17th Annual Traditional Arts Expo invites guests to explore the talents
of today's guilds and artisans. The United Quilt Show, showcasing
the talents of both the Hunterdon County Quilt Guild and the Evening
Star Quilt Guild returns this year, plus displays from the Warren
County Needle Arts Guild and the Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey.
Sponsored in part by
Warren County Cultural & Heritage Commission
Lost Art Lacers of North Jersey collectively have many years of experience in making, studying, collecting, and teaching the intricacies of hand-made laces. The group may often be seen at places such as Millbrook Village, the Warren County Farmers’ Fair, the NJ State Fair, the DAR's Christmas in July, Grey Towers in Milford, PA, Cooper Mill in Chester, NJ, and the Armstrong House in Montague, as well as numerous others throughout the year where interested spectators turn out to marvel over the painstakingly slow process of weaving different types of laces by hand. Members of the LAL specialize in diverse laces – bobbin laces, tatting, crochet, knitted lace, needle lace, and hairpin lace. Access the website www.lostartlacers.org for contact information and dates and places of events. (Please note the Lost Art Lacers will soon have a new website, as our internet provider is changing.)
Macknik, a handweaver, will be demonstrating how fancy patterns
are woven on a loom. She will also have a small loom you and your
children can weave on. A sampler of natural dyed yarn will show what
colors could be gotten from different plants and trees.
Warren County Needle Arts Guild
The Warren County Needlearts Guild was founded in 1979 for those interested in traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) needle arts, and is dedicated to the growth of these skills and the learning of new techniques. Hand arts the group focuses on include sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet, embroidery, and other forms of creative expression in handwork. The Guild offers monthly programs or projects guided by members’ interests, generally led by talented guild members, with an occasional guest speaker. Each meeting features a “show and tell” of completed or in-progress work, providing inspiration and support for members, offering one-on-one help with problems.
The Needlearts Guild is a small, friendly, creative group that is supportive of others who love needlework. Recent programs have included ruched fabric flowers, an appliqued table-runner, wool penny-rug techniques, chicken-scratch embroidery, and knitting, among others.
Beyond their own interests, the Needlearts Guild members strive to use their skills in making a difference in the community through an annual service project. This year they made quilted fleece blankets for “Derek’s Hugs”, in support of children in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Angel 34 Foundation, and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Past projects have benefited pediatric cancer units in Lehigh Valley Hospital via “Con-Kerr Cancer” and the Million Pillowcase Challenge, as well as a program to make totebags and backpacks for school children in Haiti, in conjunction with United Methodist Women.
Meetings are held from September through June on the third Tuesday at 6:30 PM, at the McCrea Port Murray United Methodist Church, 276 Main Street in Port Murray, NJ. Please stop by their table in the Expo building to see examples of their work and talk with members. All items for sale are made by our talented Guild members.
The Evening Star Quilter’s Guild was founded 26 years ago in September of 1987. The original group of 12 quilters from Warren County who quilted in their homes has grown to a vibrant guild averaging 103 members.
If you have a love for quilting you are welcome to join the group, where you'll learn and share the art and skills of quilting. A main focus of the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild is to provide continuing education and support to all members from beginners to experts. The Guild meets at 7:00 pm at the Belvidere High School on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June every year. Dues amount is $20.00 per year.
Creativity is inspired through the many optional programs, some of which include: show and tell, challenges, block of the month, row quilts and mystery quilts. Workshops on specific designs or techniques are offered throughout the year where one can learn “hands-on” and possibly go home with a finished quilt. A new member liaison assures no one will ever feel uncomfortable attending their first meeting.
Throughout the 24 years the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild has been together, the members have reached out to the community by donating hundreds of quilts in support of local charities and organizations. Each year the Charity Quilt Committee identifies a charity or organization to receive the quilts made by the members. In the past quilts have been provided to “Wrap a Smile”, an organization which helps children with cleft lip or palate repair. Quilts have also been given to the many brave wounded soldiers in hospitals here and abroad though Quilts of Valor. For the past several years, the Evening Star Quilters have created and donated holiday place mats to Meals-on-Wheels for distribution to local shut-ins in hopes of making their holidays brighter. And there are other organizations to which the group has donated many quilts.
To learn more about the Evening Star Quilter’s Guild, please visit our website at www.esqg.com
Hunterdon County Quilting Guild celebrated its 35th anniversary of its founding in 2013. The Hunterdon County Quilting Guild has participated in the Warren County Farmers’ Fair since the beginning of the Traditional Arts Expo. The group is comprised of over 50 members who come from a broad geographic area. Their quilting skills and interests range from almost-beginners to more than 40 years of quilting experience; from traditionalists to 21st century design ideas. This diversity in membership enhances the shared experience of belonging to an organization devoted to their one common, passionate interest! Women and men with an interest in the preservation and promotion of the Quilting Arts and the involvement of community service through the creation of quilts are always welcome to join. Having an opportunity to spend time with others having kindred interests while learning new techniques, sharpening skills, and experiencing “Wow, I can do that!” moments, makes Guild participation highly worthwhile. The atmosphere is friendly and non-competitive, and you cannot avoid having a stimulating time at our meetings!
In addition to lectures and workshops presented by expert speakers, the yearly schedule of activities features a member-led “round robin”, a community service workshop day, and a quilters’ retreat weekend. The Biennial Quilt Show at the Lebanon Township Museum at New Hampton is held during the month of October, in odd-numbered years. While not the main reason for the Guild’s existence, its Community Service initiative is of great importance. This ongoing program allows the Guild to offer comfort to those in need in the form of a soft, warm quilt. This year's efforts provided lap robe-sized quilts to many clients of Home Instead as well as more than 40 quilts donated to the Children’s Home Society of New Jersey and 17 quilts sent to military personnel through the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Other groups served by Guild include Habitat for Humanity, FISH, the Shannon Daley Foundation, St. Peter’s and Robert Wood Johnson Medical Centers’ neonatal units.
You are invited to learn more about the Guild at its annual Open House meeting in October. Be sure to stop by the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild area in the Expo building where they will have a schedule of meetings for the upcoming year, will be demonstrating quilting techniques and presenting the “Quilters’ Boutique” of handmade items. For more information about the Hunterdon County Quilting Guild, please call 908-752-7447, or go to hcqgnews.tripod.com.
About Fiber Artist Lois Macknik
Lois Macknik is a fiber artist who has been a handweaver for over 30 years. She uses traditional patterns and frequently demonstrates at historic sites. Besides weaving, she teaches children's basket classes and needlefelts 3-dimensional animals. At the Fair she will be demonstrating weaving and talking about her natural dyeing. She will have a loom for visitors to weave on. Visit www.loismacknik.com