“Hemping” Ms. Lizzie

By: Corrie Habib Am I the only one who wonders–sometimes marvels–at the simple technology and creative solutions used by people in the past? Don’t get me wrong…I’ve been known to reach for epoxy and Gorilla glue plenty of times, but what were the “fixes” for the many hundreds of years of furniture and cabinet making…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 5

By: Corrie Habib Releasing the spirit of Ms. Lizzie– Feb. 25, 2022: The familiar wrist buzz of a text notification on my FitBit…it’s from my dad. ”Amazing: {wow emoji} The rim of the wheel is almost flat! I haven’t clamped it or nothing! I think the broken spokes/hub were holding it in a screwy position…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 4

By: Corrie Habib the saga continues… Jan. 2022: Kids go back to school, but it’s not a week back in the dorm before one heads home with breakthrough Covid for a long weekend in the basement apartment. I, like many others, started a new year knit-a-long project (https://ravel.me/cuff-to-cuff-jacket). Ms. Lizzie hangs out in her corner,…

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HomeGrown Dye Garden Project

Have you ever seen textiles dyed with plants and thought that you would love to try natural dyeing? Have you ever wondered which garden plants and which wild plants give color, which part of a plant produces dye, or what intense or subtle or delicate colors a plant will produce? If so, join the SEFAA…

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Member Profile: Laurel Rudolph

By: Corrie Habib If you are in need of some bright and uplifting art, then Laurel Rudolph’s works are what you need! Laurel now hails from the creative haven of the Boulevard district in Athens, GA but she has a rich history of life experiences from living in WI, OR, HI, CA, and NM before…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 3

By: Corrie Habib 12/19/21: First, coffee. Then, CBS Sunday Morning. Then, bring in Ms. Lizzie from the workshed. My 22-year-old son helps bring her in…I explain how the post fits into its hole and to look at the little leather to hold it in place. I show him the painted parts, the working parts up…

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Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 2

By: Corrie Habib 12/16/21: What kinds of cleaners and finishes are safe for antique wood? I’m in the Google rabbit hole. Antiques Roadshow says to use Butcher’s Wax…what the heck is that? Oh yeah, whatever happened to that million-dollar native American blanket that the older guy had on his sofa? I’m here on their website…

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Something New or Saving Ms. Lizzie, Part 1

By: Corrie Habib 12/6/21: Sitting forlornly in the driveway, with her parts all askew, Ms. Lizzie called out to me to rescue her. Her maidens were pointed to the ground, her spindle hanging from a loop of ancient leather, and her wheel on the axle backward. She had painted details and elaborate carvings all over…

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A natural fiber conundrum.

By: Corrie Habib During a recent social media scroll, I saw a post from a fiber artist about to sell her handmade items for the first time. She was looking for suggestions about how to highlight the value of a wool garment vs. one made from synthetic fibers. There were many comments and links to…

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Member Spotlight: Diana Quinn

by: Corrie Habib It is undeniable that Diana Quinn is an enthusiastic quilter! She’s been quilting for a decade but sewing since she was a young girl. Her mom was a Campfire Girls leader, her aunt taught her embroidery, and Diana’s grandmother sewed all her own clothes: you could say that sewing must be in…

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Member Spotlight: Swaantje Sass

By: Corrie Habib Upon meeting Swaantje, you immediately notice her statement jewelry, colorful clothing, and the fact that she is an avid crocheter. And when asked about her art, she exclaims that she loves color – especially red – and she feels compelled to crochet every day. Her part of the current SEFAA exhibit, “Stitches…

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Save Time and Maximize Convenience!

This year, SEFAA transitioned to a new database system called Neon CRM. There are many benefits to the change, but the one that is most useful to you is that you can create a personal account in the system. With just a login name and password, you can update your contact information, renew/purchase a membership,…

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Quick (Unofficial) Guide to Life with Face Masks

by Allison Bishop Our current public health crisis has led us to a new reality in which wearing a face mask in public is common. It is a critical curve-flattening measure (in addition to staying at home and squeaky clean hygiene) to prevent and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s why: The CDC recently…

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