Posts made in December, 2012

January Member-to-Member Sale and Silent Auction

Posted by on Dec 26, 2012 in Programs

The program at the January guild meeting will be our annual Member-to-Member Sale, also known as the stash re-alignment event, as well as the Silent Auction. Come prepared to find a new tool, a book for inspiration or for a new technique, or just the right thread, yarn or fiber (or that you know you’ll find a use for someday…). And earn the gratitude of the sellers for clearing all that extra space on their studio shelves. So bring your checkbooks and cash; small bills will be appreciated.

There’s still time to sign up for a table if you had a tidy fit and cleaned out your studio space over the New Year. The fee for a table is $10.00 and goes to the Guild General Fund. Complete the coupon published in the newsletter, enclose $10.00 (check to RMWG), and send to Margaret Jaeger. Reservations must be received by January 17, 2013. You must be a member to sell.

Also at the January meeting….

The Circulation Library WILL BE OPEN at the January 2013 Meeting!

The world did not end Friday, December 21, 2012, and hopefully the Mayan Calendar has been “re-booted”. Hopefully your holidays were good, and you’re all ready for a New Year. In the past, because of the Member-to-Member sale, we have not opened the circulating library in January. We tried out opening the circulating library in the back at the December 2012 meeting, and it seemed work. So, we’re going to try it again in January – and hope you will come prepared to check out material of interest. (Thanks to Gretchen Kantor, our librarian, most of our books, videos and DVDs are posted on-line in the members’ only Library’s section. Go check it out.)

The circulation library return table will be open, located next to the membership table as you walk in. We would really appreciate it if you could/would bring back any books, magazines, DVDs, or videos you’ve had out since last spring and this fall. (If you can’t bring them back in January, please contact Dale Zitek (see yearbook) – she’s trying to keep track of and “herd” the material from the circulation library.

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Requested Recipe from Christmas Potluck

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in News

If anyone has any additional recipes to share, I’ll add them to this post later on!

Salty Caramel Crunch Bars

from Stephanie Hollowell via Judy Lepthien

Ingredients:
90 club crackers, such as Keebler brand
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups graham-cracker crumbs
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
½ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup butterscotch baking chips
1 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella (sm jar)
Directions:
Line a 9×13 pan with 1 layer crackers, cutting if needed to fit. In a
large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the graham
cracker crumbs, both sugars, milk and vanilla. Bring to a boil. Boil
for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and spread
half of the cooked mixture over the prepared crackers. Place
another layer of crackers on top. Spread the remainder of the cooked
mixture over the crackers. Place a last layer of crackers on top. In a
small microwave safe bowl, carefully melt the butterscotch chips,
using short bursts of power, stirring in between. Stir in the chocolate
hazelnut spread until smooth, heating slightly if needed to make
mixture spreadable. Evenly spread the chocolate mixture on top of
last layer of crackers and refrigerate for about an hour to set. Cut into
bars.
Makes approximately 54 bars.

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Spring Workshops–Some Spaces Still Available

Posted by on Dec 14, 2012 in Workshops

Update on the February and March workshops

Of the two February workshops to be taught by Nadine Sanders, “Warping on a shoestring” is full with a waiting list (see the registration sheet, or talk to the registrar), but her other workshop is open, “Weaving that Sings: The Triple Play”. In this workshop, you can choose from three different threadings that allow designs to be “painted” on your weaving. More information is available on the Programs & Workshops page.

Coming in March, Peggy Doney is teaching two workshops:
“Spinning A Fabulous Yarn”, a one-day workshop in which participants will learn to spin a light and airy yarn as well as designer yarn techniques, and “Triad Dyeing”, a one-day workshop after which participants will take home 198 different samples and colors!!

Sign up today!!

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December Program — Rio Grande Weaving

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Programs

Woven Across Time:
The History of Rio Grande Weavings in Colorado

December 15, 2012

Katie Gardner will provide an overview of the fascinating history of Rio Grande Weaving found throughout the Southwest and Colorado through a slide lecture and the presentation of numerous samples. Utilizing colorful contemporary and historic black and white illustrations, Katie will explain how Hispanic Weaving differs from Pueblo and Navajo Weaving. She will present examples of Hispanic-made pieces including early Mexican products, beautiful nineteenth century Rio Grande blankets, and modern Chimayo weaving. Primarily, her focus will be on a Colorado collection, but she will also showcase several pieces from New Mexico.

Katie will bring many books, weaving tools, and blanket samples in the style of Rio Grande Weaving for us to enjoy. Join us for this interesting and informative piece of Colorado History!

Following Katie’s talk, we will have our annual holiday potluck–bring a dish to share, along with a list of its ingredients. Everything else is provided!

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National Western Stock Show — Jan. 12 – 27, 2013

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Outreach

Demonstrating at the National Western Stock Show each January is considered by some Guild members to be the highlight of their year. It is a 16-day opportunity to demonstrate our arts of spinning and weaving to the public. The Stock Show is a well-attended event featuring livestock and sundry related interests at the Stock Show complex at the intersection of I’s 25 and 70. It’s like an indoor People’s Fair with an agricultural bent.

For the past three years Rocky Mountain Weavers’ Guild has partnered with the Colorado State University Agriculture Department in their AgAdventure area where we are able to create the segue from live animals to fiber-related arts and products. The AgAdventure area is located on the third floor of the Education Building, where we share space with various agricultural commodity groups such as the sugar-beet and wheat growers, egg producers, and 4-H.

Meri Moller and Audrey Cheadle will sign people up to fill time slots for morning and afternoon shifts from January 12 through 27. All are invited to fill one or several of these shifts as a Weaver or as a Spinner. If you prefer to weave, the Guild loom will be available for your demo use. If you prefer to spin, you are invited to bring your own wheel and fiber. Each volunteer receives a free admissions pass and a parking pass to a nearby lot. The admissions pass of course allows each volunteer to roam the grounds before and after their shift and provides access to countless vendors, including several alpaca ranches, as well as the animal-judging events. Tickets for rodeos can be purchased separately.

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