Monday, December 9, 2013

Minutes November 2013

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
November 9, 2013 Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was held at Bartley Ranch and was called to order at 10:50 am. 

The October minutes were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Doris reported the guild sold 13 spindle kits for $77 at the Celtic Fair plus an addition 3 for $13.  The Celtic Fair association refunded our $200 entrance fee to thank us for attending!  We also got our $100 deposit back from the Davis Creek retreat.  The treasury has $3712.94 with 50 paid members.  Annual membership dues of $25 are due . . .soon!  January 1st.  Doris will use some funds to purchase more gallon bags and print more information sheets.

Library Report: Heidi reported she has some new DVDs in the library: “Three Bags Full” by Judith Mackenzie, “Tablet Weaving Made Easy”, and Rigid Heddle, Beyond the Basics”.  She will purchase the last two soon.  Heidi suggested we could show DVDs as a Learning Tree if we had a screen.  Marilynn offered to let the guild use hers.  Nancy suggested we purchase “Spinning Cotton”.  Virva said she would watch for it on the Interweave sales.  Heidi is working on getting a list of library items online for members to check out resources.

Old Business:

1. Nancy made and brought nametags for everyone.  Thank you Nancy!!  There’s a box by the door at each meeting for retrieving and then leaving your nametags.
2. Sharie’s email has been down due to rodents chewing the wires.  If you’ve been having trouble reaching her, that’s why.  All is fixed now.
3. Doris’s ancient answering machine is dead.  If you need to contact her, please call her in the evening. 
4. Doris is still working on a members list to mail out.  She does have some paper copies if you need one soon.
5. The Fashion Show idea is still looking for a home. Virva will ask Bartley Ranch if we could have it here.  Max is looking for people to be on the committee to organize it.

New Business:

1. Sharie discussed locations for next year’s meeting since we need to make reservations soon.  Virva moved we use the same meeting places we did this year including having the October meeting at the Celtic Fair.  Max seconded.  The motion passed by general consent.  Virva will make reservations for the Bartley Ranch schoolhouse for January, February, March, April, November, and December.  Doris will reserve Davis Creek for next year’s retreat in September.
2. Max discussed the need to nominate/volunteer officers for the next club year.  Max and Sharie offered to continue being co-presidents.  Connie declined to be vice president again.  Virva offered to be VP.  Marilyn P. nominated Kendra to be co-secretary with her next year since she did such a nice job filling in for Marilyn one month last summer.
3. The guild Potluck Christmas Party is next month on December 14.  There will also be an ornament exchange and a silent auction.  Bring items for the auction if you have them.  All auction proceeds go to the guild.  Sharie suggested putting your name in your wrapped ornament bag if it’s homemade. 
4. After discussion, it was decided to donate a large book on tapestry, leftover from the retreat, to the guild library rather than selling it.

Show and Tell: 
Max showed yarn she made at the Celtic Fair and announced she’s now a doll maker!  She showed a doll she made that looked just like her and surprised Heidi with a doll which wore a purple sweater and held a drop spindle.  Sharie showed a Mary Jane’s Magazine article with needle-felted animal patterns and suggested that as a Learning Tree.  Virva suggested we do needle felting at the next retreat.  She showed her new Pocket Wheel spinning wheel ordered 1 ½ years ago.  It works well, is very portable, and works with a wooly winder. Jimmie showed some socks she made with Kool-Aid dyed yarn. Susannah showed some yarn she made since being introduced to spinning at the Celtic Fair!  Robyn showed some green and yellow yarn she spun and announced her new business, Paisley Fiber.  Gina showed a cloth tea cozy that doubles as a hat, some silk scarves, and some silk noil she dyed.  Kendra showed a hat and her Free Lacy scarf.  Mim showed a swan-like gourd she grew from Margery’s seeds.  She also showed some felted dryer balls she made with leftover wool yarn.  She may sell them on Etsy for $5 each.  Mim also showed some pendants she made from smashed spoons.  Marilyn P.  showed some self-striping socks she made.  Pam showed some of her washed and carded wool from the Icelandic fleece she purchased.  Susan is going to the Panama Canal and is looking forward to seeing the textile market in Guatemala.  Nancy showed some core-spun yarn she made.  Heidi reported she spun 15 skeins of yarn in 1½ weeks recently.  Her cat has developed a ”fiber fetish” so she can’t display yarn on her walls anymore.  Max reported she purchased a used Ashford Traveler spinning wheel for $200 at a thrift shop.  She needs help setting it up.

The meeting was adjourned and the Mad Hatter’s Batt Party learning tree was a big success.

In Attendance:  Pam Sutton, Susan Palwick, Nancy Pryor, Heidi Ericson, Mary B. Jessi Casey, Judy Applegarth, Maxene Harlow, Sharie Jones, Virva Porcelli, Jimmie Upham, Barbara Hunt, Tiffany H.  Connie Vann, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Susannah Coates, Robin Gallagher, Mimi Bullard, Myna Giannotti, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Bev Perkins, Marilyn Pearson

Next Meeting: 

Christmas Potluck, Ornament Exchange, and Silent Auction
Saturday December 14 at Bartley Ranch.

Friday, November 1, 2013

October Minutes 2013

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
October 5, 2013 Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was held at Bartley Ranch as part of the Celtic Fair.  The meeting was called to order at 11:07 am.

The September minutes were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Doris reported the guild made $149 in sales at the September retreat.  Mim sold some spindle kits.  The guild paid $58.15 for the green flyers, $52.01 for the free lace workshop supplies, and $28 to cover the cost of Marilynn’s dye workshop.  The guild has $3322.94 with 50 paid memberships.

Library Report: Heidi reported “Nothing new” for the library.

Old Business:
1. Heidi reported Carol Lopez is recovering after breaking her femur in 4 places.  She can walk with a walker now.  She is at Rosewood Rehab Center on Sullivan Lane, room 24.  Sharon Campbell broke her neck in a fall, had surgery, and is back home and ready for visitors.
2. Sharie thanked Marilynn for her dye workshop calling it a “huge success”.
3. Nancy brought in a bin of names tags.  See her to find yours or get supplies to make your own.
4. Heidi reports we now have 1200 business cards.  See her if you’d like some to hand out.
5. Doris sent around the master member list for update.  Please contact her ASAP to make sure your info is current.  She will email the list out in the next several weeks.
6. Sharie reported Bob the Ranger called to say the Harvest Festival was cancelled.  We don’t know when or if it will be rescheduled.
7. Sharie asked if anyone registered for the Spinzilla event.  None of the members present had signed up.
8. Sharie had further info on the NV Waldorf school request:  they need donations of supplies, not a demo.
9. Doris confirmed the Black Sheep Festival is June 20-22 next summer.
10. Max reported we couldn’t do a Fashion Show at the Arboretum as previously thought.  She is looking for another venue.

