August 7, 2016

NEXT MEETING: Aug. 24, 2016, 7 PM

Note that the meeting is one week earlier than our usual last Wednesday.

YEA!
The beginning of our official fiscal year with a new round of programs and activities.
August is the month to renew your dues: $25 per person, of which $5 goes directly to CNCH to help, among other things, to fund conferences, CNCH Net, and the insurance that covers us at meetings.  [CNCH is the head organization that oversees all its member guilds in Northern Ca.]

Speaking of programs, we have had some great ideas and follow-throughs, but always welcome more ideas for the rest of the year. Let it be known what you come up with or what you would like to see. Some of our programs this year will feature using our carders and combs, not just the nitty-gritty, but  also how to come up with great fiber batts and roving ready for spinning.


SOMETHING TO WORK ON RIGHT NOW: 
For the August Meeting

LITTLE WOOLLY SHEEP
A charity project in Britain at "Yarndale 2016" a sheep and all things fiber festival.
Yes, its not a local charity, but maybe some of you would like to join in the fun of creating even more lovely little sheep than we already have! All sheep are due in England on September 9 th, so make one and bring it to the August meeting. Treadles will take care of sending them out.

Following is from their site:
We are really excited to tell you about our idea for Yarndale 2016, which as you’ve probably gathered by now has something to do with little Woolly Sheep! The auction mart in Skipton where Yarndale is held each year is a very busy place indeed and for most of the year it is inhabited by farmers and their animals. In fact, just three days before our exhibitors arrive with all their beautiful yarny stuff, the pens are chockablock full of real live woolly sheep. It was this truly woolly connection that inspired our project this year – we decided that we would like to create our very own flock of sheep! Baaaaaaaaa!!!
We have both a crochet and a knitting pattern to share with you this year – both versions feature little woolly animals made from natural coloured yarn, with colourful woolly jumpers that can be removed. The sheep are made from small amounts of Double Knit yarn and stand just 8cm tall, making them quick and easy to make (and just a teensy bit addictive, you’ve been warned).
As in previous years, this creative project means a huge amount to us here at Yarndale. It’s a way for us all to celebrate our shared love of yarn and the wonderful creative community we belong to. We feel it is a unique way for us to bring people together via crochet and knitting, to celebrate yarn and colour and  to enable each one of us to be a part of something really big and beautiful and visually inspirational. It is our hope that we will be herding together hundreds of sheep from all over the world this summer, we are more than a little bit excited at the prospect!
In addition to the visual impact we are hoping to create with our giant yarny flock at Yarndale, we are thrilled to be working in collaboration with our chosen charity Martin House Hospice. We have supported the work of Martin House for the past two years by donating a percentage of sales from our lovely Yarndale calendars, so we have seen what a difference it makes to this local charity to have our support. The wonderful ladies from Martin House will be helping us keep our woolly sheep in order during the Yarndale weekend and will be running the Grand Sheep Sale which will take place from 12 – 4pm on Sunday 25th September. More details about the sheep sale will be available nearer the time, and it goes without saying we would truly appreciate all the support you can give us.
Q :: What will happen to the sheep?
A :: All donated sheep will be lovingly numbered, catalogued and photographed before being herded up ready for their big outing at Yarndale. The woolly flock will be displayed during the Yarndale weekend, culminating in a Grand Sheep Sale which will take place from 12pm to 4pm on Sunday 25th September 2016. Proceeds from the sheep sale will go to Martin House Hospice, a very deserving Yorkshire based charity which supports and cares for terminally ill children and their families. A donation will also be made to the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation as requested by Frankie Brown, with gratitude for her support of this project. After Yarndale, the remaining sheep will be rounded up and divided between ten high street charity shops in Yorkshire. These shops are run by Martin House who are very excited about having some sheep in residence, although we do hope they will soon find loving homes whilst raising money for a very good cause.
This is VERY IMPORTANT >>> please can we ask that each person makes just ONE WOOLLY SHEEP to enter into the Grand Sheep Sale. Only ONE per person please.
Q :: What type of yarn would you like me to use?
A :: Any yarn you like! We’ve found that wool or wool blend yarn gives great results for this project, but any oddments of DK yarn will be fine. [DK weight is "light worsted" between a worsted and sport weight. 21 - 24 stitches per 4 inches]
Q :: Where can I find patterns for the crochet and knitted sheep?
A :: We have two patterns to share…..
“Sheep in Sheep’s Clothing” is a knitting pattern designed by Frankie Brown. You can find it as a free download on Frankie’s Ravelry page: HERE  The pattern contains plenty of photos to help you knit and make up your little sheep.
“Little Woolly Sheep” is a crochet pattern designed by Lucy of Attic24. You can find a full picture tutorial as well as a PDF pattern to download on Lucy’s blog http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/woolly-sheep.html  [the pattern to download is at the very bottom of the tutorial - scroll down]
Q :: What needle/hook size shall I use?
A :: Details of all materials needed are contained within the patterns. You will need some oddments of DK weight yarn (preferably wool or wool blend). Hook size is 3.5 mm. Needle size is 3 mm.
Q :: What size should my finished sheep measure?
A :: The woolly sheep stand approximately 8 cm tall, but really the size doesn’t matter too much and we are expecting lots of unique and individual animals! The important thing is to aim for a reasonably tight tension so that the knit/crochet fabric will contain the stuffing and your sheep will hold it’s shape well.
Q :: What colours should I use, and can I add decorative touches to my sheep?
A :: Please be creative and use whichever colours float your boat! We’ve made our sheep in natural sheep colours but colourful sheep will also be welcome. The woolly jumpers can be decorated if you wish too – crochet/knit stripes, add decorative embroidery, buttons or little motifs – have fun with it!

