June 5, 2019

JUNE 29, 2019 - GUILD PICNIC

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates

June 29 - potluck picnic, with main dish beef brisket catered by Back 40 Texas, Wendy's house.  Guild members only, please.  Bring a side dish or dessert.  Start time 10 a.m.; an update will be sent before the event.  At the picnic:  each member will get an ample amount of seed cotton for hand-ginning.  Cotton may be hand-dyed using the 'seal-a-meal' technique.  At home:  cotton will be washed (if dyed) and spun (120-150 yards), rigid heddle looms will be used to make a handtowel using purchased cotton warp yarn.


Wendy's sample 'picnic towel'


From Lisa's white cotton patch, 2018

July - no meeting, have a great summer!

August 28th - guild meeting.  2019-2020 theme:  Old Becomes New Again.  Bring your ideas for projects, programs and speakers.

September 25th - guild meeting

Spinning At The Winery Photos








Thanks to Dona S. for the photographs.

Jen Hoover Info

Jen spoke about her studies and continuing work in India at our May meeting.

aana janna web site

Signup for Jen's email list:  https://mailchi.mp/12d057ffc5c6/aanajaana

Jen's crowdfunding campaign:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/aana-jaana-himalayan-handcrafted-woolens#/

Meeting Minutes (Lisa W.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
May 29, 2019
Thurman Casey Library


President Wendy L. welcomed 1 guest and 18 attendees, and opened the meeting by thanking everybody for all the hard work at Spinning at the Winery.  Special thanks to Will and Kate, who always go above and beyond!  Even with the date change, there were 125 attendees.  Will also thanked everybody for their support.  The event is already scheduled for the Saturday of the 3 day Memorial Day weekend in 2020.  Special thanks to the 'Coastside Knitters' for their raffle donations.  Lisa W. is going to contact someone who may have more information about this mysterious group (ETA:  my Boulder Creek contact did not know more about this group - hopefully one of them will read this and get in touch with us!).

This is our last 'official' meeting until August.  Potluck picnic is scheduled for June 29 at Wendy's house.  Details are in the upcoming meeting events section in the blog.

We welcomed Joan back, who is recovering after breaking her leg while traveling.  Joan reported that there are openings in some of the classes at the CNCH conference at Sonoma State due to last minute cancellations.

It was agreed that Wendy would continue as President for another year, with Amy and Carolyn as Program Chairs, Linda B. as Secretary (hope this is OK, as Linda was not present), Pam as Treasurer, and Lisa as blog/newsletter editor.

Wendy is experimenting with wool/linen roving and will report back, we are hoping to have Joan Ruane as a speaker in 2020,  those who ordered a EEW Nano should receive their new tiny electric wheels at the end of summer.  Roxayn is doing sample knitting for Greenwood Fiber and A Hundred Ravens.  Will announced that the model train museum in Crockett is having an open house on June 8-9, and passed around the new USPS Transcontinental Railroad 'Forever' stamps, which are still available at the post office.

Jen Hoover from Davis gave a very interesting presentation on her research and work in the Himachal Pradesh region in India.  Links to more information and Jen are posted in this blog.


Some Upcoming Fiber Events

A Tradition of Making:  California Native Basketry, curated in partnership with Julia Parker.  Randall Museum of Science, Nature & the Arts, San Francisco, through September 2019

Roots, Wood, Bugs, and Berries:  Natural Dyes, Deb McClintock, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, San Francisco, June 15, 2019

Loomed, Tapestries by Jan Langdon, Bolinas Museum, June 15 - August 11, 2019

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019

Black Sheep Gathering, Albany, OR, July 5-7, 2019

Wool Gathering 2019, Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville, CA, September 5-8

California Wool and Fiber Festival, featured breed in 2019 is Targhee, Boonville, CA, September 13-15

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop with Julia Parker and family, Yosemite National Park, September 27-29

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, September 28-29

Lambtown, Dixon, October 5-6.  Workshops will be held October 3-6. Sheep to Shawl on Sunday, October 6th.

