Fiber-y Items June 19, 2020

Members, we sometimes get notices on fiber-related things between newsletters, and that are time-sensitive. So, we’ll make occasional blog posts and you will get an email notice when we do.


First, starting today, Friday June 19, is the online Fiber Arts & Textiles Symposium. They are going live (8-11am PDT, 9-12pm MDT, 10-1pm CDT, 11-2pm EDT, 3-6PM GMT) for Day 01 of the Fiber Arts & Textiles Symposium 2020! Go grab your favorite beverage, pen and paper to take lots of notes, sit down, relax and enjoy because this is going to be super-duper! Join them free! Fiber Arts Symposium Team

Today’s schedule
Symposium Kick-Off Gathering! 9am MDT Join Shahar Boyayan for the Kick-Off Gathering!
Catherine Marchant – 9am MDT: How to Create Mug Rugs
Beverley Saville – 3pm MDT: Mixed-Media Textile Techniques
Sharon Mitchell – 6pm MDT: Needle Sculpt a Character Cloth Doll

Need Fiber Processing?

Zeilinger’s Wool Company is in the first stages of planning a trip to Maryland in late June for a no-contact pick up of fiber. I think they may be receptive to making other stops on their way back to Michigan. If there are enough pounds to make it worth their while, they may pass through Virginia. They also would be in need of a place to set up for the event (farm, fairgrounds, etc.).
If you think that some you might be interested in getting your wool to Zeilingers in this way, let me know. Contact me at the email below with type of wool and quantity, so I can see if we can entice them to stop in VA.
Martha Polkey, Black Sheep Farm

LINKS and Info for Sewing Masks and Scrub Caps

This blog post will be updated as needs change at the local hospitals. Download this info as a flyer here (March 30)

UPDATE 4/8: Martha Jefferson Hospital
All in the Charlottesville area, Martha Jefferson Hospital is now actively seeking handsewn masks. They say: Thank you for your efforts to support our nurses and clinical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are most grateful for your generosity and involvement.
You can drop off completed masks at the main entrance of Martha Jefferson (500 Martha Jefferson Drive) anytime.
Again we appreciate your thoughtfulness.
Link to the preferred CDC mask –

UPDATE 4/3 Even More Links:
Cville Craft Aid:
Sign-Up to Sew:
If you want to see someone sew a mask really fast watch this technique:
JoAnns video tutorial:
Popular Science handsewn mask using grocery bags:

UPDATE 3/30 – Links:
Million Mask Challenge (includes a pattern and tutorial):

If you know a nurse or doctor, ask if they’d like a headband to protect their ears.
Note from a FB post “Who can make me some of these? They are just headbands with buttons. My ears are raw and killing me. I appreciate the homemade masks people are making us too.
I learned you can actually take headbands (must be washable due to the COVID virus) and just sew buttons on right above the ears (where the mask straps will cut in) the large buttons work best. “

UPDATE 3/29 – Links:
Equip Cville:
Masks 4 Humanity: (links to patterns and organizations)
Mask for Heroes: (find local to you needs)

UVa:  As of March 27, 2020, UVa is no longer accepting handsewn masks, but they are still asking for scrub caps.  (I understand the caps are worn under plastic face shields.)  Masks are still needed in other local settings than the hospital however.  Contact UVa to make arrangements to meet to drop off items. (If you are stuck at home, contact me for help getting items donated at
LaDelle Gay 434-806-1357 or email 
Or Maureen Oswald at:

MJH: had previously said they couldn’t accept masks but now they are working on corporate approval we’ll post on the website and FB when we hear more.  At this point they prefer the pleated style with elastic loops or fabric ties.

Piedmont Pediatrics:   Can use single layer masks and not to worry about pockets…though they will very happily take any type, and are so very grateful and appreciative for anything.  Their thought process is 1) they decided that for now they will wear their (reusable in order to conserve) paper masks and put the cloth masks over them so they can keep washing the cloth masks. 2) They thought it would be easier and quicker to make.  They’d love a mix of tie and elastic masks but again are really just so appreciative of any type.

Update: The Laurels of Charlottesville is looking for N95 masks, Surgical masks, Sewn Masks, Disposable Gowns, Face Shields, and Hand Sanitizer. Their instructions say “ring bell and await staff member to accept delivery”.

Update: Albemarle Center for Family Medicine is also interested in single layer facemasks (no pocket) which they will be using over their surgical masks to help preserve those masks. (since it is single layer, please use high-quality tightly woven cotton.). You can drop them off at their office at 535 Westfield Rd., Charlottesville. They are very appreciative of any help you can give.

More info is being updated more often on the Cville Sews Facebook group, so you may want to head over and ask to join them:


Handsewn masks are often used as a cover over the N95 masks to extend their useful life.  As a last resort, they are used alone.

From UVa Volunteer Services:
Thank you so very much for your kindness in offering to make face masks for UVA.  The infection control team has provided us with the following guidelines:  Layers are recommended, the outer layer could be a tightly woven cotton or viscose/rayon, or tightly woven wool;  The inside layer could be the same tightly woven cotton.
Here are some links to ideas and tutorial. This first one could be made as a pocket so folks could use a liner if they have one…

Buttoncounter face mask:

Or as a pdf I made from the tutorial:

About the best materials to use:

Deaconess Face Mask info:

Home sewn simple mask with a casing for wire:

Here’s another pleated mask pattern from a RN:
Pattern as a pdf:
Instructions as a pdf:
Modified version with pocket for filter material:

Instructional video for sewing the Olson mask:


Surgical Scrub Hats, skull caps:
You are welcome to use any cotton, or cotton poly blend, in any cheerful fun colors or designs that you would enjoy using.  Here are some links to patterns and ideas.
UVa says “Please call or email us if you have any questions and/or when you are ready to coordinate a convenient pickup/drop off location. We look forward to hearing from you.”

