Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May 2015 Minutes

Guild minutes May 9 2015

At attendance: Hanna Woods, Eileen Jacobs, Margery , Nancy Pryor, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn,
Angela Alter, Virva Porcelli and Patti O'Brien.

Treasurer's report: As of 4/10 2015  we had $4,586.67 + $25 in dues. We paid out $60.92 for DVDs for the Library.
At 5/8 2015 the total $4,550.75 with 45 paid members.

No Library report.

Stephanie Gaustad's Cotton/Flax Workshop May 30 and 31 at Marilynn Clarke's home. Two cancelations, open spots. Hanna to sent an email to Mim to post on the blog and Virva to send an email to the Reno Fiber Guild to fill up the open spaces.

Upcoming events and dates:
Spindle camp June 3-7 2015 in Dobbins, ca.
Black Sheep gathering  June 19-21 2015 in Eugene, OR
Arboretum Art Town event July 26 from 9am till noon

Nevada State Fair July 30 - Aug. 1 at Fuji Park in Carson City. Deadline for entries July 27.
Stephanie Gaustad Judging. Check on line for the Fair Workbook. The contest entries can be picked up after the Fair
Sunday after 6pm or Monday

Celtic Fair at the Bartley Ranch Oct. 3-4 2015. We will have our October meeting at the Celtic Fair Oct.3rd.

Our next meeting will be at Marilynn Clarke's home  June 13th. The Learning Tree will be Indigo and Madder Dye baths. Please have your fiber/yarn wet and mordant with alum.
We are also going to have  few items for sale donated from Nancy Grundy's "stash".

July 11th meeting will be at Mimi Bullard's ranch. Learning Tree will be dying with onion skins. Between now and then you can save your yellow and red onion skins. More the merrier......

The Learning Tree at Doris was the new little lambs, especially the 6 days old feisty one.
Meeting adjourned. Show and tell

How too:

Mordant Wool: Weigh wool dry and clean as lanolin inhibits the dye. Soak fibers until thoroughly wet. Measure Alum Sulfate.10% Weight of fiber (WOF).  Dissolve Alum in a glass jar off boiling water stir well,this can take up to 15 min.Add to pot of enough warm water to cover fibers well but not too much water.  I:  use only distilled water. Add clean wet wool. Bring to a simmer over 35 to 45 min.Hold at 195 degrees farenheit  rotate fiber.r slowly and hold for 1 hr, longer does not matter. place pot with wool and mordant in a cool place for up to 5 days.Do not let fiber dry..Wool is ready to dye, rinse  before dying as mordant can taint a dye pot.Silk : use 15% Alum Sulfate,Cotton and Baste fibers use Alum  Acetate at 5%i rotate slowly. leave for 3 days to cool.Then dye.    

Driving Directions:    From the South-- Take HWY 395 to the McCarran off-ramp, turn left and follow McCarran WEST to Socrates, turn right and follow Socrates NORTH to Greenstone, turn left (WEST) for one block to Comstock, then turn right (NORTH) to the end of pavement. We are the second driveway (left) off the pavement.  From the North-- From HWY 395 take the North Virginia off-ramp and follow N. Virginia street southward just past McCarran Blvd to Comstock, then turn left  (NORTH) up Comstock to the end of pavement. We are the second driveway off the pavement. Address:  3503 Comstock Drive  - Telephone: 786-1709

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

April 2015 Minutes

Guild Minutes 4/11/2015
In attendance:
Miriam Volpin, Alyce Brown, Heidi Ericson, Virva Porcelli, Jenny Rader, Sheila Young, Shana Dollarhide, Ashley Thibedeau, Kendra Iwahashi, Myna Kent, Angela Alter, Bev Perkins, Marilyn Pearson, Margarita Swickard, Aliyah Seickard, GiGi Torres, Gina Caudillo, Eileen Jacobs, Janet Drozd, Laurel Ballou, Sandi Steele, Judy Wells, Mimi Bullard, Carrie Bleak, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Nancy Pryor, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke

Treasurer’s Report:
Doris reported we had 4,466.67 as of 3/13/2015. With the addition of $120 in dues, our balance is $4,586.67 with 44 members.

