CVFG 2023 IN-PERSON Monthly Craft-in/Spin-in

Join us for an informal IN-PERSON craft-in/spin in the first Sunday of each month, September – May. All are welcome!

January 8 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Join us for an informal craft-in/spin. NOTE the January 2023 Craft-In will be on the second Sunday since the first Sunday is New Years Day.

All are welcome! Bring your wheel, loom, or other portable fiber art to work on, get help, or play.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • In-person meetings may be moved outdoors or canceled depending on COVID numbers.
  • If meeting indoors, all attendees must follow the guidelines of our host regarding mask-wearing and use of facilities, regardless of individual vaccination status.
  • We will continue to have virtual monthly meetings on Zoom in 2022, even when in-person craft-ins resume, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

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January 8
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1510 Broad Crossing Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States
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Fiber to Fabric: How the underlying fiber informs the fabric, with Margaret Radcliffe

Each type of fiber brings its own distinct benefits and challenges to a knitting project. In this four-week workshop, learn to evaluate the potentials of your particular yarn and techniques for ensuring success in your hand knit garments.

February 1 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Join us for a four-part workshop, Wednesday evenings, February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023. Sign-ups will close two weeks prior to the first class to allow students time to prepare their homework. Class recordings will remain available to students for one month after the last class.

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From dependable sheep’s wool to tricky rayon, every yarn is individual. Each type of fiber, from a specific breed of sheep or other fiber-bearing animal, from plants like bamboo, hemp and flax, manmade or remanufactured, brings its own distinct benefits and challenges to a knitting project. Learn to evaluate the potentials of your particular yarn and techniques for ensuring success in your hand knit garments.

We will cover the roles of garment architecture, fit, and borders, ways to prevent sagging and biasing in inelastic fibers, and pattern stitches and seaming techniques to stabilize garments. Class will be a combination of lecture, hands-on work, and discussion. Students will take away an understanding of fiber characteristics, yarn behavior in knitted fabrics, and an arsenal of techniques for best results. Note that homework will be assigned before each class session.

Class Dates:  February 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2023.
Class Time:  7 – 9 p.m.
Skill Level: Intermediate through advanced. Students should be comfortable casting on, binding off, working simple pattern stitches, increasing & decreasing, and picking up stitches for borders. Students will find this class most helpful if they have already finished several garments..
Cost: $75 members, $85 non-members.
Class Size: Max 25 students
Deadline to Register: January 25, 2023 at 6 p.m.
Questions:  Email programs@cvfg.org

Supplies:

  • One ball of each of the following yarns. Sport, DK or worsted weight preferred.
    • 100% fine wool (for example, Merino)
    • 100% longwool or coarser wool (for example, Icelandic, or Wensleydale)
    • 100% other animal fiber (for example, angora, alpaca, or cashmere)
    • 100% cotton
    • 100% linen or hemp (be sure to get natural which is stiff, not rayon
    • 100% silk or rayon (look for a soft slippery yarn, rather than one that’s been processed and spun to feel like cotton)
  • A small amount of fingering weight wool yarn (for example sock yarn)
  • Needles in the sizes used to knit homework, plus needles 2 and 4 sizes smaller and 2 sizes larger
  • Ruler (12”-18” long)
  • Calculator
  • Optional: Wraps per inch (wpi) tool. You can also use your ruler, a narrow piece of cardboard, a short dowel, or a pencil marked with a 1” or 2” length using permanent marker.
  • Optional: Tags for labeling swatches
  • If you have one, a notably successful or a notably unsuccessful garment knit in yarn from a single fiber (i.e. 100% wool, cotton, silk, angora, linen, rayon, etc.). Email a clear photo of the garment to instructor at least 48 hours before class begins, with notes on what worked or did not work in this garment.
  • Basic knitting supplies (scissors, markers, cable needle, etc.).

Homework:

  • Knit 6 swatches, one from each of the yarns specified in the supplies list. Use whatever needle size you normally would for each yarn, to create a stockinette stitch fabric you like the feel and look of. Swatches should be 30 stitches by 42 rows. Begin each swatch with 8 rows of K2 P2 ribbing, then continue with 26 rows of stockinette, and finish with 8 rows of K1 P1 ribbing. Bind off. Do not block. Keep a record of needle size used for each swatch. Have swatches and remaining yarn available during class.
  • Download and review the handout.
  • Print a paper copy of the Yarn and Fabric Evaluation Table from your handout.