KatieKadiddlehopper simple reversible scrub cap:
Note:  UVA confirmed that single thickness for the scrub caps is OK.

Bonnet-style scrub cap:

Etsy shop with scrub cap sewing patterns in a variety of styles:


From Ewe Fibers on Main Street:  Help supply masks to those in need.
Ewe Fibers info and location on their website:
Others have already taken the time to put together resources for making masks at home, so I will just provide links here so you can find the information that is already out there. We are donating cotton fabric to anyone who would like to make masks. The fabric will be in a bin outside the shop door and you are welcome to come pick it up anytime you want. Bias tape and elastic are also available as long as they last.

Here are the resources we have been using:
Local group coordinating the mask making effort (also links to patterns and sign up to sew):
Blog post from Fancy Tiger Crafts:

Not local, but another option to donate your sewing time:
If you have people who have needs please encourage them to register with the Sewing to Save! group on Facebook where both makers and requesters are matched up with local resources. It’s at:

Fiber Notes Jan 22 2019

Lily Hope, Mellon Indigenous Artist at UVa’s Fralin Museum of Art, January 22-25, 2019

Lily Hope weaves Ravenstail and Chilkat textiles. Her ensemble, Little Watchman (on display in the exhibition Reflections: Native Arts Across Generations at The Fralin Museum of Art) blends the two styles. Lily is Tlingit Indian, of the Raven moiety; following her matrilineal line, she’s of her grandmother’s clan, the T’akdeintaan,  originating from the Snail House in Hoonah, Alaska. She teaches both styles of weaving in the Juneau community, in the Yukon Territory, down the coast of SE Alaska and into Washington and Oregon, and lectures on the spiritual commitments of being a weaver.

Lily Hope is a Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Artist at UVA from January 22-25, 2019. The residency program schedule includes:

Questions about the program? Contact curator Adriana Greci Green or administrator Amanda Wagstaff,

February 1 is the Deadline to apply for HGA & Dendel Scholarships for Fiber Arts Students

Each year the Handweavers Guild of America, Inc. (HGA) provides over $4,000 in Scholarships for students enrolled in accredited academic programs in the United States and Canada. With the goal of furthering education in the fiber arts, including textile research, history and conservation; scholarships are awarded on artistic talent and technical excellence rather than financial need. If you are a student we hope you will consider applying. If you know of a student who may qualify, we hope you will forward them this email. This year’s Scholarship deadline is February 1, 2019. Apply Now.

HGA’s scholarship program is part of our mission to educate, support and inspire the fiber art community. We recognize that students are an integral part of our fiber art community and as such we invite students to get involved in the many opportunities HGA has to offer.

  • Join HGA for our international fiber arts conference: Convergence® 2020 in Knoxville, July 24 – 30, 2020. Convergence® Internships connect Student Interns with internationally known Convergence® Leaders to assist in their classes. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the full Convergence® experience, including taking classes in their spare time. Transportation and accommodations, with limitations, is provided.
  • Students are invited to enter their work in one of HGA’s juried exhibits. Entry fees are waived for all students registered in accredited academic fiber programs.
  • HGA offers discounted annual student memberships for $25. Benefits include grant opportunities; 4 issues of our member magazine, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot; and much more. Join now.

For more information about HGA and our student opportunities, visit our website,, or call (678) 730-0010.

Remember MAFA 2019 Conference Registration opens at 9am on February 2nd!

Find complete conference info here

Or download the catalog here

Natural Dyes Podcast with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

Gist Yarn & Fiber’s Podcast
Episode 33: Natural Dyes with Kathy Hattori of Botanical Colors

This week on the podcast, I’m talking to Kathy Hattori the founder of Botanical Colors. Botanical colors supplies artisans and the textile industry with the materials and knowledge to dye textiles in a way that uses less water, is non-toxic and bio-degradable. They sell beautiful high-quality natural dyes for weavers and makers. Kathy and I had a lovely and wide-reaching conversation about why she’s so passionate about natural dyes, how she thinks about ethics and sustainability in sourcing, her tips for weavers who want to try out dyeing for the first time, and so much more. Comment below to continue the conversation!

New Tapestry Classes announced at Joan Griffin Tapestry

Hello Fellow Guild Members…

The new year is the time we think about our creative directions and new ideas for the coming year. I am offering several tapestry sessions for anyone who is interested.
I think it is important to have a good foundation in the basics of tapestry weaving so that a student can then move on to a more personal expression using the techniques they have learned. The classes are held in a friendly, learning atmosphere in my studio in order to see a working studio as well as the opportunity to try various types and sizes of tapestry looms. Students also have access to a large library of tapestry books, different kinds of yarns and various approaches to designing.


The 2 day class concentrates on the basic techniques of tapestry weaving on a portable loom. We cover the basics of tapestry weaving such as warping the loom, finishing and various design shaping techniques. Tapestry weaving is a unique , timeless technique but can be adapted in a multitude of colorful ways to the challenges of contemporary designs. Each student will take home a tapestry sampler they completed during the weekend for future reference. Students may also take their loom home to continue work for a few weeks and then easily ship back to me if not local. Classes are 10-4 on Sat. and 10 – 4 on Sunday. $198 for both days and all supplies included. A student only needs to bring lunch each day. No previous tapestry experience is necessary. The classes are very very small so that each person has the necessary personal attention. contact me via email to register in advance (

Dates for early winter and spring:
February 3/4 or April 7/8 or June 2/3.

Consider trying tapestry!

Joan Griffin
Charlottesville VA