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The Huntsville Fiber Guild

October Newsletter

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OPEN SHEDS October 2004
October Meeting Details
When: Saturday, October 16th 10 am - 12 pm
Location: Huntsville Madison County Public Library
Activity: Color Gamp Study
What to Bring: Items that show color interactions

Meeting Details:
Is color part of the excitement of the fiber arts for you? Come to our October meeting and learn how to play with color. We started a study group last spring and it is now time for us to show our progress no matter how little it may be! All are welcome to share in our trials and triumphs. We will also investigate other ways to study color through the fiber arts for those who were not able to be part of our study group. The meeting will be held at the main branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library room D from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Those red hat ladies have nothing on us. They are limited to red and purple. Let's show off our colors!

President's Message:
We had a good turnout for the Membership Tea; there were a dozen or so members with some wonderful items on the "show and tell" table, and we were able to find good homes for many of our old Handwoven and Spindle, Shuttle, & Dyepot magazines. The remaining magazines will be at the October meeting if you are interested in purchasing some at the bargain price $0.25 an issue.
We now have a fledgling web site. The address is, and the email address is Please note that there is no "www" in the address. Right now it is one simple page. Before the October meeting I hope to have a larger web site in place, including the current newsletter, calendar, a partial library list, information about guild equipment, and a few other items. I will also start the process of having links to our site from other sites, like the HFA. Currently, the site is free, and as a result it does display ads. Please let me know your suggestions!
Emily and I set up a Guild display at the Public Library in Decatur. Thank you to everyone who contributed items! We used most of the things we received. The display will be taken down in early October, and we will set up another display at the Madison Public Library for the month of October.
Look for more information coming soon about February's spinning workshop and November's basketry workshop. Also, we have received some wonderful offers to host the December potluck. Thank you!

Walking Wheel Fun at Burritt
On Saturday, October 2, the spinners are invited to Burritt on the Mountain to use the Museum's walking wheels. There will be four walking wheels in working order. Contact Crystal for details.

Tennessee Fiber Festival
The Cannonsburgh Harvest and Fiber Festival is October 23 from 10-5pm. There will be spinning, weaving, sheep shearing, blacksmithing, an antique car show, soap making and fiber vendors. The Cannonsburgh Village is located at 312 South Front Street, Murfreesboro, TN. This is just one event of many as part of the Heritage Festival. Visit the following web site for more information:

Newsletter Request
The newsletter editor is happy to add any items to our newsletter. The deadline is five days before the last day of the month.

Our Heritage
The invention of the flyer spinning wheel came shortly after the development of oil paint. Artists turned from painting on wood panels or plaster walls to painting on handspun and hand woven linen. Rembrandt, Rubens, Titian and all the old masters working up until the Industrial Revolution, depended on local spinners and weavers for their canvas.
Source: Spin, Span Spun by Bette Hochberg