About Margaret: Margaret Radcliffe is the author of the bestselling Knitting Answer Book, The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques, Circular Knitting Workshop, and The Knowledgeable Knitter. Margaret has taught knitting since 1991 and began publishing her designs in a line of knitting patterns under the name Maggie’s Rags in 1997.

Margaret’s books explore knitting techniques at a depth well beyond what’s usually presented, in a way that makes both the techniques and their appropriate uses clear to readers. As a designer, her specialty is rewarding garments that look complicated but rely on the simplest knitting techniques. As a teacher, Margaret enthusiastically teaches everything from beginning knitting to garment design, and is acclaimed for her ability to help all knitters to develop their independence and creativity.

Margaret’s many teaching venues for knitting and dyeing have included the John C. Campbell Folk School, the Madrona Fiberarts Winter Retreat, the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (SAFF), Knitters’ Day Out, Houston Fiber Fest, the Schooner J&E Riggin out of Rockland, Maine, online fiber challenges for The Livestock Conservancy, plus numerous shops and fiber guilds across the U.S. and into Canada.

Like many knitters and spinners, Margaret has had a long and varied career. She has degrees in Medieval Studies and English Literature, has been an internal auditor, computer programmer, business executive, research administrator, dancer, and editor. Her current fiber arts interests include preparing, spinning, and designing handknits using heritage breeds and participation in The Livestock Conservancy’s Shave ’Em to Save ’Em program.

Visit Margaret’s website at www.maggiesrags.com , and find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maggiesrags.


The deadline to sign up for this workshop is January 25, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST.

Fiber to Fabric

Details and signup form coming soon!

February 1 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Fiber to Fabric Workshop with Margaret Radcliffe

Details and signup form coming soon!

CVFG 2023 VIRTUAL Monthly Meeting

See the newsletter for this month’s topic. We will have announcements, a program, then time for show & tell. All are welcome!

January 15 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Join us for a monthly meeting on Zoom, except June when we will hold our Annual Business Meeting, and we take July and August off as a Summer break.  Most months we will have a demo or program, and we’ll have time for show and tell and discussion.  Meetings with a program WILL be recorded and posted on the Guild Meeting Recordings page on the website. Some speakers only allow us to post the recordings for a limited time, so be sure to check them out shortly after the meeting date.

All are welcome! Members, check the newsletter for the Zoom link.  Guests, please email for an invite.

NOTE: We will continue to have monthly meetings on Zoom in addition to our  in-person craft-ins, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
January 15
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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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CVFG 2023 IN-PERSON Monthly Craft-in/Spin-in

Join us for an informal IN-PERSON craft-in/spin in the first Sunday of each month, September – May. All are welcome!

February 5 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Join us for an informal craft-in/spin in the first Sunday of each month except we take July and August off as Summer break, and sometimes October if our date is the same as FFF.

All are welcome! Bring your wheel, loom, or other portable fiber art to work on, get help, or play.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • In-person meetings may be moved outdoors or canceled depending on COVID numbers.
  • If meeting indoors, all attendees must follow the guidelines of our host regarding mask-wearing and use of facilities, regardless of individual vaccination status.
  • We will continue to have virtual monthly meetings on Zoom, along with in-person craft-ins, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
February 5
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1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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CVFG
Email:
programs@cvfg.org
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1510 Broad Crossing Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States
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CVFG December Holiday Gathering & Craft/Spin-In

Join us at the December Craft-in for a Holiday gathering and gift exchange!. All are welcome!

December 4, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Join us at the December Craft-in for a Holiday gathering! Bring your fiber handwork along to socialize and craft, along with a holiday goodie to share (think finger foods).

We will have a gift exchange for those who want to participate. Bring a fiber related gift (value of $25 approximately)wrapped up, and we will exchange gifts in a number draw.

Come and spend time with guild members as we celebrate together and spread some Holiday cheer!

All are welcome! Bring your portable fiber art to work and play.