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world!

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes & Workshops

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

May 12, 2019

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th, 2019 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates

Saturday, May 18 Saturday, May 25 - Spinning At The Winery, Retzlaff VineyardsRESCHEDULED DUE TO WEATHER, see you on May 25th!  Work on your raffle donation and get ready to help with set up, take down, selling raffle tickets or other responsibilities that make this event so successful.  As Linda says in the minutes below, "The main way members have the most impact is to work on and bring items for the afternoon raffle", plus all guild members attending the event should be signed up for at least one volunteer activity.  Oh, and don't forget your potluck dish!  $5 entry per person, including guild members.

Wednesday, May 29 - we will have a speaker:  Jen Hoover.  Jen will share some of the research she’s been doing for the past few years with shepherding communities in the Himalayas.  Her research there began by looking at the local wool processing practices (everything from shearing through weaving) and has shifted to include working towards heritage breed conservation of the local sheep. The wool of these sheep has properties which are very useful for producing the kinds of durable textiles that herders need for their own use and is well suited to the tools that they use, but is the exact opposite of what the commercial wool industry wants. The government has been promoting cross-breeding them with fine wool sheep, which are not well adapted to the mountain environment. Jen is hoping to leverage the US fiber community's enthusiasm for rare wools to make it financially viable for herders to keep raising their local breed, at least enough to keep some biodiversity in the gene pool.

Jen has started a small import business to support the herders, and will be bringing some items to sell (outside the library of course). You can see some of the inventory and her writings about the subject at her website, aana-jaana.com.


June 15 or June 29 - picnic, TBD

August 28th - guild meeting


Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
April 24, 2019
Thurman Casey Library

President Wendy welcomed 22 members and guests. We spent the majority of the meeting focusing on the workings of putting together the Spinning Day at the Winery. Joan sent her report from Kansas City area. She hopes to be home in 2 weeks to complete her recovery after leg and knee surgery (update from Lisa - Joan is home, currently at a rehab facility) . She says most jobs are filled. Will and Kate filled in the remainder of the information. The main way members have the most impact is to work on and bring items for the afternoon raffle. There was a suggestion to ask the winery to put it on their website. Vilija will check about the CNCH website.

Lou Grantham will donate a wheel and Mindy will also donate a wheel to raffle off. Vendors are also asked to donate items. The raffle income will all go into the guild treasury for the benefit of members. Mary and Pam made sure the gate keepers will have change monies. There will new, crisp $2 bills. Sherry from Morro Bay will not be able to attend but we may be able to accommodate orders for her like occurred last year. 

Wendy distributed T-shirts from personal orders and showed the small pouch-like black cotton bags that will carry this year’s logo. The pouches will be sold to members for $6. The price at the winery is $8.

The library has been reserved for a May date and August 28. We are exploring June 15 or 29 for a potluck picnic at an area park that can meet all our requirements.

Future events are Spinning Exotic Fibers at Windrush Farms on May 19.  Our CNCH conference at Sonoma State campus, June 20-23. The Black Sheep Gathering in Albany, OR will be July 5-7 this year.

We had show and tell and spent some time decorating our own little winery bags with pens brought by Wendy. We enjoyed a table full of goodies provided by members.


WINERY FUN ON SATURDAY, MAY 18th AT RETZLAFF’S IN LIVERMORE.
Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

A Tradition of Making:  California Native Basketry, curated in partnership with Julia Parker.  Randall Museum of Science, Nature & the Arts, San Francisco, through September 2019

Woad Trip:  2 days of collecting and dyeing with the ancient blue.  Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville, CA, May 31-June 1.

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019

Black Sheep Gathering, Albany, OR, July 5-7, 2019

Wool Gathering 2019, Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville, CA, September 5-8.

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop with Julia Parker and family, Yosemite National Park, September 27-29, 2019 

Lambtown, Dixon, October 5-6.  Workshops will be held October 3-6. Sheep to Shawl on Sunday, October 6th.

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world!

