October 19, 2018

NEXT MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff Lisa Waterman will give a short presentation about Warner Mountain Weavers and their yearly Wool Gathering.

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - TBD

December 15 - daytime holiday party at Amy's house, with ornament exchange

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  This is also the end date for the combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, October 20 at Wendy's house.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Sat/Sun January 26-27 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY, WALNUT CREEK, CA

President Wendy L called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 24 members present and 2 visitors, Bonnie R. and Melanie P., president of Spindles and Flyers guild.

Wendy reviewed the coming meetings for the guild.  There is a possibility that the October 30, Sasha Duerr speaker based meeting and the November 28 video program showing “Sand in my Shoes” by Rebecca Mezoff, may need to be switched with each other.

There is a myriad of other guild functions outside our meetings. 
  • Wendy will host another Eco printing workshop, Part II. Please e-mail her if you are coming and how many $11 silk scarves you want.
  • Saturday, November 17, Amy will host Lou Grantham as she offers a mini-loom tapestry weaving workshop from 10:30-3:00 p.m. There is a $60 charge and a max of 15 students. There will be some looms available for use.
  • Reba S. has kindly offered to do a mass order of Stephanie Wilkes’ book, “Raw Material”. Stephanie will be here to read from her book in February. Please give Reba your money to pre-order.
  • Amy will host our Holiday party on December 15, Saturday, for the sheep themed ornament exchange and pot luck luncheon, giving Vilija a break this year.
  • January 26-27, 2019, is the date for a weekend of Spinning Luxury fibers with Carolyn Greenwood. This will be held at Amy’s home with the possibility of a preview fiber night with shopping. The charge is not determined yet but probably close to $60 with fibers provided.

Area fiber happenings include:
  • Spinzilla kicks of October 1-7, nationwide. Melanie P. challenged T2T for a yardage challenge with everyone getting a prize.
  • Lambtown in Dixon, October 6-7, has classes, vendors and Sheep-to-shawl.
  • Botanical Garden in Tilden Park hosts Sasha Duerr speaking on Natural Dyes on Sunday, October 14.
  • October 27 is Hug a Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs farm in Vacaville.

CNCH liason, Joan A., will attend the 2019 site visitation meeting and lunch at Sonoma State University on Sept. 28. She will bring more meeting information and registration information later. Judith Mackenzie and Kate Larson are the two spinning teachers.

T2T equipment librarian Carol C. brought all the small equipment the guild has to offer to show what is available to all members.  There is a sign out paper to check equipment out but the deposit is waived currently for all but the large electric carders. The Cricket rigid heddle looms are currently in use.

Treasurer Pam M says about half the members have renewed.

Megan showed her Combo spin project shawl and hat. Mary B showed a silk lap she purchased this summer.

Sonia is now a docent in the fiber program at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Wendy led us in a flat felting workshop on a small stained glass style project. She provided needles, foam platforms, colored roving and squares of washed wool felt as a background. Wendy had washed the wool felt from JoAnns which fluffed it up and shrunk it about 25%. She provided examples and showed the techniques. We all dug in and many were able to complete a small project in the next hour.  Wendy also provided lavender seeds from Doris and an orange potpourri along with netting if a sachet covered with the needle felted design is preferred. There were cookies and candy provided by Wendy to keep us going strong.

Linda B.

A Day at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool (S&W) – by Mary B.

As the name implies S&W is a large festival devoted to all things ovine.  It is held the weekend after Labor Day in Jefferson, a small farming community west of Milwaukee.  There is a sheep to shawl competition, dog trails, 70 or so classes including one educating shepherds on raising sheep for spinners’ fleeces.  It also has major shopping.  This year there were more than 240 vendors all dealing with sheep in one way or another: raw fleece, prepared fleece, yarn, sheep tchotchkes, needles, spindles, etc.  It also includes booths with coats for sheep, shears, castrating scissors? cutters? snippers?  Think I’ll settle for tools.  You get the picture. 

