August 2011 Newsletter Season 2011-2012, No. 1
From the President
Monday, September 12, 2011 "Greetings to All!
I hope everyone is having a great sum-
7:00 PM mer and, like me, finding opportunities to
continue our fiber creativities! Summer al-
ways goes by fast for me, but now I have
Note, this is the 2nd Monday, even bigger shoes to fill with our guild.
since Labor Day falls on the If you are not planning to attend The
Michigan League of Handweavers’ Confer- Here’s a little of my lifestory thus far. I
1st Monday. ence, Fiber and Color Explosion, you may worked 30 years for the Grand Rapids Police
want to drive over to Hope College and see as a 9‑1‑1 operator and dispatcher, retiring
what your fellow fiber artists are doing. The in January 2008. After retirement, I planned
Meetings are held at
exhibits and vendors are open to the public! to get more involved in my creative life:
Trinity Congregational Church,
Vendors (located in the Lounge and the mainly fine arts and weaving. I have fol-
2725 4 Mile Rd NW
Otte room of Phelps Hall) lowed through with the weaving but not so
Off the Walker Exit of I-96
Friday, August, 12 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM much with the other yet. I made working on
Saturday, August 12 8:00 AM-6:00 PM my promise to continuing my education in
Sunday, August 14 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM the fiber arts, whether that means learning
Fiber Art and Functional Fiber Ex- through lessons at the Franciscan Life Proc-
hibits (located in rooms 158-159 of Martha ess Center with master weaver, Jochen Dit-
Miller Hall) Open: terich, classes and workshops through Michi-
Friday, August 12 4:00 PM – 6:30 PM gan League of Handweavers (MLH) and/or
Fashion and Fashion Accessories Ex- Michigan FiberFest, or through our generous
hibit (located in Maas Conference Room, guild members, at my home or wherever,
adjacent to the dining hall) such as WWSG retreats. I had also found
Instructor Exhibits (Located in Maas Convergence 2006, here in Grand Rapids, to
Auditorium) be a very inspiring and encouraging experi-
Guild Exhibits (Located in Maas Audi- ence as I neared retirement. I got even more
torium) ―hooked‖ on fiber.
All exhibits open: My personal goal/weaving intention is
Saturday, August 13 8:00 AM – 5: PM to become an adept enough weaving mentor
Allegan County Sunday, August 14 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM to help people out, one on one, and to pro-
mote the craft of weaving. Here I am, the
Fairgrounds, Guild Exhibit Cancelled
President, and at a very busy time in my life,
helping out my Dad, who is fighting for his
August 17-21 The team from the Woodland Weavers life with stage 4 Merkel cell carcinoma.
Again, an opportunity to promote our and Spinners Guild has reviewed the dona- I do believe things happen for a reason.
guild and our fiber arts. As in the past, we tions for the Kimono Exhibits and has de- During Dad's chemotherapy infusion ses-
are looking for volunteers to demonstrate cided not to proceed. We wanted the guild to sions, I have brought along some of my
whatever they desire such as spinning, be represented but did not have enough to weaving and crafting hobbies, like my inkle
weaving, inkle weaving, needle felting, etc., create the exhibit. You can pick up your loom, embroidery, etc. You can't believe the
for the Michigan Fiber Festival, held at the donations at the September meeting. number of people coming over to figure out
Allegan Fair Grounds in Allegan. We will Pat, Judi and Mary Ellen what I am doing and how interested they are!
demonstrate at the festival on August 20 _________________________________ Such people are the reason I encouraged the
from 10:00 AM—2:00 PM, or as long as we business cards for the guild. I want to repre-
are enjoying each others company and sent the guild and help spread the word about
sharing our love of fiber arts with the public. our craft.
