Bedford Coverlet Museum

On June 9, 2018, a few of the guild members traveled to Bedford Springs, PA, where we went to the National Museum of the American Coverlet.  It was a fun day!  We got to see an exquisite display of a mix of antique woven coverlets and quilts. The museum is housed in an old school building.  The museum staff emphasized to us that they are always changing their exhibits, so that the next time we go, we’ll see different things.  The current display showed the influence of designs between coverlets and quilts — meaning that there are distinct similarities in…

March 24, 2018 Meeting

We had a full house at the last meeting!  It was so nice to see everyone, including some new braiders and some “old” ones we hadn’t seen in awhile. Judith McCabe came and talked to us about the Lancaster Fiber Festival (http://lancasterfiberfestival.com) which will be held August 16-18, 2018 at the Lancaster Convention Center.  She needs volunteers and especially demonstrators.  How would you like to help out by registering to demonstrate rug braiding for a couple hours with a friend or two?  Sign-up is on the website. Nancy Young wore a beautiful scarf from her recent travels to southeast Asia…

Guild Mtg Feb 17, 2018

The guild met on February 17 at the Lancaster location (Landis Homes, Lititz PA). Here are the things we talked about: Making a group rug from Donna Pitz’ wool for her husband. Since Nancy Young – our most experienced group rug organizer – is gallivanting about Cambodia and Vietnam and Thailand…. Debbie Wykosky brought the wool that she had picked up from the Pitz family and instructed us to take wool, braid with it, and make sure the braids had one strand of the heathered medium gray coat weight wool throughout. The gray was torn into strips that were about…

Jan 13 Meeting

The Valley Forge Guild met on January 13, 2018 at the Landis Homes Retirement Community in Lititz, PA.  I think you can see from the photos, above and below, that it is an airy and light-filled space with comfortable carpeting and plenty of room.  We tried out this new site for us, which has already been home to the Lancaster Area braiders, due to some frustrations with our usual location in Harleysville. Unfortunately, the weather kept several people from coming to the meeting, so I’m not sure we has a representative group to poll as to whether this new site…

PA Farm Show Entry

I encourage everyone who’s a Pennsylvania resident to enter some of their braided rugs in the farm show.  It promotes rug braiding, and shows off our talents! Here are instructions: Must be a Pennsylvania resident. Entry by Dec 15 is encouraged. It costs $1 for each item entered. If you register after Dec 15, it is $2/item. All entries must have been created in the past year. Only one rug per category: one rug, one basket, one creative use of fiber, etc. Can’t use an entry for more than one category. 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show:  January 6-13, 2018 http://www.FarmShow.pa.gov Under “Exhibitors”…

Guild Meeting 11/18/2017

The recent meeting of the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild was a fun one.  Many of us worked on “Quillie” trees, in which we rolled 1/4″ strips of wool into coils and then glued the coils onto a styrofoam Christmas tree.  Most of us didn’t quite finish the trees… but soon! We talked about several agenda items.  First, location of the meetings.  I have had some frustrations with the meetings at Harleysville (although it’s hard to argue with “free”).  The administrator I work with has several times forgotten about our meetings, even despite reminders 2 weeks ahead of time.  Now…