April 16, 2014

NEXT MEETING: April 30, 2014, 7 pm

PROGRAM:
Lisa Souza of Lisa Souza Dyeworks
Most spinners and knitters are familiar with the beautiful yarns and fibers that come from this very creative woman. We are fortunate that she will be coming to share her yarns and knowledge of spinning and dyeing.

In addition to being a knitter and dyer, Lisa is also a knitwear designer and author. In her Placerville studio she now focuses on dyeing mill spun yarns, fabulously decadent luxury handspun yarns as well as hand dyed fibers for spinning.

You can see more of her work and products at: lisaknit.com


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:


CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center  

Lots to see and do. Come for the day if you have not signed up the the the whole three days. Still time to volunteer for a two hour job, which includes a day pass

April 26,  Forest Home Farm Shearing Day 
See last month's blog for more info - for those not going to conference!


May 17th, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch 

will be held on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.
See last months blog for more info to come and spend the day spinning


June 7, 2014

Spinning at the Winery 

17th Annual day at Retzlaff Winery  
Saturday, June 7  10 am to 4 pm
1356 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore
entry is $5 per person

Fleeces, Fiber, Yarn & Much More!
Featuring California Vendors

A day of spinning, meeting, shopping, eating, and "raffleing".. Bring your wheel, a friend, your family, and a pot luck dish to share for lunch. The weather promises to be good, so plan to meet all your fiber friends in Livermore Wine country. 

Treadles members:  please sign up for a job with Linnie. There are always things to do and spots to cover.  Come and help out for an hour or two. This event happens because of all your hard work. Set up begins at 8:30 am if you are a morning person. Take down is at 4 pm for the rest of us. Lots of little jobs during the day also. 
 
Still time to find or make something for the raffle. It can be anything of value and does not have to be spinning or fiber related.

PREVIEW


Our towel spinning and weaving project is done and off the loom. Here is a preview photo of all of it just after being cut off. They look great and will be available at this month's meeting!



MEETING ROOM

We like meeting at the Ygnacio Library. Its a good location, and best of all, its free. But we are beginning to outgrow the room on most meeting nights, and parking has always been a bit of a problem. Even t hough our contract with them says we are limited to 20 some spaces, there are never that many available and we have had complaints that we take up more than our allotment.

We would love to find another space, but have not been successful so far. Most rooms require payments of $100 or more. Does any one have any ideas about this? 


End Note From Junior:

Totally bored with dyeing eggs



March 17, 2014

NEXT MEETING: MARCH 26, 2014 7 PM

PROGRAM:  Mary Finley and Roger Salter of Dreamy Goat Design Studio
Mary with some of their lovely fiber


Mary and Roger will spend the evening with us talking about how they make all their wonderful batts of wool for spinners. Concentrating on natural dyes, they create lovely colors and mixtures of fiber that most of us simply cannot resist. You will enjoy Mary's knowledge of spinning, weaving, dying, etc. and Roger always has a few stories to tell. Come and be inspired.

They will be vendors at the upcoming CNCH conference in April, with a whole new batch of great colors and fibers. Stop by and say hello. Mary's been busy with a big pot of indigo in the last week or so. On this evening, they will have some of their regular fibers and colors for sale in the parking lot, since the new ones are not quite ready. All the more reason to come to the conference, at least for a day.




CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center  

Treadles oil bags are in the hands of the Gallery Committee, all 35 of them! Great participation from our group, give yourselves a pat on the back. Whether you liked or just "tolerated" making the bag, it's going to be a nice display - another reason to come spend the day if you are not a full participant.

There will be after all, a Spinning Corral and Spindles and Flyers have once again volunteered to man it. They stepped up to volunteer to coordinate this activity. Which, once again, shows that this is a total volunteer happening and unless someone comes forward, things just don't happen.  Anyone bringing spinning wheels will be very welcome to join them at any time to spin and chat. Spindles and flyers are taking a break to have a meeting of their own guild so there will be times when you may be needed to help out.

April 10th is the next deadline to send in other items for any Gallery other than Return to Sender and Return of Return. At this point, its too late to get in skeins to be judged, but if you want them to be out just for display, they can be dropped off by 9 am on the Friday of conference [April 25]. Return of Return, for judging or just showing, can also be turned in at that same time. See previous blog for more info.