New Business:
1. Max proposed having a “Mad Hatters Batt Party” as a Learning Tree at the     November meeting.  Members approved.  Wear your favorite hat, bring your carders, and bring fiber to share.  Marilynn will bring her picker.
2. Max reported on the National Button Show she attended with her mother here in Reno recently.  She spoke with an official there who said our guild could be involved when the event is held again in two years.  Buttons are the third most collectible items in the world, after coins and stamps.
3. Virva reported Linda Lindsay, one of our new members, competed in the bagpipe competition here at the fair today.

Show and Tell:
New member Jan Mayberry and her daughter Kyra reported on their trip to the Oregon Flock and Fiber event they attended in Portland recently.  They literally pulled a rabbit out of their bag to introduce a beautiful Satin Angora rabbit they purchased at the event.  Virva showed a ball of mustard colored wool she dyed with lichen which is self-mordanting.  She also showed several fibers she dyed with Jacquard acid dye in various shades of yellow.  Connie showed her table runner from the free lace class.  She used tulle to back it and added paper flowers.  Lovely!  Sharie showed her bunch of color samples from Marilynn’s natural dye class, some teal colored art yarn she made, and her free lace shawl after a second rinsing.  Marilynn showed fiber samples from her indigo dye class.

In Attendance:
Connie Vann, Pam Sutton, Marilynn Clarke, Heidi Ericson, Maxene Harlow, Sharie L. Jones, Mimi Bullard, Doris Woloszyn, Robin Gallagher, Virva Porcelli, Nancy Pryor, Margi McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Jan and Kyra Mayberry, Marilyn Pearson

Next Meeting:  Saturday November 9th at Bartley Ranch
We will be making fun batts of fiber after the meeting. Bring your drum carders if you have one and lots of colored fiber, Firestar, silk or anything to make a one of a kind batt!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Minutes September 2013

Madder Root
Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
September 14, 2013 Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was the guild’s annual retreat and was held at Davis Creek Park.  The meeting was called to order at 11:15 am. 

The August minutes were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Doris reported she has received 3 more paid dues for $75 and 3 more dye workshop signups for $195.  The guild reimbursed $19.48 for the spindles kits and $20 for other supplies.  Currently, the guild has $3482.10 with 50 members.  Toni moved that the guild reimburse Max for the Free Lace shawl supplies, Janet D. seconded and the motion was approved.  The check will be reported next month and will be $40-50. 

Library Report: Heidi reported “Nothing new”.

Old Business:
1. Sharie thanked Mim for all the emails she sent out for retreat planning.
2. Members will get name tags blanks from Nancy Pryor at the next meeting and can make their own nametags. 
3. Doris passed around a member info sheet for editing.  Please contact Doris to update your info if you weren’t at today’s meeting.
4. Marilynn’s dye class is next weekend.  The materials sheet was sent around for members who’ve signed up for the class.  Marilynn still needs stainless steel pots and burners/camp stoves, if you can bring them.
5. Virva, Mim, and Doris attended the Plumas County Fair in Quincy at the invitation of Anna Harvey.  They were part of a group of 8 demonstrating fiber arts in an air-conditioned building.  They highly recommend more members attend next year.
6. Anna also invited the guild to attend Discovery Days near Graeagle next July.  Doris attended this year.
7. Our October meeting will be on a different day, Saturday, Oct 5th, at the Celtic Fair at Bartley Ranch, on level grass.  Doris will submit a member list so you should be able to get in for free at the entrance.  Bring your spinning wheel/spinning supplies and dress in costume, if you wish. Nancy will set up our area at 3:00 on Friday.  Contact her if you can help.
8. Marilyn and Mim finished the card stock flyers and passed them out at the meeting today.  Marilyn will store the flyers and bring them to the next few meetings.  Contact her if you need some before then.

New Business:
1. Bob, the ranger at Rancho San Rafael Park, invited the guild to participate in Harvest Days at the park on Sept 21st, from 10 to mid-afternoon.  Shari will get more info and Mim will email it to everyone.
2. Max announced the Woolery online store is doing a “Spinzilla”, Oct 7-13.  Spinners can register, be placed on a team, and compete for the most yarn produced over that week.  Yarn goes to charity.  Contact Max if you need more information or checkout the Woolery shop online.
3. Virva and Robin both have Ashford Traveler wheels they’re selling.  $400 or make an offer.
4. The Nevada Waldorf School, 953 West Pecham Lane, Reno, is looking for fiber artists to give demonstrations to their students.  Mim emailed this request to guild members several weeks ago.
5. Heidi sent around a card for Carol Lopez who fell and broke her hip and femur this past week.
6. Doris announced the Black Sheep Gathering dates for next year might be different than printed in their newsletter.  She thinks the dates are June 20-22 but will check and let us know.

Show and Tell:

Janet S.  had some mystery fiber she asked member to identify.  The consensus was soy or some sort of vegetable fiber.  Marilyn showed a skein of nylon eyelash yarn which looked and felt like fur along with info about the Harry Potter knits magazine she purchased and downloaded from the Interweave online store.  Heidi showed her Turkish bed socks she knit for Max to thank her for letting her stay in her “princess bedroom” recently.  She also showed a dusty blue, cabled vest she made but is too big for her.  It needs a home.  Connie tried it on and a deal was done.  Ashley showed a lovely skein of blue Merino/bamboo/silk, 2 ply, she spun from some of Mim’s fiber.  Myna showed a hank of newly spun fiber saying, “I finally finished a skein!”  Kendra showed some fiber Gina dyed “and only felted a little” along with a gorgeous three-dimensional granny square shawl made with variegated acrylic yarn.  Robin show a book, North American Dye Plants she’s using to experiment with dyeing and some samples:  Alpaca/Corriedale/silk fiber dyed with rabbitbrush in shades of yellow and an unknown fiber dyed with purple flowers that turned out a muted green.  Robin uses tin as a mordant but reuses it and has heard that people never throw it out.  Sharie showed a floppy tam she made out of ribbon yarn and a novelty yarn.  She went to a bat party and showed several bats she made, suggesting this would be a fun Learning Tree activity for on of the guild’s winter indoor meeting.  Sharie also showed her Free Lace shawl and members watched as she washed out the stabilizer.  Max showed a bat she made from an inspiration photo of Emerald Bay “with the color pumped up”.  She also showed a “Max Doll” she made from a pattern in the British magazine, Molly Magazine, and commented on the tensioning info in the latest Spin Off magazine.  Doris commended on an article in Heifer Magazine, “How to make cheese like a Romanian Grandma”.  She had fun at the 2013 Ram Sale at Rafter Seven Ranch and read some comments about her win at Black Sheep Gathering from their newsletter.  Doris recently sent 10 fleeces to a wool and fleece auction in Monterey and won 10 ribbons!  Nine of the fleeces sold for a total of $883.  Congratulations Doris!  Robin showed her new, one-of-a-kind Majacraft Pioneer wheel in chartreuse.  She’s looking for someone to paint designs on the wheel. 

