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Fiber Roving June 2018

Posted by fireweedfiber on June 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Fiber Roving ~~ June 2018~~ May was a cool month and I found myself inpatient for spring to spring open and fill my eyes, heart and mind with the beauty of spring awakening. I found myself rejoicing in a new way to the beauty of the first greens, like a blush against the dark spruce, washing the land, and then strengthening in color and width as it redefined the contours and textures of the land. Oh, what a beautiful conformation of life spring is! We have much to share on the festival, but first let us confirm our guild meeting. May was our last month at the library until fall. So, for June and July we usually meet at homes, August is usually our Fair month, and of course Sept will be the festival. Oct we will be in the library again. Our next meeting will be on June 16th, at 11:00 at Martha Merry's home in Ridgeway. Many of you know the way, if you don't, when you are coming from Soldotna, take the Kenai Spur Hwy as if you are going to Kenai. As you get to the top of the hill leaving Soldotna, take the first left with the green street sign that says Lancashire. Turn left off the Spur, as you leave the Spur, you will find three (3) roads, take the middle road, there is a small hill/incline, at the top, you will see a two (2) story brown house to the right, follow the driveway on your right to the parking area next to the house. If you are coming from Kenai, just reverse the direction, Lancashire would the last street sign on the right, just before the hill drops you into Soldotna. Or call Martha at 252-5082. She is better on directions. Snacks are always welcome! We are planning to have a relaxed gathering, bring your portable projects, yourself, snacks.Loretta has agreed to be there to help anyone who would like help with rigid heddle looms, bring your loom with you if it is portable. If you have something you would like to share with the group, please come prepared to share, its fun to learn. Now, for the next subject, Fiber Festival! There are somethings we need to start and organize now: Teachers, Vendors, Volunteers, Demonstration and Donations. We would like you to go to the Fireweed Fiber Guild web page to get the applications. We already have some vendor applications in, and we do have a limit of how many vendors we can fit in. First come is the rule. Please remember the festival is promoting Natural Fibers, which is anything from nature: animal fiber, wood, plants, clay, leather, fur (think I got it all) The festival coordinator can turn away a vendor or teacher that does not fit within the guidelines for natural fibers. Teachers: The application will give you basic information and some guidelines. I don't need to re-state them here. I do want to encourage you to teach! It can be 2 hours, 4 hours, or a day. And it can be simple! What you do on a regular basis, may be something another would like to learn, its just a time to share, that is what teaching is all about, sharing what you enjoy doing. So, you are saying, I've never taught, soooooo? Why not begin? Teaching is giving a gift of knowledge and skill to another. Start small, set your class size small, like five people. Share what you know, beginning spinning, beginning knitting, or crocheting. Is there a special technique you have learned, share folks! We need the applications as soon as possible so we can schedule you into the time slot that works best for you. It also allows us to advertise your class so people can sign up for it. Lets do it folks, there are so many talented people in this guild, share your skills, make some money and increase the fiber skills in our community. Contact info for submitting is on the application. Vendors: Again, the applications and some guidelines are on the web page. We did raise the rates a bit, and they are still below the average for an event. I strongly recommend you partner with another person, makes it more cost effective, and allows booth coverage for potty breaks. One booth is 8 x10 feet. Since many who come may not be fiber artists, items that sell best are often finished items and yarns, but that does not eliminate a need for roving or batts, its just a smaller audience. Again, we do have limited space, so please get your applications in ASAP. First come is the rule. Contact info for submitting is on the application. It is noted in the application, but a reminder, all vendors are requested to have a demo going on at your booth. Make it simple, it will bring people to your booth, you can be doing needle felting, and explain how and why it works, and give them a bit of wool to needle felt on a sponge and they can take that with them. People love hands-on experiences, especially when they have children. Volunteers: A festival needs many hands to work, and we need committed volunteers to make it happen. It's a chance to help out, it will be designated shifts, so you will not be tied down for a full day, and it will be important. We want to do 4 hour shifts, we hope to have 2 volunteers per shift (bathroom breaks), and someone to visit with (ask a friend to do it with you, or take the opportunity to meet someone new). This is mainly to cover the information/raffle table as people enter, answer questions, and sell raffle tickets etc.(you can be working on projects as you staff the table) We also need committed volunteers for set-up on Friday and break-down and clean up on Sunday. We also need floaters, volunteers that move amongst the attendees, vendors, and teachers and help out as needed. So, do we need volunteers? YES ! can we count on you, Of course, so email me now, so you have first pick on the shift and job you want its going to be fun, you'll have an important job to do, you'll be hanging out and helping out. What an opportunity to be part of a fiber event, and we can all take credit for our success because we all took part in making it happen!! Demonstrations: We have traditionally had a circle of spinners (volunteers ) in the center. We will continue that circle and we would like to add to it. Would you like to do a demonstration within the circle, other than spin. So spinners take a break, and we are open for a short demonstration. Topic will have to fit within festival guidelines, be related to natural fiber crafts/skills/knowledge and able to demonstrate to a group, which would most likely be those people attending the festival. Again, the more hands-on/inter-active you present, the better outcome. If you want to do a demonstration, please let me know. Donations for raffle: I'm sure you realize, we have to raise funds to pay for the upfront costs for the festival. Our biggest up-front costs are space rental, event insurance, and advertising. There is a way you can help. If you could donate one finished product that we can raffle off at the event. The items will be displayed at the information table, and you are encouraged to attach your business card to the item. This is one more chance for you to support the festival and be part of applauding our collective success. Wow, this is one of the longest newsletters I have done in a long while!! A lot to pass on. I was checking through my files, and found a Fiber Roving done in Jan of 2011, think its one of the first,.hmmm, that's a while ago!...........Remember, June 16 at 11:00 at Martha Merry's home! Lee

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