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SVH MINUTES
February 15, 2020

Present: 11 Members - Phyllis Narus, Carrie Francis, Sue McDuff, Carla Boudrot, Nancy Marucco, Jane Collins, Wanda Kelley, Chris Bindrim, Marie and Wally Whitman, Tawanda Privett, Kim Gavin.

Phyllis called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. at R&M Yarns in Georgetown, TN. Minutes & Treasurer’s Report: The minutes were not read because they were posted on the blogspot for members to review. No corrections were announced. The Treasurer’s Report was presented.

Program: Wanda Kelley presented a program on Ergonimics in Weaving. She showed videos that reviewed things to make the aspects of warping, threading, seating, and weaving easier on the body and more comfortable so we can weave for longer periods of time. Members shared insights they have on these ideas.

New Business:
• A printed copy of the 2020 Membership Roster was distributed. Any corrections or additions can be sent to Phyllis for inclusion in an updated listing.

• Phyllis pointed out that the 2020 calendar and events Tab have been updated.

• The Bi-Laws with some minor changes were posted on the blog for members to review. A motion to accept the updated By-Laws was made by Marie, seconded by Jane. The motion passed.

• Jane presented the 2020 Weaver’s Challenge, “The Textures and Colors of Nature”. A handout was provided with details on the challenge. A copy of the handout will be placed on the blogspot. The completed projects will be presented at the December meeting.

• Carla gave an update on programs during the remainder of the year. A program entitled “Helter Skelter” is added for the June meeting.

• The Guild will participate in a Farm to Fiber Day at the Commons in Ooltewah on September 20. There is no charge for a booth. Any items sold will pay a 10% commission on sales.

• Carrie shared information about the 2020 Convergence Display in Knoxville.

• Kim Gavin, HGA Board member, shared additional information about the July Convergence in Knoxville. This is a “national weaving event” featuring a market with major vendors that will allow hands-on equipment trials, a fashion show, and classes. It will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center. Details are available on-line.

Show & Share: Several members shared their most recent weaving projects; photos will be on the blogspot.

Next Meeting: March 21 at 10:00 a.m – “Swap and Sell: Stash Buster Time!”

Respectfully submitted,
Wanda Kelley, Secretary




SVH Minutes
January 18, 2020

Present:  15 Members - Phyllis Narus, Carrie Francis, Sue MacDuff, Denita McCulley, Carla Boudrot, Nancy Marucco, Jane Collins, Sandi Suggs, Teresa Scott, Wanda Kelley, Steve Prentice, Chris Bindrim, Marie and Wally Whitman, Tawanda Privett.

Chair, Phyllis called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. at R&M Yarns in Georgetown, TN.

Minutes & Treasurer’s Report:  The minutes were not read because they were posted on the blogspot for members to review.  No corrections were announced.  The Treasurer’s Report was presented.

Program:  Carrie Francis presented a program on how to use Ravelry on the web to store information on yarn and other supplies, as well as setting up project pages to track information on your weaving projects.  She also shared how to ask questions on Ravelry when you have questions about your weaving.  She shared some of her own experiences with this and how successful her responses were.

Old Business:

—The 2019 Guild Challenge pillows were displayed for members to view.
—The board met in December to discuss items and hopefully shorten the “business” portion of the meeting by having issues worked out and share highlights in the meeting.

New Business:
—The board reviewed the ByLaws and some minor changes are posted on the blog for members to review.  Members are encouraged to review these changes and a vote will be taken in the February meeting to accept or make additional modifications.
—The 2020 Proposed Budget was presented.  Carla made the motion to accept this budget, seconded by Marie.  Motion passed.
—Sandi shared information for the 2020 programs.  February—Weaving Ergonomics by Wanda; March—Swap & Sell & Announcement of Guild Challenge by Jane; April—Twig/Branch Weaving by Sandi; May—Finishing Techniques by SVH Members; June—Open; July—No meeting; August—Tablet Weaving by Steve; September—No meeting (Ed. Event in Collegedale); October—Open; November—Studio Tour; December—Holiday Party & Challenge Exhibition.
—The Fiber Festival will not be held at R & M Yarns this year.  The Guild will participate in a Farm to Fiber Day at the Commons in Collegedale on September 20.  There is no charge for a booth.  Any items sold will pay a 10% commission on sales.  Phyllis will chair this year.
—Jane volunteered to chair the 2020 Weaver’s Challenge.  Members should share ideas with Jane prior to the March meeting.  The challenge will be outlined at the meeting.
—Phyllis announced that Carrie will chair the 2020 Convergence Display booth in Knoxville.
—Steve and Sue gave an update on the 2020 Convergence in Knoxville.
—Chris volunteered to be the audio visual coordinator and assist program presenters with any A/V setup or needs.

Show & Share:  Several members shared their most recent weaving projects; photos will be on the blogspot. 

Next Meeting:  February 15 at 10 a.m. at the R&M Yarns Studio.


Respectfully submitted,
Wanda Kelley, Secretary




SVH MINUTES
November 16, 2019

Present:  Phyllis Narus, Carrie Francis, Sue MacDuff, Denita McCulley, Carla Boudrot, Nancy Marucco, Jane Collins, Sandi Suggs, Teresa Scott and MJ Levine.

Chair, Phyllis called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. at R&M Yarns in Georgetown, TN.

Minutes & Treasurer’s Report:  The minutes were not read because they were posted on the blogspot for members to review.  No corrections were announced.  The Treasurer’s Report was presented.

Program:  Sandi asked each member to share with the group their 3 favorite weaving books and why.  A list is attached.

Old Business:
—Guild Challenge:  Sandi announced that the pillows should be presented to her at the December 14th meeting in a non see-through bag or container.  Don’t forget to bring your 3 crayons.  The pillows will be displayed for members to view and prizes will be awarded!
—There was a brief discussion of the 2020 Convergence; hotels may be “sold out”.

New Business:
—December 14th will be a Holiday Brunch at MJ's home beginning at 10 a.m. (come 10 minutes early if you are entering a pillow for the Guild Challenge).  Phyllis will send out an email with directions to her home and members attending should “REPLY ALL” as to what food item they are bringing so everyone is aware.
—Jane moved that she and Bill Dineen be removed from the current checking account at the Bank of Cleveland, Phyllis’ name should remain and Wanda’s be added as the new treasurer; seconded by Denita; motion passed.
—Jane moved that the Guild will not participate in the 2020 Smoky Mountain Fiber Art Festival as a demonstration booth or otherwise; MJ seconded; motion passed.
—Phyllis introduced a new venue for a Fiber Education event similar to the one R&M Yarns has hosted and sponsored for the past several years on the front lawn.  The Collegedale Market is held on Sundays in Collegedale, TN and is very receptive of our Guild (and others) to come and demonstrate various fiber techniques in 2020.  Those desiring to sell their work will pay a 10% fee to the Market.  The only date they have available on the 2020 calendar is Sunday, September 20.  By a “show of hands” all members present were in favor of this new venue for sharing with the public our knowledge of fiber and textiles.  The current theme is “Farm to Fiber” and will include a quilt display area as well as what our Guild will provide.  We can occupy the pavilion just in front of the Commons at no charge.  We can also use the grassy area nearby for a children’s area.

Show & Share:  Several members shared their most recent weaving projects; photos on the blogspot.

Next Meeting:  December 14th at 10 a.m.; bring a dish to share!  Those will pillows come 10 minutes early.

Respectfully submitted,

Phyllis Narus, Secretary

Attachment:  

Members' favorite textile books:
Reed Substitution Chart
Master Yarn Chart
Weaver’s Craft
Twill Thrills
Interweave Ebooks (examples)
  --A Baker’s Dozen: top projects in overshot
  --A Dozen Projects in 10/2 cotton
  --Top Ten Rugs on four shafts
I-Weaveit and Weaveit Pro
Simple Weaves by Bjork & Ignell
Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler
Key To Weaving by Mary E. Black
The Dyers Art by Ron Larson
The Textile Arts by Verla Birrell
The Weaver’s Companion by Interweave
Weaver’s Study Course Ideas & Techniques by Else Regenstainer
The Technique of Freeform Design by Nancy M. Searles
The Inkle Path to Weaving by Teresa Folts
The Weaving Book by Helene Bress
Handweavers Pattern Book by Anne Dixon


SVH Minutes
October 19, 2019

Present:  Phyllis Narus, Annette Neal, Carrie Francis, Sue MacDuff, Denita McCulley, Martha Ooten, Wanda Kelley, Carla Boudrot, Nancy Marucco, Jane Collins, Sandi Suggs, and Martha Duff, visitor

Meeting Chair:  Sandi called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m. at R&M Yarns in Georgetown, TN.

Minutes:  Jane moved & Martha Ooten seconded that the Minutes from the last meeting be accepted as posted on the blogspot and presented; motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Phyllis reported the checkbook balance which includes profits from the recent 2-day Weaving Workshop with Elaine Bradley.  She also gave a financial summary of the Workshop.  These funds will be kept in the same checking account but shown separately from the General Operating funds on the Treasurer’s report in the future.  This is the Guild’s “seed” money for future workshops.

Guild Challenge Update:  Sandi announced that there is still time for new members to participate.  They can receive their 3 crayons at end of meeting.

Program:  Sandi introduced Martha Ooten (SVH member) from Alabama Grumpy Goat Farm as the program presenter.  Martha demonstrated several ways to hand-embellish handwoven articles.  Each person practiced Swedish Huck Weaving on a piece of fabric and several tried this embellishment technique with cloth still on the loom.

New Business:
2020 Officer Elections:
—Sandi nominated Phyllis Narus for Chair; seconded by Sue
—Carla nominated Wanda Kelley for Secretary/Treasurer; seconded by Carrie
—Carla nominated (with permission in her absence) Tawanda Privett for Program Chair; seconded by Nancy.
—Jane moved that we accept this slate of 2020 officers; seconded by Denita; motion passed.
—Social Media:  Martha Ooten & Carrie volunteered to help with the Guild’s social media presence.

Show & Share:  Several members shared their most recent weaving projects including their samples from the “Summer & Winter” workshop with Elaine Bradley. Check photos on the Guild blogspot.

Announcements:
  • 2020 dues are payable anytime between now and December 31st.  Must be paid before January 1st.
  • Phyllis announced that as the 2020 Chair she would like to hold Board Meetings separate from the regular Guild meetings so the monthly meetings are not consumed with business details.  This will give more time for programs and Show & Share so meetings do not run as long on Saturdays.
  • November 16th Meeting:  Steve has cancelled his studio tour.  Wanda will present the program, “Ergonomics in Weaving.”  Carla will be the chair for the meeting.
  • December 14th Covered Dish Holiday Party (changed from Dec. 21st by a show of hands at the meeting).  The meeting will be held at R&M Yarns.
Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis Narus, Secretary


Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild
August 17, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present: Phyllis Narus, Wally Whitman, Marie Whitman, Wanda Kelley, Teresa Scott, Carla Boudrot, Tawanda Privett, Steve Prentice, Susan Speed, Sue MacDuff, Jane Collins, MJ Levine 

Meeting Chair: Phyllis chaired this month’s meeting which was held at the R&M Yarns Studio beginning at 9:30 a.m. Minutes: 

Minutes were read by Steve Prentice. One change was made regarding Jane’s “show & share” item. Motion made to accept the corrected Minutes by Carla; seconded by Wally; motion carried. 

Treasurer’s Report: Phyllis gave the treasurer’s report.

Old Business: 
—2019 Guild Challenge was discussed for those not present at the last meeting. 

