September 22, 2015


THE EVOLUTION OF WOOL, Understanding Fleece from Mountain Goat to Merino
with Judith MacKenzie [sadly not in person, but in a great DVD Video]

As a kick-off to our Sheep Breed Study this year, Judith on video takes us on a journey not only through the history of the sheep, but also from cut end to tip end of the all important wool staple. We will learn:
  • How individual wool fibers grow
  • Why fleece has changed over the millennia
  • What differences have developed between wild ancient sheep,  primitive breeds, and improved breeds
  • What makes some wool soft, some silky and some itchy
Also this month:
Vilija Deutschman talking about Dorset Horn Sheep and Dorset Down Sheep

The Sheep Breed Study
Most of us are already somewhat familiar with the "luxury" wool fibers such as Merino, Rambouillet, BFL, Romney, Columbia, Corriedale, and the various crosses. Many times when spinners buy already prepared fiber for spinning, it simply says "wool" or "Merino X [cross]".

This year we will focus on specific, mostly older, somewhat rare breeds. Not all sheep in our study will yield a soft, next to the skin, wearable yarn. But ALL sheep have fibers that can have a real purpose in our lives for very specific projects. You may never want to spin yarn that is not baby soft, but learning about the sustainability of various breeds of sheep is important to the survival of all sheep.

Many old breeds have not undergone intensive trait selection by breeders, so they generally have greater genetic variability and are always well adapted to the place where they developed. Traditional breeds work well in sustainable and small sale agriculture and thrive in more natural farming systems. They help support rural and regional communities by enhancing the profitability of small farmers here and around the world.

In this age where agriculture needs to produce great quantities of a product,  many animals are bred for genetic uniformity. These animals [and plants] are highly productive, but are also more unlikely to adapt quickly to climate or environmental change. So the more diversity there is in a gene pool, the better the shot at adapting to changing conditions. By seeking fibers produced by rare and endangered sheep, we help to maintain them. And, sometimes they are just darned cute.

The fifteen breeds you will hear about this year are:
  1. Dorset Horn
  2. Swalesdale
  3. Falkland
  4. Manx Loaghtan
  5. Cheviot [no, not endangered, but one of the oldest breeds in the world]
  6. Shetland [mooritt]
  7. Masham
  8. Icelandic
  9. Cotswold
  10. Finn
  11. Norwegian 
  12. Gotland
  13. Black Welsh Mountain
  14. Wenslydale
  15. Dorset Down - a new addition to our list
One, two, or three breeds will be presented at most of the meetings this year. There are 29 participants who have signed up to get 1 oz. packets of each fleece with each presentation. All of the wool has been ordered and has come in. Its quite a wonderful variety to see it all in person. There is still room for a few more to take part. A $25 check to our Treasurer, Pam, will get you in, otherwise you will still hear and learn all about these wonderful breeds.

A big thank you to member Marianne who ordered most of the wool through her shop The Yarn Boutique, and then gave Treadles a generous discount. Thanks Marianne! We got a total of 37.5 lbs. of wool.

A reminder from the treasurer:  if you haven't paid your dues, now is the time!  Treadles must pay it's dues to CNCH soon. If you are not able to attend the meeting, please mail a $25 check, payable to TREADLES TO THREADS, to Pam Murdock.

  • Sept. 29, Treadles meeting [Date change]
  • Oct. 3-4  Lambtown, in Dixon CA. Check the link in the column on the right.
  • Oct. 5 thru 12 SPINZILLA, One monster of a spinning week! Get ready to spin your mile of yarn that week.
  • Oct. 10-114th Annual Fiber Fusion in Durham, CA [2 miles south of Chico] Fiber animals, marketplace, mini-workshops, classes, lectures, SHEEP TO SHAWL COMPETITION, sheep dog trials. for more info. They are actively seeking sheep to shawl teams.
  • Oct. 28Treadles meeting
  • November 6-8, 5th Annual Gorge Fiber Festival at The Dalles, Oregon. Marketplace, workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, drop spindling and wet felting.
  • Nov. 19Treadles Meeting [date change]

Spinzilla is coming again!

Last year, a number of T2T members participated in Spinzilla, the one-week spinning extravaganza that challenges us to spin and have fun spinning.  We had a ton of fun and created miles of yarn. We have too many spinners for one team, so this year, The Yarn Boutique in Lafayette is hosting a Spinzilla team also. This team is open to everyone, whether you plan to spin up a storm or just a little drizzle. Our focus will be on fun. There will be prizes for everyone who participates.

