Upcoming Visit from a Zapotec Weaver

Later this month Catholic Charities of Cleveland is having a Zapotec weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico give a presentation at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo. While he is in the Cleveland Area local weaving and spinning guilds are hosting him for various events and activities. More information will be posted as available.

The Ohio Fair Trade Expo 2014 will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014, from 9 AM to 4 PM at John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. See their website ohiofairtrade.com/expo-2014.

Marco Antonio Bautista Vasquez’s story embodies a beautiful combination of traditional Zapotec ways and contemporary life.  He learned to weave at age nine from his father and mother.  As a child, he enjoyed making toys from found objects and later  transferred the creative skill to playing with yarns,  weaving and unraveling them to become beautiful rugs.  He developed as a weaver over many years while completing his primary education in village schools and later commuting by bus to Oaxaca City.  Vasquez has an engineering degree from the Technical University in Oaxaca City, made possible by selling the rugs and bags from his loom.  He continues to weave along with his mother and father who also maintain a subsistence farm.   Vasquez maintains a Zapotec life, and   travels to share his work as weaver. One day he dreams of an advanced degree or creating his own business. (from OhioFairTrade.com)

October Wooly Pages

The October Wooly Pages newsletter is available.

Spinning Wheel Play Day

This event is a chance to try out different spinning wheels. Bring you wheel and the fiber you like to spin. We will spend time spinning on each others wheels and talking about the different wheels. You can also bring fibers you would like to try on another wheel, especially if you are looking for another wheel. November 1, 10 AM to 2 PM at Medina Presbyterian Church. Please bring a can of food for the church’s food pantry as they are not charging for the use of their space.

Pre-Registration helpful. Jean Ohlenbusch, kali@nls.net or 216-798-3026

September Meeting

This Tuesday is the first meeting of our 2014-2015 year. This will be our annual Show ‘n Tell. Bring your Projects from over the summer to show and have some thoughts to share about what you learned from or challenges you had while making it.

If you have not renewed you membership please bring it with you. This meeting is the deadline to be included in the Directory. Click here for the form Membership Renewal.

Social time will begin at 7pm with the meeting beginning at 7:30.

The Silk Road

Fibers and fabrics have tied the world together and impacted our history for millennium. On our September 10 field trip to the Natural History Museum, guild members will have a chance to experience an incredible example of this!
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September Wooly Pages

The September Wooly Pages newsletter is available.

The Silk Experience with Robin Russo

This silk workshop is two days, Saturday, October 4th and Sunday, October 5th from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Day one will be about spinning and learning about silk in the many forms in which it is available to the hand spinner. Day two will be making silk paper,  also called silk fusion or silk felt.

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