As most of you know, my sister, Ann, lives in a small village (pop. about 1200) located about 35 – 40 minutes from Green Bay.  She has a spinning group that has been together for many years.  They are not a formal guild, more like our Monday Spinners.  Over the years I’ve visited Ann, I’ve gotten to know them so tag along for S&W.  They go every year on Friday so I’ve been planning my trips to go with them.  Here’s how the day goes.

Bonduel is at an intersection with the main east/west highway between Green Bay and Minneapolis (I hear it’s bumper to bumper when the Packers play the Vikings) and many county roads so we meet at the Park and Ride at 7 am.  This year there were 8 of us heading south to Jefferson and this group has the trip down to a science.  About an hour or so later we stop in Oshkosh (B’Gosh!) for breakfast at Perkins and then on to Jefferson (about 2.5 hours total).

We pay our $8 and get a 96 page program.  Here’s the first sign to greet us and starts the entry into another world for this city girl. 

After a pit stop, we head immediately for the 2 huge vendor barns.



Most of the vendors of fiber, yarn, etc., are here and most of the sheep breeding type vendors are elsewhere.

These buildings are HUGE!  Vendor stalls are in 4 rows; along each wall and back to back down the middle.  Ann, her friend Bonnie and I stick together and head for River’s Edge where I bought two 8 ounce hand painted braids.  
While I’ve been very good lately on not adding too much to my stash, I couldn’t resist this 10 ounce silk lap.  
I just have to watch the 11 minute Youtube video on how to spin it. 

We barely got through the first building before lunch where the crowd gathers in a large hall where tables are set up, there are some small exhibits and Clemes and Clemes has their booth.  Food on Friday is typical fair food and most of us brought a lunch.  I understand that they put on a nice lamb meal over the weekend.

It’s back to shopping and we get through the second building.  We decide to go back to the first and went through a large door in the middle of the building.  There’s a large concrete space between them with a partial wall down the middle that has rings and spigots on it.  

City girl, “What’s that for?”  Country girl, “That’s where you wash your cows and horses for the country fair shows.”  My eye then caught the sign on the next building.

City girl pointing to it, “Why?”  Country girl, “You can’t spread the manure on the fields if it has trash in it.”  City girl, “Oh.” 

At 3 we gather to head home.  A 15 minute or so drive gets us to Jefferson Creek where we stop at Culvers for ice cream (hot fudge sundae!).  Then it’s heading back north.  We stop at Appleton for soup at the Machine Shed and about 45 minutes or an hour we part ways back at Bonduel.

Ann’s spinning buddies are a lot of fun so it’s always enjoyable.  Lots of laughter, stories, exchanges of information.  We come back exhausted and, at least for me, having put away a lot more food than I usually do in a day!

Mary B.

Guild Member News

Guild members Doris B. and Robin L. won multiple blue ribbons at Lambtown in the Skeins & Textile competition.  Congratulations, Doris and Robin!


Class B: Handspun wool blend, at least 30% wool
2 or more ply: Doris B (1st)
Novelty: Doris B (1st)

Class F: Textile, handspun, 100% wool
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Class I: Textile, Commercial yarn
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Full list of winners is available on the Lambtown web site.

Doris' prizewinning skeins



Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making, UC Davis Design Museum, October 1 - December 9

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Sustainable Cotton Project 2018 Farm Tour, Firebaugh, CA, Oct 25

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

2018 Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Handblock Printing With Natural Dyes, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, November 10

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

September 1, 2018

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Wednesday, September 26 - needle felted lavender-filled sachet workshop (taught by Wendy, supplies included)
Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - TENTATIVE: Sasha Duerr lecture, Natural Color

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff

December 15 - daytime holiday party at Amy's house, with ornament exchange

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  You can pre-order a copy of the book through Reba S. now.  This is also the end date for our combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, Date TBD October 19 or 20 - at Wendy's house.  Press your leaves now, before Fall.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Sat/Sun January 26-27 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
THRUMAN CASEY LIBRARY
WALNUT CREEK, CA
AUGUST 29, 2018

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. There were 22 members present and 2 guests. We welcomed Iris M. and Bonnie R.