Spinzilla’s Goals
● To raise awareness about the joy of spinning yarn by hand
● To empower spinners to spin more
● To connect spinners locally and globally
● To fund educational programs for the spinners and weavers of tomorrow
● To support small fiber-related businesses
● To spin enough yarn to reach around the globe in five years!

To register, go to and select Team Yarn Boutique Lafayette. Your $10 fee goes to a good cause, the TNNA Needlearts Mentoring Program.

Questions? Call Marianne Adams at The Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, 925-283-7377, or email

From member Wendy:
In preparation for Spinzilla we will be holding an informal SMACKDOWN at LAMBTOWN in Dixon on Saturday October 3 at 4 pm near the Sheep to Shawl competition. The sheep to shawl will be over and their wheels and looms will be in cool down mode! All are welcome to the Smackdown no matter what team they are on… There will be prizes : )

We will be gathering together at Round Table Pizza in Pleasant Hill (Oak Park Blvd.) on Friday October 9th at 6 pm for a Spinzilla Spinning and Pizza Night. There will be fiber PRIZES awarded at random for this event. Please come and enjoy the food and fun!

We will also have a Spinzilla gathering at Amy's house on Saturday October 10 from 11 am - 4 pm to spin, spin, spin. This gathering is a byo lunch. We will have drinks available.


From member Mindy who follows on Facebook one of our favorite spinning teachers, Stephanie Gausted. Stephanie lives near Sonora where firefighters are still battling [as of this writing] one of the fires we have here in Northern California. She posted that she, Alden, daughter, assorted chickens and critters are safe and well. Apparently the fire came to within 1/2 mile of their home. What an amazing huge group of firefighters we have. They persevere in horrible conditions to try and save whatever they can. We are so grateful.


In this initial 4-session workshop, Sultana will guide you through the process of creating a top down, circular yoke cardigan/pullover sweater that fits your unique and beautiful body!  You'll take accurate body measurements and translate them into a schematic, which you'll use to create a basic
recipe for your customized sweater pattern.  On the way, you'll explore various sweater styles and construction, you'll learn about gauge, yarn fibers, ease, fit, picking up stitches, buttonholes, finishing, and blocking.  We have 5 spots available in this unique class.  For more information please contact Treadles member, Sultana at    


Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms - but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold. Read this interesting article shared by member Mary B.  

"What?. . . You spin, I get comfy. Life is good."

August 9, 2015

NEXT MEETING: Aug. 27, 2015, 7 pm

TAKE NOTE: This month's meeting is on a Thursday night as opposed to our normal Wednesday night. 

At the beginning of this year for Treadles, we have lots to talk about at this our annual planning meeting. Without a formal "Program Planner", we already have a few plans in place, but it would be great if one, two, or several others stepped up to arrange the plans for a meeting.

The attendees at the August meeting often come up with a full schedule for the year. What we will need is for someone to take the lead in the organizational part. Lots of ideas are put forth and it makes it much easier to get things going. We want to know what you want.

The ultra rare Apple Pie Loving Breed
One ongoing project for the year will be a SHEEP BREED STUDY.  Fourteen different sheep breeds have been picked, from the everyday breed you thought would not make great yarn, to the rare, seldom seen breeds. What you will get as a participant:

  •  one ounce of clean, combed fleece, ready to spin, each month for the next 14 months [Perhaps at some meetings two breeds will be talked about] Colors of the fleeces will be whites, grays, dark brown and black. They will range from fine to not so fine, but still useful.
  • a one page handout about the breed and the type of fleece they produce
  • at the end, you will have a nice booklet about the sheep plus 14 ounces of your hand spun that will then be used in some type of project.  Use them all together in an haut couture,  beautifully striped project or, combine them with other yarn, hand spun or commercial.
We will also ask 14 different people to pick one of the breeds to make the handout, divide up the fleeces for that month, then present them at a subsequent meeting. 

While we originally wanted this to be a Rare Breed Study, the reality, however, of obtaining a ready to spin fleece from such breeds is exceedingly difficult. Raw fleeces are available sometimes, but would be too expensive to have them cleaned and prepared. We decided we wanted something ready to spin so that we would each find it easier to actually participate. 

Participants will have the chance to sign up at the August meeting. After we have a count of how many plan on taking part, we can order the fleeces. It will cost each participant $25 for the whole 14 oz. to subsidize the cost of the wool. That's only $1.79 cents for one ounce of a very special wool.

Pam will be at the meeting to collect this year's dues, $25, if you have not yet paid.
 She will also collect as a separate fee, the $25 for the Sheep Breed Study. If you know you want to participate, and cannot be at the meeting, please let her know and send in your fees. 

We can hopefully begin the Breed Study in September, so make an effort to come to the August meeting.


