| "The HUB"
|| Vol. XXX,
|| January - February 2009
THE NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA
SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD
Saturday, January 3, 2008, from
10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
January 3rd Program: 4 Strand
We will do a small sample rug. Bring scissors, needle and
thread (black and white). Material will be provided for $5.
February 7th Program: Wool felt lamb with a
heart design name tag. Kits will be provided for $6.
January 3rd - NPSWG
Program Meeting at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to-2:00p.m.
January 20th - NPSWG
Spinning at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to 2:00p.m.
- NPSWG Business/Program Meeting at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to-2:00p.m
- NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to 2:00p.m.
Minutes of the December 2008 NPSWG Meeting
Old Business. The minutes of the October meeting were
approved. Bonnie Orr could not
attend, so Bonnie Crytzer gave an abbreviated version of the Treasurer’s
Report: checking balance $377.12 (with $132 more awaiting deposit); savings
balance $3633.31, of which about half is designated for the Helen McCartney
Scholarship Fund. Bonnie reminded us that dues are due for 2009 ($20 per
family). Finally, she announced that Ruth Walker-Daniels now has email (!!!).
President Karen Fry gave an update on our meeting place. Roz
Macken had researched other possibilities and determined that $500 was a very
good deal for what we have at Christ
Church. Because of the
time pressure involved, Karen held an emergency business meeting at the
November off-month program meeting, and those present decided to pay the church
$500 for another year of meetings. They also approved the purchase of two LeClerc
looms to add to the Guild equipment. Karen also announced that Audrey Powell is
missing some fleece from Dye Day – anyone who ended up with extra/wrong fleece,
please contact her.
Barb Lodge asked people to volunteer to bring cookies to
next year’s meetings.
New Business. Barb showed a story in the Erie paper about Guild
member Susan Helm’s antiques shop in Edinboro – there is a nice photo of Susan
in the article. She also praised the exhibit of African textiles (“Kanga and
Kitenge: Cloth and Culture in East Africa”) currently showing at the Erie Art
Museum. The museum has purchased the textiles for
its collection – they will be on display through April 9.
Barb also described several of the fiber-related conferences
that are held throughout the year and urged people to consider attending. The
Handweavers’ Guild of America (http://www.weavespindye.org/)
has a national gathering every other year – it’s expensive, but in alternate
years there are regional events that are more affordable. The Mid-Atlantic
Fiber Association conference (http://www.mafafiber.org/conference.html)
is July 31-Aug. 2, 2009, and features classes by top-notch instructors. Closer
to home, the Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference is smaller, which allows for
an intimate atmosphere and intensive work with the instructors, and it’s also
more affordable than the larger conferences. This year, Eastern Great Lakes
will be held Oct. 9 – 12 in Chautauqua,
NY. Ann Sheffield added that the
Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival (http://www.pghknitandcrochet.com/)
is coming up on Feb. 14-15 – it has been moved to Mars (off I-79 north of Pittsburgh) and so is
reasonably close this year.
Barb passed along from Sigrid Piroch some ideas for charity
knitting. The seamen’s scarf project that Ilene Elliston knitted for was
mentioned as possibility. Ilene was a long-time Guild member who died earlier this
year, and we could honor her by carrying on the tradition. Ann will try to find
out more about the project, and Bonnie will talk to Ilene’s family about it.
Barb added that, as a Guild, we have in the past donated to Heifer
International during the holidays. We voted to sponsor a sheep this year for
$120. At Lorraine Dallas’ request, Barb noted that activities would be going on
at all the shops “@ The Bank,” including at Lorraine’s new location there. Barb also
mentioned that the biennial Trees of Christmas display was still going on at
the Baldwin-Reynolds house.
Mathilda Murphy made a plea, seconded by Sharon Hoban, for
the Guild to do more weaving-related activities. Sharon suggested a public exhibit or sale of
our work to promote the guild and let people know about us. Joanna McDermot
suggested that our next major workshop be a weaving class. She described a
class some years ago that was aimed at brand-new weavers but also valuable for
more experienced folks.
Vicki Ferster solicited ideas for the next Guild challenge
project. Among the ideas mentioned were:
- a Danish shawl (as featured in Spin-Off)
using a technique you’ve never used before
using only materials already in your stash
a Guild blanket or coverlet
Bonnie Crytzer will compile the ideas for a vote – please
send additional challenge project ideas to her.
Show and Tell. Roz Macken showed a top-down sweater
she had made herself from grease wool through finished project. She also showed
her chastely-dyed T-shirt and her shibori cloth from our indigo Dye Day. Ann
Sheffield showed a cattle horn that she had put in an indigo vat at Dye Day as
an experiment – it came out deep blue. Taryn Barnett showed a Border Leicester
capelet and two mobius scarves, made with her handspun yarn using Cat Bordi’s
method. Karen Fry described how she has been using corks to make handles for
felting needles – this allows disabled people to use them safely and
effectively. Mathilda Murphy showed woven Christmas ornaments – she makes a new
design on a different theme every year.
2009 Dues are now due
NPSWG dues for 2009 are now
due and must be received by April 25th in order to get your name in the 2009
Guild Directory. You may also include a donation to the guild with your
dues check, if you wish.
To renew your NPSWG membership, please send a check for $20, payable to NPSWG,
to: Sharon Hoban, 314 N. Washington Street, Titusville, PA 16354.
Announcments and Classified Section
who moved to Montana
in November sends a goodbye to all.
Roc Day Fiber Fair Jan 10, 2009
All Day from 10:00A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
FREE Admission, Door Prizes Vendors, Contest,
Trunk Show, Raffles, Kid’s Corner, Workshops, Dish-to-pass, Spin-in
At the First Congregational Church 309
Highland Road, Ithaca
12 Vendors fibers & yarns -
natural & dyed, baskets, spindles, wheels, felted items, weavings brought
to you by the Ithaca Black Sheep Handspinners Guild
For Sale: I have an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel
for sale. It is in very good shape, for a wheel purchased in 1985. It comes
with a hand spindle and pair of cards. E-mail Marla, email@example.com
Loom for sale: A Leclare Nilus 8 harness tabletop loom. It weaves 23"
wide and has a 10 dent reed and sets on a stand with wheels. $400 firm.
have a Singer LCD sewing machine with 24 stitches and attachments for $50.
I'm active in a small networking organization called Weave A Real Peace (WARP).
Its members are interested in supporting and connecting with fiber artisans,
primarily in the developing world. We have nice website which tells the whole
In 2009 our annual conference
will be held outside of Lancaster,
PA March 13-15. We have a
scholarship fund to pay the entire fee for 2 students, either undergraduate or
graduate, to attend. If you know anyone who might be interested, could you
please pass along this information. They can receive an application form from
Adrienne Sloan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Posted by: "Handwoven by Tina" email@example.com
To everyone within driving distance from Lancaster
PA this is the retreat for you.
This is the third annual Fiber retreat. It is being held at Bird - in - Hand
Inn January 23-25th 2009. The total cost for the weekend is $140. This includes
Sat Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, Sunday Breakfast, Double room for two nights,
meeting room, door prizes, and lots of fun. I have just heard that I have been
requested to teach a Lace knitting class. If you are not interested in lace you
don't have to take the class. This is just a time to get away and have fun with
like minded people. Some Spin, some card, some knit, Some weave, All of us eat,
and all of us share our knowledge. If you would like more information please
respond to this email. Deadline for registration is Dec 19th. Come join the
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