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On the 29th of September guild members demonstrated a variety of fiber arts at the Benjamin Patterson Inn Fall Festival. This is a yearly event for the guild and one everyone enjoys very much. Members brought spinning wheels, weaving equipment, fibers and more. Festival goers were able to see the process of turning natural fibers into yarn, clothing, rugs, tapestries and more. A great time was had by all.

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The next guild meeting will be on February 7th, 1 – 4 pm.   We will been starting the work on our banner, mostly making some final decisions on what we want to do, how large each individual member square can be, what we want to back it with, final size etc. 

There will also be some needle felting supplies for those who want to sharpen up their needle felting skills.

Members are asked to bring samples of what they will be submitting to the Women in Arts exhibit in March

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The next meeting is on March 1st, 2008 – 1-4pm.

March’s meeting will be our ‘Detash’ meeting.  Members will be bringing items they are tired of having stashed away somewhere and will never get around to using.  These items can be anything fiber, fabric or craft related and items can be swapped, sold, donated to the guild library/inventory for guild use, or items to give away.    

We will also have a short ‘business meeting’ and several members will share info about some projects or demos from February.   Needle felting supplies will be on hand for those who miss the last meeting due to the snow/ice storm or for those who want to try something a little more advanced.

Please Note: The location will be different than the previous meeting.  The new meeting place is just a few minutes drive from the the previous meeting place and I’ll be posting new directions on the Meeting page  so that everyone can find us.   We really like where we have been meeting but we are adding new members at every meeting and feeling a little cramped in the room we have…  the new meeting space is much larger. 

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Icy roads and sidewalks, remnants of Thursday’s storm, prevented some members from attending the meeting.  Still, we had 5 new people join.

A few of the members had participated in the boy scouts demo in the morning, we waited for them to arrive before starting the business part of the meeting.  Here is a photo from the demo at the mall… more will be in the newsletter and /or at the next meeting. 

boy scouts demo 2 08 

Members had a lot to share for the show and tell part of the meeting.

The ‘library’ is up and running, some interesting things already donated and ready to be checked out. 

The needle felting workshop was a fun activity.  Those that participated quickly learned a few techniques and were soon working on their own creations.   The participants started out with a simple project, an egg so they would learn the best way to roll the fiber tightly to avoid excess jabs with the needles.  From there they went on to small critters and then on to their own ideas.   Below is a photo of the eggs and first critters…  members are asked to bring any other creations to the next meeting so they can share what they learned and we can take photos. 

First needle felted projects 

Several members had expressed a desire to participate in the workshop and were unable to come due to the weather.  Needle felting supplies will be at the March meeting and needle felting help will be available for those that missed the workshop or those that want some help with working on more complicated pieces. 

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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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