Officers for the coming year are: President Wendy L.; Program Co-chairs Amy P and Carolyn B.; Treasurer Pam M.; Secretary Linda B.; CNCH Liaison Joan A.

Treasurer Pam announced she is accepting dues for the coming year in the amount of $25.  CNCH get $5 of the dues. She can accept cash or check. Her report included a healthy balance in the treasury to be spent for the benefit of all members. Spinning at the Winery in Mid-May is our major fund-raiser through the raffle items donated by members and vendors.

CNCH liaison Joan reports that the site review meeting for the 2019 Alternative Conference to be held at Sonoma State University campus will be September 29, 2018. All are welcome, but if you want to attend the lunch, there is a $25 charge. See Joan right away if you would like to attend and she can give you the details. The accommodations will be apartment style with private bathrooms. Room and board will include 3 meals a day, all in walking distance to the class rooms. There will be multi day classes and no vendors. The price will be one all-inclusive amount with sign ups starting after Christmas. 

Spinning classes will be taught by:  Kate Larson whose “Spinning for Knitting” video we watched in April, and  Judith MacKenzie. Leslie Simpson will teach her very flowing soft style for felting, There will also be saori weaving and mud dyeing.

Joan also noted that she had resigned her CNCH board position and it will be filled by Reba S. who will now be the Area III representative to the CNCH Advisory Council.

Show and Tell involved many beautiful things and stories of Convergence Reno, Black Sheep in Albany, OR, the eco dying and boro and indigo painting for sashiko embellishments on a pot holder at Wendy L.’s home over the summer.

Wendy presented the plans for the 2018-19 guild year on a power point presentation.  Information is included in the meeting dates section at top of the blog.

Linda B.

Guild Member News

Some guild members attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association, held in Vacaville in August.  Guild member Doris B. won the People's Choice award for her beautiful shawl - she processed the wool from one Jacob ewe, separated and combined colors, spun the fiber and knit the shawl.  Great job, Doris!

(photos by Robin Lynde & Dona Snow)



Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Vogue Knitting Live, San Francisco CA, September 21-23

Weaving & Wool, skirted fleece for sale - sorted by breed, a few vendors.  Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, September 22

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby OR, September 22-23

Studio 49 13th Annual Fiber Retreat, Groveland, contact dreamygoatdesign@yahoo.com, September 28-30

Spinzilla, no T2T team this year - go rogue!  October 1-7

Lambtown Festival, Dixon CA, October 6-7

Movie "Shepherdess of the Glaciers", Bishop Auditorium, Stanford Univ, October 9

Modern Textile Design with California Natural Dye Plants - Sasha Duerr, Tilden Botanical Garden in Berkeley, October 14

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

Convergence Report (republished from last month)

HGA's 2018 Convergence was in relatively nearby Reno in July. After delaying for a few months, in late January I signed up for several classes that still had spaces and sparked my interest! I had booked my hotel room at the Peppermill in September, so I knew I had a place to stay!

As an add-on to the whole weaving/spinning/fiber related experience, Will and Kate Taylor hosted a 3-day workshop on the drawloom with Joanne Hall just before Convergence began, so I had already begun to fill my brain with new possibilities!

I hit the ground running on Friday morning with Robyn Spady presenting an introduction to the Bateman weaves. That same afternoon, I learned to make beautiful Chinese Dragon Boat decorations with ribbon woven over a cardboard foundation, with an excellent teacher, Marilyn Romatka. A superb fashion show that evening was a true highlight of the conference. WOW! The garments were spectacular on all levels, from beautiful fabrics to amazing designs and superb construction.

