Monday, September 30, 2013

New Workshop

This workshop is open to non-members of AAFG

Workshop and Runway Show with Maggie Jackson, Award Winning International Knitwear Designer     Presented by the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild,  October 12 - 14.

Saturday, October 12, 9am to 4pm  "Oh No, Not Another Scarf:" Workshop
Sunday, October 13, 9am to 4pm  "Wearable Art" Workshop
Monday, October 14:  Fashion Show of Maggie Jackson's knitted garments and accessories follows the 7pm business meeting of the Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild.  Free to AAFG members. $10.00 donation by guests.

Workshop:  Washtenaw Community College 

In Saturday's workshop you will create a sampler piece of your own design using Maggie's signature stitches like rag knot, tubes, splits, and ladder stitch. The sampler piece can be turned into a scarf, purse or table runner.  Under Maggie's guidance you will learn finishing techniques and tips she learned from having 45 knitters in Ireland when she did Ready-to-Wear. 

Sunday's workshop will take you beyond the previous day with even more of Maggie's interesting textures, stitches and techniques. Ramping things up a notch, you will learn how to incorporate other materials to expand you creativity with two colored frilled tubes, bows, two colored picot tubes and much more. Maggie will help you broaden your horizon and create a whole new style of knitting. 

Registration fee for the weekend workshop (both days) is $170 for AAFG members and $210 for non members.  A materials fee of $40, payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop, covers all yarns for projects both days. You bring #7 or #8 bamboo, wood or plastic needles, a darning needle, scissors and a bag lunch. If you wish, you may share  this workshop with a friend, splitting the fees and the days. Contact Sandy Kunkle ( or 734-997-9032) to register. 

Fashion Show:  Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 West Liberty Street, Ann Arbor

Maggie Jackson will host a fashion show of her knitted garments and accessories on live models. Garments can be tried on and purchased after the show. Maggie will also have books of her designs available for purchase.  Refer to Maggie's website for a sneak peek at the kinds of garments she has shown in Paris, London, New York and soon Ann Arbor. There is accessible access. For more information contact Sandy Kunkle:

 ( or 734-997-9032) to register. 

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Dear SDA Friends,

I hope you have all had a wonderful and productive summer. I am a bit late in scheduling our fall kick-off event, but here it is. Our meeting will be October 20th at 2p.m. Sandy Kunkle has generously offered again to host the meeting at her home. (1201 Minglewood Way, Ann Arbor, MI  48103 with telephone 734-997-9032).  The theme will again be our popular show and tell. We would like to hear and see how you spent your summer. Please bring your newest work as well as anything you may have done in a workshop. As usual we ask that you bring a snack to share and your favorite beverage. Sandy will provide coffee.

On another note, I will be stepping down as your SDA Michigan representative after our October meeting. I have enjoyed tremendously working with all of you. I would like to encourage each of you to seriously consider volunteering to take on the position of SDA Representative. It has been fun and rewarding. You will work with a group of dedicated artists, make lots of new friends and have the opportunity to represent a fabulous organization. I would be happy to work with a new rep for a time, so there is no such thing as, "I wouldn't know where to start". 

I also want to especially thank the SDA Michigan team for their dedication. They are Susan Trovillion, Jean Pratt, Lynn Krawczyk and Karin Larsen. Their support has been invaluable. Thank you all.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Detroit Fiber Festival

Third Coast
Fiber * Arts * Festival
October 18-19, 2013

The McGregor Center 
Wayne State University

 The Third Coast Fiber Arts Festival is two wonderful days of fiber fun, education and a thriving marketplace. Held October 18 & 19 at the McGregor Center on the campus of Wayne State University, this year’s event will be even bigger and better than last year when hundreds of fiber lovers came to learn from some of the country’s best known and respected teachers and to buy high quality hand-crafted fiber products from dozens of vendors.

There is something for almost every fiber fan including knitting, crochet, weaving and more. The event was created for folk we like to call fiber fanatics. Last year, some folks travelled thousands of miles to take part. And, from what we hear, they enjoyed every minute of it!
This year’s festival will have one of the strongest cadre of teachers outside of national fiber events such as Stitches. The folks pictured at the right will be supplemented with several local and regional fiber instructors. (Click the link beneath a picture to learn more about each instructor.)
There will also be a large, indoor marketplace with vendors from across the country. The variety will be great and the quality will be top rate. (It's all above ground this year -- nothing on the garden level.)
Another thing that makes this event special is its venue. The McGregor Center, designed by famed architect Yamasaki, is a spacious marble and glass castle. Its abundant natural light makes the marketplace a wonderful spot to shop and admire regardless of the weather. If you wish to explore, Greektown and Windsor, Ontario are just minutes away. Both offer casinos, yummy food and great walking around.  Both sides of the Detroit River now boast world-class river walkways.
Check this site often. We will be expanding and upgrading information as it becomes available. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.