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Holiday Challenge!

Posted by on October 21, 2019 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The holidays are coming and the guild's Holiday Challenge Deadline is coming up fast! This you you'll be creating your version of a Christmas Stocking! you can knit, crochet, weave, stitch, sew, felt, tat, craft your heart out! 

The categories are: 

  • Whimsical
  • Repurposed
  • Traditional 
  • Handspun 
  • Guild Favorite
Bring your completed stocking to the guild party on dec 12th. It has to have been in the past year. 

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Posted by on August 24, 2017 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (2)

The guild will be busy in the next few weeks! Here's the list of events:

8/25-8/27 Guild Retreat!

9/7 – Weaving Workshop/Advanced Weaving Class

9/9 - Fourth Annual Scottish Covenanter Festival at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church. More info at

9/16 – Poole Forge Demonstration AND Landis Valley Wool Frolic. We will need demonstrators for both events!

9/30 – Holy Spirit Lutheran Church pet event

10/7-8 – Landis Valley Harvest Days

Demonstration Opportunity

Posted by on July 6, 2017 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Sunday, July 16, at 2 pm at Beidler House in Berks County

the Guild has been asked to demonstrate all aspects of fiber arts at the Beidler House at 1130 Old River Rd., Gibraltar PA (southeast of Reading - about 45 minutes from Lancaster).


Their website is:


The AIR-CONDITIONED house has several rooms, and we envision having a few people in each room, demonstrating a different fiber arts/process. "The house has lots of room. It is a side hall entry, late Georgian early Federal design. There are two parlors, wide hallway and a kitchen on the first floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms and a wide hall. In a fourth, small bedroom, we have a working floor loom, we call it a “barn loom.” It is set-up, and your members can work at it if they want to. The house is air conditioned."


The program is one hour, and people will walk through the house to see the process from wool/cotton to finished product.


The list below is a start - if you would like to demonstrate something else, please let me know.


• Wool processing - flick carding, hand carding

• Spinning

• Plying

• Weaving

• Tape loom

• Knitting/Crocheting

• anything else you can think of

They do ask that we wear Colonial clothes (the house was built in 1783), but they have many different outfits in different sizes that we can use.


Please let me know by Monday July 10th if you can help. I'll need the following information from you:

• what you're demonstrating

• if you need Colonial clothing - size needed

Thank you! The programs at the Beidler House have generated a lot of interest, so I'm sure we'll see a lot of traffic, and we'll be able to educate a lot of people!




NO Fiber Frolic - Thursday 2/9

Posted by on February 9, 2017 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Fiber Frolic is CANCELLED tonight - Thursday 2/9 because of the weather. Hope to see you at the Program Meeting on 2/23.

Membership Renewal

Posted by on October 19, 2016 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (1)

Have you submitted your membership renewal yet? Membership forms may be downloaded from the "Join Us" page, or you can pick up a form at a Fiber Frolic or meeting.

Summer Fiber Retreat!

Posted by on May 10, 2016 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Reservation and payment due to Ann Wysock by Friday, August 5th.


Please email to register. Ann will reply with her address so you can send a check. 

* Who you are, and preferred name for a name tag

* How we can contact you (phone)

* Your rooming preference

* Your prearranged roommate, if you have one

* Vending info, if you're vending. (See below)


When? Friday, August 26 through Sunday August 28th, 2016

Where? Comfort Inn Lancaster County North 1 Denver Rd, Denver, PA 17517 (just off of PA Turnpike Exit 286 Reading)


  •  Friday arrival starting at 12pm.
  •  Accommodations for Friday night and Saturday night: Rooms with 2 queen beds, up to 4 people per room.
  •  Daily breakfast, courtesy of Comfort Inn
  •  Saturday lunch provided
  •  Sunday afternoon departure, approx. 2pm
  •  Door prizes by Chinese Auction drawing, winners are not eligible for additional prizes.
  •  Please tell us about any Accessibility options you may need and any dietary restrictions for Saturday lunch.



Reservation and payment due to Ann Wysock by Friday, August 5th.

Pricing is per person and includes hotel room, retreat fee, Saturday lunch and tickets for door prize drawings.


  • Single $250 per person
  • Double $140 per person - please mention roommate preference.
  • Triple $110 per person - please mention roommate preference.
  • Quad $ 90 per person - please mention roommate preference.


Vendors - There's space this year for up to 5 Vendors. Vendor pricing assumes the Vendor is a paid retreat participant.

1 Vendor Space is a standard 8' table. There's limited electrical outlets so please plan to bring your own table coverings and extension cords. $30 / table.

If Vending, please give us your business name and product description.


Fiber Frolic CANCELLED tonight - Thursday 2/11

Posted by on February 11, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Mother Nature had a different plan for tonight - no frolicking lambs for us...

Due to the blowing drifting snow, we are cancelling Fiber Frolic tonight.


Stay home in front of the fireplace, and knit or spin something warm!


See you in 2 weeks at the Guild meeting for a program on Fleece Preparation. Stay tuned for details

Holiday Schedule

Posted by on November 9, 2015 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (8)

We will not have a Program Meeting in November, due to Thanksgiving. 

