Sunday, May 22, 2016

Summer Changes

Hi All - Thank you to those who were able to come to the meeting last week at Doris's! It was great to see a couple of people we haven't seen for a while, too. As you know, there were a couple of big votes regarding the meetings for the next couple of months. Here is the outcome of the voting: It was decided that there will be no formal meetings either June or July. Instead, you are invited to demonstrate at the guilds booth both at the State Fair in June (6/9 - 6/12) and at the Reno Mini Maker Faire in July (7/9.) Details will be forthcoming as we have them. Our next official meeting will be the second weekend of August at the Arboretum (Rancho San Rafael Park.) If you have questions please contact myself, Virva, Jo, or Doris.

Monday, May 9, 2016

April 2016 Minutes

Guild Minutes April 9, 2016

Attendance: Margery McConaghy, Angela Alter, Gina Caudillo, Marietta O’Reilly, Virva Porcelli, Carol Lopez, Chris Lopez, Mariann LaMorte, Ashley Thibedeau, Myna Kent, Heidi Ericson, Janet Scheuller, Sandi Steele, Janet Drozd, Hannah Woods, Rebecca Hess, Marilynn Clarke, Nancy Pryor, Jo Van Winkle.

Old Business:
Black Sheep Gathering- June 24-26, Eugene, OR.

Art in the Park-Sunday, July 24 at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael. Our Guild will be there demonstrating. A sign-up form is available for those who would like a booth.

No updates on the State Fair yet.

No updates on the Celtic Fair yet.

The Fiber exchange and dyeing project was tabled until the October meeting.

New Business:
Our May meeting will be held at Doris’s, directions are on the blog. She will be teaching us oroper fleece skirting techniques.

Our July 9 meeting which is usually held at Mimi’s house may be held, instead, at the Mini Maker Fair at Idlewild Park. This will be discussed and voted on.

The Plumas County Fair will be held in Quincy, CA, Aug. 10-14.

Our Guild will be demonstrating at Gold Discovery Days in the Plumas-Eureka State Park. Dates are not known yet.

The Chico Fiber Fusion will be held on Oct. 8, 9:30-3:30, at the Patrick Ranch and Museum in Chico, CA. They are looking for teams to do a Sheep to Shawl competition. Registration is due by Aug. 15th.

See you at our next meeting at Doris's May 14th!

 in Chilcoot, California. Hwy. 395 north from Reno, past Bordertown into California. Exit 395 at Hwy. 70 to Portola/Quincy, turn left on Hwy. 70 going west for about 2 miles. Turn left on Scott Road after crossing Long Valley Creek, before going up Beckwourth Pass. Scott Road is dirt, and after 4/10 mile to the railroad crossing you’ll pass 2 homes (stay left on main road, not right up the hill), the railroad tracks and creek will be on your left.

Continue south on Scott Road for one and a half miles to a small bridge over Scott Creek.
Another 4/10 mile to a large Cottonwood tree and the 3rd home, this is where the county stops grading the road so it’s a little rougher. Another 2/10 mile to several buildings on hill with SPRAGUE sign, but stay to left and pass the driveway. Next 3/10 mile the road curves from left to right up a small hill. Stay to the right at the fork, going up the hill and look for my 404-185 sign on a “rock jack” fence corner. This is where you turn right onto my driveway.

My driveway is 4/10 mile, first straight with a woven wire fence on the left and barb wire fence on the right, then at the next group of rock jacks curve right, down over the culvert and up hill to my house …cedar siding with a dark green metal roof and large wooden barn in back. Sounds complicated but there are very few places out here. I’ll try to put up some signs to help. Call 530-993-4296 if you have questions or need help.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

