The Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild was founded in September of 1982 when Mary Ann Geiger gathered a group of ten people at the Butler Public Library. These people desired to organize a Guild to promote interest in and to teach the art of spinning and weaving.
Over the years the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild has grown to include approximately 50 members. While emphasis is placed on spinning and weaving, members of the Guild also knit, crochet, felt, and raise their own fiber-supplying animals, including sheep, alpacas, rabbits, and goats. No fiber related art is off limits to try! Our members expertise vary from beginning spinners and weavers to nationally and internationally known experts!
The Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild has been active from the beginning in local and regional Sheep-to-Shawl contests, including those at the Pennsylvania Farm Show (Harrisburg) and Penn’s Colony (Saxonburg), bringing many awards with them back to Butler. Throughout the years members have also demonstrated the art of spinning and weaving at many local events, knitting shops, and schools.
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This year at the farm show members of the guild demonstrated the fleece to scarf process.
Melissa, Jen, and Sue worked on spinning and plying a grey Lincoln/corriedale fleece; and Linda made singles from a Texel fleece. Karen wove the two into an overshot pattern. Melissa’s husband oversaw the demo loom and gave many spectators an opportunity to try their hand at weaving!
For the program, I would like to have our second “stash to treasure” of the year. I know many members were unable to attend the meeting at Steward Hall this winter. With the outdoor setting, hopefully everyone who wants to attend will feel comfortable attending.
We will be returning to Trinity Lutheran Church for May meeting and project day. We will be meeting upstairs in the fellowship hall, not in the basement meeting room.
The program will be about preparing and spinning from fleece. Last month we discussed skirting, where (on the fleece) to find the best wool, and sampled some. This month we’ll dive deeper into prep, prep tools, cleaning, and blending.
Due to an event at Steward Hall, we will be returning to Trinity Lutheran Church for April meeting and project day. We will be meeting upstairs in the fellowship hall, not in the basement meeting room.
The program was about spinning from fleece. We discussed skirting, where (on the fleece) to find the best wool, prep, and spinning techniques.