Saturday, December 23, 2017

January 20th Guild Meeting

Our January meeting will be held at the R&M Yarns Fiber Art Studio on Saturday, January 20th. 

Come at 9 a.m. for shopping and socializing.  The business meeting will begin at 9:30.

There is a Keurig coffee pot available; bring your favorite K-cup.

The program will cover several "tools of the trade" such as fringe twisters, temples, end-feed & self-tensioning shuttles, electric bobbin winder, etc.  Everyone will have an opportunity to try these items to see if this is something they need to add to their weaving gadget list!

And, of course, we always encourage members and guests to bring their latest work for "Show & Share" time.  It's very common for others to become inspired by seeing your finished items!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

December 16th Guild Meeting

Our December meeting will be an OFF SITE meeting.  We will be visiting Kim Gavin's Weaving Studio in Chattanooga at 1428 Williams Street, Suites B & D, Chattanooga, TN 37408.  Parking is beside the building.  Those wishing to carpool from the R&M Yarns parking lot are to meet at 9:00 a.m.  Others will meet at Kim's Studio at 10 a.m.

Gift Exchange We will be having a gift exchange at this gathering.  Members that wish to participate are asked to make a "handmade by me" ornament using any type medium...NOT limited to handweaving.

See you all at Kim's on December 16th at 10 a.m. 

Thank you, Kim, for sharing your Studio with us!

(Any business we need to discuss will be handled in an abbreviated, informal setting.)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 18th Guild Meeting

Our November 18th Guild gathering will be somewhat different than our regular meetings.  Please note the new time of 10 a.m. (NOT 9 a.m.)

  • What:  Pot Luck Brunch
  • When:  10 a.m.
  • Where:  Studio at R&M Yarns (Georgetown)
  • Bring:  Brunch-type food dish to share, k-cup for beverage machine, Show & Share item

    Reminder about our December 16th meeting:  It will be an "off site" meeting.  We will be touring SVH member Kim Gavin's weaving studio in Chattanooga.  We will also have our handmade ornament exchange at this event.  These ornaments can be made using any type construction, not just weaving, but they must be made by you!  More information in the next post.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 21, 2017 Guild Meeting

Our next monthly Guild meeting will be Saturday, October 21st, at the R&M Yarns Studio, 8510 Hwy. 60, Georgetown, TN 37336.  (423.961.0690)  The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. with greeting, shopping and coffee (bring your own K-cup).  The business session will begin at 9:30 a.m.

There is a lot to discuss and share at this meeting so we hope everyone can attend!

1.  The indigo dye pot will be at the meeting if anyone did NOT get to dye their woven shibori scarf from the workshop on September 9th and 16th.

2.  Those that finished their woven shibori scarf (or scarves) and got to dye them in the indigo pot, please bring them for "show and share" and a group photo.

3.  The 2017 Guild Challenge, "It's in the Bag" is due and everyone is encouraged to bring their finished bag and share details.

4.  Bring ideas for the 2018 Guild Challenge and also ideas for a weekend workshop in 2018.

5.  Bring ideas for a guest instructor to come and do a workshop in 2019....what would you like to learn?

6.  Nominees and elections for the 2018 SVH Guild Board will also happen at this meeting.  Please be ready and willing to step up and get involved!

Everyone has different ideas and brings their own uniqueness to the group.  It's nice to move the leadership roles around so we keep new ideas coming in and continue to be inspiring to new weavers and members.  Often new weavers make the best officers because they are so excited and motivated to learn.

Officer positions include:  President or Chair; Program Leader (can be 2 people); Secretary/Social Media (can be split); Treasurer (Phyllis is willing to continue in this role.  Changing everything at the Bank is a big deal but she will turn it over if someone else wants the position.)


Friday, October 6, 2017

September 2017 Minutes Posted

If you missed the last meeting, the latest Minutes have been posted under the "Minutes" tab.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

September 16th Shibori Dye Workshop

Check out the process of dyeing our Shibori-woven scarves in an Indigo Pot prepared by Steve P.  Notice how the scarves appear to be green in the dyepot and after being subjected to oxygen, they turn a beautiful blue!  Fun class taught by Donna and Steve. 

