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.

Demos needed at special day at Farmpark – October 12, 2014

Thanks to everyone who has thus far participated in our Fall Harvest Demonstrations at Farmpark.  Looking to next year, we’ve been told that we’ll be doing demonstrations for just one of the Fall Harvest weekends.

That being said, there is a REAL NEED for demonstrators on Sunday, October 12th.  Thanks to a very special and as of yet undisclosed benefactor, Farmpark will be free and open to the public all day long on the 12th.  They are expecting 5000 visitors to the venue, and they need us to provide fiber demonstrations.  What a great opportunity to introduce people to our guild and to the joys of handwork and creative thinking!

Right now we have less than a handful of people who signed up at our meeting in August – please look at your calendars and see if you can join us either in the morning, the afternoon, or all day.  If you have not yet demonstrated this year, please remember that we do this in order to get free meeting and classroom space.  Even a few hours shares the load with the rest of the guild :)

Because admission is free all day on the 12th this is also a great opportunity to bring your family and extended family.

To sign up for a demo time or to find out about openings, please e-mail or call me!  This event will run from 9AM-5PM on Sunday, October 12.

Thanks for your thoughtful participation!


Ashland Fiber Festival

The 3rd Annual Autumn Fiber Festival, and probably the last of this season in Ohio, will be at the Ashland County Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 18, from 9 am to 5 pm. Follow this link for more information and directions:  autumnfiberfestival.com.

American Tapestry Biennial

There will be no regular meeting this month.

Instead, we have a field trip scheduled on Saturday, September 27, to the Kent State University Museum, to view the American Tapestry Biennial Exhibit. You can follow the links to get directions and a peek at the content of the exhibit.

There is also a Felted Garment Exhibit that is up until February, 2015.

We will meet in the Museum parking lot at 10:15 am. Admission is $5 per person.

Lunch is also on the agenda, with details unknown at this time. Please RSVP by Thursday, September 25, to Jan Gibson, 440-255-0045 or gibbyj@sbcglobal.net, if you want to be included in the lunch reservation.

Bedford Arts Festival this Weekend

From our president Lisa Davis:

This weekend, Saturday, 1 pm-7 pm, and Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm, September 13-14, at 730 Broadway Avenue, Bedford Ohio is Bedford’s arts festival, called Weekend of the Pooka.  We have been asked to demonstrate our various talents at this event.  Anyone interested should email me at drlad@windstream.net to let me know.  Any crafts are welcome;  spinning, weaving, felting, braiding, carding, etc, etc, etc.
They are providing us with a tent.  If you would like more information regarding the festival itself, visit their official website at bedfordpooka.org.

Geauga Fair update

Well, the Geauga Fair is now in full swing – if you entered anything, how did you do?

I”ll be there for the next couple of days and would love to take photos of some of our members exploits for a montage in the next newsletter.  If you entered anything in the fair – whether you got a ribbon or not – contact me (Nancy)  privately by Sunday evening with what you created and I’ll be glad to take a picture of it to include in the photo display. We have a talented and creative membership, and the best way to pass on the love of all things fiber is by SHOWING it!  I’ve seen some great pieces already, and am planning on stopping by the Domestic Arts building several more times to see what I’m missing.  When you come, stop over at the Heritage building up in the corner near the bandstand and come visit Joyce and Chuck Fath and team as we demonstrate broom making (that’s Chuck :)) and spinning, weaving and lacemaking (That’s Joyce and Co.)!

…and don’t forget to tell me what you’ve entered.  I promise that I”ll only take pictures of items that people tell me about!  If you also want to include a story about your project, please do!  The more, the merrier!


The Essence of Art Exhibit

Exhibit at the
Last spring Liz Mather invited ​WRSW ​members to an exhibit at the WRLC​,​ where she is employed. She and fellow employees exhibited their art work of paintings, photographs, and weavings. Several members of the now closed ART ESSENCE GALLERY, an artists’ co-op in Painesville, were invited to exhibit at the WRLC. While the company put up new environment buildings for their work space they kept the old farm house for meetings, conferences and exhibits.  Jan Gibson, May Halliday and Uarda Taylor are members of both the Art Essence Gallery and Western Reserve Spinners ​and Weavers. Nora Eason is also part of the show.
The exhibit is open to everyone during regular business hours:
                Mon​day​ - Fri​day​  8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
3850 Chagrin River Road, Moreland Hills, OH  44022.
Come meet the artists at the opening:
Friday, August 15 ​, 2014,​
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Bits and Bobs about Fair entries

For those who are interested in entering spinning and weaving into the Great Geauga County Fair, here are some potential options. If you have any specific questions you’ll have to contact the Fair secretary.  Read the Fair booklet carefully, and ask the Fair secretary a question if you aren’t sure how to categorize your piece.  The judge and assistants will not reassign your piece to the correct category if it is incorrectly labelled. If you have placed your item in the incorrect category it will not be considered for judging. (I learned this by experience.)


Skein of Yarn – page 37, Section 8.  There are 7 classes in which to enter.


There is no “section” for handwoven goods – this is another area that we have to expand :)  however, there are several potential categories:

Section 5 – Pillows                                          8. Specimen not listed – my comment, you’ll need to note that it’s handwoven fabric.  Otherwise, how will they know?

Section 7 – Needlework Hobbies          11. Wall Hanging – 15×20 and under (not quilted)

12. Wall Hanging – over 15×20 (not quilted)

13. Placemats – 2 mounted

15. Rug – any type except hooking

17. Holiday article – Christmas (no clothing) – my comment, this is a guess.  Your piece better really look like Christmas

18. Holiday article – any other (no clothing) – my comment – again, a guess – you should have strong design elements that suggest a holiday

19. Table runner

20. Loom woven specimen

21. Specimen not listed