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Calendar of Events

June 7, 2014
10 AM - 2 PM Guild Meeting at Christ Church, Meadville PA
June 17, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Joyous Hands Spin-in at Bits and Pieces, 3214 West Lake Rd.  in Erie (5th Ave. headed West past Waldameer and the cemetery.) This store caters to hand spinners and stocks all kinds of spinning fibers. Try out various wheels and other fiber related items.
July 5, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Guild Meeting at Christ Church, Meadville PA.
July 15, 2014 10 AM - 2 PM Joyous Hands Spin-in at Christ Church Meadville PA

June 7 Program

Open spin. Bring your wheel or spindle. This is a great opportunity for new spinners and those wanting to learn.  Not a spinner? Come and visit; we'd love your company!

Minutes of the May 2014 Meeting

Old Business: Sharon Hoban called the meeting to order. The April 2014 Minutes were approved.  Barb Lodge gave the treasurer’s report. We were reminded that the Second Saturday event ath the Meadville Market House is next weekend from 9-2, with set up starting at 8.  As graduation is the same weekend, we are likely to get a lot of traffic.  Sharon Hoban proposed free lifetime membership to Roz Macken for her long-term dedication to our Guild.  Roz updated us that our web site is updated and working correctly with the .org ending.  We were presented with the following new slate of officers, which we voted unanimously to accept:
President – Roz Macken
Vice President – Jenn Phillips
Treasurer – Barb Lodge
Secretary – Marje Koehlert
Newsletter Editor - Susan Olive
Also, April Cox was acknowledged in the non-elected position of hostess.

New Business:
We welcomed Hal Richardson, a spinner and weaver visiting from the Chautauqua Guild. Jim Crytzer donated a Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel with two bobbins, an orifice hook and a carrying case.  Roz updated us about coupon codes available for Mayan Hands, and she also discussed two historic events announced in the Algonquin Mill guild’s newsletter, the Corps of Discovery National Rendezvous on May 15-18 and Ohio Valley Frontier days on June 7-8.  Jim asked and Roz confirmed that we do reciprocate with them by sending our newsletter.  Sharon informed us that the Chautauqua Guild is celebrating their 60th Anniversary this year with a dinner in November at which Linda Cortright of Wild Fibers magazine will be the guest speaker.  We were reminded that Convergence, the conference sponsored by the Handweaver’s Guild of America, is July 14-19 in Rhode Island.  It was announced that a vocational art program in Warren is looking for instructors in spinning, table-loom weaving and knitting to work with disabled individuals to create sales-worthy crafts.  There was discussion of having future meetings of Joyous Hands in the park rather than in the church, weather permitting.  Elaine Fertig updated us that August 15 and 16 will be the days for receiving entries at the Crawford County Fair this year with judging on the 16th.  Our spinning day will be on August 19 in keeping with our usual Tuesday Spin day, and we will be spinning inside this year.  Elaine encouraged us to submit entries, as the classes will only stay open if there continue to be submissions.  Tom and April Cox announced that we are all invited to participate in their shearing day event on May 30.  They estimate that the shearing will last about 3 hours for their 16 animals.

Show and Tell: Hal Richardson showed a striped and patterned wool bag in 5 natural colors that he made on a backstrap loom, excepting the shoulder strap, which is tablet woven.   The bag features a braided fringe and inner pockets.  Mabel Cable brought back the large indigo-dyed lace shawl she made from “throw away” wool.  She also let us know that she has photos available from the Shibori Museum in Japan; she and Roz are working to put them together for a presentation later in the year.  Jen Phillips showed several skeins of core-plyed yarn and a shrug she crocheted from her Leicester Longwool.  Marje Koehlert showed a handspun and dyed hat she made to match the mittens she showed last month, and a ball of dark brown handspun made from wool she got at Bits-N-Pieces, a new store in Erie that stocks wool for spinning.  Caitlyn Johns shared that she is learning to knit and is currently working on a small pillow.  Elaine Fertig showed a pair of socks-in-progress she is knitting with self-striping yarn.  April Cox showed a scarf she is weaving on her table loom that she is using to practice keeping her edges straight.

Respectfully submitted,
Marje Koehlert, Secretary

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