2016 Retreat at River’s Edge

Our annual Retreat with the North Coast Knitting Guild is March 11-13. It is a very relaxing weekend starting Friday afternoon and ending after lunch on Sunday. Bring your spinning wheel, knitting or any portable project. No cooking, no housework! Meals are included from Friday dinner to Sunday lunch for $140. Yoga class or massage is extra.

Click here for more information.

Special note to all 2016 guild members

Dear Friends,

I hope that each of you is having a creative and fiber-full new year!

On Friday afternoon, January 29th, all current 2016 members were sent some important documents via e-mail from the 2015/16 Jobs and Responsibilities Handbook Committee via our guild secretary, JoEllen Salkin.  If you did not receive this letter and 2 attachments, 1. please check the roster on the Members site to make sure that you are paid up for 2016, and then 2. please contact JoEllen and ask for a re-send.  It is the Committee’s hope that we can discuss and vote on the information contained in this e-mail at our February 23rd meeting.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration!

the 2015/16 Jobs and Responsibilities Handbook Committee

Presenting the WRSW Fall Workshop – Rigid Heddle Weaving with Constance Hall!

When: September 10-11, 2016

Where:  Lake Metroparks Farmpark Exhibit Hall

Full information and a workshop flyer is posted on the Workshops tab. Registration has just opened for WRSW members for this exciting new offering for both weavers and non-weavers.

Do you find that your knitting or weaving yarn stash is certain to outlive you? What if you’re a spinner with no creative outlet for your yarn once you’ve made it?  Are you a knitter or crocheter, and have wondered if you might like weaving, but have been put off by the start-up costs?  Then you are sure to get excited about our upcoming workshop with Constance Hall.  One of the unique features of this workshop is that if you do not own a rigid heddle loom, Constance has a limited number of looms that she will bring.  There is NO COST for this service during the workshop, and if you like it, you can arrange to purchase it!  Imagine!  A weaving workshop where you get a free loom to play on during the class!  Of course, if you already have a fully functioning rigid heddle loom you are also welcome to register.  The more, the merrier!

Registration is now open for WRSW members, and will open to the public on April 1.  This is a great class for never-have woven and experienced rigid heddle weavers alike.  Come join us!

Holiday Luncheon and Gift Exchange

January 23, 2016.  WRSW Guild Holiday Gathering / Roc Day

11am to 3pm

The Willoughby Hills Community Center
35400 Chardon Rd.
 Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094

Location:  View Google map

PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF BUILDING.  USE FRONT ENTRANCE

The Senior Center is on the lower level of the Community Center (directly across from the Willoughby Hills City Hall)

 

  1. Food.  Potluck.
  2. Gift exchange.  $10 or less and handmade by someone (not necessarily by you).
  3. Space. Bring supplies for any fiber art that pleases you.

7 BANQUET TABLES – 96” long

4 MORE AT WALL FOR FOOD

3 CARD TABLES

43 CHAIRS  

 

AREA WITH 2 COUCHES, 4 EASY CHAIRS, TV .  

 

THERE IS A WEST BEND 50 CUP COFFEE POT  +   2 – 12 CUP SMALLER POTS

2 BURNER STOVE

MICROWAVE

SINK – HOT AND COLD WATER

ROLLING CART TO CARRY STUFF DOWN TO LOWER LEVEL – ELEVATOR TO YOUR LEFT UPON ENTERING BUILDING

 

Questions?

Sally Vourlojianis

440 452 2136

svjannis@oh.rr.com

Luncheon update!

Thanks to member Norma OConnor, our combined Holiday Luncheon and Roc Day will be held at the Willoughby Hills Senior Center.
January 23, 2016. 11am to 3pm.
Potluck.
Details about location, room, parking, etc will be sent the first week of January.
Questions?
Sally Vourlojianis
440.452.2136
svjanis@oh.rr.com

Ply Magazine Subscription Sale

From President Sally V. and Ply magazine:

 For the month of January, we’re running a subscription special for guilds and guild members!
Fiber guilds add so much to our fiber community and we’d like to thank the guilds and guild members by offering a discounted 1-year subscription price for the month of January.  Please feel free to share this with your guild members and at any guild meeting you attend but we ask that you don’t post the code willy nilly online, we’d really like to keep this reserved for guild members.
If you go to http://plymagazine.com and click on subscribe, or even just click this link which takes you directly to the subscribe page:
and enter this in the promo code space: guild2016, you’ll be able to subscribe for about 20% off!  This offer is good for the entire month of January!
Thanks so much and again, feel free to spread the word to your guild!
All the best,
Jess
PLY Magazine

Holiday Luncheon

From President Sally V:

Celebrating the Holiday Season during the holidays can be both enjoyable and stressful.  Good to spend time with “our fiber people” but also one more deadline and spot on the calendar.  In NEOhio, unless you’re a snowbird or on a cruise, there usually isn’t much to look forward to early in the year.  Transitioning our 2014 Holiday Celebration to the following January was met with a favorable response from members of the Guild.

 Roc Days have been lots of fun in years past but our Guild SIGs will be in full swing starting January 9.
 
January 23 so far seems to be the date with the least on the Guild calendar. (Crossing my fingers on this one.)  The original date of January 16has scheduling conflicts.
 
After choosing a date, location comes to mind.
We will need a place for – 
1.  Food.  To keep costs reasonable how about a potluck?
2.  Gift exchange.  $10 or less and handmade by someone (not necessarily by you).
3.  Space.  More fun to mingle than being stuck at a restaurant table.  Bring supplies for any fiber art that pleases you.
 
Before looking for a rental facility, does anyone know of access to a free place to hold our event?
home, church, library, school, ______ ?
 
If you know an available location for January 23, please contact me.  Otherwise, we will have to create a Plan B.
Edit: Please leave your suggestions in the comments.
For those of you not familiar with Roc/Rock/Distaff Day – 

Distaff Day

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Distaff Day
Date 7 January
Next time 7 January 2016
Frequency annual

Distaff Day, also called Roc Day, is 7 January, the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff’s Day, one of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.

Many St. Distaff’s Day gatherings are held, large and small, throughout local fiber community. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women’s work.

In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.

WRSW Dues

The end of 2015 is approaching and 2016 dues need to be paid by 12-31-2015 in order for you to be eligible for the Special Interest Groups (SIG) in 2016. As you know, the SIG’s are open only to members and there are SIG meetings in January.

If you are unsure  of payment, you can check the 2016 Roster on the Members’ site; scroll down below the 2015 Roster. If your name is listed, then I have received your dues.

Individual – $15

Family – $20

Next meeting is Tuesday, November 24th!

Sorry for the late reminder, but our official November meeting is upon us.  I hope that you’ll be able to join us on Tuesday NOVEMBER 24TH as Uarda Taylor will share with us about her recent trip to Scotland to discover the fiber arts and crafts it has to offer.  To add to the celebration, Uarda asks that all who have them should bring something Scottish!  Guild members will also be voting on the slate of officers presented by the Nominating Committee,  and we hope to get news of this year’s luncheon.  See you at Farmpark at 7PM in the classroom!

Election of Officers Tuesday, November 24

A reminder that we will be electing Officers for 2016 at our regular meeting on Tuesday, November 24, at 7 pm at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

Slate of Officers is as follows:

President- Roberta Jones Shafer
Vice-President- Jan Gibson
Treasurer- Nora Eason
Secretary- JoEllen Salkin
Newsletter- Cheryl Laufer
Librarian- Cindy Kolacz

For the program, Uarda Taylor will have a slide show and talk about her recent Weavers’ Tour of Scotland.

See you there!