Our finished scarves will be on display at the October 21st Guild meeting.  Come and check them out!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 16, 2017 Guild Meeting

Our regular Guild meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Birchwood Community Center (old elementary school), 5623 TN-60, Birchwood, TN 37308.
Shibori Workshop participants will be dipping their pulled & tied Shibori-woven cotton scarves into the Indigo dye pot prepared by Guild member Steve P. following our regular Guild meeting. 

Anyone interested in joining an active weaving group is encouraged to join us at 9:00 a.m.  All levels of weaving experience are represented by the Guild.

Workshop participants:  Make sure you pull & tie your finished cotton scarves and put them in a bowl of water to soak Friday night.  Saturday morning, squeeze the water out and bring the scarf in a ziplock bag.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Saturday, Sept. 9th SHIBORI WORKSHOP

Our next gathering will be for those that are participating in the Shibori Workshop taught by Donna Barker on Saturday, September 9th, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We currently have 10 signed up.  If you would like to take this workshop, please contact Donna to see if there is still time to prepare.

If you are a new weaver and want to "sit in and watch," you are more than welcome to come and hang out at the workshop.

All of the details about the Workshop are listed under the "Events" tab at the top of this Blog.

It's going to be fun....I can't wait!

(Sept. 9th is just the weaving portion of the workshop; the dyeing will be the following Saturday at our regular Guild meeting.)

PS:  The August Minutes can be found under the "Minutes" tab.

Friday, August 4, 2017


Today , Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th, BIG Yard Yarn sale!!!
Lots of great deals!!! Lots of baby variegated skeins!! R&M Yarns, 8510 Highway 60, Georgetown, TN 37336.

Monday, July 31, 2017

August Guild Meeting

August 19th will be our next Guild meeting to begin at 9:00 a.m. with shopping, coffee, etc.  The business meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

In place of a planned program, we will have a "SWAP & SHOP" event at this meeting.  So bring any and all yarns, weaving equipment, etc. that you no longer need or want to see if someone else needs them.  Have your items priced prior to the meeting!

Check under "Events" for the specifics about the upcoming Shibori Workshop by Donna.  Everyone wishing to take this workshop needs to try and attend the August 19th meeting where you will receive your pre-wound warp along with instructions for warping your loom.  All looms MUST be warped  BEFORE the first meeting on September 9th.

If you cannot make the meeting, some warps will be left at the R&M Yarns Studio for pick up.  Let Donna know if you are wanting to be included in this workshop and need to make other arrangements to get your warp.

July Guild Meeting

The July meeting will be July 15th beginning at 9:00 a.m. with shopping and coffee.  The business meeting will begin at 9:30 p.m. followed by the be announced.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June Guild Meeting

Attention all Guild members!


Instead we will be attending a "Weave In" at the Chattanooga Library the following Saturday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

Location: Chattanooga Public Library (downtown) at 1001 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

There is limited FREE parking, so if possible car pool.  You may meet at R&M Yarns to carpool.  If you decide to meet at the Store, please be there promptly at 7:30 a.m. (That will give us 1-1/2 hours to drive to the Library, set up and move our vehicles to the parking area before 9 a.m.)

Suggestions of what to bring:

1.  A portable loom to demonstrate weaving (pre-warped)
2.  Folding Chair
3.  Lunch & beverages (it may be hot)
4.  Handwovens to sell (please plan to donate 25% to the SVH guild treasury)

Why bring stuff to sell you may ask.........The Library is hosting a big "Arts and Crafts Fair" the same day as our "Weave In."  So there will be lots of people to hopefully purchase your items!

SOOOOOO.....there will be lots to do, see and demonstrate.  Let's have FUN!!!!!

Please call or email Phyllis (423.284.8209 or if you're able to come so we can get a head count to figure space and table needs.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

R&M Yarns Fiber Education Festival Report

A great time was had at the R&M Yarns Fiber Education Festival on May 13th.  All members pitched in and made the Festival fun, easy and enjoyable!  Now we are all warn out!  Let's rest!

We will NOT have a meeting May 20th.

Friday, May 5, 2017

R&M Yarns Fiber Education Festival--Set Up Party

A "Set Up" party is scheduled for Friday, May 12th beginning at 9 a.m. to put in place as many tables, etc. for the Fiber Education Festival on Saturday as possible.

Let Phyllis or Chris know if you plan to come and help.  If you are coming, please bring a "covered dish" to share.  We'll all enjoy lunch together afterwards!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Guild Challenge 2017   "Its in the BAG"

Finished due date Oct meeting

Yarn Material Past Due

Need to bring, this coming meeting Saturday, April 15
If you have not done so........