Saturday morning brought a class on loom and wheel maintenance and repair. The handout booklet made the session worthwhile. The afternoon was spent in the vendor hall, observing the sheep to shawl contest, looking over the many lovely items for sale and greeting friends, and buying a couple of tools. I found 2 beautiful Bluster Bay low profile shuttles for my Rigid Heddle loom weaving. They were a dream to weave with during my 2 day class using double heddles on Sunday and Monday, with Deborah Jarchow.

The Keynote address by Jason Collingwood drew a crowd of over 650. His perspective as someone who has made his living as a weaver was most interesting.

My last class was on Tuesday, with the wonderful Kate Larson. She taught us several ways to spin those beautiful gradient rovings that catch our eyes at the shows. She taught us her record keeping system, so you can go back and see what you did to create that yarn you love!

Yours truly then went on to 3 days worth of Complex Weavers Seminars and filled my brain with even more information!  The galleries were amazing. I attended several gallery talks given by the judges for those galleries. Most interesting.

A wonderful vacation for a fiber geek!

Reba

Reba's Dragon Boats



July 20, 2018

ON HIATUS

T2T MEMBERS,
THIS BLOG IS ON LEAVE FOR AWHILE- - I WILL NOT BE POSTING ANYTHING
BE BACK IN A COUPLE MONTHS OR SO
REFER ALL QUESTIONS TO WENDY OR PAM PLEASE

May 30, 2018

FIRST SUMMER PROJECT - June 16, 2018

Treadles to Threads Dye Day 2018
10 am – 3 pm Saturday
Wendy’s house, Lafayette
June 16

Boro and Sashiko Inspired Cotton Fabric Dyeing 
and Stitching Workshop



We will be dyeing fabric and hand stitching pot holders during dye day this year!

Fabric dyes, un-dyed cotton fabric, white thread, embroidery needles and thermal padding for the inside of the pot holder will be provided by the guild.  Instruction on how to use the Marabu Shabori Kit Fashion Spray and basic embroidery stitches will also be provided. If you are interested in purchasing an individual dye kit for yourself in addition to the dye shared with guild members, contact Wendy by Sunday June 3. Kits are $15.  

An indigo dye pot will also be available for dyeing T2T member’s individual projects.

This should be a very fun, very blue day!  Please join us!


Bring a bag lunch. 


SPINNING AT THE WINERY 2018

A very big thank you to all who came to support the Winery event. Especially those who came early for set-up, braved the cool wind all day, and still stayed for clean-up. You were super.

We had 147 paid attendees, plus another very successful raffle! There was a smaller number of vendors this year, mostly because of the early date with somewhat short notice for them. But our members filled in with some great items, with several people gifting more than one item. Another big thank you to all of you also. Member Linda B's Ashford Charkha was a hotly contested item. Happily, it garnered a good number of $5 tickets, sadly, the winner was not from our guild, but the winner sure was happy and surprised. 

T-shirt design winners were: Pam Murdock with a fabulous quilt made not only  from last year's t-shirt, but also some from previous years T2T t-shirts. Vickie Marchand with a lovely, dyed, deconstructed, reconstructed and embellished t-shirt. Vilija with a "Sharpie" drawn grape arbor theme with two happy sheep and one pooping a ball of yarn!

Spinning at the Winery provides T2T with the funds to have workshops and/or dye days for T2T members during the year at no cost or sometimes very little cost to the members. Its why we try hard to encourage everyone to donate to the raffle and to come and work on the day of the event if at all possible. 

With these funds we are able to provide the supplies needed for this year's June and July dye days. We try to make our activities as inclusive as we can and as affordable as we can,


UPCOMING EVENTS

CROCKETT FIBER ARTS STUDIO GRAND OPENING 
 June 1, 2 - 8pm
1322 Pomona Street, Crockett

[a message from Melanie Perkins, owner and founder]
"Crockett Fiber Arts Studio is a place to learn, practice, and collaborate around the fiber arts.  I have tried to make the environment warm and inviting.  Please check out my website at www.crockettfiberstudio.com  There are some photos of the studio on the home page.  The ecommerce part isn't quite up yet, but the rest is there."

