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Fiber Roving September 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on September 12, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Fiber Roving

September 2017



I sat in my chair with a cup of morning tea as I watched light creep over the northern hills, oh I thought, Sterling will have sun, nice, and with time the light spread, and to my delight, I saw what might be clear skies, and then the sun peaked over the eastern hills, and what joy for me, the sun rise, the blue skies, yes still some clouds, but I do not care, I saw the sun rise, I see blue skies, and my spirit is lifted with the beauty of this new day. I am grateful for the beginning of a new day without heavy clouds and rain. ��

It is also a perfect day to do outside projects I must complete before winter. What a perfect day to be outside. The ground cover has begun changing on this little ridge I call home. The dwarf dog wood leaves are the deep red of fall. The fireweed in places is also deep red. Many plants are in their full dry stage waving gayly in the wind some are soft and feathery and some stiff and proud declaring, we are done, we have completed this season of life and growth. And so we step into the brief and beautiful fall of Alaska, as we finalize our winter preparation we can also appreciate the beauty of this season.

Our September meeting will be at Martha Merry’s home, it’s a good central location, our October meeting will be back at the library. Sept Meeting will be on Thursday, Sept 21, beginning at approximately 5:30, or when you get there. Snacks are always welcome. Bring your projects as usual. We need to have a discussion on our Board (need members) and what structure will really work for us. What will best meet the needs of this Guild? We also need to discuss the Fiber Festival? So please come, be part of the discussion, (if you are not there, you can’t be part of the decision making), ALL ideas and suggestions are welcome. If you have not been at Martha’s her number is 252-5082 for directions.

As well as the guild, I am part of the Farm Bureau. This is a great organization with regional groups, state groups and a national organization. Our local group has really had a great educational focus with different speakers at the monthly meetings. If you raise produce or livestock, this could be a good organization to consider. The annual dues go toward our local organization as well as the larger structure. The local chapter has used these funds to contribute to the local Fair, agriculture youth programs such as 4H and FFA, and other agriculture related projects on the Peninsula. There are also discounts available, since we are part of a national group. To get additional information check it out at: www.alaskaafb.org, or just type in Alaska Farm Bureau and either way will get you to their web page. Call or email if you would like to join.

Lee ��

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FOR SALE OR TRADE:

1. 4 HARNESS, 6 TREADLE, DANISH COUNTERMARCH FLOOR LOOM FOR SALE in Anchorage. It has an overhead beater, 12 epi reed, texsolv tie-us, bench that attaches and comes with shuttles, adjustable warping pegs and various other accessories. Perfect for rugs, blankets, shawls, yardage, etc. It is quick and easy to dissassemble and store; also, quick to re-assemble. For more information please phone Ruth at 907 346.4674 or e-mail [email protected]

She is asking 350.00 for this, have had the email for awhile, so if you are interested, please call soon.


 

 

2. Dehaired Alaskan Cashmere for sale by the ounce. 20.00 for white, 19.00 for very light gray. Call Lee at 394-6146

some colors of fall

 


Fiber Roving August 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on August 9, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

August 2017



Finally finished the small blue trim around the windows on the house today, one of too many summer jobs, but that’s Alaska in the summer. Have two new members of the family, two orphaned goslings, which have luckily been adopted by my two older geese. Wasn’t sure it would work, but it has, and they faithfully follow one of the two adults that is more maternal and protective of them. They are free ranging with the adults on grass and browse about the place, and have had their first swims. They have their grain daily and come to me for treats, but only with the adults leading the way. Very fun to watch them about the place, and to listen to their goose baby talk.

NOW down to business, Kenai Peninsula State Fair is coming up on August 18, 19, & 20 – We, Fireweed Fiber Guild, are expected! And that means YOU are needed. I am finishing preparation for a youth grief camp now at work, and have no spare time, and the grief camp is the week of August 14 to 17, and on the evening of August 17, I will be helping with judging at the Fair.

What I hope you see is that my schedule is very tight in the next few weeks and others are going to have to step up and DO….because I can’t. So, these are the things that must be done.

1. Call and schedule the Guild members to cover the Fair in 4 hour shifts on all 3 days. Martha Merry will be doing this, please call her at 252-5082 to schedule your shift.

- I am still working to try and get passes for those coming in so we don’t have to pay each time.