VOLUNTEERS for many time periods and events at the Conference are still needed. Anyone who is not a full participant in the conference, will get a free day pass if they volunteer for at least a 2 hour work session. Go to cnch.org, bring up conference info and go towards the bottom of the left hand column under "Additional 2014 Information" and click on "Volunteer Opportunities" to get full info on what and how to volunteer for. Everyone in this guild stepped up amazingly in 2012, and even though we are not a host guild this time, the need is still great.

UPCOMING THINGS TO DO AND SEE

MARCH 22,  SATURDAY -  Silk Spinning with  Sara Lamb

A beautiful wild silk moth

Sara's handspun & woven silk

Join Sara in this Walnut Creek Civic Arts class for the next step up from our cotton & linen spinning. Silk is luxurious to use and requires just a little extra care to spin easily and well. Participants will sample a variety of preparations and types. Yarns can be created specifically for the technique you wish to use, whether it's weaving, knitting or embroidery. Class is suitable for wheel or spindle spinners. Participants need to be able to spin a continuous yarn. Intermediate level. $24 supply fee due at class. There are still some openings, call soon. See online materials list.
To register:
http://www.walnut-creek.org/cae/
or call 925 943 5846

May 17th, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch 
will be held on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

From Reba:
Heritage Day has been on the 2nd weekend in June for many years, but has moved to the May date for this 100th Birthday celebration for the City of Walnut Creek.
I will be going and would love for others to join me.  We spin under the trees.  If it rains, I imagine we can spin in the old Borges family farm house.

Email Reba for information and to let her know you will be there!  rebasiero@yahoo.com




Forest Home Farm Shearing Day  April 26, 2014


From Wendy:
T2T members and other interested folks,
I know that the weekend of April 26 will be very busy for the folks attending CNCH but I am hoping a few spinners can spend some time with me on Saturday April 26 at Forest Home Farm in San Ramon for their annual Sheep Shearing Day.  We start shearing the sheep early and go all day so if spinners want to come spin under the trees or help me skirt fleeces, all are welcome and admission if free if you come help out. Fleeces are also available to those who volunteer.
More information can be found at   http://www.srhf.org/sheep-shearing-day-2014/



Lambtown 2014 
Once again, Lambtown will be held at the Dixon May Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014.  The Fiber Fair committee is eager to recruit sheep-to-shawl teams from CNCH guilds to spotlight the many talented people involved in guilds in northern California.  The featured breed this year is Corriedale, and in the Sheep-to-Shawl section of the Lambtown website (Lambtown.org) we have listed several California and Oregon Corriedale breeders who have fleeces to sell.  We hope this will inspire sheep-to-shawl teams and other hand spinners to use Corriedale in their projects.  Details about the sheep-to-shawl competition are currently being updated and questions may be directed to the Fiber Fair committee via the Lambtown website.


Something fun to look into, from Pam:
 Design Seeds at  www.design-seeds.com.

It's listed as a site "for all who love color".  It is an email several
times a week - 5? with a photo and color chips.  I like it.


End Note from Junior:
"You call that a winter? Even I could use more rain!"


February 12, 2014

NEXT MEETING: February 19, 2014, 7 PM

THIS MEETING IS ONE WEEK EARLY FROM OUR USUAL. So make a note on your calendar!

PROGRAM:  SPINNING ALPACA & STASH REDUCTION
I love growing fiber for you.

The big knitters conference, Stitches, begins on the 20th, the day after our meeting. In preparation for the enormous shopping opportunities there -- we are going to have a "Stash Reduction" evening. Go through all your yarns and fibers; what have you had for years that you will never use; which colors can't you stand anymore; what do you just not want anymore? Bring it to give away, trade or perhaps sell. Its good to clean out at least once a year!

Bring your wheels also as we'll be taking a break from our study of cotton and linen and spend the evening spinning alpaca. We tried to get a speaker to talk about alpacas, but guess what, they're all headed to Stitches. Member Wendy donated some already to spin alpaca roving for us to play with. Another friend of a friend donated a bag of her pet alpaca fleece which we can all share to see what its like right off the animal. Bring hand cards if you have some.

