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.
The meeting was held at Stewart Hall in Harmony. Stash-to-Treasure will be the “program” for February’s meeting.
I am tentatively planning “Christmas in July” in the park for those of you (myself included) who aren’t necessarily comfortable with an indoor meeting yet.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Christmas and New Year’s!
January’s meetings have been cancelled. Stash-to-Treasure will be the “program” for February’s meeting provided it is once again safe to meet.
Trinity Lutheran Church (where we have been meeting since fall weather pushed us out of the park) has informed us that they will be closing until further notice in order to help curb the spread of Covid 19 through the community.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe Christmas and new year’s!
November’s meeting was held at Trinity Lutheran Church (120 Sunset drive in Butler) just past the Clearview Mall. Project day was there also.
The program was a zoom presentation by Pittsburgh fiber artist and author Deb Brandon. Her presentation is available for guild members to stream until November 27, if you did not receive a link in your email, please comment and I will get that to you ASAP.
We collected a table full of handmade items to donate to various local charities:
And a handful of members told of items they had already donated to charities of their choosing.
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.
September project day was held at Butler Memorial Park in the Optimus pavilion.
For September’s meeting and program we conveined at Stramba Fiber Mill, and made machine felted art. We had 13 participating members and 2 guests. More photos will be added once I get them.
Following the current guidance and since we are still in “green”, August’s meeting Day (Wednesday August 5th from 10am-2pm) was held at Butler Memorial Park in the Optimist pavilion.
See the Butler Parks status here: https://cityofbutler.org/departments/parks-recreation-and-public-property/
Current guidance recommends that we wear masks and practice the physical distancing. We were not able to have our traditional pot-luck.
The extension office is closed indefinitely following the Penn State University closure policy; found here: https://extension.psu.edu/coronavirus
August’s program wasnwas dyeing. Susan and Jen (Marilyn and Karen B too) brought a number of dyestocks. Logwood, indigo, avacado, marigold, henna, onion skin, orange jewelweed, and tumeric. We did some mordanting in the pot, but some dyes didn’t require it. The plan was to have fun and see what colors we obtain.
For July’s meeting, Judy presented the angora spinning program she had prepared, please contact her if you would like a sample of angora, or an opportunity to participate in a 1oz challenge.
Hope you all are well and have lots to keep busy at home with.
Since the first Wednesday in January is also the 1st of January; we have decided to hold our first meeting of the year on Janary 8th. The program for the day will be “project day” please bring whatever you would like to work on.
Our cancellation policy can be found here. Please use your own judgment about whether the weather is too severe for you to travel. Cancellation updates will be added here as they are available.
In April, the Butler Guild teamed up with the Depreciation lands Museum to teach a class spinning with a wheel.
This was the second year in a row that Marilyn was kind enough to act as lead instructor. Each mentor was assigned two students and all students and mentors had spinning wheels and fiber to work with.
Some mentors took their jobs very seriously!
Every student was able to spin and ply their first yarn!
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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