- Working a shift is fun, visiting with each other & the community, bring a project to work on; wheel, spindle, weaving, knitting, crocheting, needle felting etc (it’s part of our demo)

2. We need set up & break down folks, a few hours at the beginning and end of the Fair

- I believe Jane C has the banner and the petting zoo.

- I have the 3 fold display on Alaskan fiber livestock

3. Need someone to pick up the petting zoo from Jane and REVITALIZE IT, some of the fibers are matted and need fresh fiber put in them. Everyone can help by sharing the fibers they have. This has been very popular and enjoyed by many, but we need it in good shape.

This is a really fun time, we have to be prepared, we can do it and we need you to volunteer at the Fair and in the preparation.

We do not have a Guild meeting in August due to the Fair, the Fair is our gathering/meeting. It is a service we do for the community and is a great way to promote our craft and educate folks on the joy of natural fibers and all the creative ways we can utilize it.

Please help, I cannot do it this year and others need to step up, SEE YOU AT THE FAIR!! �� Lee

 

 

 

Fiber Roving July 2107

Posted by fireweedfiber on July 12, 2017 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

July 2017


The sun was shining today and I made good progress on clearing the area of small trees that will be my future gardens; perineal flowers, medicinal herbs and vegetables. I know some feel flowers are a waste, but I love beauty in life in all forms and that includes flowers, food and herbs. It’s a nice area with a lot of south/east exposure. It’s a traditional forest soil, acidic, and in this ridge area, very shallow, does have good drainage with lots of sand & gravel. Some of my assets are the goat manure and ash from my wood stove, to help toward building a good soil. I know it will take time, but that’s OK, I have the vision in my head. :-)

I know you are all busy, so I will keep this short…. :-) Our next meeting is on Thursday, July 20th at 5:30/6:00 or when you can get there. We shall be meeting at Martha Merry’s place in Ridgeway just outside of Soldotna off the Kenai Spur Hwy. If you need directions call Martha at 252-5082. At the last meeting, it was suggested we have a summer picnic. Martha will have it set up so you can cook your own hot dogs or hamburgers. She is making a big bowel of potato salad. Bring a Dish to Share. We will have a tour of the restored Dome, and Martha said she will do a demonstration on herGreat Wheel. As usual bring your current project, or just come and visit….See you all on the 20th……….. ��

This is July 2017, the beginning of our fiscal year. Please contact our Treasurer, Monti Hightower, 262-4851, to pay your 20.00 annual dues as a member of this Guild or bring them to the July Meeting. Thank you so much. Your dues help support the Fiber Festival for 2018.

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Items for Sale/Trade/Buy

A Blue Bonnet spinning wheel for sale. . Previously owned by Jules at Knitty Stash. Call Brooke Carson at 907-978-5138. It's $200 or OBO.Brooke can send a photo if someone is interested. Nothing wrong with wheel, she's just not using it. 

 


This came through the web page and we were asked if we would post…Kathy alerted me, so I am passing it on to you, if you’re interested, contact Susan directly. (if you have any general Cashmere questions, you are welcome to contact me)

From Susan Carruthers

I live in Tok and I have a small herd of a dozen Cashmere goats (all does and wethers) I want to sell. Can I post the information on your website?

Email address: [email protected]

 

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That’s it for this month folks, would really like to see many of you at the July Picnic… I like seeing your smiling faces!! Lee


Fiber Roving June 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on June 7, 2017 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving
June 2017

Slowly spring spreads across the land with bits of green creeping in, and trees ready to burst open to confirm to all that the rebirth of spring is indeed here and opening to summer’s high energy. Alaska is unique in many ways and one Outsider made this comment… “in Alaska you wait and wait for spring and then it comes two bites at a time”, and so it is does.

As with many of you, my spring chore list is a mile long, and as spring brings new beginnings and changes, we are also seeing that within the Fireweed Fiber Guild. We now have a Board of Directors, Board Officers, By-Laws, Mission Statement and Goals, and even a checking account. For now, I will continue with our monthly letter, and Kathy will continue as Web Master and Facebook person, but neither of us are on the BOD by choice. It is time to let others steer the ship.