—Chris Bindrim had to cancel his participation in the Elaine Bradley workshop and asked that his $50 deposit be donated to the Guild. A motion was made by Jane; seconded by Steve to apply $20 of the deposit towards Chris’ 2020 membership dues and donate the remaining $30 to the Guild. Motion carried. 

—Elaine Bradley Workshop Update: Phyllis will contact Elaine ASAP for the threading and other details so students can begin to prepare their looms. Those renting looms from R&M will need to warp before September 10th. Phyllis will email students the details as soon as she receives them. It was decided by those present that they would either bring their own lunch for the workshop or order from the corner BBQ restaurant. Snacks of fruit, crackers, etc. and water will be provided by the Guild. Those wanting drinks other than water will bring them. Phyllis is to send a copy of the BBQ menu along with the threading details. The Guild will be taking Elaine out for one evening meal and everyone is invited! It will probably be Friday evening but that has not been confirmed yet. Sandi will be collecting the balance for the workshop on the first day. Checks or cash are preferred. Square will be used for credit card payments if necessary. Steve will write a report at the conclusion of the Workshop and submit it for publishing in the Cleveland Banner and the Chattanooga Times along with photos. 

—Steve gave a brief update on Convergence for 2020. The spinning group in Knoxville will be hosting a Bus Tour to view a collection of Coverlets at the Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend. 

—It was suggested that all Guilds include the Convergence 2020 information (logo) on their blogs and/or websites. Phyllis will have it put on the SVH blogspot and let HGA know. 

—The “Progressive Weaving on a 4-shaft Table Loom” project was presented by Carla. It was later cut apart and each participant took their towel home to finish. This was an “Ms & Ws” threading that was introduced in January 2019 with 7 Guild members participating. 

—Phyllis reported that she will NOT be hosting the Fiber Education Festival at the R&M Yarns location in the future. She is working with the Collegedale Commons folks to hold the festival there hopefully in October of 2020. R&M will continue to host & sponsor the event and as usual would like the SVH members to participate heavily with demonstrations as they have done in the past. More information will be forthcoming. 

New Business: 
—The Guild members present decided NOT to have a regular monthly meeting in September in lieu of the September 27-28 Workshop with Elaine Bradley. 

—The October meeting will be chaired by Martha Ooten and she will present a program on embellishing woven fabric. —The November 16th meeting will be touring Steve’s weaving studio. See your Membership Book for his address. 

Other: 
—Phyllis shared a recent R&M customer’s idea for using those never-ending “thrums” from finished projects. Tie the thrums together with an overhand knot close to the ends; wind into a ball; wind onto a shuttle and use as a weft thread. Cotton towel thrums will make a very interesting finished towel with lots of texture and interesting designs—especially if you tie random colors end to end. 

—Steve shared a trick for shortening the time it takes to make 100% linen more supple. Weave your towel (napkin, etc.); finish it however you like; wash; dry about 3/4 of the way; put in the freezer overnight; iron with a pressing cloth and a very hot iron. 

Show & Share: 
—Marie shared two small cotton towels she wove as a demonstration at the Fair in Decatur and a finished piece from the Festival where various folks tried weaving. 

—Steve showed two old shuttles that he purchased at a bargain that had been converted into wall candleholders. He will remove the candle-holding devices so he can return the shuttles to their original intended use—holding a paper bobbin for weaving. 

—Phyllis showed her finished gray and white cotton towels with her new labels and discussed how she used “supplemental warp” threads to easily add a touch of color here and there. She also shared a table runner she wove using 8/8 eco-cotton in several colors. 

Meeting Adjourned at 11:30 a.m.  

Respectfully, 
Phyllis Narus, Secretary



Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild
July 20, 2019 Meeting Minutes
Present:  Steve Prentice, Wanda Kelly, Carla Boudrot, Jo Anne Ratcliff, Sandi Suggs, Sue MacDuff, Jane Collins, Teresa Scott, M.J. Levine
Meeting Called to order by July chair Steve at 9:30am at the Birchwood Community Center.

Sandi moved that the Minutes of the June meeting as posted on the blog with the following two ammendments: 1. Remove “See attached details.” And 2.  Change “…program on Card Weaving.” to “program on String Heddles.” Be accepted as an accurate record. Seconded Jane. Passed.

Officers Reports:
Secretary/Treasurer.  Phyllis prepared the monthly Treasurers report for July.  A starting balance of $2691.63 had $145.35 added from workshop payments and $50 deleted for donation payment to the Birchwood Center (Jun/July meetings @ $25 a meeting).  Balance $2786.98.  Petty cash balance unchanged at $58

Program Chairs: Sandi updated everyone on the Elaine Bradley workshop (13 total)

Old Business:
Steve gave updates on the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival and Convergence 2020.

New Business:
Jane’s question on advertising the workshop led to a general discussion on not only advertising before the event but also ensuring it is well publicized after the event.  An approach to local media might be tried

Program:  
Sandi – 2019 Guild Challenge:  Planned so that it started later in the year instead of everything kicking off in January.  This year it is a color challenge to weave a pillow cover using three colors drawn at random.  Minimum size 12 x 12 (to allow rigid heddle weavers to participate.  Participants selected three color crayons from a bag, with a proviso that one could be changed if too similar in color/shade to another crayon.  The participant can use any yarn of choice – warp may be any other color (or one of the crayon colors, of course) and hues of the chosen crayons are permissible.  The woven design can be one side of the pillow cover or both.  Participants are invited to bring updates to future meetings to keep everyone engaged through to the completion of the challenge at the December 21st Covered Dish Party.

Show and Share: 
Jane had a rag rug example that was different in that the weft only changed at the selvedge (vice overlap/sewn mid shot).  Jane is working on a rag rug from t-shirts – any old t-shirts welcome.

Sandi had two finger towels woven on her rigid heddle from patterns created by Martha Ooten.  Slight modification to make them wider.  Pattern requires the use of a pick up stick.  The towels had a hem stitch finish.

Next Meeting is back at R&M Yarns on the 17th of August.  Watch the blog for Chair/program announcements.

Minutes from notes by Steve, with apologies for any name mistakes (best interpretation of handwritten attendance sheet).


Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild
June 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Present:  Carla Boudrot, Sandi Suggs, Debbie Nemeth, Wanda Kelley, Tawanda Privett, Teresa Scott, Marie Whitman, Wally Whitman, Sue MacDuff, Chris Bindrim, Jane Collins

Meeting Chair:  Carla chaired this month’s meeting which was held at the Birchwood Community Center in Birchwood, TN, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Minutes:  Marie moved & Tawanda seconded that the Minutes from the last meeting be accepted as posted on the blogspot and presented; motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:  Phyllis prepared the treasurer’s report which was presented by Carla in Phyllis’ absence.

Old Business:  
Rigid Heddle Progressive Weaving Project:  Sandi shared the finished projects each participant wove.
Convergence Update:  July 24-30, 2020 in Knoxville, TN, at the Convention Center.
September Workshop Update:  12 students have signed up; slots are still available (20 max.)
R&M Festival Review:  Phyllis gave the chair a written summary to share with the Guild (in her absence) with suggestions for 2020.   For various reasons stated, this will be the last year R&M Yarns will host the event on the front lawn.  See attached details.
  Weaving in Public Update:  Tawanda reported on the possibility of meeting at the Collegedale Commons for 2020.  No selling; $35 for 3-hour periods throughout the day; must make reservations; application process includes 3 forms; weekends are harder to reserve than week days.
Smoky Mtn. Fiber Arts Festival in Townsend Review:  Chris reported poor sales and discussed whether we want to pay for a booth next year.  There is no charge for a demonstration booth.

New Business:  
—Members like the alternative guild meeting location at the Birchwood Community Center when R&M Yarns is closed (when Phyllis is out of town).  
—Whether to continue meeting during the summer months was discussed.  It was decided meetings would continue.

Program:  Chris presented the program on Card Weaving.  

Show & Share:  Several members shared their most recent weaving projects.  Check the blogspot for photographs.

Next Meeting & Program:  The July 20th meeting will again be held at the Birchwood Community Center since Phyllis will be out of town and R&M Yarns will be closed.  The meeting chair will be Steve Prentice and will begin at 9:30 a.m.  Sandi will present the program which will be the announcement of the 2019 Guild Challenge.

Notes by Sandi Suggs
Typed by Phyllis Narus, SVH Secretary/Treasurer


Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild
March 16, 2019
Minutes
The meeting was called order at 9:39 a.m. by Phyllis Narus, gavel chair of the month.

Members Present: See sign in sheet

Minutes & Treasurer’s report: Chris Bindrim read the Minutes from the February 16th meeting. Sandi
Suggs moved to accept them as read; 2nd by Marie Whitman; motion passed.
Phyllis then gave the treasurer’s
report. Phyllis introduced a new member, Teresa Scott.

Revised 2019 Membership Books were distributed because there have been several new members
added.

Program Reports: Sandi Suggs, Program Co-Chair reported there will be no regular meeting in April or
May because of the Guild’s involvement in festivals. Chris will be doing card weaving in June and the
Guild Challenge will be announced at the July meeting. Guild challenge pieces will be displayed at the
December meeting. Sandi will be explaining Fibonacci drafting at the August meeting. If you have any
samples of this, please bring them to the meeting.

Old & On-Going Business

--SMFAF in Townsend – April 12-14. Chris passed around signup sheets for those willing to help set
up, demo &/or sell. A $90 booth rental fee has been paid by the Guild. The Guild requires 20%
of any sales made at the Festival; hopefully enough to pay for the booth fee. If you are not attending
the festival and wish to sell items, they can be dropped off at R&M Yarns or with Chris in
Athens no later than April 10th.

--R & M Fiber Education Festival: May 11th 10-4. Signup sheets were again sent around. The Setup
Party will be on May 10th starting at 9am and they will go out for lunch when finished. There is
also a need to clean up after the event. Remember if you sell, you may keep all of the proceeds
but you MUST demo your craft and engage the public.

--Elaine Bradley 2-day Weaving Workshop: Registration is open to Guild members until April 1st
then it will be open to non-members. Be thinking about your warp and weft threads. The warp
yarn needs to be 1/2 the size of your weft pattern color….i.e. 10/2 warp and 5/2 weft in a contrasting
color.

New Business

--Weaving in Public: It was suggested by Jeff Martin that we look into the Pavilion in Collegedale
for next year.Tawanda will follow up on this.

--Convergence in Knoxville 2020: Phyllis explained that Geri Fortner has rented the balcony area
of the Emporium in Knoxville for area Guilds to exhibit. Chris made a motion for our Guild to
spend up to $100 for our Guild's space. Jeff Martin 2nd the motion; motion passed.

Program: Sandi Suggs explained the ridged heddle progressive weaving project.

Show and Share: Several members showed their finished handwoven projects and photos will be on
the blog.

There will be no meeting in April due to the Festival in Townsend nor May due to the R&M Fiber Education
Festival.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 a. m.

Reported by Sue MacDuff
Edited & typed by Phyllis Narus
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Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild
February 16, 2019
Minutes
The meeting was called to order by Mary Cole, chair of the month.

Present: PhyllisNarus,MaryCole,TawandaPrivett,ChrisBindrim,CarlaBoudrot,SueMacDuff,SusanSpeed, Steve Prentice, Martha Ooten, Joyce Forshee, Wanda Kelley, Jane Collins and 3 guests—Brenda Derryberry, Wally Whitman & Marie Whitman (the Witmans joined).

Minutes & Treasurer’s Report: Phyllis Narus, Secretary/Treasurer read the Minutes from the January 19th meeting. Chris Bindrim moved to accept them as read; 2nd by Tawanda; motion passed. Phyllis then gave the treasurer’s report. Phyllis handed out new members’ information on self-adhesive labels to be added to their individual 2019 Membership Books— Sharon Martin, Jeff Martin and Sue MacDuff were the new members added. Labels for the Whitmans will be distributed at next month’s meeting.