In Attendance:  Janet Schueller, Janet Drozd, Eileen Jacobs, Jo Van Winkle, Toni Strassburg, Doris Woloszyn, Maxene Harlow, Sharie L. Jones, Robin Gallagher, Mimi Bullard, Margery McConaghy, Virva Porcelli, Kendra Iwahashi, Myna Giannotti, Ashley Thibedeau, Heidi Ericson, Connie Vann, and Marilyn Pearson.

Next Meeting:  Saturday Oct 5th at the Celtic Fair at Bartley Ranch
They will have a list of our members so when you enter the park drive down to the check in spot for the Fair. You will then take a left and a right and park down at the end of the park. As you drive to the parking area you will see a covered patio on your right. We will be on the grass down from the patio.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

August 2013 Minutes

Smoky August

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
August 10, 2013 Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was held at the Rancho San Rafael Arboretum and was called to order at 10:55 am. 

The July minutes were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Doris announced money is being collected for Marilynn’s dye workshop, 8 dues were paid for a total of $225, and the guild received a $20 donation for books.  Sharie was reimbursed for the 2 books she purchased for the guild library ($42.75), and the guild paid $179.69 for the wood for the spindle project.  The treasury has $3251.58 (which includes $765 for the dye workshop) and the guild has 47 members.

Library Report:  Librarian Heidi had “nothing new” to report.

Old Business:
1. President Sharie thanked Nancy Pryor for making the spindles for the spindle kits.  Mim would like some to take to her local farmers’ market.  The guild has 4 different spindle wheels and Mary moved to charge $5 for the small spindles and $8 for the larger spindles.  Margie seconded the motion.  The motion was approved.
2. President Sharie reminded members that our next meeting is the annual guild retreat at Davis Creek Park on September 14.  The Learning Tree will be the Free Lace Scarf she has been showing at the past couple of meetings.  Max will have one kit per person available, no charge, at the retreat.  If you want more scarf kits or need a shawl or table runner kit, Max needs to know.  You will be charged for those.  Mim will send out an email to all members with this info.  Suggestions for what to bring to make the scarf include pins to pin items in place and tissue paper to roll up the scarf for transporting.  Please bring extra tables and pop-ups if you have them.
3. Marilynn’s dye workshop is September 21-22.  Fifteen people have signed up so far.  Marilynn passed around instructions for participants today.  Check with her if you weren’t there today. She needs some stainless steel pots and burners (like a camp stove) for the workshop. 
4. Sharie briefly discussed the signups for the Party in the Garden Fashion Show Max has proposed for next year.  It was decided to wait until next meeting when Max could give further details. 
5. Our October meeting place has changed. Nicole Kelly will be out of town so can’t offer her home.  The members voted to have our meeting at the Celtic Fair at Bartley Ranch on October 5th.  Admission is free if you bring a wheel.
6. The new guild flyer was discussed.  Marilyn P. sent around a draft of text submitted by Mim with different fonts.  Members made a selection and voted to have the 250 pages of flyers, three per page, printed on light green card stock.  Sharie moved to reimburse Marilyn for the expense of printing, Virva seconded, and the motion passed by general consent.  Mim and Marilyn will have the flyers ready for the September meeting.
7. Doris and Virva are planning on going to the Plumas County Fair next week and the Quincy fairgrounds.  Anna Hardy has offered them space inside the building with the quilt displays.

New Business:
1. Amy Shannon invited guild members to demonstrate fiber arts at Main Station Farm for Farm Days, the same Saturday as our retreat.  Several members announced they plan to attend both events.
2. Marilyn P. asked if the members could have nametags.  Nancy Pryor has the supplies and will bring them to the next meeting so each member can make up their own.
3. Leslie Godbe asked for a learning tree on ratios on spinning wheels.  Basic spinning techniques was also suggested.  Sharie is keeping a list of ideas for learning trees for our indoor meetings.

Show and Tell:

Amy showed her yarn dyed with wolf lichen, a wool and mohair blend. She also had a lovely garter stitched shawl from Lorna’s Lace, a wool and silk, with mitered squares.  “It took me year to finish!”  Sharon showed her socks, a Truckee Shawl, an Age of Brass shawl and several others.  Susan was working on some striped socks, knitting both at the same time, use a magic loop method.  Sharie showed her indigo dyed fiber she’ll use to make slippers and her beautiful core spun, many colored mohair fiber that’s so pretty she decided to wear it as a necklace rather than make it into something.  Kendra showed the yarn she dyed at Marilynn’s house at our last meeting and announced she has a new wheel.  Leslie finally spun her silk noil.  Marilyn P. showed a baby sweater she knit for her new grandson, due in November.  Carolyn had flyers for the Reno Open Studio she’s participating in.  Nancy showed scarves she’s woven to show the differences achieved with washing and pressing.  Mim showed her felted “noodle” necklaces and how cute they are as tassels on hats.  Jean’s sister visiting from England showed a purple sweater she’s making for her great niece out of sport weight yarn.  Toni showed a Ken Ledbetter drop spindle she wants to sell.  She paid $45.  Make an offer if you’re interested.  Robin has an Ashford Traveler spinning wheel for sale for $350. 

In Attendance:  Nicole Kelly, Pat Thomas, Colette Coleman, Doris Woloszyn, Eileen Jacobs, Toni Strassburg, Robin Gallagher, Mimi Bullard, Amy Shannon, Susan Palwick, Heidi Ericson, Virva Porcelli, Sharie Jones, Marilynn Clarke, Kendra Iwahashi, Mary B., Leslie Godbe, Nancy Pryor, Sheila Young, Margerie McConaghy, Judy Wells, Malinda Parks, Gary Parks, Carolyn Thompson, Janet Schueller, Marilyn Pearson.

Next Meeting:  Saturday, September 14, Davis Creek Park

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

July 2013 Minutes

Color from the Indigo Dye Vat
Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
July 13, 2012 Meeting Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was held at Mim’s lovely ranch in the shade of several of her many trees.  Thank you Mim for hosting!  The meeting was called to order at 11:15

The June minutes were approved by general consent.  Thank you to Kendra Iwahashi for taking the minutes while Secretary Marilyn was away.  Several members commented on how professional her minutes were.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Doris said her report is a repeat of last month except that we have we have $3332 in the guild treasury at the moment.  Dues are $25 for the year.