Librarian’s Report: Heidi reported that the DVD, Popular Wheel Mechanics by Judith McKenzie is missing from the library. If anyone knows it’s whereabouts, please let Heidi know, thanks!

Old Business:
Virva reminded us that Farm Days at Fuji Park in Carson City will be held on April 16th and 17th with set-up at 8 a.m.

The Maker’s Fair will be held on May 30th , from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Discovery Museum. For more information go to makerfairereno.com

Update on Stephenie Gaustid’s Bast Fiber Workshop which will be held May 30th and 31st at Marilyn Clarke’s home: Nancy passed along the information that bast fibers are more difficult to spin on a double drive wheel. Nancy will bring the Guild’s Charka wheel to the workshop and it was suggested if anyone else has charkas to please bring them.

Virva reminded us that Spindle Camp will be held June 3-7th at Lake Francis, CA.

Reminder: Black Sheep Gathering, June 19-21st  .

Reminder- July 26th will be the Art Town event held in Honey’s Garden at Rancho San Rafael Park from 9-12. We may sell items and we don’t need business licenses. Heidi will bring our big Guild Banner to be hung on the covered bridge at the entrance to the garden.

Nevada State Fair-Nancy gave us an update on the State Fair which will be held July 30-Aug.2nd open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The deadline for entrants is June 20th and it is open to non-Nevada entrants. There will only be 4 people in the booth at a time as the area in the building for the demonstration is very small. There will be one person to spin, one to card, one to weave, and one to give information. All other spinners or weavers will be outside. Nancy will coo-ordinate the schedule of demonstrators from our Guild and the Job’s Peak Guild and the shifts will be 12-4 , and 4-8. Entry to the Fair is free. Open judging for the entries will be held on July 27th at 10:00. The pick-up times for judged items are Sun. evening or Monday from 8-3.

Our August Guild meeting will be held at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael, please bring your own chairs.

The Celtic Faire will be holding it’s 25th Anniversary, the first weekend of October, the 3rd and 4th . Our Guild meeting will be held at the Faire on Saturday, Oct. 3rd.

Here are directions to Doris's house. Have a great time!

Doris Woloszyn’s in Chilcoot, California. Hwy. 395 north from Reno, past Bordertown into California. Exit 395 at Hwy. 70 to Portola/Quincy, turn left on Hwy. 70 going west for about 2 miles. Turn left on Scott Road after crossing Long Valley Creek, before going up Beckwourth Pass. Scott Road is dirt, and after 4/10 mile to the railroad crossing you’ll pass 2 homes (stay left on main road, not right up the hill), the railroad tracks and creek will be on your left.

Continue south on Scott Road for one and a half miles to a small bridge over Scott Creek.
Another 4/10 mile to a large Cottonwood tree and the 3rd home, this is where the county stops grading the road so it’s a little rougher. Another 2/10 mile to several buildings on hill with SPRAGUE sign, but stay to left and pass the driveway. Next 3/10 mile the road curves from left to right up a small hill. Stay to the right at the fork, going up the hill and look for my 404-185 sign on a “rock jack” fence corner. This is where you turn right onto my driveway.

My driveway is 4/10 mile, first straight with a woven wire fence on the left and barb wire fence on the right, then at the next group of rock jacks curve right, down over the culvert and up hill to my house …cedar siding with a dark green metal roof and large wooden barn in back. Sounds complicated but there are very few places out here. I’ll try to put up some signs to help. Call 530-993-4296 if you have questions or need help.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