Program Reports: Carla announced that the March program would be “Rigid Heddle Progressive Weaving” introduced by Sandi Suggs. A sign up sheet was passed around for those interested—Carla, Chris, Martha, Steve & Phyllis indicated interest.

Old Business:
  • By-Laws proposal: Carla made the motion to accept the changes as proposed; 2nd by Jane; motion passed. 
  • Elaine Bradley 2-Day Weaving Workshop: guild members wishing to participate in this workshop have until March 16th to register before it is opened to non-guild members. Phyllis will have a square account operating soon for registrants to pay their $50 deposit to secure their spot. 
  • R&M Fiber Education Festival: the May 11th event will take place on the front lawn of R&M Yarns. A sign up sheet was passed around for volunteers to indicate what area they would like to help with or what they would like to demonstrate. Another sign up sheet was completed for those that have articles they would like to display, which could also be for sale (copies of sign up sheets attached). 
New Business: 
  • Book Reviews: Steve shared a book on Tablet Weaving published in 1973. Mary shared “Overshot Simply” and “Weaving Designs” by Bertha Gray Hayes. 
  • As a future guild challenge, Phyllis suggested a “miniature overshot” piece by each member. 
  • Next month’s chair will be Phyllis (Carla and Phyllis swapped months; Carla will chair June). 
  • Steve announced “Art for the Heart” to be held February 20th at Morningside where he and Carla will be demonstrating a fiber art technique and invited others to join them. 
  • Guild challenge for 2019 should be announced at the March meeting. 
Show & Share: Several members & guests showed their finished handwoven pieces (pictures on blog). Program: Phyllis shared “Just a Few Weaving Tips and Tricks” she has picked up over her 20+ years of weaving and teaching and distributed a handout. Others shared a few tips as well. Meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.

Respectfully,
Phyllis Narus, Secretary

MINUTES
January 19, 2019
Present: Jane Collins, Carla Boudrot, Mary Cole, Wanda Kelley, Phyllis Narus, Martha Ooten, Chris Bindrim, Steve Prentice, Tawanda Privett, Debbie Nemeth and three guests, Sue MacDuff, Sharon and Jeff Martin (Sharon & Jeff joined the Guild).

Meeting Chair: Jane chaired this month’s meeting which was held at the R&M Yarns Studio beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Minutes: Chris moved & Mary seconded that the minutes from the last meeting be accepted as posted on the blogspot; motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Phyllis gave the treasurer’s report.

Program Report: Co-chair, Carla, reported the next few months’ programs...as laid out in the January post on the SVH blogspot. The February program will be “Troubleshooting and Tips for Weaving” led by Phyllis. Let Phyllis know if you have any tips to include in her presentation.

R&M Yarns Education Festival: Phyllis indicated that she will be sending out the “invitation” email later this month for the May 11, 2019 event. More animals are needed for exhibition and Martha is will- ing to bring her pygora goats in addition to the Critter Corral folks that attended last year with their fiber animals and sheep shearing demonstrations. Carla and Wilma are the committee chairs for the Guild’s involvement in this festival.

September 27-28, 2019 Weaving Workshop: Phyllis discussed the possible workshops that Elaine Bradley outlined in a previous email and asked which one our Guild wanted Elaine to teach. “Introduction to Summer and Winter” was chosen which also includes a bonus discussion on profile drafting and blocks. The workshop will be held at the Birchwood Community Center, Birchwood, TN. There will not be an evening lecture/trunk show offered prior to the workshop.
After extensive discussion, it was decided that SVH Guild members would have first choice of slots (20 available) for this workshop. The Guild rate is $125 (with $50 deposit required) and $150 for non-guild members. Guild members will have until the March 16th meeting to reserve their spot; then it will be open to the public. A full refund of the $50 deposit will be issued to Guild members if they have a need to cancel before June 1st. After that, it will be on a case-by-case basis, depending on how many have signed up. Mary will post all of this on our blogspot and we will advertise the workshop at our booth during the Smoky Mtn. Fiber Arts Festival in Townsend April 12-14, 2019.
Phyllis announced she has looms to rent for those that do not have portable looms for the workshop. Member cost is $25 for both days; non-members $50. Those reserving looms at today’s meeting: Martha, Mary and Carla.

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Old Business:

  • ByLaws: Phyllis will make several updates and present them at the next meeting for a vote.
  • Book Reviews: anyone wishing to present a book review needs to let the chair of that meeting know so it can put it on the agenda.
  • Weaving in Public: Co-chair Tawanda reported that the Cleveland Library space is limited, especially in the summer when kids are out of school. After discussion, it was decided to not have a “weaving in public” event in 2019 since we are having a 2-day workshop. Members are asked to attend area festivals this fall to see if any would be a good fit for our guild. The Cleveland Apple Festival and Charleston Cow Pea Festival were mentioned.
  • Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival: Chris has agreed to chair our guild’s involvement at this festival April 12-14, 2019 in Townsend, TN. Our guild will have a covered booth space on the front porch of the Transportation Building. Members are asked to come and demonstrate or help represent the guild. Let Chris know if you are coming.

New Business:
Steve announced that the Morningside Senior Living facility located at 2900 Westside Drive, NW, Cleveland, TN, is hosting an event called “Art for the Heart” on Wednesday, February 20th, 2-4 pm. He is representing the guild as a weaver and asked anyone else to attend as well. The local newspaper will be there and we could possibly take advantage of this publicity for our guild.

HGA’s 2020 Convergence is to be held in Knoxville, TN and organizers are beginning to form commit- tees for volunteers. Check HGA’s website for more information: www.weavespindye.org

Program: Steve presented the “Progressive Weaving” project. A 4-harness table loom was warped with 8/2 natural cotton, 22 epi, in an “M&W” threading with several weaving options presented. Each partici- pant can weave 19” under tension with 1.5” hem on each end for a total weaving length of 22”. Steve handed out a detailed description with instructions.

Show & Share: Several members shared their most recent weaving projects. Check the blogspot for photographs.

Note: Mary shared two used book websites: abebooks.com & thriftbooks.com Meeting Adjourned at approximately 12:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis Narus, Secretary


Minutes of December 15, 2018 Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild Meeting

Meeting was called to order by Acting Chairperson Sandi Suggs.  Two guests were recognized:  Susan Speed and Debbie Nemeth

Secretary’s report was noted to be on the blog.

Treasurer’s report was handed out by Phyllis with a verbal note that we currently have $58 petty cash and that she was going to send an email to members who had not yet paid dues as they were due in October.

A sign up sheet was sent around for folks to sign up for a month to Chair a meeting.

As a monthly December program the group brainstormed for 2019 events, programs, and a challenge.  These notes were taken separately from Secretary’s report.

Steve talked about the Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Festival on April 12-14, 2019 in Townsend, TN.  He advised that our space had been moved to the end of the aisle we inhabited last year.  It was determined that Chris Bindrim would probably still Chair the event.

Carla reported that prior to the May 11, 2019 Fiber Education Festival folks would have to advise what items they were bringing for the Guild’s display.  It was also determined that items could be sold at the Festival.

There was no new news on the 2019 Workshop.  A small discussion took place on the relevance to Rigid Heddle weavers in the Guild and the possibility of exploring workshops directed at this type of weaving.

An overview was given again on Convergence.

We added Joyce Forshee as a new member.



Minutes of October 20, 2018 Scenic Valley Handweavers

Meeting was called to order by Chris Bindrim.

Minutes were read by Chris and they were approved by motion of Sandi Suggs, seconded by Mary Cole.

Treasurer Phyllis Narus gave the Treasurer's Report.  

Social Media activity was reported by Mary Cole.  There was a discussion about people who didn’t think they were receiving notices via mail about blog posts.  It was determined that perhaps the mail was going to spam and members should check there and make necessary adjustments to their mail contacts to receive the blog in regular mail.

Programs report by Carla Boudrot for the rest of the year.  On November 17 the program will be to present scarfs to representative for Scarfs for Charity Chattanooga, Sandi Suggs.  The scarfs should be between 6-8” wide and no less then 62” long not including fringe.  No wool.  Acrylic is best (I Love this Yarn, or Red Heart is fine).  Pattern is to be chosen by weaver.  They will be hung on the fence at the Salvation Army in Chattanooga in 2019 (as the deadline date for 2018) will be closed by our meeting time.  On November 17 we will also have a brunch.
Program for December 15 will be a brainstorming session for programs for 2019 and for Guild Challenges.

In New/Old Business we had a discussion of Convergence in Knoxville in July of 2020.  Phyllis read a letter from HGA regarding our participation.  There will be a meeting in November in Knoxville for those wishing to participation of local guilds in helping organize and accomplish tasks.
Nominations were taken for Guild Officers:  Phyllis Narus, Sec./Treasurer/Sandi Suggs/Programs
And it was decided that we would try a rotating gavel for Chairperson for 2019 in order to give members a chance to try out the position and develop leadership skills.  This was a motion by Mary Cole, seconded by Sandi Suggs.  There will be a sign up sheet available in December.

HGA dues are to be paid by the Treasurer per budget. The Budget for 2019 will be ready by December. Dues are due and 160.00 was collected at the meeting.

There was a reminder of the Smokey Mountain Fiber Arts Fest in Townsend on April 12-14, 2019
Ideas for brainstorming on Guild Challenges should be sent to Mary Cole to ensure they are brought up in the session.

Chairperson Chris Bindrim will be absent November and December so Sandi Suggs agreed to stand in for Chair.

A draft list of member names/addresses will be presented in December by Phyllis.

Show and Share was conducted.  Carla Boudrot presented a clasped weft scarf done on a rigid heddle loom.  Chris Bindrim presented another clasped weft scarf done by a student depicting a city scene.

Program was done by Phyllis Narus on double weave on a floor loom.  Everyone got to participate in weaving on the piece.


September 15, 2018
Meeting called to order by Chris Brindrim.  

Phyllis Narus gave the treasurer’s report.

The secretary, Donna Eakin, read the minutes of the August meeting as recorded by Mary Cole.  The minutes were updated to include the 2017 challenges in our exhibit.   Added information on what was the discussion on the by-laws update. The By-laws discussions were one person as treasurer/secretary, add a Social Media appointment, and a procedure concerning officer selection – month, etc.  Carl.  A motion was made by Sandi and seconded by Carla Baurot to accept the minutes with the above changes.

The By-Law update discussion will be tabled for now.

A call was made for volunteers for SHV offices for next year.

SVH dues are due in October.

Motion was made by Wilma Chambers and seconded by Tawanda Privett to have the Holiday Brunch for the November meeting. Motion accepted.

Carla as program chair gave the following schedule:
            October – Double Weave by Phyllis
            November – Handmade Scarf donations in place of ornament exchange (Sandi will handle the   donation to homeless) and our Holiday Brunch.
           December – Tour to studio of M. J. Levine. 

Sandi and Phyllis appointed to be the interface with HGA for 2020 exhibit of our Challenge results.  The spring FEF exhibit of our Challenges will be lead by Carla.

Donna presented information on the 2018 HGA Convergence and Complex Weavers Conference.  These two conferences in 2020 are scheduled to be held in Knoxville.  Being so close, many of us will get a chance to participate.

