Monday, September 13, 2010

Annual Open House

The weekend began as a cool football Saturday with Iowa winning over ISU. And then the piece de resistance...The Craft Guild's Open House. Each September we open the Guild House to the community as an opportunity to learn what we have to offer. More than 100 people toured the house, viewed it's exhibits and watched individuals demonstrating their art/craft, or simply had a cookie. It's always a fun afternoon, we members get together to renew our memberships and to see what the others have been doing all year-an exchange of passions and artistic expression.

Members demonstrated spinning yarn with wheel or spindle, knitting a blanket or sweater.

One potter demonstrated "throwing" while the others showed their work

Quilters, weavers, beaders, ply-braiders had items in the exhibit.
It was a great day.

Weaver's Potluck

On August 30, the weavers met at Vicki Tardy's to share quite the feast. It always amazes me how a potluck works out, great foods, great diversity and great comradery. There was much discussion of the coming year's events. There will be a basket workshop in October, the beginning weaving class begins mid-September, there's plans for a linen workshop come Spring, and exciting programs for the upcoming meeting year.

The next year will be a challenge. The spinners from our guild are hosting the Iowa Federation meeting in the Spring with some help from the weavers. Vicki offered patterns for those weaving book marks for the meeting. In addition, Mid-West Weavers will be in the UP of Michigan, with the theme Northern Lights/Aurora Borealis. The weaver's study group will meet September 14 as a preclude for designing scarves for our guild exhibit. Put your thinking caps on, what are you going to weave?