Golden Fleece Spinning and Weaving Guild

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Program News for January 5th Guild Meeting

Guatemalen Tapestry Crochet: Deborah Andersen

Please bring all necessary materials.

The technique of working in the round with at least two colors of yarn can produce really beautiful patterns in your project. Learn the technique and how to graph your own patterns. Please bring two different color yarns of the same weight and a crochet hook that works with them. Also, a pencil or pen. Some basic, single crochet skill is necessary in order to participate in this workshop. There will be a variety of examples for people to look at if they do not want to crochet but only look at the books and finished projects.

Needle Felted Sheep with Debb Guard

Limit of 6 people. Participants will use one needle to dry felt and form a small sheep. If you want to be sure to participate in this workshop, please contact Debb ahead of time. All materials are being provided. A small fee to cover material costs is suggested.

Fractal Spinning with Christine Sitterly

Materials to bring: spinning wheel, one or more colors of roving or batts of fiber. 3 bobbins for plying

Ready - set - GO!

Fractal spinning for 1hour on Jan.5, 2014, with 2 carded batts of contrasting colors (ex. black/white, red/yellow) will emphasize the fractal method. 

I can bring some gray carded batts from my stash. A second color is needed --looking for it now. Or the "student" can supply their choice.

 For the demo -- batts work better than roving because of the splitting & division into sections (ex: halfs, thirds, sixths).

Wishing you all the

Hope, Wonder, and Joy

that the Season can bring!  

Open Studios at Thistle Hill Weavers:
Thursday December 5 - December 24, Daily (except Sundays) 10am - 4pm
Featuring fabric overruns that can be made into gifts for the season

Please come celebrate with us at our Our Open House Party:
Saturday, December 14, 10am-6pm
With local wine and cheeses!

Our show room will be open until Christmas for last minute shopping and mill tours.

Baxter Road Cherry Valley, NY 13320


Golden Fleece Guild will hold its annual Holiday Party December 1st. Those attending are asked to bring their favorite finger food/ appetizer to share. There will also be a gift exchange, bring a gift, receive a gift. 

Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association


At The Schoharie Valley Railroad Museum Complex

143 Depot Lane

Exit 23 off I-88 to the village of Schoharie

Friday November 22, 11am – 5 pm

Saturday November 23, 10aam – 4pm

Sunday November 24, 11am -4pm

Unique Hand Crafted Gifts

Bake Goods, Country Bread and Soup kitchen

Daily Raffle for basket Filled with specialty items crafted and donated by crafters

Two floors of crafts

This is a juried craft event for more info please call

Call 518-295-7505 or 518-868-2878



THE Fiber Festival

of New England

November 2-3, 2013

Presented by Eastern States Exposition &
New England Sheep & Wool Growers Association

Mallary Complex at Eastern States Exposition

Vendor List

Schedule of Events

The Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild at the Mabee Farm for the Farm, Foliage and Fiber Festival in October  

                         2012 DEPOT LANE SHOW November 22-24


       At this writing, there are almost 9 weeks until the Depot Lane Holiday Craft Show and Sale. That’s an extra week since the show is on its late cycle this year. More time to create!

       Once again, Golden Fleece will have 2 1/2 booth spaces to fill with our wonderful goods.  At the September meeting, a sellers FYI sheet was handed out along with the inventory sheet, which is required for each seller. Both of these sheets are included in this newsletter and on our website. New on the FYI sheet is the fact that each item must have an individual number on its tag. This will help move checkout along more quickly which helps our customers. The inventory sheet can also be sent to you as a “Word” document if you’d prefer just e-mail me that request.

