December Wooly Pages

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Thanks to Life Which has Given Me so Much

Marcos Bautista, who visited the NE Ohio guilds recently has posted “Thanks to Life Which has Given Me so Much” at

November Wooly Pages

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Visit from a Zapotec Weaver — Updated again

Please note changes—we will not be hosting Wednesday evening due to conflict with Fair Trade sponsors events.

The Northeastern Ohio Weavers community will be hosting a weaver from Oaxaca, Mexico between October 25th and November 2nd. Medina Spinning & Weaving Guild will be hosting him on Thursday, October 30th at Kent State University and then that evening at Jan Pesek’s home.

We will spend the day at Kent State University for a graduate student tapestry exhibit, a demonstration of their jacquard loom and a weaving demonstration by our guest in the morning. After lunch on your own, we will meet at the Kent State University Museum to view the American Tapestry Alliance exhibition. As time allows, we can view the felted and nuno felted exhibit as well as the highly recommended the master jewelers’ exhibit. The museum is open until 8:45 pm so you won’t be rushed! To see the listing of all the exhibits offered, look online at

Thursday October 30th’s timetable

10:00 am  We will assemble inside the back door of Terrace Hall Annex located on Baumgardner Circle off Midway Drive that can be entered from East Main Street. From there we will walk to Merrill Hall via the Esplanade (5 minute walk). Located within Merrill Hall is the permanently installed tapestry designed by textile grad students from a couple years past.

From there, we will walk to Oscar Ritchie Hall to view the tapestries of current grad student, Liz DeBellis. This exhibit entitled, Mapping Threads, represents her MFA Thesis Show. See

Then we will move next door to the Textile Department on the second floor of Terrace Hall Annex. A grad student will provide a tour of the studio with a demonstration of their jacquard loom. Our guest, Marco Vasquez, will then present his Zapotec weaving for all to see.

Lunch time! We will be on our own for lunch.

2:30 pm – We will gather at the Kent State Museum, 515 Hilltop Drive (corner of East Main and South Lincoln Streets). There is parking next to the building. The American Tapestry Biennial 10 exhibit will begin our afternoon. Following that, we can continue on to see all the other exhibits as time allows. There is a $5.00 ($4.00 for 55 or older) entry fee for the Museum.

For an interactive map to assist you with directions within the Kent State Campus go to

Thursday Evening

Following our day at Kent State, everyone is invited to come to Jan’s home,  for a potluck dinner. The invitation is open to all Guilds regardless of participation or lack of at Kent State. We will begin with appetizers when we arrive and dinner will start between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm to allow for folks that work to arrive. Marco Vasquez will have a loom to demonstrate his Zapotec weaving. Please remember to bring a woven item to show Marco.

For other activities please see Western Reserve Spinners & Weavers guild website


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

October Wooly Pages

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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, 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.