Annual business meeting this Thursday, May 21st

Join us for our annual business meeting and view our show at Beachwood Library, 25501 Shaker Blvd., Beachwood, OH 44122.

The nomination committee has prepared a slate of  officers for election.

President                   Sarah Berg

Treasurer                   Jean Jackson

Secretary                    Nancy Allman

Program 2016-17      Victoria Johnson-Parratt

Come at 11:30 am to enjoy a brown bag lunch, view the show, followed by the 12:30 pm meeting and election.

French fashion presentation at Heights Library

Carole Wallencheck will be presenting French Fashion: Finery, Frippery, and Frocks at the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Lee Road branch, 2345 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, OH, Monday, May 18th, at 7:00 pm.

France’s dominance as an arbiter of good taste as well as a purveyor of extravagant adornment dates back to the reign of The Sun King, Louis XIV, and is rooted in the Middle Ages. Through an image-packed presentation, we’ll track the rise of Paris as a world-renowned fashion center, examining the public faces of the high-profile designers and great couture houses, as well as the little-known techniques of the backroom workshops. Part of the Springtime in Paris series.

The program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Beginning weaving at Peninsula Arts Academy

Come and learn how to calculate your warp, dress the loom, and weave a sampler, using many different types of 4-harness weaves. From there, the sky is the limit! For more information, or to register, contact Carol at 330-657-2681 or through her web site.
When: Saturdays, 2 pm
Fee: $30 per week, or $28 for PAA members, plus a materials fee of $15. Select any 6 weeks to complete your sampler. Sign up for all 6 weeks now for $175 or $160 for members plus the $15.

Local estate sale to include fiber items

Starting tomorrow, April 23rd and continuing until April 26th, an estate sale in Burton will include fiber items. From the listing:

Our client is a well known fiber artist, and former owner of an alpaca farm. We will have fiber, wools, threads, accessories, notions and a host of other items including floor loom and many other important supplies. ORCO floor Loom, Model 74, 4-harness, 6-treadle.

Keepers of the Loom documentary at CSU

The Keepers of the Loom documentary film will be presented at Cleveland State University Main Classroom Auditorium, 1899 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH on Monday, April 27th, at 6:00 pm. This film is the story of generations of Estonian women who used the skills they depended on for their own survival to preserve the beauty and resilience of an entire people.

Film makers Reet and Tom Mae will be present for Q&A. Donations will be accepted at the door to cover their travel expenses from Toronto.  Local Cleveland area Estonians will provide some pastries for the meet-and-greet with the film makers following the screening. Please contact Toomas Tubalkain for additional information or call 216-875-9734 to register for this free event. Watch the trailer below:

April meeting and workshop

This Thursday, April 23rd, at our April meeting, Barb Wainright from Rochester, NY, will present a lecture on “Let’s Not Call It Honeycomb” at the usual time – 11:30 am for lunch with a short business meeting at noon, lecture afterwards, and done by 2 pm.

If you are interested in joining the workshop and your schedule has freed up at the last minute there is still room to join us. This is a stash friendly workshop so materials will be inexpensive and easy to find and/or swap amongst ourselves.

Our workshop will start immediately after the Guild meeting, and we are trying a schedule that is a little different to try and accommodate people’s work schedules:

Thursday, April 23rd: from end of Guild meeting until around 5:00 pm-ish then going to supper (optional)
Friday, April 24th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and
Saturday, April 25th: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Barb’s description of the workshop:
Given the right sett and materials honeycomb can produce tailored, deeply textured fabrics suited to many purposes, even clothing. Fabrics of surprising complexity are possible on only four shafts. Using woven examples we will examine the effects of threading, yarn, sett, and beat in developing texture. We will also consider use of color with this structure. Like all deflected-weft weaves, honeycomb needs wet-finishing to blossom but results can be hard to predict. The samples you create will help you plan future projects with confidence.

More information on Barb’s work can be seen in Handwoven, September-October 2007, page 52 and Interweave Press e-book, Best of Handwoven: Honeycomb Technique Series, which includes her Honeycomb laptop case project. We also have materials in our library about the weaves Barb will be teaching.

We are also trying something new with a limited round robin where each weaver creates samples for herself on only four looms with representative threadings of the entire workshop.

Cost will be $50 per person ($60 for non-CWG members).

If you want to join the workshop, please contact Lynne Killgore.

