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Volume XXXIII, No 4                                                                                                                                                                                                         July - August 2012
Bimonthly newsletter of
    Hub Editor:  Bonnie Crytzer            Hub Publisher:  Jim Crytzer

Calendar of Events

July 7th NPSWG Program Meeting at Christ Church

July 17th NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 2:00p.m.

July 21st Waterford Heritage Days Demonstration and Sale. Times 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

August 4th NPSWG Business/Program Meeting at “At the Bank”

August 21st NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 2:00p.m.

August 22nd Spinning at the Crawford County Fair

September 8th Edinboro Highland Games and Scottish Festival Demonstration and Sale. Times TBA

July Program

The program for July will be on wrapped core baskets. You probably have samples of them, and if so please bring them. Anyone wanting to make on is to bring 1 to 2 inch wide strips of fabric, and a large needle, and rope or softer core material. We will try to help anyone who wishes to make on get started on one. For those wanting to make one, please bring strips of fabric, a core material which can be rope, and a large eyed needle that the fabric can go thru. The fabric can be from one to one and one half inches wide. Yarn will also work, but take longer to make.


August Program

No info received

Minutes of the NPSWG
Minutes of the May 2012 NPSWG Meeting
Old Business: Marje Koehlert called the meeting to order. The minutes from the April 2012 meeting were approved. Sharon Hoban was contacted by phone for updates. She noted that several people have not renewed their memberships and she will be sending them letters soon. Barb Lodge updated us that the Treasurer position was transferred from Sue Spencer to her at the bank yesterday. Karen Fry noted that she is still in the process of getting quotes for a new loom but this has been slowed by Sigrid’s health concerns.
New Business: Cate Johns noted that she has not heard back about set-up for the Market House next week but expects that we will be able to start around 7 or 7:30 a.m. Other upcoming events include Waterford Heritage Days on July 21, and the Highland Games in Edinboro which are expected to be in September this year. Karen Fry plans to speak with someone in charge of the Highland Games to confirm when they will occur and whether they are still planning on our participation. Possible locations for a Dye Day were briefly discussed.
Show and Tell: Bonnie Crytzer told us about a large triangle shawl nearly finished but still on the loom. Sindi Collard showed progress made on a black sequined scarf that will be extra long when finished. Marje Koehlert noted that she finished the twined “cat mat” started as last month’s project to the great delight of her cat.
Respectfully submitted,
Marje Koehlert, Secretary
Minutes of the June 2012 NPSWG Meeting
Old Business: Marje Koehlert called the meeting to order. The minutes from the May 2012 meeting were deferred until the next meeting, by which time they will have been made available in the Hub. Cate Johns noted that there was wonderful weather for the Market House event and it went very well. Carol Voisin updated us that the Smithsonian Folk Art Festival selection of fiber arts exhibits is very limited this year. It was suggested that a group bus trip might best be put off until next year. Elaine Fertig noted that we are in need of programs for the upcoming months, including next month. It was decided that for next month’s program we should bring supplies to do demonstrations of a variety of ways to make fabric baskets. We also discussed the possibility of having Anita Hotchkiss do a longer two-meeting program (or two one-meeting programs) in place of Dye Day, in that no one appears to be up to hosting it this year. A patchwork felting project or felting around soap were discussed as possible programs.
New Business: Roz Macken noted that new issues of Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot and PieceWork have pieces on the Textile Museum, along with a number of other topics. Several upcoming events were announced:
June 23-24 -  WoolFest near Cleveland
July 21 -  Waterford Heritage Days
August 22 -  Spinning at the Crawford County Fair
September 8 -  Edinboro Highland Games
September 22-23 -  Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival
Show and Tell: Sue Veverka showed luxurious skeins of her own alpaca, mill spun with 20% merino, in four natural colors that she is now able to offer under her own label. She noted that the mill she used has a felting machine that can do large sheets of felt. Sue also showed two very cute clothespin alpacas that she began at Bonnie Crytzer’s presentation in January. Janet Smouse told us about a “Knitter’s Fantasy Weekend” she went to in Ohio that included lunch, an exchange, a fashion show, vendors, and morning and afternoon classes that she was able to select from a very extensive class list. She chose a class in nuno felting. She also made a super curvy knit scarf, somewhat similar to the hyperbolic crochet projects we did with Taryn Barnett in February. Mary Catherine Stack showed a hand towel with borders done in Peaches & Creme yarn, as well as a variety of crocheted flowers. Libby Culbertson showed samples of the guild logo that she wove in several colors on a four-harness loom. One of them she intends to display in a card. Sindi Collard noted that she has finished the scarf she showed us last meeting and has moved on to a sweater. Marje Koehlert showed samples of several yarns she made at a Spinning for Color class she took at the Great Lakes Fiber Festival. She also showed a yarn sample and a small lace swatch made from the fleece that won best in show there.
Respectfully submitted,
Marje Koehlert, Secretary