Our Guild has grown so big and we don't have another available space larger to meet, so the Board decided to forgo snacks, drinks and other goodies at the meeting on any kind of a formal basis, plus the fact that it just takes too much time away from programs when we have them. Everyone is certainly allowed to bring their own drinks or snacks to the meetings. 


  • Aug. 27  Treadles meeting [Date change]
  • Sept.5-6, Natural Fiber Fair, Arcata, CA at the Arcata Community Center. 10 am to 6 pm Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm Sunday. Vendor Hall, Fleece market, demos, Fiber Arts exhibits, Full and half day workshops:
  • Sept. 10-13, 15th Annual Woolgathering, presented by the Warner Mountain Weavers in Cedarville, CA.  Vendors, demos, guest speakers, classes and more.
  • Sept. 18-20 California Wool & Fiber Festival in conjunction with Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show. Friday and Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm
  • Sept 19-20 Diablo Valley Quilters 2015 Quilt Show. Saturday,10-5, Sunday 10-4. Tice Valley Community Gym, 2055 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek
  • Sept. 29, Treadles meeting [Date change]
  • Oct. 3-4  Lambtown, in Dixon CA. Check the link in the column on the right.
  • Oct. 5 thru 12 SPINZILLA, One monster of a spinning week! Get ready to spin your mile of yarn that week.
  • Oct. 10-11, 4th Annual Fiber Fusion in Durham, CA [2 miles south of Chico] Fiber animals, marketplace, mini-workshops, classes, lectures, SHEEP TO SHAWL COMPETITION, sheep dog trials. for more info. They are actively seeking sheep to shawl teams.
  • Oct. 28, Treadles meeting
  • November 6-8, 5th Annual Gorge Fiber Festival at The Dalles, Oregon. Marketplace, workshops in knitting, spinning, weaving, drop spindling and wet felting.
  • Nov. 19, Treadles Meeting [date change]

Treadles to Threads member, Reba, is chair of this great event. The quilt pictured is their "Opportunity Quilt" for this year. Featured artists will be Aileyn Renli Ecob and Jean Renli Jurgenson.

Tice Valley Community Gym
2055 Tice Valley Blvd. Walnut Creek
Sat. 10-5,  Sun. 10-4

Admission is $10 - good for both days.

You can register online to avoid standing in line:  Enter promotional code: 222

From Tina Luster,  a dedicated quilter and beginning knitter, who is also communications manager for Sonoma County, sends us this information:

"I love finding local shops that support my fabric and fiber habit. Northern California’s Sonoma County overflows with places to go and things to do. Browse unique knitting and weaving stores, and explore a small wool mill, all while traveling through rolling hills, across neat vineyard-lined valleys, and along a stunning coastline."

"We're so proud of all that we have to offer, we've summed it all up in an itinerary "Exploring Fiber Arts in Sonoma County Two Day Itinerary," located online at
We hope you'll check it out, and share details about our amazing destination with members of your fiber group."

"Iso, that's so funny!"
"That wasn't a joke, Junior."

June 10, 2015

JULY PICNIC, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Our next get-together is a "just-for-fun" picnic at Larkey Park, Walnut Creek. The park is adjacent to Lindsey Museum and at the corner of 1st Ave. and Buena Vista, just off Geary Rd. The possibility of a white fox joining us from Lindsey is probably remote, but we'll all have a fun time anyway.

Meet at 5 pm, or whenever you can get there. Bring your own drinks, a pot luck dish to share, a spinning wheel and a chair. Bring your spouses and kids if they would like to come.

The picnic will be great to keep all of us excited about participating in "Tour de Fleece". Wendy is working with Morgaine on the possibility to have fibers available for those who want to try something new. Something a bit out of the norm.

"Tour de Fleece", July 4th thru July 26th, runs concurrent with the "Tour de France" and if you are a fan, its a wonderful time to sit, watch the bicyclists, the French scenery and spin a bit. Sample some French wines also! Could be fun.

Photo by Joel Palmer, from the Retzlaff website

This was our 18th consecutive year of hosting this great event. A huge thank you to all who participated in organizing, working, bringing a raffle item and just in general supporting Treadles on this day.

Blessed with supreme weather, great attendance, wonderful vendors and very supportive raffle ticket buyers, we had another successful year.

Thank you to Retzlaff Winery for the support they have given us with this beautiful venue, with lots of terrific upgrades this year, and to the help they gave throughout the day.

Thank you also to the vendors, who continue to come and set up just for the one day to fulfill our shopping whims and needs. We appreciate it.