Questions? Email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
December 4, 2022
Time:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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CVFG
Email:
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1510 Broad Crossing Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States
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CVFG Monthly Meeting 2022 – VIRTUAL

See the newsletter for this month’s topic. We will have announcements, a program then time for show & tell. All are welcome!

November 20, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

History of the Southern Highland Craft Guild
with Janet Wiseman

Find out more about the Southern Highland Craft Guild at www.southernhighlandguild.org/.

Meetings with a program WILL be recorded and posted on the Guild Meeting Recordings page on the website.

All are welcome! Members, check the newsletter for the Zoom link.  Guests, please email for an invite.

NOTE: We will continue to have monthly meetings on Zoom in addition to our  in-person craft-ins, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
November 20, 2022
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1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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CVFG Monthly Meeting 2022 – VIRTUAL

We will have announcements, demos, show & tell, and time for making. All are welcome!

October 16, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 3:00 pm

Bookbinding and Materials Life Cycle Demo
with Laura Purvis

Learn two different techniques for creating basic bound books with a short discussion on using hand-spun threads, fabrics, and other on-hand materials to reimagine scraps that might be around your studio. Open-spine sewing techniques result in books widely ranging from practical to sculptural that highlight the physical structure of the binding method. These methods invite the addition of fabrics, beads, and other materials for endless experimentation.

The meeting WILL be recorded.

All are welcome! Members, check the newsletter for the Zoom link.  Guests, please email for an invite.

NOTE: We will continue to have monthly meetings on Zoom in addition to our  in-person craft-ins, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
October 16, 2022
Time:
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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CVFG
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CVFG NO Monthly Craft-in due to FFF

We will have announcements, demos, show & tell, and time for making. All are welcome!

October 2, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

Join us for an informal craft-in/spin in the first Sunday of each month except either May or June when we will hold our Annual Business Meeting and elections on Zoom (depends on MDSW dates), and we take July and August off as Summer break.

All are welcome! Bring your wheel, loom, or other portable fiber art to work on, get help, or play.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • In-person meetings may be moved outdoors or canceled depending on COVID numbers.
  • If meeting indoors, all attendees must follow the guidelines of our host regarding mask-wearing and use of facilities, regardless of individual vaccination status.
  • We will continue to have virtual monthly meetings on Zoom in 2022, even when in-person craft-ins resume, both for those from out of the Charlottesville area and those who don’t wish to attend in person.

Questions, email programs@cvfg.org.

Details

Date:
October 2, 2022
Time:
1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Series:
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Organizer

CVFG
Email:
programs@cvfg.org
Website:
View Organizer Website
1510 Broad Crossing Rd
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States
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CVFG 2022 Yard Sale/Swap – CANCELED

May 22, 2022 @ 1:30 pm 4:30 pm

DUE TO THE LOW NUMBER OF SIGN UPS FOR THE SALE/SWAP WE WILL CANCEL IN MAY AND TRY AGAIN THIS FALL, PROBABLY IN NOVEMBER.

We’ve set a date for our Spring Fiber Yard Sale/Swap on May 22nd, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in Charlottesville (near Hollymead).

Clear out your stash and craft rooms and find new homes for fiber, yarn, fabric, beads, tools, equipment, books, magazines, and whatever fiber art-related items need to get out of your house. Sell, Swap, or give it away! We only ask that items be in useable or repairable condition. Please no musty/moldy yarn and magazines!

Buyers, come find bargains, and remember one maker’s discard is another maker’s treasure!

Not in the Charlottesville area?
Remember the guild’s classifieds for sale, free, or in-search-of. View the classifieds here: https://cvfg.org/resources/buy-sell-iso/
Place an ad here: https://cvfg.org/classifieds/place-ad

Details:

  • Doors will open to sellers for set up at 1:00 p.m., and to buyers at 1:30 p.m.
  • All transactions are between sellers and buyers. Bring cash and checks, the guild will not have change.
  • Currently masks are optional at PLC, and for those on the cautious side, we can set up tables outside as well as in the Fellowship Hall as long as it’s not raining.

Questions? Email programs@cvfg.org.

To help us with planning and setting up tables, please fill out this RSVP form to let us know what you plan to bring (don’t worry, if you show up last minute, that’s fine too, just give us a little more time to get you set up):

1510 Broad Crossing Rd
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