The benefit, if you sign up ahead of time, is a Now my intentions for this year:
free pass to the festival on Saturday. If A. More streamlined and shorter meet-
interested please contact me via e-mail or ings. I’d like to use the newsletter to present
phone. more in-depth issues so as not to take up
Arlene Tiemeyer, meeting time. I will be sending around an
616-405-0983, e‑mail requesting new business a week or so
email@example.com before the newsletter so it can be included in
the forthcoming business meeting. Many say
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WW&S Newsletter, August, 2011 —
2011-2012 Season: (Continued from page 1)
that the meetings are ―too long‖ and that we
Officers and Committee Chairs
September 12, Grand Alpaca Field need more time to ―play,‖ so let's make this 2011-2012 Season
October 1-3, Trish Lange workshops: B. Website changes and improve- Officers: Nominations
Saturday, October 1, 2011, "Nuno & ments. These will include updating the info
Needle Felted Scarves" on a more regular basis, more pictures or President Paula DeYoung
Sunday, October 2, 2011, "Hats and ―eye candy,‖ and a new and improved VP Margaret Jager
Bags Using Handwovens" ―download‖ anyone can use to request a
Monday, October 3, 2011, "Felted membership form, Textile Arts Market infor- Secretary Arlene Tiemeyer
Flowers and Beads" mation, retreat/workshop forms, along with
November 5, Retreat at CRC Confer- all of our basic information. Thank you, Liz, Treasurer ChiChi VanDyke
ence Grounds, Grand Haven and son, Nate, for your help! Committees:
November 7, Heidi Ball from the Scott C. New member orientation folder,
Group explaining how our guild is run, each com- Hearts/Flowers Susan Johnson
December 5, Christmas/Holiday Din- mittee’s responsibilities, end goals, and
ner and Party ―Everything You Wanted To Know About
Historian Volunteer Needed
December 9-10, Textile Arts Market WWSG!‖ As a dual purpose, I hope that Ellen Dekoster /Sue
sale. these explanations also promote a yearly Hospitality Vector
January 9, Nancy McRay "Rigid Hed- review for future WWSG executive boards ChiChi VanDyke/Bob
dle Loom" and membership.
February 6, Patsy Zawistoski, spin- Membership Meyering
D. Mentor lists. This has been, in my
ning guru. humble opinion, a weakness in our guild. I MLH Rep Betty Christians
March 3, Retreat at CRC Conference know it is hard to become a mentor, mainly
Grounds, Grand Haven because it requires a lot of personal time in Newsletter Bob Meyering
March 5, Armchair Travelers helping someone out. I would like to revamp
March 31, Jochen Ditterich, workshop Parliamentarian Volunteer Needed
several study groups and committees, such as
at the Franciscan Life Process Center Back to Basics, Drafting Divas, etc. My goal Show & Tell Pat Kluz
April 2, Jochen Ditterich "Basic will be to address volunteers to restart these
Weaving, Tips and Tricks" programs. I know of several people working Librarian Margaret Jager
April 28, Final retreat towards the ―mentor‖ goal. I am happy to
May 5 & 6, Martha Reeves, "Bead report that both the knitting and spinning Workshops Pat Pope/Susan John-
Leno" workshop. programs are alive and thriving thanks to
May 7, Martha Reeves, Certificate of wonderful volunteers. Thank You! Sales Betty Christians
Excellence I hope everyone will also consider any
June 4, Year End Dinner 50/50 Jochen Ditterich
and all fiber opportunities available! I heard
_________________________________ that there was a well attended Brian Roving Reporter Linda Blue
Regional Art Shows Schneider‑Thomas dyeing class as well as
the Northern Wefts conference, workshops, Groups
ArtPlace, The Newago County and classes some of our members attended.
Council for the Arts, presents Warp and Spinning group Arlene Tiemeyer
Don't forget the upcoming MLH conference
Weft, opening on August 5, 5:00-7:00, offering workshops and seminars at Hope Knitting group Margaret Jager
and continuing through August. This College in Holland, August 9-14. There’s
sampling of fine weaving from west also the Michigan Fiber Festival, held the
Habitat / Human- Laurie Angell
Michigan artists includes Jochen Dit- week of August 17‑21 (WWSG demo on
terich, Marilyn Ryan, and other regional Saturday, August 20). Overshot/Twill Linda Blue
weavers. I encourage all of our members to try
these wonderful classes and programs. One
Marilyn Ryan is also part of a of WWSG’s most knowledgeable and gifted Woodland Weavers
show at the Gallery Uptown this month
in Grand Haven. The show is called
weavers and fiber artists told us they learned
most of what was required and beyond by
and Spinners Guild
Fotographs and Fiber. taking these programs and utilizing any and President: Joni Rosen
The Design Gallery at Design all fiber opportunities available. I encourage Vice-President: Paula DeYoung
you to enroll in MLH and take as many pro- Secretary: Margaret Jager
Quest Furniture Store in Grand Rapids
grams and classes as you can! Treasurer: ChiChi Van Dyke,
will feature Kalamazoo weavers Cory
Zann and Lestra Hazel from September Our guild also has a wonderful selling Member
15th to November 13th. The exhibit will opportunity at the December Textile Arts
Market. I hope everyone is busy planning
feature Hopi coats, wall hangings, and making what they hope to sell for their
scarves, shawls, table linens and dish and the guild’s benefit.