Library Report:  Librarian Heidi accepted two books from Shari to add to the library:  The Carding Book, and Linen Handspinning and Weaving.  After learning how, Shari plans to do a Learning Tree on how to make linen from flax.  The members voted to reimburse Shari for the books.

Old Business:
1.  Shari reported Nancy Pryor and others made 2 sizes and 2 styles of spindles with the materials purchased recently.  These will be used over several events including a farmer’s market. 
2.  Max reminded members to attend our September CSSW retreat at Davis Creek Campground on September 14.  The project is the scarf made of odds and ends.  Please bring your stash and Max will have additional items for use.  The first scarf kit is free.  $10 for the second, if you wish to make another, and $20 for the wrap sized project.  Max will have the kits and a list of materials to bring at the August guild meeting.  Plan to bring a popup tent/shade cover for the retreat, if you have one.  The projects can’t get wet before they’re finished.
3.  Marilynn’s dye class is set for September 21 and 22. Today was the deadline to pay and signup.  Members pay $65, nonmembers $90.  Mim moved that the guild pay any extra costs if there were too few participants in order to keep the cost below $100.  Sheila seconded and the members approved the motion.  So far 12-14 people will attend the class.
4.  The proposed guild fashion show at the arboretum’s Party in the Garden next year was discussed.  A planning committee will be formed at the next meeting.  Marilynn will know the dates for next year’s event sometime in September.
5.  Our October meeting will be at Nicole Kelly’s home in Blairsden, California near Graeagle.  Directions will be provided.
6.  Shari reminded members that the guild has lots of books, DVDs, and equipment for use by members.  Just let her know if you need to borrow anything.  Contact Heidi for library items. 

Dates to Remember:
1.  Gold Discovery Days at the Plumas-Eureka State Park are next weekend, July 20 and 21st.  You can attend and demo your skills.
2. The Celtic Fair is October 5th and 6th at Bartley Ranch.  Nancy Pryor will have info at the next meeting. 
3.  The Plumas Sierra County Fair is August 14-18 in Quincy.  Our guild went last year and demonstrated fiber arts.
4.  The Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, Oregon will be held June 27-29 next year.  Plan to attend!
5.  Sharon Campbell will be at the Nevada County Fair August 7-11 to demonstrate fiber arts.  She recommends watching the “cow agility” event. 
6.  The Reno Fiber Guild has invited CSSW to participate in their event at the south Valleys Library on March 22, 2014.  Details to follow. 

New Business:
1.  Virva suggested the guild make up an information flyer, similar to a bookmark in size and in card stock, to hand out at events to interested people.  Doris remarked that the guild already has a business card with some info for that use.  Heidi will see if she can get more of those cards printed and disbursed to members.  Mim and Marilyn P.  will draft a flyer for members to review at the August meeting.

Show and Tell:  Doris got to “show” first because she won a “big honk’n trophy” at Black Sheep with her five fleeces entry in a competition judged by Judith MacKenzie.  Doris also shared comments from Judith as she judged other events throughout the event.  Virva and Sharie surprised Doris with a book of photos of her time at Black Sheep including a photo of the moment she won the trophy.  Congratulations Doris!!  Jo showed a woolen shawl from Italy that had a similar construction to one of Max’s creations. Susan showed a purple scarf with clasped weft weaving, a “beautiful job”. Sheila showed a green lacy sock she’s working on from a Cookie A pattern.  Virva showed things she bought at Black Sheep: a basket, lots of fiber, a t-shirt, and a pin. Becky showed some Cormo wool she spun ($50 a pound) along with several unusual types of natural colored fibers she’s been experimenting with including a hard-to-find champagne color.  Mim showed how she’s made felt bracelets out of leftovers from her dyeing and compression disks from the hardware store.  Ashley showed a beautiful wine-colored shawl from her own handspun yarn.  Sharie told how she attended an art yarn class last year at Black Sheep, made a scarf using those techniques, and won a first place ribbon at this year’s event. Her teacher was there and was so impressed, she took a photo of Sharie and her scarf.  Sharie took a pin weaving class and now can’t stop!  Heidi could only spend 3 hours at Black Sheep but managed to buy a new Lazy Kate made by Will Taylor with design tips from Judith MacKenzie.  She also bought a Judith MacKenzie batt in a rose colorway and will use it to make a scarf for her husband, at his request.  Heidi is also working on a toe-up sock with a gusset.  Max also went to Black Sheep and showed a yellow travel bag for projects she got there.  She plied her indigo dyed yarn from the last meeting with some yarn she bought.  Max is also working on pin weaving on a Zoom Loom.  She’ll make a chenille-type jacket with her little woven squares.  Marilyn showed several small reversible toys she’s making for her granddaughter from the book Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys.  Her granddaughter’s favorite is the doghouse that turns into a dog.  Margie told about her Rottweiler dog who is an organic gardener because he picks tomato worms from her plants on command. Sharon told about a Lazy Kate she bought from Ken Ledbetter specifically for spindles.  It can hold up to 3 spindles at a time.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00 and Marilynn gave an indigo dye Learning Tree after the meeting.

In Attendance: Mimi Bullard, Sharie Jones, Heidi Ericson, Maxene Harlow, Eileen Jacobs, Marilynn Clarke, Jo and Noelle Van Winkle, Doris Woloszyn, Margie McConaghy, Susan Palwick, Sheila Young, Linda Ryssman, Ashley Thibedeau, Becky Pennington, Sharon Campbell, Virva Porcelli, Judy Well, Marilyn Pearson.

Next Meeting:  August 10th at the Rancho San Rafael Arboretum. We will have a tour of the gardens after the meeting for the Learning Tree.  Wear your walking shoes if you’d like to come along. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

June 2013 Minutes

June 8, 2013 in Marilynn’s garden

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild

Meeting called to order at 11:10 am.


Correction to May meeting minutes:  The June 8th meeting is listed for June 15th not June 8th.
May meeting minutes: motioned for approval with correction by Nancy and seconded by Max.

Treasurers Report: (Sharie substituting for Doris who is out of town) Two members paid their dues for a total of $50.  Four spindle kits were sold for a total of $20.  The Guild received a donation from Eileen of $15.  Eileen made a sold cell phone cases.  Paid Virva $28 for CDs for the library. 

The CSSW Retreat is Friday, September 13th to Sunday, September 15th, 2013 at the group campsite at Davis creek. 

Library Report: Librarian was absent.  Sherie is looking for a book on drum carding. 

