Some Spinning and Weaving Conferences for 2015

Some of these are opening registration in January:

Yarn Fest (SOAR replacement) April 2015

Midwest Weavers Conference  June 2015

Mid Atlantic Fiber Conference July 2015

Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference  October 2015


Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange

From President Lisa Davis:

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all had wonderful Thanksgivings. I’m sorry that our last meeting had to be cancelled, but there was nothing else to be done with the power outage and heavy winds. Because the meeting was cancelled, I want to remind you that our holiday luncheon and gift exchange is scheduled for January 10th, at the Willoughby Brewing Company (4057 Erie St, Willoughby, OH 44094) from noon until 2 pm. Because it is after the holiday rush, I was able to talk them into letting us order off of the regular menu, so you won’t have pick from a restricted number of items. If you’re curious, you can check out their menu on line, and there should be plenty of options for people on restricted diets. I do however need a head count, and was planning on passing around a sign up sheet at the last meeting (but the best laid plans of mice and men, yadda, yadda, yadda), so if you are planning on attending I need to get an email from you so I can let the restaurant know how many to prepare for.

Lisa D

drlad @ windstream .net (omit the spaces)

Tonight’s Meeting Cancelled

Apparently Farmpark has no power and does not expect to have it restored before 8 pm tonight. So they have cancelled activities, including our meeting.

For those intending to pay dues, you may mail your check made out to WRSW, to me at:  Nora Eason, 11483 Robin Wood Lane, Chagrin Falls, OH  44023.

2015 Membership Dues

Please remember that 2015 dues are due and payable at the November 25 meeting.

If you are not sure whether you have paid, check the Roster page and scroll down to the 2015 Membership List.


I hope you are looking forward to Susan Powers’ presentation of unique clothing and accessories from the 1950′s, featuring “1947 The New Look”, casual play outfits and suits for shopping. The outfits, shoes, hats and gloves are from her personal collection and it should be an excellent presentation, with models, too.


Meeting November 25

Susan Powers, a professor in Fashion Design at Ursuline College, will give a presentation about clothing and accessories from the 1950′s, featuring “1947 The New Look”, casual play outfits, and suits for shopping, among other things. She will also bring four models to wear the items: two of her students, Anna and Hannah; her daughter, Cassie; and her sister-in-law. The outfits, shoes, hats and gloves are from her personal collection of heritage clothing.


Meeting Reminder

Our next meeting is Tuesday, October 28, at Lake Farmpark. We will be in the Exhibit Hall.

Come at 6 for socializing and set up your spinning wheels for our Spinning Wheel Test Drive. Forms for your wheel information will be available at the meeting.

The meeting starts at 7.

Zapotec Weaver Update

From Victoria:

By an act of serendipity, the weavers of Northern Ohio are adopting a Zapotec weaver for a week. Here’s a little information about him and the times and places you can meet him.

Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez’s story embodies a beautiful combination of traditional Zapotec ways and contemporary life. He learned to weave at age nine from his father and mother. As a child, he enjoyed making toys from found objects and later transferred the creative skill to playing with yarns, weaving and unraveling them to become beautiful rugs. He developed as a weaver over many years while completing his primary education in village schools and later commuting by bus to Oaxaca City. Vasquez has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Oaxaca City, made possible by selling the rugs and bags from his loom. He continues to weave along with his mother and father who also maintain a subsistence farm. Vasquez maintains a Zapotec life, and travels to share his work as weaver. One day he dreams of an advanced degree or creating his own business. (from

Saturday, October 25 he will be demonstrating weaving at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo being held at John Carroll University from 9-­4 in the Dolan Center for Science & Technology. Admission is FREE.

Monday, October 27 a lunch is scheduled at Tommy’s on Coventry in Cleveland Heights at 12:30 pm. After lunch there may be wandering into shops until he needs to be back to be turned over to Betsy Bruce for his trip to Oberlin College at 3 pm. He will be staying there till Wednesday afternoon and all plans in the far West are working through Betsy Bruce. Call her if you’ll be out that way then and want to participate in those plans. 440-­775-­8504 (wk) or 440-­774-­7036 (home).

Wednesday he will be returned through the Medina Guild. Jan Pesek is welcoming him by hosting an open door evening gathering (bring a dessert). Marcos will be her guest for the night.

The following morning on Thursday, October 30, wonderful plans are being worked out to keep him busy and entertained in the Kent State University Museum and classrooms. Marcos will demonstrate around noon. Tours will happen. Call Jan Pesek if you’ll be out that way then and want to participate in any of those plans.

