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A message from the Guild President

On the loom at the Jason Collingwood Workshop
Itís hard to grasp that we are just over a month until our September meeting. I hope you have had plenty of time to enjoy family and friends in our beautiful state over the summer as well as some weaving time. It is such a busy time of time to fit in lots of activities. My July plans changed and so I had the opportunity to attend an excellent class at NEWS and visit with weaving friends from around New England. I hope those of you who made the trek down to Northampton enjoyed your experience. The exhibits were inspiring. I marvel at the interpretations color and structure on display from other weavers. We are all fortunate to be surrounded by such gifted artists. I have been exploring and enjoying my new-to-me compu-dobby loom. It has opened up a whole new world for me.

I would like to encourage each of you to sign up for an afternoon workshop, volunteer for a position, and introduce a friend to weaving. Please let me know what the guild can do to nurture you and your weaving. The Program Committee has put together a broad and exciting program. The descriptions and the registration form are posted on the website. I encourage you to look over the offerings and join us for something that piques your curiosity.

At NEWS I overheard two weavers talking about how distinctive our towels were. Once again Donna Abbott has put together a unique guild challenge. I hope many of you are interested in joining the 2019 Special Guild Project, A Tribute to Georgia OíKeefe.

Our guild functions on the time donated by our many volunteers. Many folks have put in considerable time over the summer. Thank you to Donna Abbott, Annette Higby, and Donna Pratt for all their work putting together an exciting program lineup for the upcoming year and beyond. Thank you Jennifer Kortfelt for keeping the website up and functioning. Thank you to all the members who volunteered at NEWS on behalf of the Vermont Weavers Guild and especially Donna Pratt for all her time as our NEWS representative. Finally thank you to Beth Balon for her over ten years of service as our librarian building an awesome collection. We are still in need of a new librarian and Beth has graciously volunteered to help the new person get up and running. If you are willing to fill the librarian position please contact me directly.

There are a couple of things that I would like the membership to mull over before the September meeting. Many guilds have a guild pin that members can buy and wear. Would you be interested in a pin and do you have any ideas of a design? Would you be interested in having a fall and spring swatch exchange? And finally how and when should we be using the Yahoo group including who should have access to it and at what point should the list be culled.

I am looking forward to a great fall with all my fellow weavers. If you have any ideas of how we can improve the guild experience, please contact me.

MaryAnn Bennett, Guild President

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The Vermont Weavers Guild is a non-profit educational association. Its purpose is to increase technical proficiency and artistic experience by providing a well-rounded educational program, to promote and maintain high standards of weaving, as well as related fiber arts, to share our knowledge and ideas and to bring together hand-weavers.

Meetings are held monthly on Saturdays (usually 2nd Saturday) in September, October, November, February, March, April and May at the Kimball House, Randolph, Vermont

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