FIBER GUILD of the SAVANNAHSACTIVITIESMEETINGS, etc.INTEREST GROUPS

ACTIVITIES
Creating a paper star.
Enjoying Harris' beautiful macrame tree.

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Each year the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs holds an annual holiday party at a guild member's home in December.  This year we met at Harris Lentini's home that was beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Below are some photos of this year's party
Members work on creating a flat reed Danish woven star thanks to Gerry who prepared the materials for us.
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2009 Show and Sale 
Armstrong Atlantic State College, Savannah, GA.



photos by Baiba AppelbaumAdult Services ManagerLive Oak Public LibrariesSouthwest Chatham Library
photos thanks to Joanne Moss
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April 2010   
ANNUAL SHOW & SALE
To see a SmileBox Photo Album:http://smilebox.com/playEmail/4d5459774f4463344e7a6c384d7a55324e4451314f446b3d0d0a&sb=1
     Members of our guild demonstrated how we create a variety of fiber artwork during the Opening Night Reception, Friday, April 9 between 4 & 7 pm. Visitors enjoyed a modified Sheep to Shawl demonstration.  Guild members created handspun yarn from raw wool from the sheep shorn at Oatland Nature Center and then wove it on a loom into a shawl.  Refreshments were served.The Fiber Guild of the Savannah's annual show and sale looked fantastic. Visitors came to the exhibition of our fiber work at gallery S.P.A.C.E. - Savannah's Place for Arts, Culture and Education on 9 West Henry St. (between Bull & Whitaker). 
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Sat., March 13, 2010
Sheep to Shawl Oatland Island Nature Center
By March in the sunny south our sheep are looking for a little relief!  It has been a year since their last hair cut and their fleece has grown long and thick.  Once again, The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs gathered the shears and did their magic.  Visitors tried carding and spinning wool. A shawl was woven and raffled at the end of the day. Sheep Shearing at Oatland Island Wildlife Center is always a special event for us.  See this YouTube video of the Spring 2009 event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6O042fNtpFU&feature=channel_page &hd=1
You can see photos of our events on our Shutterfly photo site:http://fiberguildofthesavannahs.shutterfly.com/

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January 9, 2010 -- ROC DAY
Members celebrated the beginning of a new year with Roc Day.  It's the day that traditionally spinners start spinning again after taking a break during the Christmas holidays.   A variety of  wheels could be seen including a chakra to spin cotton. 
October -- Baskets, etc. 
November -- Felting 
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December -- Soft Fibers
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March 13, 2011
Sheep to Shawl
Members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs sheared the sheep, carded the wool, spun yarn and wove a shawl that was raffled.  There were demonstrations of natural dyeing and frame loom weaving as well.
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Bonnie weaving the shawl from yarns that the spinners of the guild spun from Dottie's fleece.  The shawl was raffled during the event.
Carol, Muriel, Carrie and others as they shear Stormy. Nel spinning.  Jane Barbara & Mary selling guild items. Jana & Hampton spinning. Lynn helping children card. Gerry helping with weaving & SCAD students dyeing.
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May 15, 2011 
Open House 
for our 
new Weaving Studio 
Oatland Island Wildlife 
Center's Welcome Center
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September 2011
Fiber Arts
from
Literature
exhibit at the
Southwest Chatham Library

Please click on photos to enlarge.  
Photos thanks to Phillippa and Bob Paddiison
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November 10, 2012
Oatland's Harvest Festival formerly known as Cane Grinding

This annual fall festival includes the sugar cane grinding, fun projects for young and old, folk music, food (some cooked over an open fire) and demonstrations by our Fiber Guild members of spinning, carding, weaving, embroidery, etc.  The loom was set up in the cabin and our youngest member Emma helped many children and adults try their hand at weaving.  Spinners spun using drop spindles and a variety of spinning wheels.  Hampton brought some beautiful quilts that he recently completed which were displayed on the outside wall.  Lynn made adorable crochet turkeys and Suzy & Mary K had several handwoven items for show and sale.  Phillippa, Julie Anne & Paula helped children create weavings on CDs of brightly colored yarns.  Michelle was the winner of the shawl raffle created at last Spring's Sheep to Shawl even from handspun yarns our spinners spun from the Oatland Island sheep. (Oatland Annie in the shawl last photo.) We had a great time on a perfectly glorious day!
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Photo credits 1-4 from SavannahNow.  
The others by Suzy Hokanson
March 22, 2014
Sheep to Shawl  

Despite an interruprtion from an afternoon shower a great time was had by all participants and visitors to the Oatland Island Wildlife Center's Sheep to Shawl.  Both Cloud and Storm, the Oatland resident sheep were shown.  Carders were carding, spinners were spinning and a beautiful shawl was being woven to be raffled off to benefit Oatland.  Other fiber crafts... knitting, crochet, dyeing with walnut hulls and indigo, winding and sewing of a branch of our Oatland Mighty Oak... were demonstrated.  CD loom weaving was taught to children.  It was a busy day! 

