* Open to all who are interested in the fiber arts: weaving, spinning, basket making, knitting, crocheting, quilting, beading, rug hooking, doll making, etc.
* No skill level is necessary— beginners are encouraged to attend and learn.
* Member benefits
Members are welcome to use the looms and equipment in our studio at Oatland Island for minimal cost after completing a rental agreement. Small looms may be rented to take home for use.
The following fiber-related businesses have agreed to offer discounts to our member who show their membership cards:
or in person - 10%
If you are interested in joining us... please complete the attached membership form.
* Day: 1st Saturday (September to June - some changes due to conflicts - see left)
* Time: 10:15am to 1pm (the front gate WILL open at 10am when Oatland opens)
* Place: Oatland Island Wildlife Center, Welcome Center - 2nd floor Studio - please sign in first at front desk (directions on their website - see link above)
* A program or demonstration is held at each meeting and a fiber-related workshop is held once a year.
* Spinners & others fiber artists meet informally weekly on Tuesday afternoons between 1-4pm (see Interest Groups for location)
• Newsletter distributed monthly.
• Dues: $25 per year - students $15/yr
For more information:
President- Sally Kroehnke
Vice President - Deborah Shealy
Secretary - Sue Diaz
Treasurer - Gerry Klock
Members-at-Large - Sheryl Sloan &
Newsletter - Doris Grieder
Website/Facebook/Workshops -Suzy Hokanson
Show & Sale Coordinator - Jody Wigton
BOOKS showing the process of creating Oatland's Mighty Oak fiber art installation are $15 and a set of 6 beautiful NOTECARDS of the finished installation are $10. To reserve yours contact email@example.com.
June 4 - Summer Dye Day & Dish to Share Luncheon
last meeting until September 10
Mary will bring a 5 gallon bucket of indigo dye for us to share and Geri will bring some natural dyes to share. Bring a small amount of cellulose (cotton, etc.) fiber, yarn, fabric to dye.
upcoming - Harvest Festival 11-19-16
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Oatland's Mighty Oak - Fiber Art Installation
The video and narrative on the KickStarter page does a great job explaining our project. Please check it out.
(see more pics
EARLIER MEETINGS in 2015-16
September 12 - What We Did that was Fiber-related over the Summer - note change of date change of date change of date Bring a dish to share for our Pot Luck Lunch
October 3 - Jody Wigton and Donna Stankiewicz - Painting on Fabric
FULL October 4 -Ossabaw Indigo Dye Day
with Donna Hardy of Sea Island Indigo
needed to be rescheduled due to foul weather -
October 27 - 5:30-7:30 Bull St Library Auditorium
a special screening of the documentary film: Coton Jaune Acadian Brown Cotton a Cajun Love Story. "This film documents the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and handwoven Acadian Brown Cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them."
Sharon Gordon Donnan the director of Acadian Brown Cotton will be doing a presentation and sharing examples of Cajun, Mexican and Peruvian natural brown cotton textiles.
See more information about the Acadian Brown Cotton project at acadianbrowncotton.com
November 7 - TIME OF MEETING IS CHANGED TO 11am DUE TO ROCK N ROLL MARATHON. Program is with Wendy Avery on "Fibers for Fabrics in Pre-Industrial Times: fiber sources (wool, cotton, hemp, flax and a few others) used in the US from the time of the colonies."
November 8 - Indigo Dye Day at Ossabaw rescheduled from Oct. 6 - cancelled due to bad weather - will be rescheduled
November 21 - Oatland's Harvest Festival
December 5- Making a Silk Ribbon Poinsetta for the Holidays with Deborah Shealy and Dish to Share. There will also be a fiber related gift exchange... bring a gift and get a gift.
January 9- Roc Day
with Your Trash: our Treasure Exchange and Make a Felted Soap Stone...and Dish to Share Luncheon... Bring fiber-related items that you no longer want - to give away, barter or sell with 10% going to the guild. If you want to make a Felted Soap Stone bring your favorite bar soap ...and of course a Dish to Share.
February 6 - Mary Bass -
create bowls using various papers or fabric for the
material and a balloon as the mold in a simple but
effective process.Bring scissors and any paper
and/or fabric you wish to use and a foam brush.
Sat and Sun in Jan & Feb - Taste of... Workshops
over 66 spots were filled in the 12 workshops we offered. Because of our Taste of... workshops we will be able to make a generous donation to Oatland for their Colonial Cabin Roof repair fund. Thanks to all who taught and participated!
March 5- Margo Duke Beaufort fiber artist - presentation of her work in felting and eco-printing
Sat. March 12 & Sun. March 13 - Eco-Printing Workshop with Margo Duke
April 2 - Spring Celebration - Sheep Shearing
(Formerly called Sheep to Shawl) - If you would
like to sell you fiber art creations at the Spring Celebration - Sheep Shearing please complete this form.
April 15 Oatland Mighty Oak Dedication Reception and Our Annual Show & Sale: Color! - at Oatland- until May 17. We will take the show down the afternoon of May 18.
Photos of our 2015 Show and Sale - Fiberworks are on the Activities Page.
April 23* Please NOTE special meeting date -
Sheryl, Seth and Suzy will share ways to create fairies, gnomes and tiny mushrooms for the 5/7 Fairy and Gnome Festival -
May 7 - Oatland's Fairy & Gnome Festival- all members encouraged to attend 10am - 2pm
SCHEDULE of MEETINGS and EVENTS
ALL MONTHLY MEETINGS WILL BE AT
OATLAND ISLAND WILDLIFE CENTER
in the WELCOME CENTER
September through June - at 10:15am unless announced.