Remember, this Guild has always been “by the members and for the members”. I hope this does not change. It also means you have responsibilities. The responsibility to help by volunteering at events and activities. It means speaking up and sharing your opinions,ideas, suggestions to the board and general membership. That is how we grow, get better, and serve both ourselves, our craft and our communities.

An important decision was made by the BOD at one of their first meetings as a board. Due to the lateness of gathering a board, it has shortened our opportunity to raise funds for the festival for 2017. We had some grant funds in 2016 that are not available this year. The BOD voted anonymously to NOT do the festival in 2017.

One small way that would help support the festival, is to pay your dues. Since it is half way through our fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, it is only $10.00 (20.00 for a full year or 30.00 for a couple). There are 180 people on this list, 10.00 each would be a huge help. You can mail your dues to: Fireweed Fiber Guild, PO Box 475, Sterling, AK 99672. The festival helps many fiber artists and producers market their products while educating the community on what is happening with fiber locally. It is also a great networking time. It’s a win win situation for all.

Our next Guild meeting will be Thursday, May 18, at the Soldotna Library. We begin around 5:30 (come when you can) and must end by 7:30, the library closes. Snacks are always welcome, and bring your current portable project. This is our last library meeting for the season. Traditionally, we are at homes during the summer & try to have special classes. Our June meeting will be at my place in Kasilof, directions will be in the June letter. Please bring your ideas to the May meeting for summer classes you would like to teach or participate in, we will be setting up our summer schedule.

 

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Notes from the President:

As president, I’m new to both this office and to this area, having moved from Palmer last fall. I have a learning curve ahead, and will give it my best effort and hope to do a

good job. I look forward to meeting more of you and working with you to accomplish our goals, and fulfill our Mission Statement.

Our first board meeting was April 17, we elected officers and made some important decisions pertaining to our 2017 activities. Our first decision was to determine whether or not we could reasonably host our fiber festival. Having already lost 4 months of our normal prep time and with only half of our necessary funds needed in our account, we sadly decided that we could not pull it off in 2017. Our focus will be on funding opportunities and planning classes/activities for the summer months. Remember, we still have the Fair commitment in August.

As guild members, your ideas are appreciated so please share them with us at the general meetings.

Sincerely, Lisa Lambert, President, [email protected], 907-414-9562

 

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See you all on May 18 at the Soldotna Library, Lee

 

 


Fiber Roving May 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on May 8, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

May 2017

Slowly spring spreads across the land with bits of green creeping in, and trees ready to burst open to confirm to all that the rebirth of spring is indeed here and opening to summer’s high energy. Alaska is unique in many ways and one Outsider made this comment… “in Alaska you wait and wait for spring and then it comes two bites at a time”, and so it is does.

As with many of you, my spring chore list is a mile long, and as spring brings new beginnings and changes, we are also seeing that within the Fireweed Fiber Guild. We now have a Board of Directors, Board Officers, By-Laws, Mission Statement and Goals, and even a checking account. For now, I will continue with our monthly letter, and Kathy will continue as Web Master and Facebook person, but neither of us are on the BOD by choice. It is time to let others steer the ship.

Remember, this Guild has always been “by the members and for the members”. I hope this does not change. It also means you have responsibilities. The responsibility to help by volunteering at events and activities. It means speaking up and sharing your opinions,ideas, suggestions to the board and general membership. That is how we grow, get better, and serve both ourselves, our craft and our communities.

An important decision was made by the BOD at one of their first meetings as a board. Due to the lateness of gathering a board, it has shortened our opportunity to raise funds for the festival for 2017. We had some grant funds in 2016 that are not available this year. The BOD voted anonymously to NOT do the festival in 2017.

One small way that would help support the festival, is to pay your dues. Since it is half way through our fiscal year, July 1 to June 30, it is only $10.00 (20.00 for a full year or 30.00 for a couple). There are 180 people on this list, 10.00 each would be a huge help. You can mail your dues to: Fireweed Fiber Guild, PO Box 475, Sterling, AK 99672. The festival helps many fiber artists and producers market their products while educating the community on what is happening with fiber locally. It is also a great networking time. It’s a win win situation for all.

