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"The HUB" Vol. XXII, No. 2
Bimonthly newsletter of March - April 2001


March 31, 2001 from 10:00 - ? at Warner Theater, Erie


Note date and location: March 31, 2001, Warner Theater, 811 State St., Erie, PA

The Warner Theatre is a seventy-year old historical building, rich in Erie history. It opened its doors in Erie on April 10, 1913. It is the last unaltered Warner Brothers theatre in the country and it has never been closed. Join Jill Rouke and Barb Hauck, Executive Director of the Warner Restoration, on a "Fiber & Fabric Tour" of the historical site. Come and see the opulence of the era, from the marble and gold gilding to the Czechoslovakian glass and crystal chandeliers. Jill will be focusing on the original tapestries, draperies, and upholstery of the theatre. The building was designed by Rapp & Rapp and the interior decorated by the renowned Rambusch Studios of New York City at the cost of one and one half million dollars. Considering the quality of the design and cost of the building materials used, the theatre would be virtually impossible to replace today. If you are interested in staying for lunch at the Smuggler's Warf at the Bayfront, please call or email Kate Arkwright to make reservations.

Directions: The Warner Theater is located at 811 State Street, Erie. We will meet in the lobby. The best way to get there from the Meadville area and points south, is to drive North on 79 to the Bayfront Highway---take a right at the State Street traffic light. There is metered parking on State Street (don't know if you have to pay on Saturday) or Ramp parking on 8th Street (take a left at the light on 8th and State).


The 2001 Guild Membership list will be published with the May - June Hub. To be included on the official membership list, be sure to pay your 2001 dues by April 15, 2001. Only those on the 2001 membership list will continue to receive The Hub and other guild mailings. A list of all members from whom dues have been received is available online. If you believe that your name has been inadvertently left off this list, or if you would like to pay your dues of $10, please send a check payable to NPSWG to Susan Fenton. If you need Susan's address, please email her at


Guild Library News: We are missing several magazines! Please check out your stuff to see if you have guild issues of Weaver's, Handwoven, or SpinOff.


EGLFC: Chautauqua Weaver's Guild will be hosting the Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference next summer. It will be on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institute in October. Keep watching for news of this conference less than one hour's drive from Erie.

MAFA: Because of major renovations at Bucknell University, MAFA will not be able to meet there in 2001. No decision has been made yet, but it looks like the conference will probably meet at Towson University, Towson, MD.

The Great Lakes Fiber Show will be held May 26-27, 2001 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, Wooster, Ohio. The fairgrounds have nice facilities and there are some excellent vendors that participate in this show. If you have any workshop ideas, or would like to teach one, please contact Linda Reichert by e-mail at

The show includes sales booths with fiber related supplies, finished items, crafts, spinning and weaving demonstrations, workshops, and, sheep and wool shows and sales. Food available.

Norwegian textile conference/workshops: The Nordic Heritage Museum is hosting the Conference on Norwegian Woven Textiles in Seattle October 4-6 2001, and Pre-Conference Workshops October 1-4. Six speakers/teachers from Norway will join other distinguished textile authorities giving presentations on topics ranging from the lowly fisherman's rya to the sophisticated art of tapestry. The ancient warp-weighted loom, still a living tradition with the Arctic Sami, and modern trend-setting Oleana knitwear will also be featured. Workshop topics: Norwegian Tapestry, Fisherman's Rya, Sami Warped-Weighted Loom, Nordic Spinner, Lichen Dyes, Meraker Doubleweave, Tablet Weaving. Conference registration discounted before April 1. For information contact Kay Larson,

Exhibition Opportunity: The Nordic Heritage Museum of Seattle, Washington, invites entries for the September 2001 exhibition, Cultural Odyssey: Contemporary Norwegian Weaving in America. Entries may be traditional or contemporary but must be handwoven in the Norwegian tradition (tapestry, geometric tapestry, krokbragd, danskbragd, rosepath, pickup double weave, finnvev, rya, monk's belt, opphamta, damask, tablet weaving, other band weaves, etc.). Entry deadline May 1. For guidelines and entry information, contact Kay Larson,


I apologize for not including the minutes of the February meeting, I never received them.


Why do we put the wool over someone's eyes when we fool them? Because we want them to feel sheepish about being fooled? Because it will make their eyes itch and they won't see us fooling them? Because if one minute they have no wool over their eyes and the next minutes they do, it will get them all wigged out?

The answer is "C," sort of. The wool in question was originally part of the wigs worn by judges to enhance their dignity. Unfortunately for the judges, the wigs often slipped around and sometimes slid down over their faces. How dignified could you be, even in black robes, if your face suddenly looked like a sheep's…hindquarters?

The expression was generated by - who else? - lawyers, who used the image of wool over the eyes to signal that they had outwitted the judge. Justice is blind, indeed!


Dorothy Kloss is still trying to sell her Macomber loom and will take the "best offer". The only responses that she has received were from California and Utah, and she would rather sell it locally.


Warp- the speed that we are expected to travel between craft shows.

Warp Beam- the look on the fiber artist's face after finding a new craft store, posthaste.

Weft- an Elmer Fudd utterance as in "There's nothing weft in the bank account."

Yarn- a tale to explain the above.

Shuttle- a vehicle with warp drive in which we travel.

Bobbin- head motion used when pretending to listen to the fiber artist explain the art.

Sley- a thought that comes to mind occasionally.

Castle- general size of the building to store supplies of yarn, etc., or what you could buy if you sold all the stuff in the closets.

Courtesy of The Weaverbird News


She learned to spin on Monday
Her yarn turned out just fine
She forgot to start our dinner
So we went out to dine….
She blended colors on Tuesday
Convinced drum carding is a must
I agree it seemed a most useful tool
But she forgot to dust……
On Wednesday she tried plying
The challenge was such fun
What symmetry, texture and beauty
But the laundry wasn't done…
Weaving took up Thursday
So lively in white and red
I guess she really was engrossed
Because she never made the bed…..
She made fluffy lambs on Friday
With the wool that she adores
She never seemed to notice
Crumbs collecting on the floor……
I hired a maid on Saturday
The housework to complete
My wife can weave the hours away
Now the house will still be neat…..
My expectations sank on Sunday
I guess I just can't win
When I saw the sink of dirty dishes
I realized the maid had learned to spin!

--Wini Labrecque

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