Old business:

Making more drop spindle kits: Sherie looking at a company called Bare Wood for wagon wheels to use as spindle whorls.  The wagon wheels would be more expensive then the solid originals (which sell for $5 per kit), but would be lighter and still have a good size.  Nancy volunteered to assemble spindles and will get dowels and hooks for the project.  Sharie will order approximately 30 or 40 wagon wheels to make into spindles.

Marilynn’s Natural Dye Class is scheduled for September 21 and 22, 2013.  Payment for the class needs to be made by July 13th.  For members, the cost of the class will be approximately $60 to $75.  Payment can be made at the CSSW meeting on July 13th or by mail to Doris.  Marilynn’s Natural Dye Class will teach participants to dye with all sorts of plants.  At the end of the class, each student will leave with samples and instructions.  All materials are included in the fee.  Marilynn is in need of stainless steel pots and burners for the class.

CNCH at Squaw Valley Report: So much stuff was donated that the silent auction became a raffle to raise money for scholarships and to put the conference on.  The keynote speaker was Anita Mayer.  The parking lot sale turned out well.

The June meeting weekend was also the Spindle Retreat.

Blacksheep will be June 21 to 23 in Eugene, Oregon.

Freelace Update: Max did a workshop to work out glitches.  The plan is to do freelace at the CSSW Retreat in September.  Will need to bring tissue paper to put over the lace pieces and a paper towel roll (minus the paper towels) to roll up the project for transport.

Fashion Show of garments we’ve made (knit, crochet, weave, freelace, etc.) will be during the May Arboritum Society’s Party in the Garden in 2014.  After August 17th, a committee to organize and plan will be formed.  Marilynn will give an update on how this year’s party goes.  The plan is to get kids from local school involved to sell tickets and model. 

The library is not available for CSSW to use for the October meeting.  Nicole Kelly offered her house in Blairston near Greagle, weather permitting.  There were concerns are how far away it is.  Nicole offers a room for a few overnight guests.  Vote taken and approved October’s meeting location at Nicole’s house. 

Celtic Fair is the first weekend in October at Bartley Ranch.  This is a big event for us.  We set up for demonstrations and sales.  Dress up if you want. 

New business:

Mim reminds everyone that the guild has a lot of equipment, books, DVDs, etc.  If you would like to borrow something, just ask.  Check your spam filter for emails from CSSW.  And if you have changed for contact information (email, phone number, etc.) since joining the guild, please update your information. 

Leslie brought a lot of donated yarn and requests that everyone looks through and takes what they want.  She doesn’t want to have to take it home again.

Marilynn has books and small looms for sale.

Sharie read a letter of thanks for participating in Farm Days in Carson City.  They hope that we will participate next year.

Nancy recently visited Reno High School to help demonstrate the whole process of raw fleece to yarn including dying.  The teacher had made spindle out of pencils and used dog brushes as combs.  The students made ceramic whorls.  The art and science students involved were excited about the project.  It is wonderful that the teachers are willing to teach the process and the students are interested. 

Show and Tell:
Susan – recently took a trip in Kona, Hawaii where she watched a man making tapa.  After a conversation with her, he gave her a piece to show the guild.  Susan also shared a knit picks needle holder which is two interlocking tubes with a slot in them so the project sticks out and the needles are protected and stitches don’t run away.
Mim – shared her beaded spiders.  She saw the project on Pintrest and just had to make them.
Nancy – shared a drawplate with progressively smaller holes made out of plexiglass.  The drawplate is helpful in turning a bat of fiber (like from a carder) into something easier to spin from.  Nancy explains it is also good for predrafting and animal disturbed roving.  She sells them for $10 each.
Gina – has dyed more tencell roving in shades of blue.  It is nice and soft and apparently tries to float away during rinse out.  She also dyed some hemp roving as an experiment.  The color took well. 
Kendra – showed her 880 yards of single yarn that she spun on her drop spindle.  She also dyed the roving with instant indigo.
Max – is working on a Peaks and Valleys skirt.  She changed the waist band to a drawstring.  Max will be teaching a class at Jimmy Beans at the end of June.  She is also working on a jacket from a pattern from Interweave Knits Spring 1997 magazine.  She is almost done with the jacket front and has been spinning the yarn for it as she goes.  Max changed the pattern a little from the published version.  Max is also working on a slip for a crocheted skirt.
Sharie – showed a fluffy baby blanket she made for a friend.
Marilynn – shared that there is ice and water in the ice chest and ice tea on the tray.
In Attendence:
Sharie Jones, Maxene Harlow, Marilynn Clarke, Jan Mayberry, Eileen Cornwell, Kiera Mayberry,
Kendra Iwahashi, Gina Iwahashi, Nicole Kelly, Nancy Peyor, Judy Wells, Mimi Bullard,
Margie McConaghy, Leslie Godbe, Linda Ryssman, Susan Palwick.

Next Month: Indigo vat at Mim’s house

 Driving Directions:

Mim Bullard is in Rancho Haven:  From Reno, drive north on Hwy 395 to the first Red Rock exit #78, after the Stead Blvd exit.  Drive 20 miles to the Sierra Ranchos Valley, and take the first left (after Jeanette Miller’s alpaca ranch ) onto Arabian.  It’s a dirt road but has a county sign.  Drive up into the valley and turn left on Rancho, then continue several hundred yards and turn right on Thoroughbred.  Mim is about two miles up and on the right – 455 Thoroughbred Circle.  If you are coming in from California, the north Red Rock exit is 13 miles past the exit for Hwy 70 at Hallelujah Junction and only turns right.  Continue four miles from the State line, past the volunteer fire house and turn right on Rancho, at mail box central.  There is a cell signal at the mail boxes.  Mim’s number is 775-969-3249.  You must use 775.  Drive to first right and turn right on Rancho a second time,  then continue several hundred yards and turn right on Thoroughbred.  Mim is about two miles up and on the right – 455 Thoroughbred Circle. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

May 11, 2013
Meeting Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The May meeting was held at Doris Woloszyn’s ranch where members got to see her prize-winning ram and all the new lambs.  Thank you Doris!

Minutes of the last meeting were corrected:  Spindle Camp is June 7-10.  Minutes were approved, as corrected, by general consent.  (Toni will take the minutes at the June meeting while Marilyn is off on vacation, again.  Thank you Toni!!)

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Doris reported we have $3174.21 with 36 members.

Library Report:  Virva has purchased the “Three Bags Full” DVD by Judith McKenzie for the library for $28.89.  She highly recommends it.  The DVD features how to pick a fleece for different needs and how to process and spin different fibers.  We may watch portions of it for an upcoming Learning Tree.

