28 March 2011

First Peek

Today I'm putting the sample for my first published pattern in the mail. If you follow my projects on Ravelry, this is currently listed as the pink scarf. It will have a better name later. But I wanted to at least give you all a peek. Vincent was happy to help.

The scarf has an interesting construction -- by now, you expect nothing less from me, yes? -- but you'll get to read more about that after the pattern is published. I also have better pictures to show the shape and the pattern. The scarf should be in the STITCHES South fashion show on Friday 15 April. If things go very well, the scarf may be at the Skacel booth and the pattern might even be available for purchase that weekend; but let's not hold anybody to that, okay?
The yarn from Skacel Collection is Simplicity by HiKoo. This is a budget-friendly yarn combining superwash merino, acrylic, and nylon. It has a nice soft and springy hand, but is also easy-care. The scarf will be in a collection of patterns from Atlanta Knitting Guild that all feature this yarn. My other pattern in the collection is a stadium blanket. The easy-care and hard-wearing nature of Simplicity makes it a good choice for blankets and children's wear, as it can stand up to a little rough and tumble play. And it comes in about 40 colors, including five variegated colorways.

09 March 2011

Claudia Hand Paint Trunk Show

Well, I forgot to take my camera to the trunk show. Phooey!

It was great to meet Claudia McLean, who is as friendly and vibrant as you would expect a brilliant hand-dye artist to be. And she'll be at STITCHES South, so those of you who missed her today will be able to meet her in another month. The trunk show had lots of good things, including the Flounce Duo from Gwen Bortner's Entrée to Entrelac. One of the ladies in attendance tried it on, and it was surprisingly flattering on the curves of a real woman.

I was well-behaved today, as I bought three skeins of linen last week in preparation for the Shawl the Love contest. Thank goodness the due date is 1 July, because it will be a few weeks before I have time to play with those skeins.

Erin and Claudia put together lovely little goodie bags for those of us who were able to r.s.v.p. Claudia provided four samples of her lovely yarns, and Erin provided a bag, measuring tape, pen, and a coupon for an in-store purchase. There was also a nice selection of munchies, although I couldn't help but notice that the food was mostly untouched. Hard to be interested in food when there is so much beautiful yarn calling your name.

Thank you Claudia and Erin for a lovely event!

07 March 2011

SEFAA

In my profile, I mention that I am a member of the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance. So, what is SEFAA?

SEFAA is a 501(c)(3) organization that is seeking to establish a fiber arts center in the Atlanta metro area. SEFAA hopes to open a space this July which would include three artist studios as well as meeting, classroom, workshop, and exhibition space.

The long-term goal is that fiber groups in Atlanta would have a dedicated communal home space. Beyond just having a place to meet or hold classes, we would work towards owning our own property that is adjusted for our needs. For example, there would be adequate lighting. (How many of you have tried to knit or embroider in a dark hall?) Perhaps we would share some expensive equipment, such as a digital projector for PowerPoint presentations. We might eventually have library space and a dye kitchen. Heck, we might even have a little storage space for things like our convention booth materials.

But most importantly, we would have a place where fiberistas would interact. We would see what other groups are doing because we would be sharing meeting, classroom, and exhibition space. We would be building a large community of interrelated artist. Really, how many fiber groups could there be in metro Atlanta, I hear you ask?

Current SEFAA Member Organizations:
Atlanta Knitting Guild
Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild
Dogwood Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America
East Cobb Quilters' Guild
Gwinnett Basketweavers Guild
Peach State Stitchers Chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework
Peachtree Handspinners Guild
Surface Design Association, Georgia Chapter
TASA - Textile Appreciation Society of Atlanta

As a past president and past librarian of Atlanta Knitting Guild, SEFAA is an important project and dear to my heart. If you've never been on the board of a guild, you'd be surprised how tricky it can be, both politically and financially, to have to rent third-party space month after month for a meeting. And when the space isn't your own, you can't adjust it to meet your needs. I'm sure most AKG members have no idea how big and wonderful our library is because we can't house it where we meet. I'm very proud that AKG was one of the founding organizational members of SEFAA and that AKG has continued to provide both fiscal and volunteer support.

There is a core group of (mostly) women who have done a tremendous amount of work in the last two years just to bring the organization into existence as a 501(c)(3). Now it is time to raise money to rent our first community home space. So, what can you do? Well, you can send a donation. (And, yes, I've done that already. Gotta walk the walk here.) You can become a member. (Yep, done that, too.) You can attend a workshop. (Done that twice. The Peruvian hat was at a January 2011 workshop on Ethnic Textiles with Gail Goodwin.) And SEFAA still needs volunteers both for long-term commitments or short-term projects.

For information on how to donate (by check, Paypal, or Crowdrise), how to become a member, or how to get the latest information on events and classes (blog, Facebook, Twitter, Ravelry group), please follow this link to SEFAA's home page. And if you attend STITCHES South, be sure to look for the SEFAA booth in the market.