Stitches is the annual knitters conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Classes begin on the 20th and its open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are a huge number of vendors that bring lots to see: yarns, some fiber and spinning stuff, a little bit of weaving stuff, and everything you can imagine that goes with being a yarn addict. If you want more info, look it up on the web as Stitches West 2014.









CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

 After much confusion, these are the new, official deadlines:

March 15 - entry forms due for all the galleries EXCEPT Return to Sender, and Return of Return to Sender. Entry forms must include a photo or photocopy of the item you are entering. We will have extra copies of entry forms at the February meeting. $5 must accompany each entry.

March 15 - for Return to Sender and Return of Return, EMAIL Gina Glock by 3/15 to let her know you will bring a skein and/or a Return of Return item. cnch2014returntosender@gmail.com The skeins and finished items will need to be brought directly to the conference by 9 am on Friday, April 25. [Our Guild will arrange to take your items if you cannot be there at that time] There is no entry fee for these two galleries.

April 10 - deadline to send in all items for all galleries EXCEPT Return to Sender and Return of Return. 

The oil bags we are making go into the Guild Gallery, so the entry form is due March 15th and the finished bag mailed by April 10th. $5 must accompany each entry.  The Guild has decided that if you finish your bag and bring it to our  February or March  meeting, we will send them all in together. But the entry and photo must be in by Mar 15. so bring or fill out an entry form at the February meeting and the Guild will send the entry forms in with the fees. Bring a photo or photocopy of your bag - or at least your bag in progress. Bring your finished bag if you have it done. This is still confusing! But we feel that guild members should not pay for a guild exhibit.



CLASSES AT WALNUT CREEK CIVIC ARTS

Feb. 18, 2014 is the opening date to sign up for Spring Classes in the fiber arts. Support your local talent! 

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced weaving classes will again be taught by Lou Grantham. All levels are within one class time - you get to choose Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday evening classes.
4/14 thru 6/10

Reba will offer a rigid heddle class
Sunday 4/13

A new class, Weaving Workshop, is being offered by Lou as a one day introduction for beginners, also suitable if you need a refresher in warping. 
Saturday, 4/12

Spring Basketry with our own Karrie Dunham. Construct and weave a reed basket. Geared toward 11 - 18, but if you are young at heart, you can probably sign up!
Saturday 5/17

Pin Loom woven Felted Bag: portable, affordable and easy to use. Think similar to our oil bags but bigger and more sophisticated. For kids and adults.
Sunday 5/18

Shibori for Wearables: create shibori dyed fabrics for a vest or jacket
Satuday 6/14

Log onto www.Arts-Ed.org  or call 925-943-5846


The first towel being woven off in our cotton/linen towel project. If you have signed up, you will get an email reminder of your date and time a week or two before your scheduled time. 

January 4, 2014

NEXT MEETING: Jan. 21, 2014, 7PM

NOTE - NOTE - NOTE
This month's meeting is not only a week early, its on a different night! Tuesday evening instead of Wednesday evening. Just remember, all these small hassles enable us to have a free meeting space.

THIS MEETING'S PROGRAM:  
"What's Your Bag?"
One of the activities for us to participate in at the CNCH 2014 Conference is a Guild Display Gallery. The theme for this conference is: "What's Your Bag?" Techniques and materials are an open field, and so we have chosen to make Oil Bottle Bags. They will be displayed together at one of the conference galleries.

At left is a the type of bag we are going to be making at this meeting. We'll begin the bag by learning how to weave on a simple cardboard loom - if you haven't already done so as a child!

No spinning wheels at this meeting [if you are interested is starting your bag] Everyone will get a supplies bag with the basics, including a brand new oil bottle.

This will be your opportunity to use up some of those bits of handspun yarn you have stashed. You won't need much, and they can be combined to make heavier yarn for weaving. No need to ply them together, you can just hold them together with the weaving needle. But pretty much any size yarn can be used, even in combination. This is a pretty open project.

The bags will have to be done and back at the March meeting ready for display. 

Bring: scissors for paper, pencil or pen, a ruler that has at least 1/4 inch markings, any handspun yarn that you would like to use. $3 to pay for supplies


Recycling Request:
Lets make our refreshment break a little bit greener this year. Bring your own reusable cup/glass to the meetings for liquid refreshments. Every little cup saved from going to the dump helps.


