October 2018 Newsletter
October! Lovely cooler days, including some rainy ones where you just have to stay inside and weave, or knit, or spin, or crochet. Or carry that knitting to a coffee shop or meeting. Even a waiting room isn’t so tedious if I have a project. A project bag with yarn and needles for a child’s (or adult’s) hat or a scarf near the door is great to grab and go, and those hats and scarves are eagerly welcomed by local organizations that distribute our craft to folks in our community who need them.
In early October Joanne Hall will be in Bellingham leading a seminar on countermarche looms, including warping, tie-up, evaluating and moving a used countermarche loom. Several members are taking Joanne’s workshop, so these skills will expand our community knowledge bank. The J Textiles Studio now has two of these awesome Swedish looms, each with 8 shafts and 10 treadles. Group projects for color gamps and blankets are being tossed around now. These looms are light weight to treadle and can handle many yards of warp, so they are great for weaving rep, and one is wide enough to weave a full-size blanket. Want to join in or suggest a group project?
Fibers & Beyond is coming to the Jansen Center next week! Yes, already. John Mullarkey’s keynote is Wednesday October 10. Workshops are on, Oct 10,11,12 & 13. And the Annual guild sale is Saturday the 13th. You won’t want to miss any of it! I’ve heard nothing but praise from folks who have taken John Mullarkey’s workshops. It’s amazing to have this opportunity so close to home, and there are still spaces available in the workshops. I’m taking ply splitting, tablet weaving, and Liz Moncrief’s painted warp workshop.
Our Fall and winter fiber activities promise to be colorful and bring warmth to the community!
All the best,
2018-2019 WWG President
October 20 - Field Trip to Fiber Fusion, Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe, WA
October has double the fiber goodness! Our monthly meeting date falls one week after Fibers & Beyond, and on the Fiber Fusion weekend. Fiber Fusion Northwest is 2 days of fiber, education and fun. RV camping on site, or join up with other guild members to make it a day trip. https://www.fiberfusion.net/ Located at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, in Monroe, Wa.