Late Fall 2019

THURSDAY (public) MEETINGS:

Second Thursday of the month, 9:45 – 12:30am. Join us at the United Methodist Church in SLO; 1515 Fredericks St., in the Terrace Room. Light refreshments are provided; bring something for “Show & Tell”; weaving/spinning related items for the raffle; and a few dollars to buy raffle tickets.

November 14 The history and evolution of Lunatic Fringe Yarns

Michele Belson is the founder of Lunatic Fringe Yarns, a company that is well known for its Tubular Spectrum of brightly colored cottons. Today Lunatic Fringe has expanded its repertoire and has added the American Maid naturally colored cottons to its inventory — along with an entire line of hemps, and some lovely wools.  At our November meeting, Michele will tell the guild how her company evolved from a backyard dyeing party into one of the most highly respected woman-owned yarn companies in the United States.  And of course, Michele is bringing many products to sell, so be sure to bring cash!

No Thursday meeting in December

SATURDAY (members) MEETINGS:

10:00 – 2:00, usually the last Saturday of the month, usually in members’ homes; potluck lunch unless otherwise noted; bring items for Show & Tell.

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Retreat 2019

WEAVER’S RETREAT AT CAMP OCEAN PINES – NOVEMBER 8 – 10th, 2019

If you like morning mists, watching the ocean while spinning, seeing marvelous sunsets through the trees and lots of laughter then you’ll have a great time at our annual retreat.

Bring your spinning, weaving, beading, knitting, camera, or books to just relax and let someone else do the cooking. You are encouraged to bring a guest, a new member of your guild, a family member or an old friend. Last year the weekend was absolutely gorgeous so of course we hope for the same this year.

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Fall 2019 meetings

THURSDAY (public) MEETINGS:

Second Thursday of the month, 9:45 – 12:30am. Join us at the United Methodist Church in SLO; 1515 Fredericks St., in the Terrace Room. Light refreshments are provided; bring something for “Show & Tell”; weaving/spinning related items for the raffle; and a few dollars to buy raffle tickets.

Sept 12 Expanded Show & Tell

The September program is all about you! Whether you created something during a workshop at the CNCH conference or during the Summer & Winter workshop or wove something on your own during the summer months, this is a chance to SHOW us your work and TELL us all about it. If you won a ribbon for a special piece at the Mid-State Fair, bring that to the meeting, as well. September is your chance to shine and to share your knowledge with others!

Oct 10 Which Floor Loom is Right for You?

The program will feature a panel of weavers who will discuss the looms that they use, and answer questions about the attributes and drawbacks of various looms. Looms to be discussed include the AVL Compu-Dobby, the Öxabäck drawloom, the Louet Countermarche, the Schacht Wolf Pup and Baby Wolf, Macomber looms, the Gilmore floor loom and the Leclerc Nilus. Whether you are looking for your first floor loom, or thinking about a more advanced loom, or if you are simply interested in how various looms work, the October meeting is a must!

SATURDAY (members) MEETINGS:

10:00 – 2:00, usually the last Saturday of the month, usually in member’s homes; potluck lunch unless otherwise noted; bring items for Show & Tell.

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Mid-State Fair 2019

It was very encouraging that this year we had dozens of wonderful entries in so many categories. There are plans to add a few more categories next time, so we are hoping for even more participation in 2020. The fourth “Ena Marston Award for Excellence in Weaving” was awarded to Camille Nelson for her krokbragd rug.

Special thanks to all of you who came to demonstrate on two separate days. Fair goers of all ages were delighted by the demonstrations of weaving and spinning.

Challenge 2020: plaid

The Challenge this time is to design a plaid and then weave a cotton kitchen towel in your plaid. Contact Nancy Weber for a Challenge Envelope containing a collection of color cards for inspiration and a sheet like the one here showing some of the various classifications of plaid.

Finished towels will be presented and admired at the June 2020 picnic.

