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"The HUB" Vol. XXVII, No.3
Bimonthly newsletter of May - June 2006


Saturday, June 3, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. to 2 pm
Christ Episcopal Church, Diamond Park, Meadville, PA

May Program

The May 6th meeting will be held at the Market House in Meadville from 10:00 until 2:00. Bring along your drop spindle or wheel and spend the day spinning.

June Program

The June program will be presented by Rosemary Darraugh of Mercer. She will give an introduction to knitting machines. She will also have items on display that she has made on her machine.

Calendar of Events

May 6th - NWPSWG Annual bus trip to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

May 16th - NWPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church

May 20th- Edinboro Highland Games

May 27th & 28th- Great Lakes Fiber Show, Wayne Co. Fairgrounds, Wooster, OH

May 28th thru August 27th - Home Textile Tool Museum Saturdays 10am to 4pm

June 3rd - NWPSWG Business/Program Meeting at Christ Church 2:00p.m.

June 20th - NWPSWG Tuesday Spinning at Christ Church 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.

June 25th - July 1st Convergence 2006,

July 22nd - Waterford Fleece to Shawl Demonstration 10am to 4pm

October 21st - 22nd - NY Sheep and Wool Festival, Rheinbeck, NY

Minutes of the April Meeting

Treasurer’s Report:
savings--$2554.18 (includes McCartney Scholarship Fund of $1640.90).

Sue Spencer audited the accounts and found them 100% correct. Joyce Rose was granted $100 to attend a workshop by Catherine Ellis on Woven Shibori in Rochester.

Travel Guide: This book lists knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning stores and guilds in the US. There is a sign-up sheet for copies to be ordered for $7.95 + S&H, or call Bonnie Crytzer.

2006 dues are due by April 30 to be included on the membership list.

Highland Games: May 20. Karen will weave. Spinners needed.

Waterford Days: July 22. Weaver and spinners needed.

MAFA membership was discussed.

Roz reported on trip to MD Sheep and Wool. A Corry Bus Co Party Bus holds 12-18 persons. It will leave Christ Church Meadville at 5am and stop at the Turnpike Plaza at Mars to pick up people from that area. Expect to arrive at show by 10am and leave show at 5:30 pm, arriving back in Meadville by about 11pm. A relief driver is needed.

April 22 is Earth Day in Titusville. We can display and sell things made with natural products. Sign up by April 15 with Sue Spencer.

The May 6 guild meet (odd group) will demonstrate spinning at the Meadville Market House, 10-2 Shepherds Auction is May 13 in Mercer Family Field Day is Sept 23 in Waterford Textile Arts Alliance fiber show is Oct 22. June meeting will be braided rugs with roving.

Guild Election Day

Please try to attend the June meeting. It’s Election Day. If not please send in your ballot to the Hub editor Bonnie before the meeting. They will be opened and counted with the other ballots. The nominees are:

President: Karen Fry, Joanne McDermot, Andrea Cooley
Co Vice-President: Vicki Firster, Anita Hotchkiss, Sue Spencer
Secretary: Barb Lodge, Ann Sheffield
Co-Treasurer: Bonnie Crytzer, Ilene Elliston
Public Relations/Events: Sue Spencer
Equipment Rental: Sue Spencer
Membership Coordinator: Susan Fenton
Hub Editor: Bonnie Crytzer
Guild Hostess: Barb Lodge, Elaine Fertig

Northwest PA Sheep & Wool Growers Second Annual Family Field Day

The Northwest PA Sheep & Wool Growers Second Annual Family Field Day will be held Saturday, September 23, 2006 at the Waterford Fairground. We will have many of the events of last year and some exciting new ones – like Pat Retchloff’s cooking demo!!!

Since this event is closely related to many of our Guild’s activities and involves many Guild members, we would like to know your thoughts and ideas for events, activities – anything. There will be a fleece to shawl demo and you are encouraged to participate as a vendor, either individually or by adding your items to the Guild’s sale table.

Last year there were classes in Kool-Aid dyeing, felting, weaving and nature weaving. Knitting and crocheting would be good classes to add, so we need volunteers. These classes can be on-going demos or at a set time.

There will be a photo competition, a sheep show and sale, a fleece show and sale and the popular People’s Choice Award. Take your photograph or start your project now. Either that or take your vest and socks off at the door!

Call Sue Spencer or Pat Retchloff (see Membership directory for phone numbers) with your ideas or to volunteer. This should be a great day.

Weaving Chenille Workshop

Don’t forget Barb Lodge’s workshop on making and weaving chenille Yarn on June 1st - 2nd. You don’t need a loom to come see how it’s done but all attending need to pay $15 for the class. Sign up and pay by May 10th by contacting Bonnie.

Classified Section

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For more information, email us at

Touchstone Center for Crafts, summer schedule at

For Sale: Crytzer 4 pitch wool combs asking $75 without basket. Contact Marge Forman at

Ballot for Election of Guild Officers 2006

For election of President vote for one.
_ Andrea Cooley
_ Karen Fry
_ Joanne McDermot

For election of Co-Vice President vote for two
_ Vicki Firster
_ Anita Hotchkiss
_ Sue Spencer

For election of Secretary vote for one
_ Barb Lodge
_ Ann Sheffield

For election of Co-Treasurer vote for two
_ Bonnie Crytzer
_ Ilene Elliston

For election of Public Relations/Events Officer Vote for one
_ Sue Spencer

For election of Equipment Rental Officer vote for one
_ Sue Spencer

For election of Membership Coordinator vote for one
_ Susan Fenton

For election of HUB Editor vote for one
_ Bonnie Crytzer

For election of Guild Hostess vote for one
_ Elaine Fertig
_ Barb Lodge

To vote for an individual put a checkmark in the box next to that person’s name. Write in votes are permitted for all offices. When you write in a candidate ensure that he/she is willing to serve for the term of the office. All offices are for a term of two years.

Please try to attend the June meeting. It’s Election Day and you can vote there. If not please mail in your completed ballot to the Hub Editor, Bonnie (see Membership Directory for address), before the meeting. They will be opened and counted with the other ballots. You don’t need to put your name on or sign the ballot but please include your name in the envelope’s return address.

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