Bus trip to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

Join Stacey Allen of Cleveland Metroparks on an adventure to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. We will spend all day Saturday shopping at the festival for fiber, yarn, equipment, patterns, ideas and more.

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival includes hundreds of vendors from all over the country that include everything that a fiberholic could ever need, plus 5 hours each way of hands-free driving allowing plenty of time for UFOs or start new projects on the way home!

Bus ride is $85 per person, and space is limited. Registration is required. Call 216-206-1000 to reserve your spot.

We will leave Fairview Park at 10 am on Friday, May 1st, 2015, and return approximately 10:30 pm on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015. Cars can be left at the Ranger headquarters overnight. Friday evening we will have dinner at May’s Seafood Restaurant (not included).

Hotel will be the Comfort Inn, Red Horse of Fredrick, MD (not included). Price is $90 per room (1-4 people). Bus will drop us off at the opening of the festival on Saturday and will depart from the festival at 5 pm.

The Running of the Wools

Picture an event more reminiscent of a hobbit than a Hemingway; not containing enough adrenaline or alcohol to inspire a memory of Pamplona or allow use of the word stampede. Three hundred dry merino sheep move through the streets of Queenstown, New Zealand, in a quick but relatively orderly procession. Fifty rams mixed in keeps just that hint of danger. Barriers line the route to keep the chances of any bloody fool sustaining bodily injuries to a minimum, but I would think the chances of slipping while trying to cross the street right after it’s over are about 50/50. In the long-gone old days, this would just be called taking the sheep to market. In today’s world, where people have no clue where wool comes from; it’s a world news event called The Running of the Wools.

Founder Steve Hollander started this event to help people remember and celebrate the things that built Queenstown. He assures me that the first time was a great success and the sheep will run again next year. This soon-to-be annual procession is part of the Hilux NZ Rural Games, which takes place in early February over the Waitangi Day holiday weekend. A quick check of their website shows the other events planned to give the visitor many things to see once the sheep have gotten to where they’re going. Serious competitions listed with the word speed in front of them included coal shoveling, sheep shearing, hand milking (cows), tree climbing, tree chopping, fencing (building), and gold panning. Events judged by distance include the traditional Highland heavies-the caber toss, stone, sheaf toss and farmer’s walk as well as the lighter cherry pit spit and gumboot throw. Slower precision events include the egg toss and, of course, there are sheep dogs herding lots of sheep.

View of Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ – Photo by Stephen Murphy

I know it’s a long long way to go for a field trip, but if next February gets to be as cold as it was here this February, witnessing the Running of the Wools might be just enough excuse to visit somewhere where it’s naturally Summer during that time of the year. It looks like Queenstown is a pretty place, and they have lots and lots of beautiful soft merino. I wonder how much one can cram into a carry-on?

Honeycomb workshop with Barb Wainwright, April 23rd – 25th

Barb’s lecture for the Guild, “Let’s Not Call It Honeycomb” will be on Thursday, April 23rd, at the usual time (11:30 am for lunch with short business meeting at noon then lecture afterwards done by 2 pm).

The workshop schedule is a little different. We are trying to make the time more user-friendly to everyone who is working full-time and needs time to run errands or just relax on Saturday.

Thursday, April 23rd: from end of Guild meeting to 4 pm.
Friday, April 24th: 9 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 25: 9 am – 1 pm

We are also going to try something new with a limited round-robin where each weaver creates samples for herself on only four looms with representative threadings of the entire workshop.

Workshop description:

Did a coarse 1970’s wall hanging turn you away from honeycomb? Or was it a stringy sample woven at the end of a tiresome overshot warp? Forget them. Given the right sett and materials honeycomb can produce tailored, deeply textured fabrics suited to many purposes, even clothing. Fabrics of surprising complexity are possible on only four shafts.

Using woven examples we will examine the effects of threading, yarn, sett, and beat in developing texture. We will also consider use of color with this structure. Like all deflected-weft weaves, honeycomb needs wet-finishing to blossom but results can be hard to predict. The samples you create will help you plan future projects with confidence.

For more information on Barb’s work it can be seen in Handwoven, September-October 2007, page 52, and Interweave Press Honeycomb e-book which includes her Honeycomb laptop case project.

Cost will be $50 per person ($60 for non-CWG members).   Please send check and registration form to:  Jean Jackson, 2980 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

This is a stash friendly workshop, so materials will be inexpensive and easy to find and/or swap amongst ourselves.

Susan Conover studio sale

Susan Conover is having a sale! See her web site for more details.