We had a nice meeting this past Saturday. Some of us worked on wooly feather trees – more about that later – and some of us just worked on braiding. Some of us just ate food – people always bring such delicious nibbles.
A few more classes were brought up: Deb Weinhold is not quite finished her prototype for the class she wants to teach, but it should be cute: a kittycat shape. No, it’s not the Marie Griswold cat shape; it’s a more oval-ish sleeping cat shape, which I think will be more serviceable. Nancy Young showed some labels suitable for marking braided baskets or other table-top items, which were very simple and yet looked smart, so she agreed to teach a class on making these labels.
There wasn’t much interest – other than me and Carolyn Newcomer – in submitting rugs for the PA Farm Show. So it will probably just be the two of us this year… maybe we can get some others from the Lancaster branch of the guild to submit rugs. I think it’s important to keep showing Pennsylvanians how beautiful braided rugs can be!
All of us agreed that we’re still interested in going up to Vermont for the opening of Delsie’s show (or shortly after). I just heard from Delsie today and the opening at the Vermont Folklife Center will be Saturday Feb 4, probably around 1:00 or so to accommodate travelers. The exhibit will go on through April so if that weekend doesn’t work out for us, we can go later. All of us also agreed that we would only stop off at the Folk Art Museum in New York if Deb Weinhold’s husband drove us – none of the rest of us rabbits is confident about driving in New York City.
Carolyn and I and a few others are planning on teaching at the PA Fiber Fest at the end of February.
Next meeting is January 14, 2017.
OK: wooly feather trees. First, I want to thank several people. First is David Pray, who told me about the traditional German feather trees made with real feathers (he makes them). Then, Heidi Diefenderfer and Barb Meyers have both made feather trees from wool fringe before and they were helpful and encouraging as the rest of us ventured into making these trees.
For supplies, I followed instructions published on the internet from April Deconick’s website. http://www.aprildeconickrugstudio.com/imported-20100829212630/2009/12/10/create-a-wool-feather-tree-for-the-holidays.html
I bought the cloth-wrapped florist wire, and cut it to the lengths specified, and the floral tape. I cut dowels to 12 and 15 inches with my dad, who also drilled bases for the trees.
I had a lot of fun making the trees – I think everyone did – and I can’t wait to decorate mine with my earrings that have lost their mates and other tiny doodads … maybe some glitzy yarn as a garland. But, I think if I make one again, I will change the lengths of the wires. I like a tree that’s a bit thinner in profile, so I’ll probably make my branches 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, and 5.5 inches long, instead of jumping a full inch each row. Also, I may be able to get more rows of branches out of the floral wire package if the branches are shorter, because I think my tree is going to need a couple more rows of branches to look good. If any guild members need additional rows like I plan on adding, please just email me and I’ll clip them and send them to you.