Did You Know. . .at least on my computer, if you click on any of the photos in the blog, it will bring up the photo bigger  [according to pixel size] 


It Was A Sheepish Holiday
The ornament sheep from this year"s exchange. Well done, everyone!

MPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

February 19, 2014  Treadles Meeting [WEEK AND DATE CHANGE] "Spinning Alpaca" For a break from our year long study of cotton and flax, this meeting will give you a chance to work with alpaca. Samples for everyone of cleaned and ready to spin fiber, plus some 'right off the animal' fiber.

March 15, 2014 Return To Sender fiber must be postmarked by Mar. 15 and sent back to the CNCH committee or bring it to the Feb. 19 meeting and we will send them all together.

March 26, 2014. Treadles Meeting [usual day, time and place!]



CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

 Registration is now open. Early Bird registration ends on Jan. 31, but you can still register after that date, just at a higher rate.
For those new to our Guild system, this is the next annual conference for all northern California member guilds. This includes weavers, spinners, dyers and basketmaker guilds. Find updated info at:  www.cnch.org and click conference on the left side of the home page. Or simply use the link on the right side of this blog.

Lots of update news from the CNCH 2014 committee:

First, a request from Gina Glock asking us to find some more customers for the "return to sender" bags of fiber. She still has quite a few left.  If they're  not someone's  favorite color, remind them  they can blend them and add other fibers. Creativity is key! Gina's email is CNCH2014returntosender@gmail.com. Finished skeins must be returned by March 15.

Next, we still need a lot more people to sign up for the classes. Get to work on your guilds and also other people who may like to come. We have quite a few non-members who have signed up. Ask all your knitting friends, sewing friends and all the other  like minded people you know. We want to try and get a sell out!

Vendors: Deborah  Collins is doing a great job as vendor chair. She's sent out a very large mailing. As with the 2012  CNCH she has had the initial rush and then the rest seem to wait until after they have gotten their Christmas shows out of the way. We need to get as many as we can. For the first time in 20012 the Kentucky Yarn Barn did not attend , and that's a big chunk of space. They haven't responded this year either. Cotton Clouds in Arizona has been contacted, but no response yet. If you have any suggestions of other big outlets you think it would be good to get here, let Deborah know. We, like everyone else, are competing with the internet. There is still a great attraction to touch the fibers and see first hand and it is also good advertising for companies, We just have to convince them of this. Also contact your local stores. they also have a lot of competition on the net.
Deb is CNCH2014Vendors @gmail.com

Remember, you don't have to be a conference participant to enter any of the galleries, just a member of our Guild. The deadline for entry forms is March 15, and all items must be in the hands of the Gallery personnel by April 10.


CLASSES AT WALNUT CREEK CIVIC ARTS
Still time to sign up for the following great classes in the fiber arts. Support your local talent!
Log onto www.walnutcreek.org and go to Civic Arts Education

Loom Weaving Beginning and Continued with Lou Grantham
Classes begin Jan 14 and run through March 18

Tablet Weaving with Patricia Townsend
1/19 & 1/26 [two Sundays]

Geometry Blouse or Jacket with Julianne Bramson
A great design/sewing class for weavers
3/1 [Saturday]

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving with Reba Siero
sign up for one or both:
1/26 Weaving One [Sunday]
2/9 Weaving Two [Sunday]

Silk Spinning Introduction with Sara Lamb
3/22 [Saturday]


TREADLES COTTON AND LINEN TOWEL PROJECT
The warp for the woven towel project has been finalized and above are the colors. Each towel will be 16" x 22" in the loom, which means it will be smaller after cutting off the loom. You will need approximately 120- 140 yards of weft [yarn to weave with]. 

The warp is being measured and put onto the loom as we speak. Scheduling a time for those who want to weave a towel will be discussed at the meeting. There will be both day time and evening hours, plus some week-end hours. The "guess-timate" time to weave a towel is one hour to much less. 

The warp we have planned will weave about 20 towels, so think about committing to this project and setting yourself a time to come in to the Heather Farms weaving studio [where Lou Grantham teaches weaving] Weaving time extends from now into mid-March. 

When this project was dreamed up, we did not have the membership that we have now, so we have to apologize if not all who want to do this project will be able to do it. Perhaps we'll be able to repeat it later in the year.