March 2016 Minutes

Guild Minutes March 12, 2016 Attendance: Jo Van Winkle, Carrie Bleak, Margie McConaghy, Carolyn Thompson, Virva Porcelli, Janet Schueller, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Judy Wells, Annabelle, Younger, Ashley Thibedeau, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Caudillo, Ruth Flagg, Lilli Moffit, Connie Vann, Hannah Woods, Bev Perkins, Leslie Godbe, Mimi Bullard, Nancy Pryor, Alyce Brown, Myah Dressback, Angela Alter, Anna Harvey
 Treasurer’s Report: As of 2/12/2016 our balance was $4,603.26. We have received $300.00 for 12 dues, $41.00 for White Elephant items, and $5.00 for a spindle kit. We have paid $422.00 for our insurance, and $318.44 as a subsidy for the Color Workshops. Our balance as of 3/11/2016 is $4,206.82 with 33 members.
 Old Business: CNCH will be held in Modesto, CA, April 8-10, enrollment opened Jan. 3, an individual membership is $5. Nancy Pryor is our liaison for CNCH. Capital City Farm Days will be held in Fuji Park, Carson City Apr. 21-22. We will sign up for the booth schedule at the April meeting. Our Guild Display is in the cabinet at the North Valleys Library for the month of March if you haven’t seen it yet.
 There is still confusion about the State Fair, Nancy Pryor will continue to work on getting the information from the State Fair person. Black Sheep Gathering will be held June 24-26th in Eugene, OR. Hannah is going. For more information:
 Art in the Park in the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael, in Honey’s Garden, will be held on Sunday, July 24th starting at 9 a.m. Marilynn will bring the forms for sellers to the April meeting, they can also be obtained from the Arboretum office and possibly the website. Sales tax must be collected and paid at the end of the event. Come and sit, spin or sell! Wonderful event!
 Fiber Exchange- Marilynn is willing to set up dyes for your fiber, at the meeting, at her house, in June if anyone is interested.
 New Business: April Learning Tree will feature Mike Herzog who will instruct us on photography. Jo and Carrie will be setting up tables in the parking lot at the April meeting with all of Maxene’s donated material and patterns right after the business part of the meeting. It’s free to whomever could use it! Wide variety of beautiful material!!

Next meeting is at Bartley Ranch Park on April 9th.

Monday, March 7, 2016

February 2016 Minutes

Guild Minutes February 13, 2016
Attendance: Heidi Ericson, Carrie Bleak, Noelle Cisson (guest), Patti O’Brien, Julie Svoboda, Virva Porcelli, Judy Wells, Sandi Steele, Janey Watson, Trudy Knowles, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Ashley Thibedeau, Myna Kent, Kendra Iwahashi, Cyndi Fehler, Gina Caudillo, Carolyn Thompson, Hannah Woods, Jessica Jared, Sallie Ballantine, Parke Ballantine, Mimi Bullard, Alyce Brown, Ruth Flagg, Jo Van Winkle.

Treasurer’s Report: As of 1/8/16 our balance was $4,683.26. We have received 350.00 for 14 membership dues, 65.00 for white elephant sale items, 5.00 for a spindle kit. We paid our donation of 500.00 to the Nevada State Museum, our balance as of 2/12/16 is $4,603.26 with 21 paid members.

Old Business: The Learning Tree for our March meeting will be Part 3 of Marilynn’s Color Study, please bring your kits and your hand held looms.

Capital City Farm Days will be held in Fuji Park, Carson City Apr. 21-22.

CNCH will be held in Modesto, CA, April 8-10, enrollment opened Jan. 3, an individual membership is $5. Nancy Pryor is our liaison for CNCH.

Capital City Farm Days will be held in Fuji Park, Carson City Apr. 21-22. Apr. 22nd is also Earth Day.

There is some confusion as to which State Fair we will be attending. The Nevada State Fair is June 9-12 at Mills Park or The Western Nevada Fair and we don’t have the information on the dates. Hopefully Nancy Pryor will be able to “unconfuse” at the March meeting.

Hannah visited the Job’s Peak Guild meeting last month. They offered up a complimentary membership so we can visit their meetings, one person at a time. We voted to allow them to visit our meetings anytime and any number, no membership necessary. Their meetings are held in Gardnerville on the third Saturday of the month (except July and December), at the UNR Extension Office across from Lampe Park in Gardnerville. Meetings begin at 10:00 am to Noon. For more information:

New Business: Black Sheep Gathering will be held June 24-26th in Eugene, OR. Hannah is going. For more information:

Lacy Knitters Guild membership is $15.00 per year. You receive 4 newsletters a year, each containing patterns for knitted lace, doilies, etc. For more information:

Doris brought in a flyer about Lani’s Lana who is offering fine rambouillet wool, combed top, DK, fingering and sport yarn in white, natural colors, and dyed. For details:

Monday, February 8, 2016

January 2016 Minutes

Guild Minutes January 9, 2016 Attendance: Carrie Bleak, Margery McConaghy, Marilyn Clarke, Heidi Ericson, Maxene Harlow, Elise Forrer, Candy Durm, Janet Watson, Trudy Knowles, Shana Dollarhide, Myna Kent, Ashley Thibedeau, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Iwahashi, Carolyn Thompson, Janet Drozd, Judy Wells, Bev Perkins, Jenny Roder, Hannah Woods, Mimi Bullard, Alyce Brown & Myah, Virva Porcelli, Sheila Young, Jo Van Winkle.
 Treasurer’s Report: Our balance was $4,587.51 as of 12/11/2025. We have received $150.00 for 6 dues, and $448.22 from White Elephant Sale items donated from the family of Nancy Grundy. We have paid out $152.47 to reimburse Heidi Ericson for the purchase of books for the Library and $350 for the deposit to Davis Creek Park for our Spinster’s Retreat, Sept. 9-11, 2016. Our balance, as of 1/8/2016 is $4,683.26.
 Old Business: CNCH will be held in Modesto, CA, April 8-10, enrollment opened Jan. 3, an individual membership is $5. Nancy Pryor is our liaison for CNCH. Capital City Farm Days will be held in Fuji Park, Carson City Apr. 21-22.
 The Nevada State Fair will be held in Carson City the end of July, start thinking of your entries. Heidi Ericson, our liaison for the Celtic Fair will be attending the first meeting on Jan. 18.
 Our Color Study with Marilynn Clarke will be $30 for the 3 sessions instead of $20 as first thought. Part 2 will be after our Feb. meeting, Part 3 will be after our March meeting and you will need some type of hand held loom.
 New Business: The NY Times did a lovely obituary for Aldon Amos. Nancy Pryor has the interview with him, (can also be found on YouTube), on her tablet if anyone would like to watch it. It speaks of all he has contributed to the Fiber Arts and Spinning Wheels. Virva reported that Allyson Judge informed her that the Adaptive Riding Center on Skyline Drive is available for winter workshops for our information. Hannah reported she has arranged with Holly, at the North Valleys Library, for us to have the front display case (3 shelves) for the month of March. We may display small tools, woven, knitted, crocheted items and spinning samples. These items will be returned in April. Hannah will be coordinating this so bring your items to the February meeting with your name attached to the back of the item.
 Heidi’s Friday Night Art, FART, this month, will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5:30-9:00 at her house. Bring something to work on, share Heidi’s coloring books, or just hang out! Heidi is planning to hold these on the third Friday of each month. Maxene Harlow will be moving to Mississippi shortly. You will be sorely missed Max! You have contributed so much to our Guild! Can’t thank you enough!!!
Our next meeting is February 13th at Bartley Ranch Park in the old school house.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

December 2015 Minutes

Guild Minutes December 12, 2015 Attendance: Carrie Bleak, Jo Van Winkle, Margery McConaghy, Ellen N. Fenn, Virva Porcelli, Angela Alter, Doris Woloszyn, Janet Schueller, Maxene Harlow, Shana Dollarhide, Trudy Knowles, Myna Kent, Heidi Ericson, Alfred Hingiss, Jr., Sue Gottsalia, Sandi Steele, Connie Vann, Janet Drozd, Bev Perkins, Hannah Woods, Alyce Brown, Myah Dressback, Mimi Bullard, Nancy Pryor, Chandra Begbie
 Treasurer’s Report: Doris reported we have received one membership and our balance is $4,587.51.
 Library Report: Heidi reported that we have new book donations and the Book inventory will be posted in the blog.
 Old Business: It was decided that our October meeting we be on the second Saturday of October at the Schoolhouse and not held at the Celtic Fair. It was decided that our Charitable Giving will again be, $500 for the Navajo Rug restoration at the State Museum in Carson City.
 New Business: Nancy Pryor is the liason for CNCH. Enrollment opens on Jan. 3. The membership is only $5 per year. She will bring us more information at the January meeting. Marilyn Clarke will be starting the Color Study for our Learning Tree at the January Meeting. The fee for the 3 sessions is $20., it would be easier, if possible, to just pay Marilyn in cash. You will need a “Zoom” type loom for the third class. Capitol City Farm Days will be held April 21 & 22 at Fuji Park in Carson City. Learning Trees for the upcoming year were discussed. As of now our Learning Trees will be: January, February, March – Marilyn Clarke’s Color Study. Please bring small plastic containers with lids. April- Mike Ericson will teach us photography techniques for photographing our items. May-Doris Woolszyn will host our meeting and show us how to skirt fleeces at her home. June- Marilyn Clarke will host and will be instructing us on Natural Dyeing and Pole Wrapping Shibori. Please bring washed cotton material to participate. July- Mimi Bullard will be hosting and will be instructing us on chemical dyeing. She has invited everyone for a campout on the night before the meeting. August-Meeting will be held at the Wilbur May Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael. September- Our Spinster’s Retreat will be held at the Davis Creek campground. Please bring ideas for the Learning Tree to the January meeting. October-Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse November- Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse December- Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse, Christmas Potluck and Party Maxene Harlow let us know she and Richard will be moving to Mississippi to be with Richard’s parents. Her house needs to be empty and on the market by Jan. 1st. Doris reported Lou Weaver has cones of yarn for a knitting machine for sale. You may contact her at Doris also informed us that shearer Devon Strong had passed away. Helen McFarland told Doris that his hand-milking flock of sheep are for sale in Montague, CA. Heidi Ericson invited everyone to Friday Night Art, also known as FART, at her home on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:30-9:00. Please bring any projects you want to work on, Mike will be available for digital photography questions, and Heidi has a large assortment of coloring books. Just come and hang out as well!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