      We will accept items as early as our November 3rd meeting. Drop off of items on the set-up day, (November 21st) will be at Flora Kenyon’s home at 117 Knower Avenue, Schoharie between the hours of 3PM an 6PM. Any items brought in on the Friday or Saturday sale days will be inventoried and put out as time allows.  In addition to the drop-off times mentioned above I will be happy to collect items at The Spinning Room in Altamont or my home from Nov. 4th – Nov 19th. Anyone choosing this option should contact me so that I will expect you.  If you are hesitating because of drop off or pick-up challenges, please give me a call or e-mail and we can try to work something out. Other guild members are always ready to help. I can be reached at 861-7298 or at [email protected]

    Finally, I’d like to urge everyone to submit items. woven, knitted or crocheted,items, skeins and roving, needle and wet felted i, handmade wooden items, jewelry, soap, fiber related photography as well as handmade candles have been part of our offerings. Shoppers are entitled to a choice of high quality creations produced locally, which we are known for. Thank you in advance for being part of this effort to showcase our talents and help out the Schoharie Colonial Heritage Association.
~ Yvette Terplak

Sellers FYI Sheet link

Inventory Sheet link

Mark your Calendar for the Farm, Foliage and Fiber Festival  Saturday October 12, 2013 

Instead of a meeting in October the Golden Fleece Guild will be participating in the Farm, Foliage and Fiber Festival. Please a skein (or skeins) for the dyepots. Bring your wheel, spindle, loom, lucet, marudai, crochet hooks or knitting needles....     Join us for a day of pumpkin painting, scarecrow making, animals, hay rides, fiber artists demo and craft vendors!

Textile historian and Hollywood movie consultant Rabbit Goody, owner, director and designer of  Thistle Hill Weavers, will speak at The Golden Fleece Guilds September 8th meeting. Rabbit Goody will be speaking about the textiles in the Mohawk Valley.  Discover the rich history to present day impact that the Mohawk Valley has on the textile industry. Be sure not to miss this meeting! Meeting is held at 1:30 pm 

Schoharie United Presbyterian Church 314 Main Street,. Schoharie, NY



Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

The 5th Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival 

October 5 & 6, 2013

For 2013 we have over 120 vendors from throughout New York
and New England.

We are located at the historic Washington County Fairgrounds,
in Greenwich, NY.   Over 125 acres and an award winning 
farm museum open during the festival.

  • 120 Vendors
  • Demos & Workshops
  • Festival Foods
  • Fleece ~ Yarn ~ Roving
  • Sheep Shearing Demo
  • Fleece Show & Sale
  • Finished Products
  • Patterns & Kits
  • Handmade Soaps
  • Equipment & Supplies for knitting, spinning, weaving & hooking
  • Dog Herding Demos
  • Livestock Private Sale
  • Facepainting & Balloons with Puddles the Clown
  • Local Grown Foods - cheeses, honey, maple syrup
  • All Natural Animal Fleece
  • Sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Rabbits, Angora & Cashmere Goats
  • Livestock Supplies

Check website for  more information, entry forms and a money saving coupon 


Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild News

Our September Meeting is moved to Sept 8th due to the Holiday. Speaker  Rabbit Goody will speak about textiles in the Mohawk- Schoharie Valleys. What were people making and who made them.

See you at the meeting! 

Depot Lane Holiday Sale

What is it?  Why do we do it? 
With several new members to our guild, I thought it would be a good idea to give some details and background about the Depot Lane show.  Each year, for many years, our Golden Fleece guild has taken part in the Holiday Craft Show sponsored by the Schoharie Colonial Historical Society to benefit the Depot Lane and the Palantine House. Schoharie. For our purposes, we refer to it as the Depot Lane Show because that is where it is held.  It is held on the weekend before Thanksgiving. This years dates are: Nov. 22-24. 

So what do we do there? Guild members bring a wide variety of their beautifully done handcrafted items to sell. Last year we had 2 1/2 booth spaces and over 500 items available for sale.  Our presence there really adds to the quality and depth of items at the show.  The public looks forward to what we have to offer from small ornamental items, to socks, shawls, linens, sweaters, hats, scarves, home goods such as pillow, candles, stationary and more.
Why do we do it?   The show gives guild members who may not ordinarily sell items in public venues the ability to do so without needing to get their own tax certificate.  Some members do have their own numbers but still bring items for the guild booth.  It also showcases the many talents of our group and the wide variety of fiber arts skills we have.  Our presence also helps people shop small and local for high quality items made in the USA. And, of course it benefits historical sights in Schoharie.