FOR SALE: T2T member, Linda V.H. has a Schacht single treadle Matchless wheel looking for a new home. 4 regular bobbins, high speed whorl and one high speed bobbin, WooLee winder with 4 bobbins. $1250. LJvanhjeertum@aol.com




More From Junior
What a great New Year's Eve party!



November 13, 2013

NEXT MEETING: Nov. 20 2013, 7pm

PROGRAM:  MORE ABOUT SPINNING COTTON with Kate & Will Taylor


Kate and Will are going to expand on what Stephanie began about the "art" [trial] of spinning this wonderful, comfortable, wearable, frustrating fiber. They keep saying all it takes is a sense of adventure and and a bit of practice.

Bring your wheel, a set of cards [cotton cards if you happen to have some], and some cotton fiber. The packs that were given out at the August meeting are just fine, plus we will have a bit more at this meeting to give everyone for experimenting. If you have and want to try spinning on a charka or spindle, bring one.

If you are interested in ordering some more flax for yourself, here is another place other than The Woolery to check: Halcyon yarn has some that is labeled "short" fibers that are perhaps like the roving Vilija had which is actually easy to spin in that form. They have it both in bleached white and natural. halcyonyarn.com The finished thread you get will be slightly hairier than with fiber from a strick, but many find it much easier to spin, plus it doesn't need any kind of preparation.

The warp for the woven towel project has been finalized. Each towel will be 16" x 24" in the loom, which means it will be smaller after cutting off the loom. You will need approximately 150 yards of weft [yarn to weave with]. Linnie will have samples of spun fiber to show at this next meeting. We are hoping to set up the warp sometime in January, which means you will probably be able to begin weaving in February. The details of scheduling are still to be worked out.

Parking Issues
The Ygnacio Valley Library has once again requested that we try to carpool to the meetings. The rules for room use specify only 20 parking spaces for meetings, and we have been using up to 30. If at all possible, please carpool or try to park off-site, which we know is not easy. The library closes at 8 pm, so perhaps if you park off-site, you can go out and re-park in the parking lot during our snack break. While the room is not ideal for our size group, it is free and we don't want to loose it.


UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS

Saturday, December 14, 2013  
Treadles to Threads Christmas Luncheon and Ornament Exchange
12 pm. at Vilija's home.
Please email me directly if you need directions vilijad@me.com 
Bring a food dish to share and a sheep ornament for our annual exchange. Handmade little sheep would be really great, but not mandatory! [no room for spinning wheels at this event]



November 18, 2013  Walnut Creek Civic Arts Classes The online catalog for the winter quarter will be viewable Nov. 18th at http://www.walnut-creek.org/cae/ Registration start Dec. 2 and classes begin the week of Jan 13.
Besides Lou Grantham's ongoing weaving classes and, our own, Reba's great Rigid Heddle classes, three featured artists are:





Pattee Townsend, Jan 19 and 26th Card weaving (using your RH -optional)










Julian Bransom, March 1, Continuing the handwoven clothing series with her geometry jacket or blouse  www.fashioninharmony.com









Sara Lamb, March 22, Silk Spinning









IMPORTANT MEETING DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
January 21, 2014  Treadles Meeting [WEEK AND DATE CHANGE]

February 19, 2014  Treadles Meeting [WEEK AND DATE CHANGE]




CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

 Registration is now open.
For those new to our Guild system, this is the next annual conference for all northern California member guilds. This includes weavers, spinners, dyers and basketmakers guilds. You can look at the info online at the link to the right:  Conference of Northern California Handweavers, under Bay Area Guild Info.



Merry Christmas from Junior
". . .while visions of catnip danced in his head" 

For those who asked:
APPLESAUCE-SPICE CAKE
at Pam's Monday Spinning
  • 2 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allslpice
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1/2 c. water
  • 1/2 c. shortening
  • 2 fresh eggs from Carol's hens
  • 1 c. raisins or Craisins
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
Heat oven to 350 deg. Grease and flour a pan [one 13x9x2 or 2 cake pans or a bundt]. Beat all ingredients in a large mixer bowl on low speed, scraping bowl constantly, 30 seconds. Beat on high speed, scraping bowl occasionally, 3 minutes. Pour into pan. Bake till wooden pick comes out clean. 50 to 60 minutes depending on pan. Remove from pan after the cake has cooled for 10 minutes.

