The Textile Arts Guild of St. Augustine is welcoming 2016 with a program of looking back and moving forward on Thursday, Jan. 14.
The first meeting of 2016 will feature the annual membersâ€™ swap/sale/giveaway of fiber-related items, and a â€œshow and tellâ€ by members of unfinished projects of days gone by. The business meeting begins at 10 a.m. in Suite 143 of the Lightner Building, 75 King St. The Guild room is in the southwest corner of the first floor adjacent to the courtyard.
â€œThe further back they go, the better,â€ said President Celeste Burns of the kind of projects that she hopes members will present and discuss. She suggested, too, that members may want to use this time to pass on unfinished projects to other members.
Following the program will be the swap/sale/giveaway. The public is invited to shop, too. â€œAll items will either go home with someone or, if left unclaimed, will be donated to charity shops,â€ Burns said.
The Textile Arts Guild was founded in 1995 and is dedicated to preserving the colonial textile arts and crafts of the past for the present. Members are interested in historical and contemporary fiber arts. Weekly studios, monthly meetings, and special demonstration events throughout the year keep members engaged with one another and the community.
On March 19, the Guild will participate in the annual fiber communityâ€™s Spin-In at the St. Augustine Visitor Information Center, 10 Castillo Drive, just north of the City Gate. Participants set up spinning wheels to demonstrate the centuries old craft of spinning. Details will be announced at a later date.
Open studios are held at the Guild room on Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., unless otherwise noticed. â€œWe have had regular participation on Thursdays throughout the yearÂ at our studio and have had the pleasure of interacting with the numerous visitors to our city who often stop in to see what we are creating,â€ Burns said.
Those participating in open studios are asked to bring a personal project — knitting, felting, weaving, basketry, embroidery, hand sewing or other fiber related activity, and join with others to create, discuss, and learn.
The nonprofit Guild always welcomes new members. Dues are $25 a year. Those interested in joining are invited to attend a meeting or, an open studio. They may also join the St. Augustine Textile Arts Guild Facebook group andÂ send a personalÂ message to Burns within Facebook or, post a message to her on the Facebook page expressing their interest. She will then contact them.