The gate at Oatland does not open until 10am.
Remembering those who have
meant so much to us:
We have lost one of our very special friends: fellow fiber artist Mary B Kelly passed away Wednesday 3/16 in her home in Hilton Head, SC.
Mary was my hero. She has inspired and guided me since she as my painting teacher at Tompkins Cortland Community College
In central New York in the mid80s. Mary's patient, intelligent grace made me reach and grow. I was so delighted when she walked into my very first meeting with Fiber Guild of the Savannahs at Armstrong 7 years ago. I knew her instantly with her halo of white hair
and brilliant smile. What a joy it was
to renew our friendship after so many years!
Mary was spinning and weaving up until just a few months ago, finishing several of her trademark beautifully textured handspun handwoven alpaca shawl/blankets in reds, violets, oranges and turquoise to give as gifts to her family. Mary's art-filled life was a gift to all of us. Mary traveled around the world sharing her passion for the Goddess Figure which appears across cultures in traditional needlework. I've attached a link to an article about Mary's work: http://womenandmyth.org/2011/06/goddess-women-cloth-mary-kellys-keynote-presentation/
Our guild was so fortunate to have Mary as an active member sharing her passion for the fiber arts with her effervescent smile. We benefited from many presentations Mary gave of her world-wide adventures and affiliation with WARP (Weaving a Real Peace) and Mayan Hands, a free trade organization with handwoven goods from Central America.
Mary left her bold and beautiful mark, not only on our guild, but on the lives of people she met all over the world. She was a treasure!
Edna Mae Scott:
Many of us may not have know her since she had not attended in a number of years, but she and her husband loved the guild and it meant a great deal to them and their lives over the years. Edna Mae of Guyton, GA was born on June 15, 1925 passed away quietly April 25, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Scott was a homemaker, gardener, fiber lover, and mother. She enjoyed the flowers more than the gardening, sewing, cross-stitch, basketry and weaving. She was a native of Emanuel County and lived in Guyton, GA for over 50 years. She was predeceased by her husband George G. Scott who was also remembered fondly by the members of the guild as a weaver and wood worker. He single handedly built two looms for himself and his wife Edna. Minnie Lee Bell, one of Edna’s daughters, contacted me about giving a loom to the guild as part of her parent’s
Harris Kandel Lentini
Our dear friend Harris passed away September 18, 2013. You will be sorely missed, Harris. You were an inspiration to us all!
A summary and images from May 2014 Fibers! Glorious Fibers! Show and Sale at Honey Horn on Hilton Head are on the Activities page.
Previous 2014-2015 programs:
Sat. September 6, 2014 -
Ruth Fulks and Vicki Smith Hammond brought some of their antique sewing machines for a presentation on history of sewing machines and care and use of antique machines. AND members were asked to bring things to share with us of what they created with fibers over the summer.
Sat. Oct 4, 2014 -
Doris Grieder demonstrated how to crochet a wonderful beaded necklace or bracelet (great Holiday presents!).
Sat Oct 11, 2014 -
Fiber Guild of the Savannahs
Indigo Dye Day at Ossabaw Island
with Donna Harvey
$50 for FGS Members and $75 for non-members (which includes a membership for a year.) plus $35 round trip boat trip to and from Donegal Marina at the Landings to Ossabaw Island. Bring a bag lunch and yarn and or fabric to dye in the indigo vats. More information to below in the flier. http://www.seaislandindigo.net
Sat. Nov 1, 2014 -
Sally Kroehnke gave us a presentation on absorbancy and burn testing
Sat. Nov 22, 2014-
Oatland Island Wildlife Center's annual Harvest Festival
Sat. Dec 6, 2014 -
Holiday Party - brought dish to share & something for our handmade gift exchange - made Paper Ornaments - led by Sally Kroehnke -bring your own ideas, too
Sat. Jan. 3, 2015 -
Roc Day Your Trash My Treasure Swap items and learn to spin
Sat. Feb 7, 2015 -
'Different Ways to Print on Fabric' by Jody Wigton
Saturdays and Sundays in January and February
TASTE of... the FIBER ARTS workshops...
Sat. Mar 7, 2015 -
"BAG" Day, bring bags, purses and clutches you have made or bought and ideas on how to create your favorite bag. We will share the different techniques used and how we can create the pattern using other techniques.
Sat. Mar 14, 2015 - 10-4
Oatland Island Wildlife Center's annual
Sheep to Shawl Festival
Sat. Apr 4, 2015 -
Vicki Hammons - sketching embroidery.free motion quilting/ thread. Members brought their items for our Show & Sale. See info below...
Fri. May 1-Sun. May 3, 2015 - 10-4
Weaving/Dyeing Workshop with
Kathrin Weber aka Blazing Shuttles
Sat. May 2, 2015 - Seeing Color in Everything - 10-noon
During our regular meeting, which was open to the public, Kathrin Weber nationally known dyer and weaver gave us a color-full presentation. Kathrin enjoys the flow of colors as she combines dye colors to make a full color palette for the yarn she dyes and the fabrics she weaves.
May 8-29, 2015
annual Show & Sale of the
Fiber Guild of the Savannahs
at SPACE Gallery - Savannah
May 8 - Opening Reception - 5-7 with demonstrations
EXHIBIT was OPEN - 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.
Wed. May 13 & May 20-11:30-12:30 demonstrations
*Mon. June 1 - pick up items at SPACE 9:30-5pm*
Sat., June 6, 2015 -
Members brought yarn and fibers & fabric to dye. They also enjoyed a dish to share for our year end picnic.