towels. Design Quest (616-940-9911) is As for myself, I will be going through
located at 4181 28th S.E. in Grand Rap- what my husband, Jeff, coined ―weaving
ids. Store hours are: Mon, Thu, Fri. 10- mania‖ this August, which is also near my
8, Tue, Wed, Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5. birthday! I don't need to tell you that I will
have a very happy birthday, indeed! Hope to
see everyone in the ―throes of weaving ma-
Paula DeYoung Newsletter copy due on the
15th of the month
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Planning Ahead “Best of Show” Minutes from June
Trish Lange Enjoys the Prize Guild Meeting
Workshops for I was the lucky recipient of the "Best of The night started out with a delicious
Show" Award for the 2010 Show and Sale. potluck by the members. After the meal,
October 1, 2, and 3 As such I received an opportunity to spend a Joni, our president, thanked many members
Three different workshops, same in- week with Jochen taking his weaving work- for their contributions in the past year. We
structor, same location, same weekend, and shop in Lowell at the Franciscan Life Process also recognized Mary Bartnick for her many
each appealing. Center. If any of you have this opportunity I years of membership to the guild. She was
October 1: Nuno & Needle Felted Scarves would strongly urge you to take advantage of given a lifetime membership.
Just a few simple materials and you’ll it. The gavel was than passed on to next
have gorgeous scarves. You will learn sev- The center is nestled into the country- year’s president, Paula De Young. We fin-
eral wet and needle felting techniques to side in a wonderful natural setting. I was able ished up the evening with an auction of many
accomplish a variety of scarves to suit your to take walks on the grounds during break fine goods donated by the members to bene-
style. times which was very nice. I also had the fit the guild. We are now looking forward to
October 2: Hats and Bags Using Your opportunity to meet several new weavers; it another exciting and fun season in
Handwovens is always fun to meet folks with similar inter- 2011-2012.
Take advantage of that extra material ests and to share with them. ______________________________
Jochen gave me a thorough basic weav-
left over from a garment or towels or those
smaller samples you don’t know what to do ing refresher and I also learned how to use Executive Committee
with. You will turn them into lovely purses,
totes, sun glass/phone bags, and hats.
the warping reel that I just acquired which
was very helpful. He helped with all of the
This is a report of the executive meeting
October 3: Felted Flowers and Beads questions I fired at him and he helped me
on August 3 at Paula De Young’s house. It
Felted beads don’t have to be just plain produce a wonderful ―Color & Weave‖ gamp
was decided that our September meeting will
round balls. Trish will not only show you based on the book written by our own Mar-
begin at the church, meeting at 6:45 to car-
how to make matching and graduated shapes garet Windeknecht. All in all it was a won-
pool to Jane Talbots alpaca farm for a tour
both in size and color, but you will also em- derful and very worthwhile experience and I
and than return to the church for a quick
bellish them with tiny beads. You will also want to thank the guild for giving me the
meeting and coffee time.
make flowers, buds, ropes, etc. that can be opportunity to take it. If I had not won the
The officers will provide the treats that
combined in different ways and used on hats, prize at the Show & Sale I probably would
evening. Please take note that Show and Tell
bags, necklaces, brooches, or bouquets. not have signed up and that would surely
will begin in the October meeting and not in
Cost for workshop(s): have been my loss! Thank you all very
September. It was decided that some of the
1 day: $60 members, $90 non-members much!
priorities this year will be to update the web
2 days: $110 members, $140 non-members Sincerely, Clara Carroll
site and have valued information about the
3 days: $150 members, $180 non-members
guild and downloadable workshop forms,
Class limit: 15 each session [Editor’s note: Clara also serves the guild by
membership forms and other pertinent infor-
Material Fees: You will be sent a list of working on the mailing list for the annual
mation. We will also work on a new mem-
necessary supplies and other details upon sale. If any of the members have information
bers brochure with a description of the guild,
receipt of your Workshop Registration Form for that list, please e-mail it to Clara,
meetings, study groups. etc., and we will also
and check or money order - payable to firstname.lastname@example.org.]
work on acquiring job descriptions of offi-
Woodland Weavers & Spinners Guild
cers and the different committees so mem-
Retreat November 5, A “Blanket” bers will be informed on what is expected of
Retreat with opportunity to stay on-site
at the Conference Center for November 4 &
5. Fees for the retreat and meal(s): $25 all While taking my dad to chemotherapy
day or $15 for ½ day. Fees for on-site cot- infusion, I learned of a fiber arts opportunity.
tage: $20 per night. The clinic gives out lap or smaller afghans or
Again, send Workshop Registration blankets to patients. Once they use the blan-
Form along with check or money order – ket, for health reasons, they may take them
payable to Woodland Weavers & Spinners to: home.
Pat Pope Anyone can make such a blanket!
680 22 Mile Rd. There are only a few rules, one being they
Kent City, MI 49330 cannot be made out of wool, as some people
Questions: (231) 834-5545 are allergic to it. Although there isn't any
email@example.com true size specifics, I would limit them to a lap
or smaller throw afghan or blanket that
would be maybe 6' long at best and wide
enough to cover someone's body.
