sheep, tea, travel, textiles, and books (not necessarily in that order).” http://katelarsontextiles.com/
A bag full of sheep shearing ready to be spun. Photo courtesy of KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Kate grew up on a farm and never left, at least not in heart. Kate’s fiber journey has led her all over the world, from studying abroad in England for a year to receive a degree in Environmental Soil Chemistry, to a tour of textile traditions in Estonia. Kate lives on her family’s farm of 6 generations today and keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches hand spinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and all around the country.
Images of Kate’s freshly sheared sheep. Photo courtesy of KateLarsonTextiles.com.
Small Looms, BIG results
Susan Leveille will be teaching the workshop, Small Looms with BIG Results. Have you ever sat at your loom and wished you could take your weaving outside on a beautiful summer day? Well now you can with Susan’s weaving on the go workshop.
Susan Morgan Leveille has been weaving since age 9 thanks to her weaving mentor and great-aunt Lucy Morgan, a supporter, educator, and promoter of mountain weavers in Western North Carolina. Susan loves to teach all her wonderful skills and tricks she has learned in her years of weaving, and over 35 years of teaching to anyone willing to learn.
Susan’s philosophy on weaving: “Acquire the basic principles of making cloth so that you can then play with color, texture, and structure and make each of those strands move through the cloth exactly the way you want it. Then you have the ability to create the piece of textile that is in your imagination with the touch and feel that you were sure it would have, perfect for its intended purpose — just like other weavers have been doing for thousands of years.”
Visit Susan Morgan Leveille’s website, www.oaksgallery.net to learn more about Susan.
Our guild of the month is Western North Carolina Fibers and Handweavers Guild nestled in the beautiful, quaint Hendersonville, North Carolina. Back in 1974, an enthusiastic group of weavers from both North and South Carolina organized the guild which later became incorporated in 1976. The guild today consists of over 100 weavers, dyers, spinners, and fiber artists that cover the gamut from novice to professional artists that are always welcoming newcomers and visitors.
This guild is highly active with a guild meeting on the second Saturday of every month from 10am until noon, as well as a generous offering of workshops sprinkled throughout the months. Looking at their upcoming events, there are some great workshops that the Western North Carolina Fibers and Handweavers Guild are planning for 2013. Some of their very exciting workshops include, How to Make the Yarn You Want with Martha Owen on March 9 & 10, Create an Appalachian Style Basket with Carla Filippelli on April 13 & 14, as well as a Shibori and Silk Organza Workshop on June 1 and Diversifying Your Warp Workshop on July 6 & 7 with Amy Putansu. For more information on any of these listed workshops, please feel free to contact Western North Carolina Fibers and Handweavers Guild via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website, www.wncfhg.org.
Judi Jetson’s Homegrown Handspun which won the Earth Guild Award for Handspun Novelty Yarn as well as 1st place for Professional Spinning at the 2012 Blue Ridge Fiber Show. Photo courtesy of WNCFHG.
The Western North Carolina Fibers and Handweavers Guild also sponsor study groups, participate in the Blue Ridge Fiber Show, and offer scholarships to their members for various fiber related classes. They also publish a monthly newsletter updating all members of current guild activities and events, as well as promote exhibition and community service opportunities. A very unique aspect to this guild is the highly extensive private library that the guild offers to their members for checkout.
Lynn Pollard’s Red Bamboo which won Best In Show at the 2012 Blue Ridge Fiber Show. Photo courtesy of WNCFHG.
Next time you are in Western North Carolina, be sure to stop in and visit this active guild. To learn more about them, visit their website, www.wncfhg.org.
Let’s Go Shopping!
Do you love the colors of this year’s Southeast Fiber Forum Conference? So do we! We love them so much that we are offering hand dyed yarns and hand dyed roving in the colors of the logo. The 6 dyed yarn colors to choose from are Yummy, Luscious, Verdant, Mulberry, Paprika, and Butterscotch
There are also 6 hand dyed roving to choose from, which include Ivy Green, Melon Orange, Taupe, Melon, Blackberry, and Mountain
All of these are available for pre-order and can be picked up at the conference, but hurry! All orders must be placed by March 15. To place your orders and to check out the available colors follow this link! http://sefiberforum.org/SFFAFiberOrder.pdf. Also, don’t be surprised if you find an upcoming show and tell using all these wonderfully custom, hand dyed fibers in the near Southeast Fiber Forum future.
Keep our Fellow Fiber Artist in Your Thoughts and Prayers
We do have some very unfortunate news to pass on to you all this month. Our beloved SFFA President, Judi Jetson has been hospitalized this past month, so please extend all your thoughts and prayers out to Judi and her family. Although we are fortunate to have an extremely competent board, we will do our best to fill Judi’s shoes. If you would like to send cards to Judi and her family, please send them to the following address
Handmade in America
Attention: Judi Jetson
125 S. Lexington Ave. Suite 101
Asheville, NC 28801
Thanks for Stopping By!
Thanks again for stopping by everyone! We’ll see you next month! Remember, the 2013 Southeast Fiber Forum Conference is just around the corner. We can’t wait to see you all.