Monday, May 7, 2018

April 2018 Minutes


Guild Minutes April 14, 2018

In Attendance: Niki Silveria, Alyce Brown, Marilynn Clarke, Bev Perkins, Carol Lopez, Chris Lopez, Patti O’Brien, Cindy Peterson, Janice Johnson, Deanna West, Jo Johnson, Carolyn Thompson, Connie Vann, Judy Wells, Virva Porcelli, Mary Sherman, Sue Gottsacker, Gina Caudillo, Heidi Ericson, Jo Van Winkle

Treasurer’s Report:

Old Business:

New Business: Art in the Park at the Rancho San Rafael Arboretum will be held on July 29th. Vendor applications make be picked up in the Arboretum office. More information later.

Casino Fandango, in Carson City has invited us to their event on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28, there will be free tables for vendors.
Carpet Tenders is selling a carpet loom, 5’x4 ½’x6’, if you are interested, please call Joe at 825-9433.



Now directions to Miriam's house. Please read carefully and park out in the road not in the shared drive way.

From Miriam:

My address 1250 Davidson Way. Phone is 503-997-1039


My house is off of Plumb Ln, and three short blocks west of Hunter Lake.

If you are on Plumb coming west, you will cross Hunter Lake, go past two small streets on the right, and then, when you see the three arrows indicating the road is going from 4 lanes to two, turn right at the end of the third arrow.

If you are coming from further away/freeway, get off of 80 at the McCarren west exit. Head south to Plumb (which is Coughlin Ranch on the west side of McCarren), turn east onto Plumb.

Again, look for the change from 2 to 4 lanes, look for the three arrows and turn at the top of the third one.



Davidson Way is a two block long dead end street. My house is behind the last house on the street. Before you  reach the last house, you will see on the right three mail boxes, and a long driveway that says "not a public road." My house is at the end of that driveway - green, and the only two story house in the little group at the end of the road.

There is room for a few cars in front of my house, but I share the driveway, so unless you have mobility issues, please park on the street. If you have a bunch of stuff with you, you can drive down, drop it off, and then go back out.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

March 2018 Minutes

Guild Minutes March 10, 2018 In Attendance: Lilli Moffit, Janice Johnson, Deanna West, Sandi Steele, Claudia Quarisa, Ashley Thibedeau, Lindsey Doolittle, Patti O’Brien, Cindy Peterson, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Sue Gottsacker, Carolyn Thompson, Connie Vann, Janet Drozd, Mimi Bullard, Bev Perkins, Marilyn Pearson, Samantha Strasser, Leslie Godbe, Bonnie Kruk, Jo Johnson, Janet Schueller, Marilynn Clarke, Gina Caudillo, Doris Woloszyn, Virva Porcelli, Jo Van Winkle, Niki Silveria
 Treasurer’s Report: As of 2/9/2018, we received dues for 8 members, received monies for 2 spindle kits, and paid out $8.30 for copies of the membership lists. As of 3/9/2018 we have 33 members.
 Old Business: Convergence July 8, 2018, Sheep-to-Shawl competition from 12-5. There will be a $10 admittance fee if you haven’t purchased the package deal for Convergence. Each team will have 1 Liaison person, 4 Spinners, 1 Plyer, 1 Carder, and 1 Weaver. We will be having a practice on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Reno Rails Building, future home of our Textile Workshop facility on the corner of 4th and Sutro Streets. The next practice will be on March 24th, from noon until 4. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Pryor or Marilynn Clarke.
 Our April Meeting on the 14th will be a Mad Hatter Batt party at the Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse. If you can, please bring your carder and any extra fiber odds and; ends that you to share. “Mad Hatter” Hats are encouraged!
 Marilynn Clarke said to give her a call if you would like to shop all of Mary Bear’s fiber arts collection which is in Marilynn’s garage.
 New Business: Gold Discovery Days at the Plumas Eureka State Park, outside of Graeagle and Johnsonville, CA, will be held on July 21-22nd. There is no cost for admittance. Doris and Virva reported that the Fundraiser Breakfast held on Sunday morning is yummy! This is a demonstration opportunity for anyone interested.
 The Carson City Fair will be held July 25-29th in Carson City, will post more information later.
 Art in the Park at the Rancho San Rafael Arboretum will be held on July 29th. More information later.
 The Plumas County Fair, outside of Quincy, CA will be held Aug. 8-12. The demonstration area is indoors and the Sheep and Class Show is held on Thursday. Our meetings will be held at the following:
May-Doris’s home June-Mimi’s home, we will be doing indigo and assorted dyeing. July-Lilli Moffit’s Textile Workshop, (Reno Rail’s Building), on the corner of 4th and Sutro Streets. August-Marilynn’s home September-Spinster’s Retreat weekend at Davis Creek Park in Washoe Valley.

