October, 2020

October’s meeting was held at Trinity Lutheran Church (120 Sunset drive in Butler) just past the Clearview Mall. Project day will be there also.

The program this month was about spinning wheels, with a focus on drive types (what does double drive mean?) and maintance.

This was also the final day for the 1oz angora challenge. Five contestants submitted projects:

Since we will be inside, I would like to encourage our membership to follow indoor gathering guidelines. From the CDC website: “In general, the more people you interact with, the more closely you interact with them, and the longer that interaction, the higher your risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. Indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces” and “Masks are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms”. I will have some disposable masks available if you need one.

The journey begins here for the fiber arts to learn, create and to share ideas.

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, 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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