Our next Guild meeting will be Thursday, May 18, at the Soldotna Library. We begin around 5:30 (come when you can) and must end by 7:30, the library closes. Snacks are always welcome, and bring your current portable project. This is our last library meeting for the season. Traditionally, we are at homes during the summer & try to have special classes. Our June meeting will be at my place in Kasilof, directions will be in the June letter. Please bring your ideas to the May meeting for summer classes you would like to teach or participate in, we will be setting up our summer schedule.

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Notes from the President:

As president, I’m new to both this office and to this area, having moved from Palmer last fall. I have a learning curve ahead, and will give it my best effort and hope to do a good job. I look forward to meeting more of you and working with you to accomplish our goals, and fulfill our Mission Statement.

Our first board meeting was April 17, we elected officers and made some important decisions pertaining to our 2017 activities. Our first decision was to determine whether or not we could reasonably host our fiber festival. Having already lost 4 months of our normal prep time and with only half of our necessary funds needed in our account, we sadly decided that we could not pull it off in 2017. Our focus will be on funding opportunities and planning classes/activities for the summer months. Remember, we still have the Fair commitment in August.

As guild members, your ideas are appreciated so please share them with us at the general meetings.

Sincerely, Lisa Lambert, President, [email protected], 907-414-9562

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See you all on May 18 at the Soldotna Library, Lee

 

2017 FiberFest Cancellation

Posted by fireweedfiber on April 21, 2017 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)




Due to transitions in the structure of the Fireweed Fiber Guild, this year's FiberFest will be cancelled.


We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, and hope to see everyone in 2018.

Valley Fiber Arts Guild Retreat

Posted by fireweedfiber on April 10, 2017 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Valley Fiber Arts  Guild Spring Retreat


April 28 – April 30

Apr 28 at 10 AM to Apr 30 at 12 PM


Camp Maranatha

19780 W Camp Dr, Big Lake, Alaska 99623

There are still about 14 openings for the Valley Weavers & Spinning retreat the last weekend of this month.

Alaskan Fiber Arts Retreat. Please email [email protected] for details. Prices vary. Please remember that this is a drug- and alcohol-free (& kid- and pet-free) venue. Take a break, and treat yourself to a weekend in fiber-love!

Please visit the Valley Fiber Arts Guild Facebook page for more information.

Valley Fiber Arts Guild


Fiber Roving April 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on April 10, 2017 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Fiber Roving

April 2017


The shearing is done and I have 22 bare naked goats running about, at least the weather is warm and a living room full of raw fleeces. But time to move onto the rest of the spring chores staring at me. There are no garden beds here, so that will be a big chore, creating space and soil to plant in. It won’t be big, just need it for me and some give away things, but I figure it will take a few years to get the soil up to speed. I am hoping to plant a few things this year, but mostly it will be a preparation effort. Also the home has not been lived in for 3 years, so I have a lot of basic maintenance projects to do, it will be a busy summer, as it usually is for everyone in Alaska in some way. Babies are due in May. You have a Board of Directors of six now. Let me re-introduce them all; Lou Heite ([email protected]), Monti Hightower ([email protected]), Lisa Lambert ([email protected]), Juniper Lunmer ([email protected]) Martha Merry ([email protected]), Karen Porter ([email protected],com). These individuals have agreed to step forward and run our guild and I am grateful to them.

 

Our next meeting is Thursday, April 20, beginning at 5:30, come when you can, Soldotna Public Library, community room on the right as you enter the library. Bring your current portable project. Hopefully many of our Board Members will be there and you can meet them in person, many you already know.

 

It has been a hectic winter for the Guild. We have by-laws, a mission statement, and goals. AND now have a board of directors to lead us forward. It took time to get the paperwork together, and longer to get a board. Like many of us, these individuals are also busy people, so I ask you to be willing to step forward and volunteer as needed, for example for the Fiber Festival. It is all of us working together that allows all of us to succeed!

 

I would encourage you to check the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District web site, there are a number of workshops coming up to check out.

 

The Plant Sale is May 20th from 10 to 1 at Three Bears parking lot in Kenai. This benefits KSWCD. Many choices, good quality, for additional info Abraham England @ 907-306-4610.

 

Hope to see many of you on April 20, till then enjoy the melting snow and warm weather �� Lee

 

Fiber Roving March 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on March 9, 2017 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

March 2017



While the days are getting longer, and the sun has more warmth, the colder weather is saying “ha ha, I’m not done with you yet!”. Yet there is an old saying about March, “if it comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb”. That is my hope too! So, smile at the cold and laugh, not much longer old Winter, it’s been nice with all the white stuff to play in, but now it’s time for Spring!

