July 17th Guild Meeting

We are finally going to meet in person on Saturday for our guild meeting. It’s so exciting. We are having our annual Fiber Swap and Potluck at the Western Watauga Community Center at 10:30 so please join us. Bring something to swap and something to eat or just bring yourself. See you on Saturday.

June 19th Guild Meeting

June Guild Meeting on the 19th at 10:30 am via zoom with Artists live from the Jones House.
Since we can’t hold our meeting at the Jones House, we are going to bring the Jones House to you via Zoom. We are inviting all the artists to meet at the Jones House on Sat. to give a talk about their work. Artists can also give their talk from home via Zoom and Susan will show your work from the Jones House for you.
10:30-11:30—Zoom mtg from the Jones House with introduction by Beth Reavis and Hope Esteban. Each artist can attend in person and take turns in the gallery discussing their work, or have option to attend by Zoom. Welcome to new members.
11:30-12:00—Rita Collie will lead planning session for Lost Province event which has been changed to June 26. We have tent & table for this one day event to show and sell fiber craft as well as demonstrate. Spinning wheels, fleece and rigid heddle looms already warped are available for volunteers.
12:00-12:30—Susan Sharpe leads planning session for next exhibit at the Western North Carolina Visitors Center in N. Wilkesboro. Jones House artists can enter their work, which comes down June 30. This show will be installed at WNCVC July 1 through August 31. Susan has photos of all display areas and can share at the mtg. She can pick up any work from Jones House June 30 to be included. Register for show on line using guild webpage form.
You can access the form here:
Volunteers needed on weekends, Friday-Sun spinning wheel, fleece, and floor loom will be on site or bring your own. All fiber demos welcome. Register with Hannah Finklestein.

High Country Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit

The High Country Modern Quilt Guild has an exhibit at Edgewood Cottage this week through June 13th and the hours are 10 am – 5 pm each day. Susan Payne just said she sold several wall hangings yesterday so major congratulations to her. Our Banjo Buddies group will be playing there on Thursday at noon so stop by and listen, view the show and say hello.

Lost Province Craft Fair in Lansing, NC

Rita would like to get word out to anyone who would like to participate in this craft fair at Lost Province in Lansing. She has reserved a table and tent for BRFG. The fair runs from 10 am – 5 pm and features many craft vendors, music, and a food truck, etd.

Location: Historic Lansing School lawn – address 9710 NC 194 in Lansing NC


Those demonstrating and/or selling may set up as early as 8 am.  Rita will be there at that time.


May need to bring extra chairs – there are two with the table,  We have a 10’ x 10’ space.  Please come out – I’d hate to be by myself.

Jones House Show 2021 Preview

Here are some preview photos of our show at the Jones House which opens June 4th and  runs to the end of the month. Please thank Hope and Beth for organizing and hanging the show for us. They did a fabulous job.

Jones House Preview

Upcoming Guild Events

May 15
Field Trip to the Yadkin Valley Fiber Center Yarn Sale. We will be sending out details on time and where to meet soon.

May 22
Spinning & weaving demo @ Saloon Studios Live, W. Jefferson, NC
volunteers needed

June 4-30
Member Group Exhibit @ the Jones House, Boone NC
Volunteers need for installation and spinning & weaving demos

July 1-Aug 31
Member Group Exhibit @Northwest NC Visitor Center, N. Wilkesboro NC
Volunteers needed for installation & spinning & weaving demos

April 17th Guild Meeting

BRFG Agenda, Apr 17, 2021—Zoom Meeting
Rhonda Gladden host

10:30—11:15—show and tell in the order of your sign in

11:15—11:45—new business
BRFG Member Forms Presentation—Rhonda Gladden

BRFG Exhibition Forms Presentation—Rita Collie

BRFG Workshop Proposal–Designing Ikat Warps—Susan Sharpe, presentation and member survey

11:45-12:30—online streaming of BRFG Natural Dye Workshop w/Rita Schwabb, 1993 (we were not successful in showing this last month, but we think we can do it this time!)

March 20th Guild Meeting

Blue Ridge Fiber Guild March 2021 agenda


10:30-11:00 show and tell

11:00-11:30 Reports

Janeene Ross—membership/finance

Rita Collie—Lost Province/Lansing festival- booth sale and demos in May/June? TBA

Susan Sharpe—Jones in June—exhibit, demos & reception



 Natural Dyeing Presentation —First we’ll take a closer look at the Peruvian wool yarns that were donated last year, along with the natural dyestuffs that we have for an upcoming workshop in April. Then we will view a 45 min video of a dye workshop presented to the guild back in the late 80s (or early 90s?) at Hickory Ridge Homestead. (Jane Campbell can possible verify the date as she is a featured participant!) The workshop was given by Rita Schwab, a founding member who has since moved away. The video is very informative regarding the basic process of natural dyeing and is a good place to start planning our workshop.

February 20, 2021 Guild Meeting

We will have our February meeting on Saturday the 20th at 10:30 EST. Our presenter will be using her Zoom account for the meeting so I will send that link out once I receive it. She will also send out a tools and materials list that I will send out so you can follow along.




10:30-11:00-welcome and show and tell


11:00-11:30-business meeting: intro of officers and reports from each

Rita Collie, Co-President, programs/workshops

Susan Sharpe, Co-President, exhibits/publicity

Janeene Ross, Treasurer–membership/finance

Rhonda Gladden, Secretary—communications/technology


11:30-12:30—Rosa Dargan-Powers will give a Zoom presentation about her work as a fiber artist and art educator. Rosa teaches Fiber Art and Art Education at AppState and is one of the founding members of the guild. Rosa will demonstrate and guide us through the creation of a folded paper lantern.


Don’t forget to send your membership dues to Janeene if you haven’t already.