September Challenges:
1.    Carla – Blouse made from rayon crinkle yarn sett at 8 epi woven on a rigid heddle.  Lemon yellow with pastel stripes woven from rayon crinkle yarn dyes by Candi.  Double stitched with stitching on top of seams
2.    Phyllis – Tunic top woven in three pieces using navy and silver rayon cotton (50/50) 20 epi.  Sleeve hole insert, horizontal stripes in front and has an overall slimming effect.
3.    Wilma – Jacket from raw silk.  Top half in hand-stitched shibori, lined with silk.  Lower half of a rayon and bamboo thread used together in 8-harness twill.
4.    Donna – Vest in a rag weaving using cotton fabric strips 
5.    Chris
a.    Poncho wove in a clasped weave as two strips, then the two sewed together.
b.    Scarf – White and Dark Grey alpaca – 4 scarves sown6. together.
c.    Scarf – Alpaca – turquoise and brown in a plaid.  Using triangular loom, the second side is woven white the first on is underneath.  Then both are removed by stitching together.
d.    Ruana – Again second woven over the first – Color pattern woven using Fibonacci series with light and dark gray.
6.    Sandi – Jacket with vertical stripes – 8/2 cotton slub (used double) in blue, orange, and golds sett at 8 epi.  Lining was hand-dyed.  

Show and Tell
1.    Jane has a light tan-ish square sample looking for suggestions or ideas.
2.    Sandi - Kumihomo necklace with white and black beads.
3.    Phyllis – Planned scarf for retreat – (Barberry ?Knock-off) Basically tan with read, black and white stripes
4.    Chris – Demoed the friction brake on his Pioneer loom

5.    Carla – Glitter scarf with beads.  Cotton acrylic yarn – Shawl I a ball by Lyon.  Blue variegated.


November 18, 2017 Minutes

An informal meeting was called to order by Guild Chair, Chris Brindrim following our November Bunch at 10 a.m.
A vote was taken on the amendment to the By-Laws presented at the October meeting.  Jane Collins made the motion to add the word “present” to paragraph X.1 so that it reads “Voting shall be decided by a 2/3 vote of members present.”  Carla Boudrot seconded thmotion; motion passed.

Treasurer
, Phyllis Narus gave the current Treasurer's report.

Phyllis gave a book review of “Handwoven Table Linens” by Tom Knisely.  This book presents each project and instructions clearly.  Phyllis visited Tom’s Studio during her last travels and discussed a possible workshop in 2019.

Show and Share


1.  
Steve Prentice showed his Christmas Towels.

2.  Phyllis showed two wool rugs in pink and gray variegated yarn and some items she picked up on her last trip including some handmade buttons.

3.  Chris Brindrim showed a rectangular scarf.

4.  Donna Barked showed her echo samples for the Complex Weaver’s Sixteen Group.  She also had a notebook containing the samples she received in the exchange.

Current Plans 

1.  December 16th meeting:  a visit to the Kim Gavin’s Studio in Chattanooga.  The Christmas exchange of handmade ornaments will be part of the program.  Meet 9 a.m. at R&M for rides, otherwise meet at Kim’s at 10 a.m.  Parking in Chattanooga is beside the building.  Kim’s address is:  1428 Williams St,  Suite B and D, Chattanooga, TN 37408

2.  January 2018 meeting:  presentation of  the use of end-feed shuttles, fringe twisters and temples.  Everyone is encouraged to bring what they have.  Wilma Chambers will lead the discussion.

3. April Meeting:  preparations for the Annual Fiber Education Festival at R&M Yarns.

4.  May:  Fiber Education Festival at R&M Yarns.

5.  September 2018:  2018 “Guild Challenge is due.  This challenge is called “Woven Wearables."    The handwoven items can be scarves, hats, jewelry, necklaces, etc.

6.  October 2018:  first “Guild Show” to include the Guild 2018 Challenge items.
  

Submitted by Donna Barker
SVH Guild Secretary




Minutes:  October 21, 2017Meeting was called to order by Chris Brindrim, the Chairperson.

The Treasurer report was given by Phyllis Narus.  The secretary’s report was read by Donna Barker.  Jane added a correction to change the word ‘president’ to ‘chairperson’.

An amendment was proposed to the By-Laws.  The word “present” is to be inserted paragraph X.1 to read "Voting shall be decided by a 2/3 vote of members present".  Vote on this amendment will be at the November meeting.

The 2018 proposed budget was presented and accepted.  Mary Smith made a motion we accept this budget and Marie Bindrim seconded.  Motion accepted.The budget includes membership in the Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) for 2018. 

The Program chairperson will be the guild interface with the HGA and determine how the guild can make use of the membership. Guild dues for 2018 are due starting in this October meeting.

Nominations were made for next year – Chairperson – Chris Bindrim, Program – Carla Boudrot, Secretary – Donna Barker and Treasurer – Phyllis Narus.  A motion on the slate was made by Wilma Chambers and seconded by Mary Smith.  The vote will be in November.

The meetings for the next two months as follows:
--November 18th meeting at the R&M with a brunch potluck and a show and share.  Note that this meeting will begin at 10 AM.
--December 16th meeting is a visit to the Kim Gavin’s Studio in Chattanooga.  The Christmas exchange of handmade ornaments will be part of the program.  Meet 9 AM at R&M for rides, otherwise meet at Kim’s at 10 AM.  Parking is beside the building.  Kim’s address is:  1428 Williams St,  Suite B and D, Chattanooga, TN 37408.

The Program chair will be open to suggestions for next year of another artist studio.

Discussion was held on ideas for challenge next year.  The final choice was to be “Wearables”. The item can be scarves, hats, jewelry, necklace, etc.  If we have a show next year on October, these will be part of the display.

The guild Bag challenge was due this month.  The following presented their results – Chris BIndrim, Steve Prentice, Donna Barker, Marie Bindrim, Wilma Chambers, Wanda Kelley and Phyllis Narus.  Best ideas from this challenge were the surprise of how well the colors of the various yarns mixed and the different techniques used.  The worst was the use of the required yarn provided by the Bindrims.

The Shibori scarves was brought to be photographed.  The idea was presented to use these two collections ( October Bags and Shibori scarves) for display in the 2018 Fiber Educational Fest in May. Bring ideas for a 2018 guild workshop.  One suggestion is the Transparency weaving or Theo Moorman.

Phyllis Narus is looking into bringing a nationally known weaving teacher.  She has talked with Tom Knisely.  Using him as example, the expenses for an artist might be $500/day for 3-day workshop, an evening lecture, transportation to Chattanooga, meals for teacher, lodging.  Tom's limit is 16 – 18 students.  Other expenses would include rental rooms for class and lecture.  Using Tom as example the cost would run around $3000.  Fees for the student would be about $150.00.  Club members would have a lower cost that a non-member.  Phyllis had talked to Tom about being lodged with her, which would save us that expense.

Jane Collins reviewed the book, “Jacquard’s Web”.

Show and Share:
1).  Steve Prentice – Towels in fall colors
2). Wilma Chambers – Appalachian Center for Crafts challenge to weave blocks in plain weave.
3). Wanda Kelley – Towels in red and black with light background
4). Phyllis Narus – Black gray scarf
5). Chris Bindrim – Rectangular scarf.

Respectfully submitted by Donna Barker, Secretary




Minutes:  S
eptember 15, 2017
 

Meeting was called to order by Chris Brindrim, the President.

Before starting the business meeting, Chris led us on a tour of the building.  This is the Community Center for the town of Birchwood, but was the Birchwood Elementary School.  The kindergarten room was chosen for part one of the Shibori Class last Saturday as well as for the meeting today.  Had many rooms that could be put to many uses.

Old Business
:

The Bag Challenge is due in Oct; write-up can be found on guild website.

Next the Treasurer report was given by Phyllis.  Each participant in the Shibori Class received a refund of $10.00.  A motion was made by Marie Brindrim and seconded by Wilma Chambers to make a donation of $100.00 to the school for use of their room (for both days).

The secretary’s report was read by Donna Barker.  Phyllis added a correction to include her towels in the August show and share ( and the towels were beautiful distracting me from including them in my notes).

Additional business was a discussion on the Smokey Mountain Arts Festival on April 20 – 22nd, 2018.  Steve Prentice mentioned that the application must be completed and sent to the approval committee.  Steve thinks we will have the whole porch, which is out in front.  It is covered and may have some rain protection.  Steve will warp the demonstration loom.

The 2018 Fiber Educational Fest was discussed.  This will be held at R&M Yarn on Saturday, May 12 with Friday May 11th as setup day.  Looking for volunteers for the Kid’s Shooting Gallery.  More demonstration/vendors needed for empty space.  Keep in mind that just after the first of the year, we will be updating the visual aids for the festival.  Since the guild sale booth did not do well this year, we will not have one next year.

The discussion started on ideas for a guild challenge and/or a guild show at the school.  The challenge description is still in the works.  Phyllis is going to check on the use of this room for a guild show/sale for the 3rd Saturday in October, 2018.

The October meeting will include the presentation of officers for next year.  Their election will also be part of this meeting.  Don’t forget the October Bag Challenge.

The November 18th meeting will be tour of the Kim Gavin’s studio (Phyllis to check with Kim).

The December 16th meeting will be a pot luck and gift exchange of a handmade ornament. 

The meeting was followed by the indigo dyeing of the shibori scarves made at the workshop last Saturday.

Show and Share:
 

1).  Wilma Chambers brought an indigo scarf which included sections of different yarns, structures and different colorations.

2  Sandi Suggs showed a handbag she made from fabric, black with lettering and red side inserts.

Submitted by Donna Jean Barker, co-Secretary





 

Minutes:  August 19, 2017

Meeting was called to order by Chris Brindrim, the President.


The business portion began with a discussion of the Shibori Class for September.  Basic instruction sheet for the class was given by Donna Barker.  Warps were provided.  Participants were asked to bring their loom to class ready to weave.  Several threading designs were presented – participants could choose one of two 4-shaft threading or an 8-shaft design.  These threading were either a Monk’s Belt or an Overshot.  Additional warps and copies of the threading are available at R & M yarns for those not present. 

Phyllis Narus has confirmed our reservations at the Birchwood Community Center (per GPS, may be listed as closed Birchwood Elementary School). The Shibori class on September 9th and the SVHG meeting on September 16th will be held in the kindergarten classroom at the center.

Next the Treasurer report was given by Phyllis.  No change from last month.
The minutes of the last meeting was read by Donna.  The corrections included changing petty cash from $20.00 to $26.00.  The two others were typos.

Additional business was a discussion to determine interest in participating in the Smokey Mountain Arts Festival on April 20 – 22nd, 2018.  To both demonstrate weaving and sell will cost $85.00.  Just demonstrating would be free. The first motion (made and seconded) was passed to participating to both demonstrate/sell.  With some discussion, a motion was made, seconded, and pass to set at 20% of each sale will be paid to our guild to cover expenses.  Steve Prentice will be coordinating the vendors for the festival and will help in the booth location.  Our location will have a covering, but  possible no rain protection.  We will need people to man the booth throughout the weekend – Friday and Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.
Note: The Fiber Educational Fest at R&M in 2018 is Saturday, May 12 with Friday May 11th as setup day.

The demonstration at the Chattanooga Library in June was discussed.  The library did not do any advertising of their event.  The guild is going to see what the library will do for next year before determining whether the guild will participate.  The guild is hoping the library will develop better plans.
The Crossville Library will probably not be available for another show. Wilma Chambers has done a great job in setting up this venue, and we need to thank her for all she has done, but she will not able to continue.  We are looking for another place for a show, perhaps in the fall time of the year.

Reminder that the Bag Challenge is due in October; the write up can be found on guild website.

Some of the wool yarn from the spring R & M Yarn Fiber Educational Festival dyed in Kid’s Shooting Gallery are available.  Also available are wool yarn dyed in the cast-iron pot at the festival.

Show and Share

1).  Wilma Chambers brought a very pretty rug made up of the yarn from the Kid’s Shooting Gallery at the festival last spring.
2).  Jane Collins showed a very interest handbag made by a friend in Germany.  The design allowed the bag to be collapsed in a much smaller bag.

