Rose Meagher recently completed this gorgeous weaving during a one-day workshop with Joyce Schamm (notable basket weaver from Westminster, MD).
By Kelly Grotzinger
We are all mortal. We all have stash. We don't all have family or friends who are as into fiber as we. At the March meeting of CPGH I showed three twill lap blankets, the weft for which comprised 200 +/- skeins of hand spun wool/llama. Yes, a lot of handspun yarn. The blankets were not special because of the weaving, the weaver (ahem), or the use of the handspun, but because the yarn came from the dispersal via public auction of the estate of Cynthia Spayd outside of Hamburg PA. Ms Spayd died unexpectedly at 62 in October 2017. On the coldest day in January 2018 (0 degrees F at 8 AM at an open air on-site auction), the lifetime contents of books, fleece, cone and skein yarn, thread, tape and floor looms, spinning wheels, carders, et cetera were sold. There were no small number of containers, tubs and cardboard boxes of fleece, handspun wool, and weaving thread. And, there evidently was no family to share her passions. Obviously I was fortunate to purchase handspun, thread, yarn, and even some fleece. No I did not know Ms. Spayd; I had no knowledge of her interest in fiber; I went to the sale following the lure of weaving yarn and books. However, I wove the blankets to honor her and her fiber 'legacy' and to acknowledge our shared mortality, stash, and commitment to fiber and weaving.
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and The Weavers’ Roundtable are presenting their annual weaving workshop on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in the museum atrium.
Students will learn how to weave Atwater Bronson Lace and how to vary its lace block placement.
Registration is required.
Wednesday January 2nd 2019
Please Join us for our:
CPGH Winter Speaker Series
Featuring Kelly Grotzinger
with Excerpts from Jane Stafford Textiles
"Exploring Design using Plain Weave",
a simple starting point for designing hand woven textiles!
10:00am - 12:00 in our EBACC Meeting Room
As many of our members are aware, the south central Pennsylvania winter weather has caused us to cancel some wonderful presentations in the past. In response to weather issues as well as requests for some evening programs, the Executive Board decided to switch the informal Summer Speaker Series to an informal Winter Speaker Series.
In addition the Summer months of July and August will feature our regular CPGH meetings with programs in the evenings from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, with the classroom opening at 5:30pm for CPGH Library access and socializing.
Thanks to Pat Flynn for recommending this story for our blog. Click on the image to access tale published by Atlas Obscura. Enjoy!
Click on the above image for a Washington Post story about edible varieties of handweaving created by Lauren Ko.
In June 2018 Michael Rupp took himself down to DC for exhibits at the Washington Textile Museum. He has collected some images from two of the exhibits (see photos below):
Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasure from Southwest China
Binding the Cloud: The Art of Central Asia Ikat
He also recommends making time this fall to enjoy the exhibition called "A Nomad Art: Kilims of Anatolia", which opened 9/1/2018.
For more details visit: http//museum.gwu.edu
Marie Berry, one of our life members, passed away on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at the age of 94 at her Delaware retirement home. She was a member of the Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers, the Weavers’ Roundtable and MAFA. Marie will be remembered as an excellent weaver with expertise in rug weaving. She was able to give valuable rug weaving advice to several of our members and presented programs for the guild on that subject. Not only was Marie a weaver but her talents included gardening, flower arranging and gourmet cooking. She volunteered at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown. She was very active in activities at her church.
Marie was the mother of 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was a dear friend to so many.
On a personal note, Marie was a neighbor for many years and was my first weaving tutor. She was always ready to lend an ear and had a hand ready to help in any way she could. We shared experiences ranging from family celebrations, to weaving and shopping trips, MAFA and Convergence conferences, guild meetings and a few sad times. We researched many weaving techniques using books from our combined weaving libraries. She was a true friend who will never be far from my heart. We are all better for the relationships which she fostered.
-- By Barbara Diefenderfer