Sept. 18 thru 21, 2015, Boonville CA

Member Megan wrote Treadles a note:
. . . at the winery I met Peggie Agnew of Red Creek Farm that I've heard so much about as the source of Faith and Fay's fleece. She gave me a post card about the upcoming California Wool & Fiber Festival in Boonville Sept. 18 through 20th. 

I'd like to go and was wondering if any one else would like to go. I drive a SUV Honda Pilot plus I looked at AirB&B and see houses for rent for a few days that have several bedrooms, etc. and one sits on 2 acres. Going as a group brings the costs way down example the house I'm writing about is $253 a night divided by 4 is $63.25 a day.

Do members of the guild get together and do things like this? Anyone interested?

There will be:
Wool show
Sheep shearing
Spinning competitions
Spinning and weaving demos
Sheep dog trials

PS: I purchased a fleece from Peggy. My sheep's name is Fritz. I'm pretty darn excited about Fritz's 9 lbs. of merino realizing after he's processed that there will be around 6 lbs. of merino all white and pretty!!!!!

Sounds like a really fun thing to do. If you are interested, talk to Megan about it or take the week-end off and go up with your family.


Time is now to put together a team to keep our Guild going strong for the coming year. President Laura has consented to keep on for another year in her job. We are hoping most other office holders will too.

We do need, however, a Program Chair for the coming year. Linnie has been going strong for several years and its time to give her a break. Thank you sooo much for getting us all kinds of interesting programs, Linnie.

We have a tentative idea to do a monthly study of rare wool breeds for 2015 - 16. There would be information about the sheep and a usable example of their wool each month - ready to spin  towards a final project for the end of the fiscal year.  So, much of the program schedule could be considered pretty full. But we would like someone to step forward to look for, contact and arrange for a couple guest speakers. Think about it, we are all in this together. Laura will discuss this all at the picnic in preparation for our first official meeting of the new year in August.

November 8 through November 12, 2015
10am to 4 or 5pm each day, in Clayton

$250 to $350 for the whole 5 days. [Not set yet]

Wrap your body in clothing from your own hands.

This is a terrific class for those wanting to learn to fit and sew clothing from their handwoven, hand printed, dyed, quilted, felted or other special fabric, as well as for those more experienced students wanting polished and professional results. Students will construct a basic unlined jacket, from their own fabric, custom fit to themselves while learning all sorts of inspiring techniques to make their garments reflect their creativity. This class is designed to teach creativity as well as technique. 
Students who have already made a jacket with me may opt to bring their own patterns.

Daryl is a well known garment construction expert who has taught all over the USA, including at many of our own CNCH conferences. She is primarily known to weavers, but anyone interested in sewing clothing will benefit from this class.

Above is her description of what the class is all about. If you are a weaver and have made her "Daryl Jacket" from commercial or handwoven fabric, you don't have to do the jacket fitting/construction part of the class. [Or even if you are not interested in a jacket at all, you don't have to do that part of the class]

Bring your own patterns and muslin and she will help you create well fitted to you patterns with them. There should be time to do 4 or 5 or more if you are not making the jacket.

Linda VH, Pam and Vilija are putting this class together with financial help from Diablo. The class can handle 15 students. $350 per student is the maximum the class will cost, but most likely will be less, all depends on if there are 15 in the class and the cost of her transportation.

Please let Vilija know if you have an interest. A down payment of $150 will be asked for in September with the remainder paid by class time.

Please don't sign up and pull out just a week or so before the class. We can't afford to loose money on this, or any, workshop. We try to make it as affordable as possible and when people pull out, the Guild is stuck with coming up with the money. Emergencies arise, and that's another matter.

Look Daryl up at for more info on what she does.

May 10, 2015

Spinning at the Winery, June 6, 2015

18th Annual Spinning at the Winery
June 6, 2015 - 10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery
1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore
$5 entry per person

Check the last blog for more pertinent information about this event.  Treadles members:  there are still work spots needed to be filled for that day! A message from Joan:

Volunteers Needed for spinning at the Winery
Saturday, June 6 10 am to 4 pm
Many of you have signed up to volunteer but we need more to fill in some slots.  we have a big guild and should be able to fill more slots.  If you have never been before, it is a fun day to greet old friends, spin, taste some wine, etc.  It is a big fund raiser for our guild and enables us to have dye days with no charge to members, buy equipment, DVD's, etc for members' use.
Most of the jobs are one hour slots.  Spouses can also help as well.
Our needs:
    Entrance Fee/Greeters (collect the $5 entrance fee that goes to Retzlaff Winery)
    Parking Attendants (instruct guests where to park their cars)
    Raffle Ticket Sales (this is where we make our money)
    1-2  (two people)
    Set-Up of raffle Items (includes monitoring raffle table until the raffle)
    Sales Table of Bags and possibly T-Shirts (a sit down job in the shade)
    1-2 (two people)
Please email me at to sign up for your desired spot.  
Joan Anderson, Volunteer Coordinator

Need another Treadles T-Shirt?

