Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January Guild Meeting Reminder, 2019 Program Schedule, 2019 Gavel Rotation Schedule

Lots of information in today's post but I wanted you to have it all in one place.

Meeting Reminder

The SVH Guild January Meeting will be held this Saturday, January 19th at R&M Yarns. The store will be open at 9:00 AM if you would like to shop before the business meeting starts at 9:30 AM.

January Program

 The program for the January meeting will feature Steve Prentice introducing the Table Loom Progressive Weaving project. You will be able to sign up to participate in a weaving exercise. For this exercise you will weave your own cotton towel on a pre-dressed table loom that will be passed on after completing your section. You will need some cotton for your weft, warp is 8/2 white cotton so 8/2 weft would be perfect but other weights will work as well. If you don't have any cotton in your stash, bring a couple of bobbins to the meeting and Phyllis may be able to find some spare yarn for you to wind onto your bobbins.  The program presentation by Steve will step through the loom use and give details of the threading (M&W) with some comparison of different versions of drafts and how to read them for use on the table loom. There will also be full documentation of the calculations used to dress the loom. The explanation of the exercise will include how much to weave and how to pass on the loom when you have completed your section. After the last towel is completed, the cloth will be cut off the loom and wet finished and the towels will be brought to a future meeting to distribute to individuals to hem and share.

For you Rigid Heddle weavers, there will be a Progressive Weaving exercise introduced in March by Sandi Suggs and Carla Boudrot.

2019 Program Schedule

2019 has some great programs on the docket:

January: Progressive Weaving for Table Loom (Steve Prentice)
February: Troubleshooting and Tips for Weaving (Phyllis Narus)
March: Progressive Weaving for Rigid Heddle (Sandi/Carla)
April: Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival (Guild Participation)
May: R&M Fiber Arts Festival (Committee Chairs for SVH Carla Boudrot and Wilma Chambers)
June: Public Weaving Bradley Library (Committee Chairs Phyllis/Tawanda)
July: Introduction to Guild Challenge Project (Sandi Suggs)
August: Fibonnaci Sequence Weaving (Sandi/all members)
September: Elaine Bradley Workshop (more information coming)
October: Embroidery and Surface Work on Woven Fabric (Martha Often)
November: Steve Prentice's Studio Tour
December: Party and Guild Challenge Display (Sandi Suggs)

2019 Gavel Rotation Schedule

As a reminder, we decided as a guild to try a rotating gavel for 2019. At the December meeting there was a sign up for the gavel schedule.

January 19th: Jane Collins
February 16th: Mary Cole
March 16th: Carla Boudrot
April 20th: No Meeting, Smoky Mountain Fiber Art Festival
May 18th: No Meeting, R&M Fiber Education Festival
June 15th: Phyllis Narus
July 20th: Steve Prentice
August 17th: vacant, need a meeting chair
September 21st: Susan Speed
October 19th: Martha Often
November 16th: No Meeting, Steve Prentice Studio Tour
December 21st: Sandi Suggs

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December SVH Meeting

Guild Members, the December Meeting will be held at R&M Yarns on Saturday, December 15th with the business meeting starting at 9:30AM. R&M Yarns will be open at 9:00AM so you can get in some shopping before the meeting.

This is a reminder that this meeting will be a 2019 Planning and Strategy Meeting for the SVH Guild. Please attend if at all possible so that your voice can be heard. Come with your input for what you would like to see from the Guild in 2019.

If you are unable to attend, please send your comments and suggestions by email to me (Mary Cole). My email is in the membership directory or respond to the email message from the blog.

Here are a couple of photos from last month's guild meeting.

This is a picture of the handmade scarves donated by guild members for the Scarves for Charity Chattanooga drive that is coordinated by Sandi Suggs.

And here is Tawanda modeling her socks that she made from yarn she spun, dyed and knit.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Holiday Brunch and Scarves for Charity Reminder

Happy Rainy Weather fellow weavers!!

This is a reminder that the meeting this Saturday, 17 November 2018, will be our holiday brunch. Bring a dish that will serve 10 to 12 people. Bring a weaver friend if you know someone who would like to meet fellow craftsmen and craftswomen. And bring your Show and Share items.

A reminder that this is the day to bring your scarves to donate to Scarves for Charity Chattanooga. Thank you to Sandi Suggs for heading up this marvelous charity. A little bird told me that this year they collected over 700 scarves, a 3x increase over last year!! Our donation will start the ball rolling for next year.

The meeting/brunch will start at 10:00AM, note the difference in time from our usual meeting. We will meet at R&M yarns as usual. Sandi Suggs will be our meeting chair this week.

As a preview, our December meeting will be used as a strategy planning meeting for 2019, so play to attend if at all possible. We would like to have as much input as possible to help us get ready for next year. We want to talk about how to grow our membership as well as what the membership wants from YOUR guild.

Phyllis and Sandi will give an update on the Convergence 2020 planning meeting held in Knoxville on November 8th and attended by Phyllis, Sandi, Mary and Donna and Paul Eakin from SVH.

See you Saturday, 11/17/2018!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Special Notice for SVH members

A special notice for Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild Only:  R&M Yarns just received several pounds of 8/2 cotton yarns in beautiful colors!  Come and get what you want before they go up on the website.  (They sell out in about an hour once they are posted.)  They are still being offered at the low price of $8 per pound; most cones are 1 to 1.5 pounds each.  Come this week Wednesday thru Friday, 10/24-10/26 from 10 to 5. There is also lots of 10/2 mercerized cotton colors and a few 8/2 Bamboo colors; these are both $10 lb. Take advantage of this special Guild perk while you can!

Thanks Phyllis for making this available for our members. 

Convergence 2020 Information Meeting, call for Guild Members to Attend

Convergence 2020 will be held in Knoxville July 24-30, 2020 and SVH guild members have an opportunity to participate! There will be an informational meeting in Knoxville and Phyllis is planning to attend on Nov 8th. She would like other guild members to attend as well. If anyone else can attend on the 8th, please let Phyllis know. There are carpool opportunities. Here is the Doodle link to the meeting dates. If you can attend, please RSVP using this link as well as contacting Phyllis.


This is a great opportunity for our guild to experience Convergence first hand. It is practically in our own backyard. For those of you not familiar with Convergence here is a description of the event:

"Convergence is a 7-day multi-faceted fiber art experience with exhibitions, shopping, fashion show, tours, workshops, seminars, lectures, and more. Presented biennially in a different city each year, the conference is a convergence of the world's leading fiber art instructors, weaving loom manufacturers, fiber art suppliers, award-winning works of fiber art, students and fiber art enthusiasts. Weavers, spinners, dyers, and even general arts supporters will find something of interest."  (from artown.org website)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

SVH Guild Meeting Reminder and items for meeting

The SVH Guild Meeting is this Saturday, September 20, 2018, at R&M Yarns. Come and browse the shop and visit with your fellow Guild Members at 9:00AM, meeting starts at 9:30AM.

A reminder that the $20 yearly dues are payable by cash or check. The programs for this week will be Double Weave/Double Weaving. A loom will be set up so member can try these techniques.

At this meeting nominations for ALL officer positions will be accepted All positions are open.

Hope to see you this Saturday!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Show and Share from September 2018 SVH Meeting

During the September SVH Meeting two of our members brought in their FOs to share with the group.

Here is a woven scarf from Carla Boudrot

Sandi Suggs brought in a kumihimo necklace