After the November meeting, Jen and Karen set up a display at the Butler library. The display will be up until right before the January meeting (at the extension office) Please check it out before Wednesday if you haven’t yet!
Here’s the library flyer and press release:
YEAR-END EXHIBIT TO INSPIRE WARM AND COZY FEELING
Butler Area Public Library presents “From Fluff to Fabric: 40 Years of Fiber Arts” exhibited by the Butler Spinners and Weavers Guild.
The display features a variety of textiles and fibers with descriptions, images and props illustrating the cloth-making process. From cotton and linen to cashmere and angora, swatches of fabric are mingled with samples of woven, knitted, felted and crocheted textiles.
Exhibit visitors will discover an assortment of looms and spinning tools as well as a range of fiber art creations, such as clothing, bowls, handbags, bracelets, and decorative art pieces. Included is some history of the Guild started in 1982 by four weavers and spinners interested in sharing, teaching and promoting fiber arts. In those days, the Guild met at the Butler Area Public Library.
Today, the Guild meets monthly at the county extension office and includes about 50 members from Butler, Armstrong, Allegheny, Westmoreland, Mercer, Clarion, Indiana and Washington counties.
Butler County Pedalers was one of 4 teams to compete in the 42nd PA Farm Show Sheep to Shawl Competition. Unfortunately, due to a series of equipment failures (a broken drive band and loom jam that cost us critical time) we were not able to make length. We were also seconds past the deadline to turn in our shawl.
We won the coveted spinner’s award and received much positive feedback from the judges and the media.
Thank you to all of my teammates, to everyone in the guild who helped us get here, and to the farm show staff for all the help and support they offered during the competition.
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!