 

Cashmere kids are due in May. Will be shearing probably in early April. Many projects this summer, especially in a newer place, ah, life on the land…boredom does not fit into our language!

 

Our guild is also moving forward. We have four confirmed Board of Director members. It is a good beginning and we have room for a more. Please attend the next meeting and meet Lou, Monti, Juniper and Karen. Board members only meet quarterly.

 

We discussed and voted on Family Memberships (voting power & selling power) for those couples that both want to be involved. It will be 30.00 per couple per year.

 

As most of you know, dues are 20.00 a year. Our fiscal year is July 1 to June 30. Dues paid now are 10.00/15.00 (couple) are good until July 2017. To pay your dues you may send your dues to Monti Hightower at PO Box 475, Sterling, 99672.

 

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the Festival, and many want to do it again. We need to do some fundraising to accomplish that. Paying your 10.00 dues is one simple way to do that!! We have 900.00 in the bank, we need 2500.00 to cover the costs. If 75 people paid their 10.00 that would be a huge leap forward, and is a positive effort that everyone can contribute to it!!! We can do this folks, just step up to the plate and send your dues to Monti!!

 

We are looking at two other fundraisers. One is a marketing workshop and the other a large garage sale, a good time to do your spring cleaning and contribute to the success of the Festival.

 

Besides the Board, we need a Festival Committee and we need them now. There is some urgency on this since we must reserve our space (900.00) and contact teachers and vendors, both important in paying for the Festival. If you would like to be part of the committee, contact me for now, until the Board has elected its officers and we have a new contact person. Home phone is 394-6146, evenings. The festival is not a one or two-person job! We need a committee, dedicated to seeing this through and supporting each other. I will be glad to support or mentor this group in the beginning, but it will be their responsibility.

 

Our next meeting will be at the Soldotna Library on March 16th, beginning at 5:30, or when you get there. Come bring your ideas, suggestions and don’t forget the project you are currently working on.

 

Be well, stay warm, spring will be here soon J

Lee

 

 

BUY/SELL/TRADE

 

Member needs gently used fishing equipment for subsistence fishing, please contact Juniper Lunmar299-4399 – [email protected]

 

 

 

 

         

Fiber Roving February 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on February 9, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Roving

February 2017


The shortest month of the year is here and rushing forward. For me that is accelerated by my daughter’s visit from NZ, time always moves faster when you have good company, especially in mid-winter.

The days are definitely getting longer. I don’t have as strong a need to rush room and grab the last bite of light for doing the critters…happy days!

Our next meeting is Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 at 5:30 (or when you get there) at the Soldotna Library. We need to move forward on finalizing the changes to the By-Laws/Mission Statement/Goals. WE ALSO NEED PERSONS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS! I have one person who has volunteered to be nominated. One does not cut it folks. Even if you have not done this before, you can learn. We are a creative group, and it’s an opportunity to use that creative energy to move this group forward.

The Board of Directors only meets quarterly. We will still have our monthly meetings to socialize and network with each other.

I still have people comment very positively on the Festival and that includes fiber artist, vendors and just ordinary community members. Most want to see it happen again. We need a clear structure to take on this event again, which I hope we do. We cannot do it without more hands involved.  We need a board to coordinate and oversee things. We need a Festival Committee to begin the planning now for the next festival, if that is the wish of the majority of members.

SOOOOOO….please be at the next meeting on Feb 16. Come with your ideas, suggestions, or to listen, learn, and vote what you feel is best. As a small informal group, we have done much. We have a web page thanks Kathy M. We have our monthly outreach letter (this). We did an awesome job on the Festival last Sept with financial support from a Alaska Natural Fiber Business Association grant. And we have continued our community education/outreach efforts at the Fair in Ninilchik.  We have done a lot, and we need to take this next step just so we can continue.

We will keep the “business discussion” short as we did at the last meeting so there is still time to visit and do our creative thing J

The Fireweed Fiber Guild belongs to all of us, and it will take all of us to continue to move it forward.

Thanks everyone, see many of you on the 16th of Feb!

Lee


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