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes & Workshops

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)






April 13, 2019

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24th, 2019 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates

Wednesday, April 24 - guest speaker and/or guild mini-skein project (or bring your own project or wheel).  Bring your yarn from dye day!  Wendy will be distributing guild t-shirts to those who bought one.

Saturday, May 18 - Spinning At The Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards.  Work on your raffle donation and make sure to sign up for volunteer set up, take down, selling raffle tickets or other responsibilities that make this event so successful.  All guild members attending the event should plan to sign up for at least one volunteer activity.  Contact Joan for the signup sheet and schedule.

Fiber-Related Podcasts

There have been many knitting podcasts available over the past years, but I've noticed some more general fiber-related podcasts lately.  Give these a try:

A Verb For Keeping Warm - Reverberate


Fibershed - Soil to Soil (first episode is interview with Stephany Wilkes)


Yarn Stories


Gist Yarn and Fiber - Weave


Interweave - Fiber Nation


Garden Wool and Dye Company - Local Wool


Abundant Earth Fiber - Modern Wool

Maiwa School of Textiles - Voices in Cloth

Lisa W.

Dye Day

Celebrating the most colorful places in the world!


Looks like a scientific experiment!  Very organized.

Doris untangles, with help from Amy.

A finished cowl.

Busy dyers.

Samples

More samples

A beautiful day!
Thanks, Carol C., for providing your lovely backyard for dye day, and to Wendy and Amy for setting it all up, testing, and organizing!

Lisa W.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD 
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY WALNUT CREEK, CA
 March 27, 2019     7:00 p.m.

President Wendy L. started the meeting at 7:00 p.m. We had 26 attending including 3 visitors. It was great to see a long-time member from our past, Mindy.

Wendy announced a day has been set for Dye Day at Carol C.’s home. She showed the seal-a-meal bag system that will be used to dye the fiber using heat. All interested bought a skein of Happy Feet sock yarn of about 480 yards. The homework is to separate this skein into 20-yard segments to use in the seal-a-meal bags. This should yield about 24 segments. Please bring a light snack to Carol’s. All else will be provided. This workshop is for members only.  We will show our efforts at the April evening meeting on Wednesday, April 24.

Will and Kate reviewed the Spinning at the Winery plans for Saturday, May 18th. Please work on your donation for the raffle. Joan A. passed the signup sheet for all the jobs it takes to make the day a success for all. Please take a job or two.

Wendy showed several items that could be sold at the winery. The most interesting to the majority was a cotton, zippered pouch 8 ½" by 5 ½" that could be printed with the logo designed by Vilija. Custom Ink can set up the design for $75. T-shirts could also be purchased from Custom Ink for about $10 with a very similar design.

CNCH update by Joan A. The classes are filling nicely. Work on a 6"by 9" bag if you want or need to take one into the cafeteria at the campus. There will be in an informal design contest for the bags. Silent auction items are needed as they raise money to put in the fund for the CNCH Conference scholarships. Vilija showed her steampunk reticule made expressly for conference.

Wendy reviewed the upcoming fiber related events that Lisa will add to the blog.

Wendy introduced Carol Ziogas, proprietor of Kimonomomo in Alameda. Carol brought reams of antique Japanese fabrics demonstrating the stitching technique known as sashiko and the use and reuse of fabrics known as boro. Carol travels to Japan often to find and buy these items. She brought samples from a rag woven obi to a very rustic blanket and bolts of silk and cotton. Carol covered the blend of economics of fabric usage in Japanese class society. Silk was used by the upper class. Cotton was introduced after European intrusion. It is not able to be cultivated in all areas of the Japanese islands. Cotton was allowed to be worn by the non-upper class. Using natural indigo dyes, the cotton fabric was decorated and embellished by stitching. Layers were used for insulating purposes. No scraps were wasted. The artistry running through the decades was amazing.

Carol has produced a DVD of stitching techniques available on iquilt.com and sells sashiko kits and threads through her etsy store. She is a self-taught  artist who has family ties here through the Cotton Patch quilt shop in Lafayette.

