Thursday, January 7, 2010

Today is Distaff Day -- Let 2010 Begin!

A "tweet" by Weavolution caught my eye today. It tells me that in European cultural traditions, today; January 7 - the first day after the feast of Epiphany, is Roc Day, or Distaff Day. It is the day weavers and spinners return to their looms and their wheels after the holidays. The distaff or rock, used in spinning, was the medieval symbol of women's work. Today, some modern-day crafters' groups have incorporated Distaff Day into their New Year's celebrations. It is a good day for us to begin our 2010 year.

Please plan to join us Saturday, January 16, from 2 - 4 PM for our first Guild meeting of the year. Our own Anne Ball will present our program on Peyote Stitch -- a form of bead weaving. We will meet at Anne's house and work around her dining room table. As with other popular hands-on Guild programs, Anne will show us samples of her work to give us an idea of what is possible, then give us some basic instructions -- and then let us try our hand at bead weaving in this style.

If you would like to attend as a guest, please know you are welcome. Contact Sandy at for additional information. If you are a member and know someone who would enjoy this program, please do bring them or encourage them to come.

The business portion of our meeting will be brief to allow as much time as possible to learn Peyote Stitch. It is, however, time for most of us to renew our annual membership in the Guild. Please bring $25 or a check made out to PFAG to take care of dues for the 2010 year. Garnette will ask you to complete a quick form to update your contact info at that time. 

Announcement #1 The PO Box for the Guild has been relocated to a more convenient location for the current officers. The new mailing address is  P O Box 31341, Charleston, SC 29417. If you ever need it, you can find it in the footer of this blog page. 

Announcement #2 Anne needs to know how many people to expect for her bead weaving program on Jan. 16, so please respond to the e-mails that go out before Wednesday, January 13 -- or leave a comment at the end of this message.  

We look forward to seeing as many of you on the 16th as possible. Until then, stay warm!

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