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LOCO Weaves Shawls for Heifer International

For many years, the LOCO Guild participated in sheep to shawl contests at
the Ohio State Fair. The way they work is this: various groups/guilds would
get a team together and in a timed, competitive event, each team would card,
spin, and weave a shawl. The shawls were then judged on quality, size, time
used, and complexity of pattern.

Because each team had to come to the contest with a ‘practice’ shawl, and would then proceed to make another one, after 6 or 8 years of participation the guild ended up with ten or fifteen handwoven shawls. Somewhere around 2003, we decided to try and raffle the shawls off, and chose Heifer International as the beneficiary of our ticket sales.

While the State Fair no longer holds a sheep-to-shawl contest, the
guild still does various demonstrations at county fairs as well as a
‘pioneer craftsmen experience’ day at Lorain County Metroparks Mill Hollow
location. This year, we took the leftover yarns from several past years, and
at our annual March dye-day, many of the guild members participated in the
dyeing of those yarns. We have completed one shawl, and wove the
other at the Cuyahoga County Fair on August 9th. In addition, we have chosen
one of our past sheep to shawl items [for a total of 3 shawls] to raffle off
this year. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and as always, the proceeds will
benefit Heifer International.  The guild has raised more than $7,000 to benefit Heifer and its programs.

For tickets, find a guild member, or contact us. Good luck – we hope you win!

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LOCO Raffles Quilt for Heifer International

Pieced and quilted by member Gloria Hood, this queen sized quilt is
constructed in a French Braid pattern, a variation of the Log Cabin Block. See another picture here and here.

Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Want to take your chances? Find a guild member, or contact us.

Drawing will be held December 11, 2012 at the Guild’s holiday meeting. No need to be present to win, but you’re welcome to join us.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to Heifer International. Over the years, the guild has raised more than $7,000 for Heifer and its programs.

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August newsletter and meeting

Our August newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is August 14 at 7 p.m.  We’ll be hearing about beautiful Romanian Point Lace from Doina Cracium. We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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July newsletter and meeting

Our July newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is July 10 at 7 p.m.  Learn about rare breed fibers from Sally V. We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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June Newsletter and Meeting

Our June newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is June 12 at 7 p.m.  Janet Vizkelety and Chris Strekely will present a program about small looms. We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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May Newsletter and Meeting

Our May newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is May 8 at 7 p.m.  Julie Bragg and Dee Martin will present a program about quilting. We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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A summer of quilting

Click here to download complete information about Quilt Connection 2012, a season’s worth of activities in Oberlin centered on quilting in all its forms, featuring several LOCO members who also quilt. With gallery talks, classes, lectures and exhibits, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy – come out and see what our local quilters have been up to!

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April Newsletter and Meeting

Our April newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is April 10 at 7 p.m.  It’s skill sharing night – come and learn all sorts of tips and techniques from your fellow members! We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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March Newsletter and Meeting

Our March newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is March 13 at 7 p.m.  It’s Dye Day – see page 3 of the newsletter for all the details you’ll need to get ready. If you can come early, Karen Long is arriving at 6:30 to begin setting up – the sooner we set up, the sooner we can get started. We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.

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February Newsletter and Meeting

Our February newsletter is here; you’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and read it, which you can find here.

Our next meeting is February 14 at 7 p.m.  It’s fiber Movie Night – we’ll have a variety of videos available for viewing. There are also a number of other fiber-related activities, exhibits and events this month, so check out the newsletter for details.  We’ll gather at the Carlisle Reservation Visitors’ Center on Nickle Plate Diagonal Road (directions here).  Join us – visitors always welcome.