Posts made in May, 2013

Check Out the New Leaders in the Guild!

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in News

As you all probably realize, it takes a lot of people to help a guild run smoothly. We owe a great deal to the volunteers of the past who have worked hard to make this an exciting, vibrant organization, with lots of activities and programs. There are twenty people who have taken leadership positions for the 2013-2014 year, some continuing in the positions they held last year, and some new ones just getting started.

Please check out the Leadership page (click here, or in the drop-down menu under the Guild Information link at the top of the first screen) to see who’s doing what this year. The board members are in all capital letters–the functions supervised by each board member are listed below his/her name. Each function has its own email forwarding address so that email will be sent to the right person. If you need information related to some guild function, please click on the email forwarding address to reach someone who can help!

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Anybody Going to the Wool Market?

Posted by on May 26, 2013 in News

Estes Park Wool Market, June 8-9, 2013

Estes Park is home to one of the largest all-natural fiber markets in North America. Wool Market features demonstrations, contests, a children’s tent, exhibits and the sale of fiber animals and products from their wool. Now in its 23rd year, the market draws more than 10,000 spectators during the two-day mid-June event.

Watch as an announcer provides play-by-play explanations of the many herding techniques by sheep herding canines used by these animals and their handlers. In the Children’s Tent, visitors — young and old alike — participate in rope weaving, spinning and loom weaving.

Shopping? Oh, yes – More than 50 booths for shopping, products, supplies, finished garments, fiber processing equipment, rovings, yarns and more!

Demonstrations during the weekend include shearing, fiber preparation, spinning and weaving. You can even learn how to pack a llama for hiking or hunting. Sheep, llama, alpaca, and Cashmere & Angora goat competitions and fleece contests are held throughout the weekend. For the shoppers, more than 50 booths are filled with fleeces, raw fibers, novelty knitting and crocheting yarns, as well as finished coats, scarves, hats, shawls, and fiber processing equipment.

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Summer Art Market, Denver, June 8-9

Posted by on May 22, 2013 in News

The Art Students League of Denver is hosting its Summer Art Market Saturday June 8, 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, June 9, 10 am to 5 pm at 200 Grant Street, Denver. One of our members, Ann Lederer, will be exhibiting (and selling!) her work in booth 83 on Grant Street between 2nd and 3rd. She will have wearable silk art, wall art, and ritual art on display. In addition to Ann’s booth, there will be over 260 other artists in various media, including ceramics, mixed media and book art, fiber art, painting and drawing, printmaking and sculpture. There will be artwork from classic to contemporary, plus food, live music, demonstrations and kids’ art activities.

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May Finale and Fashion Show

Posted by on May 19, 2013 in News, Programs

The May meeting and luncheon was the finale of our regular RMWG season. Highlighting it were many announcements (see minutes later on on the minutes page), gifts and thanks from the retiring president Pat Sandt for her board and committee chairs, stunning products displayed by study groups, inspiration for the future of weaving from Anita Osterhaug (Interweave Press), and lovely, creative wearables in the fashion show.

The door prize, a skein of green silk, was donated by Treenway, and won by Beverly Weaver. Bev Kajko (incoming president) announced the Web Award for 2013–it went to Tina Broderson, who was astonished and honored to receive it (and will treasure the beautiful woven silver pin as well as the support and appreciation she has received from the guild).

Anita Osterhaug chose the fashion show awards, a difficult task as there were more than 20 remarkable entries, with some artists wearing and sharing multiple items. Pat Sandt was the very entertaining MC for the fashion show, which included woven, knitted, needle-felted, and crocheted projects. Eunice York won the award for “Best Use of Materials” for her “Starry Night Shawl”, which included a supplementary warp. Karen Littlefield‘s “Faux Fox Stole” received an award for the “Best Use of Humor” or maybe it was “Best Entertainment Value”! The “Best Overall” went to Tina Broderson for her “Interrupted Twill Diamonds Shawl”, in which a bright pink warp was muted by a pale gold weft. Eunice’s shawl also was voted “The People’s Choice”.

Wooden Spools, Schacht, and Recycled Lamb donated the fashion show awards, for which we are most grateful. Anita and Handwoven/Interweave Press were kind enough to offer to do her presentation pro bono–thank you! Almost everyone then adjourned to India’s Restaurant for a lively, tasty lunch buffet.

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Special Summer Book and Magazine Sale June 8

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in News

Pat Sandt is in the mood to cull her library. If you are interested in doing the same, please bring books and magazines (not necessarily limited to fiber-related publications) to the May meeting. There’ll be a summer book sale at her house to benefit the guild. The tentative date is June 8th for the sale. Plan to visit Pat’s house for a picnic and sale June 8! (If the weather turns, we’ll still have the sale, but the food and books will be inside.) Deadline to donate the books is June 1st: the library committees will review the books to see if any are needed for the libraries and the rest will be sold!

If you’re on your way to the Estes Park Wool Market on June 8–stop by Pat’s (just off I-25, call or email her for directions) on your way north!

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