November 2015 Minutes

November 14, 2015 Minutes Attendance: Carol Lopez, Christine Lopez, Hannah Woods, Gina Caudillo, Heidi Ericson, Ashley Thibedeau, Kendra Iwahashi, Janet Schueller, Judy Wells, Angela Alter, Julie Svoboda, Virva Porcelli, Carrie Bleak, Jo Van Winkle, Margery McConaghy, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Mimi Bullard, Alyce Brown, Nancy Pryor Treasurer’s Report: As of 9/11/2015, the balance was $4063.73. We received $50 for 2 dues, $13. From the Retreat Silent Auction, and paid out $14.22 for photocopies of the Spindle Kit information sheet. Balance as of 10/2/2015 was $4112.51. We received $100 from the Washoe County Parks, the refund from the Retreat cleaning deposit, $100 from donations for 20 Spindle Kits from the Celtic Fair, $250 donation from the Celtic Celebration for our participation. The balance as of 11/13/2015 is $4562.51 with 50 members. Library Report: Heidi reported that the library is missing The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns, by Anna Budd, and the Popular Wheel Mechanics DVD by Judith Mackenzie. Please let Heidi know if you have these items. Nancy shared the book, Sequence Knitting, by Cecilia Campochiaro and recommended the guild buy this book for the library. This was voted on and approved. Old Business:
 New Business: Discussed keeping the Spinster’s Retreat the second weekend of September, this will be voted on at the Dec. meeting. Heidi will be the liason with the Celtic Fair Committee and will keep us updated on all the information. There is an ongoing discussion about when to hold our meeting in October. Discussed nominations for the 2016 officers. Hannah, Virva, and Jo are happy to continue in their positions if that is agreeable to everyone. This will be discussed and voted on at the December Meeting. Discussed $300 donation for Charitable Giving. The amount and recipient will be voted on at the Dec. meeting. CNCH will be held in Modesto, CA April 8-10th. They have lowered the price to what it was 10 years ago, $280 for members for the whole Conference. It will be $25. more for non-members. CNCH will be held at the Doubletree in Modesto, there will be an informal fashion show at the McHenry Museum and they want to do a yarnstorming of Modesto. Registration will be open Jan.3rd. For more information you may go to Please let Nancy or Hannah know if you are interested in attending. Nancy suggested planning your projects for the State Fair now. The Arboretum will be holding a Gingerbread House Contest on Dec.12th. House kits will be available at cost. New signs were discussed for the Guild. Job’s Peak’s signs were done for $14. Gina has a sign machine and she will be happy to do the signs. Hannah is researching sandwich boards and kid’s chalkboard stands were discussed. These ideas will be discussed and voted on at the Dec. meeting. Virva reported that the Ranger approved our meeting times for the next year at the School House at Bartley Ranch. She will check into reserving the School House for our October meeting, in case we decide to hold it there.
 Marilyn will put on a Color Study for the Learning Trees for 3 months. The first will will be on paint in Jan., Paint in Feb., and Yarn in Mar. The fees for these will be presented at the Dec. meeting. Marilynn asked that small margarine tubs with lids be brought to the meeting. Our December meeting will be a potluck, a sign-up sheet was passed around to have a more well-rounded menu. There will be an ornament exchange and a Silent Auction. Please bring any items for the Silent Auction to the meeting. All proceeds from the Silent Auction will be going to the Guild.
Next meeting is at the Bartley Ranch in the School House December 12th. Pot Luck and the Ornament Exchange.