October 15, 2013

NEXT MEETING: Oct. 30, 2013, 7 PM

PROGRAM:
LINEN - From Seed to Garment 
with Nancy Van Tassel and Vilija Deutschman

The lovely flax plant


Two of our own Treadles members have been working with flax and linen for a number of years now.
Nancy Van Tassel has had a fun and successful time growing her own flax to process into linen. She will talk about her successes, failures and give pointers on what it takes to try it yourself. She has also had an article about the process published in the Ashford's publication, The Wheel. 

Vilija has been spinning and weaving with linen since her days working at Conner Prairie Living History Museum in Indiana where the whole process was a part of the 1836 farmstead display. She will demonstrate different ways to dress a distaff, how to spin line flax even if you don't have a distaff, talk a bit about woven linen cloth, as well as give pointers on spinning flax into linen.
Flax in various stages of preparation



Bring your own wheel to give it a try. You will have a chance to try to spin on Vilija's wheel, but everyone will go home with both line flax from a "strick" and flax prepared in roving form. Something for everyone if you have any interest at all in this  "Queen of fibers."

Don't forget, our challenge for this year is to spin about 200 yards of either cotton or linen to then weave your own towel on an already prepared loom.



UPCOMING DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Oct. 23  Cotton Picking Day!  Firebaugh, CA
From Windfall Farms, "Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd to experience Central Valley culture and help us hand pick colored cotton at Windfall Farms with the farmers and SCP staff. The day will start at 9:30 am in a colored cotton field near Firebaugh. We will hand pick the colored bolls, pack them into bins and learn more about what happens to the fiber and how it grows.
For all the details please visit our Events page, http://sustainablecotton.org/events"
     Plus
Oct. 29  Cotton Farm Tour   Firebaugh CA
Again, from Windfall Farm, "Join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 for a one-day Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. You'll meet the farmers, see cotton being harvested and learn about Cleaner Cotton™. You'll visit a perennial hedgerow, walk through a colored cotton field, tour a running cotton gin, join us for lunch and take home samples of cotton fiber. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of cotton cultivation and processing, addressing issues such as water use, cotton farming practices and the current state of the market for Cleaner Cotton™ fiber.
For all the details please visit our Events page: http://sustainablecotton.org/events'
Oct. 26  Ygnacio Valley Library Activity Fair.  12pm to 3pm. Again, we would like a few people to participate in this event. This is geared to the 45 - 55 age group to introduce what others in their area are doing for fun. They are trying to showcase lots of different spare time activities and would be a good place to showcase spinning/knitting/weaving and what our Guild is all about.

Nov. 20  T2T meeting:  Program with Will and Kate about cotton


CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

For those new to our Guild system, this is the next annual conference for all northern California member guilds. This includes weavers, spinners, dyers and basketmakers guilds. Joan will have more to tell at the next meeting along with some registration booklets. You can also look at the info online at the link to the right:  Conference of Northern California Handweavers, under Bay Area Guild Info.

"What's Your Bag?"
One of the activities for us to participate in is a Guild Display Gallery. The theme for this conference is: "What's Your Bag?" Techniques and materials are an open field, we can choose whatever we want to do. It simply has to be a bag of some sort:  tote, clutch, purse, etc. We already have one great idea and we will discuss it at the meeting. 

"Return to Sender"
Some of you already have the fiber for this year's challenge. There is only one bag remaining of the ones that our Guild pre-bought and distributed at the last meeting. But you can still get some by sending in $9 by February 1st to Gina Glock, PO Box 682, Bayside,CA 95524 [checks payable to CNCH 2014]

"Return of Return to Sender"
If you spun up some of the Dreamy Goat Fiber from the 2012 conference, this is the place to show off the finished item you made with that yarn. Didn't make anything yet? Get busy! The only requirement is that your spun yarn from 2012 be clearly recognizable in the finished item.

Gallery entry is open to all members of CNCH member Guilds [you don't have to attend conference to enter]. Entry fee is $5 per item and each person is limited to a maximum of 3 entries. See the web site or registration booklet for full info and entry form. 
Entry form deadline:  March 15
Finished item deadline: April 10 [you will need to send in your item.

Happy Halloween from Junior and friend