June 2 - July 1, 2018  At Arts Benicia, two events:


June 9, Crochet Jam:


July 28, 2018  T2T Second dye day of the summer. "Eco Dyeing" Much more info on this later. Save the date.

September 8 & 9. Arcata Natural Fiber Fair. www.naturalfiberfair.com


END NOTE:

The real reason we always see Boobies with Blue Feet.
They love blue and they are great sock knitters.



May 8, 2018

SPINNING AT THE WINERY, May 19, 2018

EVERYONE READY?
Treadles to Threads' big event of the year is just around the corner. Hope you all have the date on your calendar and will be able to come, help, and enjoy a great day outdoors with other fiber enthusiasts.

May 19, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery, 1356 Livermore Ave, Livermore

Bring your wheel and a pot luck dish to share for lunch. Water and soda can be purchased from the Winery, and of course, wine by the glass or bottle.

Treadles members, don't forget your donation to the Raffle. If you got a t-shirt from last year done for the contest, don't forget that either. Below is a list from Joan about the jobs still looking for helpers: 


Spinning at the Winery Job Descriptions and Openings


Set-up:
Arrive around 9am, help set up tables for food, raffle, etc.  There are usually some winery personnel who help with chairs and umbrellas.  Setup guild's pop up tents.  Not a hard job if enough hands.  Need 1 more volunteer.

Entrance Greeters and Fee Collectors:
Stop people on entrance road, welcome them and ask for $5/per person.  All people entering for Spinning must pay including members.  This fee goes to the winery, not us.  Need one more person from 1-1:30.

Food Table:
Help organize food table and help cleanup.  Need 1 more volunteer.  Lunch starts about 11:45 with vendors going through the line first.  Food needs to be organized before that.  Report to Vilija.  Need one more volunteer.

Raffle Ticket Sales and Table:
Sit at table and sell raffle tickets and supply those wondering the grounds with tickets.  This table may be combined with Sales Table (T-Shirts, lip balm, etc)  Need two volunteers from 10-11, ne from 11-12.

Set-up of Raffle Items and Help With Raffle:
Help Kate receive your raffle items as well as those of the vendors.  Help Kate with layout and numbering items.  The raffle is at 1:30 and there need to be a couple of people to help bring items forward, put tickets in bag and deliver item to winner.  People working after set up and before raffle need to make sure all is looking good as people may paw through lightly to see items.  Need one more from 11-12 and 12-1.  Need two helpers from 1 until end of raffle.

Sales Table:
Sell t-shirts, lip balm.  Need two from 11-12.  This table may be combined with raffle table as we don't have too much to sell this year.

Sheri from Morro Fleeces Booth:
Sheri will not be here but needs someone to man her booth.  It is a great way to meet people and perhaps see some wonderful fleeces.  Need three volunteers from 10-12, 12-2 and 2-4.

Thanks for your help.  This fundraiser helps fund some good programs for our guild.  Your volunteering makes a difference to the success of our guild!

Contact me at Joanweave@aol.com if you can volunteer for the openings.


CALENDAR FOR THE SUMMER

Not too much! No T2T Dye Day this year since we had no one volunteer to organize it. But keep an eye out for one or two possible activities during the summer. Emails will be going out with information.

June 9, 2018,  Lecture:  The Art of Sashiko with Carol Ziogas.  At the Education Studios of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. 10:30 am - 12 noon. $15 for Society members, $20 for non-members.

Carol is a sashiko  teacher, researcher, lecturer and collector of Japanese textiles. Also, the founder of Kimonomomo, an online shop specializing in sashiko supplies and Japanese fabrics. This lecture is sponsored by the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Sashiko is a form of stitching in Japan that has evolved into an elegant form of folk craft. Initially the stitching was used on weak fabric to reinforce it for further use., it is now a way to create elegant personal motifs to express individuality as well as playfulness.  


