No meeting tonight, January 27th!

Just a reminder, if you haven’t looked at our schedule of programs – there is no January meeting tonight.  We always have iffy weather and so have not scheduled a January meeting for years :)  But make sure you join us in February as we learn about backstrap weaving, and learn a spinner’s tip about plying on the fly!  All of this information (and more) in the SIG edition newsletter that you received in the mail back in December.  If you don’t have this newsletter handy, you will find it on under the “About” tab on this site.  See you in February!

Our February meeting is a hands-on introduction to Backstrap Weaving!!

Backstrap weaving is a basic and early form of weaving still done around the globe.  Members, to find out more about this event, please go to our “Members Only” page.  Not a member?  Then what a great time to join the Western Reserve Spinners and Weavers Guild!  Use the registration link on this website, and join us at the start of an exciting new year!

Membership dues

Just a reminder that dues are due now. I will be accepting dues at our Holiday Luncheon this Saturday, January 10, at the Willoughby Brewing Company.

The cut-off date for the 2015 Yearbook is Thursday, January 15, so you need to get your dues to me by then to be included in the Yearbook. The form with my address is here.

If you are not sure whether you have paid, sign in on the Members Site and check the 2015 Roster. If your name is there, then you have paid.

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.