CNCH ASILOMAR 2017
If you haven't already heard:  CNCH 2017 "Sapphire Sea, Golden Threads"  will take place at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California  May 4 - 7, 2017.  This is a workshop format conference:  all teachers will be teaching 2 1/2 day workshops. Conference attendees will stay at the Asilomar conference center and all meals will be included.  Check CNCH.org and the Conference Facebook Page  www.facebook.com/CNCH2017/   for updates.

 Many of the instructors are new to the West Coast and are teaching very exciting workshops.  

CNCH 2017 Teacher List – Workshop Titles  - Teacher Websites

Deanna Deeds      http://www.fiberartisan.com
The Unwoven Warp:  Layering Sprang on a Woven Cloth (twill)

Donna Sakamoto Crispin     http://donnacrispin.blogspot.com/
Shifu Journey:  Spinning and Weaving Mulberry Paper and More

Elisabeth Hill     http://plainweave.net
Shifting Threads – Structures That Defy the Parallel and Perpendicular

Giovanna Imperia   http://giovannaimperia.com
Weaving with Non-Traditional Materials
-- An Exploration of unusual, innovative and just simply funky yarns

Karen Huntoon      http://www.whatabraid.com
Kumihimo – Japanese Braiding, Beading and Beyond

Annetta Kraayvelt     http://www.prairiewoodbasketry.com
Basketry:  Chase Twills

Spinning Spectacular Knitting yarns

Barbara Setsu Pickett
Colorhue Instant Silk Dyeing and Printing

Lois Russell     http://loisrussell.com
New Uses of an Ancient Basketry Technique – Twining

Spinning:  Princess Breeds – Turbo-Charged [you get to wear a TIARA! if you like]

Robyn Spady     http://www.spadystudios.com
Tied up in a Magical Box – Tied Weaves and Tied Weave Threadings

Betty Vera    http://bettyvera.com
More Than Just Black and White:  Weaving Beautifully with Neutrals

Mary Zicafoose     http://maryzicafoose.com
Color, Content & Creativity:  New Strategies for New Work in Cloth


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016

  • August 24,  Treadles Meeting [date change-one week early]
  • Sept. 18, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery Show - Info below
  • Sept. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]
  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change - Tuesday]

Berkeley Horticultural Nursery will be hosting the 3rd Annual Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show on Sunday, September 18 from 10AM until 3PM.  Artists from Nevada County will be displaying their beautiful homegrown and handmade items, with a presentation at 10:30 by Sierra Mohr, who will talk about and demonstrate the art of wet felting.  New to the show will be additional artists including a rug weaver and an alpaca breeder who will be sharing fiber, roving and other alpaca items.  To add to the fun, there will also be a couple of food vendors and live music by the Buffalo Gals, who will be playing their brand of old-time country and swing beginning at 12:00.