April 18, 2018

NEXT MEETING: APRIL 25, 2018, 7PM

PROGRAM
We may have a very interesting speaker, but plans are not yet finalized. You will be sent an email On who it is if it all works out.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the speaker will not be able to make it so we will watch a video by Kate Larsen, "How to Spin Yarn to Knit".

MINUTES FROM THE MARCH MEETING: Linda B.
MARCH 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

The meeting was called to order by President Reba Siero. We had two guests, Coleen and Robin. There was a correction to the February minutes as the home of a teacher was noted as Missoula, Montana.
CNCH liason Joan was away at PLY. She left the work sign up list with Vilija to be passed around for the May 19, 2018, Spinning at the Winery function. Vilija wrote the list on the front board and asked for addition volunteers to please add their names throughout the evening. Notes about the various jobs listed showed the Set-up starting around 8:30 am, which includes finding and arranging the chairs and tables, set up of awnings for shade and food covers. It was noted that the clean-up slots were filled. The sales tables times can be filled with those who need to be seated, while raffle ticket sales are for those more mobile. Vilija and Lisa W. will help with the food table set up. It was mentioned again that the $5 admission fee goes to the winery as their rental fee for the use of the grounds. Each person attending must pay and that also means each guild member.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Robin Linde announced “Meet the Sheep at Meridian Jacobs” will occur on April 7-8, 2018. There is a parking fee of $10 per car and can be used as a credit towards purchases over $20. 

Doris Bergman announced San Ramon’s Forrest Hill Farms shearing day for the public will be April 21, 2018. We are encouraged to bring our wheels to spin. She can arrange for us to help with other chores that day as necessary, if you would like to help. Get you name to her so she can put you on the volunteer list for free entry. Time is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. She will contact you by e-mail if you are interested in helping that day.

Linda Van Heertum showed her completed project from the guild’s fiber exchange. She added 18 ounces and had a beautiful mitered knit poncho to show. 

Vilija brought the Ashford wheel that was to be raffled off at the Winery. It has too much to be done on it for her to work her magic on it in it’s present state.  Will Taylor will try to salvage it, in hopes it will become one of Vilija’s art pieces eventually. Vilija brought extra Tee shirts, available for $10, to be entered in the decoration/repurposing contest at the winery. Employees from the winery will be the judges that day. Nice monetary prizes are offered.


Our evening’s program was presented by Wendy Lacy. She had prepared kits for each person present that would result in a self-designed luggage tag/business card holder that can be added to our wheels. The kits contained complete instructions for assembly and patterns to be used to cut out the decorative designs. She also provided many pre-cut pieces of wool felt, backing fabrics that matched and many thread colors for those who wished to do any further embroidery on the surface. Ironing boards and irons were set up to complete that portion of construction. She had completed projects to view as examples of the patterns provided in the kit. The backing in the kits included Steam-a-Seam 2, Pellon 860, Ultra weft fusible interfacing already attached to the cut felt and backing fabrics. Many tags were completed that evening and she offered her home for the following Monday afternoon spinning group so those who would like to bring their project along could finish it there.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR - 2018
  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?


SPINNING AT THE WINERY

An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.

Joan will have the sign-up sheet for jobs to be manned during the Winery. Please try to put in some time at this event.

FROM SPINNING DAILY:

OH SOOOO TRUE!


March 19, 2018

NEXT MEETING: MARCH 28, 2018, 7PM

PROGRAM
A very fun evening workshop with Wendy.


Wool Applique Tag Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, March 28 to create a fun luggage tag for your spinning wheel. These tags double as business card holders so you will never again be without your Treadles to Threads Guild business cards to hand out. 

