Northwest PA Spinners and Weavers Home About NPSWG News Members Area
Contact US

Past Issues

Bimonthly newsletter of
    Hub Editor:  Susan Olive           

Calendar of Events

April 21, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM  Tentative Joyous Hands Spin-in at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
May 2, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Guild meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
May 9, 2015 9 AM - 5PM Demonstrations at Second Saturday Event, Meadville Market House, Market St., Meadville PA.
May 16-17, 2015 Demonstration event at Edinboro Art & Music Festival.
June 6, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Guild meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
June 13, 2015 Demonstrations at "Something More Saturdays" at Drake Well Museum & Park, Titusville PA, 10 AM - 3 PM.
Fri., July 10, 2015 6 PM Edinboro PA United Methodist Church. Guild Anniversary Event. Banquet  and after dinner
   presentation by Patsy Zawistoski, "The Spinning Guru." Patsy's topic will be "Using Your Yarns, A Look at the
   Creative Process. Patsy's program is free and open to the public; there is a $10 charge for the banquet.
Sat., July 11, 2015  9 AM-4 PM
Edinboro PA United Methodist Church. Guild Anniversary Event. Workshop with
Patsy Zawistoski, "Wool Spinners Tune-up." Workshop fee $20 plus a $15 materials fee. Registration form.

May 2 Program

We'll prepare more t-shirt loopers for our demonstration at the Second Saturday event at the Meadville Market House on May 9. Bring t-shirts, preferably in bright colors, rotary cutter and mat, or sharp scissors. Since this won't take our entire meeting time, bring your wheel, handwork, or UFO and we'll enjoy each other's company while we work. Refreshment committee: Mary Catherine.

Upcoming Programs:
May 16-17, 2015 demonstration event at Edinboro Art & Music Festival.
June 6 Program: Marilyn Merbach, long-time cashmere breeker will offer a trunk show of articles she has made with her cashmere, bring cashmere fiber to sell, and relay tips and tricks for using this fiber.  Refreshment committee: Cate & Barb.
June 13, 2015 Demonstrations at "Something More Saturdays" at Drake Well Museum & Park, Titusville PA, 10 AM - 3 PM.
July 10-11 Program: Guild anniversary celebration. Details above.
August 1 Program:  Picnic & dye day at Cate's. Bring a dish to share.
Sept. 12 Program: NOTE DATE CHANGE. Meeting and demonstration at Edinboro Highland Games.
Oct.  3 Program: TBA. Refreshment committee: Jenn Phillips
Nov. 7 Program: TBA. Refreshment committee: Elizabeth Tomcho
Dec. 5 Program: Holiday Celebration

Minutes of the March 2015 Meeting

Roz Macken called the meeting to order.

Old Business: The February 2015 Minutes were approved. Barb Lodge gave the Treasurer's report. A hospitality sheet was passed for members to sign up to bring cookies to upcoming meetings. We discussed our upcoming anniversary event and were reminded that it will be our July meeting; there will be no regular guild meeting on Saturday, July 4. Plans for our participation in the Home and Garden Show in Erie on March 19-22 were also discussed, and a volunteer schedule was drawn up.

New Business: : Roz updated us that we have received the replacement plaque for our new loom. To date, we have not received information about Second Saturday at the Market House. The Highland Games are believed to be from September 10-13 this year, with our guild meeting projected to be there on September 12. There will be no regular meeting on the first Saturday in September (Labor Day weekend). Jenn Phillips updated us that the Drake's Well Museum is requesting that we demonstrate there, however dates and details are not yet available. Jenn also updated us that Bits-nPieces in Erie has closed.

Show & Tell: 
 Sindi Collard brought three multicolored, lei-like scarves she crocheted with Sassy Fabrics, a perforated ribbon yarn. She explained that they work up quickly and the yarn comes in many colors and patterns. Jen Phillips brought two pair of mittens she knit from the yarn she showed at our last meeting and a skein of yarn spun with the same technique using mohair for the central fiber. She also showed an infinity scarf done with her first core-plied yarn. Elizabeth Tomcho brought a ball of the first yarn she spun from her dog's fur (mixed with some wool for elasticity) and a hexagonal rug she crocheted from old sweaters. She has also started a weaving project at the Art Center in Union City. Sue Olive showed her Fair Isle head band made from qiviut and a nuno felted scarf made with wool in reds and yellows on a white background. Cate Johns showed a purse she is weaving on cardboard. Judy Haninen reminded us that we have many years of Handwoven Magazine in our library that are excellent resources for anyone interested in weaving, and especially for those who may have gotten started at our last meeting. Barb Lodge noted that older issues tend to have easier projects for beginning weavers. Marje Koehlert updated us that she will be presenting a program on bead weaving at the Mercer Guild's meeting next Saturday. Naomi Dumot updated us that she not only warped a loom for the first time, she did a 9-yard warp with preschoolers present! Roz Macken showed several of the felt bags she made to carry glasses and a variety of tools.

Respectfully submitted,
Marje Koehlert, Secretary

Classified Ads

Harrisville Design floor loom for sale: 10 pedals and 8 shuttles [I think she means it has 8 shafts.] 22 inch weaving space and folds up. It is in excellent condition. I have to sell it due to my MS progressing. A new one costs $1775 plus shipping. I am asking $1200. I do not have any supplies to go with it. If interested, please email me at I live in Scranton, PA.

Two looms for sale: One is a maple Baby Wolf with 8 shafts. The other is a large Leclerc with 12 shafts. For pricing and details, please contact Sigrid Piroch at 724-991-6834. To see the looms in the ARTS Studio, please contact Judy Hanninen, at 814-425-2784 to make arrangements to go to the studio.

Loom for sale. Must sell - my husband wants the garage! Leclerc Iris loom. 4S, 32" weaving width, frame size 36x35. 12 dent reed, copy of Warp & Weave by Robert Leclerc (1992). Asking $300. Contact Roz Macken at

Thought Products 8 harnesses loom for sale. Cherry wood loom was made in Somerset, PA. Approximately 50 inch weaving width (3 reeds included). A loom bench with storage and a sliding seat is also included. Asking $1500, reasonable offers will be considered. Contact Jennifer (voice or text) (814) 860-1698.

Alpaca Animals & Fiber for sale. Raw Alpaca Fiber –Prime blankets that have been skirted, ready for washing and spinning. $45. Alpaca Roving –Hand washed and dyed in various colors. Great for hand spinning and felting. $16.00 for 4 oz.
Pet and fiber quality alpacas for the hobby spinner and fiber enthusiast. Alpacas come in a wide range of colors; all are halter
trained and are just plain interesting. They are easy to care for and come with free guidance and fiber consultations. Alpaca is super warm, ultra soft, and a pleasure to work with. April Cox, Tupelo Acres Alpacas & More, LLC, 814-827-2125,

Home | About NPSWG | News | Members Area
Contact Us | Search NPSWG