March 2015 Minutes

Guild Minutes 3/14/2015 In attendance: C. Nelson (I couldn’t read her first name), Maxene Harlow, Sharie L. Jones, Virva Porcelli, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Myna Kent, Shana Dollarhide, Theresa Bennett, Connie Vann, Angela Alter, Mary B., Joline Yeager, Gina Caudillo, Eileen Jacobs, Janet Drozd, Judy Wells, Janet Schueller, Hannah Woods, Heidi Ericson, Sheila Young, Nancy Pryor, Mimi Bullard, Carrie Bleak, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle Treasurer’s Report: Our balance as of 2/13/15 was $4,693.67. We took in $175. For dues for 7 members and paid out $402. For liability insurance. The balance as of 3/13/15 is $4,466.67 with 39 paid members. Old Business: Correction to February minutes, the Celtic Faire is held the first weekend of October, the 3rd and 4th. Our Guild meeting will be held in the Heritage Building on October 10th. This is subject to change if we participate in the Celtic Faire. Farm Days at Fuji Park in Carson City will be held on April 16th and 17th with set-up at 8 a.m. There will be two tables with “touchable” display items. There has been a date change for Stephenie Gaustid’s Bast Fiber Workshop. It will be held May 30th and 31st. The fee will be $35.72 to attend, please pay by the April Meeting. The materials fee is to be paid to Stephenie at the workshop. Virva reported Spindle Camp will be held June 3-7th at Lake Francis, CA. July 26th will be the Art Town event held in Honey’s Garden at Rancho San Rafael Park from 9-12. We may sell items and we don’t need business licenses. Our August meeting will be held at the Arboretum at Rancho San Rafael Park. Please bring your own chairs. New Business: Heidi Ericson’s friend has a Kromsky Fantasia, brand new spinning wheel for sale. It has 3 bobbins and a built-in Lazy Kate for $450.00. Please contact Heidi if you are interested. Virva reported that the Reno Fiber Guild will be holding a “Try Your Hand at Weaving” activity on March 28th from 1-4 p.m. at the South Valleys Library. A discussion was held regarding our yearly donation. Please think about organizations and the decision will be made at a later date. Doris reported there have been some changes for the Black Sheep Gathering, June 19-21st. The entire Marketplace has been moved indoors to the Convention Center and she is very pleased about this! For more information go to www.blacksheepgathering.org It was decided that we would invite the Job’s Peak Fiber Arts Guild from Gardnerville to our Spinster’s Retreat in September.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

February 2015 Minutes

Guild Minutes 2/14/2015 In Attendance: Nancy Pryor, Jenny Rader, Hannah Woods, Maxene Harlow, Sharie L. Jones, Julie Svoboda, Marilyn Pearson, Bev Perkins, Sandi Steele, Janet Schueller, Carolyn Thompson, Heidi Ericson, Gina Iwahashi, Kendra Iwahashi, Ashley Thibedeau, Connie Vann, Marilynn Clarke, Doris Woloszyn, Bonnie Kruk, Patti O’Brien, Mary B., Laurel Ballon, Virva Porcelli, Becky Pennington, Mimi Bullard, Carrie Bleak, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Judy Wells, Angela Alter.

 Treasurer’s Report: Doris reported that we received $375 for dues for 15 members and $5 for one spindle kit. Our balance is $4,693.67 with 32 paid members.
 Old Business: The Stephanie Gaustid Bast Fiber Workshop will be held at Marilynn Clarke’s on May 23 & 24. It will be limited to 15 people. The cost will be $70-75.00 for the 2 days plus an additional charge for materials. The workshop will cover preparation, processing, and spinning of cotton, flax, and hemp. It was decided the Guild would pay half of the $1,000 for Stephanie’s fees. State Fair-Nancy Pryor will email all the information to Mimi Bullard.
 It was reported that it all looks good for us to participate. Susan is the organizer of the premium books for the fair, as well as other fairs. Celtic Faire: October 10-11. We will be in the Western Heritage Building. Ranger Andy reported that we would be a good asset to the photography exhibit. New Business: The location for our August meeting will be determined later.
 Mimi Bullard will let us know when she has a shearing date.
 The Art Town Arboretum Craft Show will be held on Sunday, July 26th, from 8-1:30. A donation for the Silent Auction is requested. Maxene Harlow will inform us if a business license is required for sales.
 Farm Days-Virva Porcelli reported that it will be held on Apr. 16 & 17, from 8-2 in Fuji Park, in Carson City. Spindle Camp-Virva reported it will be held June 3-7 at Lake Francis Resort in California. Let Virva or Heidi Ericson know if you are interested in attending. Tent spaces are $35-40 and camper cost depends on the size or type of rig. Ashley Thibedeau reported she will coordinate if anyone is interested in alpaca and sheep wool that has been stored in her contact’s barn. Becky Pennington reported on the Sheep to Needles Presentation they will be holding at the California Trail Center, outside of Elko, NV, (Hunter exit) on March 21st at 11:00. , Becky will be processing wool, while some ladies from the Ruby Mountain Fiber Friends Guild will be spinning, and others will be knitting.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