Wool fabric, thread, needles, backing material, templates and Treadles to Threads business cards will be supplied by the guild. Wendy will demonstrate the techniques needed and guide the tag making process. We will have enough time for each person to put together a tag and start the embroidery process. Creating these tags is fun and addictive!


Please bring a pair of small sharp scissors as well as a thimble (if you have one). We will be making small cuts in little pieces of colorful wool that has been pre-bonded to fusible interfacing. We will then iron the pieces onto a precut tag to set it in place prior to stitching. The guild will provide ironing stations. The design choices are unlimited. Come to the meeting and join us in the fun!!! 



DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR - 2018
  • Mar. 28, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?

SPINNING AT THE WINERY
An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.


MEET THE SHEEP AT MERIDIAN JACOBS
Meet the Sheep is an annual event, now offered two days. Due to parking restrictions we now require reservations and a small fee per car--as many people as you want in your car. Your $10/car fee may be applied to a purchase of $20 or more (on the day of the event only). When you register use the number of vehicles (usually 1), not the number of people. 
Go to the following site to make reservations:
https://www.meridianjacobs.com/module/class.htm?classId=246027
Visit with the sheep that provide the fiber we all love! Lambs, kids (goats), and bunnies to pet! Farm Club members will be here to answer questions. Fiber arts demonstrations all day include spinning, weaving, felting, fiber preparation, and more. 
Meridian Jacobs Shop is Open.

DORIS HELPS OUT WITH THE LAMBING
As a Farm Club member, this is an annual activity where members are urged to come and help out. Here is Doris' photos and comments of the day:
"This is a lilac Jacob who was sired by Robin’s lilac ram. She was discussing his tendency to produce a slightly inconsistent coat on babies and pointing out these temporary kempy fibers ( above, you can see some white hairs overlapping the black spot to the far right). But look at that face!

While I was there, Dilly, a yearling ewe, decided to lamb a bit early. She had a single, small baby out behind a feeder before we knew it. We managed to get them in a pen bedded down with fresh straw.  At 4.6 lbs  she’s half the average size but twice the cuteness! They named her Dally, quite
appropriately. Since she took awhile to get going once out and the weather was cold Robin decided to blanket her after she felt momma had sufficiently bonded with her."

Lisa also has a photo with one of the babies who has the most unusual markings. She has been named "Zorra" in honor of the mask Zorro wears! What fun to see how the Jacob babies turn out.
Lisa holding Zorra

 FEBRUARY 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY, WALNUT CREEK, CA

President Reba Siero called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m We had one visitor, Jen, who was referred to us by Linda Ross. There were 11 members present.
Treasurer Pam Murdock said we have a robust treasury. Please think of speakers, classes, equipment, etc., that could a valuable use of this money for our members. Sonja went to a class in Truckee on indigo from a teacher from Montana. Sonja felt there was little chance that she would travel, however. John Marshall was mentioned in relation to indigo He needs a particular housing arrangement and Maureen and her “girl fort” might help with that.
HGA Reno convergence 2018. Joan Anderson and Reba reported that there will be a $10 per day pass available at the vendor hall that would also cover the galleries. Saturday will also feature a Sheep to Shawl contest. T2T has decided to provide a lip gloss tube for the goodie bag for HGA attendees as requested by CHCH. These will be ordered in quantity for the best price and Vilija will design a label to identify our guild as the donor.
Spinning at the Winery 2018. Will and Kate brought the bookmark sized notices to be distributed by members. This year’s date of May 19, 2018, is being well received after the change from June. Joan will begin bringing work detail sign-up sheets to Monday spinning. Morgaine’s schedule will be a little tight to get set at the winery after an out-of-state show. Please start working on the items for the raffle as it is our major fund raiser for the year.
Announcements: Will also brought the year’s schedule for the Crockett Train Museum. Forrest Home Farm, San Ramon, will have their shearing day, April 21. Reba and Doris Bergman will be the contacts for this year in Wendy’s stead. More information later on this. Barbara Shapiro will be the featured speaker at Valley Stitchers this month. She will share her expertise and experiences about natural indigo dying. There is a $5 guest fee. Vilija found 57" wide fabric of 60/40 hemp and silk at Dharma. Megan has a broken foot.
Show and Tell: Although there were few of us, there were marvelous things shared.
Program:
Vilija brought in her AV equipment set-up and showed the program from Interweave’s newsletter/blog. This video showed the hard work that Dan Carver and his wife have put in on their 50 square mile ranch on the Columbia Plateau in northeast Oregon. The Imperial Stock Ranch is in it’s 147th year of farming. Sheep have been part of the ranch all along. By careful resource management, the ranch runs on rotational grazing and dry farming with careful water management.
When Ralph Lauren’s Polo brand was looking for American producer’s to manufacture the Sochi Olympic regalia for out athletes, the Imperial Stock ranch was contacted. The Polo group came to the ranch and worked with the Carver’s to get yarn spun, fabric created and clothing designed for the Olympics. Hats, mittens and some clothing was used in both the Sochi, Japan, and South Korea games. The Imperial yarn business was sold in 2015, but the ranch is still in business. The reconstructed ranch house, the Richard Hinton home, is on the National Register of Historic Places, as it was set up along the Oregon Trail.
Then type in "American Wool Wins for U.S. Olympics"