More information will be available at our Facebook event page soon:


END NOTE: Maybe we'll see this rare nine-legged bird on the beach at Asilomar?!

July 21, 2016

JULY HAPPENINGS

LE TOUR DE FLEECE SHEEP FELTING
A very fine time was had by all who came to the "Pajama Party" for our Tour de Fleece activity. Wendy showed all how to create a felted sheep from felted tennis-type balls she had made for everyone. Almost anything goes when felting these sheep, and with just a few very important tips from Wendy, we were quite taken with the sheepies we created.


VILLAGE SPINNING & WEAVING
One of our favorite shops in California down in Solvang, and one of the most consistent vendor supporters of our Conferences has decided to close shop and retire! I guess we all want to eventually, but we will miss them and their shop. Below is an email John, the owner, sent out to announce the closing:

". . .I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
It has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance that tide"
by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw.

Marsha and I will be closing our retail store and transitioning into retirement in the coming months. It's time for a new river, and a new adventure. . . and the fish are biting. We currently are anticipating keeping a very pared-down website after the transition. Thank you to everyone we've met along the way, we'll have enough great memories to last a lifetime, it's not a 'goodbye' it's a TTFN ('ta ta for now').  :o)

Starting immediately, we will be reducing inventory with discounts ranging from 25% to 70% (Ashford and Lendrum spinning wheels are not included in this sale). Examples: A New 40" 8 shaft loom @ 35% off list price. 20-plus Rigid Heddle Looms @ 25% off, 12-plus Drum Carders @ 25% off, Addi Knitting Needles @ 50% off, all DVD's @ 50% off. Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing and Felting books @ 25% off. ALL Magazines are 50% to 70% off. Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Bobbin Lace and Children's Books and DVD's @ 50% off. A 4-shaft Table Loom and an 8-shaft Table loom @ 25% off. At least 7 Spinning Wheels @ 25% off. Plus, we have lots of hand cards, warping boards, warping mills, spinning chairs, tapestry looms, loom stands, swifts, ball winders, shuttles, bobbins, weaving yarns, spinning and felting fibers @ 25% discount, knitting yarns and SO MUCH MORE. . . all at discounted prices. Yes, we can still assist you for many of your special order needs.

There is too much for us to change on the website so the sale is limited to walk-in and phone orders (shipping and insurance will be added to phone orders). All sales will be final. Please use up any credits or gift certificates you have.

John and Marsha Novak
Village Spinning & Weaving
425 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463
Open Mon. thru Sat.: 9:30-5:30
Sun.: 11-5


JULY HAPPENING

What sounds like a very fun activity is being organized by Fashion Knit in Walnut Creek:  Yarn Bombing Downtown. If you can't quite read the photo, the important info is:

"KNITFFITI" KICK OFF
A downtown Walnut Creek Community Yarn Art Exhibition
When:  July 29 from 4-7pm
Where:  In front of Peet's Coffee, 1343 Locust St.
Please join in "Stitching Together" Art & Community


So the only problem is that when I asked the shop about the "Official Approved Yarn" listed above, I was told that was the only yarn being allowed to be used. If anyone wants to participate, they will need to buy those particular yarns. Too bad. We have so much more to offer. But thought I would list the activity anyway for those who may be interested. If anything changes, I'll let everyone know.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016

  • July 29,  Friday, Yarn Bombing Walnut Creek
  • August 24,  Treadles Meeting [date change-one week early]
  • Sept. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]
  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]


END NOTE

June 18, 2016

SUMMER SPINNING HAPPENINGS

Spinning at the Winery Recap

Time for a nap on the cool lawn for one spinner
Weather in the mid to high 90's was predicted! But the Vendors bravely came and so did the crowds. Attendance was down a bit, as expected. However people brought plenty of shade and the pepper trees and lovely lawn of the winery did their best to keep us comfortable.

Clouds covered the sky most of the day, which was a blessing. They did however, bring us a taste of what its like to live in humid weather. Thank you California for not being humid!

