We have decided with the recent spike in COVID cases to hold this month’s meeting on Zoom. We will start at 12:30. Susan S. and I will broadcast together from her studio in Sugar Grove. We will do Show and Tell and will also discuss ikat dying and inkle weaving. I have a video on inkle weaving that I could possibly show.
The response to meet next Saturday was overwhelming to meet at Hickory Ridge at 12:30. Bring your on chair (I think there are some benches we can set up too), drinks etc. We will be practicing Social Distancing. We are going to do a program on Drop Spindling for fun. Susan S and I have a variety of different spindles we can bring for you to use or you can bring your own. We will have them disinfected for your use. We will also have fiber available. If rain is in the forecast, we will do another Zoom call.
I know we are all tired of not being able to get together so instead of canceling another of our meetings we will meet via Zoom for a virtual meeting. This program is very easy to use. You just need to have the software/app installed on your computer or phone/tablet. You can also call in on your phone if you can’t do this but you will of course not be able to see us but will hear us and can talk to us. Hear is the link to download Zoom:
The software is free to download and use but the free version only gives us 40 minutes to visit. Hopefully one of you has an account for Zoom that we can use where we don’t have a time limit. Contact me if you can host the meeting if you have an account.
I will send you a link to join the meeting in an email and it will also have a phone number where you can call in if you can’t be near a computer or device. This way all our members can join us, even the ones who are away for the winter.
We will be meeting on April 18th at 10:30 am EDT. Our agenda will be an informal get together where we show each other projects we are working on or you can show us your work spaces/studios or whatever. It will be great fun! Look for another email from me with details on joining prior to the meeting.
I’m sure it comes as no surprise that we are canceling the March 22nd meeting. The Western Watauga Community Center is closed indefinitely at this time. We will hold our April meeting at the Western Watauga Community Center starting with a business meeting and show and tell and then we will go to Crossnore School to visit the Weaving Studio there so plan for a day of fun together.
Don’t forget that we are meeting this Saturday (Feb. 22nd) at 10:30 at the Western Watauga Community Center.
BRFG Agenda, Feb 22, 2020
- 10:30-11:00 –Make-A-Name Tag, Refreshments, Fellowship, & Show and Tell
- 11:00- 12:00–Program: Authentic 18th century fiberart commissions by Kerry Masarik, historical educator & new guild member. Kerry has been coming to our weaving classes at the WWCC and does finely crafted inkle weaving as well as 4-harness fabric. She will share samples of her commissioned work in traditional designs.
- 12:00–12:30–Committees /Planning/Calendar for 2020
Check out this tapestey woven by Mary Quigley Valante. This is her first tapestry woven on a backstrap loom.
Ellie Hjemmet gave a presentation at our January meeting on the history of the Crossnore Weaving Room. Crossnore Weavers has reached an incredible milestone of 100 years of handweaving! Ellie’s history with the Weaving Room goes way back to the 1980s, when she was manager of the Weaving Room.
Agenda, BRFG, Jan 18, 2020
We are meeting at the Watauga County Library this month on Queen St.
10-10:30—social & show and tell, please bring anything, finished or unfinished
10:30-11:30—Ellie Hjemmet, founding guild member & Crossnore weaver will give a presentation on the Crossnore Weaving Room. Ellie’s history with the Weaving Room goes way back to the 1980s, when she was manager of the Weaving Room.
11:30-12:00—Planning session for both committees—Education & Outreach and Marketing & Exhibits—bring ideas, suggestions
Also, a reminder that dues of $15 may be paid at this time for the coming year.