Who makes the money from the show?   Those members who make items pay the guild a 10% fee for displaying, advertising and filing the necessary NYS sales tax. Which is added on at the time of sale.  The rest minus  goes to the fiber artist who makes the item.  Last year  about 26 guild members participated and in total received a little over $2835 in payment.  The guild itself made @ $140 for its effort.

We need a variety of items in many areas to satisfy all pocket books.  You do not need to make a lot of items.  A fine finish on an item makes it particularly attractive as well.  So………..let’s all get planning and working on items to make the Depot Lane Show a success.  Each of us is very talented and know our skills best and we look forward to showcasing these talents to the general public and helping members make some money and connections for future sales.  They’ll be more procedural information and how to ready items for sale in the next two newsletters.

 If you have questions or need further information please contact Yvette at [email protected]

September Spinning Workshop with Donna Kay
September 21st Schoharie Pres. Church

Donna Kay is back again to teach us more about spinning.  This workshop will cover
Spinning techniques for making specific yarns for shawls, socks, sweaters, and mittens.
(Maybe afghans too.)  The cost will vary from $25-$35, depending on the number of
 people who register plus a materials fee.  We will do a potluck lunch like last time.

Time: Sat. 9-4
Place: Pres Church, Main St. Schoharie
Deposit: $15 (Send to June Preston or Erika Adams)
Register with Erika Adams:[email protected] or 439-8683

We are finishing up the last day of the Altamont Fair. What fun everyone had with all the Wool Nook activities and Sheep Showing. A great success. 

Please Read
Our original program of wet felting has been canceled because of
unavoidable family circumstances. This would be an excellent opportunity
to have an out door dye day, BUT we have no one to organize it.
If anyone can and is willing to do this, please contact Erika Adams before
July 31st.  After that, I must go ahead in planning another program.

Altamont Fair Sheep and Wool Nook enties

Online Entries (Click to go to Blue Ribbon Entries)

JULY 29, 2013 - 5 PM
AUGUST 4, 2013 midnight

2013 Schoharie County Sunshine Fair

Don't miss the PARADE!  Wednesday, July 31st, 2013, 6:30pm. Fire up the tractor, gussy-up the goat, dress the baby as a carrot and come celebrate farm, family and community as "The Grand Sunshine Parade" takes to the streets of beautiful Schoharie County, New York.  Produced by the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, this 2013 entertainment addition to their eight day event line up is sure to dazzle and enchant fair goers of all ages.  Leading the march in grand style will be "The Famed and  Fabulous Beekman Boys"- Schoharie County reidents and winners of the 2012 CBS Reality TV Show, The Amazing Race.

We are looking for YOU!  Join us this July as we celebrate the summer season, our farm heritage, and the strength and beauty of Schoharie County and it's community. We need kids, farm animals, pets, tractors, classic cars/auto clubs, local businesses, law enforcement/fire departments, civic groups, youth groups, community organizations and bands to participate.  Cash and prizes will be let your creativity shine!

The parade will stage at the fairgrounds, continuing around the racetrack in front of the grandstand, turning right back towards Grand Street, taking a left  and  returning to Guilford Mils parking area. 

This event is being organized by the Schoharie County Sunshine Fair, kicking off Saturday, July 27th running thru Saturday, August 3rd.  For information contact  Susan Harker or Jess Goblet, Parade Coordinators, 518/496/0969 or [email protected].

Cobleskill Sunshine Fair – Wool Nook (Dept 3) Entry Info Updates

Fair Dates are July 27 – August 3.

Please consider entering a handspun skein or a knitted, woven, crocheted, felted, etc item in the Cobleskill Sunshine Fair.  It is so much fun to participate in the competitions and the top prizes this year are really terrific!!