A big thanks to all Treadles members who came and worked and brought lovely items for the Raffle, which many people mention as part of the reason they come. This year there was another Ashford spinning wheel along with one of the last of Will's 6-bobbin lazy kate's along with the matching flax distaff. Two happy winners.

Next year will be the 20th annual Spinning at the Winery. We are all looking forward to that. Any ideas on how to make it a really special day?

With some of the proceeds from this year's raffle, Treadles has purchased two more 12' x 12' shade covers. Laura's huge cover is great, but takes so long to put up, we all decided to retire it.

After the workshop we had with Mary Finley and Roger Salter, it was suggested Treadles buy a blending hackle. The one that will most likely be the lucky winner is the "Menz Mixer" by Lani Combs. Take a look at it: www.lanicombs.com  It should be a great addition to the carders for wool working.


Just some of the great fibers and yarns that were at the Winery

GET READY FOR:


Skirting Fleeces at Forest Home Farm - Time to be determined soon.
Please contact Wendy if you are interested in helping skirt, organize and find homes for the fleeces that have accumulated over the last years. It's clean up time on the farm!

Le Tour de Fleece:
Every year spinners around the world take part in a very loosely organized event that coincides with the Tour de France. While the bike riders of the Tour de France spin their bike wheels, we spinners spin our spinning wheels. It's a celebration of everything "spinny" and it's a lot of fun!

Everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter how much or how little you spin. The concept of the event is simple:

  • Challenge Yourself
  • Spin
  • Have Fun
Le Tour de Fleece begins on Saturday July 2nd and runs until Sunday, July 24th. [To coincide with the Tour de France]
There is no special amount you need to spin, you don't need to measure what you have spun, you can skip days if you need to:  the whole point is to try to challenge yourself and to have fun doing it.

GUIDELINES [not rules]

  • Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. The tour is 23 days long which includes 2 rest days. 
  • Spin something challenging on the stages that take place in the mountains which are the toughest climbing days for the riders.
  • Wear yellow on the final day to announce victory! Why not wear yellow on any day you feel particularly successful?
The purpose of Le Tour de Fleece is to challenge yourself, not to compare yourself to others, and to share what you have done and the joy you have had in doing it! It's going to be a great summer.

All guild members are welcome to enjoy any or all of the following local "Tour" events:

  • July 5, 6, 9  Start the Tour by Hand Painting Wool Roving at Wendy's house. Details and sign-up times to follow
  • July 15  Second Annual Pajama Party at Amy's House. Yes - there will be prizes. More info to follow
  • Thursday nights in July and continuing through August, Spinning in Todos Santos Plaza, Concord.  Live music, farmer's market, food trucks for dinner or bring your own, spinning, and fun. Begins at 5ish, or so. Look for the "Wheel Circle" There are some chairs but you can bring your own. 

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

July and August events above, plus. . .
  • August 24, 2016,  Treadles Meeting at the library [date change due to library conflict - one week earlier than usual]

DIABLO MOUNTAIN HIGH
Junior and his patch of catnip

May 22, 2016

SPINNING AT THE WINERY




June 4, 2016

10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery, 1356 N. Livermore Ave. Livermore
$5 entry per person


Our 19th annual day of spinning and fun. See more info in previous blog. Following is the work schedule that Joan has been collecting volunteers for.

From Joan:
This will be your reminder of what you signed up for.  IF you didn't sign up but are coming, please email me at Joanweave@aol.com and tell me what you would like to do.  You can see there are some holes.  Remember what our guild reaps from this fundraiser.  It helps pay for workshops, speakers and has provided funds to purchase the electric carders, rigid heddle looms, DVDs and other tools that we can all use at no charge.

Set-up
1. Reba
2. Linda Burton
3. Wendy Lacy
4. Carolyn Blumert

Clean-up
1.Pam Murdock
2. Carol Causey
3.
4.

Entry Fee/Greeters
9-10 Joan Setka
10-11 Cathi Till
11-12 Mary-Helen
12-1 Linnie
1-2 Greta

Parking Attendant (last year Retzlaff had parking attendants, not sure about this year)
9-10 Mary Bishop
10-11 Vilija

Food Table (9am until clean-up)  You do not need to be at the tables the whole time.
Lunch starts about 11:45 with vendors served.  Separate plates, set out and uncover food.  Clean up the area as needed.
Coordinator: Kathy Schwarz
Helpers
1.
2.