May 5 - June 16, 2014
Fibers, Glorious Fibers!  
the annual Show and Sale of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs
Fibers, Glorious Fibers!, our Guild Show opened May 5 at the Coastal DIscovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, SC. Thanks to all who attended and brought the delicious goodies. Everyone's pieces were hung and we had 20 members with approximately 170 pieces displayed.

Featured were many wonderful wall pieces, including those from Mary Bass, Urban Jupena, Doris Greider, Muriel Henry, Mary Kelly, and Cindy Male. Jackets were a popular item, and Phillipa Paddison, Suzy Hokanson and Deborah Sheals provided many examples. Delightful children's clothing was shown by Mary Mistak, as well as stuffed animals by Carrie Chapman. Many handwoven scarves and cowls were hung from lease sticks along the wall including the work of Treesa Germany, and Nel Adams, while others showed their baskets, bags and vessels. ( Laurie Kovell, Ruth Fuchs, and Carol Lunn.) Quilts were a popular item for Joanne Moss and Julie Rittmeyer and Sally Kroehnke.

A whole group of interesting techniques were showcased including batik, screen printed, appliqued, stamped, beaded and embellished fabric, and crocheted, knitted, tatted, hand dyed, and handspun and woven fibers.


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The Fiber Guild of the Savannahs showcased our diverse group of fiber artists involved in a variety of mediums such as: weaving, spinning, knitting, crochet, felting, quilting, basketry and other fiber-related techniques. The exhibition contained over 100 fiber works by 24 members. Works included jewelry, handbags, baskets, scarfs, wall-hangings and much more. During the opening reception guild members demonstrated spinning the wool of the sheep at Oatland Island’s Wildlife Center and weaving the spun yarn to create a shawl.

The opening reception was Friday, May 8 from 5-7pm with demonstrations and refreshments. Additional demonstrations of fiber art techniques were held Wednesays May 13 and 20 between 11:30 and 12:30.  They included: Garments from quilt fabric - Julie Rittmeyer, Crochet - Mary Bass, Weaving - Muriel Henry, Ink tense pencil on fabric - Jody Wigton and Donna Stankiewic, Needle Felting - Joanne Moss and Spinning - Suzy Hokanson

Many thanks to Deb Zumstein, Arts Program Coordinator at S.P..A.C.E. for curating our show and to Deb and her staff for their tremendous support.  Thank you also to all the people who came to share our passion for the fiber arts! We are so grateful for the articles written about our show: by Allison Hersh Ben Goggins.  
Many thanks to Debra Zumstein, Arts Program Coordinator for SPACE for these photographs.
Harvest Festival ​2015
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
Saturday, November 21

Once again guild members gathered in the Heritage Village area of Oatland to demonstrate their expertise in the fiber arts.  Children and adults alike enjoyed trying their hand at weaving and spinning.  President Sally Kroehnke was weaving the shawl out of wool spun by our member from the Oatland Island sheep's fleece:  Storm, our black sheep and Cloud, our white sheep,
Thanks to Suzy Hokanson
and Mary Mistak for these photos.
Photos by Wendy Avery  
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FIBERWORKS the 2015 Annual Show and Sale at 
S.P.A.C.E.* Gallery Savannah 
​May 8-29, 2015
*Savannah Place for Art, Culture and Education
FIBER FANTASY
2016 Annual Show and Sale at JEA Savannah (Jewish Educational Alliance)
Abercorn Street - for the month of December 2016


​HARVEST FESTIVAL - November 2016
Oatland Island Wildlife Center
We were excited to get back to Oatland after the havoc of Hurricane Matthew.  Downed trees were cleared and paths made so that our visitors could enjoy the annual Harvest Festival. 
Photos by Suzy Hokanson
Photos by Suzy Hokanson
What a feast!