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Volume XXXIII, No 2                                                                                                                                                                          March - April 2012
Bimonthly newsletter of
    Hub Editor:  Bonnie Crytzer            Hub Publisher:  Jim Crytzer

Calendar of Events

March 3rd NPSWG Program Meeting at Christ Church

March 20th NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 2:00p.m.

April 14th NPSWG Business/Program Meeting at Christ Church  (Please note the change to second Saturday of the month)

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

March Program

For our March project we will discuss the use of beads in a variety of crafts. We will learn to use a bead loom and will be designing and completing a small project. Looms, beads and other supplies will be provided. If you have them available, please bring a spool of strong sewing thread in any color (it will only show at the edges), a pair of scissors for snipping threads, and crayons, colored pencils or markers in a few basic colors for designing your project.
March cookie people are Karen Fry and Sindi Collard.

April Program

Cate Johns - ridged heddle loom
Make note of date change in the Calendar of Events

April cookie people are Bonnie Crytzer and Cate Johns.
Minutes of the NPSWG
 Notes of the January 2012 NPSWG Meeting

 Old Business:  Marje Koehlert called the meeting to order.  In that there was only one officer and a small group of members present, it was decided to have a brief organizational meeting rather than a business meeting.  The current issue of Handwoven with the information about our Camp Stone activities was passed for all to see.  Barb Lodge brought up that Easter is on April 8 and our meeting would naturally fall on April 7.  The same scenario comes up in September also – our meeting falls on Labor Day weekend.  It was decided to postpone further discussion of this until there is a larger group present.

New Business:  Announcements were made that Terri Swanson of Albion has Alpacas for sale, and Sharon Reiland is looking to sell her animals quickly.  It was noted that the Woolery has an 8-harness Baby Wolf in Cherry for $2575 if the guild is looking to buy a loom.   Roz Macken let us know that today is opening day of the Pennsylvania Farm Show, and the Sheep to Shawl competition will be on Wednesday afternoon.  Some portion of it will be televised on Meadville’s PCN Channel.  Roz also let us know that two of Interweave’s recent e-newsletters have featured guides to spinning silk and cotton.  Karen Fry noted that she will be placing an order for 22 cotton for the guild logo.

Show and Tell: Libby Culbertson showed a blue and white shadow weave in a “Summer and Winter” pattern done in three colors on 8 harnesses.  Sue Veverka showed two scarves, one done in an 80% alpaca and 20% wool yarn that she dyed on dye day, and the other done in a lacy pattern.  Both were done on a double-ended crochet hook.  Karen Fry showed an entrelac scarf she did with a single skein in shades of green and purple.  Barb Lodge displayed a series of 6 Christmas cards done with paper cut outs backed by beautiful hand woven fabrics, many with fine metallic threads woven in.  She made many copies of each card to send out, and the complete set of six forms a creche.

Respectfully submitted,

Marje Koehlert, Secretary
Minutes of the February 2012 NPSWG Meeting
Old Business:  Marje Koehlert called the meeting to order.  There are no changes to the treasurer’s report.  We discussed the concern of our April meeting falling on Easter weekend.  It was decided that if the church is available on the following weekend, April 14, we will move the meeting to that day.  Barb Lodge passed the hospitality sheet as there are several upcoming blanks in the cookie schedule.
New Business:  It was announced that the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival is next weekend at the Four Points Sheraton in Cranberry.  Karen Fry updated us that Sigrid is having some health concerns that are limiting her ability spend as much time at the workshop as woshe uld like.
Show and Tell: Bonnie Crytzer showed a 7-foot shawl she just made on the guild triangle loom in a pale blue yarn.  It is very soft and light weight for its size.  Karen Fry showed a scarf she wove for her son in a plaid of mostly reds and browns.  The weft is hand spun, and the warp ends in a twisted fringe.  Karen notes that her son did not like the look of it on the loom, but he wears it all the time now!  Sindi Collard showed two scarves she just finished.  The first, a slightly belated Christmas gift for her daughter, is done with a tweedy red yarn in a K3, P3 pattern.  The second a blue “cross-over” scarf with buttons.  Yarn for both came from Taryn Barnett’s shop.  Taryn let us know she has her own yarn label now, including bamboo, a cotton-linen yarn dyed with natural dyes, a wool blend, felting yarn and others.
Respectfully submitted,
Marje Koehlert, Secretary

Show and Tell Pictures

"January Meeting”

Barb Lodge displayed a series of 6 Christmas cards she crafted.                                                                           Sue Veverka showed two scarves

The making of lambs


“February Meeting”


February Meeting at Taryn’s Shop "Creating Crocheted Coral"



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 April 2012

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