May 2016 Post

Some news for the upcoming meeting;

1) I'm planning on making some changes to the website and would like your input on what you'd want to see on the front page of the website. Possibilities are as follows;

  • A static homepage that just tells about the group, with widgets and links to the rest of the site information.
  • A page showing the blog posts (like this post here), with widgets and links to the rest of the site.
  • A static page showing the current calendar with widgets and links as above.
  • Something else?

2) A reminder that tomorrow's meeting will include voting for next year's officers.

3) Today's update (in progress) is fairly minimal because of the changes. Check the newsletter to see all the photos!


Wet Finishing Workshop Postponed

The instructor for the Wet Finishing Workshop, Joy Selby Cain, injured her wrist and is currently unable to run the workshop. We hope to move it to Fall of next year, so if you've signed up, or were interested in signing up, make sure to talk to Diane about it!

More updates to follow this weekend.


December 2015 Meeting

Our Holiday Party is Here

Our party is on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 6pm at the Glasner Fellowship Hall of the Bethel Lutheran Church on 2731 W. Jackson Road and Hwy. 68 (Springfield at edge of Yellow Springs!) within sight of Young’s Dairy Restaurant.

This year we are changing it up just a bit. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres, either hot or cold, an appetizer, or a dessert to share.  Punch will be provided by the Guild, as will the plates and napkins.

This year our gifts, instead of an exchange, will go to the St. Vincent Homeless Shelter. There is no need to wrap the items. Here is their wish list: Pajamas, Travel size shampoo, razors, non-aerosol deodorant, hair brushes, new underwear, socks, first aid supplies, feminine products baby powder, baby lotion, baby wipes, Kitchen utensils/silverware, shower curtains/hooks/liners, towels, twin sheets/blankets.

Our Guild has a membership that is very giving. Lets have a fun evening with friends and share the joy of the season with others.



September Blog Post 9/8/2015

Hello all,
Another WGMV year has come up fast and this site will be a flurry of dusty bits and bytes in the near future. In the meantime, don't forget the first meeting will be tonight, September 8, 2015. 7pm at the John Bryan Center in Yellow Springs. Check your newsletter and let us know if you didn't get it!

Also, there's a program coming up at the Serpent Mound discussing the Hopewell's weaving methods. If you're interested, here's the information:
Ohio’s Hopewell: The Fabric of Their Lives
Including the Latest Discoveries from Seip Mound
With Prof. Kathryn Jakes – Ancient Textile Specialist

1:00 pm, September 12, 2015 – Archaeology Day at Serpent Mound
Under shelter, rain or shine – Free with $8/vehicle parking fee
People commonly imagine ancient American Indians wearing only deerskin clothing, but the Ohio Hopewell wove and dyed sophisticated fabrics.
Featured speaker Kathryn Jakes will share her research in this fascinating area, and demonstrate some of the plants and techniques that were used to create fabrics. Although the climate of Ohio is not conducive to preservation of organic-based fabrics, in a few special cases some pieces have survived and been recovered.
And join us for other events all day long!
Grilled picnic lunch will be for sale at the park.

June Picnic Meeting

The last meeting of the 2014/2015 year is fast upon us! Bring food. Bring fiber. Bring yourselves! (Oh, and don't forget to be ready to reup your membership if you havent already!)


News from another guild (retry)

(Apologies for the multiple sends, there was a glitch in the matrix and the wrong link got sent.)

This just in from the Central Ohio Weavers Guild:

We are thrilled to be bringing Franklin Habit to Columbus in May. He is holding a free lecture on Friday, May 15th and teaching 2 3-hour workshops on Saturday and 2 3-hour workshops on Sunday (descriptions below) and we would love to have any members of your guild join us!

Please join us for his free lecture "Five Women, Five Shawls" on Friday, May 15;  7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N Cleveland Ave, Westerville, OH 43082.  The lecture is free but registration is required.  In partnership with Westerville Public Library, this event is open to the public and is free of charge, however space is limited and attendees must register in advance. Please register

Additionally, COWG is offering workshops for $55/class for COWG members and $75/class for non-members.  Registration is required for these classes.

Photographing Your Fiber

Saturday, May 16;  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, exposure, and setting up a shoot. This introductory-level class will also tackle common fiber-photography problems like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace. We will also learn how to make a light box at home, cheap! No prior knowledge of photography is necessary. The emphasis will be
getting the best possible shots using your camera. Take your camera to class.

History Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting

Saturday, May 16; 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

In this three-hour class, we’ll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting’s grandest tradition.  Students will learn about the history of lace knitting, and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry.  We will not only discuss, but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions.

Prerequisites: Participants must be fluent in the basics of lace knitting, including working from charts

The Beautiful, Humble Art of Plain Sewing

Sunday, May 17;  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Plain sewing — a collection of stitches and related hand-sewing techniques — was once considered a pillar of a woman’s education.  In
our day, these skills are useful to all, but known by few.  We will study and practice a select group of plain sewing methods that are most
useful to knitters working with hand-knit fabrics, including useful and decorative stitches, attaching buttons, and finishing buttonholes.

Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.

Materials fee:  $5 to be paid to the instructor on the day of the class.

The Knitted Plaid: A Color and Pattern Workshop

Sunday, May 17;  1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you’ve dreamed of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects,
this class is for you. We’ll begin by learning a simple but strikingly effective method for knitting plaid fabric — a method that can even be
used to recreate family or school tartans.  Then we’ll use the framework of the plaid as the point of departure for a practical, hands-on  lesson in color selection. You can learn to design your own color schemes — all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.