3). Wilma also showed an indigo shibori design.  This was a stitched shibori which when dyed gave an interesting circular design.

4. Donna showed a handwoven blanket that her daughter had found in a reuse clothing store.  The blanket had the label Goodwin Guild.

5. Chris Bindrim showed an assortment of towels and mug rugs that he wove with his newest loom which he demonstrated last month.

6. Marie Bindrim showed a set of honeycomb towels in many variations and many colors
Submitted by Donna Jean Barker, co-Secretary

7. Phyllis Narus shared her “half ‘n half” cotton towels with varying stripes down the middle.

Submitted by Donna Jean Barker, co-Secretary


Minutes:  July 15, 2017

The meeting was called to order by Leader, Chris Bindrim.  The Chattanooga Library demonstration last month was reviewed.  Included in the discussion was whether it would be worth doing next year. No decision was made.

Program:  Chris next presented a program using his new loom.  The loom is manufactured by NorthWest Looms, 8-shaft Pioneer Loom model.  The loom has many features not usually found on current looms and allows you to make changes within your weaving.  These features include: an open reed which allows you to vary the density (number ends per inch), open heddles, and one step dressing the loom including measuring the warp, threading the heddles and denting.  For the first project, Chris varied the epi (ends per inch) in stages over the entire 9-yard warp.

Business Meeting: 
There were no minutes to review and treasurer had a written report (she was absent). 

There was a review of the R&M Yarns Fiber Education Festival in May .  Jane Collins commented that we could have used more demonstrations, more crocheters and more knitters. Another suggestion was an additional person was needed for the kids’ area. The dyed warps from the kids shooting gallery are available for anyone who would like to weave something with them.  The finished product will be displayed next year.

Steve Prentice will be coordinating the vendors for the Smokey Mountain Arts Festival next year to be held in April 2018.  The cheapest booths are for $80 for a demonstration/vendor booth.  Demonstration only booths are free.  Other types of booths cost more, such as straight vendor or outside vs inside.  The general consensus was this might be an activity the Guild would be interested in.

Shibori Workshop:  The Shibori class for September 9th and 16th was also discussed.  September 9th will be the weaving portion and the 16th the dyeing.  The warps will be available at the August meeting.  The writeup for the class can be found on the guild website.  If interested in taking the class, bring a spare bobbin to be filled at the August meeting in preparation for the class.

Reminder:  The Bag Challenge is due in October.  Details can be found on guild website.

Show and Tell:
1).  Sandi Scruggs brought several items:  handbag, towels and a scarf. 
2).  Chris showed some mug rugs and towel woven on his new loom.
3). Wanda Kelley showed her newest scarf.


Minutes submitted by Donna Jean Barker, Co-Secretary

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Minutes: January 21, 2017

9:00-9:30 "MSG"  Meet, Shop, Greet

Meeting was called to order at 9:30 by Chris; Members present  10.

Program:  Bead weaving By Carla

Demonstrated on  a Ricks Bead loom, she showed us different clasps. How to warp the loom and how to weave on it. Then using a big eyed needle stringing beads and weave them.  Items can be bought at Hobby Lobby or on the internet.

Business:

Vicki moved that the minutes from the Nov.  meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded  by Jane, approved.

Treasurer report given.                                               
                                            
Old Business.

Need an update on Chattanooga weave in.

Up Coming Festivals     Townsend April 21- 23    
                                           Fiber Arts Festival May 13 th

We need each guild member to demonstrate at the Fiber Arts Festival.  We will have a sign up sheet at the Feb. meeting

Friday night May 12th will be set up with a party to follow members are encouraged to help.

Next meeting:  Program will be on Tri Loom  demonstrated by Chris

Discussed guest speakers and teaching space Phyllis was able to obtain for us.

Book Review: No book review this month. 

Show and Share

Photo’s will be published on the SVH blog at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/

Marie Bindrim,
SVH Secretary


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Minutes: November 19, 2016


Mary opened the meeting at 9:30 am with 9 guild members and 1 guest present.  This was the last meeting for the Year.

Old Business.

Action items were reviewed: one closed, one due January, and the final open action is long term, due by the Fiber Festival.

Wilma moved that the minutes from the October meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Chris, approved.

The Treasurer reported the current bank balance is $1045.73 and $26.00 Petty Cash Fund.

New Business.

If you didn’t pick up your rug (ex-Crossville exhibit) it is available at R&M Yarns – please co-ordinate pick up with Phyllis or Jane.  Wilma thanked everyone for their help in removing the exhibit.  While the library is keen to have another exhibit, the October/November timeframe is not available next year.  Wilma proposed that the October/November window be booked for 2018 with a potential theme of wearable weaving (clothing, accessories). 

Related to the above, Kim will be approaching the Chattanooga library to see what interest there would be in weaving – potential for a ‘weave-in’, or exhibit, or workshop activity.  Contact Kim via email (from the membership book, or contact the secretary on svhguild@gmail.com for detail) before January if you would like to accompany her on the introductory visit.

Follow up (11/20/16) Kim has contacted the library Director with positive results.  A meeting is likely in February. 

Chris will organize an updated membership book – bring along any loom changes (for existing members) or details on looms you have (for new members) to the January meeting.


The nominations were closed and a vote held. The 2017 ‘committee will be:

Chair: Chris
Programs and co-chair: Wilma and Wanda (shared)
Secretary: Marie and Donna (shared)
Treasurer: Phyllis

Phyllis announced that she had found a hot dog vendor cart for the 2017 Fiber Education Festival, and someone who does wet and needle felting and would do needle felting demonstrations and potentially use some left over material from an earlier Festival.  Phyllis will be sending out requests for assistance/demonstrations etc early in the year.

Wilma handed out some 2017 program suggestions and asked all present to select a minimum of 3 items they would like to see.  The compiled results will help guide the 2017 program planning.

Jane distributed copies of ‘Copyright Law for Handweavers’

The book review from Steve was "The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing" by J.D.Liles.

Show and Share was in two parts:

1.    Items for the Guild challenge “Recycled Weaving” – items from Chris, Mary, Carla, and Wilma (photo’s have been published at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/p/photos.html
2.    Other items from Phyllis, Jane, Kim, Wilma, Chris, and Marie (photo’s as above)


Program

The program this month was an introduction to Tapestry and practical.  Three groups set up their painting frame looms and were shown examples of various tapestry techniques by Steve.  Each group will work on their own examples using the techniques and return them to the guild at a future meeting.

Thanks to the outgoing committee and welcome to the new (taking over in January)

Steve
SVH Secretary.



Minutes: January 21, 2017

9:00-9:30 "MSG"  Meet, Shop, Greet

Meeting was called to order at 9:30 by Chris; Members present  10.

Program:  Bead weaving By Carla

Demonstrated on  a Ricks Bead loom, she showed us different clasps. How to warp the loom and how to weave on it. Then using a big eyed needle stringing beads and weave them.  Items can be bought at Hobby Lobby or on the internet.

Business:

Vicki moved that the minutes from the Nov.  meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded  by Jane, approved.

Treasurer report given.                                               
                                            
Old Business.

Need an update on Chattanooga weave in.

Up Coming Festivals     Townsend April 21- 23    
                                           Fiber Arts Festival May 13 th

We need each guild member to demonstrate at the Fiber Arts Festival.  We will have a sign up sheet at the Feb. meeting

Friday night May 12th will be set up with a party to follow members are encouraged to help.

Next meeting:  Program will be on Tri Loom  demonstrated by Chris

Discussed guest speakers and teaching space Phyllis was able to obtain for us.

Book Review: No book review this month. 

Show and Share

Photo’s will be published on the SVH blog at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/

Marie Bindrim,
SVH Secretary


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Minutes: November 19, 2016

Mary opened the meeting at 9:30 am with 9 guild members and 1 guest present.  This was the last meeting for the Year.

Old Business.

Action items were reviewed: one closed, one due January, and the final open action is long term, due by the Fiber Festival.

Wilma moved that the minutes from the October meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Chris, approved.

The Treasurer shared her report.

New Business.

If you didn’t pick up your rug (ex-Crossville exhibit) it is available at R&M Yarns – please co-ordinate pick up with Phyllis or Jane.  Wilma thanked everyone for their help in removing the exhibit.  While the library is keen to have another exhibit, the October/November timeframe is not available next year.  Wilma proposed that the October/November window be booked for 2018 with a potential theme of wearable weaving (clothing, accessories). 

Related to the above, Kim will be approaching the Chattanooga library to see what interest there would be in weaving – potential for a ‘weave-in’, or exhibit, or workshop activity.  Contact Kim via email (from the membership book, or contact the secretary on svhguild@gmail.com for detail) before January if you would like to accompany her on the introductory visit.

Follow up (11/20/16) Kim has contacted the library Director with positive results.  A meeting is likely in February. 

Chris will organize an updated membership book – bring along any loom changes (for existing members) or details on looms you have (for new members) to the January meeting.


The nominations were closed and a vote held. The 2017 committee will be:

Chair: Chris
Programs and co-chair: Wilma and Wanda (shared)
Secretary: Marie and Donna (shared)
Treasurer: Phyllis

Phyllis announced that she had found a hot dog vendor cart for the 2017 Fiber Education Festival, and someone who does wet and needle felting and would do needle felting demonstrations and potentially use some left over material from an earlier Festival.  Phyllis will be sending out requests for assistance/demonstrations etc early in the year.

Wilma handed out some 2017 program suggestions and asked all present to select a minimum of 3 items they would like to see.  The compiled results will help guide the 2017 program planning.

Jane distributed copies of ‘Copyright Law for Handweavers’

The book review from Steve was "The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing" by J.D.Liles.

Show and Share was in two parts:

1.    Items for the Guild challenge “Recycled Weaving” – items from Chris, Mary, Carla, and Wilma (photo’s have been published at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/p/photos.html
2.    Other items from Phyllis, Jane, Kim, Wilma, Chris, and Marie (photo’s as above)


Program

The program this month was an introduction to Tapestry and practical.  Three groups set up their painting frame looms and were shown examples of various tapestry techniques by Steve.  Each group will work on their own examples using the techniques and return them to the guild at a future meeting.

Thanks to the outgoing committee and welcome to the new (taking over in January)

Steve
SVH Secretary.
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Minutes of the October 15, 2016 Meeting

Members met at 9:00 a.m. at the R&M Yarns Studio in Georgetown, TN, with the business meeting beginning at 9:32 a.m. Those in attendance: Phyllis Narus, Jane Collins, Mary Smith, Wanda Kelley, Wilma Chambers, Donna Barker, Marcia Wells & Carla Boudrot. Guest: Vicki Brewster (joined later)

Old Business:
—Open Action Items were discussed. The action item regarding members contributing one handwoven item for the Guild sales table at next year’s Fiber Education Festival to offset festival expenses was announced. Two other “open” action items were not discussed because the involved members were not present.

