October 2017 Meeting

Millefiori Felted Beads

These hand felted beads mimic the glass beads with flowers all over them that had been created in Italy for centuries. Millefiori necklaces, paper weights, etc became very popular in Victorian times.

Come felt the beads and string them with other beads to create a necklace you can wear by the end of the meeting.

October 14, 2017
Location: Room 118, McKnight Hall, WSU campus
Social Time begins @ 9:00 am
Meeting & Program begins @ 10:00 am

Directions: Exit off of Hillside onto Alumni Drive. The McKnight building is the second building on your right. Park in the lot across the street, and enter the north wing through the brown double doors that face Hillside (shown in the center of the picture below). Look for a “Guild” sign on the doors!

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Fiber Prep Tools – Resources

Building on the September 2017 meeting program, here are a few online resources for the tools demonstrated by Guild members Sharon Barnes, Susan De Wit, April Nilsen, Nancy Squire and Denise Renee.

Download the meeting’s handout, a chart of fiber prep tools and their uses.

Please bear in mind that there are many ways to use these tools, and that the ‘right’ way is the way that works for you (as long as you stay safe)!  Try searching YouTube for other techniques.

Picker: http://patgreencarders.com/triple.htm

Flicker: https://www.interweave.com/wp-content/uploads/basics-summer-08.pdf

Hand Cards: http://handspinner.co.uk/carding_using_hand_carders.html

And a technique for rescuing a debris-filled fleece using hand cards.

Drum Carder: http://www.pacificwoolandfiber.com/how-to-use-a-drum-carder.html

Combs: https://woolery.com/how-to-use-viking-wool-combs

Blending Board: http://debbieheld.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Held-SPO-Spring-2016-1.pdf

Hackle: http://valkyriesupply.com/blending.html

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Weaving at CityArts… or Not

Guild members were interviewed for a televised news story aired September 1st on KSN Channel 3 about the decision to end all fiber classes as of December 1, 2017.

KSN reporter Emily Younger spoke to City of Wichita and CityArts representative John D’Angelo, who said that a decision has not actually been made, in spite of his informing weaving and spinning instructor Nancy Squire that classes would end after the fall session.

Guild members and anyone else interested in the future of weaving and spinning classes in the Wichita area are invited to attend a meeting with D’Angelo on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm at CityArts.  Get directions here.  A reporter from the Wichita Eagle may also be in attendance.

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September 2017 Meeting

Fiber Prep Tools

Have you wondered how to use some of those fiber prep tools you see around and online?  We’ll do brief demonstrations of a bunch of them, and plan for a short hands-on time.  (I hesitate to use the phrase ‘petting zoo’, because several of these tools can really bite!)  Bring some fiber if you’d like to try your hand at some of them!

There will also be a small loom hands-on activity for non-spinners (or anyone else who is interested).

Sharon Barnes and other guild members will be presenting the demonstrations.

September 9, 2017
Location: Room 118, McKnight Hall, WSU campus
Social Time begins @ 9:00 am
Meeting & Program begins @ 10:00 am

Directions: Exit off of Hillside onto Alumni Drive. The McKnight building is the second building on your right. Park in the lot across the street, and enter the north wing through the brown double doors that face Hillside (shown in the center of the picture below). Look for a “Guild” sign on the doors!

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Win-Win-Win at KAWS

Everyone came away a winner from the recent KAWS (Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners) 2017 conference in Lawrence!  There was plenty of good camaraderie, great vendor booths and a wide variety of classes and activities.

Our guild brought home a couple of extra bragging rights… we won the prize for the guild table display, and our representative Gail Kliewer won the spinning-with-a-spindle-wearing-rubber-gloves contest!

Several members went to the Landers farm for the Statewide Dye Day as well, and obviously didn’t spend all their time dyeing.

Enjoy the eye candy!

May 2017 Meeting

I’m lichen that dyeing

It’s time to stretch our knowledge on natural dye processes!  We will explore different lichen dyes.

Bring something to dye and some food. Marnette Hachett will host this program at her new digs.

Address and directions will be in the May newsletter.

 

May 6, 2017
Location & time: TBA

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April 2017 Meeting

Sock it to me!

It’s sock time! We will test our knowledge on knitting socks. Our very special guest, Curt Gridley will demonstrate an antique sock knitting machine.

We will look at some other ways to create socks. How about Polar fleece socks? Can you believe it? Make your pattern!  Some sewing involved.

Susan de Wit will host.

April 1, 2017
Location: Room 118, McKnight Hall, WSU campus
Officers Meet @ 9:00 am
Social Time @ 9:30 am
Meeting & Program begins @ 10:00 am

Directions: Exit off of Hillside onto Alumni Drive. The McKnight building is the second building on your right. Park in the lot across the street, and enter the north wing through the brown double doors that face Hillside (shown in the center of the picture below). Look for a “Guild” sign on the doors!

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March 2017 Meeting

Felted Hat (Cap? Headband?)

Whatever you make it, it’s felted on a balloon. Everyone can do this. Susan de Wit has taught it to 3 year olds, so you can learn it too!

If you have a lovely wool batt that you haven’t spun or done anything with, now’s the time to use it. 

Materials will be provided, but for those who choose to add extra to their project, a selection of batts will be available at a minimum charge. If you have novelty things to incorporate, please bring those as well!

March 4, 2017
Location: Room 118, McKnight Hall, WSU campus
Officers Meet @ 9:00 am
Social Time @ 9:30 am
Meeting & Program begins @ 10:00 am

Directions: Exit off of Hillside onto Alumni Drive. The McKnight building is the second building on your right. Park in the lot across the street, and enter the north wing through the brown double doors that face Hillside (shown in the center of the picture below). Look for a “Guild” sign on the doors!

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