The Fibre Arts Group at MERA
If you're interested in the fibre arts (knitting, spinning, weaving, etc.) why not drop by MERA on a Thursdays, when you'll find members and would-be members sitting around the table in the kitchen working on our projects.
Fibre Arts includes the knitters and the fibre arts free workshops group. The knitting group can best be described as self help. The members share techniques and new ideas with each other. We welcome anyone looking for assistance or wanting to start from “scratch”. All of us benefit from the interaction. And we just to talk – about everything. There have been tongue-in-cheek complaints from others in the building that we laugh too much.
Officially, we meet from about 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays– but people drop in at any point in the morning. Most of us bring lunch (there’s a microwave) so we can continue on into the early afternoon.
Staying into the afternoon allows those who are interested to move right into one of the afternoon fibre arts workshops, offered most Thursdays. Those workshops, usually led by a volunteer MERA member, let you learn and practice various fibre crafts you may not be familiar with. Programs have been offered in needle felting, card-making, needle weaving, basketry, wet felting, jewelry making etc. Some workshops are free to members; there is a charge for others.
Just before MERA’s annual Annual MERA Christmas Fair, the workshops focus on creating items for the sale.
And -- if you have a class you’d like to teach, that would be great!
Every January and September, you can take part in planning sessions for the upcoming year. You can ask for programs you’d like to see taught, you can volunteer to teach a workshop, or you can raise any programming issues you think are relevant. And those meetings are held after potluck lunches – ‘worth the price of admission,’ as they say!
We take a break from June through August when people are busy with gardens, holidays, family visits, etc.
There are no fees aside from the annual MERA membership dues and the occasional workshop fee.
How can you get involved? Just show up any Thursday morning from September through May. Bring a project, sit down and get started.
For more information contact: Hilary Barrett at 613-278-0220.