New Business:
—Donna moved that the Minutes from the September meeting be accepted as written; seconded by Wilma; motion passed.
—Treasurer’s Report was given by Phyllis. No change from last month.
—2017 dues paid by: Wilma, Marcia, Donna, Vicki, Phyllis, Carla. Members were encouraged to pay 2017dues before the January meeting. Treasurer started the “Petty Cash” fund (which was previously approved) with $30 cash collected from the dues paid.
—2017 Officer nominations were announced and elections will take place at the November meeting.
Proposed officers: Chris, chair; Wilma & Wanda, Co-Program chairs; Donna & Marie, Co-Secretaries; Phyllis, Treasurer.
All members are encouraged to apply for a position of interest.
—Wilma reported that she will need help taking down the Rug Exhibit at the Crossville Library on Tuesday, November 1st, at 9 a.m. Central Time. Some members’ items will be brought to R&M Yarns Studio for retrieval when convenient.
—Wilma announced a class, “Magical Shibori Dyeing” being offered March 18, 2017 at the Appalachian Center for Craft/Tennessee Tech in Smithville, TN for $75 (which includes all materials and probably lunch). Description:  “Use natural indigo and various, Century’s old techniques to create beautifully patterned silk and cotton scarves.” If members are interested, please contact Wilma as soon as possible—open to the first 10 students. Note that this is a regularly scheduled SVH Guild meeting date.
—Jane announced she is missing her Knitty Knotty made of cherry wood that was used at last year’s Fiber Education Festival at R&M Yarns. Did someone pick it up by mistake during the rushed packing because of the torrential rains?

Show & Share: Jane: light and airy cotton, etc. shawls; Carla: woven beaded bracelet; Marcia: twill cotton towels; Wilma: color weave effect Gamp; Donna: in depth explanation of “Lampas” weaving and showed samples she had woven of this luxury fabric that is part of the Complex Weavers Group project; Phyllis: 2/2 Bird’s Eye twill cotton towels; Mary: doubleweave samples.

Book Review: Mary reviewed “Doubleweave” by Jennifer Moore.

Program: Mary did a fantastic job demonstrating on her Gilmore Loom how to accomplish several different doubleweave results—two layer, double width, tubular and pick up. She distributed several handouts on the subject and shared various books that contain doubleweave projects.

Meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.

Phyllis Narus
Acting Secretary for Steve Prentice
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Minutes of the September 2016 meeting

Mary opened the meeting at 9:40 am with10 guild members and 2 guests present.  This meeting was held at the Crossville Library to enable members to view the ‘Rugs, rugs, rugs’ exhibit

Action items were not reviewed this month

Chris moved that the minutes from the August meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Wanda, approved.

The Treasurer reported the current balance is $966.73 (no change from last month).

Old Business.

A reminder to everyone that membership should be paid next month (or by January at the latest).

Discussion on the guild positions concluded with the following nominations being put forward:
Chair: Chris
Programs/co-chair: Wilma & Wanda (shared)
Secretary/multi-media: Donna/ Marie (shared)
Treasurer: Phyllis

Any further nominations should reach the Secretary before the October meeting (15th).

ACTION: Steve to produce a step guide to Secretary/blog/Facebook activities by November meeting.

Crossville exhibit – up and running – Wilma provided a guided tour of the whole exhibit at the conclusion of the meeting.  The exhibit will feature in the October issue of the Library newsletter highlighting the educational aspects of weaving.

New Business

Announcements: From Phyllis for R&M Yarns:  The first of new line of 8/2 OE spun cotton has arrived, available at $16 a pound with cones approximately 1.5 pounds.  Also a variety of 20/2, 16/2, 10/2, and 8/2 high quality RS cotton in a variety of colors.  This has been rough sorted and is available for viewing at R&M yarns.

There was no other new business

Book Review: No book review this month.  Volunteers for next month needed – contact the Secretary.

Show and Share

Phyllis had an example of some green cotton (8/2 OE spun at 16 epi) and detailed the hemming method she eventually used.

Jane had examples of crinkle weave – pattern from a magazine – with two further examples using halves of the warp.

Chris showed us towels in 8/2 cotton (now washed) that he had previously shown last month.  He also had a picture of a felted, stuffed toy he made.

Marie had a 8/2 cotton towel – also woven at 16 epi.

Photo’s will be published on the SVH blog at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/


Program

The program this month was the guided tour of the exhibit (and an excellent lunch at the 5th Street Market Place – along with a fair bit of retail therapy)

Steve
SVH Secretary.
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Minutes: August 20, 2016

Steve opened the meeting at 9:35 am with 8 guild members present.

There was one action closed this month (Phyllis: Festival timeline).

Chris moved that the minutes from the June meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Jane, approved.

The Treasurer reported the current balance is $966.73 (no change from last month).

Old Business:

Weavers of the Cumberland Rug exhibit update: Wilma will be hanging the rugs on the day after Labor Day (6th of September) and they will come down the first week of November – to be returned at the November meeting.  Anybody who would like to help putting them up should contact Phyllis on 423 284 8209.  She will be heading to Crossville to help.  Wilma has offered lunch for any helpers. There will be discussion at the September meeting (in Crossville) about future shows that SVH may participate in, as the Weavers of the Cumberland are not likely to support future exhibits. One suggestion was a ‘Wilma and friends’ exhibit.  Steve took the selected mug rugs to mount on a board to go to the exhibit.

Phyllis gave a recap of the Cleveland Museum Fashion show and her recent meetings with past organizers.  There is further work to do to establish whether or not the show will be resurrected in the previous form or may go to some other venue with input from past organizers.  Phyllis undertook to raise the matter further with all concerned and report back idc.

Jane reminded everyone to work on their ‘recycled’ project for the guild challenge presentation in November.

New Business

Phyllis presented her draft timeline (copy on the blog under ‘Events’).  All members should read and be ready to comment and commit to helping out wherever possible.  The February SVH meeting will finalize the guild member demonstration and assistance listings.  Wilma has already volunteered to man the ‘SVH Guild Table’ where guild donated goods will be sold to raise money to off-set Festival costs. 
ACTION: (201615) All members asked to make woven/fiber related articles for donation to the guild table.

Planning for the trip to Crossville (and meeting) next month is as follows: The meeting will start at the Crossville Library; 3 East Street, Crossville, TN at 9:30 AM (Central time) on the 17th of September for those heading straight there.  For anyone coming from south of Georgetown, TN and might be considering carpooling, meet at R&M yarns by 8:50 AM (Eastern time) for a 9:00 departure.  Contact phone numbers are Wilma: 931-456-7854, Chris: 423-744-4571, Phyllis: 423-284-8209 and Steve: 865-973-8608.  There will be lunch afterward – likely at the 5th Street Market.

Steve gave a summary of the new HGA Strategic Plan 2016-2019, including their outreach and support functions.  It was agreed that there should be a dedicated HGA support/liaison officer elected at the next elections to specifically target programs/assistance/funding for the guild and guild activities.

There was no other new business

Book Review: Steve presented a review of ‘Weaving: A Handbook for Fiber Craftsmen’  by Shirley E. Held.  This book changed cover and title in the second edition but the contents remain almost the same.  A highly recognized text book for tertiary education it has extensive background and practical information on weaving and related fiber production.  The examples are clearly explained and there is a wealth of added information in appendices. 


Show and Share

Chris showed us two towels and told us about his calculations for a double weave project. Also a clasped weft and a white/blue striped rug.

Jane had two rugs for the Crossville exhibit

Carla showed us two scarves she had finished.

Wilma brought samples of shibori cloth dyed with natural dyes at an Arrowmont class she recently attended.

Donna (via Chris and Marie) had two rugs ready for the Crossville exhibit

Wanda showed us a rug that has now been fulled (with considerable shrinkage), and a scarf with a huck design.

Photo’s will be published on the SVH blog at: http://scenicvalleyhandweavers.blogspot.com/

Program

Phyllis explained inlay weaving techniques and actual woven structure and had a very comprehensive handout with all details from multiple sources.  The chosen design for the practical demonstration was an inlaid Christmas tree motif, ideal for towels.  Phyllis suggested yarn to use and in particular the different (smaller) size for the inlay, to preserve the tabby structure.

Phyllis showed everyone her tie up with tabby and twill treadles and how she remembers the tabby direction for the shuttle and the sequence for twill treadling when inlaying the color yarn.  She also offered tips on how to track that the appropriate number of warp threads were dropped as the design progressed and how to use a mirror to look at the bottom (right side) of the cloth.

Phyllis explained how the technique could be used on a rigid heddle loom or even a frame loom.

After demonstrating one repeat of the pattern she then let other members weave portions to get a feel for the technique.  

It will be interesting to see when the first member example appears at a future show and share.

Steve
SVH Secretary
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Minutes: July 16, 2016
Mary opened the meeting at 9:30 am with10 guild members and 1 guest present.
There were no changes to the action item list from last month.
Wilma moved that the minutes from the June meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Mary, approved.
The Treasurer reported the current balance is $966.73.
Old Business.
Weavers of the Cumberland Rug exhibit update: Wilma collected entry forms from those present and outlined the requirement for a sewn on name/detail label on the back, something to enable hanging the time (a sleeve, loops, fringe turned over etc), and there would be no need to supply your own rod unless you specifically need to.  Small holes either end would be drilled in it if you did.  Wilma borrowed the photo’s from the 2015 exhibit to be used in the preparation of this years documentation.  She would also like to find the guild set of mug rugs to make up an single piece displaying them all.  If you know where they are please contact Phyllis, Wilma or myself to ensure they are ready for the exhibit.
No new news on the potential Cleveland Museum Fashion Show next year.
Guild challenge was re-stated and Steve (in advance of the show and share, displayed some ‘re-woven’ rag rugs (twice repurposed) he had recently completed.
A reminder was made to check and update any information in the Guild Membership book.  ACTION: Chris to produce a latest copy and bring it along so members can pencil in any changes and so new members can add their details.  A new book will then be produced.
New Business
Discussion started on the SVH Fiber Festival based on the report tabled last month.  A sign-up sheet was circulated to allow those willing and able to help next year to indicate when they were available and what they could do.  The meeting agreed that those members who sign up would like to know precisely what they need to do and [by] when etc.  To help with this the meeting asked that Phyllis (who has knowledge of all festivals to date) produce a timeline from now to the festival with key roles and timings.
ACTION: Phyllis produce a timeline/guide for the period up to and including the Festival.
The meeting agreed that a good approach for the guild might be to run a guild ‘table’ with goods from members for sale and also members to donate items for sale – with the money going to the guild.  Guild members would need to be able to man that table for periods to promote the guild and take care of sales, as well as supply demonstrations of different fiber related activities throughout the Festival in accordance with the overall planning from Phyllis.
There was no other new business

Book Review: Donna presented a review of ‘Weave, Knit and Wear by Judith Shangold.  This book shows that a rigid heddle loom with creative planning can produce superb articles of clothing.  It clearly identifies how the basic shaping works from the loom and how to combine sewing and/or knitting to that basic shape to make the various garments.  A very useful book for the techniques which can be adapted to almost any project.

Donna also presented a review of her attendance at the recent Complex Weavers Convention (which is held every two years).  She attended the following classes:

Single color designing

Dobby to digital

Lampas unleased

Fun with interlaced threading

Photoshop – how to design a lift plan and

Color interaction for weavers

Next month (August) will be Steve presenting a review of “Weaving a Handbook for Fiber Craftsman” by Shirley E. Held. 
Show and Share
Chris showed us his current woven design (on his tablet)
Marie shared that she had closed her yarn shop in Athens and had moved to a large dedicated space at their home.
Donna shared that they now have land in Sweetwater – no house yet.
Wanda showed us a huck lace scarf in tencel she completed at a recent class at R&M and a reverse block twill from a design in Handwoven.
Mary showed us samples of her summer and winter trials at various sets as she gets ready to weave towels.
(Photo’s will be published on the blog)
The formal meeting closed at 10:45
Program
Steve presented a program on Loom maintenance
The members were challenged by way of a warm up exercise to name as many loom types as they could and see if they could find more than Steve (who ticked off their suggestions from his prepared list).  The members won – Steve had forgotten pin looms (as a type of frame loom).
A hand-out formed the basis of a step through various maintenance routines from routine through to major restorations.  Steve brought along a box of the various lubricants for different materials, and some wood finishes and gave suggestions for how to clean anything from wood to metal including the reeds.  He gave tips on how to go about disassembly and reassembly and the presentation ended with another challenge to name a couple of the less common ‘beams’ found on looms. 


