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    Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Newsletter September 2023


    County Fair Winners

    Guild members were invited to submit items to the County Fair exhibition, held at Lang Village from Aug. 26-28. Molly and Anda took them up on the invitation and their submissions (and ribbons!) are shown here. As Anda says, “It’d be nice to have even more Guild members participate next year.” The fair project booklet was circulated last spring to members. It is doubtful that there will be many changes for next year, so go ahead and create some beautiful fibre items to exhibit! There were several classes with no entries at all.

    PWSG Board positions to be filled:

    Vice President – this role is mainly to step in for the President if they are unavailable to hold the meeting. It is not required that the VP become the next President.

    Artisans Centre Board Rep. – this role is to attend ACP meetings monthly (1st Thursday of the month starting at 1 p.m.) and report back to the Guild with ACP news. Darlene has been handling this very well so far. Most importantly, this role ensures that the Guild has 2 votes on the ACP Board. We have been operating with only one vote and that is not ideal.

    Please consider whether you would be able to take on one of these roles for a 2 year term. Thanks!

    Dr. Wool Presentation

    Helen Knibb, aka ‘Dr. Wool’ gave a fascinating slide presentation and talk about “terroir” which is the effect of place on the character of wool. She told about soil, plant life, water (salt marshes), weather, altitude and the food sheep are fed, and how all these factors create differences in the wool that is produced. We learned about the history of the Ontario fibre shed and the methods that producers use to create the type of wool that buyers want.

    Lynn videotaped the presentation and I hope to send out a time-limited link for Guild members to watch. Julia is working on getting that going, so stay tuned!

    Show and Share

    Darlene is taking the OHS Level 2 course and brought a woven piece made from singles that she sun on her Canadian Production Wheel. She also brought the ‘booklet’ which is required to be completed for each project that is handed in for grading.

    Lois showed two examples of her tapestry weaving. One began as an abstract and ended up looking like fantastical birds. The other is rainbow clasped weft weaving with black soumac in between the coloured sections.

    Lynn made these inkle bands after learning from Douglas in his class. The piece with the orange edging is an example of tablet weaving.

    This is half of a longer woven piece given to Marie by a friend who visited Sierra Leone. It is called country weaving and is done on a 2 shaft loom using local cotton that has been hand dyed.

    Molly made these scarves for the County Homecraft Fair.

    And Douglas! Oh, Douglas! How did I miss getting photos of all the lovely things you brought. Douglas also did some tapestry exploration and made an abstract wall hanging. He’s also done some backstrap weaving in the airport and made some bookmarks. Finally, he shared his May Challenge project, tea towels made on his 6 harness loom.

    Fall Fibre Festivals and Events

    Warkworth Spinners and Weavers             Woolstock 2023

    Spin-In at St. John’s United Church                     Sat, Oct. 14 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Tues., Oct. 3 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.                            Paris Fairgrounds, 139 Silver St.

    Campbellford, ON                                                    Paris, ON

    World of Threads

    Tues., Oct. 10 – Sun, Oct 15

    Queen Elizabeth Park Community & Cultural Centre,

    2302 Bridge Rd

    Oakville, ON

    “Fables in Yarn” Guelph Exhibition by Alisa McRonald

    Sep. 26 – Oct. 15

    Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk St

    Guelph, ON

    And finally, don’t forget to renew your membership (slight fee increase this year) and send your fee to Julia. Lois has sent out a couple of emails about this, but if you need information or help, contact Gillian, Julia or Lois. I look forward to seeing you in October when we will be making ornaments to sell in order to raise funds for Five Counties Children’s Centre. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store. Please save up small bits of ‘toothy’ yarn, and any wool fabric (like that suitable for rug hooking) to be cut into 1” squares.

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    September 18, first meeting – Program

    Hello Everyone – Welcome back to the Guild and the Artisans Centre! We have been working on a program plan and will be kicking off the year with a special presentation by a fleece producer, Helen Knibb. Please see the attached poster for more information. 

    Gillian Holden

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    Peterborough Weavers and Spinners Newsletter

    Summer 2023                                                

    Opportunities for Involvement at Lang Pioneer Village Museum

    Corn Roast – Sunday, August 27th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Join us for a good old-fashioned corn roast! Come celebrate the start of the harvest season with threshing demonstrations, live music, plenty of fire-cooked corn and more. The Guild has been invited to demonstrate spinning, weaving and felting under a shelter (Woodturners will also be there); your fibre items may be sold at this event. Click here to see all the events for the day: https://www.langpioneervillage.ca/plan-your-visit/events/corn-roast/

    AppleFest – Sunday, October 1st, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; Tempt your taste buds with the sweetest event of the year! Come out to Lang for a colourful fall celebration of apples and the harvest. See the Cider Mill in full operation, enjoy historic demonstrations, apple treats, games and so much more! The Guild has been invited to demonstrate spinning, weaving and felting under a shelter (Woodturners will also be there); your fibre items may be sold at this event. Click here to see all the events for the day: https://www.langpioneervillage.ca/plan-your-visit/events/applefest/

    Lang Christmas Bazaar – An indoor/outdoor Christmas market offering a fine selection of local and handmade gifts and festive decorations to satisfy all your holiday shopping needs. Would any guild members like to get together and rent a table to sell their wares? Click here for more information: https://www.langpioneervillage.ca/plan-your-visit/events/christmas-bazaar/

    Guild Meeting Dates for 2023-24

    Meetings are usually the third Monday of the month, in the Artisans Centre Peterborough (Unit 3 of Peterborough Square mall) with occasional exceptions. Please mark your calendars!! We will begin at 5:30 p.m. with study groups in spinning and weaving. A short business meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by a short social break, and then and a program.

    September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18, January 15, February 26, March 18, April 15,

    May 27 and June 17

    Guild Board for 2023-24

    Guild Executive (2 year term)

    Past President: Darlene Fallis                                                 President: Gillian Holden

    Vice-President: VACANT                                                         Secretary: Krista Delahunt

    Treasurer: Julia Szabo

    Standing Committees (2 year term)

    Communications: Lynn Shaw                          Library: Lois Watson

    Program (2 members): Shannon McKinley & Anne Gallant

    ACP Board Reps (2 members): Darlene Fallis & VACANT

    Class Coordinator: Darlene Fallis                                           

    Equipment Coordinators: Weaving – Merrilyn Lindsay, Spinning – Patti Briggs

    Special Committees (1 year term)

    Membership: Lois Watson                  Sunshine: Diane Passmore

    FAFS: VACANT                                     Social: Shannon and Molly McKinley

    Nominating Committee: a duty of the Past President

    Some Fibre Events and Festivals In Ontario 2023

    Fibre Spirit Festival 2023         Sat, Aug 26 – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Barrie Curling Club, 175 Essa Rd         Barrie, ON

    Almonte’s 28th Annual FIBREFEST 2023 & Soup For Thought

    Wed. Sep 6 – Sun. Sep 10

    Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 3 Rosamond St E

    Almonte, ON

    Scugog Fibre Festival              Sat. Sep 23 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Nestleton Community Centre, Nestleton, ON

    Warkworth Spinners & Weavers         Tues. Oct 3 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    St. John’s United Church, Campbellford, ON

    Woolstock 2023                      Sat, Oct. 14 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Paris Fairgrounds, Paris, ON

    SHOW AND SHARE – This was mistakenly attached (by Gillian) to the June AGM Minutes. What was I thinking??

    Tapestry Weaving Learn-In – Over the summer, several Guild members have participated in a tapestry weaving learn-In. This is ongoing and you may participate at any time, even if you haven’t been to previous sessions. Below are some shots of the participants in action.