Madrona Fiber Arts, February 11-14

“Madrona Fiber Arts was started by fiber enthusiasts who wanted to bring great teachers to the Pacific Northwest. We love the camaraderie, creative energy, and the sharing that is generated among students and teachers by combining incomparable teaching, small classes and informal settings.”

http://madronafiberarts.com/

Retreat, Classes, Clinics, Demonstrations and more
The Yarn & Fiber Marketplace is Free and Open to the Public

2016 DATES AND TIMES:
Thursday, February 11th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, February 12th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 13th 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, February 14th 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

PLACE: IN THE PAVILION AT THE HOTEL MURANO at 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington. From the hotel lobby take the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor and go out the large double doors, across a small courtyard, and into the Pavilion. Follow the signs!

Tips of interest from January

Power Scour was recommended for cleaning fleece. Look for it at some of our advertisers like http://www.paradisefibers.com/unicorn-power-scour.html and a little tea tree oil cuts grease.
For a review of cleaning fiber products see http://yookiwool.myshopify.com/blogs/yookiwool-blog/17674572-wool-wash-review-unicorn-kookaburra-eucalan-soak

Adding Sizing to single ply use Xanthin gum For detailed instructions See page 109 of “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Design”, by Sarah Anderson our presenter, available in the OWG Library and the Timberland Library.

Looking forward to hearing more TIPs from the workshops Sarah Anderson taught.

Thanks go to Marjorie sending out the great pointers for putting writing in your weaving.

Other requests came in and are in research.

Felting Study Group

Date & Time: Feb 26th at 9:00 am
Location: 6022 Northill Loop SW, Olympia

Deb Naslund is hosting our first felting study group meeting. Please give her an RSVP and let her know if you are coming dnaslund127@gmail.com

We are going to get started with simple needle felting either for a greeting card or small ornament. And we will plan the next study group felting technique and location for Spring.

Raging Carey shared with us some of her lovely dyed wool for us to use. I have foam and some forms to experiment for shapes.

Bring a lunch and if you have them:
– bandaids
– dyed wool, alpaca fiber/yarn you have
– pre-felted wool or other to attach your needle felt items
– felting needles
– 3 inch or thicker foam (not styrofoam)
– felting books or pictures for inspiration on design or color

We will all share what we have to get you an idea of what kinds of kits or tools you might like.

Check out 5 of the OWG sponsors that have felting needles/kits
http://harrisville.com/felt/accessories/

http://www.paradisefibers.com/felting/felting-tools.html

http://www.yarn.com/webs-books-patterns-kits-felting/

http://www.yarnbarn-ks.com/For-Felters/products/835/

https://halcyonyarn.com/felting/equipment

Darma Trading has felting needles and a wool scarf that could be used to put your needle felt object on. See their technique:
http://www.dharmatrading.com/home/needle-felted-wool-scarf.html?utm_source=2016_01_02-featuredtutorial&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

Flora Carlile-Kovas will be our OWG program speaker in April. If you get a chance go to RAGS Wearable Art fund raiser and see her work.
Where: Larson Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, 1701 Alexander Ave. East, Fife
RAGS Gala: Thursday, March 10, 6-9 pm, For tickets See http://www.ywcapiercecounty.org/wearable-art-sale
Free to public:
Friday-Saturday, March 11th-12th, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, March 13th, 10 am to 4 pm

3 more felt artists for inspiration:
http://zoneonearts.com.au/?s=felting&x=7&y=3

HGA Call for Entries Extended to February 8, 2016

All Media Exhibit: Mixed Bag

Application Deadline Extended

The Handweavers Guild of America invites fiber artists to enter our 2016 all media exhibit, Mixed Bag, taking place at HGA’s Convergence® 2016 conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 3 – 6, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center. Due to various weather events across the country, we have extended the deadline for this exhibit to February 8, 2016.

 

International juried exhibit open to work created using any fiber arts technique. Deadline to enter isFebruary 1, 2016 extended -> February 8, 2016.

We invite you to enter your work in this juried exhibit that showcases the best in various fiber techniques. Cost to enter per exhibition is $30 for members, $45 for non-members, and free for students. The juror will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. Pieces must be originally conceived and created by the entrant. All work must be of exhibition quality, completed within the last two years (since January 2014) and not previously published in any national or international print publication. A complete list of exhibition requirements and applications to exhibit are available online.

For questions or more information, please contact Linda Campbell, Exhibit and Editorial Assistant, at (678) 730-0010.

The Handweavers Guild of America’s mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community.

 

HGA Call for Artists: 2016 Conference, Milwaukee, WI

 another announcement forwarded from Tamie…

HGA Call for Artists

 

The Handweavers Guild of America announces a call to all fiber artists for entries in our 2016 exhibitions taking place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exhibitions will take place August 3 – 6, 2016 at the Wisconsin Center with the exception of Small Expressions which will take place July 23 – August 14, 2016 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Exhibitions include:

International juried exhibit of small-scale fiber pieces sponsored annually by the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. Deadline to enter is January 19, 2016.
International juried exhibit featuring one-of-a-kind fashion that shows understanding of the body and body movement, along with runway presence and overall suitability of the technique and/or materials. Deadline to enter is January 20, 2016.
An international juried exhibit featuring lengths of constructed or embellished yardage. Deadline to enter is January 27, 2016.
International juried exhibit open to work created using any fiber arts technique. Deadline to enter is February 1, 2016.

HGA’s Convergence® 2016 conference offers a broad range of exhibits for a wide variety of fiber arts. We invite you to enter your work in these juried exhibits that showcase the best in weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketmaking, and related fiber arts. Create a piece that embodies the Convergence® 2016 spirit.

Cost to enter per exhibition is $30 for members, $45 for non-members, and free for students. The juror will independently screen all images and make the preliminary selection of all work in the exhibition. Entries will be evaluated on concept, design, technique, craftsmanship and creative exploration. Pieces must be originally conceived and created by the entrant. All work must be of exhibition quality, completed within the last two years (since January 2014) and not previously published in any national or international print publication. A complete list of exhibition requirements and applications to exhibit are available online.

For questions or more information, please contact Linda Campbell, Exhibit and Editorial Assistant, at (678) 730-0010.

 

The Handweavers Guilf of America’s mission is to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community.

3rd Annual Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival- Save the date!

More fiber news from our ANWG rep,Tamie:

Greetings Fiber Enthusiasts-

We hope you all had a great holiday season and are enjoying the longer days and promise of lots of good things to come in 2016.   One of those good things is the 3rd Annual Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival, which will take place on May 6-7 (that’s a Friday and Saturday) at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex.  The planning team has been working away getting the foundation laid for a fabulous festival, and things are coming together nicely.

We are accepting applications for vendors and workshop instructors now- all the information is on our web site: www.okfiberfest.org.  There you will find the on-line forms and all the relevant information, so check it out, and spread the word to folks in the fiber community.

We still need volunteers to help out with planning, and also with duties during the festival itself.  We could use coordinators for the following areas:

  • Decorating
  • Friday night dinner
  • Info table
  • Stitch and Knit Bus
  • Food
  • Raffle
  • Sponsorship

If you would be willing to join the planning team and take charge of any of these tasks, please let us know.  There is a button on the web site where you can submit your information, and we will contact you to discuss details.  Note- almost all of our planning discussions are via free conference call or e-mail, so you can help out even if you don’t live nearby.

We are now on Instagram (#okfiberfest),  Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter, so be sure to “Like us” and keep in touch.  We will be posting updates frequently.

Looking forward to seeing you in May!

The Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival team

www.okfiberfest.org