THE NORTHWEST PENNSYLVANIA SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD
Hub Editor: Taryn Barnett at email@example.com
Saturday, March 7, 2008, from
10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 7th - Hearth Basket with Bonnie C
Kits will be provided for $10.00. Please bring a 12” or larger ruler, scissors, hand towel, and water bucket for soaking reeds.
April 4th - Weave a Purse with Karen Fry
Warp 2 harnesses of a loom at 8 ends per inch for 12 to 13 inches wide with at least 36 inches plus waste of cotton warp thread.
Bring fabric cut in 1and ½ inches width strips. Bring your scissors, loom and strips of fiber. Warp is 1-2-1-2-1-2-1-2etc.
March 7th - NPSWG Program Meeting at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to-2:00p.m.
March 17th - NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to 2:00p.m.
April 4th - NPSWG Business/Program Meeting at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to-2:00p.m
April 21st - NPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 10:00a.m.to 2:00p.m.
Old Business. President Karen Fry called the meeting to order. The minutes of the December meeting were approved. Bonnie Orr gave the Treasurer’s Report: savings balance $1377.65, checking balance $1466.12; of the total funds, 1563.90 is designated for the Helen McCartney Scholarship Fund. Bonnie alerted us that, between the $500 rental for the church this year, our recent loom purchase, and our December donation to Heifer International, we have already consumed our anticipated disposable income for the year. She urged us to “be careful” about spending money from here on. She also explained that the IRS had no record of our old tax exempt number, so she filed for a new one. We will not owe tax, but we will need to file an annual return. The IRS will not accept a church mailing address, so Bonnie’s home address is the address of record; this should be updated with the IRS whenever we elect a new Treasurer.
Karen noted that our Baby Wolf loom needs maintenance and may need some new parts. After some discussion, it became clear that we will need a new loom eventually but probably cannot afford it this year. Donna Long also noted that the new looms we recently purchased also need some work; the Crytzers volunteered to try to fix them up. Bonnie will set aside funds for equipment purchase and maintenance so we can build up a reserve for this kind of need.
Bonnie Crtyzer announced the next challenge project: do something you haven’t done before, make something using only fibers in your stash, or combine the two and do a new technique with old fibers. We decided that the due date is the December meeting. Sharon Hoban requested a November reminder of the deadline!
New Business. Bonnie Crytzer gave an update on upcoming programs. The January project was braided rugs; Bonnie had extra materials for anyone who wanted to expand the size of their rug. Judy Hanninen showed her rug that she had finished. The March program will be making a “hearth basket”; this is the type Bonnie uses to store her wool combs. In April, Karen will teach us to make woven purses; participants will need a 2- or 4-harness loom. The May meeting date is the weekend of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival; there is no organized van trip this year, so there may be an alternative program for people who aren’t going. June is tentatively planned as a beginning weaving class with Dave Bell. The July meeting will be moved to July 11 to avoid a time conflict with the July 4th weekend; the program is undetermined as of now. August will be our annual picnic, September will be a Dye Day, October is undetermined, November is making earrings with Janet Smouse, and December is the holiday party and the end of this year’s challenge.
Barb Lodge sent word asking us to be careful when leaving through the upstairs door if you’re coming back in – if the church staff have locked it, it will lock itself behind you as it closes. She also asked people to keep track if they have volunteered to bring cookies to a meeting.
Karen Fry announced a Worship
Arts Festival on February 28
Show and Tell.
Judy Hanninen described working with
Blanche Hall to resuscitate a historic loom at Sigrid Piroch’s. Judy
it as a production loom that was “a beast to weave on,” but they
producing a rep-woven piece that was the first woven on the restored
Sheffield showed a hat knit from camel fiber spun in
dues for 2009 are now due and must be received by April 25th in order
your name in the 2009 Guild Directory. You
may also include a donation to the guild
with your dues check, if you wish.
To renew your NPSWG membership, please send a check for $20, payable to NPSWG, to: Sharon Hoban,
@ the Bank,
SALE: Hammett rug loom, sectional beam, 12 dent reed, refurbished, all
up and ready to go! You are welcome to come and try her out. $380
SALE: Huskystar by Husqvarna Viking, model # ER10 Felting machine --
once, not my cup of tea, I am a fabric applique artist. Paid $305 at
expo last year, asking $280. Nancy Asmus, call 814.282.8074, or stop by
FOR SALE: Great Wheel in excellent condition asking $350. Contact Sue Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org
SALE: I have a beautiful
Cranbrook floor loom 72"- w. overhead spool rack, hardwood bench, floor
swift, squirrel cage, reeds, hand tools . etc. for sale Offering all
equipment for $3500.00 This is a Ct. location. Contact
email: email@example.com phone: 203 268 0915.
FOR SALE: I have a large quantity of lambswool and lambswool/mohair in skeins. The yarn is medium gauge 2-ply and is ready to be dyed. Skeins range in size and cost is $15 - $20 per lb. The wool was raised in an organic environment on my friends farm in Southern Alberta Canada. Contact: Tricia Boyko at firstname.lastname@example.org
Armor, the Education &
Folk Art Director of the Erie Art Museum
asks: do you
know anyone who can spin someone's dog hair so it then can be knitted
crocheted? A friend
of mine who has a
companion dog who has relatively long hair, would like to hire someone
this. Where can
such an artisan be found
in the region?
Kelly museum (814) 459-5477 fax (814) 452-1744
Lauber is curious about the guild and has a daughter who wants
to learn to spin. She is getting angora rabbits or
goats in the spring and wants to learn to spin the fiber. Can you help
contact anyone who might teach her? We are in Coudersport.