Old Business:
1.  Mim suggested we make 100 more drop spindle kits and that we need to order the supplies for them.  Virva showed a sample of one style of spindle that was easy and inexpensive to make.  Doris will purchase supplies with the guild’s debit card.  We need volunteers to help put the spindles together.  Contact Doris if you can help.
2.  Sharie announced new dates for Marilynn’s dye class: 9/21 and 22. The cutoff date for signups is 7/13.  We need to advertise this class more.  Marilynn would like flyers to go to other guilds.  She will put together the wording and Mim will send it in PDF format to so people can print the flyers themselves.
3.  Virva, Sharie, and Annabelle attended Carson Farm Days.  Toni took her alpacas too.
4.  CNCH is May 31-June 1 at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe. CNCS is asking each guild to provide a raffle basket for their scholarship fund.  We need donations from our members.  The basket needs to be ready by May 31st.
5.  Our annual retreat is 9/13,14 &15 at Davis Creek.
6.  Doris announced the “Trailing of the Sheep” Festival in Idaho is 10/10-13 in Ketchum near Sun Valley.
7.  Max and Sharie showed their lace scarves as samples of what we’ll be doing at the retreat.  Kits are $15.75 each for our group.  Please start saving yarn, lace, silk flowers, appliqu├ęs, ribbons, edging (lightweight) and other bits and pieces for your scarf.  If you have a pop-up tent, please bring it to the retreat.  There will be an alternate activity if you don’t want to make a scarf.
8.  Marilynn reintroduced the idea of participating in the “Party in the Garden” event next year.  It will be held on 8/17 at the Arboretum this year and costs $50 per table with a % of your sale going to the Arboretum.  The annual plant sale is 6/1 with over 3000 plants to choose from.
9. Next month’s meeting is at Marilynn’s house with an indigo dye class for the Learning Tree.  Bring your own fiber to dye.

New Business:
1.  Virva reports we can’t have our October 12 meeting in the school house at Bartley Ranch so she suggests we meet at the South Meadows library.  She will reserve that date for us.  We could watch parts of the Judith McKenzie DVD there.
2.  The July Learning Tree at Mim’s ranch will be another indigo dye class and with instruction on how to prepare a whole fleece.
3.  Sharie suggested we invite Carolyn Thompson for our November Learning Tree.  She makes coiled fiber baskets.

Show and Tell: 
Long-time members Judith and Lawrence Romiti surprised members by attending and showing several of their beautiful natural colored rugs from their work in Mexico.  One rug in particular was made from eight different animals including llama, alpaca, and yak.  Max showed her cheerful hexagon wrap done with a modular knitting technique.  New member Myna showed her darling assortment of animals she’s been knitting including a very clever “cat bus”.  Margery brought an assortment of gourd seeds for members to grow.  Contact her if you’d like some seeds.  Another new member (sorry, didn’t catch your name) brought a lovely hank of yarn, her first!  Nancy Pryor showed several rainbow colored cotton scarves along with some yarn she dyed and some urine-dyed yarn.  No, that’s not a typo . . .ask Nancy for more info! 

In Attendance:
Virva Porcelli, Toni Strassburg, Nancy Pryor, Shari Jones, Maxene Harlow, Jenny Munger, Eileen Jacobs, Mimi Bullard, Margery McConaghy, Pam Sutton, Myna Fiannotti, Ashley Thibedeau, Nicole Kelly, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Marilyn Pearson, Judith and Lawrence Romiti.

Next Meeting: June 15th at Marilynn Clarke’s home.
Marilynn will have an Indigo dye pot ready for anyone who would like to bring some fiber for dyeing.
Bring your chair!

Driving Directions:    From the South-- Take HWY 395 to the McCarran off-ramp, turn left and follow McCarran WEST to Socrates, turn right and follow Socrates NORTH to Greenstone, turn left (WEST) for one block to Comstock, then turn right (NORTH) to the end of pavement. We are the second driveway (left) off the pavement.  From the North-- From HWY 395 take the North Virginia off-ramp and follow N. Virginia street southward just past McCarran Blvd to Comstock, then turn left  (NORTH) up Comstock to the end of pavement. We are the second driveway off the pavement. Address:  3503 Comstock Drive  - Telephone: 786-1709

