Black Sheep Handspinners Guild

BSHG Newsletter Archive

For more recently-produced newsletters (not scanned), go to the newsletter page.

Note to guild members: If you would like to help by giving a brief description of any newsletter listed here, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

1995

February:Minutes from January meeting: review of Roc Day celebration, contest winners, Discussion on monthly meeting's place.

 

1994

January: Minutes of meeting, state fair handspun yarn catagories and Meet our Members ( MOM ) Shelly Marino and Ellie May

March: Minutes of meeting, demo on knitting different types of sock heels, show and tell and MOM Anne Furman

April: Rainbow dye workshop, meeting minutes, MoM Celia Radke and planting herbs for sachets

May: Meeting minutes, making baskets from handspun, MOM Lee Buerkle

July: Meeting minutes, information and planning for Market Day, MOM Rickie Mc Clure

December: Meeting minutes, MOM Diane Blaisdell, Roc Day planning

 

1993

April: Article by Eleanor May "Visit to Rochester Museum: Weaver's Choice - Patterns in American Coverlets" contains highlights of Eleanor's visit to the museum, Article "Wool: A Hard Act to Follow" about wool market fluctuation and wool quality improvements.

 

1992

February

March

April

May

June

July

September

November part 1 November part 2

December

 

1991

February: Article – Woolamena at the NYS Fair promoting sheep & wool from the “National Wool Grower Magazine”, Roc Day – almost didn’t happen due to weather – has 2 vendors, Article – Moths – prevention

March: Market Day planning, Rita Buchanan Workshops, EGLFC – June 13-16 – Guild display Competition, Moths II – How to get rid of moths, Treasurer’s report

June: Rita Buchanan – Fall workshops, Spring seminar at The Mannings, Celia Quinn workshop, State Fair calendar, Article – Shampoo Your Sweater – How to restore shrunken woolens, Pattern – Stay on Baby Booties

July: Market Day, Best of the Best – Article “I Love Goats!” includes Faith Wight’s method of spinning, Recommended summer reading – Judith Rossner’s - Emmaline

August: Article - Judgment Day – Troy Fair by Ellie Mae, Trumansburg Fair, Article – Restoring used knitting yarn, Article – Spot and stain removal for wool fabrics, Article – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Exercises

September: Beginning spinners’ workshop, Knitters Fair in Cherry Hill, NJ, Planning a spinners retreat, Article – Dyers Dilemma, Article – Capital Convergence ’92, Article – Spinning wheel maintenance tips from Bill Ralph

October: Dyers Workshop, Dyeing to spin at Cayuga Nature Center Pioneer Days, NY State Fair Accolades, Article – North American Cashmere Company of Spencer

November Part 1: (note: partial newsletter)Afghan project, Knitting Camp on Wisconsin by Elisabeth Zimmerman daughter Meg Swansen

 

 

1990

January

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July

September

October

November

 

1989

March

April

May

June

July

September

October

November

December

 

1988

July: (note: incomplete) Canadian Wool Spinning Wheels, Listing of Guild books, periodicals and equipment available for use to members.

September: Sheep to Shawl Contest, Pattern - Extra Warm Fleece-Lined Mittens, NY State Fair winners listing, A Visit to the (Najarian) Ribbon Factory (in Greene, NY), Summary of Convergence ’88

October: Afghan design for Guild raffle

November: A Spinners Knot (how to make a Constrictor knot), Center-Pull Ball Winder (how to make one), A cute little fairy tale about spinning and pies (from Tom Tit Tot - an English folk tale)

December: An overview of competition judging techniques, How to make an E. Zimmerman Moebius Strip hat/scarf, Pattern for: Wool-Lined Slippers, Easy Hat, Socks, Watchcap in Brioche Stitch, Simple Crocheted Cap, and Patty Pan Tam

 

1987

January: Notes on the December 1986 meeting, A discussion of the article in Scientific American of 1/1987 on the evolution of fleece, Info on sheep numbers in US and NYS, Discussion of wool comtamination as it applies to fleeces going to mills, Info on a high-yielding flax variety

February: Notes on January meeting, Book review of Priscilla Gibson-Roberts book "Knitting in the Old Way", Pattern for a pullover sweater from Nancy Morey

March: Notes on the February meeting and members doings, Spinning vocabulary

April: Notes on how to choose a fleece

May: Notes on the April meeting, Info/instructions for Fair Isle knitting

June: Info on the guild's Spinners Market Day, Notes on the May meeting: Dick Corth on color perception, Washing fleeces, Dyeing cotton

July: Lots of info on guild events, more on market day, Talk about Nancy Morey's book on dyeing entited 'Rainbow Dyeing: a Multicolor Approach to Dyeing'

August/September:Thoughts on beginning spinning, News articles on flatulent sheep, Reports on market day

November: Notes on Roc Day (what it is etc) and St Catherine, Info on the Ontario Master Spinners Program

 

1986

January: Roc Day, cochineal dyeing, Finn sheep

February: Cochineal dyeing

April: Navajo Indian life, Rainbow dyeing workshop

May: Personal colors, Market Day planning.

June: Market Day, library inventory

September: Marty McGee appearance on Today Show

October: (note: incomplete)

November: show & tell and critique by members, adding color while spinning

December: Roc Day plans

 

1985

December: Short summary of the past year, Article "Wool Processing Systems" from American Wool Council Newsletter with explanation of woolen and worsted yarns, definition of terms like combing, scouring, twisted, etc.

 

1984

January

February

March Part 1, March part 2:

April

May

June

July

 

1983

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

September

October

November

December

 

1982

March: Spring Fever sale summary, Lichen Dyeing Workshop, Wool Day plans

July/August: Beginning Spinning Workshop report, Proposed changes to the Constitution

September: Hands on Spinning Workshop, "Basics of the 19th and early 20th century Textiles",Interguild Guild Directory 1982-83 in Guild Library

October: Workshop on using handspun in knitting, Officers to be elected in November, Budget approved, "Uncovering Coverlets: our neglected history" lecture

November: Discussed new policy for rental of Guild wheel and carding machine, History of Rock Day

December: (note: poss. incomplete?)"Old Spinning Wheel" poem, "Shaggy Sheep" story, "Grazing in the Grass", "Forefather's Song", "Seven Things for a Craftsman to Remember", "The Weavers", "Weaver John", List of publications for spinners

 

1981

January

February

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June

July

September

 

1980

January

February

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May

June

August

October

December

 

1979

January

February

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April

June

July

August

October

November

December

 

1978

January

March

April

May

July

August

November

 

1977

April

May

June

August

September

December

 

1976

June: Guild activities and business, guild news.

July: Guild workshops, guild news, pricing handspun yarn.

 

 


Special Thanks to Marie, Terry, Susan, Marjorie, Sharon, Becki and Alison for their assistance with article descriptions.