Minutes: June 18, 2016
Mary opened the meeting at 9:35 am with10 guild members and 3 guests present (2 paid membership at the end of the meeting)
One Action Item was added to the list at this meeting. Three Action Items from last month were closed. One item remains open until after Convergence.
Mary moved that the minutes from the March meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Phyllis, approved.
The Treasurer reported the current balance of $952.34.
Old Business.
Weavers of the Cumberland Rug exhibit update by Wilma. Will be collecting entry forms next month and items the following month.  Discussion on using the mug rug (Guild challenge last year) as an entry in the exhibit and using repurposed material in rugs ensued.
New Business
A written report on the 2016 SVH Fiber Arts Festival was tabled by Steve – copies handed out to meeting attendees and a copy will go to the blog.  Members are asked to read and digest and be prepared next month to supply input for the 2017 Festival. (The general consensus of the meeting was to move the Festival date to the second week in May although later it was noted that de-confliction may be required if the Cleveland Museum bring back their fashion show/luncheon fundraiser (also in May) – see below.
Phyllis tabled a detailed financial break down of the 2016 Festival costs.  Reducing the costs to the guild will be part of the discussions next month.
Steve outlined the HGA offer of SVH guild attendance at a seminar at Convergence for a reduced price.  As there doesn’t appear to be anyone from the Guild attending Convergence this year to take advantage of it the offer has been filed.
A summary of the Festival prize winners reactions and prize distribution was given by Steve.  Phyllis kindly swapped her donated prize to that winner to something more suitable as she was not a knitter.
Discussion was held on what to adopt as a challenge for 2016 and agreement was reached that ‘Repurposed Weaving’ would be the general idea with a woven item utilizing, in some form, some ‘repurposed’ material should be created and presented to the November 19th Guild meeting.
Phyllis told the meeting that the Cleveland Museum Director had recently been replaced and there is a possibility that there may be a repeat of the Fashion Show/Luncheon that the guild had participated in a couple of years back.  Quilters might also be included and there would likely be an auction of the fashion items.  The fairly high commission rates for selling may be lower this time around.
ACTION (2016013). Phyllis to act as liaison with the Museum and inform the Guild if they have another show that the Guild could participate in.

Book Review: Jane presented the “A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns: From the Friends of Handwoven” edited by Carol Strickler.  There are local connections in the book with an early example by an R&M customer and an entry by Jane’s Dad (page 27).  Good instructions on skeleton tie-up and examples showing different treadlings with a series of threading/tie-up/treadling combinations showing what will occur with each.

Examples of Dornic Twill, Overshot, and Diversified Plain Weave amongst others.

The book is available from R&M Yarns at $37.95 (and other outlets should you search).

Next month (July) will be Donna, August - Steve
Show and Share
Phyllis had some sample examples of a line of 11/2 cottolin yarn. She also had a listing for a spinning wheel and hand cards for sale.
Carla showed us her first project completed on her Kromski Rigid Heddle Loom
Marcia had a waffle weave towel
Vicki (a returning member) had 2 rugs; a rep weave example and a rag rug example.
Wanda had two bound weave rugs
Candee had a table full of painted/dyed yarn as examples for the program and for sale on the day.
Mary showed us samples of the yarn colors and told us of progress on her new rug.
(Photo’s will be published on the blog)
The formal meeting closed at 11:00 with Phyllis offering a challenge to new weavers to ‘spot the problem’ on a loom that she had bought recently that had a warp already threaded.  With some discussion and a potential back story it was agreed that many of the pressed metal heddles had been threaded wrongly (not aligned so that the warp thread passes through the metal eye cleanly).
Program
Wilma and Candee presented a program on Painted Warp. 
Wilma had a loom complete with warp and stepped us through the process of preparing and painting the warp while it was on the loom. Much of her inspiration came from “warp Painting: A manual for weavers” although it did focus more on pictures being painted on the warp.  Wilma favored geometric designs or color combinations and had examples (off-loom) of several.
The steps involved treating the yarn with Soda Ash, letting it dry, then painting on the dye colors and again letting it dry.  All this is carried out on a board inserted under the stretched out warp (sett of 40 epi to provide the density needed).  A cartoon can be placed under the warp to provide guidance to dye application (with stiff brush or foam brush).
Wilma also had an example of rep weave using painted warp – produced at a J.C. Cambell School weaving course.  The hand manipulated ‘blocks’ between black frames reminded all of stained glass and there seemed a lot of interest in working up a guild workshop  (next Spring) to try to replicated the results.
Steve
SVH Secretary.


Minutes: May 21, 2016


Mary opened the meeting at 9:33 am with 7 guild members and 3 guests present.

No Action Items were added to the list at the March meeting leaving only 2 ongoing Actions on the list.

Marie moved that the minutes from the March meeting as circulated be accepted as a true record, seconded Wanda, approved.

The Treasurer reported the current balance of $994 and will forward a written copy to the Secretary for inclusion in the records.  The Festival expenses were outlined and it was agreed this should be finalized once all payments are made/money collected.

ACTION (2016010): Phyllis to produce a final Finance Report for the Fiber Festival and present it at the June meeting.

Old Business.

Members passed on information on the Weavers of the Cumberland Rug exhibit to the visitors.


New Business

A verbal report on the Fiber Festival was presented by Steve and Phyllis which led to discussion on future timing, use of the tent, and potential to raise some revenue, re-use of the Activity Books, and help in setting up/breaking down. 

ACTION (2016011): Steve/Phyllis/Chris/ Marie to produce a written summary report with any appropriate recommendations for future festivals and present it at the June meeting.

The Stitches South road trip participants gave everyone their thoughts on the event in Nashville.  Overall it appeared to be quite narrowly focused on knitting/crochet with less of the weaving and spinning connections of the past.  Because of venue unavailability it is not likely to be in Nashville next year.

Steve passed around the Tennessee Valley Handspinner's name tag that has been created for that guild.  Wood with laser etching and magnet attachment mechanism.  These were made by a member of the guild who is in the process of starting up a web based ordering system so that other groups can order (simply) on-line.

ACTION (2016012): Steve to contact Adan and keep engaged with him as the web site is developed.  When up and running report to the guild on possible designs, prices and the process for members to order their own copy.

Mary then drew out 4 winners from the entries received from attendees at the Fiber Festival.  They were:

Crochet set: Lori Vaugn

Crochet hook: Diane Stinnett

Drop Spindle kit: Kay Spangler

Knitting needle assortment: Linda Lawson

The Secretary will contact winners and arrange delivery or pick up.

Book Review:

Next Steps in Weaving – What You Never Knew You Needed to Know by Patti Graver.

The book has excellent pictures and diagrams to match the many well explained examples of weaving techniques.  The pictures include front and back views (for those of us that 'sometimes' reverse the tie-up).  The book includes tips and tricks and a quick reference guide.  It is available from Interweave Press and sells via Interview or on Amazon for less than $20.  The consensus of the meeting was that it seemed a very interesting book.  Phyllis will be exploring stocking it at R&M Yarns.

Show and Share

Jane had a Fijian pandanus leaf woven mat sample that her mother had collected.  Jane is looking towards copying the weaving technique, first with paper.

Marie had a cotton mat and pin loom wash cloths

Carla showed us two examples of free form tapestry made on a frame loom.

Kim had a large sample of woven cloth, using an 8 shaft design which is destined to become a picnic set.  She also had a rigid heddle wool scarf.

Marcia had cotton bath towels.

Phyllis showed us a tencel sample scarf woven in a huck lace design, and also had some flax (55%) cotton (45%) 11/2 yarn on cones.

Chris brought along a rug made from Pendleton Worms in a Navajo style. It was woven on his recently restored loom.

Kathleen showed us photo's of some very large crochet works she had done.

Steve had an 'optical twill' design rug from a design by Jason Collingwood.

Mary showed us her waffle weave cotton towels and a wool rug in bound weave from a Tom Knisely design.

The formal meeting closed at 11:20am


Program

Wanda presented a program on the ergonomics of weaving. 

There was information from Laura Fry's DVD on the same subject and also clips from You Tube.  The links and a summary of key points is on the handout Wanda gave out.

The presentation broke the subject down into 4 areas: warping, threading the loom, weaving, and treadling.  There were many useful tips and everyone found some aspect of their own weaving process that they could improve on.  There was discussion on Laura's approach to ergonomics being driven by her own commercial needs (she is a production weaver), and how most of us had a more leisurely approach.  Simple fixes like height of warping frame, and sitting position were abundant and best posture to use the correct muscles in the weaving process.  A very useful reminder for everyone.


The program for next month is 'Painted Warp' by Candee and Wilma and the book review will be by Donna.

Steve
SVH Secretary.

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March 19, 2016 Minutes
Eleven members of the Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild and two guests met at 9:00 a.m. at the R&M Yarns Studio in Georgetown, TN.  The business meeting began at 9:40 a.m.
Attendance:  Phyllis Narus, Jane Collins, Mary Smith, Wanda Kelley, Wilma Chambers, Donna Barker, Joy Morgan, Chris Bindrim, Marie Bindrim, Teri Johnson, Lee Cummings. 
Guests:  Kit Schwinn and Paul Eakin.

Mary asked everyone to introduce themselves since we had a guest, Kit Schwinn, visiting.  Kit is a weaver and found our guild through a “Google” search.
Old BusinessPhyllis shared the Action Sheet that Steve provided.  All items on the list are now “closed” except:  1)  all members are to send Steve their current information for the Membership Book including looms, etc.; 2) members are to contact Wanda with any potential tutors for guild programs; and 3) members are to send Steve any fiber related URLs for inclusion on the SVH blog.
The Minutes from the February meeting were distributed.  There being no additions or corrections, Chris B. moved they be accepted as printed; Joy M. seconded; motion passed.