Instead, we will have our Annual Holiday Tea on Thursday December 10th at 7:00. The Executive Committee will provide tea sandwiches and other goodies. Please feel free to bring one of your favorite holiday treats!


  • Bring a small fiber-related gift preferably ($10) stapled in a brown paper bag, along with a canned good item to donate to the Food Bank. We will play “Now you have it, now you don’t”
  • We will also be having a Tea Cozy Competition during the Holiday Tea, so get your knitting needles out!


Tea Cozy Competition

Whether you spell it cosy or cozy, every teapot deserves its own cover. You need to keep the tea at the perfect temperature as long as possible. There is nothing worse than a naked teapots sitting around, so brew a pot (or at least a teabag) of your favorite tea and create the perfect (or nearly perfect) tea cosy.

Knitters, crocheters, weavers, spinners, quilters, all fiber arts are invited to the competition.

The five categories are: (YOU decide the category you want to enter- can be more than one!)

 Most Whimsical

 Most Surprising

 Most Original

 Most Traditional

 Guild Membership Favorite

Prizes will be awarded. Judges will be impartial (maybe). Enter as many tea cozies as you care to make, however, entrants may win in no more than two categories.

For ideas to get you started, Ravelry is also a great resource

Cosies must be completed and given to PJ Johnson by the December meeting. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded that evening.

2015 Summer Retreat - sign up now!

Posted by on July 12, 2015 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (1)

Join us at the Holiday Inn Morgantown (6170 Morgantown Road, Morgantown, PA 19543) from Friday August 21st through Sunday August 23rd 2015 for a weekend of fiber fun!

Registration form can be downloaded from the 'Forms' page - hover your mouse over the 'Contact Us' at the top, and you'll see the link for 'Forms'. You can also send an email to and we can email you the Registration form.

Paid Reservations are due no later than Thursday, July 30th.

Same great space as last year! Easily* accommodates our group and our fiber equipment. Features include:


  • Comfortable guest rooms featuring 2 Queen beds
  • Vendors in the same space with Attendees
  • On site restaurant and lounge (serving certain recreational beverages)
  • Indoor recreation – swimming pool, exercise room
  • Space for you and your project(s)
  • Door Prizes
  • No smoking environment
  • Easy access to PA Turnpike, PA Route 10 and PA Route 23


 Meals on your own

Please note that since this facility offers catering and restaurant services, we cannot have food brought into the Meeting Room. The Hotel asks that we limit food in the Meeting Room to small, “personal use” amounts. However, meals such as “take-out” may be taken or delivered to your hotel room. It just can’t be brought to the common areas.

Restaurants around the HI-Morgantown include:


  • Shady Maple (8 miles west on PA Rt 23)
  • The Windmill Restaurant (about 1 mile west on Rt 23, at Rt 10 South)
  • Pizza Hut (about 1 mile west on Rt 23, across from I-176 entrance)
  • Old Village Inn - pub fare (at Rt 23 light)
  • Nuses’ Deli – hoagies and cheese steaks (at Rt 23 light)
  • Petrangeli’s Pizza Restaurant - with gluten free menu (2 miles east on PA Rt 23)
  • There are others… We will try to have a list available at the Retreat


Other nearby attractions in case you really need a break:


  • Walmart (2 miles east on Rt 23)
  • French Creek State Park – hiking trails, public pool, lake side relaxation – approx. 5 miles east
  • Really, do you really want other attractions when you’re surrounded by so much fiber?


* This space was very comfortable for the 27 registrants we had in 2014. It will be a double banquet space like we had last year. Check out the pictures on our web site to see all the elbow room.

May Meeting: Shifu - Japanese Paper Spinning

Posted by on May 5, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us on Thursday May 28th for a presentation by Adele Harvey on Shifu - Japanese Paper Spinning.

Shifu—Japanese paper spinning:

In this presentation I will discuss the history of shifu and show examples of spun paper as well as items woven with spun paper. I will demonstrate the preparation and the spinning of paper. I will have handouts and samples of Japanese paper suitable for spinning. Please bring a lightweight drop spindle and/or a manual bobbin winder.

Biography of Adele Peterdi Harvey


My interest in textiles and fiber began in childhood. I learned to knit at age 5 and spent many hours knitting doll sweaters as well as sewing doll clothes. When I became a teenager I made many of my own clothes. Around age 20 I became fascinated by how fabric is made and learned to weave. Weaving became a very important part of my life. It has many things that appeal to me: planning, meticulousness, logic, math, textures, patterns and colors. I am an unfocussed weaver: in other words, I will try anything related to weaving.


I live in Lincoln, Massachusetts in the winter and Bethel, Maine in the summer. My family of two sons, their wives and five grandchildren live close by. My eight year old granddaughter shows interest in weaving as well as considerable ability. I hope that a family tradition is being established.


-addition to Adele’s bio: Elizabeth Lang-Harris


Adele is really an exceptional woman. She is a superb knitter, and has taught advanced knitting classses for many years. She also weaves (and was Dean of the Weavers’ Guild from 1986 to 1988, spins, makes jewelry, and does beautiful needlework. She is active in several weavers’ guilds, and HGA. Her writing and editing skills have greatly improved the Weavers’ Guild of Boston monograph series. And she is an innovative cook – ask her for her recipe for Thanksgiving turkey roasted in a paper bag!