November ProgramSPRANG MARKET BAG
For the November meeting, Marje Koehlert will show us how to make sprang market bags. Sprang is a
technique that goes back more than 2000 years, and is found in many cultures. It combines elements of
braiding, weaving and twining yet has an identity all its own. Marje will be bringing all materials, however
participants are encouraged to bring the following items for their convenience:
• scissors for snipping string/cord
• one crochet hook in any medium size (you will not need to crochet anything)
• one tapestry needle for weaving in loose ends.
Marje will have a selection of dish cloth cotton for the main body and paracord for the draw-cords for
participants to choose from, but those who wish to bring their own may bring:
• one ball of solid or variegated non-stretchy, non-fuzzy yarn, such as dish cloth cotton or very heavy
• 1 or 2 one-yard lengths of cord such as clothesline, paracord, macramé cord, narrow webbing, or inkleband
to use as a draw-cord.
Minutes of the September 2017 Meeting
Karen Fry called the meeting to order.
Old Business: The minutes from the August 2017 meeting were approved. The treasurer's report was not available. Roz Macken introduced several additions to the library. Elaine Fertig expressed thanks for all who participated on Fair day. Updates were given about our participation at the Highland Games next weekend. The possible trip to Rhinebeck was put to a vote, and we decided to not pursue an organized guild trip there this year.
New Business: Taryn Barnett has invited us to spin at the Yarn Vault's new location in the Meadville Mall. Tuesday, September 19 was chosen as a potential date. After discussion of upcoming meeting plans, it was decided to have our October meeting in Chautauqua at the Easter Great Lakes Fiber Conference. An invitation from Ed Jolie to visit Mercyhurst's archaeological textile collection was discussed, and it was suggested that April might be a good time to meet there. Roz will contact Ed to see if that works for him.
Show & Tell: Karen Fry updated us that her fifth grandson, David Edwin Root was born last month to her daughter Laura, a former member of our guild. She also showed a thick, warm indigo-colored merino vest she is knitting for use in her new home this winter. Sue Olive brought a double stranded knit head band, as well as two of her scarves, one of which won a blue ribbon in the handwoven category at the Crawford County Fair. Marje Koehlert brought a piece of eco-printed fabric and natural dye yarn samples from walnut, onion, Queen Anne's lace, goldenrod, purple loosestrife, and jewel week. Chris Cornell displayed her great great-grandmother's full-sized quilt, dated June 1910, with the squares of fabric each stitched by a different quilter in her favorite stitches and embroidery patterns. Elaine Fertig brought a shawlette she knit for a challenge using four natural colors, each from a different fiber. She also modeled a teal cardigan with a complementary brown trim she made.
Animals & Fiber
for sale. Raw
Alpaca Fiber –Prime blankets that have
skirted, ready for washing and spinning. $45. Alpaca Roving –Hand
washed and dyed in various colors. Great for hand spinning and felting.
$16.00 for 4 oz.
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