Great work - photos to follow...
Bobbie took along 19 gourds to the Indiana Gourd Show and brought home 19 ribbons for those - and BEST OF SHOW in the Intermediate Division. Two years in a row for BOS.
Great work - photos to follow...
GOURD SANDING MOP UPDATE
Below is a note from Bonnie Adams about her Sanding Mop (see earlier post) - several people have asked about the availability so here is Bonnie's email. This was in response to Annette's inquiry and also to Kathy N.
I turned my sanding mop business over to The Woodcraft Shop in Bettendorf, IA last year. She can contact them, calling their 1-800 # is best as they aren't on their website yet. I don't have an email addy for Annette, so if you would contact her, I'd really appreciate it.www.thewoodcraftshop.comBonnie Adams
CHEROKEE GOURD ARTISTS GATHERING
The Gathering is held at the Fairgrounds on the Cherokee Reservation in Cherokee NC.
This year gourders will get together from all over the US the 28-31 May, 2015.
Think about going, check out accommodations in the area (motels, cabins etc) and keep checking their website for more information. Right now teachers are submitting their class proposals and we will post here when to expect the classes to be ready for you to check and sign up for. This has always been a wonderful weekend full of fun and amazing classes taught by excellent teachers. Last year Tammy, Bobbie & Rita were there with Bobbie teaching her woodburned bracelet class and B&R taking classes. What a blast. We brought home more than new techniques, be came back with happy memories and new friendships.
PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR NOW!!!
JOIN IN THE FUN! POST HERE OR ON THE MGS FACEBOOK PAGE.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
We hope everyone is having a good start to the 2015 - even tho the weather has been pretty darn cold. Just a quick reminder that Jan is all ready to receive your membership dues for this year - still only $12. The Membership Form is on this website as well as over at Michigan Gourds group on Yahoo - or you can just shoot her a note with your check. The address is MGS Membership, 4541 Petosky Drive, WIlliamston MI 46904.
Tammy is getting a newsletter ready to go out before the end of this month so be on the lookout for that in your email!
Hopefully February will be a month where people can safely travel on the hiways to get together to play with gourds and to plan for events etc for the rest of the year.
Keep warm and safe!
23 December 2014
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November 09th, 2014
Here are photos of the Jackson Patch meeting on 8 November, 2014. Also two photos of the painted and clay spoons. Enjoy.
JACKSON PATCH - NOV & DEC 2014
Our next Jackson Library gourding on Saturday, November 8th.
I hope we have more gourdings this time, and that we can welcome a few new ones to our group. The techniques we will do are Air Dry Clay Faces on Spoons, and something fallish. If you have something fallish to bring and share, or you can bring along something that you have been wanted to get to or have already started. For Lee and Christine, bring the supplies for the Open Coiling done on a cannon ball gourd. If you are coming let me know and I will resend the supply list, and hopefully Tammy can teach you two together on that rimming technique.
Supplies for the Clay Faces on Spoons.
Spoons, any kind will do, leave as is or spray paint with rust-0-leum paint. I used aged copper, and Carrie used metallic bronze, both look good. I also drilled a hole in the top of the handle to hang, but you don't have to. I am also going to bend the handle on some to make them into shelf sitters. Use your imagination on this Air dry clay or Kwick Wood epoxy. I buy mine at Menards.
Beads for eyes and mouth
Paint: Black to paint faces if you wan.
orange for nose
Antiquing paint to make them look old.
Please let me know ASAP me if you are coming or NOT so I have an idea of how many gourders we will have.
December 13th. CHRISTMAS PARTY.
Bring something for a passing dish and munchies.
Exchange gift. This can be something gourd related, gourds cleaned, embellishments, feathers, all ready finished gourd with your special talent... :)
We draw numbers to see who picks first. Its a really nice time. Hope the weather is nice so we can all enjoy the last of the year, then we meet again in Jan, 2015 weather permitting.
2015 SCHEDULE: JACKSON GOURD PATCH
JACKSON GOURD PATCH
Meetings are held at the Carnegie Library
Schedule for 2015 is as follows:
Mark your calendars now and start getting your gourds cleaned and ready to work on. LuAnn will be posting each patch project and list of supplies needed.
Everyone is welcome!
SEE YOU THERE!
!!! MARK YOUR CALENDARS !!!
Here are some of the EVENTS that you will be wanting to put on your calendars for 2015.
Indiana Gourd Show - May 2-3.
Mattaei Botanical Gardens Show - Ann Arbor May 16-17.
Cherokee Gourd Gathering May 28-31, Cherokee NC.
Michigan Gourd Artists Gathering - July 24-25
Gourds at Meijer Gardens - September 19-20.
Ohio Gourd Show - October 2-4.
This and That
Michigan Gourd Society, along with the Michigan Herb group, had a good time up at Meijer Gardens in September. Some of our members had worked on musical gourds so there was definitely a MUSICAL GOURD theme going on. One table was featured for just the instruments and people coming thru were amazed at the different instruments but they had a great time as they were able to handle any and all of those gourds! The big hit of the day had to have been the Thunder Gourds as they were booming constantly. At one stage there was a huge storm that blew in and people were "blaming" the rainsticks and Thunder Gourds for causing that! Outdoors (when it wasn't storming!) there were setups for carving, drilling, cleaning etc and there were demonstrations of the different techniques going on indoors thruout the weekend. Once again the Kids Make & Take table was busy - constantly! They made necklaces, brooches and anything they could think of using beads, dyed gourd seeds and feathers. Thanks to all who donated items and shards for this very special part of the weekend! Imaginations ran wild and the art work was delightful ... the young kids as well as the old ones went away with their beautiful projects and big smiles!
THANK YOU to all who participated - our Volunteers were LuAnn Alexander-Jackson patch director, Tammy Goll-Braunscheidel, Pres. Bobbie Lee-VP, Charlie and Jan Rogers-Tres/Membership Chair, Sharon Berg-Sec, Chuck and Rita Heller-Web Master, Dixie Rosendall-new Rockford patch director, Joann Peltz-outgoing Rockford patch director, Lois Vissia, Dee Jones, Lisa Wierenga, Kathy Priest, and Sandy-family member of Sharon/non MGS member. Sharon, please pass on a big THANK YOU to Sandy for helping out!
Check out some of the photos that were taken during the weekend and plan to join us next year. Check the EVENTS page for dates.