April Meeting is at Bartley Ranch Park. Mad Hatter Party

Monday, March 5, 2018

February Minutes 2018



In Attendance: Jo Van Winkle, Margery McConaghy, Leslie Godbe, Connie Vann, Virva Porcelli, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Sandi Steele, Samantha Strasser, Lilli Moffit, Lindsey Doolittle, Gina Caudillo, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Iwahashi, Sue Gottsacker, Jo Johnson, Bev Perkins, Patti Novak-Echenique, Alyce Brown, Carolyn Thompson, Mimi Bullard, Maureen Pisani, Lawrence Romiti, Judith Romiti, Heidi Ericson, Deanna West, Nancy Pryor

Treasurer’s Report: As of 1/12/2018 we had 5 members for 2018. We received dues for 20 members, monies for 2 spindle kits, and a donation from Sue Turbow. We paid out monies to Nancy Pryor for 30 spindles. As of 2/9/2018 we have 25 paid members.

Old Business: The American Tapestry Alliance will be holding a show July 1-31st. “The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!” will hang at the Northwest Reno Public Library, 2325 Robb Drive. The entry form (intent to participate) is due February 15, 2018. The tapestry, and an image of the tapestry is not due until March 31, 2018. Information and entry forms can be found at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/unjuried-small-format-tapestry-exhibition/

Convergence July 8, 2018, Sheep-to-Shawl competition from 12-5. There will be a $10 admittance fee if you haven’t purchased the package deal for Convergence. Each team will have 1 Liaison person, 4 Spinners, 1 Plyer, 1 Carder, and 1 Weaver. It was discussed that we could have more teams as slots are available. We will be having a practice on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Reno Rails Building, future home of our Fiber Workshop facility on the corner of 4th and Sutro Streets. Times and dates will be posted later. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Pryor or Marilynn Clarke.
Marilynn Clarke said to give her a call if you would like to shop all of Mary Bear’s fiber arts collection which is in Marilynn’s garage.

Gina Caudillo reported she had made contact with Liz, (Susan Pallwick’s sister), regarding the “Sibling Guild” idea and they are very interested. Liz will be visiting next month and we will be discussing projects, etc. for the Guilds to work on together.

Our Learning Tree for our March meeting will be Shibori Dyeing with Gina Iwahashi at the Schoolhouse at Bartley Ranch.

Our April Learning Tree will be another Mad Hatter Batt Party at the Schoolhouse at Bartley Ranch. If you can, please bring your carder and any extra fiber odds & ends that you to share.

May Meeting-Weather permitting, will be held at Doris’s home
June Meeting-Mimi’s home, with an invitation to come and camp out on Friday. We will be doing indigo and other dye projects. Please bring fiber that you want to dye.
July Meeting-Lilli’s Fiber Workshop/Reno Rail Building on the corner of 4th and Sutro Streets
August Meeting-Marilynn Clarke’s home
September Meeting- Spinster Retreat at Davis Creek Campground
October-December meetings will be held at the Schoolhouse at Bartley Ranch.

New Business: Virva Porcelli, our Vice-President and gracious coffee and tea hostess, will be retiring in May and will be moving to Finland in June, we will miss you soooooo much!!!

Heidi reported that if the fundraising goals are not met by May, there will not be a Celtic Fair this year.

Upcoming Events:
Farm Days in Fuji Park in Carson City, Apr.19-20, from 9-3. Set-up will be at 8 a.m. on the 19th, this annual event is indoors. This is a demonstration event for the school kids in the area.
Carson City Fair, outdoors, July, more details later.
Art Town at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael, How Art Relates to Nature, July, we will be in Honey’s Garden under the pergola. If you would like to sell, there will be a fee, more details later.
We have been invited to participate at the 7th National Grazing Lands Conference (7NGLC), Dec. 2-5, our booth fee will be $200. More details can be found at grazinglands.org

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Minutes January 2018

Guild Minutes January 13, 2018

In Attendance:  Janice Johnson, Deanna West, Sandi Steele, Claudia Quarisa, Miriam Volpin, Lindsey Doolittle, Ashley Thibedeau, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Iwahashi, Patti O’Brien, Gina Caudillo, Carolyn Thompson, Susan Palwick, Marilyn Pearson, Bev Perkins, Judith Romiti, Lawrence Romiti, Patti Novak-Echenique, Alyce Brown, Leslie Godbe, Nancy Pryor, Connie Vann, Margery McConaghy, Mimi Bullard, Virva Porcelli, Jo Van Winkle, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Syrus Beck, Cate Bryson

Treasurer’s Report:  As of 12/8/2017, we had 40 members. We received dues for 4 members, paid out monies for facilities use to The First Congregational Church for our November meeting, we paid out monies for copies of the drop Spindle instruction sheet, we paid out monies for plastic bags to hold the spindle kits, and paid out monies to reserve our site for the Spinster Retreat, Sept. 7-9, 2018 at Davis Creek Park. As of 1/12/2018, we have 5 paid members for 2018.