It was wonderful to have Carol share her items, knowledge and passion with us. 

Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Weaving & Woodwork:  A Scandinavian Design Partnership, UC Davis Design Museum, January 21-April 21, 2019

A Tradition of Making:  California Native Basketry, curated in partnership with Julia Parker.  Randall Museum of Science, Nature & the Arts, San Francisco, through September 2019

Kimono Refashioned and associated events, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, through May 5, 2019

Forest Home Farm Sheep Shearing, San Ramon, April 27, 2019 - Doris is coordinating.  BBQ afterwards for spinner volunteers!

Woad Trip:  2 days of wild and collecting and dyeing with the ancient blue.  Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville, CA, May 31-June 1.

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019

Wool Gathering 2019, Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville, CA, September 5-8.

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop with Julia Parker and family, Yosemite National Park, September 27-29, 2019 

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world!

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes & Workshops

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

March 20, 2019

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th, 2019 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates

Wednesday, March 27 - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

Thursday, April 24 - guest speaker and/or guild project

May 18 - Spinning At The Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards.  Work on your raffle donation and make sure to sign up for volunteer set up, take down, selling raffle tickets or other responsibilities that make this event so successful.  All guild members attending the event should plan to sign up for at least one volunteer activity.  Contact Joan for the signup sheet and schedule.

Extra Workshop & Gathering Dates

Treadles to Threads Dye Day 2019 (members only event)


Celebrating 
The Most Colorful Places in the World

When:  April 13, 2019      10 am – 3 pm

Where:  Carol C’s house, Walnut Creek

We will each be dyeing our divided skein in many gorgeous colors to make a striped cowl.

Natural color fingering weight yarn is available for purchase ($16 for a skein of 480 yds), contact Wendy L. ASAP if you wish join in on the fun but don't have your yarn yet.  Your pre-work includes separating the skein into mini-skeins (24 skeins at 20 yards each). We'd prefer the yarn be purchased from us so it will be a uniform ratio of dye to yarn.  You will take your yarn home for rinsing.

To make the cowl, you will also need contrast color fingering yarn, not to be dyed on dye day. 




Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD 
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY, WALNUT CREEK, CA 
February 26, 2019

President Wendy opened the meeting at 7:00 p.m. We had 24 members and one visitor present to hear our speaker, Stephany Wilkes, read from her recently published book.

The business meeting involved letting us know that our April speaker is having trouble with the April 24 date, so we are still in negotiation.

May 18 will be the Spinning at the Winery. Will reported that Kate has sent out the blurbs to the usual vendors. They are waiting for answers from Black Diamond Alpacas, Carolina Homespun and Morro Fibers. Will handed out the book mark sized notifications of the winery to each of us to take for advertising. Will thanked all for the positive thoughts for Kate. She still has a low resistance, so she is not here tonight.  Joan A. will pass around the sign up sheet of jobs needing to be done the day of the winery spin. Please take at least one job to make the day a success and pleasant for all. Joan will have the list at Monday spinning as well. Please work on the items for the raffle as this is the primary fund raiser for our guild to use to provide our members with dye days and other benefits.

UC Botanical garden will feature natural dyes, plants and processes, from March 9-31, 2019.

Forest Homes Farms will host their annual shearing day on April 27, from 11-3 p.m. in San Ramon. Doris will be the point person on this. Volunteers must arrive before 10 a.m. to unload. The committee would love to have the volunteers stay for the afternoon BBQ, so let Doris know if you can stay and partake.

Wendy discussed the possibility of making a knit striped cowl out of 24 different colors for the April meeting.

Aiko Gray and her daughter, Mari, will take two guided tours to Guatemala August 1-9, 8-14, 2019. They work with the South American people who are dyers and weavers. 

CNCH: Joan mentioned that CNCH needs an editor for the web site. There is a remuneration of $500 per newsletter. The silent auction to raise scholarship funds needs items to be donated.
There are still some classes open for the conference at Sonoma State campus, please check the web site. Since the only item allowed in the cafeteria are purses 6 inches by 9 inches, Diablo Weavers will have a complete how-to program on inserting a zipper in your purse/pouch. Our treasurer, Pam, will give this presentation.