What a wonderful opportunity to use up
your yarns and show off your knitting, weav-
ing, or crocheting skills! This is an on-going
program, which can also include knitted and
crocheted caps and scarves. I will gladly
takedonated throws and blankets to this wor-
thy program. If you have any questions,
please contact me.
WW&S Newsletter, August, 2011 — 3
Looms For Sale
Marcoux 45 inch loom. Loom to sell.
6 harnesses, 2 reeds, 40‖ HD kit loom
Excellent condition. Make an offer. with accessories.
Contact Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org Asking $600.
616 940-0409 Call 285-0621 or 901-7582
or email email@example.com.
For Sale: 8 shaft
countermarch Glimakra loom.
with a drawloom (opphamta)
and added extension.
Practically brand new.
Included is a bench,
two reeds (a 12 dent and 6 dent reed),
a lot of Texsolv heddles, books and materials
Damask and Opphamta by
##### Tying Up the Countermarch Loom
Norwood loom, by Joanne Hall,
12 dent reed and new 6 dent reed. manuals, and lots of patterns too.
Comes with 400 new heddles. Price: $2,200. Please email
$500.00 or call me at 517-371-1214.
Contact: Arlene Tiemeyer, Marie Gile
40 inch, 4 Harness
Norwood with bench.
Will sell for $500.
Cannot ship or deliver,
buyer will need to pick up loom
near the mall in Norton Shores.
Contact: Penny Henderson
(Friend of Joni Rosen)
Union rug loom for sale
with 6 rug shuttles
Loom is located in
Northeast Grand Rapids
Contact: Jeanne Hoin
or call 616-365-0435.
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Membership Form - 2011-2012
Annual Dues $30.00 Payable to: Woodland Weavers and Spinners
*Dues cover 1 year from June 1 to May 31 the following year
*Dues must be paid by September 30 if you wish to participate in the sale
New Member _____________ Renewing ____________
Home Phone__________________________ Cell Phone ________________________
E-Mail address __________________________________________________________
If mailing your check….send it to along with this membership form to:
ChiChi Van Dyke
2037 Joan Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
We can always use another set of helping hands. Are you interested in helping in the following
____________ other committee you would like to be involved in _____________________
Do you have any suggestions for programs for the guild?
WW&S Newsletter, August, 2011 — 5
2011-2012 WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM
City, State, Zip ____________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________ E-mail:_____________________________
Please check the workshop(s) you wish to attend, and forward with payment to Pat Pope.
_______ Trish Lange - October 1, 2011, Nuno & Needle Felted Scarf
_______ Trish Lange – October 2, 2011, Hats & Bags Using Hand Wovens
_______ Trish Lange – October 3, 2011, Felted Flowers & Beads (jewelry)
One day $60 members, $90 non-members;
Two days $110 members, $140 non-members;
Three days $150 member, $180 non-members
_______ Patsy Zawistoski – February 5, 2012, Spinning Fibers, $60 – members, $90 non-members
_______ Jochen Ditterich – March 31, 2012, Beginning/Basic Weaving: 101, $30 members, $60 non-members
_______ Martha Reeves – May 5 & 6, 2012, Bead Leno, $100 members, $130 non members
_______ Bryan Schneider-Thomas, June 16, 2012, Dye Workshop, $25.00
RETREATS: $25.00 for all day/$15.00 for ½ day, Cottages - cost dependent on # of occupants
_____ November 5, 2011, Cottage overnight, indicate: 11/5______ and/or 11/6 _______ $20/night
_____ March 3,, 2012 (no cottages)
_____ April 28, 2012, Cottage overnight, indicate: 4/28 ______ and/or 4/29 _______ $20/night
Workshop Policies: Workshop registrations for Guild members will be processed first. Nonmembers will be included if a work-
shop limit is not filled by members within (1) month of the workshop date. Registrations will be processed based on the date the reg-
istration is received. If a workshop is cancelled by the WWS, a full refund will be issued. Non-members pay an extra $30 per work-
shop (the cost of guild dues per year). Join and subsequent workshops for the program year are at member rates. PAYMENT RE-
SERVES YOUR SPOT.
Workshops: There will be no refunds for cancellations received within 4 weeks prior to workshop date. 100% refund with 29 days
or greater notice. Non-members will receive a complete refund if not accepted in a class.
Retreats: All payments must be received 2 weeks prior to date of retreat. No refunds will be issued after that date.
Please forward completed registration and payment to:
680 22 Mile Rd.
Kent City, MI 49330
with checks made payable to "Woodland Weavers and Spinners"
Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (231) 834-5545
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