Thrums are the unwoven yarn used to attach each warp to the front and back beams of the loom — thrums are extra and indispensible. Here, thrums are extra and indispensible information about CHG!
CHG publishes a monthly newsletter (except in July and December) which is posted in Members Only prior to each meeting. For those without internet connections, the newsletter is available via U.S. Mail. Full of photographs, details of upcoming events, and interesting articles, the newsletter keeps members informed and entertained. Archived newsletters are always available in Members Only.
Articles, photographs, weaving tips, and want ads are always welcome and may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELEN WOOLMAN LIBRARY
CHG members have access to the Helen Woolman library collection which is housed in the CHG classroom (Room 1 of the North DeKalb Cultural Center). This is an amazing resource, with over 650 magazines, books, sample notebooks, and videos. The library is open both before and after Guild meetings for members to browse, borrow and return materials. Library holdings are kept current through annual purchases and donations.
A new Tapestry Study Group has formed! Open to all CHG members who wish to participate, the meetings are informal and all skill levels are invited. Meetings are generally held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in Room 4 of the North DeKalb Cultural Center from 10 am to 4 pm. Email Terri Bryson for more information and upcoming meeting dates.
The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild hosts an Open House every February. This is a fun family event and a wonderful opportunity to learn about weaving and other fiber arts. Every year, experts are on hand to demonstrate techniques ranging from floor-loom weaving, rigid-heddle loom weaving, inkle loom weaving, tapestry weaving, basket weaving, card weaving, and bead weaving, to kumihimo, spinning, crochet, and knitting. The demonstrators bring examples of their work and are available to answer questions about techniques, tools, and the classes they offer. Tour the CHG classroom. Try weaving. There will be activities for children, plenty of wonderful refreshments, and door prizes galore. The next CHG Open House will be February 10, 2013 from 1-4pm at the North DeKalb Cultural Center.
For the past few years, CHG members have created hand-made baby blankets and scarves for charity. CHG has donated blankets and scarves to children who were in-patients at Hughes-Spalding Children's Hospital (HSCH) in downtown Atlanta, and scarves to the Women's Resource Center in Decatur. This year, CHG will be donating blankets and scarves to the residents of Nicholas House, a long-term shelter designed to help families get back on their feet.
Handmade articles are always welcome, whether they are woven, knit, quilted, sewn, or felted. Donations are collected at Guild meetings and are presented to the selected charity once each year. So, put a little extra warp on your loom or buy a little extra knitting yarn and contribute to this worthwhile project. The recipient's smiles are more than worth the little bit of extra time and effort!
CHG is proud to support Threads of Promise, a new weaving co-operative between Karin refugee women from Burma and RRISA, the Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta. The weavers are currently creating beautiful items on back strap looms constructed from dowels and PVC pipe. But, weaving on back strap looms is relatively slow, so CHG has donated two floor looms to the weaving co-operative. Hopefully, the weavers will quickly master this new equipment and will be able to produce some items faster. Increasing productivity is very important, since 80 percent of the profit from Threads of Promise's sales goes back to the weavers. CHG is hopeful that this will be the start of a wonderful new partnership where weavers from different countries share techniques, tips, and cultures.
CHG DISPLAY CASE
Outside of the CHG classroom is a display case purchased with Guild member donations in memory of Gwen Tweedy — one of CHG's oldest and longest-standing members. The initial display celebrated the Guild's 50th anniversary in 2005, and since then, displays have changed several times a year. Recent displays have featured student weavings, paper weaving, and Georgia National Fair winning entries. The Margaret Mott Award plaque is also permanently housed in the display case.
Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA)
The Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild is proud to be a founding member of the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance (SEFAA), a new nonprofit corporation dedicated to the fiber arts!
SEFAA’s goal is to provide non-accredited fiber arts education, exhibitions, encouragement, and inspiration for anyone with an interest in any aspect of the fiber arts. To do so, SEFAA will develop a permanent, purpose-build facility in Atlanta that will include meeting rooms, classrooms, a dye lab, a gallery/sales area, a library, storage space and, hopefully, artist’s studios. Envision a warm, welcoming, and creative atmosphere in which to enjoy a unique and all-encompassing fiber arts experience and you’ll understand SEFAA.
To join SEFAA as an individual member, to volunteer, to donate, or for more information email: email@example.com.
GEORGIA NATIONAL FAIR
2011 Georgia National Fair Results
Spinning and Weaving Competition
Congratulations to the following CHG 2011 Georgia National Fair Winners!
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
JOURNEYMAN - Cindy Fox
PHG HANDSPINNING AWARD
Click here to download a PDF of the complete listing of winners in the Weaving and Felting, Miscellaneous, Spinning, and Knitting and Crochet with Handspun categories of the Spinning and Weaving competitions.