Saturday, January 8, 2011

Buellwood Weavers and Fiber Guild members have more to offer our visitors

The Buellwood Weavers and Fiber guild meets the 3 rd Monday of each month in Hancock MI at the Gloria Dei Church at Noon for a fiber program, show and tell and a short business meeting. Contact one of our Co Chairs under Guild members in this blog for more information.

Our members are a talented group and besides sharing what they have been making or workshops they have taken some of them are in business in the UP. We also have some student members from Finlandia's Art and Design Program who are sharing their inventive ideas and projects with us. This is a refreshing addition to the traditional Guild meetings.

Jeanne Medlyn an avid spinner, is also the chair person for the Hancock Tori , a farmers and crafters market, which is held outside the Finnish American Heritage Center on the Finlandia Campus. It is held on Wednesday and Saturday starting in June. It runs from 9 am - to about 2 pm rain or shine. You will be able to walk to the Tori from the Dorms.

She also runs a used Book shop 'Books in the Barn' just north of Hancock in a restored barn. For more information about her shop see Books in the Barn. Phone: 906-384-6801 The barn is located in Boston Location which is one mile west of US 41 at the Airport flasher. This is about 6 miles north of Hancock Michigan.

Carol Kreher our Goodie Bag chair person for Northern Wefts 2011 is the owner of Fiber Whims - a fiber store in Chassell Michigan. She has yarns, roving, felting supplies and equipment for knitting, spinning and weaving for sale in her shop. Carol also runs classes she is an especially good felter and loves to share her knowledge with all of us.

Check out Fiber Whims on your way to the Weavers conference in Hancock, it is just north of Chassell, fire number 44795 US 41 on the left side of the road, with a banner and a small sign noting Fiber Whims. Drive slowly as it is off the road and up a hill in the woods, you do not want to miss it.
Fiber Whims is open Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday 11-3 pm and later by appointment. She can be reached at 906 523 4048 or email krehercreations@charter.net. Carol will also be a vendor at Northern Wefts 2011. Be sure to check out her booth when you are at the conference.

We also have a member Beverly Lopez who owns a wonderful antique shop 'Northern Lights' just south of Bruce Crossing on Hwy 45 at Himanka Rd. Bev is a weaver specializing in Rya and Tapestries. Her antique store carries many items for you to explore. Plan on spending some time looking through what she has collected. She has a lot 1950's collectables. To mention a few check out her porcelain, glass items, dinnerware, Roseville pottery, vintage tools, artwork, paintings, prints, vintage books even some on mining and just about anything you can imagine. The shop is about 1 hour 15 minute drive from Hancock but well worth the trip.
Northern Lights is open every day from 11 am - 6 pm CST but if you happen to be passing by earlier please stop as she is an early riser. Beverly can be contacted at nlantqs@jamadots.com
or by calling 906 827 3933.

Other members of our guild Lynn Anderson, Eve Lindsley, Jean Lind, Jessica Speer, Kitty McInnes, Mary Brownell, Phyllis Fredendall and Carol Kreher just to mention a few, have their work at shops and galleries throughout the UP. Galleries such as the Copper Country Community Arts in Hancock, Vertin Gallery and Ed Gray Gallery in Calumet and Fiber Whims are a few close to Hancock.

Further from Hancock but worth the drive is Great Lakes Trading Company in Silver City on M64 between Ontonagon and Porcupine Mountain State Park. A trip to the Porcupine Mountains, called the Porkies, by locals, is well worth the trip. It is a wilderness State Park with camping and hiking and views of Lake Sperior that are a must to see.

If I missed anyone in our Guild who has a business or has work at other places in the UP please let me know so I can correct this or add a comment adding your information. Thanks

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