Raffle Ticket Sales and Raffle Items Table
Help Kate set up items, attaching tags.  Vendors are to donate an item and there will be premade tags for each vendor so we know who has not donated.  Bring your items at this time.

Helpers for set-up for raffle items
9-10 Vilija
10-11 Sultana
11-12 Lisa Waterman
12-1 Carol Causey
1-2 Donna Schutt

Raffle Ticket Sales
9-10
1. Carolyn Blumert
2.Kathleen Wiley
10-11
1. Donna Schutt
2. Doris Bergman
11-12
1. Carol Gray
2. Sultana
12-1 
1. Doris Bergman
2.
1-2
1.
2.

Sales Table Bags 
9-10 
1. Marianne Adams
2.
10-11
1. Anne Degler
2. Linda VH
11-12
1. Pam
2. Roxayn
12-1
1. Jenny
2.
1-2
1. Linnie
2. Rosemary Bennett

Thanks for your help.  I see some signed up for more than one shift.  Thank you, thank you!  We will all have fun, eat good food, shop well, drink good wine and visit with friends and oh yes, spin!



DYE DAY RECAP with Mary Finley and Roger Salter of Dreamy Goat Designs
Mary demonstrating what the first steps are to working with cochineal.


The dried scale insect called cochineal

 Red was the color of the day and we all went home with four different color samples of cochineal red. Although dyeing with cochineal is a 2 or 3 day process, Mary Finley had the scale insects already prepared and ready to accept fiber. There were two baths to begin with: one for fiber mordanted with tartaric acid and one without. The tartaric acid produced a vibrant red orange, while the one without produced a deep purple red. 

The first batch of cochineal without tartaric acid

After the first batches of wool [BFL] were taken out, another batch of wool was added to what color was left in the dyepots. The second batch with tartaric acid gave a lovely deep coral, while the other gave a very pale lavender. On this one the stove we were using gave out before the batch could rise to the 180 degrees to 200 degrees that the pot has to maintain for a full hour. So the color did not take as vividly as it should have. 

If we had time remaining, more wool could have been added to successive batches for ever lighter colors. We learned that cochineal gives lots and lots of color. No wonder it was so prized in the days before chemical dyes. 

We have no photos of the finished, dried wool yet because as per Mary's instructions we are to let it air dry, then store away from sunlight for about a month and then wash the fiber. Its not a requirement to let the fiber cure that long, but its Mary's recommendation. This gives the color a good "set" and will result in less color washing off. Another really important thing we learned about successful cochineal dyeing.


Roger working the carder.   Note to us:  don't let your fingers get that close to the drums!!! Roger knows what he is capable of doing here and can take leeways.

Roger Salter, Mary's husband, was on hand to demonstrate how he makes all the lovely batts of carded fiber Mary dyes. He had a Patrick Green carder with a pretty big drum on it with teeth that are much shorter than the teeth on the two Clemes & Clemes carders that the Guild has. 
A sample of some of the batts Roger was demoing.

His technique is all about how colors work together. He mostly approaches his carder as a blank canvas on which to play with how the fiber colors he chooses will interact.  It was interesting watching how he adds some fibers to the drum, rather on his own terms and not what everyone tells you is the right way to do it!
A particularly beautiful batt Roger made with natural colored yak and silk with some bits of pink mohair locks mixed in. [I think it was mohair locks, but I'm not really sure!]

Mary has a very important event which will take her out of California during our Spinning at the Winery, so we will miss them this year. They have offered to come again to our Guild next season for a Trunk Show. We will have to take them up on that. 

She is still running her on-line dye class with cochineal and madder root coming up June 1 through July 31. And indigo coming up Aug. 1 through Sept. 30. If you want more info, contact her thru:  dreamygoatdesign@yahoo.com


END NOTE
Do you know the song "Soft Kitty" from Big Bang Theory? Here's a new version for us! Just in time to see the vendors at the Winery!