Monday, May 6, 2013

April 2013 Minutes

CSSW April 2013 Meeting Minutes

Meeting started at 11 am with introductions. Minutes for March were approved. Doris was absent, so Sharie presented the treasurer information. $200.00 was paid in dues, $5.00 was profit for sale of books, $32.86 was reimbursed to Virva for the purchase of hand dye books. $434.00 was paid out in liability insurance, Davis Creek Park camping space was reserved, leaving the Guild with a total of $3174.21 on account.
No library report as Heidi was not present, however a very generous donation of spinning and weaving items were donated by Lane Magnin to our Guild. It was decided these items which include out of print publications will reside in our library.
Sharon Campbell wants to donate 2 spinning stools (Ashford and Kromski) to our guild. It was decided to accept her generous offer, and save the stools for the silent auction at our annual retreat.
Virva purchased a DVD set from a sale at Interweave, Judith McKensie Three Bags Full. The sale price was $29.00, regularly $40.00. A motion was made and approved to purchase the DVD set from Virva for our library. Discussion followed regarding a viewing of the DVDs at a later date.
Old Business: Marilynn Clarke’s dye class, scheduled for May 18,19, was moved to Sept 21,22 due to low sign up numbers. Only 5 people signed up. Discussion followed regarding advertising the class to a broader audience. The cut off date for sign up for the September date will be July 13th. Cost of class (cost of class covers Marilynn’s out of pocket expenses) dependant on number of sign ups).  Celtic Fair still scheduled for the first weekend in October. No new updates at this time. Carson City Farm Days at Fuji Park April 18, 19, 8am to approx. 1pm. CNCH May 31, June 1 1pm to 4 pm at Resort at Squaw Creek. Apparently there was some issue with sign ups for classes at CNCH. You can contact Suzanna Woodhead to see what classes still have seats available. Spindle Camp June 25, 29. CSSW retreat September 13, 14, 15. Learning tree at the retreat will be presented by Max. She is planning on instruction of a free lace shawl or wrap. Max is planning on putting together kits with the stabilizer needed for 1 project along with the instructions. Discussion followed regarding the Guild reimbursing Max for the cost of a bolt of stabilizer. Max will be able to determine the cost of stabilizer and will provide information at the next meeting for Guild vote. She will also bring samples of what kind of items might be appropriate for you to consider gathering for your free lace project.
New Business: The Pioneer Yarn Co. has moved to 1653 Lucerne Street. It is in the strip mall, with a sign out front on the street. The new owner is very receptive of ideas for classes, along with promoting hand spinners in our area. Monday April 15th is shearing at Anna Harvey’s ranch in the Calpine area on A-23. Items and fleeces are available for sale. Discussion regarding learning tree experiences followed. Max and Sharie presented a really interesting idea regarding a community fashion show. Think about the possibilities! Discussion followed regarding realizing this lofty goal.  Western Heritage Fair to be held this year on Victorian Square in Sparks. The date is May 11th. We realize this co insides with our meeting at Doris’ home that day, but perhaps some members might want to set up and demo spinning etc. after the meeting. The Heritage Fair runs from 11am to 6pm. Today’s learning tree is about Merino sheep breed in America and  is being presented by Ellen Fenn. Ellen is heading back to Vermont for the season. Thank you Ellen, for sharing your knowledge.
Show and Tell started with Sharie. She showed off her un-birthday present from Max, a cute apron decorated with pies. Seems Sharie has quite an apron collection, and loves to bake pies! Max showed off her Mother’s day potholders (remember giving those to mom when you were young?) aprons, and her Maxi skirt, knit from her pattern, drop spindle spun modular knitted wrap, crochet dress with under dress fabric designed by Todd Oldham. Nancy shared her painted warp she is offering for sale. Mim explained her accident resulting in a torn heel tendon in her foot. Mim has of course found a great fleece alternative to the discomfort of the ’boot’ she has to wear during her recovery. She has been house bound, and is very grateful to her friends for helping her with her animal related chores. Robin shared her own hand spun hand knit owl hat she admired from a previous meeting during show and tell. (seems to me that show and tell goes a long way in the process of our guild members trying something new) Toni shared the woven bead bracelet her kind sister Robin made for her. Carolyn brought a couple of examples of vintage 70’s basket weaving using jute, a tapestry needle, and leftover yarn she felt suitable for a travel project. The patterns were found in the Basket Magic Booklet. Connie brought her beautiful finished bamboo sock yarn tank top. Leslee showed off her batt made from fiber bought from fellow member Mim. Batt represents springtime theme colors. Ashley shared her green shawl, and lovely lavender cowl. Sue shared some information regarding the Lace Guild bulletin for the exhibition and convention with one of her own patterns. Though the pattern was not credited to Sue in the bulletin, our members know her talent is legendary.
Meeting ended at 12:45 with lunch and learning tree to follow.
Those present included: Toni Strassburg, Robin Gallagher, Mimi Bullard, Nancy Pryor, Marge McConaghy, Ellen N Fenn, Maxene Harlow, Sharie L Jones. Virva Porcelli, Barbara Hunt, Janet Schueller, Carol Lopez, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Ashley, Thibedeau, Leslie Godbe, Marilynn Clarke, Connie Vann, Carolyn Thompson, Eileen Jacobs, Sue Gottsacker.

Directions below to our May meeting at Doris's Ranch
Doris Woloszyn’s 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 wooden 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 11, 2013

March 2013 Minutes

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
March 9, 2013
Meeting Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

Minutes of the last meeting were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Doris reported she’s collected dues from nine members, spent $90 on the warp/weft materials, and that we have $3436.07 with 28 members.  She expects to pay our insurance this month but, because of a long-standing mix-up by the company, our premium may go down.

Library Report:  Librarian (Keeper of the Books) Heidi reported she has two new books:  “Color to Dye For” and “The Spinner’s Book of Yarn Designs”.  She has $70 left to spend this year.  Email her if you have suggestions.

Old Business:
1.  Max’s Peaks and Valleys skirt workshop at Jimmy Bean’s is March 23.  Only 10 spaces are available.
2.  Upcoming events:  Farm Day, 4/18-19 @ Fuji Park, 8:00-2:00; Marilynn’s Dye class 5/18-19, six people have signed up so far but she needs a minimum of nine; Spindle Camp 6/5-9 in Lake Francis near Marysville CA;  Conference of Northern CA Hand weavers Tailgate, 5/31-6/1, Resort @ Squaw Creek.  Must be pre-registered; Black Sheep Festival, 6/21-23 Eugene Oregon.
3.  Raffle continues to be suspended.  Doris may have some items from Nancy G. in the future.

New Business:
1.  Mimi tore her Achilles’ tendon right before sheep shearing.  She is wearing a boot and is getting around.
2.  A woman in Max’s Tuesday knitting group is looking for people to demonstrate spinning for an upcoming Girl Scout Camp in Sacramento.  Members advised her to have them contact Magnolia Guild in CA.
3.  Looking for Learning Tree ideas for the CSSW retreat in September.  Max showed a fiber scarf kit that can be purchased for $18.  Members were interested and will vote on this idea at the next meeting.
4.  Learning Tree for April – Ellen will talk about how the Merino sheep came to America.  Doris will bring a Merino fleece.  Please contact Sharie or Max if you have topic ideas for a learning tree.

Show and Tell:  Max finished her connect-the-dots sweater and phone animals.  She also made a shrug out of her own homespun.  Virva made handwarmers for her husband and said they were easy to knit.  Amy showed her handpainted red and yellow spinning wheel.  Marilynn showed a magazine article on a woven silk panel that former member Diana Ballard printed.  It won third place at Convergence.  Gina showed some silk noil she will be dyeing.  Kendra showed a hexagon shawl she is working on and her wire wrapped spindles.  Ashley made a cute owl hat with cables for the first time.  Toni brought books that show how to knit cat and animal hats.  Heidi finished two projects, a linen stitch scarf and a baby blanket for her nephew. Connie showed a book of sweaters and a size one baby boy sweater she made.  Nancy showed her purple heart yarn that continues to change color and some woven shawls she made.  She also brought old books and magazines for a donation to the guild.  Judy showed a crocheted necklace her sister made.  Sharie showed a mobius hood/cowl she made and her homespun yarn with “texture”. 

In Attendance: Jo Van Winkle, Margery McConaghy, Ellen Fenn, Connie Vann, Nancy Pryor, Mary B., Sharie L. Jones, Maxene Harlow, Leslie Godbe, Virva Porcelli, Libby Hejny, Barbara Hunt, Carol Lopez, Janet Schueller, Amy Shannon, Kristin Little, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Ashley Thibedeau, Sheila Young, Toni Strassburg, Janet Drozd, Eileen Jacobs, Robin Gallagher, Judy Wells, Heidi Ericson, Marilyn Pearson

Next Meeting:  April 13th

Bartley Ranch:  Drive .8 miles west from the intersection of McCarran Blvd and Hwy 395.  Turn left (south) on Lakeside Drive and continue .4 miles.  Bartley Ranch is at the north base of Windy Hill.  Turn left on Bartley Ranch Road and continue several hundred feet to the main parking lot.  Cross the covered bridge and turn right into the parking lot for the School House. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

February 2013 Minutes

Shearing Time

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
February 9, 2013
Meeting Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

Minutes of the last meeting were approved, with corrections, by general consent

Treasurer’s Report:  Treasurer Doris reported 11 members have paid their 2013 dues and that dues are due.  We have 19 members and $3311.04 in the guild account.  Nancy submitted a bill for $90 for table loom/weaving supplies, for the Learning Tree today.  After discussion whether or not expenses needed to be pre-approved by the members, a motion to do so was canceled.

