January Guild Meeting

•January 11, 2012 • 1 Comment

It was a packed room at the Swinney Homestead last night, full of the gentle hum of many wheels as we commenced our first guild meeting of 2012. There were many new faces so we started with a round of introductions. I am continually and pleasantly surprised at the multitude of talent that the various guild members bring, and always learn something new. We discussed taking a trip to Manchester College to see an exhibit of eighteenth and nineteenth century images of the spinning wheel, called Spinning a Story. There was plenty of interest and we set a tentative date of March 4 for the trip. We also talked about upcoming fiber events which will be posted in the events section.

Show and Tell is always a treat and I will try to take some pictures in the future; You will have to imagine the feel of Merino, Yak, Alpaca, and all the other luscious fibers that inspire our membership! We ended the night with spinning, visiting, and a lovely ball of roving for a door prize donated by Wooly Knob Fiber Mill.

It’s exciting to see the interest in spinning and fiber arts grow, and the diversity of the people who make up the Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild.

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5th Saturday Spin-In at Teasel Hill

•February 6, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Every 5th Saturday thoughout the year, Julie, Barry, and Elena host a spin-in at their farm, Teasel Hill.  It is an fabulous time with spinners/knitters from all over the area.  There is a potluck lunch and some amazing soup that Julie makes and just a mid-morning/early afternoon all-around fun time to be had by all!  This year, one of the 5th Saturdays happened to fall at the end of January.  Here are some pictures from the event.  Look at all of those spinning wheels in one place!  Be sure to join us for the next 5th Saturday Spin-In at the end of April!

A view from above of all the wheels

More spinners!

Betty teaches Rachel how to spin

Charity Knitting/Crocheting + Election of New Officers

•January 9, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Charity Knitting/Crocheting

The 2010 Flax & Fleecers charity knitting/crocheting project was to make hats for the Lutheran Cancer Resource Center in Fort Wayne.  Guild members pooled their efforts, and just over 30 chemo caps were donated to the center at the end of 2010.  The nurses at the center were extremely grateful for the hats and commented on how beautiful they all were.  They said that they had cancer patients who come in daily to find chemo caps, so the donation was very much needed and appreciated.  The Lutheran Cancer Resource Center is a support center dedicated to helping local cancer patients receive information, coordinate their care, and find support groups.  The services they provide are totally free of charge for cancer patients.  For more information on the Cancer Resource Center, please visit their website.

2011 Flax & Fleecers Officers

At the December 2010 meeting, officers were elected for the 2011 calendar year.  The new officers are as follows:

President:  Melinda Peiserich

Vice President:  Mary Pat Bailey

Secretary:  Anita Richert

Treasurer:  Ronia Krieg

Spin in Public Day at the Allen County Public Library

•October 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

On Saturday, October 9, members of the Flax & Fleecers Guild spun at the Allen County Public Library on the main floor for Spin in Public Day.  It was a wonderful event, and there were many curious onlookers of all ages.  Children enjoyed feeling the unspun wool and were very curious about the wheels (i.e. wanted to sit and try them).  The library staff also asked many questions and stopped by often, taking pictures and visiting with us.  There were even some people who were interested enough to attend the next guild meeting the following Tuesday!  See some pictures of the event below (for more pictures, click on the link to our Flickr group on the right):

Welcome to our blog!

•October 16, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This is a blog for the Fort Wayne Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild.  The goal of the blog is to help promote the guild in addition to showcase the many activities the guild participates in throughout the year.

Feel free to look at the “About” page to learn more about the guild in general, the “Meetings” page to learn about where and when our meetings occur, and the “Events” page for upcoming guild events.  There is also a link at the right to the guild’s flickr group, where we share photos of guild events.

For any questions, feel free to contact the blog administrator at flaxandfleecers at gmail dot com (fill in the @ symbol and a period for the “dot” in that e-mail address).