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November-December 2005

What Does It Mean?

“So, what does ‘Tres Hermanas’ mean?”

Let us tell you, we’ve heard that question a few times since we opened! “Tres Hermanas” means “Three Sisters,” in Spanish. It refers to the three artists whose work is displayed here at the shop. And yes, we are sisters – at least sort of… Allow us to introduce ourselves!

Gloria Galasso, a native of Ponca City, spent many years in Dallas, coming home to escape the rat-race of the “big city.” She fell in love with fiber arts five years ago when she began to study both spinning and Navajo-style weaving. You may have met Gloria if you have an interest in fiber art – she has spoken to many groups around town on the subject of “Sheep to Shawl.” She really is Nora’s sister.

Nora Moses-Sekine, another native of Ponca City, has had her artwork shown around town for much of her life. Nora graduated from the Kansas City Institute of Art, moved to California, then left the earthquakes behind when she returned to Ponca City with her two boys, Bryan and Tyler. Nora is the artist who makes the exquisite beadwork for THWW. She really is Gloria’s sister.

Patricia Paterson is the third sister in spirit, if not by birth. After many years in Dallas, Ponca City is the first “small” city she’s ever lived in -- and she swears she’ll never go back. Patricia began crocheting in college, learning knitting and triangle weaving after moving to Oklahoma. She is a computer geek by profession, but a fiber artist by passion.

All three of us call Arliss Moses (Moses & Moses Contractors) “Dad.” He generally calls all of us “trouble!”

 

Store Hours

Tuesday-Friday................10am-5pm

Saturday..........................10am-4pm

We are open by appointment only on Sunday and Monday.

 

Starting November 17, we will be open on Thursdays until 8:00 pm!

 

New Products

THWW is proud to announce that we are now the exclusive Oklahoma dealer for Winsome Timbers Spinning Wheels and Accessories. These gorgeous wheels are hand-built by Ken Lennox and then balanced and adjusted by his wife Barbara. They are custom-quality wheels, at very reasonable prices. We currently have the Patience, a 30” Saxony wheel, a 4-bobbin Lazy Kate, and a very comfortable spinning stool on display at the store. Coming soon: Bonnie, a 16” traveling wheel.

We have lots of neat stuff in stock from Nancy’s Knit Knacks (NKK). This includes some cute patterns and kits for Fair Isle hats and Christmas stockings. (Patricia knit her first Fair Isle hat from an NKK pattern, and she says they’re well-written and easy to follow.) NKK also offers wonderful fingerling-weight wool yarn and great accessories for knitting and spinning.

 

Higher Education

Gloria spent a week in Davis, OK, participating in the Olds College Master Spinner’s Program. This six-part program has been conducted at Olds College in Alberta, Canada, for more than 25 years. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of Oklahoma fiber artist, Sherry Healey, the class in Davis was the first time this program has been offered in the Midwest. Thanks Sherry!

 

Knit (and Crochet!) for Hurricane Relief

The Knit (and Crochet!) for Hurricane Relief continues, in cooperation with the Texas-Oklahoma District Kiwanis Clubs and The Salvation Army. Area knitters, crocheters, and other fiber artists are invited to participate by contributing handmade items for children and adults who are victims of this year’s hurricanes.

We have received some donations of yarn that we will be glad to pass along to anyone who wants to help but who needs yarn. We also have a free hat pattern donated by Nancy’s Knit Knacks.

 

Coming Events for 2006

The Pioneer Women Fiber Guild will hold its first meeting, time and place TBD, in January. It will be open to all area fiber artists – from sewing to spinning, crocheting, knitting, and anything else made from fiber! Please call the shop at 580-718-WOOL (9665) for more information.

For those of you who knit or crochet with thread, you haven’t lived until you try Clea, a wonderful, imported thread that has an amazingly soft texture. We hope to have Clea in stock in early 2006.

The Fourth Sister Club will begin in January as well. It will allow frequent customers special discounts and sales events as well special drawings and prizes.

 

What’s Happening?!

October was a very busy month for the THWW staff! One weekend, Gloria gave a class and lecture at the Oklahoma Global Education Coalition’s 8th Annual Conference at the Northern Oklahoma College’s Enid campus, followed by a class at the 1st Annual OkieFiber Fest in El Reno. The next week, she presented a lecture and style show for the Ponca City Women’s Connection. Patricia gave a talk for the Ponca City Mother’s Club. Then Gloria spoke to members of the St. Paul United Methodist Church Fellowship.

Whew! It’s a good thing we love to talk about what we do, isn’t it?

 

Class Schedule

 

Needlefelting Christmas Ornaments*

  Instructor: Gloria

  Cost: $15

  • Saturday, 11/12, 10-noon
  • Thursday, 11/17, 6-8pm

Description: Learn the basics of needlefelting while making adorable Christmas ornaments for holiday trees or packages.

* Because of the sharp needles used in needlefelting, this class is for adults only.

 

Beginning Knitting (2 sessions)

  Instructor: Patricia      

  Cost: $30

  • Part 1 – Saturday, 11/12, 2-4pm OR Thursday, 11/17, 6-8pm
  • Part 2 – Saturday, 12/3. 2-4pm OR Thursday, 12/8, 6-8pm

Description: This two-part scarf-knitting class will introduce you to the basics of knitting. Part 1: casting on, knit, and purl. Part 2: casting off, troubleshooting and Q&A.

Required Materials: Knitting needles and yarn.

 

Knitting: Felted Slippers

  Instructor: Patricia      

  Cost: $10

  • Saturday, 11/26, 2-4pm
  • Thursday, 12/1, 6-8pm

Description: Students will begin knitting the Fiber Trends’ slipper pattern. Class will review the pattern prior to beginning work, in order to discuss special techniques used in the pattern.

Prerequisite: Must be skilled at knitting, including increases and decreases.

Required Materials: Pattern, knitting needles and yarn.

 

Beginning Crochet

  Instructor: Pat Sikes

  Cost: $15

  • Thursday, 11/17, 6-8pm
  • Thursday, 12/1, 6-8pm

Description: Create a beautiful scarf while learning beginning crochet stitches.

Required Materials: Size G crochet hook and yarn

 

Weave a Friendship Bracelet

  Instructor: Gloria

  Cost: $10

  • Saturday, 11/26, 11-noon
  • Thursday, 12/1, 7-8pm

Description: Weave a friendship bracelet with the Slentre (“Dancing Fingers”) fingerweaving technique. Cost of the class includes materials.

 

Beginning Drop Spinning

  Instructor: Gloria

  Cost: $35

  • Saturday, 12/3, 10-noon
  • Thursday, 12/8, 6-8

Description: Spin fiber into yarn using a “top whorl” drop spindle. Cost of class includes a drop spindle, 2 oz. of spinning fiber, and “Give It A Whirl” instruction booklet.

  • Sign up early – class size is limited to 5 students!
  • 50% deposit required at time of registration.
  • No cash refunds! If student cancels 3 days prior to class, a credit will be given, available for a future class. No credit for cancellations less than three days before the class.
  • In order to keep the price of classes down, class materials (except knitting needles and crochet hooks) must be purchased at THWW.

 Stop by the shop before Christmas Eve and receive your free knitting or crochet pattern!