MOUNTAIN MEADOW WOOL MILL

Will and Kate visited this mill not too long ago and told us a bit about them. It is also where Jacob Meridian sends their wool to be spun. Its not a viable alternative for us home spinners after purchasing a single fleece, you need 400 lbs to get something done, however, they have an interesting story and a great on-line shop. It is worth it to support these kinds of businesses if we want the fiber industry to make a comeback in this country. This article excerpted from Interweave Knitting Daily.

"In the shadow of the Big Horn Mountain range sits Mountain Meadow Wool, an American spinning mill dedicated to preserving and protecting the American wool industry. In 2007, Mountain Meadow opened its doors offering fair trade prices and ecologically friendly practices to local Wyoming ranchers. Mountain Meadow is known for its unique Mountain Meadow Merino™—a springy, rustic, and unexpectedly soft wool.
"This story of Mountain Meadow began more than 30 years ago when owner Karen Hostetler signed up for a weaving class at Colorado State University. Her love affair with fiber extended to knitting and spinning, which sustained her fiber passion while she raised seven children. In 2002, when her kids headed off to school, her interest in fiber expanded from personal crafting into a small business venture.
"After visiting several yarn shops, she noticed that there was little-to-no fiber available from Wyoming, which piqued her interest. Karen began researching and to her dismay discovered the American wool industry had plummeted over the past 20 years, threatening the tradition and culture of local Basque sheepherders—shepherds of the windswept plains of Wyoming since the late 1800s.
"Karen partnered with a friend, and together they set out on a journey to revitalize interest and added value to the sheep ranching industry while educating the public and offering top-quality, ecologically friendly yarns. Initially, they bought 400 lbs of wool from a local rancher, packed it, and hauled it up to Canada (the closest available wool processor at the time). Here, they were promptly stopped at the border crossing by several confused Canadian patrol guards. “They thought we were trying to smuggle something in the wool!” said Karen. After three hours of questions and searching, they were allowed passage into Canada returned home with 200 lbs of white, clean, beautiful wool, but they didn’t know where to go from there.
"Through a period of trial and error, help and advice from experts, and six grants through Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Mountain Meadow Wool was born. Karen currently works with sixteen local ranching families—each skein of yarn produced can be traced back to the source, connecting the knitter to the West and the story of Mountain Meadow Wool.
"To learn more about Mountain Meadow Wool, the mill, their LEGACY YARN CLUB and to sample their yarns, go here to their website and discover a gateway to the West.
To view a 4:26 minute, great video of the Mill and its workings: https://youtu.be/QXf1mYsv6Bo