Thursday afternoon he will either return to Cleveland Heights or go East. Plans are still evolving. Suggestions are welcome. Victoria Johnson-­Parratt is the contact person from here till we have to give him back. 216-321-6016.

Friday a tour has been arranged at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Tour leaves from the lobby at 1:00 pm. Laura Martin has offered us her time till 4:30pm. Laura speaks fluent Spanish and has offered to show Marcos a few things she believes may interest him. She also wants to ask him what he would like to see, so any of us joining will follow them around, listen in and peek over their shoulders.

Saturday, November 1st we may do something early in the day, but we will have a huge potluck starting at 5 pm followed by a presentation from Marcos at 7 pm. We are inviting everyone to join us then and say Hello and/or Goodbye to Marcos. This invitation is open to all fiber folk, weavers and spinners, bead people, bobbin lace ladies, members of the church where we’re having the party, library, museum and university people, friends, family and any curious enough to come. Bring a dish to share.

Update from Lisa on the guest Zapotec weaver – WRSW people needed to help!

from Victoria with CWG: Catholic Charities has now asked Us if we can officially adopt Marcos Antonio Bautista Vasquez for almost an entire week. We have been asked to entertain him from Sunday October 26th at noon, bring him back for a 2 hour school talk on Wednesday afternoon, reconnect with us and have us return him in time for Mass Sunday morning November 2nd.

The Us really is the entirety of the Northeastern Ohio Weavers community. We are planning gatherings throughout Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Medina, and Loraine counties. Any member of Us is welcome to attend any of the planned events. Point people in each guild or community will be in charge of their parts of the plan, but contact information will be easily available to anyone interested in attending any function or gathering.

We have plans for a trip to CMA with a fluently Spanish docent available Friday or Saturday. We have hopes to arrange a trip to the Kent Museum for the Tapestry exhibit. Mention has been made of a Finnish display up in Fairport Harbour and the Century Village in Burton. Oberlin will keep him into Monday night into Wednesday afternoon if allowed and Betsy Bruce is dilligantly planning things at the college we may all be welcome to atttend. Marcos will have a warped loom, so demonstrations are all over the plan.

We will have to feed him, so potlucks seem the best way to gather a dozen or so to enjoy a meal without having to talk or listen over a bunch of uninterested strangers.

We have less than a week to get this arranged before the young man arrives in our fair town. Please contact me if you can host a potluck meal or want to play along in any way.

Catholic Charities would like a copy of our schedule by Friday (today!) I may have to play fast and loose with the finite details. Maybe I’ll just tell them “It’s ok. He’s with Us”

Please reply to Lisa at:  drlad @ windstream .net (omit the spaces).

All points bulletin to all members of the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild

From WRSW President Lisa Davis:

As you have already been informed, a Zapotec weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico, is being brought in by Catholic Charities for a Fair Trade Expo. His responsibilities for the expo are minimal which leaves him with time to spend with the weaving community of Northeast Ohio. Between October 25th and November 2nd we have the opportunity to adopt him. He speaks English beautifully, and is a college graduate, having worked his way through school with his weaving. So there should be no language barriers, and he has a place to stay. He is eager to meet us and see what we do.

The area guilds have discussed this, and it has been decided that all events with him will be open to members of all of the guilds. There are several things that we definitely think that he should see, including the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Tapestry Biennial at the Kent State Museum. The Cuyahoga guild has already scheduled space at the Church of the Covenant for Saturday, November 1st, for him to give a presentation. He will also be giving a presentation in Oberlin, as well as seeing their museum.

What we need are offers of locations in which to host potlucks for feeding him, and other things that he should see when he is here. We have less than 2 weeks to put this together, so a prompt response to this email would be appreciated. Every attempt is being made to make this rare opportunity available to everyone, and we expect to send the weaver home happy but exhausted.

Please reply to Lisa at:  drlad @ windstream .net (omit the spaces).

October 28 Meeting

The October program will be “Spinning Wheel Test Drive”, brought back by popular demand. Bring your wheel, if you have one, for members to try and try the ones that others bring. A sheet will be provided for you to fill out information about your wheel, with room for comments by “testers”. This will be a good time to try a wheel if you are thinking about purchasing a new one or trading in your old one. Please come at 6 pm to set up and fill out the info sheet. The meeting will start at 7 pm. Some fiber will be supplied or bring some of your own favorite.

2015 Membership dues are due in November and payable anytime for 2015. They must be paid timely in order for you to be included in the 2015 Yearbook, which will be edited in January for publishing in early February. Please send your check, made out to WRSW, and the completed membership form to the name and address on the form, which can be found in your newsletter or here. Dues are $15 for individuals and $20 for families.