The guild meeting was a fun one! We had a couple people come who we haven’t seen in years — Ronnie Arena and Judy Hartzell. Both of them brought beautiful things that they’ve been working on!
First, some business:
- The braid in filled up incredibly quickly this year. Registration opened Jan 1 and was closed within 36 hours! The idea that we might need a bigger place was floated, but I think for the time being it’s easier just to continue where we are. We probably will need a bigger place in the next few years… but for now, I like hanging out with the nuns, and Debbie’s location only minutes away is ideal, since she handles so much for all of us!
- There were two winners at the PA Farm Show! Carolyn Newcomer won first place, and Eileen Colligan won second. Congratulations to them both!
There was a bit of discussion about how we have to get MORE RUGS into the PA Farm Show. We’ll figure that out later.
3. We have a Field Trip coming up! Since the meeting, a date has been nailed down: May 31, 2019. We’re going to The Wool Studio, run by Rebecca Erb and her family. The shop has exquisite textured wools, and also light-colored wools for dyeing. While the shop has more of a following from hookers, since we lost Loretta, many of us have been looking for nearby alternatives. The Wool Studio doesn’t usually allow walk-in customers — they’re not really a storefront and do most of their business via mail order and internet sales — but they do allow groups like ours to come at scheduled times. We’re meeting at 10:30 am at the shop, which is at
328 Tulpehocken Ave in West Reading, PA.
4. Nancy Young purchased white aprons as name-tags for the braid in. She has ideas for ironing on the names and where people are from on the chest region of the apron, and then letting people stencil whatever they want on the rest of the apron. I think it will be fun! I love stenciling with acrylic paints. When I visited Nancy one time, she had me stencil baker’s towels with dragonflies and butterflies, and I had the best time!
5. I’m turning in the rugs to the Schwenkfelder Museum on Monday, March 4, so it would be best to get me any rugs or chair pads for the Contemporary Braided Art Rugs exhibit at the next guild meeting, Feb 23. We also need small braided rugs, trivets, baskets, etc., for the gift shop. The museum takes a 30% cut on everything sold, so price accordingly. The Exhibit will run March 12 – May 8 at the Schwenkfelder museum — plan to drag friends and family along to visit!
6. Show and Tell:
Hope to see you next guild meeting: February 23, 2019.