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MEETINGS, etc.
        more photos at the website below... by Mary Mistak        http://s816.photobucket.com/albums/zz84/mfmskeetz/Guild%20Sewing%20Box%209-11-10/

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6/5/10  Picnic @  Phillippa's Spanish Hammock
workshop presenter Barbara James...                        photos by Joanne Moss
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1/8/11  Roc Day Celebration
We made Felted Soap at our first meeting of the new year.  Several spun with drop spindles & spinning wheels.  Get 6 month parking stickers at Public Safety so that you don't get a parking ticket!  Find the form you will need here.
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6/4/11  End of Year Party & Dye Day at Mary Kelly's house on Hilton Head
The meeting focused on the Sea islands and their fiber and dye traditions. We met at the Coastal Discovery Museum where they have Sea island cotton and indigo plants growing and a good description of the slaves use of these to decorate their materials. We then went to Mary's house to do some dyeing - and batik. with some Gullah stamps.  Please click on the photo to enlarge.







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5/6/11 Harris Lentini - "Book-making" - participants created a simple book with Harris' help.
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4/2/11 Suzy Hokanson - "Textiles at the Bauhaus" 
Suzy gave a slide presentation based on research she did for her book:  Woven: a Bauhaus Memoir.  Guild members worked on projects based on lessons the Bauhaus Masters (teachers) taught in the preliminary courses. The words of Josef Albers- a student & later a teacher at the Bauhaus: "Investigate what the material can do"..."notice that often you will have more by doing less." 
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3/5/11   Anastasia Macdonald
Fall 2010 sabbatical in Japan -- Discussion and slide 
presentation of her “Tactile Adventures in Kyoto”. 
Anastasia told us about the courses she took and showed 
us images of the gallery at the school and the city of Kyoto.

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2/5&6/11  Bonnie Carter - Chair Caning Workshop
Barbara James of Lady's Island, Beaufort, SC, presented a 2 hour workshop on Saturday, May 1.  She discussed the dye process,  which chemically bonds into the fabric (as opposed to paint which stays on top of the fabric) -- mixing dyes, sealing, some silk screen, roller painting over a grid, mono printing, etc
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 4/10/10  Mary Mistak - Beaded Pins 
A workshop was presented at our regular meeting by Mary Mistak, on “Beaded Pins”. 
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1/9/10 - 10am - Armstrong Atlantic State University 
ROCK DAY/ Spinning
Treats were brought to share to ring in the New Year, as well as all bring in any leftover yarns and bits and pieces for a Trade Day.  What was left was donated to the weaving class at Armstrong.  Our speaker for the day was Debra Zumstein, from S.P.A.C.E.- the Henry Street Gallery where we had our Member's Show the month of April.  Our speaker explained the guidelines for showing at this gallery, which included a bit of "giving back" -- our Guild did a community workshop for adults or children.  
Information about the Roc Day or St. Distaff's Day tradition                                                                                . . . from Sarah Stopenhagen Broomfield       
Roc Day is sometimes called "St. Distaff's Day".  But, there is no such saint!  It is celebrated on January 7th, the "first free day after Twelve-Eve-Christmas", which was a holiday of transition from Christmas revelries to the round of everyday work.  It is also called "Rock" Day, as the distaff was sometimes referred to as a rock.     Traditionally, in old England, women dd not spin during the twelve days of Christmas.  Roc Day or St. Distaff's Day, was their day to get back to work and they certainly made the most of it!  They were not without troubles during htis time, because it was tradition that the plowmen thought it sport to set fire to the flax and tow.  The women kept buckets of water always ready to put out the fires.  It was a game of sorts, with many young men being "drenched" to the bone!  Also the spinners went back to work a day ahead of the weavers, so that they could have plenty of yarn for the weavers.  It was their special day.     
THE SPINSTER:  In olden times, the fleece which was brought home in the summer was spun into clothing by the female part of each family during the winter.  It was a well-known axiom that NO young woman was fit to be a wife until she had spun for herself a set of body, table and bed linens.  Hence the maiden was termed a spinner or spinster, and the married womann was referred to as a wife or as "one who has been a spinner".  Interestingly enough, is the term "wife", which comes from the Anglo-Saxon word "wif" which is from the verb "wyfan" or "wefan" which means "to weave"!     Today, Roc Day is celebrated by spinners and weavers as well as other fiber enthusiasts all over the world!  It is a gathering of friends with common interests in fibers... a celebration of the New Year, specifically for their art, and a way of paying homage to the past
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Friday, 11/13/09   TOUR of SCAD's Fiber Dept with Dept Chair, Cayewah Easley             
5:30-7pm Group dinner at Mellow MushroomPepe Hall -- 212 W. Taylor, Savannah GA