Thunder in the City Arts Crafts in the Park - August 3 and 4
As a follow-up to meeting you at Second Saturday in May at the Market House, I wanted to let you know that the Chamber would very much like to have you as part of our first "Arts & Crafts in the Park" event. We have changed the times to be 5-8 PM on Friday, Aug 3. and 8-5 PM on Saturday, August 4. We have found that Sunday just does not work well for people so the show will be officially over on Saturday at 5:00 PM.
We are more than happy to waive the fee as your work is educational and we realize selling items is not your main focus.
I am attaching the updated "Arts & Crafts in the Park" application and I sincerely hope you are able to join us. I look forward to hearing back from you at your earliest convenience. You will note that our deadline for registration to the Show is July 20. Please feel free to give me a call afternoons hear at the Chamber office - 814-337-8030 if you have questions.
Sounds like fun to me. Are we interested? I am assuming this is Diamond Park, though I don't see that stated specifically. If this can get sent to all, we can talk about it at the July meet.
Hey, everybody! I think I have finally turned a corner. I have had five "really good days" in a row (I'm counting today, that's how confident I am). Yes, I think we are definitely interested in doing this. I definitely hope to be at the next meeting, so we'll discuss it then. Look forward to seeing you all then.
Barb, I will get back to you soon. I only get on the computer a couple of times a week if I'm lucky.

Note From: Elaine
Anita, Everything sounds good. I will put a deadline of Sept 1, 2012 for people to sign up and pay for the kit. That way we will know by then if we have 10 people interested. Everyone at the June meeting sounded interested, so we can hope that continues. Thanks for checking into costs so we can present it correctly. Elaine
From: Anita
Hello Elaine,
Sorry I did not get back to you yet. I started an email last week and thought I saved it but I did not!
In reordering some supplies for needle felting I see there have been price increases. So I will have to give you a higher quote then I originally thought.
For supplies I will need $20 per person. This will include: Foundation fabric to build the design on, foam pad, felting needles, fiber, handout, miscellaneous tidbits for embellishments. As an added bonus I will be teaching how to make paper-towel beads. These can be used as embellishments on the piece. As we spoke about earlier I will take the $50 for my time plus mileage. I am also going to ask that there be a minimum of 10 people for the class. We did not entirely set a time but something like 9- 3 or 4? I am not sure what you were thinking. That date in October is good.
Let me know what your final thoughts are.

Pictures of the Guild at Meadville Market House


Classified Section

ATTENTION Fiber Enthusiasts in the Northeastern U.S. Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser is coming to your backyard, all the way from Missouri to provide a Beginning and Intermediate & Advanced workshop for the magical Continuous Strand Weaving in upstate New York at The Wren's Nest.
Beginning or Intermediate & Advanced
Continuous Strand Weaving Workshop
with Carol Leigh Brack-Kaiser!!
Carol Leigh is coming to upstate NY to teach her wonderful workshop! Class will be held for 2 days for the Beginning Level or 3 days for the Intermediate & Advanced Levels. You will be able to complete a project on the 7’ Adjustable Triangle, OR 5’ Adjustable Square, OR 7’ Adjustable Rectangle Loom.
A minimum of 8 students is required to hold class, with a maximum of 10. There are only 4 spots left!
DATE: August 4th, 5th & 6th, 2012, Saturday, Sunday & Monday
TIMES: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm daily
FEE: $195.00 for 2 day Beginning Level*,
$225.00 for 3 day Intermediate & Advanced*
(50% deposit required to reserve your space),
MATERIALS: $35 or more, depending on yarns chosen
Looms are available for rental for $20 for the class, which is applicable toward purchase of a loom during the workshop.
*Lunch & Refreshments are included!
Register by completing the attached form or visiting to download form
OR CALL (518) 505-9081 Today while there are still openings!

I wanted to let you know that the Northwestern PA Sheep & Wool Growers are NOT going to have a Sheep & Wool Field Day (in Sept.) this year. They may have some type of educational program in the winter, but I can let you know about that later.
Thought you might want to mention that in The Hub.
Elaine Burkholder


The guild now owns a good set of spinning and weaving equipment which is available for rent by guild members.  Included are a Baby Wolf 8-H loom; two 18 inch Leclerc Dorothy 4 shaft table looms; a rigid heddle loom; an Inkle Loom; a 7 foot triangular loom;  an Ashford traditional spinning wheel; a drum carder; a wool picker; English wool combs and Russian paddle combs.  The guild Fleece-to-Shawl team has first priority on the Baby Wolf loom, but will not hold it unnecessarily (all monies generated by the team goes to the guild treasury to help with guild expenses).  Contact Marje Koehlert for rental information.

The deadline for submissions to be included in the next Hub is 25 August 2012

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