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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Guild aprons

In order to work at the annual sale, you must be wearing an official guild apron, dark green with an embroidered “50 Years and Still Warped” logo, and preferably with your name embroidered on it.

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Hands-on meeting – Convergence goodies

The Saturday guild meeting is this Saturday, Feb 24, at the Strawbale Barn, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

One way that the guild is participating in Convergence 2018 is by providing items for the goodie bags. Among other things, we will be making handmade, unique note cards on Saturday.

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Date errors

An error slipped by in the last newsletter (Jan/Feb 2018) - the main monthly meeting has NOT changed, it's still the second Thursday of the month, only here that's February 8th, not 13th.  So we hope to see y'all there.  In the same vein, the post about the tapestry group is correct but the newsletter wasn't, it's happening February 17th and not the 10th.  Sorry!