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.

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