Old Business: Heidi, our “Keeper of the Books”, reported that she will have our Guild library set-up online by the end of this year.

New Business: It was decided and voted on that Nancy Pryor will receive $1 per spindle kit as compensation for her ordering all the supplies and putting all the spindles together, thank you Nancy!

 We will be demonstrating at the SRM Trade Show from 1/29-1/31. All members who have signed up for time slots should have received an email with the schedule, if not, please contact Mimi Bullard. We have a complimentary 10x10 booth with a table and 2 chairs, Patti was going to check into getting more chairs, you might want to bring your own. Information for Tradeshow Exhibitors/Vendors can be found on their website: https://annualmeeting.rangelands.org. They can also be found on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SRMAnnualMtg2018. We are allowed to sell at this event as well.

Convergence July 8, 2018, Sheep-to-Shawl competition from 12-5. There will be a $10 admittance fee if you haven’t purchased the package deal for Convergence. Each team will have 1 Liaison person, 4 Spinners, 1 Plyer, 1 Carder, and 1 Weaver. It was discussed that we could have more teams as slots are available. We will be having a practice on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Reno Rails Building, future home of our Fiber Workshop facility on the corner of 4th and Sutro Streets. Times and dates will be posted later. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Pryor or Marilynn Clarke.

Larry Romiti reminded everyone that the American Tapestry Alliance will be holding a show July 1-31st. “The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!” will hang at the Northwest Reno Public Library, 2325 Robb Drive. The entry form (intent to participate) is due February 15, 2018. The tapestry, and an image of the tapestry is not due until March 31, 2018. Information and entry forms can be found at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/unjuried-small-format-tapestry-exhibition/
Marilynn Clarke said to give her a call if you would like to shop all of Mary Bear’s fiber arts collection which is in Marilynn’s garage.
Susan Palwick discussed us becoming a “Sister/Sibling Guild” with the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Guild. Also discussed was inviting their Saori (sp.?) weaving teacher to come and do a workshop for us. Gina Caudillo will make contact and report back to us.

Next meeting will be on February 10th at Bartley Ranch Park

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Minutes for December 2017

Guild Minutes December 9, 2017 In Attendance: Margery McConaghy, Mimi Bullard, Alyce Brown, Patti Nwak-Echenique, Syrus, Beck, Janice Johnson, Deanna West, Bev Perkins, Janet Schueller, Gina Caudillo, Myna Kent, Larry Romiti, Judith Romiti, Heidi Ericson, Nancy Pryor, Connie Vann, Virva Porcelli, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Lilli Moffit, Sue Gottsacker, Alfred Hihgiss, Jr. (sp.?), Jo Van Winkle Treasurer’s Report: As of October 13, 2017 we have 38 members. We received dues from 2 people and 20 spindle kits from the Celtic Fair. As of December 2017, we have 40 members.
 Old Business: Heidi Ericson is planning to have the Guild Library Program up and running online by January. Convergence July 6-12, 2018 at the Peppermill. Merino will be the fiber, our shawl will be warp-faced woven and the weft will be black.

All members who want to participate in the Sheep to Shawl competition, would you please email your contact information to Nancy Pryor at nancynine14@gmail.com . Our January Learning Tree will be on long draw spinning to work towards uniform yarn for this event.
 Learning Trees so far: January-Long draw spinning February-Rigid Heddle weaving March-Shibori dyeing with Gina Iwahashi June-Indigo dyeing at Mimi Bullard’s home New Business: Gina Caudillo will be in charge of developing and maintaining the new Learning Tree Calendar.

 The Society of Range Management International Annual Meeting will be held at the Nugget Hotel in Sparks this year, Jan. 28- Feb. 2. We have been invited to demo in 2-4 hour blocks. Information for Tradeshow Exhibitors/Vendors can be found on their website: https://annualmeeting.rangelands.org. They can also be found on Facebook, www.Facebook.com/SRMAnnualMtg2018. Meeting registration is now open. Patti is planning to attend our January 13th meeting with more information. 

American Tapestry Alliance will be holding a show July 1-31st. “The Biggest Little Tapestries in the World!” will hang at the Northwest Reno Public Library, 2325 Robb Drive. The entry form (intent to participate) is due February 15, 2018. The tapestry, and an image of the tapestry is not due until March 31, 2018. Information and entry forms can be found at: https://americantapestryalliance.org/exhibitions/unjuried-small-format-tapestry-exhibition/

Next meeting is at Bartley Ranch Park School House Saturday January 13th Show up around 10 am and the meeting will start at 11.

