Updates for January 2022

The Carolina Spinners, Weavers, and Knitters Guild will hold its first meeting of 2022 on Saturday January 8 at 10:30 am at Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, in Camden.

After our business meeting and show and tell we will have lunch (bring a bag lunch this time) and then hear a presentation about knitting and weaving with linen by Dawne Wimbrow, owner of Lofty Fibers in Easley.

We will have an opportunity to shop after the presentation, but If you would like to order any product beforehand you can let Dawne (Dawne@LoftyFiber.com) know and she will deliver it to you on Saturday, saving shipping costs.

Remember that annual dues must be paid by February! Make your check for $25 to Wendy Koehler and bring it this month so you don’t forget.

Our officers for 2022 are:

President: Karen Medley
Vice President: Fran Funderburk
Treasurer: Wendy Koehler
Secretary: Jean Cox


A highlight of our year is the color challenge, and it’s definitely not too early to be pondering your interpretation of our guild logo! It’s shown here on the right, and Karen will have cards with the logo at the meeting, and finished projects will be shared in July.

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The 2020 Color Challenge

Our color challenge this year is based on sky photos. Member Wendy Koehler did a great job of collecting photos for us to select at random – no peeking!!

Last year’s Bird Challenge really brought out our member’s creativity, so July’s meeting this year should be a knock-out!

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The Bird Project of 2019

We had so much fun with out Crayon Challenge last year that we’ve decided to have a color challenge every year.

This year member Cindy Babcock printed color photos of birds – nature’s little show-offs! – and we each blindly drew one. Our assignment was to create something using the colors in the photo. We presented our results at the July meetings. Here are photos of the fabulous results!

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Old McCaskills Farm, May 2019

Our guild was delighted to take part in this year’s Spring Shearing Farm Day at Old McCaskills Farm. Debby and Lisa were there with their spinning wheels.

 

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The Crayon Project of 2018

As a fun project for this year, our program chair Rosemary Lytle had us do a Crayon Project. Pretty simple – draw 3 random crayons blindly from a bag, then create something using those colors! We drew our crayons in January, and presented our results at the July and August meetings. Here are photos of the fabulous results!

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Newberry “Two Gals and a Fork” Tour, July 2018

Several Guild members went on this tour in Newberry, and it was a big hit! Here are some photos.

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Sea Ayre Suri Alpaca Farm Visit, April 2018

On April 25, the guild had an outing to the Sea Ayre Suri Alpaca farm, about 35 miles south of Columbia. A good time was had by all, and everyone went home with alpaca fiber!

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John Blue Cotton Festival, October 2017

The annual John Blue Cotton Festival is held the second weekend of October each year on the grounds of the historic John Blue home. Sherry was there this year – the 34th annual event – to talk about spinning cotton.

For more information about this annual event, see their Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/johnbluecottonfestival/

or their website at

https://www.johnbluefestival.com/

Highlights included a horse-powered cotton gin, displays of old timey tractors and cars, ice cream made on the premises for sale, crafts, music, and face painting.

Sherry even got her picture in the paper!

Sherry at the 2017 John Blue Cotton Festival

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SC State Fair 2017

Several guild members – Debby, Peggy, Rosemary, Wendy, Resi, and Ann – attended the SC State Fair this year. In addition to great displays, we demonstrated the use of hand cards, a drum carder, a blending board, spinning, plying, knitting, and weaving. It was a big success – lots of interest and questions.

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Clio Cotton Festival, Oct 2017

October 7, 2017 was the 12th annual Cotton festival in the town of Clio, SC.

The festival is always the first Sat in October, as the cotton is harvested mid Sept to mid October.

In this picture, Karen is talking to Ben Petrone. He has lived in Clio for a year and is going to run for mayor in 2018.

The Guild Members in attendance, Sherry and Karen, had a great time and talked with several older people who used to work at the weaving mills and knew several of the weaving terms.

Karen weaving cotton towels

Karen weaving cotton towels

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