May 4, 2016

DYE DAY - MAY 21 2016


Call for Dye Day

Like Red? This is Your Day


There are still openings for the 2016 Dye Day to be held on May 21!! This is a special opportunity to learn from one of the best independent dyers in Northern California using natural dyes.

If you have ever had the pleasure of spinning the yummy fibers of Dreamy Goat Fibers, you will understand how special this day will be. Both Mary Finley and Roger Salter of Dreamy Goat Designs will be leading activities on this day.
 Mary will be teaching us to dye using cochineal bugs to get gorgeous reds in different shades and Roger will be demonstrating and leading you in color blending on a carder or blending board.  Two workshops run simultaneously!!

The guild is subsidizing about half the cost of this day (out of Winery proceeds) and there is a small registration fee of $25.

Sign up by contacting Pam Murdock at pemurdock@comcast.net . You will receive further information once you register. This registration is limited to 30 participants, so don’t delay!!

Look at all the wonderful reds possible from Cochineal

We would like this to be exclusively for Treadles members, but if we still have openings by the end of next week, we will open this workshop up to non-members [at an increased fee]


Some great inspiration for using your cochineal yarns:


What beautiful socks with just a bit of different cochineal reds

A nice rustic runner to weave on a loom or rigid heddle

A riot of cochineal reds scarf

Cochineal combined with logwood purple in a knit hat


SPINNING AT THE WINERY

Save June 4th for our NINETEENTH ANNUAL day of fiber, wine and fun.

Retzlaff Winery in Livermore will once again host this terrific event put on by our Guild. Bring a friend, your wheel, your knitting, a lunch dish to share and get ready for relaxing among fiber friends from all over the Bay Area.

Vendors will be there as usual for our shopping pleasure to help stock up our stashes of fiber.

This is our major fund raiser for the year and it helps to fund our programs to make them as affordable as we can for members. This is the time of year we ask for something back. Think about what you can make as one of our raffle prizes. There have been lots of quality give-aways in the past year and we hope to equal that again.

Entry fees go to the winery as payment for the beautiful space. The proceeds from the raffle are what we get to keep for our Guild. So if you don't already have something made, please plan on making something by June 4th.

There is a sign-up sheet with jobs that need to be done on that day, so don't forget what you signed up for. "Many hands make light work" Still time for signing up an hour or two of work. Contact joanweave@aol.com


June 4, 2016
10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery, 1356 N. Livermore Ave. Livermore

$5 entry per person



ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIR SPINNING CALL

Alameda County Fair invited spinners to come and sit and Spin while people watch and ask questions. Location of the Alameda County Fairgrounds:  4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
June 15th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Wed;
June 17th from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm Fri; and
June 21st from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Tues.

If you can come at any of these times send a message to Cookie48 on Ravelry. Type in that name under "people" and you can then send her a message. They would like to keep track to make sure all time slots will be covered.


END NOTE FROM KODI
YES!  I AM going to weave something for the Winery Raffle!

April 13, 2016

NEXT MEETING: April, 26, 2016, 7 PM

NOTE: THIS MEETING IS ON A TUESDAY NIGHT, RATHER THAN OUR USUAL WEDNESDAY

PROGRAM
The last of our Sheep Breed Studies:

Gotland Sheep by Pam M.
Wensleydale Sheep by Pat E.
Icelandic by Lisa W.
Norwegian by Mary Helen B.

Speaking of the sheep of Norway, there is an interesting article online that should be of interest to us spinners, No Wool No Vikings - The Fleece That Launched 1000 Ships by Claire Eamer

Today, boats such as this recreated Viking ship, sport linen sails
Photo by Claire Eamer from Hakai Magazine online
Claire recounts a recent trip aboard the Braute, a Viking style recreated ship. She talks not just about the cold, difficult day journey itself, but also what it took in ancient times to create the sails for the ships.

As recently as 200 years ago, the square sails of some of the Viking ships were most likely woolen - dense cloth of handspun wool, "woven on looms in their small dark cottages. . . Outfitting a single warship might have required the wool of 1000 sheep."