Prerequisites: Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting

Register and get more information and maps at


This just in….

A message from the Columbus Weavers' Guild's Program Chair, Mary Beth Sassen

I'm the program chair for the Central Ohio Weaver's Guild and we are proud to host Deb Robson for a weekend this April. There are two workshops and we would love to have any members of your guild join us! 
Saturday, April 18 is Spinning with Rare Breed Yarns and Sunday, April 19 will be for fiber artists to learn about Working with Rare Breed Yarns.
Both Workshops will be at the Kirk House 1885 North Cassady Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Both days will start at 9:00 and we should end by 6:00 on Saturday and 5:00 on Sunday. Please bring a sack lunch. There will be a lecture on Saturday at 1:00 from Deb about preserving Rare Breed Wool. 
You can sign up for both workshops at and pay through Paypal or sign up online and then mail me a check as soon as possible to hold your spot if you don't use Paypal.  Each workshop will cost $100 and each one also has a $35 materials fee to be paid to Deb on the day of the Workshop. 
If you have any questions, please send me an email at
Deb Robson is the author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook  with Carol Ekarius. Every time I pick up a fiber magazine there always seems to be an article by Deb in there. Please check out her website if you don't know who she is. She is a storehouse of information about sheep and their fiber. We are so lucky to have her visit us and share her knowledge. 
Below are descriptions of our workshops and the lecture on Saturday. There are just a few openings for the Spinning class on Saturday, but the Sunday class has more openings. Sign up soon so you don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from Deb! 
Mary Beth Sassen (program chair for the Central Ohio Weaver's Guild)
1. An Introduction to Rare-Breed Wools (for Spinners):
Some of the most wonderful and practical fibers come from what are now rare breeds of sheep. If we don’t use these fibers, we’ll lose them! We can’t use them—or know what we’re missing—if we don’t know what they are. Come discover double-coats and singles, luster-wools that have shine and body, classics that have bounce and warmth . . . and, in a number of these breeds, a rainbow of sheepy colors. We’ll explore the range of fleeces from rare and endangered breeds, and we’ll spin, play, and open doors of possibility. We’ll learn about how to prepare fleeces for spinning, too.
We’ll work with the breeds identified on the lists of The Livestock Conservancy (North America) and the (British) Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). For more information on these breeds, see their websites ( and
This workshop is an all-day excursion that will introduce you to some of the types of wool grown by rare breeds of sheep. I’ll put together a diverse collection of fleece varieties—aiming for 8, so we’ll have a very busy day—to whet your appetite and increase your confidence in dealing with unusual fibers.
Workshop Fee:$100     Materials fee: $35
Participant skill level: Advanced beginner spinner, able to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn; experience in preparing fibers for spinning is useful but not essential.
Participants should bring: Wheel or spindle; fiber-prep tools of choice (combs, carders, flicker, or any other OR dog-grooming combs or slickers); the ability to wind a small center-pull ball and ply from it (or skill at Andean plying, or a lazy kate and extra bobbins); sampling tools as convenient, like knitting needles, crochet hooks, or Weave-It or similar extra-simple loom; optional tape and/or hole-punch, for keeping track of fiber samples and yarns (record cards will be provided); a notepad and pen or pencil.
2. An Introduction to Rare-Breed Wools (for Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers):
Some of the most wonderful and practical wools come from what are now rare breeds of sheep. If we don’t use these fibers, we’ll lose them! We can’t use them—or know what we’re missing—if we don’t know what they are. Come discover double-coats and singles, luster-wools that have shine and body, classics that have bounce and warmth . . . and, in a number of these breeds, a rainbow of sheepy colors. We’ll explore the range of wools, with a focus on the rare ones, and we’ll swatch, play, and open doors of possibility.
We’ll work with the breeds identified on the lists of The Livestock Conservancy (North American) and the (British) Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). For more information on these breeds, see their websites ( and
Workshop Fee: $100     Materials Fee: $35
Participant skill level: Can independently perform all components of the craft required to make a simple swatch – for example, cast on, knit a sample in any stitch pattern (stockinette with garter or seed stitch borders is fine), and cast off.
Participants should bring: Knitting needles or crochet hooks or Weave-It type sample loom (2-inch) to suit sport- to heavy-worsted-weight yarns; generally these will be in the range of 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, and 4.5mm knitting needles (US needle sizes 4 to 7 or hook sizes E to H); a notepad and pen or pencil.

December Meeting reminder!

Don't forget that the Christmas meeting is scheduled for tonight at 7pm at Ellen's house! Bring food;

B-G: Desserts
H-M: Salads, appetizers, chips and/or dip
N-W: Main dish/Veggie dish

There'll be an ornament exchange and the usual request for donations to the scarf/hat/glove basket.

You can find directions to Ellen's place in the Newsletter. Let us know if you haven't received a copy and I'll Message you the instructions.


By-Law Changes

Earlier in September, Eric sent everyone a copy of the proposed changes to the by-laws. If you haven't received the email or can't read the file, try checking the .PDF here at "Changes to the By-Laws".

Apologies for the poor quality of the file. The original is too big for our site and I had to decrease its size in order to get it to load. If you can't find your original .PDF from Eric, let me know.