Wow! Where has time gone? It seems like only yesterday that we were celebrating our November holiday meeting.
Time to start our new season with the first meeting of the new year – April 22nd. Yes, the 22nd is the correct date. Because the third Saturday falls on Easter weekend, the meeting has been moved to the following Saturday. The other change is the location for this particular meeting – 1720 Cochecton Turnpike, Damascus PA at Damascus Manor United Methodist Church next to the elementary school. Please note that this is a one time date and location change.
Our April meeting features a potluck and an “Upcycle Program” by our own weaver Annie. Bring a dish to share as well as your fiber projects for show and tell.
Mark your calendar for our future programs:
June: Pat Hilts historical weaving
July: Zane Gray Museum demonstration
August: Equinunk Historical Society demonstration (date to be determined)
November: Turkey Roaster Dyeing
While it may appear that the guild is in hibernation until April, it is far from the truth. Our study groups continue to meet through the winter. Lots is happening!
Knitting study group meets at Narrowsburg Library Mondays 6 -8pm.
Advanced Weaving Study Group meets at individual members homes on first Thursdays 10- 2pm.
Beginners Weaving Study Group meets at Rascal Fair Farm on first Sundays 11-4pm. Check us out on Facebook: WWSG Beginners Weaving Study Group.
Spinning Study Group meets at individual homes periodically. The next meeting is slated for Sunday, February 12th at Rascal Fair Farm. We will be meeting 12 to 5pm. Tweed spinning will be the program. Check us out on Facebook: WWSG Spinning Study Group.
Please email if you have any questions.
This is a reminder that our May Guild Meeting will be at Rascal Fair Farm.
The program is FETA cheese making at 10am. We will have cheese starting at 10 am in main house for all those folks that asked how to make it. We will need to visit the cheese once an hour over the course of our meeting.
We will have assorted wool and alpaca samples for spinning. In particular, a new fleece cross to try – Southdown/Finn in black and smoke gray.
As our program, we will have a short lecture/walking tour on Gardening with Wool
If anyone as folding chairs, please bring these along. Carpool if you can.
Just a reminder that our first meeting of the year will be Saturday, April 16th, the day after tax day. We will be doing our pot luck lunch, so please bring a dish to share. Nellie will
be presenting a program on solar dyeing.
Dues are due ($15), and please bring your projects for show and tell.
Meeting location here.
Since we didn’t get a chance to try Backstrap Weaving at the November meeting, here are some great resources for everyone to try at home.
The best resource is Laverne Waddington’s blog, which has excellent tutorials and documents her weaving adventures teaching and learning.
This Weavezine archived article sums up Laverne’s intro to backstrap weaving.
Culturally, there are several variations to how a backstrap loom can be set up, using as little as 1 dowel (wrapped shed stick) to several dowels/sticks. Pieces can be woven as wide as one is comfortable handling, so you could go beyond body width.
The method I showed you is a Russian method, that uses a circular warp and a shed stick with the warp threads wrapped around the shed stick and a string heddle for the second shed.
Remember, Saturday, November 21, 2015 is the last guild meeting of year. Bring Cookies for the Cookie Exchange. Handmade Ornaments to trade and Show and Tell.
We also have elections for President and Vice President.
We are demonstrating at the Callicoon Farmers’ Market Tomorrow, Sunday Oct 11, at the Callicoon Farmers Market. Bring your spinning, weaving and hand made goods.
Set up between 9 and 10, market is from 11 -2 pm