Read the full article at:
www.hakaimagazine.com


TREADLES FOR NEXT YEAR
April is our last official meeting for this year. In May we have Dye Day, in June there is Spinning at the Winery. July sometimes has a get together, sometimes not. August is the first official meeting for our next year.

WE NEED A NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS
Think about taking on President and Program Chair. These are really the two most critical offices needing new people. With out a Program Chair or Program Committee, there will be no programs for the coming year. A committee is a good way to go if no one can take on the whole job. Not every month needs to have a specific guest speaker. There are some very good videos that we own that have not been viewed yet.

But, we need some one or some ones to do the planning.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016
  • Apr. 26, Treadles Meeting [date change - TUESDAY night]
  • May 21, Dye Day - With Dreamy Goat Design. Check the previous newsletter for more information.
  • June 4,  SPINNING AT THE WINERY, annual spinning day at Retzlaff Winery, Livermore
  • June 17 - 19,  Palouse Fiber Arts Festival, Moscow Idaho. To get info on this fun looking fest you will need to sign in to get their newsletter at: www.palousefiberfestival.wordpress.com
  • June 24 - 26  Black Sheep Gathering, Eugene, Oregon. All the info you need is in the column to the right

CNCH 2016
posted by Vilija
A handwoven basketry flower cart for Modesto's theme:
From Field to Fiber

The conference in Modesto has come and gone, and as usual, it was fun for those who went. There were some interesting classes and interesting vendors. The committee that put on the conference worked hard, as there is always lots to do, plan, and execute. Two full years of work. A load of thanks to everyone: chairs, committees and volunteers who made it possible.

As Liaison for Treadles, I attended the Liaison meeting. It was announced that the registration for the conference was 224 people. This was fewer than expected and the budget will be tight. Actually, the whole CNCH budget is expected to have a shortfall for the next few years. In my mind, the question becomes, "Is the tremendous amount of work that it takes a group of volunteers to put together a conference that is only attended by a minority of the weavers of Northern California actually worth the effort?"


handwoven doll "mascot"

  • We all want it to be affordable, Modesto really tried to do that. 
  • We want convenience, such as having the hotel and classes or conference center connected. Modesto was like that, but the cost for such facilities is becoming over what CNCH is capable of supporting. This may be the last time we have that. 
  • We want lots of great vendors. But why should they keep coming when we only provide them with such a small audience. Its just too expensive and not worth it for them. There were comments from some that they can't do it any more. 

Part of the "Field to Fiber" gallery - hand spun

Without the monetary support of many participants, how can we continue to expect conferences to continue? Guilds across the board have a hard time getting its own participants to take on Guild office positions, let alone finding volunteers to put on a conference.

2017 will be held at Asilomar and is being put on by our area. There are still volunteers needed for that committee.
Part of a display of many different, unusual fibers in one booth.
This is Kudzu. Did you know it can be spun into a weave-able fiber?


The "Return to Sender" skeins, with the "Return of Return" crammed
onto the right side corner of the table. Not positive, but I think 5 of the 6 entries are Treadles'
Stephanie Gausted's hand spun, hand woven cotton blouse


Hand woven Yaks! Don't even ask how many shafts on a loom this takes.


BUACHAILLE  [pronounced "bough - shell", as far as I can tell]
Yes, we should be thinking exclusively of North American sheep and wool. But, its also a lot of fun to seek out fiber globally, especially when its from the British Isles. So this is not any kind of paid advertisement, just a fun song written for a wonderful knitwear designer, about her wool! 

Buachaille is the Scottish Gaelic term for herdsman or shepherd and is the name chosen by knitwear designer Kate Davies for her own line of Scottish wool. She has it available in 7 dyed colors and 3 natural fleece colors. Kate has her own fan club on Ravely and her Ravelry name is WAZZ. Her website is katedaviesdesigns.com. 

Her friend, Felicity Ford, wrote The Buachaille Song in which the refrain is:
Because Buachaille is amazing!
Oh it makes me want to weep;
from Kate Davies website

It's made of love it's made of mountains,
And it comes from proper sheep.

I thought anything that comes from "proper sheep" warranted a listen. You can find the whole song on Kate's website above. Search for the March 24, 2016 entry, or just The Buachaille Song.










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SEE YOU AT THE MEETING!