Felting Workshop: spaces available

There are still a few spaces available for our Felting Workshop on May 14, 2016. It will take place at Cheryl Laufer’s, 11232 Bell Road, Newbury, OH, from 10 am to 3 pm. No experience needed!

Photos on Roster

Members may have noticed that there are many photos to go with the Roster entries on the members’ site. If you do not see your photo, or don’t like the current photo, then please send me a jpeg of your head and shoulders that you do like.



Fall Workshop update – only 5 places left!

Plans are going strong for our Fall Rigid Heddle workshop with Constance Hall – at present we have 15 of the 20 places filled with excited students.  If you’ve been thinking about joining us but just haven’t gotten around to it, I hope this will be just the encouragement that you need.  Look for the workshop flyer under the Workshops tab.

Since we are getting down to the end of registration, please contact Nancy Curtiss for availability of space.  Once we’ve reached our student limit we’ll begin a waiting list for those interested.  Notification of openings will begin August 2, after we’ve reached the deadline for balance of deposit with the existing list of students.  This is sure to be a fun and dynamic workshop – and a great chance to make some new friends as we’re now getting registrations from people outside of the guild.  I hope that you can join us!

Nancy – 2016 Workshop Chair

Our Exhibit April 2-29

Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers Exhibit – April 2 – 29, 2016.

Be sure to stop in at the Kirtland Library to see the fantastic display of woven, spun, felted, bobbin lace and other items created by members of the Guild. There are spindles, fleeces and other things used to create all these beautiful items.

Jessica Pinsky of Praxis Fiber Workshop at our next meeting, Tuesday March 22nd!

At our March 22nd meeting you will have the opportunity to hear Jessica Pinsky, Executive Director of Praxis Fiber Workshop, discuss Education Traditions; How Fiber Has Changed in An Academic Context.  Praxis is located in the Waterloo District of Cleveland, and Jessica will discuss the unique approach this non-profit organization is taking to engage the community and spread the word of the textile arts to all ages.  Her enthusiasm is something that you don’t want to miss.

Our meeting starts at 7PM, but please come early and work on your favorite portable project, or get to know another member of the guild!

Felting Workshop

The details and flyer for our Felting Workshop are now available on the Workshops page.

Meeting Tuesday, February 23

Ondulé Weaving: the what, the how, and a view of artist’s and craft’s people use of the technique. Ondule Weaving

Last summer, Liz Mather attended a weaving workshop at Peter’s Valley School of Craft to learn about Ondulé Weaving.  She came back from the workshop excited to share some of what she has learned.  The presentation will include an explanation of what Ondulé weaving is, how looms can be adapted to use the specially designed reeds, slides and hand’s-on examples of the resulting cloth, and an opportunity to see one loom-modification technique in person.

President’s Challenge
The theme for 2015 is “Handmade for My Home.”
Don’t forget to bring your Handmade Treasures to the February guild meeting.

Important vote on Jobs and Responsibilities Handbook and Flowchart

This Handbook will allow future executive committee members as well as committee and adjunct activity members a guideline to follow so that there is continuity to our organization for years to come.

Guild members have already voted a quorum on the Officers portion of this document at our September 22, 2015 meeting in order to pave the way for the Nominating Committee’s work. The vote to take place in February would include the Committee responsibilities, the addition of the Adjunct Activities and a month-by-month Flowchart to help with processes.

There will be time at the meeting for review and discussion.


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!