The Premium Book is up and ready and can be found online.  Look for “Department 2 & 3 Beef, Dairy, Sheep (WOOL NOOK)”.  The Wool Nook info is on pages 10-14. 

Your entry forms are due by July 8.  You can enter online or print a form and mail or hand deliver it to the fairgrounds.  There are two entry downloadable forms (attached) required by the Sunshine Fair, the “Open Entry Form” and the “Payment Form”.

The drop off date to deliver your items to the fair is Monday July 22 from 3pm-7pm. The judging will take place the next day, July 23.  (Note that judging is NOT open to the public.)  All items will remain on display until the closing of the fair.  You will be able to pick up your items on Sunday, August 4 from 9am-Noon. 

I hope you all decide to enter!  See you at the Fair!

Flora Kenyon, Wool Nook Entry Coordinator

Important Cobleskill Sunshine Fair Wool Nook ENTRY DATES: 
July 8 – entry forms due
July 22 – drop off date for entries from 3pm-7pm
July 23 – judging (not open to the public)
August 4 – pick up items from 9am-Noon

July Guild Meeting

 Knitting, Crocheting, and Weaving Clinic
There will be a number of members, who have volunteered to
be resource people for the three skill areas mentioned above.
No projects are planned. Just bring your questions, problems, and
 projects for receiving some valuable help. 
People, who would just rather spin can make a group and share ideas. 
July 7, 2013 at 1:00pm

Stitch N' Pitch brings together two American traditions — Baseball and the NeedleArts. Come to a ball game and knit, crochet, embroider, cross-stitch and needlepoint. Sit among friends, family and colleagues and cheer on your favorite Baseball Team.

July 18 Come see the Tri-City Valley Cats in Troy NY.

Have you received your Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild June Newsletter? Come join the our guild, so you can keep up with all that is happening!

Next Meeting is July 7th at 1:00pm at the  Schoharie United Presbyterian Church 314 Main Street. Schoharie, NY. See you there!

June Guild Meeting 

Be sure to come to the June Guild Meeting on June 2, 2013 at 1:00pm

Cooperative Extension Agent, Steve Hadcock will be speaking on marketing of value added products. If you are not sure what value added means, you are not alone. Items that you make with processed fiber, such as, felted, woven, knitted or spun fit into this category. Cooperative Extension agents are well versed in their specialties and this one is Steve Hadcock's.

Bring your wheel, your current knitting project or any thing you are working on. Show and Tell your finished objects. Browse the fiber books in our ever expanding library. Share ideas, learn some new ones and make some new friends. Refreshements will be served. See you there.

The May newsletter is out. To receive yours, sign up today. 

Altamont Fair 2013 Dates – August 13th-18th

The  Exhibitor’s Guidebook is now available.  This is the direct link to the page.



JULY 29, 2013 - 5 PM


AUGUST 4, 2013 midnight

A direct link to the Altamont Fair facebook page

Schoharie County Sunshine Fair Dates - July 27th - August 3rd

The Premium book is posted but not all departments are active yet. Link to the page

Entries for all Departments are due by July 8, 2013, with the exception of 

Department 5, Sections 18-23, and Dept. 8, Sections 4 & 5 which are due by July 19, 

2013. Entries for all other departments will be accepted between July 9 and July 19 at 

an additional charge of $10 per entry

Here is a link to Schoharie County Fair Facebook page

Cummington Fairgrounds
97 Fairgrounds Road
Cummington, Massachusetts 01026 

Fair Admission:
Parking - $10 per car,  $15 for a two day pass
No ATM available, please plan accordingly.

Facebook page


Cummington, MA 01026

The Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild meets the first Sunday of each month at the  Schoharie United Presbyterian Church 314 Main Street. Schoharie, NY.

We strive to promote all fiber art. Our meetings include workshops, sharing ideas and projects and event planning. 

Please join us to learn a new skill, discuss fiber news and events and to develop new friendships.