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The Chemung Valley Fibers Arts Guild is cosponsoring this event along with The Finger Lakes Knitting Guild, Wooly Minded, and Corning-Painted Post Historical Society. The even will take place on October 25&26 10 – 4 at the Patterson Inn Museum, 59 W. Pulteney St. Corning, NY.  

Event will feature:

Over 300 items,  Demos,  Raffle,  Yarn Winder Exhibit,  Beginner Classes,  Both Vintage and New Pieces,  Troubleshooting,  Yarn Display Board,  Gift Shop, Vendors,  Door Prizes

Admission: $5.00 (good for both days) 

For more info visit: 

http://www.pattersoninnmuseum.org

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On January 3rd,  2009, the guild will be holding its 2nd Roc Day Celebration.   Just like many guilds who hold a Roc Day event, we will have vendors, a dish-to-pass-luncheon for members and guests, kids corner, raffles and more..    Instead of  inviting a speaker.. we’ve chosen to have our first winter games.. 

From our poster:

CHEMUNG VALLEY FIBER ARTS GUILD

1ST WINTER GAMES CONTEST GUIDELINES

OR

MY MIND IS FASTER THAN MY HANDS

Saturday, January3, 2009, Bethany Lutheran Church, 265 S. Walnut St. Elmira, NY 11 AM – 4PM

COME ONE! COME ALL! THERE IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

Crocheters, Knitters, Spinners (both spindles and wheel spinners)

Games guaranteed to put a smile on your face

Compete for one of the following Great Prizes:

– A drop spindle played with by 2 puppies in the bitting stage

– Roving that has recently been left out in the rain

– Expensive yarn guarnteed to split with every stitch

– A personal favorite – the ball of yarn needed to complete the last sleeve of the sweater-that will take hours to untangle

Materials Needed for the games: Crocheters – G hook,  Knitters- size 8 needles.  Both will need worsted weight yarn, some yarn and roving will be available for the games.  Spinners will need to bring a spindle and/ or wheel with empty bobbin.  Extra materials will be available

(in not so small print)

Suggestions for the 1st Summer Games

Watermelon-seed spitting and stone skipping contests. If we have inclement weather and move inside, there will be pick up sticks and jacks.

The Summer Games are subject to the majority vote from the body of the talented members of the guild who are dedicated to preserving fun and laughter whenever they meet.

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On Saturday, September 6th, guildmembers will be participating in the Whinblinger event at the Benjamin Patterson Inn Museum in Corning NY.  The event takes place from 10-4 and guild members will be demonstrating the art of spinning and weaving.  At 3pm, the guild will hold a short business meeting. 

The Whingblinger is a great family oriented event…. come join us!

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Due to the holiday weekend, our next meeting will be held on July 12th, the second Saturday of the month instead of the first Saturday. 

Fairs and festivals are fast approaching and quite a few members are interested in attending some of the fairs or entering fleeces, skeins or finished objects in competition. With that in mind, member with more experience, will be discussing the different events and how to fill out entering forms, tag items properly, etc.

Note: There will be no August meeting. Instead we will be having a picnic for members and their families. Location and exact time to be announced.

 

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Good weather and a blurb in the local paper brought quite a few visitors to our January meeting and some new members.   With all the visitors we felt like we were quickly out growing our current location. 

We didn’t have as many vendors as we’d hoped, but we did really well for a guild that  is only a few months old.  We have lots of ideas for next years event. 

We had a nice variety of dishes for the Bring-A-Dish-Luncheon…. delicious!  

One of our young members, Rosie,  played some ‘spinning’ songs on her fiddle.   We missed taking a photo of her playing her fiddle, but did get this photo of her spinning and chatting with other members.

 rosie on ist rock day

A vendor’s table …

Eve’s table

We had a great time meeting new folks, sharing projects, tips and ideas.   We plan for next year to be bigger and better. 

Newsletter will be going out early next week.  If there is something you want to have in the newsletter, please leave a comment or use the email link. 

Next month (February 2nd) will be a regular meeting.  We have some guild business to discuss and then members will have time to share projects they have completed or are working on, ideas, etc.  

For those interested, Eve will do a needle felting demo after the business part of the meeting is finished.   There will be two spring related projects members can work on.  Members will need felting needles and foam or other surface to work on.  Some foam will be available but if you have some,  bring it, as there may not be enough for everyone.  Also, if you don’t have felting needles, some will be available for purchase.   Wool for the projects will be provided.     

Thanks to everyone who helped to make Rock Day a fun event!  See you all on February 2nd.

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Members braved one of the coldest days so far to come to the guild meeting on Saturday, carrying projects to work on, goodies to share and packages for the gift exchange.    We snacked as we welcomed 3 new members and discussed guild business.   This guild really has a sweet tooth but one of the guild members makes cheese, delicious!  

We exchanged mostly hand made gifts, everyone seemed very happy with their gifts. 

A dvd on wet felting on wet felting projects was shown in anticipation of working on a guild banner in spring. 

There were projects for show and tell, including Dan’s plant dyed fibers in beautiful colors,  patterns and spinning techniques to share.   Dan had raw wool to give away and will be bringing some more to future meetings.  We may use some of that for our banner and use it as a teaching project.

Several members have agreed to do some workshops at future meetings. One that is planned so far is a needle felting project suitable for spring..Easter eggs? bunnies? flowers? 

But, before all of that we will have our Rock or Distaff day event  in January!  Guild members will have fiber, yarn and more to sell and each will bring a dish to share.   More info will be posted in a couple of weeks.   

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On Sept 15th & 16th, several guild members went to the FingerLakes Fiber Arts Festival, held in Hemlock NY.   

A couple of guild members had entered items in the skein and garment competitions.  We were delighted to see that our 11 year old spinner, Rosie, had earned 3 special ribbons for her first skeins along with some cash.  Needless to say she was thrilled with how well she did.  Rose has been spinning for only a few months and doing very well. Not only is she a spinner, she is also a fiddler. She pulled out her fiddle each day and entertained everyone.  She earned enough money to pay off her spinning wheel. Vendors were delighted with her, they were generous with samples and congratulations, always happy to encourage a young spinner and musician. 

Rosie at Fingerlakes Festival

Eve entered a few things also.  She earned a ribbon for each item entered ranging from first to fourth place.   Hopefully more guild members will enter things in next year’s competition.

Eve’s ribbons

There was a lot to buy and even more to see, something for everyone.   Vendors were very friendly as always, helpful with tips or ideas for using their products.  The weather is the only thing that wasn’t perfect, a bit cool and damp on Saturday, but sunny and warmer on Sunday. 

At the end of the day, several members sat down to sit and spin together and to work on the big sock.  You can read about this on The Big Sock Blog: http://big-sock.blogspot.com/ 

worlds largest sock

If anyone has more news or photos of the festival for this blog or newsletter, please leave a comment and we’ll contact you for the info.

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