Wendy showed a variety of items we might present as “souvenir” of this year’s winery spinning day. She will have a more comprehensive presentation next time as the turnaround time for delivery is very fast. We can make a decision then.

Carol C. had her arm twisted to host the yearly dye day. Now we just need to decide when and what.

Tonight was the deadline for our project from stash fiber mixing earlier in the guild year. There were wonderful items, some with just the stash; others with other beautiful fibers and colors added. The projects ranged from cowls to shawls to sweaters to blankets.  The work was done by knitting, rigid heddle and multi-shaft looms.

Sheila had her tapestry project featured on Rebecca Metzloff’s web site.

Our speaker, Stephany Wilkes, read a portion of her book, “Raw Material, Working Wool in the West”. She spoke of her personal experiences in both the software design field and the building of her shearing clientele. She shared the problems that social media and PETA and others have brought to her personal safety. Stephany has been our guest speaker before . It is always amazing to hear of her journey. We are fortunate to have Stephany and Fibershed members here in Northern California. She stayed and signed her books for us and had three examples of recent sheared fleeces to share bits with us. Her book was reviewed in Vogue Knitting magazine.

Linda B.

Free Patterns on Ravelry

Guild member Rosemary B. reminds everybody that there are a lot of free knit and crochet patterns available on Ravelry.  Here are some lace patterns that were recently made available (you may need to log into a Ravelry account to access the patterns, Ravelry accounts are free).  There is also a group that is devoted to free patterns.

Textile Trip in August:  Guatemala

Dear Treadles to Threads:

My name is Mari Gray and I am reaching out to you to spread the word about our upcoming Textile Travel itineraries in Guatemala, as I think this could be of interest to the community at Treadles to Threads. Last year, we were fortunate to have a diverse group of participants with varying textile backgrounds, and this made for great creative times during our textile workshops.

After 5+ years of working with rural artisan groups in Guatemala as a small business (Kakaw Designs, pronounced like "cacao"), I've come to realize how challenging it can be for regional artisan groups to be innovative in both textile and product design. In a country where copying is the norm and the artisanmade sector represents a major income source for rural and especially indigenous communities, we believe that creative idea exchange can have more lasting and meaningful impact than the traditional support only through economic means (which is also important, but not the only solution). More than just learning "from" the artisans, our goal is to create a space for mutually-beneficial idea sharing among textile-loving creatives, where we all learn from each other.

I am attaching here our one-page info sheet of the two itineraries we have for August (NOTE from editor - please access the web site or e-mail Lisa W. for the info sheet).  More information can also be found on our website.

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Mari

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photo 
Mari Gray
Founder, Kakaw Designs
502-5328-3576 | mari@kakawdesigns.com | kakawdesigns.com | Skype: mari-gray | Antigua, Guatemala

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

UC Berkeley Botanical Garden Fiber & Dye Exhibit and Programs, Berkeley, March 9-31, 2019

Weaving & Woodwork:  A Scandinavian Design Partnership, UC Davis Design Museum, January 21-April 21, 2019

Meet The Sheep at Meridian Jacobs, reservations required, Vacaville, April 6 - 7

Forest Home Farm Sheep Shearing, San Ramon, April 27, 2019

Fiber Dyeing with Plants, Sunol Regional Wilderness, April 27, 2019

Spring Color with California Dye Plants at East Bay Regional Parks Botanical Garden, Tilden Park, Berkeley, May 11

Kimono Refashioned and associated events, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, through May 5, 2019

Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Vineyards, Livermore, May 18, 2019

A Tradition of Making:  California Native Basketry, curated in partnership with Julia Parker.  Randall Museum of Science, Nature & the Arts, San Francisco, through September 2019

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019

Yosemite Miwok-Paiute Basketry Workshop with Julia Parker and family, Yosemite National Park, September 27-29, 2019 

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world!

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)