Guild Meeting 2/23/19

At the meeting, we started with a demonstration of how to make and iron on freezer paper templates for wool applique projects — a great way to use up wool scraps!  Eileen Colligan demonstrated the technique and showed a few projects that she has made.  Everyone was most impressed!  Although it looks like Barron slept through the presentation. I showed how to use a “Big Shot” cutting machine, which uses dies to cut out shapes for you.  It’s another way to cut out shapes for wool applique projects. Then we had a meeting and show and tell.  At the meeting,…

Guild Meeting 1/26/2019

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…

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”…