Library Report:  Librarian (Keeper of the Books) Heidi asked members to let her know if they had any books or DVDs that needed to be purchased for the library.  She asked that you “go ahead and buy it” after checking with her.  The budget for the year is $100.  Heidi is working on getting all our materials catalogued on  Members can check out the guild’s library any time at Heidi’s house.

Old Business:
1.  Raffle – Barbara reported she doesn’t have any items for meeting raffles and asks members to donate items as they can.  The raffle is on hold until enough items are collected.  Eileen asks, “make it a quality item”.
2.  Learning Tree – President Sharie asked if we have a list of themes and dates for our Learning Tree sessions this year.  Mim will post what we do have scheduled on the website.  Mim is teaching indigo dyeing at her home in July and will send out more info soon.  Marilynn asked members to sign up for her natural dyeing class May 18-19 at her home, $60.  A sign up sheet went around today.  Contact her if you’re interested.
3.  Display/Sale Opportunity – Mary reported Ottumwa Bank on Moana and Virginia has a display area in their lobby where members could leave items for display and sale.  The bank will handle the sale and send a check.  They also have rooms available for projects Monday through Fridays although they’re not open on the weekends so couldn’t host a Guild meeting.  After discussion regarding security, sales tax issues and inventories, members voted to have Mary get a spot on the list for members who’d like to display and sell their items.

New Business:
1.  Sacramento guild – Max wondered if our guild could get together with the Sacramento Weavers and Spinners guild at their event.  Nancy reported each of our members would have to be a member of that guild in order to participate.
2.  Wool gathering – Virva got a card from Bonnie in Cedarville.  She is having a wool gathering September 13-15 and invites our guild members.  See Virva for more info.
3.  Sale opportunity – Pam reported two events, Reno Open Studio in September and Art Tour in North Tahoe are opportunities to demo and sell items.  See Pam for details or Google either event.  Both are juried shows.

The March meeting is at The Bartley Ranch School House on Saturday the 9th

Thursday, January 31, 2013

January 2013 Minutes

CSSW Minutes 01.12.13
Treasurer’s Report:
We have received $ 75.00 in dues, $ 8.00 for raffle tickets, $ 40.00 for silent auction items.
We spent $ 69.46 for CDs for our library.
We had a total of 48 members in 2012, and 6 members have paid their dues for 2013.
We have $ 3035.04 in our account.

We have 5 CDs of Interweave magazines.
Heidi will research to buy for the book Dyeing in the Kitchen. The request for this book came from Virva.

Old Business:
Correction for November newsletter- Cotton Spinning With a Takli by Joan Ruiz.
Marilynne reported that Zephyr Books is going out of business and they have many nice weaving books.
Virva reported that Beryl emailed her that there are still openings for the Tailgate Market at CNCH in May.
Mimi reported that Allison Judge invited the Guild to participate in a Cotton Spinning Workshop to be held in October possibly, as not enough people signed up for the one scheduled for May. The workshop will be $150 per person.
Maxene reported dates for Stitches are February 21-23 in Santa Clara, CA, at the Convention Center. Please contact Max at for more information.
Virva already reserved Bartley Ranch for our November 9th meeting.

New Business:
Nancy reported she has the Guild’s two Dorothy looms and has one of them warped for double weave.
Sharie suggested we have a Learning Tree on double weave and that we get DVD’s on simple weaving.
Virva will get information regarding the fleece from Judith McKenzie.
Virva reported that Sandy from the Cooperative Extension Service and Carson Farm Days will be on April 18-19 at Fuji Park, from 8:30-2:00. If anyone would like to participate with Virva, please contact Virva for more information.
Doris reported that the Black Sheep Gathering will be held June 21-23 in Eugene, OR. For more information, go to their website: ,or contact Doris.

Show & Tell:
Marilynne shared her spindle case basket , a gift from Doris. She also shared a story about losing her bracelet off the top of her dresser. Three weeks after she noticed it was missing, her husband kicked something in the Persian carpets and realized it was her bracelet. It had blended right in!
Eileen shared the Dickie she made from 4 oz. of Mimi’s roving. The pattern is from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting in the Round.
Kendra shared the beautiful, wire wrapped stone, drop spindle she made because she got bored!
Margery asked that if anyone came across “quail” sized dipper gourds to please get them for her and she would pay for them.
Nancy shared a Cowboy Cowl from Pam Power Knits.
Virva shared the yarn she made from the “punis” she made from Leslie Boeger’s yarn workshop. She also showed some takli cups and will bring in her silk label shuttle to share.
Heidi shared 5 skeins of wool and wool blend yarn she had made using the takli with the “spoon” anchored under her leg.
Sharie shared her circular double-ended knitting needles and a knitting needle holder that hangs on the wall with the needles going thru the spools. She shared a shawlette she made from yarn from Leslie Boeger’s yarn workshop. She shared the first cotton yarn made with her takli.
Max shared a sock monkey backpack, her chevron up & down skirt pattern, and told us she is going to make the skirts to sell instead of offering kits. Coats & Clark wants to hire her to create a downloadable pattern for the skirts!
Jane Gaw, a former member brought in yarn to sell and a loom as she’s downsizing and can’t weave anymore.

In Attendance:
Virva Porcelli, Jane Gaw, Maxene Harlow, Sharie Jones, Judy Wells, Sue Gottracher, Sheila Young, Sarah V. Corrasao, Natalie Huynh, Janet Drozd, Eileen Jacobs, Kendra Iwahashi, Connie Vann, Margery McConaghy, Nancy Pryor, Heidi Ericson, Jo Van Winkle, Mimi Bullard, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynne Clarke

Our next meeting will be February 9th at:

Bartley Ranch:.  Drive .8 mile west from the intersection of McCarran Blvd and Hwy 395.  Turn left (south) on Lakeside Drive and continue .4 mile.  Bartley Ranch is at the north base of Windy Hill.  Turn left on Bartley Ranch Road and continue several hundred feet to the main parking lot.  Cross the covered bridge and turn right into the parking lot for the School House.