Phyllis gave the Treasurer’s Report which indicates a balance of $974.00.  Since Jane’s name is on the checking account as a signor and she is no longer an officer, she asked if the Guild wanted to replace her with a current officer.  After discussion, Wilma moved we leave Jane as a signor on the checking account; Chris seconded; motion passed.
Those attending Stitches South and wishing to carpool, contact R&M Yarns (423.961.0690) to make arrangements.  Some may be departing from Chattanooga and some from Athens, TN.
Reports—Rug ExhibitWilma reminded everyone of the “Weavers of the Cumberland” Rug Exhibit in Crossville later this year.  All entry forms are due at the July guild meeting and the rugs will be picked up at the August meeting by Wilma.  She encouraged everyone to make a rug, no matter the size or fiber content, and she will find a category and place to display it.  However, 40” is the maximum width for rugs that are to be hung from the balcony in the foyer of the Library.
Reports—Fiber Education FestivalPhyllis discussed the idea of an Activity Booklet to be completed by those attending the Festival this year and showed the rough draft that Steve prepared.  It is the feeling that distributing the Booklet for guests to complete will encourage more interaction with the demonstrators.  There will be a drawing for prizes for those that complete all pages of the Booklet.  Winners will be notified to come by R&M Yarn store to collect their prizes.
Phyllis distributed the “Volunteer Sign Up Sheet” for responsibilities at the Festival.  Most areas are now covered.  Those participating should plan to come no later than 9:00 a.m. to set up.  Phyllis will be at the shop no later than 8:00 a.m. for those wishing to help set up tents, etc.
Teri announced a juried art fair being held in Tellico Plains called “Art on the Square” on September 10th and 11th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Contact: El_at_farm@hugh.net for an application to participate.
Book ReviewWilma shared 3 books by the author Elizabeth Wayland Barber that she highly recommends:  Women’s Work: The first 20,000 years; The Mummies of Ürümchi; and Prehistoric Textiles. 
Mary will give a book review at the May 21st meeting on “Next Steps in Weaving—What You Never Knew You Needed to Know” by Patti Graver.
Show & ShareSeveral members showed recent weaving projects they’ve completed.  Watch for photos on our blogspot.
ProgramJane gave the program on inkle loom weaving.  She distributed a handout and demonstrated how to make heddles, winding techniques and how to achieve different patterns in a project. 
There will NOT be a Guild meeting in April.  The next meeting will be Saturday, May 21st, at the R&M Yarns Studio in Georgetown.
The meeting adjourned at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Phyllis Narus
Acting Secretary for Steve Prentice

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Minutes of meeting: February 20, 2016
The meeting was declared open at 9:30 by Mary.  9 members present.
Old Business:
Action item summary:
Action #
Date
Action
Responsible
Status
Status comment
201601
16/1/16
Send current member listing to Secretary

Open
Continuing to update hope to close in March
201602
16/1/16
Investigate construction of Earth loom for festival and ongoing use
Phyllis
Closed
see report this month
201603
16/1/16
Design and purchase SVH Guild business cards
Phyllis
Closed
see report this month
201604
16/1/16
Investigate SVHGuild email
Secretary
Closed
emails now coming from this account

The minutes of the January meeting were reviewed, Wilma moved that the minutes as emailed be accepted, seconded by Marie, passed.
The Treasurer presented her report.  Income from membership dues has increased the balance. We now have 13 paid members.  A copy of the report is held in the guild files.
The guild calendar of programs & events is now on the blog and will be the single point for updates/additions.  Discussion about the difficulty of timing the December meeting followed resulting in Marie moving that the December meeting be skipped with the planned pot luck to be held in January, seconded by Wilma, passed.
ACTION (201605): members email Steve with any Fiber/weaving related DVDs they have and would like included in the ‘library’ list for other members to borrow from.
‘Rugs, rugs, rugs’ update: Wilma had entry forms available (can also be downloaded from the blog).  Jane brought along a range of magazines and books with rug references and offered to copy any of those articles that members would like.
2016 Fiber Arts Festival update:  Steve brought samples of some of the food that will be available for sale on the day (Magic bars, Hummingbird cupcakes, and cheese scones).  Volunteers are required for carding/spinning, weaving, dye, and felting stations.  Phyllis has found more sheep and angora rabbits and will confirm attendance by a needle felter.  There will likely be a rug hooker demonstrating as well.  The FAF postcards have been printed and were available for attendees to take away.  It was noted that for any home school students attendance would be considered as an enrichment activity.
ACTION (201606): members email Steve if able to participate at any of the stations or anywhere during the Festival.
ACTION (201607): Steve to produce a draft of the Festival Passport for the March meeting
Phyllis showed the plans for a semi-portable earth loom and has tentatively priced the parts and secured JJ’s help to build it.  Wilma moved that the guild supply up to $100 to cover the costs of construction, seconded by Lee, passed.  Some form of sign (Scenic Valley Handweavers) will be painted on/burnt in/attached on completion.
The new Guild business cards have been printed and are available for members to take away.  The QR code was tested and works – it takes you to the guild blog.  Jane moved that the cost  of guild promotional material (postcards and business cards) be met by the guild, seconded by Lee, passed.
Wanda led a discussion on the guild monthly programs and the possibility of paying for an expert to give a presentation or teach a lesson to the guild. If more expensive than the guild can afford, consider including other nearby guilds.  Members attending Stitches South, and Convergence will canvas attendees.  Wilma suggested a visit to Smithsville where the Resident Fiber Artist teaches a variety of classes. This would need to happen before July and there would need to a minimum of 4 students. One topic mentioned was shibori dyeing. Wilma will find out more details.
ACTION (201608): members with contacts that might fit the above criteria to contact Wanda for consideration.
New Business
Steve requested that any current financial member who has a fiber related business to advertise via a web link contact him with details and these will be added to the existing blog entry.
ACTION (201609): members contact the Secretary with details of their appropriate web links – to be added to the blog page.  This action to be undertaken once a year, after dues have been paid.
Steve brought the mug rug color study challenge from 2015 to an end with a competition to pick the favorite color combination from all entered mug rugs.  This was undertaken via several rounds of voting by all present and resulting in the selection of a mug rug woven by Phyllis for the first challenge to produce a ‘neutral’ appearance with various colors and tones of colors.  As the lucky winner she gets to see those colors reflected in the SVH Logo for a year (or until the next challenge involving color).  You will note the logo in these minutes and on our web sites has been updated to reflect this result. 
Mary introduced an additional challenge for the remainder of the year: to recognize ‘texture’ in our weaving.  This and other aspects of the structure/color can be amplified on during any future presentations during the monthly show and share portion of the meeting.  Mary encouraged everyone to be able to share in the fullest sense by bringing along planning information, drafts, .wif files etc.
There was no new business from the floor.
The only announcement was for the ‘Townsend Artisan Guild Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival’ April 15-17 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, TN.  Phyllis and Candee are vendors and Steve will be demonstrating spinning and weaving.
Book Review
Phyllis reviewed Finishing Touches for the Handweaver by Virginia M. West.  This was a 1988 version of the book which was originally published in 1968.  The update brings expanded diagrams.  It contains good descriptions of finishes like leno, hem stitching, finishing on the loom, an many more.  The book contains many useful projects such as; ways to secure fringes, decorative fringes, joining, and drawstring handles.  The book is available on Amazon (link http://www.amazon.com/Finishing-Touches-Handweaver-Virginia-West/dp/0934026408) and ebay.  Coincidentally Jane had brought along for the ‘sale table’ an older edition of the same book.
Next month Wilma will review Women’s Work: The first 20,000 Years – Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barbar.
Show and Share
Jane led off with a hand dyed boucle scarf, examples of her updated and very thorough, record keeping, a twill tie up sampler, and some rug ideas.
Wilma showed us a rag rug she created by sewing material pieces together before cutting into strips.  This created a distinct pattern on the finished rug.  The design is from Weaving Contemporary Rugs  by Heather Allen.
Mary had an example of Swedish embroidery, basket weave placemats, and a sample of waffle weave towels in 8/2 cotton.
Wanda brought her split complement mug rugs with stitched hems.
Marie showed 3 examples of her handwoven towels, one with an ornate ‘B’ embroidered by her friend.
Terri showed us a sheer shawl she wove on her cricket loom, from yarn she scored at a thrift store.
Pam had a crochet rug made from old sheet strips.
Steve had a cotton towel with indigo stripes and using the hem stitching recommended by Phyllis to allow machine stitching on thicker yarn cloth.
Phyllis had several examples of rugs: a cotton bath mat, an alpaca (spun on a core of mop cotton), a cotton/wool rug and a similar one with extra color stripes, a goose eye twill example, and a krogbrug linen/wool. She also showed us her cotton towels with a huck lace feature.
Steve then presented an introduction to rug weaving aided considerably by some segments from the Tom Knisely video on Weaving a good rug.
The meeting was declared closed at 1:30 
Steve P.
Secretary SVH

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Minutes of meeting: January 16, 2016
The meeting was declared open at 9:30 by Mary.  10 members present.
A round of introductions followed.
Old Business:
Mary declared that the email vote for new officers had been unanimously agreed upon as was the proposed budget.  Both votes are accepted by inclusion in these minutes.
Jane proposed the minutes of the December meeting as emailed be accepted, seconded by Lee, passed.
The Treasurer presented her report.  A copy is held in the guild files.  There was some discussion about the use of Guild funds to bring an instructor to a guild meeting for a presentation and associated instruction on their field of expertise.  Further discussion to be held with two points noted.  This could be an ‘end of year’ activity when finances would show how much could be spent based on the amount left, and this is an activity that might be shared with other nearby guilds to off-set the costs.
Membership dues should be paid to the Treasurer.  It is also a good time to ensure the Guild membership book detail is up to date.  A new edition will be produced with updated information and some sorting of active/financial vs non-active members.  There was also discussion of how best to contact members should inclement weather cause the cancelling of a Guild meeting.  Up to date information and contact numbers will help with this.  Absent any more formal method an ‘all points’ email would be sent out on the morning of the meeting, with txts where this is possible, and information on the SVH Facebook and blog pages would be updated.
ACTION: Chris to send the Secretary an e-copy of the Guild membership book to update.
Updates to the Guild calendar of events were discussed.  The actual Calendar will be updated on the Facebook and Blog pages and emailed along with other documentation.
Wilma outlined more detail of the 2016 Crossville Library exhibit of Rugs.  Entry documentation was handed out and will be made available via the Facebook and blog pages.  The exhibit will be September and October with entries to be in by July 15 and items picked up at the August meeting.  The three categories of rug will be: Art rugs – all new material, Recycled rugs – some previously used content, and ‘Balcony’ – larger (no wider than 40”) rugs.  There may be another category of ‘miniature rugs’ at 1:12 scale – more details to follow. The 17th of September meeting will be a road trip to view the exhibit.
Discussion on building an Earth Loom at R&M yarns in time for the April Festival led to an action.
ACTION: Phyllis to check with to see what it might cost to get one built similar to an earlier guild activity Earth Loom.
The final mug rugs were handed around and distributed to their new homes.  Contributions from Jane, Marie, Chris, Donna, Phyllis, Mary and Steve.  Photo’s will be on the media sights.
Show and Share started with Candee showing dyed yarns suitable for various projects.
Marie had a new book “Weaving for Worship” to show.
Wilma showed us her Tennessee Tech surface design project on handwoven yardage and using a leaf design silk screened in three colors.
Mary had cotton placemats in basket weave.
Teri had a cotton towel , a scarf, and alpaca yarn (ready for a project).
Phyllis (R&M Yarns) has a new lot of inserted eye heddles for sale.
Photo’s off all the above will be on the media sites.
After a short break the meeting resumed to discuss the programs for the next meetings.  This began with Wanda reading through the list of suggestions as compiled in November.  The list was then handed round the attendees to indicate their preferences.  With that compiled a short list of:  Overshot, Accessories/Tips/Tricks, Tapestry (including Inlay), Painted warp, Inkle weaving, Ergonomics, and Double weaving.  Rug weaving was already allocated as the February program by that time, Steve looked away for a second and on looking back had been volunteered to run the program as an introduction to rug weaving.  Jane will be running a program on Inkle weaving in March, April has a road trip to Stitches South and the Festival so won’t have a formal meeting/program.  Further programs will be announced idc.  The painted warp program will be in the summer with Candee and Wilma putting it together.
Another idea surfaced to present a book review each month: 10 minutes on a weaving related book – with good/bad features, general information, etc.  Phyllis will kick off in February with her review.  There will be a sign-up sheet for further reviews.
Announcements:  Jane will likely have books for sale in the future as she thins out her library of holdings.  The guild will set up a table at future meetings where smaller items can be displayed for sale/swap/free (labels required).  Larger items can be advertised in postings and on our media sites by emailing the Secretary.
Candee suggested the guild could try iron on printing for items associated with the April festival.  This idea could be incorporated in the activities/passport part of the festival.  Watch for future emails on specifically Festival related activities.
Guild Business Cards were discussed and actions raised. Jane moved that the Guild meet the costs of the printing, seconded by Lee, passed.
ACTION: Phyllis to design and get a small batch printed
ACTION: Steve find out what has happened to SVHguild@gmail.com email address.
Mary thanked the previous SVH officers for their work in keeping the guild functioning and fun.
The meeting was closed at 12:00.
Steve P.
Secretary SVH