7:00-8:30pm (free and open to the public) @ Pinnacle Gallery, 320 East Liberty Street 
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November 2009 Paste Paper Workshop
Workshop began at 10:00 a.m. with Show and Tell after you complete your Paste Papers.


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Dye party and pot luck at Phillippa’s Chimney Creek house on Spanish Hammock; Inspirational drawings from nature for textile design by Mary Kelly.


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5/1/10 Barbara James - Surface Design Workshop
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9/2/10  Joann Moss - Fabric-covered Work Boxes​

10/2/10  tour of the JuYeon Kim Exhibit: 
"the In- Between" at SCAD's Gutstein Gallery.  
During the Spring Term JuYeon Kim had an artist-in-residency at SCAD working with the Fibers and Sculpture students.  The FIber Guild was asked to help JuYeon complete the project as time was running out before the June opening of the exhibit at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.  Guild members measured, cut and ironed panels, embroidered images on the panels, and digitally drew JuYeon's images so that the electronic embroidery machine could read her drawings to sew on the grey panels.  The In Between refers to images based on the Tibetan Book of Death - some are happy, some are tortured, some are sad.  The book is read to people as they are dying to help them in their transition to the afterlife.  The Meditation Space (or fiber piece) was made of 108 panels each containing 6-8 images.  They hung in concentric circles - 36 representing the future (gold on white), 36 the present (colored thread & painting on white) and 36 the past (white on grey) The viewer parts the panels and walks to the inside of the space created and is surrounded by pleasant and not-so-pleasant images.  We were pleased to have a part in the creation of this amazing piece!
Please click on the thumbnails to see enlarged images...
​EARLIER 2013-2014 programs...
Sat. Sept 7 - summary of summer creations... charitable creation project (Gerry)


Sat. Oct. 5 - field trip to Honey Horn Discovery Center on Hilton Head where we will have our 2014 Guild Show... also indigo dyeing.

Sat. Nov 2 - Peruvian Textile Tour by Mary Kelly

Sat. Nov 23- 10am-4pm- Oatland's Harvest Festival 
  please let us know when you will be there at
  fiberguildofthesavannahs2@gmail.com

Sun. Nov 24- Paula Vester's "Variations on a Draw" workshop sponsored by Bonnie Carter at her studio
  contact Bonnie Carter to register


Sat. Dec 7 - Holiday Party -holiday potluck luncheon and gift exchange. 
Bring a dish to share and if you would like, 
bring a small handmade item (wrapped) and you 
will receive one in return. We will also have a 
program on CD weaving led by Carrie 
Chapman. Bring some scrap yarn and the other materials will be provided. 

Sat. Jan 4 - Rock Day - Your Trash, Our Treasure Exchange

Sat. Feb 1- Annoel Krider 
the Adirondack Weaver: 
Evolution of a Weaver 
click on the image 
From the Place of Fire



Sat. March 1 - Saori weaving in Japan... with Denise Prince (presentation & some hands on...)
Denise spent several weeks last year in Osaka, Japan (home of the technique) being trained in the method. Misao Jo the founder of the method, built a community of weavers; a multinational company, a movement and a philosophy that opens the doors of art to everyone.

Sat. March 22 - Oatland's Sheep to Shawl 10-4pm - 
all members are strongly encouraged to come demonstrate your favorite fiber art, work with children or at our guild sales table. You are welcome to bring items for sale - 10% to the guild. Fill out the attached Work Submission form.


Sat. April 5 - member Urban Jupena will discuss his career as a fiber artist

Sat. May 3 BRING YOUR SHOW & SALE ITEMS - inventory sheets filled in & items tagged, if possible. 
Sewing machine program by Ruth and Vicki will be held at a later date. We will have an OMO work session making leaves and branches for our Oatland Mighty Oak.

