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"The HUB" Vol. XXVI, No.2
Bimonthly newsletter of March - April 2004


Saturday, April 3, 2004, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Christ Church Episcopal, Meadville

April Program

The next meeting of the Northwest Pennsylvania Spinners & Weavers Guild will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2004, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Christ Church Episcopal in Meadville. The April program will be on Navaho spinning and other spindle techniques. Donna Wellman will bring some Navaho spindles and we will watch a video called Spindles Around the World. Please bring fiber and your spindle collection to share with everyone.


Minutes of the February Meeting

Editor’s Note: No one took minutes at the February meeting. These have been reconstructed from Sue Spencer’s agenda. Changes and additions will be welcomed at the next meeting!

The program began with twined weaving on upright looms. Donna Wellman constructed 20 or 30 looms which were available for $5 each.

The business meeting was held during the lunch break. Sue asked everyone to sign a sympathy card for Jill Rouke who’s father died the previous week.

There was a reminder of Barb Lodge’s Ikat workshop at the June meeting. There will be a preparation day the Friday before. Sign up with Sue or Barb.

Show and Tell was exciting as always.

The March “Off Month” meeting will be a presentation by Sue Spencer on Spinning synthetic fibers.

Sign up now for the Spinning Workshop at McKeever in August. Sign up with Donna Wellman.

Christ Church is doing a knitting project of healing mantles—Knitting into the Mystery. Sue and Joanna McDermot have more information.

We need to think about officers for next year. If we don’t have volunteers soon, we will select a nomination committee. The election is in June and new officers take office in August. This is an opportunity for new members to become actively involved. Please volunteer—no “oldie” will leave you on your own.

In Sympathy

The guild would like to extend condolences to Jill Rouke on the death of her father.

2004 Membership Dues

Membership dues are now due. The following is a list of members who
have already paid 2004 dues (as of 2/28/04):

Mabel Cable
Bonnie Crytzer
Lorraine Dallas
Sally Demmler
Mary Donaldson
Kendra Durfee
Ilene Elliston
Susan Fenton
Victoria Ferster
Elaine Fertig
Karen Fry and Laura Fry
Cheryl Geist-Brozell
Renee Groner
Linda Gross
Janet Gruber
Judy Hanninen
Mary Heagy and Elizabeth Heagy
Sharon Heiser
Susan Helm
Anita Louise Hotchkiss
Elizabeth Jennings
Deborah King
Sharon Kresse

Barb Lodge
Donna Long
Roz Macken
Nancy Marts
Chris McCormick
Joanna McDermot
Mathilda Murphy
Mary Musser
Anne Peppel
Lisa Phelps
Sigrid Piroch
Sharon Reiland
Patricia Retchloff
Joyce Rose
Ruth Ruggerio
Ann Sheffield
Janet Smouse
Sue Spencer
Laura Spencer
Audrey Toms and Chuck Toms
Donna Townsend
Donna Wellman
Laura Wickstead

If you haven't already paid your 2004 membership dues, please send a $10 check, payable to NPSWG, to Susan Fenton (see membership directory for address). Only those who have paid dues by May 1, 2004 will be listed in the Membership Directory and continue to receive The Hub.

Notes from the Program Chair

Time is running short to get your registration in for the spinning retreat August 13, 14, 15, 2004. The retreat will be held at McKeever Environmental Center in Sandy Lake. Patsy Z, also known as the Spinning Guru, will be the guest spinner. More info and a registration form are located on the guild website. This will be a fun retreat for all. If you would like to join us just for the day, please let me know. Please make all checks payable to the Guild.


Upcoming Events

The Northwest Sheep and Wool Growers will hold their annual meeting on Saturday, April 17, 2004, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodcock Township Building on Rte. 86 near Saegertown. The meeting will begin with a potluck dinner. Bring your own table service and a dish to share. Election of officers, selection of the 2004 Lamb and Wool Queen and a speaker (to be announced) will follow the dinner.

The annual Shepherds Auction will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 5 p.m. at the Mercer County 4-H Park on Rte. 19 in Mercer. Entries will be taken on sale day from 1 to 4 p.m. Pre-entered items will be advertised and should be sent to Elaine Burkholder, Include your name and a brief description of the items you wish to sell by March 31, 2004. A 10% commission will be charged on all sales. All items will sell. No reserve pricing. The committee reserves the right to refuse any entry. Proceeds to benefit the Northwest Sheep and Wool Growers.

May 1, 2004: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.
May 15, 2004 is Edinboro sheep to shawl. Hope to see you all there
May 29 and 30, 2004: Great Lakes Fiber Festival in Wooster, Ohio
July 17, 2004 is Waterford sheep to shawl

Ikat Workshop

Ikat Scarf Workshop with Barb Lodge - Friday, June 4, 9:00-5:00. Sign-up deadline is May1. Limit of 15. Cost is $25. To sign up, contact Sue Spencer, We will meet at Donna Wellman's house and start promptly at 9 a.m. in order to finish by 5 p.m.. All materials will be provided except for 3 colored pencils or crayons--red, blue, and purple. Also included will be a handout with complete instructions.

We will create a design, wrap the warp, dye, rinse, unwrap, re-wrap, and dye a second time, rinse, and unwrap. The warps can dry overnight, and we will meet at 9 a.m. the next day at Christ Episcopal Church in Meadville (Saturday, before guild meeting) to look at them and discuss different ways they can be woven.

If you are not a weaver, but would like to have an ikat scarf, you can do the designing and dyeing and make a deal with a weaver to do the weaving for you.

Loom for Sale

Greetings! If you know of anyone that might be interested in this loom, please let me know. Thanks, Dorothy.

Leclerc Loom 4 Sale: Nilus Leclerc 60" 4 harness (6 treadle) loom for sale $1000.00 or best offer. Includes solid oak bench, 6, 8, 10, 12 dent reeds, lease sticks & more stuff.



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