September 2018 Newsletter
As I write this in late August it feels like sweater days are here already, though I know there are more warm days ahead before we settle in to wearing wool on a daily basis. Warm or cold, rain or shine, fiber-filled goodness is coming up in September! The Fall Fiber Exhibit at the Jansen Center will feature work by Fibers and Beyond Workshop Instructors and finely-crafted examples by WWG members. The opening reception is September 6! Also open are the new Textiles studio and classroom downstairs in the J. The Whatcom Weavers Guild has been given the Glimakra standard loom of late, nationally-known weaver and artist Jo Morgan. Her classic Swedish loom now has a home in the J Textiles studio.
In Bellingham, September 15 opens the meeting and program year for the Whatcom Weavers Guild. Our theme for the year is Creating Connections: Through appreciation and practice of the fiber arts, including spinning, felting, knitting, crochet, stitching, beading, dying, basketry and weaving, and through our ongoing and new community outreach events and projects.
The monthly programs scheduled for 2018-2019 are diverse and exciting. On September 15, we have a full agenda starting at 10 am, with a Lunatic Fringe yarn raffle, a 2018-2019 Color Challenge, the “real” big reveal of our “Walk the Dog” challenge – I’ll have my vest finished for sure this time – and the interest group, mentoring, knit-along, weave-along, and charitable project options available. You can sign up to carpool to Fiber Fusion in Monroe in October (the October 20 meeting is a field trip). Members will choose 2-3 person hospitality teams, and pick the month when your team will open and set up for the monthly meeting. (Many hands make light work!) The September program, by shepherdess, educator and knitter Lydia Strand, promises to be amazing!
I look forward to seeing you soon,
PS. Registration for Fibers & Beyond Workshops at the Jansen Center (October 10-13) is now open to the public. If you meant to register early and haven’t done so – it’s time! Get in on the fun, by volunteering to help with the F&B conference and sale. Jury date for items to be included in the sale is September 29, so you still have time to enter and get your work ready.
Sep 15 - Lydia Strand, Icelandic Sheep, Indigo & More
Program (12 noon) Lydia Strand tends a beautiful flock of registered Icelandic and Shetland sheep on her 48-acre farm in the Squalicum Valley near Bellingham. Through pictures, words, and hands-on yarn samples Lydia will introduce us to her flock, her philosophy, and the beautiful fiber, felt and yarn she produces and sells. Preview at www.lydiasflock.com.