Sat. June 7 - End of year sharing and picnic - summer challenge


May 8 - June 16 - "Fibers! Glorious Fibers!"  
FGS Annual Show and Sale at the Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head, SC in the Gallery of the Discovery House - 70 Honey Horn Dr. - 689-6767  
Opening Celebration Friday, May 9th, 5 to 7pm  
Installation Wed May 7 noon 
All work due by Saturday, May 3 meeting  
Pick Up June 17  
Demonstrations Sat May 17 & Sat May 31, 12 to 2pm






------ PAST MEETINGS 2012-2013 -----------
Sept 8, 2012 (meeting date change)
Sharing summer fiber projects and adventures
Discussion of upcoming program/workshop ideas

Oct 6, 2012 -- 10:30 tour
FIELD TRIP TO Jepson Art Museum for docent led tour of Quilt Show $15 admission unless you are aTelfair member (bring card) or if you have a guest pass --10:30 arrival
Picnic lunch Wrights Square followed by shopping in
The Frayed Knot and other downtown Savannah fiber related shops who offer our members discounts with current membership cards.
Membership cards will be available for paid members at the Jepson

Nov 10, 2012 (meeting date change) 10am-4pm
Cane Grinding/Harvest Festival Oatland

Dec 1, 2012
Annual Holiday Party dish to share - bring recipe on 3x5 card, too!
Gift exchange - Bring a wrapped fiber-related item - Bring one, get one
w/ holiday ornament making - Danish Star with Gerry Klock & cotton boll angel with Mary Mistak & more!
Bring ideas to share
BRING your scissors for cutting paper, needle, thread, clothes pins, scotch tape & a glue gun, if possible.

See photos of Harvest Festival 2012 on Activity Page

Jan 5, 2013
Roc Day learn to spin and
  "Your Trash...My Treasure" Sale
Bring fiber-related items that you no longer use... fibers, fabric, thread, dyes, books, equipment, tools, etc., etc., etc! Give it away, barter, trade, sell (10%of sale to Guild)... your choice.  
Bring spindles and wheels... some are available to try

Feb 2, 2013
Laurie Lovell 
Framed art card collage activity 
Tea for Two, What Inspires You
​click here for more
information and list of things to bring


March 3, 2013
Mary Bass
Felt Embroidery
Bring basic items: scissors, needles, embroidery floss & felt (if you have it - if not, Mary will provide)

March 23, 2013  
Sheep to Shawl at Oatland - 10am-4pm - come one, come all and help in some way... all hands needed... we are fielding 2 Sheep to Shawl teams this year... (come at 9:30am so we are ready when the gates open.)

April 6, 2013
Doris Grieder
Crocheted Flowers
Doris will teach you her own designed flowers (not recommended for beginners). 
Supplies: various scraps of 
yarn in several different colors, 
different size crochet hooks, 
needle and thread. 

May 4, 2013
Mary Kelly - Bulgarian Textiles
Mary spent 3 months in Bulgaria on a Fulbright Grant studying textiles and collecting some lovely embroideries. She returned this past summer and again renewed old friends and traveled to some wonderful folk festivals. Her talk will present photos from the festival, and later, a hands on look at the beautiful folk textiles she has collected. Powerpoint 20 minutes, questions, Show and Tell of the textiles.

Taste of... Workshops February-March 2013

Friday - Sunday, April 19-21, 2013
Daryl Lancaster Workshop
2 1/2 day Vested Interest Workshop - $50 members/$100 nonmembers
Sat. 4/20 10:15am to noon-Color Inspiration- free

June 1, 2013
Stephanie Tames from Statesboro  
PIne Needle Basket-making - $8 materials fee
Be prepared to stay late to finish your basket.  
End of Year Dish to Share PicnicAnnual Show and Sale

Mon, April 15 through Fri, May 31, 2013
in the Blick store's gallery on Broughton St. Please pick up your work from the show on May 31 or at the Framing Dept. on June 1st. 


For more meeting information in 2012-2015, please scroll down to end of the page.