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"The HUB" Vol. XXIV, No. 5
Bimonthly newsletter of September - October 2002


Saturday, October 5, 2002 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Donna Wellman's House, Centerville, PA

October Program

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2002 at Donna Wellman’s house. Donna lives off of Rt. 77 near Centerville--see membership list (members only) for address and phone number. If you need more explicit directions, call or email Donna at

What to bring: A dye pot and something to stir with. A gas stove if you have access to one. Up to 1 pound of fiber. Don't forget your wheel to sit and spin with us.

We will be dyeing with indigo so there is no need to mordant the fiber. Bring a dish to share and we will have potluck. We can cook hotdogs on the grill. Come early and you can stay late or bring a tent and you may spend the night and we can continue dyeing on Sunday. If you are going to stay please let Donna know ahead of time. Donna says there is plenty of room for all.

A great fiber challenge will begin in October and continue on through the winter of 2003. At the October meeting at Donna Wellman's house we will have a sign up sheet for a fiber exchange. You may sign up for washed fiber or a roving exchange. There will be ten people to a list.

Each person will exchange ten two ounce bags of fiber. We would like as many different fibers and colors as we can get. We hope not to repeat fibers. It must be garment quality fiber (not your garbage). At the December meeting we will bring our fibers to exchange. The challenge will be to construct something out of all ten two ounce bags or part of each. You have all winter to make your article and we will begin showing off our attempts at the February meeting and continue on until every one is done. We hope that this will be a fun project and that many will participate. We might even get to purchase some rare breed fiber for this project. See you at sign up.


Kennerdell Arts Festival

The guild will put on a fleece to shawl demonstration at the Kennerdell Arts Festival on Sunday, September 15, 2002. Meet at the Cranberry Mall in Seneca between 9 and 9:30 a.m. to car pool to the festival. If you decide to go separately, take Rt. 322 west through Franklin to the Cranberry Mall. Turn right at the light past the mall (onto Rt. 257) and follow signs to Rockland and Kennerdell (about five miles from intersection). From Oil City, take Rt. 257 to mall and follow signs to Rockland and Kennerdell.

Minutes of the August Meeting

NWPSWG minutes - Aug 3, 2002

New officers were elected: Co Pres: Sue Spencer/Ann Sheffield; Co VP: Kate Arkwright/Donna Wellman; Co Treas: Bonnie Crytzer/Ilene Elliston; Co Sec'y: Barb Lodge/Maggie Fry-Manross.

Hostess duties were discussed. Guild hostess arrives early and makes coffee. Meeting hostesses (volunteers who sign up for specific meetings) are responsible for bringing the goodies. Barb Lodge will continue as guild hostess. Sign up list for meeting hostesses (two per meeting) will be maintained.

Ilene Elliston is coordinating demonstration efforts for the Kennerdale Art Show, Sept 15. Directions to Kennerdale will be on the guild internet site, or call Ilene. Jill will weave, using fleece that will be dyed at the Aug 20 dye day. If you can spin, contact Ilene.

Treasurer's Report: total balance $3938.55. It was decided to distribute copies of the annual budget to all the officers.

Ann announced that she was able to submit the grant on time for the 2003 knitting workshop by Beth Brown-Reinsel. Ann suggested that we settle on a specific time for guild programs to start, and we decided on 12:30.

The future of Spin In was discussed--whether or not to continue as is, and where, or whether to have a simple one or two day retreat, or picnic. Donna Wellman offered to gather comments and present a report on opinions and options.

It was decided to continue doing a shawl demo at Waterford Days, and possibly doing a spinning demo at the Steam Engine October show.

The October guild meeting will be at Donna Wellman's house. We will dye indigo. Each person attending may dye one pound of yarn. The February program will be silk paper with Roz.

Sue Spencer distributed forms asking members what their interests are. Please complete and return to Sue.

Donna asked that members suggest a charity to receive our Christmas gifts.

Crawford Co. Fair. Sheep and Wool Growers would like us to sponsor a "Hand-spinners Fleece Award." Sue Spencer will coordinate this. Elaine is organizing spinners for a Wed. demo in the Home Ec Building at 1:15. Spinners are also welcome to sit in the sheep barn.

New Members

Please add the following new and returning guild members to your 2002 Guild Directory. See the membership directory (members only) for addresses and phone numbers.

David Bell

Jacque Kondrot

Mary Ann Morton-Bliley

Patricia Retchloff

Susan Buell

Loom For Sale

Hello, I live in Rochester, NY, and am selling my large, lovely loom. It is made by the Reed Loom Company (an old company, no longer around). It has been > appraised at about $800 and I'm selling it for $650. That price includes reeds, shuttles, woolen yarns, a warp winder and a maple wooden bench.

It is 48" wide--4 harness counter balance and very sturdy. Any interest?

Alexandra Marris

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