We have several common interest groups that meet throughout the month at the studio and around town. If you find something that interests you, feel free to join in!
Oatland's Mighty Oak:
FIBER art installation
When you visit Oatland Island Wildlife Center you will see a fiber art installation that members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs created for the Lobby of the the Welcome Center at Oatland. Tapestry Weaver Urban Jupena and Oatland Education Specialist Annie Quinting spearheaded the group. Members worked for 3 years in our 2nd floor studio to create the massive tree using different fiber art techniques. Our weavers wove bark for the massive oak tree & the spinners spun some of the yarn for it. Guild members sewed the branches together and added Spanish Moss. Thousands of leaves were felted, quilted, knitted, crocheted and dyed. A multitude of critters hide in the branches. Fiber art of all kinds will be represented.
A booklet that chronicles the evolution of Oatland's Mighty Oak from idea to completion is available in the Oatland Island Wildlife Center's gift shop as well as from the guild. Beautiful images created by former member Jeri Nunley Nokes were used to create sets of notecards that are also available in the gift shop or through the guild.
This article appeared in Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot magazine:
weaving study group
We are planning on starting a weaving study group soon.
More & more of us are interested in WEAVING. If you would be interested in joining our weavers study group, please contact us at email@example.com
FIBER FUN DAYS
Several guild members meet to work on their various fiber art projects at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center Fiber Studio and at UnWind on Waters St.. Participants bring their fibers and spinning wheels (or drop spindles or whatever) and enjoy an working together. It's a very relaxed setting and beginners as well as those with lots of experience are welcome.
Members of the Fiber Guild of the Savannahs have been working on the Weaving HOPE project at the Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial Hospital. Using donated colorful yarns on a simple cotton carpet warp members encourage patients and caregivers to help weave banners than hang in the atrium waiting room. One of the guild's portable 4 shaft Dorset looms is loaned to the institute for this project. Those waiting are encouraged to complete the sentence "I hope..." and write their hopes on pastel colored cardstock that is woven into the banner. The project runs from October through May on Wednesday mornings from 10am to noon. Contact Suzy at firstname.lastname@example.org.