Retreat 2018

Every year guild members rest up from the annual sale in early November with a weekend retreat at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria.

Roberta Foster has announced the retreat this year will be November 9-11, costing $195. Roberta described all the possible activities, including sleep all weekend!. The Guild is offering four camperships of $195 to members who have never attended before. These are a legacy of Patti Lee. Those interested should give Roberta their name and address and there will be a drawing for four individuals.

Calendar for members

Have you noticed the new calendar? It’s only visible to members so we can include private information like addresses for small events. Naturally the main listings are for guild events. We’re including some regional info for textile events like shows and classes, mostly those the members or friends are involved in of course. Please contact us if you’d like your event listed.

June picnic

It’s the finale of the Guild Year: the annual June picnic and tag sale. This year we're celebrating its 25th anniversary! Visit with friends, enjoy an outstanding potluck lunch, admire the work of your fellow Guild members, view the completed Challenge Projects, and add to or reduce your collection of yarn and other treasures via the Tag Sale. There will be shopping, eating, visiting, showing and telling; another great Guild get together!

This year's edition will take place at Betty Polansky's home in the South:

Saturday June 9th, 10am to 2pm

836 Ballard Canyon Road, Solvang.

(parking is usually in the lot a bit further than the house, clearly marked)

REMEMBER TO BRING:

  • Your Weaver's Challenge project
  • potluck picnic fare
  • items for the tag sale (clearly labeled with your name and price)
  • your check book or ready cash for any irresistible bargains (or your dues, or the apron you ordered)
  • something you’ve created this year for Show & Tell.

Please see the map drawn by Betty's husband below

Mid-State Fair 2018

The guild traditionally participates in the Mid-State Fair. This year, there are some changes that make it even more fun and rewarding to enter some of your work, like displaying all the handwoven/spun items together, and allowing more than one entry per category. The MidState Fair is the San Luis Obispo County fair.  Unfortunately, this means that only residents of the county can enter (not the Santa Maria and South members, sorry!).

Fair dates

July 18-29, 2018, noon to 8 pm.
This year’s theme is Ole! It’s Fiesta Time! There are special exhibit classes that focus on this theme. You might be able to put an item in one of these.

Website

Midstatefair.com

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Spring 2018 meetings (updated)

Thursday meetings

Second Thursday of the month, 9:45 - 12:30, at the United Methodist Church; 1515 Fredericks St., SLO, in the Terrace Room. Refreshments are provided; bring your latest "Show & Tell", raffle items and a few dollars for raffle tickets.  Thursday meetings are open to the public.

 

MAR 8 TEXTILE JEWELRY

Not all guild members weave with yarn or use a loom to fabricate their creations. This month two of our jewelry makers will tell us about themselves and their work. Metalsmith, Jeanie Pratt will discuss her brooches and other pieces that combine woven metal strips, wire bobbin lace, semi-precious stones and colorful enamel. Her work has appeared in several national publications and can be found at the prestigious Mobilia Gallery in Boston.

Jewelry designer and professional colorist D’Elin Lohr works her magic with
beads and thread creating beautiful, colorful bracelets and necklaces. Many of her pieces evoke an exotic theme through the deft use of color and texture.
Come hear about what inspires these two talented members and a little about the processes that are involved in making their distinctive jewelry. Be sure to wear any pieces of Jeanie or D’Elin jewelry you own. There may be a few pieces for sale at the meeting too, so bring your checkbook!

 

Jeannie Pratt

APR 12 SEEING COLOR IN EVERYTHING

Kathrin Weber, the founder of “Blazing Shuttles,” is known for her colorful hand-dyed warps and woven pieces, and is one of the most popular workshop leaders in the nation. In April, Kathrin will show photos of her work and discuss the inspiration for her striking color palettes. She also promises “lots of stories that pop up along the way and a lively Q&A afterwards.” Wear something colorful and enjoy the show!

Kathrin Weber

SATURDAY MEETINGS

Usually the last Saturday of the month,

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