Monday, December 4, 2017

November 2017 Minutes

 Guild Minutes November 11, 2017

In Attendance: Virva Porcelli, Lindsey Doolittle, Janet Drozd, Judy Wells, Bonnie Kruk, Syrus Beck, Mimi Bullard, Maureen Pisani, Deanna West, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Caudillo, Heidi Ericson, Jo Van Winkle


New Business:
We will be electing our Officers for the 2018 year at our December Potluck and Gift Exchange meeting.

Heidi Ericson is willing to continue as our President and suggested other people could take turns with her.
Virva Porcelli is willing to continue as our Vice-President and Hostess.
Mimi Bullard is willing to continue as our email, blogger, and Facebook reporter and updater.
Jo Van Winkle and Judy Wells are willing to continue as Secretary.



A schedule was suggested for our meetings:
10:00-11-00- Social time
11-11:30- Meeting
11:30-12:00- Lunch
12:00-2:00- Learning Tree


Please bring ideas for Learning Trees for the upcoming year. Let us know what you would like to learn or teach. 
Our next meeting is our Christmas meeting at Bartley Ranch Park in the old school house.
Potluck and the ornament exchange. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

October 2017 Minutes

Guild Minutes October 14, 2017

In Attendance: Lindsey Doolittle, Bev Perkins, Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Iwahashi, Janet Schueller, Annabelle Younger, Kathy Rector, Connie Evans, Carolyn Thompson, Connie Vann, Gina Caudillo, Jo Van Winkle, Nancy Pryor, Marilynn Clarke, Jeanna West, Janice Johnson, Virva Porcelli, Cate Bryson, Judy Wells, Mimi Bullard, Angela Alter, Doris Woloszyn

Treasurer’s Report: As of10/13/17, we received payment for 1 dues, monies for a boat shuttle of Nancy Grundy’s and monies for a voided check. We received a refund for our deposit from Washoe County Parks and a donation from the Celtic Fair for our Living History participation. We currently have 38 paid members.

Old Business: Our November 11th meeting, the Mad Hatter Batt Party, will be held at The First Congregational Church, 627 Sunnyside Dr., Reno, 89503. . Directions- US 395 to I-80 W, Take exit 12, turn right on Keystone Ave., follow Keystone Ave to Sunnyside Dr, turn left on Sunnyside, church is at the top of the hill. The use fee is $1 per person, which will be paid by the Guild. The meeting will start at 11:30 instead of 11:00. Please be thinking about the Guild Office positions that will be open for 2018.
Our December meeting, Dec. 9 will be held at the Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse from 10-2. It is our Christmas Potluck, Ornament exchange and the installation of the 2018 Officers. If you wish to participate in the ornament exchange, please bring a handmade ornament to exchange.
Our January through April meetings will be held at the Bartley Ranch Schoolhouse. Weather permitting, our May meeting will be held at Doris Woloszyn’s home, June will be at Mimi Bullard’s home, There will be no meeting for July as of now, our August meeting will be held at the Arboretum or Marilynn Clarke’s home. September is our Spinster’s Retreat at Davis Creek Campground.

Our next event is the Nevada Historical Society, next to the Fleischman Atmospherium Planetarium on Oct. 28th from 10-5.

Marilynn and Nancy reported on their trip to Lambtown. They gave us all the details on the rules and regulations for the Sheep to Shawl competition. It was decided we will have a team for the competition at Convergence, July 6-12, 2018.

Marilynn and Nancy also stated that they hope to have the Fiber Workshop at the Reno Rail Building ready to start next spring.

New Business: Allison Judge requested that we sponsor a new member who recently lost everything as a result of a fire in her building. Her sponsorship was approved and several members will be contacting Allison to donate spinning items to her friend.

Doris reported that The Black Sheep Gathering will be moving to Albany, OR next year.


If you are interested in renting out your extra spinning wheels, looms, or other items to people coming from out of the area to Convergence, please contact Suzanne Woodhead, 1-530-414-4176, she has all the details and the rental contracts.

Directions to our meeting remember we can not show up before 11:30
Our November 11th meeting, the Mad Hatter Batt Party, will be held at The First Congregational Church, 627 Sunnyside Dr., Reno, 89503. . Directions- US 395 to I-80 W, Take exit 12, turn right on Keystone Ave., follow Keystone Ave to Sunnyside Dr, turn left on Sunnyside, church is at the top of the hill. The use fee is $1 per person, which will be paid by the Guild. The meeting will start at 11:30 instead of 11:00. Please be thinking about the Guild Office positions that will be open for 2018.