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

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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Old McCaskill’s Farm, April 2017

On April 22, 2017, the Guild held a Spinning & Weaving Demo at Old McCaskill’s Farm in Rembert, SC (near Camden) on Sheep Shearing Day.

Participants were Karen Jean, Jennifer, Sherry Phillips (who demo’d on her Great Wheel), Wendy, Peggy M., Lisa, & Debby.

Also there were Sheep Shearing, a Border Collie Demo, Tatters, Blacksmith, Working Saw Mill, Working Grits Mill, farm concessions.

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Natural Dyeing Program, April 2017

The Guild held a program on Natural Dyeing at Green Pastures Farm on April 8, 2017.

Green Pastures Farm is in Prosperity, SC. Everybody dyed 4 mini skeins of Merino wool yarn in 4 colors: Black Walnut (harvested from our Farm), Marigold and Hibiscus (harvested from Debby’s dye garden), and Cochineal. We also enjoyed pizza baked in our outdoor brick oven and then was plenty of time for hugging baby goats!

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SC State Fair, October 2016

We had a booth at the SC State Fair in October 2016.

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