Beginning Spinning on the Wheel – Fall 2018

Do you wish to learn how to spin on a wheel?
Hand spinning is one of the traditional crafts of the Appalachian Mountain Region.  It was one of the first steps to creating cloth whether that fabric is knit, crocheted or woven. 
Students will learn the parts of the spinning wheel along with drafting and spinning the fiber on the bobbin of the wheel.  They will spin two bobbins, learn to ply the yarn and measure the spun yarn onto a niddy noddy.
Instructor:  Susan Graham 
Enrollment: 6
Date:  Mondays,  Nov. 5 — Nov 26   (4 weeks) 
Time:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost:   $160  (includes all materials)
Location:  Edwin Duncan Hall Room #313 
More info and to register:

September Guild Meeting

This is just a reminder of our guild meeting  tomorrow night. Susan and Rhonda will do a demo on clasped weft weaving plus we will be discussing membership renewals, elections and the yART sale. Also we will be discussing program planning for 2019.

Fiber Show Reception is Tonight!

Hey, don’t forget that our Fiber Guild is exhibiting at the Watauga Council Art Space for the month of Sept. Our opening reception is tonight from 5:30 – 7:30. If you are out and about in Boone tonight, drop by, view our show and enjoy refreshments and music!

August Guild Meeting, Thursday August 16th at 6:30

The Blue Ridge Fiber Guild will meet on Thursday, Aug 16, 6:30-8:00 at the Western Watauga Community Center. Members are invited to bring fiber art projects (finished or not) for the September exhibition at ArtSpace. Also on display will be many of the projects from the natural dye workshop last week. View pictures of the  workshop here

We are planning to have the Macomber loom there for members to demonstrate, and need volunteer weavers and spinners with wheels. Rhonda Gladden has warped the loom in an 8-harness point twill pattern, and members who want to weave tea towels can come in throughout the next few weeks.

A second “Indigo and More” Workshop is being offered at Redwing Studio by Susan Sharpe and Ellie Hjemmet on Saturday, August 25. Dye vats will be available again in indigo, osage orange, myrobalan, walnut, natural indigo, and umbilicaria lichen. Cost of the workshop is $75 for non-members, and $65 for members. Contact Susan Sharpe at for more information and to register.  

It’s that time – to show off.  If you want feedback on your potential projects for the show – please bring and let the group know if you are having any problems, or think it’s too bit, or too small….etc.

Here are the forms from the Arts council about the show

September Fiber Guild Show Forms

  1. Artwork delivery dates: Tues, Sept 4 from 5 -8 pm or Wed, Sept 5 between 12 and 1 pm
  2. Exhibition Saturday, Sept 8th through October 6th
  3. 2nd Saturday event – Saturday, Sept 8 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.. Please be there by 5:15 pm
  4. Pickup artwork October 9 between 10 am and 6 pm

Here are the folks who have signed up so far –

Marketing – Susan Sharpe and Rita Collie

Hanging – Jane, Pat Moritz, Susan Payne

Refreshments: Sali Gill, Janeen, Rhonda G.



AGENDA—Blue Ridge Fiber Guild, July 19, 2018

6:00-6:30—food and short business meeting in the dining hall, WWCC
Access to dye vats on the back deck, dyeing can begin if you’re ready
6:30-6:50—presentation in dining hall by Susan Sharpe: stitched/wrapped resist in indigo
 and Ellie Hjemmet: lichen dyeing (umbilicaria)
6:50-8:00—Making stitched samples and Dyeing on the back deck WWCC
Bring: refreshments, apron, gloves, bucket and/or bags (to wet your material before and to carry it away after you dye), materials to dye such as yarn, fat quarters, fleece in a nylon or cheesecloth bag
To Be Provided: 12” squares white cottons, silks & rayon fabric; needle, thread, scissors; vats of indigo, rose madder, osage orange, and myrobalan; drying racks  
 Suggestion: parking in the back

Bobbin Boy Coming to Hickory Ridge July 22nd!

Alan and Milissa Dewey are coming back to Hickory Ridge Sunday, July 22nd at 2:00 for discussion, demos, consults and repairs on textile tools.
Anyone can bring textile tools, old or new, for repairs or consults.  If repairs are made on site there is no charge.   Last year there were several repairs made on site.  
Milissa is a great story teller and it wouldn’t take much to coax her into spinning  us some yarns.  She will also demonstrate on some of the museum’s historical tools.  
Even if you don’t have tools to repair, bring your knitting, spinning, weaving…. and enjoy the shade at the musuem with other fiber folks.  Throw in a chair if you have room.  

June 21st Pot Luck and Fiber Swap

We will have out June meeting at the Western Watauga Center on Thursday, June 21.  We will have the potluck beginning at 6:30 pm and then enjoy trading fibery things.  Please be there for the good food and the fun.

See you there!