Each person needs to bring to the meeting 20 pieces of yarn.
One kind, all the same length, any length from 1 yard to 100+ yards.
As long as all 20 are the same Kind and length

Instructions for the guild challenge will be given out at the April meeting along with the bag of yarn for the challenge.

This coming meeting program is..........

Festival Organization and Visual aid/displays
bring materials for making your visual aids.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Reminder: Bring Guild Challenge Yarn

All those wishing to take part in the 2017 Guild Challenge, please bring 20 balls/skeins of yarn that are all identical (yarn & yardage) to share with others that will be participating.  Up to 20 yards can be put into each bag.  It would be helpful to include a label with the total yardage for each ball.

Chris will be bringing a warp yarn for those wishing to use his selections. 

The challenge is to weave any type bag using most or all of the yarns you receive at the March Guild meeting plus adding your own yarns where and when needed.  The Challenge is due at the October 2017 meeting.

Let's all join in this Challenge.  It's going to be really fun to see the finished products!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Program for Guild meeting, This coming Saturday, March 18,2017


“Handwoven lace is a way to add interesting texture to cloth.  Lace weaves can be used in a wide variety of textiles, from delicate special-occasion items to everyday table mats and towels as well as for shows, scarves and other types of clothing.” (“Next steps in Weaving, What you never knew you needed to know” by Pattie Graver)
The program for March is “Loom-Controlled Lace Weaves” demonstrated by Phyllis.  A loom will be warped and ready for members to treadle different lace patterns.  We will try adding beads using the technique Carla taught us in January.

Friday, March 3, 2017

2017 Fiber Education Festival Postcards

Our beautiful 2017 Postcards are available at the R&M Yarn Store for whomever wishes to pick some up to share around town...we have plenty.  Thanks.  This year's Festival is going to be great!



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Guild Challenge 2017   "Its in the BAG"

Finished due date Oct meeting

Yarn Material due March meeting

Each person needs to bring to the March meeting 20 pieces of yarn.
One kind, all the same length, any length from 1 yard to 100+ yards.
As long as all 20 are the same Kind and length

At March meeting these will be combined with all the other members 20 pcs ending up with
20 bags of 1 of each member’s yarn in the bag totaling 20 types of yarn per bag

Chris and Marie will be supplying 600 + yards of warp yarn. To each member

Challenge: Make a "Bag", Tote Bag, Pocket book, any type of bag using all or Some of each of the yarns in your bag

You may include other yarns of your choosing if you desire.

You MUST use all yarns in the bag in some way in any quantity any length in the construction of your bag.

Optional personal challenge: Weave with a new technique or different type of loom (ie pin loom, tri-loom), then in October, tell us what you have learned and the pitfalls you had during the weaving and construction of the bag.

Friday, February 17, 2017

February Guild Meeting Reminder!

Get ready for a great day tomorrow, Saturday February 18, meeting day!
Starts at 9:00 a.m. with "Meet, Shop and Greet;" Program at 9:30.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Guild Meeting

The February meeting will be Saturday, February 18th, at the R&M Yarns Fiber Art Studio.

  9:00  MSG (meet, shop, greet)
  9:30  Program--Triangle Loom Weaving taught by Chris B.
10:30  Break
10:45  Business
11:15  Show & Share

Everyone will have a small triangle loom to use for the program.  If you have a G, H, I or J crochet hook, please bring it.  If not, there will be a few at the Shop to loan.

If you were at the January meeting, you were given "homework" to complete and bring to the February meeting.  Don't forget to bring your homework!

Please remember--if you plan to shop for yarn, you will need to come at 9:00 a.m.  The Shop will close right after the "Show & Share" session....around noon.

See you all there!

January Guild Meeting

The Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild met on Saturday, January 21st, to kick off the New Year!  The program was "Bead Weaving" on a loom.  Carla Boudrot did a great job of showing us how quick and easy it was to use her particular style of bead loom.  This type of beading can easily be adapted to fabric weaving for decorative ends on scarves, etc.  Thank you, Carla!

The new officers for 2017 are:  Chris, Leader; Wanda & Wilma, Co-Program Leaders; Marie & Donna, Co-Secretaries; and Phyllis, Treasurer.