Friday, September 14, 2012

ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Every September the Craft Guild holds an open house to share with the community and our membership just what we do here.
Individuals bring in their creative pieces which certainly brightens up the room. There is quilting, weaving, spinning, knitting, beading,pottery, a real sampling of the talent represented by this group. We use this time to pay our dues, learn the new combination to the house and simply to catch up with those we haven't seen in a while. We also have demonstrations...such as this quilting. Bob didn't realize he was going to be a quilt frame, but he does seem pleased to help.
Deb demonstrated her latest abstract piece which she designs and creates herself. She told me the piece dictates what it wants to be and she just follows along.
I must admit I am always just a little humbled by the skill, creativity, and genuine love of the art these crafters/artists demonstrate and yet each is willing to help that novice become enthused. Welcome to the Craft Guild of Iowa City...a place to grow your muse.

Walnuts & Wool

The trees are beginning to change colors and lose their leaves. The walnuts are waiting to be gathered. Fall is in the air.
Knitters love this time of year; its cool enough to have all that wool in their laps. With needles humming, they gathered to share their latest projects.
Terry and Grace worked on baby surprise jackets. Terry's is almost done, in blue. Grace is just beginning one, with sock yarn.
Wendy is making Multnomah from Hello Knitty out of Paca-Peds H-T sock yarn (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/WKate/multnomah).
Molly is working on 2 socks from a dyed sock blank, toe up. Grace gave a mini-demonstration of Tunisian crochet that she used to make a bag that is a store model at Crazy Girl (see http://www.ravelry.com/projects/tully/betsy). Molly also showed us her completed scarf made out of that novelty ribbon yarn that makes a kind of ruffle when you knit it. Sounds have been a really prolific afternoon and yet, the outdoors seems to beckon...Lucy and Grace picked up walnuts and twigs. Certainly helped sprune up the place. If you're a knitter, join us for an afternoon or a evening. Each knitter simply enriches the others.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Weavers Potluck

The weavers gathered at Betty's for the semi-annual potluck. It was amazing, the food, the show and tell, the state fair winners. We have such incredible weavers in this group.
Check out Pat's summer project. I haven't figured out how some folks find the time and the talent to do such wonderful pieces.
Jeanette's finally off all crutches, casts and other unsundry apparatus, produced this wonderful rug...basically out of her "stash". Wow, do I need a bigger stash!
My thanks to Dorothy and Vicki, who produced many yards of fabric for the Breast Cancer Pillow Project. Believe or not, there were no color requests, just brilliant minds working together, or perhaps these ladies share a stash. With the beginning of the craft guild year, we are reminded of where creativity meets the mind, the abstract, or simply the wonder of it all. Remember Weavers, we don't meet on out traditional Tuesday night in October, but on Saturday during the Ruby Leslie Workshop at Solon Library. Whether your project is large or small, enjoy the simple act of creating...weaving...
Open House Sunday September 9, 1-4 pm at the guild house