January Minutes 2015

Guild Minutes 1/10/2015

In attendance: 
Janet Drozd, Marilyn Pearson, Mary Sherman, Carol Lopez, Shana Dollarhide, Heidi Ericson, Myna Gianotti, Ashley Thibedeau, Kendra Iwahashi, Jenny Rader, Sandi Steele, Virva Porcelli, Alyce Brown, Georgina Bernard, Patti O’Brien, Mary B., Angela Alter, Nancy Pryor, Susan Palwock, Hannah Woods, Sharie Jones, Maxene Harlow, Margery McConaghy, Carrie Bleak, Jo Van Winkle, Karen Young, Claire Young, Doris Woloszyn

Treasurer’s Report:
Doris reported we have 17 paid members for 2015 with 11 dues paid in Dec. $51 was collected from the silent auction 

New Business:
Bast Fiber Workshop with Stephanie Gaustid in May. Nancy Pryor will check with Sky Peak for prices. Workshop would cost $450 per day plus expenses. This item was tabled until details can be worked out.

Nancy Pryor reported that the Celtic Faire and Catherine are having some issues, it will be determined later if we will be participating. Catherine was given 40 acres in Yerington and may start a year-round Celtic Village.
There is no news to report on the State Fair that will be held July 30-Aug.2 in Fuji Park in Carson City. Nancy will keep in contact with Susan Tyler and report when she hears any details.

Stitches West will be held in Santa Clara, CA,  Feb.19-22nd.

Learning Trees:
Feb.-Long Draw spinning
Mar.-Weaving on rigid heddle loom
Apr.-Wheel maintenance and trouble-shooting. We will also watch Judith McKenzie’s DVD

Next meeting February 14th at the school house at Bartley Ranch

Thursday, January 8, 2015

December 2014 Minutes

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild
December 13, 2014 Minutes
Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-Presidents

The meeting was held at the Bartley Ranch School House and was called to order at 11:00 am.

The November minutes were approved by general consent.

Treasurer’s Report:  Doris reported income of $150 from dues, $200 from the Celtic Fair in appreciation of our participation, $12 donation from a sweater sale, and $50 from spindle kits sold at the fair.  Expenses include reservation of Davis Creek Park for next year.  The treasury has $3987.67 with 53 members.  Our liability insurance premium is coming due soon but it should be less than $450.  Doris is accepting annual dues, $25 for the guild year beginning in January.

Library Report: Heidi reports nothing new.  She would like a list of learning tree activities so she can bring items related to those for each meeting.  There are lots of books and DVDs to borrow from the library.  Contact her if you wish to check some out.  The January learning tree will be the 2nd half of Judith McKenzie’s video about how to process a fleece.  It should take about an hour.

Old Business:
1.  Nancy Pryor emailed Stephenie Gaustad and Sara Lamb regarding providing workshops for next year.  She hasn’t received a reply yet.  Donna, a museum curator, may be able to give us a workshop on Native American fibers used in Nevada.

