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Fiber Roving November 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on November 2, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)
Fiber Roving

November 2017

The fog was thick as I drove to work today, temperatures low, and vehicles that were slow, concerned about ice in the dark I think. It was annoying to say the least, but I wasn’t too late (5 minutes). The darkness has disappeared for blue skies and sunshine, it could be clear and cold tonight, and if so, it will be a great star gazing night too, if it doesn’t cloud over.

A few chores left before the real snow blasts into our neighborhood. I did set up the water heaters after that short cold snap in Sept., and all are working well. Have a supply of hay for now, and about 1/3 of my winter wood in, hope to have the rest by the end of the week. No, I’m not doing it myself, not the skill level or equipment, but have a contract with a local man, some of its here, some is coming, and then I’ll be set for a good while; like being warm, just feels good.

OK, enough chatter, we have lots of business to discuss! 

1. Donations are still being accepted, take them directly to Martha Merry, 252-5082, or bring to the Nov Guild Meeting on Nov 16th, last day to turn in donations for our festival fund raiser.

2. We need additional Board of Director members, please consider this opportunity in support of the Guild, they only meet quarterly.

3. The membership decided to reserve space for 2018 Fiber Festival, space has been reserved at the Sterling Community Center for Sept of 2018. We need to have members to serve on the Fiber Festival Committees, lots of ways to serve and help. We have every possibility of really growing this event to benefit of all members, and we need all you to contribute to make that happen. Commitments vary, small, medium and large, so join in and share the satisfaction of success.

4. We are a Guild, we do have dues, we need to them to cover small and large expenses. Small like the bank acct & web page and larger ones like the festival. 20.00 a year is pretty low, and it helps the Guild to grow. If you have not paid your dues for 2017/2018, please contact Monti at 262-4851.

5. OK, this is a link to a survey, it is also on the Guild Facebook, would like to hear from everyone, what would work best for the majority of members for meetings? Keep it on Thursday?; change time, day and structure (potluck, short meeting, 15 min, social/craft time)?; or other??? We want to be accessible to the majority, and would like to see more participation at the meetings. (more fun that way for everyone  ) Please vote, let us know your ideas & preference.

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Next meeting will be Thursday, Nov 16th at 5:30 or when you get there, bring your smile, your project, and let us discuss and share, snacks always welcome too.

OK folks, I think that is it for now….please take a minute to vote, we do need to hear from you, and please remember the donations and your dues……keep smiling and I’ll see you on the 16th! �� Lee



Fiber Roving October 2017

Posted by fireweedfiber on October 12, 2017 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)


Fiber Roving

October 2017



Hello, this is going to be short, I have just returned from Minnesota, my oldest sister is dying, and I needed to go home and say goodbye. Sorry for the lateness of this reminder.

Our next meeting is the 3rd Thursday of the month, which is Oct 19th at the Soldotna Library, beginning at 5:30 or when you get there. Hope to see many of you there. Bring your donations for our fund raising for the festival.

Also, Kathy Morey’s class is Oct 15th at Artzy Junkin’ in Soldotna, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn basic tapestry weaving, or to refresh your weaving skills in miniature, her work is beautiful and she is a patient teacher. I sent you an email on this, and she still has some room in the class. Call Sue at 398-9162 to reserve your space….you can buy a loom from her (30.00) or bring your own, no larger then 8x10.

Notices: Buy/Sell/Trade

Kathy M has a beautiful loom for sale, Weaver’s Rapid Warp Loom, 18” wide, paid over 500.00, will take 300.00 for it, folds up, easy to store, link has some great photos and how too for it, she can be contacted at 513-1731. Photos didn’t transfer, but the link

give you good visuals.

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See you all on the 19th, Lee

 


 

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

 


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