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Calendar of Events

Jan. 20, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Tentative Joyous Hands Spin-in at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
Feb. 7, 2015 10 AM - 2 PM Guild meeting at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
Feb. 17, 2015  10 AM - 2 PM Tentative Joyous Hands Spin-in at Christ Episcopal Church, Meadville PA.
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.

February 7 Program

Judy Hanninen will conduct a hands-on program for beginning weavers. This weaving program will attempt to put some fun into weaving fundamentals and encourage new weavers to cast their fears aside and jump into the pool. We will address some philosophical questions, such as "what is the true meaning of warp?" Participants should arrive on time; we will start at 10 AM. Be prepared to take notes; there will be no handouts. There will be a discussion and hands-on opportunities for making a warp, dressing a loom, and beginning to weave. Topics include, but are not limited to: types of looms, choosing a project and appropriate yarns, weaving equipment, patterns, reading drafts and keeping records, making a warp, dressing the loom, weaving, finishing the project, and weaving resources. Guild business will be conducted during a short lunch break.

Minutes of the November 2014 Meeting

Roz Macken called the meeting to order.

Old Business: The October 2014 Minutes were approved. Barb Lodge gave the treasurer’s report. Barb also noted that we have done well with sales recently from the Highland Games and Goodell Gardens events.
Roz Macken modeled the recently purchased guild aprons which are now "preferred attire" for guild events. Extra aprons are available for $20. The question of donating a sheep through Heifer International this year was raised and unanimously

New Business: We were updated about several looms for sale. In particular, Sigrid Piroch is selling an 8-harness maple Baby Wolf that would be an appropriate replacement for our current badly worn guild loom. Updates were given regarding the
Linda Cortwright events in November and the fiber arts exhibit on display through midJanuary at the Erie Art Museum. The Rochester Guild is having a holiday sale on November 7-9. Jen Phillips updated us that Bits N Pieces in Erie would like us to do our Tuesday Spin there on November 18 from 10-2. They are also looking for someone who can teach classes in spinning cotton and flax.

Show & Tell: Karen Shelhamer showed a knitting project in progress and an ear-flap hat she made in a colorfully variegated yarn. April Cox brought a skein of beautiful natural colored yarn from her first shipment of this year's shearing. She also passed a pink Kool Aid-dyed, crocheted baby cap with matching hand mitts. Judy Drake showed a silver lace bootie and a white snowflake she crocheted. Jen Phillips brought a large skein of yarn processed from her "Lizzy." She also passed a cap and scarf of bulky wool, two pair of finer wool mittens from various of her four-footed friends, and a pair of fair-isle fingerless gloves in a star pattern of her own making. Art Lodge modeled a merino scarf, hand spun and woven by Barb Lodge. Barb also showed a knitted white wool tam with spiral decreases. Cate Johns started crocheting a pink chenille wrap. Marje Koehlert is spinning commercially prepared merino on a Turkish drop spindle. Sindi Collard is practicing needle tatting from last month's presentation. Judy Hanninen showed two amazing lengths of fabric made from hand-dyed silk woven at 48 ends per inch. She has been working on them during the past 3 to 4 years after having been inspired by Bobbie Irwin's iridescent silk project. Judy also wore an accent piece/shawl woven on a triangle loom from yarns dyed at Sue Spencer's house and fastened with silver conchos and leather lacing. Roz Macken showed a Christmas Tree hanging done with chenille stems woven into a green and red inkle band as suggested by an article in Handwoven magazine. In preparation for today's presentation, Mabel Cable and several others showed shibori samples done on the shibori dye day at Donna Long's house. 

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,

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