New Business:
1. Guild elections were held today with the following results:  President, Hannah Woods; Vice President, Virva Porcelli; Secretary, Jo Van Winkle.  Doris will stay on as Treasurer, Heidi will remain Keeper of the Books, and Mim will continue with the website.
2. The Nevada State Fair has contacted the guild for input on the fair program.  We need a liaison with the fair people.  Nancy Pryor volunteered for that job.  The fair will be at Fuji Park in Carson City, July 30-August 2, 2015.
3. Virva asked the members where they would like our August 2015 to be, at Anna Harvey’s or at the Arboretum.
4. Doris reported the next Black Sheep Gathering is June 19-21, 2015 in Eugene Oregon.

After Show and Tell, the Holiday Potluck, the ornament and recipe exchange, the meeting was adjourned.

In Attendance:  Marilyn Pearson, Hannah Woods, Sharie L Jones, Maxene Harlow, Virva Porcelli, Janet Schueller, Carolyn Thompson, Sandi Steele, Connie Vann, Heidi L. Ericson, Myna Giannotti, Ashley Thibedeau, Janet Drozd, Eileen Jacobs, Toni Strassburg, Laurel Ballou, Doris Woloszyn, Marilynn Clarke, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Mimi Bullard, and Nancy Pryor.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

November 2014 Minutes

Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild November 8, 2014 Minutes Sharie L. Jones and Maxene Harlow, Co-­‐Presidents The meeting was held at the Bartley Ranch School House and was called to order at 11:10 am. The October minutes were approved by general consent. Treasurer’s Report: Doris reported income of the $100 cleaning deposit from Davis Creek and the sale of 2 spindle kits sold at the Celtic Fair for $10. Expenses include paying Mim for fiber, $10, and the purchase of 6lbs of washed wool, bought at Nancy Grundy’s sale, for the spindle kits. The guild has $3925.67 with 52 members. Doris will reserve Davis Creek for our annual retreat next year. She is accepting annual dues, $25 for the guild year beginning in January. Library Report: Heidi wasn’t here today but there are lots of books and DVDs to borrow from the library. Contact her if you wish to check some out. Old Business: 1. Lots of members went to Nancy Grundy’s sale. She may bring remaining items to the Christmas party next month. 2. Guild elections are next month. The president and secretary jobs are open. Jo Van Winkle volunteered to be secretary. Hannah Woods was nominated for president. Doris, Heidi, Mim, and Virva will remain in their current positions. 3. The Buy Nevada Store may be able to accept guild items for sale. Contact Virva or the store for details. 4. There was a short discussion on possible workshop presenters for next year. Nancy Pryor has info on several people. New Business: 1. Sharie reported Joyce Strom of Village with a Heart youth group needs someone to teach fiber and spinning next October. The group is in Reno. Sharie met her at the Celtic fair. 2. Max suggested we have a recipe exchange along with our traditional ornament exchange at our December Christmas Party. Members are encouraged to bring copies of a recipe to share, if they wish. Ornaments will be opened at the party. Bring a wrapped ornament if you wish to participate in the ornament exchange. 3. Virva suggested the guild do our annual charity giving to the Heifer International project. Treasurer Doris commented that we already donated $500 to the Nevada State Museum and paid $50 for a brick for the schoolhouse walk so our charity giving has already been done for this year. 4. Sue G. has a contact for members to donate items for a church bazar that’s raising money for a Ugandan orphanage. Contact Sue for more information. 5. Next month is our Christmas potluck. Bring items for a silent auction, an ornament exchange, and copies of a recipe to share. 6. Virva has already reserved the schoolhouse for our meetings for January through April and November and December. After Show and Tell, the meeting was adjourned and the Mad Hatter’s Batt Party began. In Attendance: Marilyn Pearson, Bev Perkins, Aly Brown, Mimi Bullard, Margery McConaghy, Jo Van Winkle, Carrie Bleak, Nancy Pryor, Janet Schueller, Dale Holcombe, Shelley Neate, Sharie L. Jones, Maxene Harlow, Virva Porcelli, Mary B. Laurel Ballou, Amy Shannon, Ashley Thibedeau, Ban Rekabdar, Connie Vann, Paulette Bowers, Myna Giannotti, Hannah Woods, Judy Wells, Eileen Jacobs, Janet Drozd, Doris Woloszyn, and Sue Gottsacker.