We are thinking of putting together another small order for t-shirts. If we have enough response from Guild members, we could have them by the Winery day. Wendy is going to co-ordinate the interest so please email her if you would like one. contact Wendy, she will be sending out info to each of you. 
email her back by Wed. 13!

This does not mean that you are locked into buying one, but it will give us an idea of how many to order. If we have them by the Winery day, they have always been popular sales there. We could have them in addition to the embroidered canvas bags we have for this year. 

April 28, 2015

DYE DAY, MAY 9, 2015

PHONE--925 300-8431

From Linnie:
HI EVERYONE ! Dye Day is just around the corner. We are a bigger group this year so we will be playing it by ear, as we don't know how many people will show up. I live in a small older neighbor hood and parking is some what limited so you may need to walk a half a block or so. Please do not park in front of mail boxes as the mail man needs access.

 This year we are going to dye with Dharma acid dyes and we will be painting or squirting the dye onto the fiber. Acid dyes are used on animal fibers so wool, silk, and any animal blends work well.

Be sure to soak your fiber over night in a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 3 parts water--up to a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. Just before you come Saturday morning, please carefully wring the fiber and bring in plastic bag.

The other dye we will be using will be INDIGO. (fiber or items do not need pre-soaking in a vinegar bath) It is a vat dye and can be used for silk, cotton, rayon and plant fibers. You can bring scarves or a T-shirt or a half a yard of fabric. You can dye a skein of cotton or silk or rayon or fibers for spinning, as long as they are silk or plant fibers. Indigo is good for tie dyeing, folding, stitching or clamping fabric. (small items please, we want to give everyone who wants to, a chance to use this vat)


1/4 lb wool or animal fiber = in roving form, raw washed or spun--If we have time and extra dye you may do more so bring some extra

1 item made from plant fibers or silk--you may be able to dye more if the vat can take it! so bring extra. Small things! scarves , fabric and t-shirts( available at

White Vinegar, blue tape, 2-3 rolls paper towels, permanent marker, brushes=(Dharma Trading Company catalog= --flat brushes, foam brushes or chinese flat brushes.
Clear metric measuring cup, 1 gallon plastic seal bags, plastic wrap, several pairs of latex gloves, clear plastic cups for the dye, plastic spoons for stirring, squeeze bottles, a couple plastic shopping bags.
Also bring your lunch and water, sunscreen, hat , comfy chair, & drop spindle to pass the time.


If you have volunteered to bring tables or tents please deliver to Linnie's home on Friday May 8th between 10am and 2pm--please be prepared to help set up your items. If you have any questions  or need to make other arrangements for a drop off time please call me. If you could stay and help , please give Linnie  a call 925 300- 8431
I have these people listed to bring:
Reba -2 pop up tents
Carol -1 Table
Donna- 2 tables
Pam- 1 table
Vilija- 2 tables and the Guild tent

We could use 2 more tables so more people can work.
Please feel free to call Linnie with any questions you have

Spinning at the Winery
Fleeces, Fiber, Yarn & More
June 6, 2015    10 am to 4 pm

Retzlaff Winery
1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore
$5 entry per person

For new members and friends, "Spinning at the Winery" is a day to spend spinning, snacking, shopping and visiting with your fiber friends throughout the Bay Area. California vendors are featured with goodies from raw fiber to finished yarn, spinning equipment, fiber related goodies, a dynamite raffle, and lots more that you will find utterly enticing. Morro Fleece works will again be there for deposit of that beautiful fleece you find from local shepherds.

Bring your wheel and a pot luck dish to share for a truly enjoyable day on the grounds of Retzlaff Winery. The tasting room will be open to enliven your dining pleasure.

This event can be crowded, so please don't bring your pets, even if they are exceptionally well behaved.

To our Treadles Members:
Don't forget that our raffle depends on the good stuff you donate. Our vendors are asked to contribute an item each, so the results are always an array of great items! If you do not yet have something ready for the raffle, please take the time to make something really nice someone else will enjoy as much as you. If you have equipment you no longer use and its in nearly new condition, that is always a welcome item also. Nice, clearly labeled fiber is a popular item too.
The Great Raffle
Joan is in charge of sign-ups to help coordinate this event. If you plan on coming, and who would't, sign-up for a job for that day. Lots of things need doing, and lots of help is needed. If you have signed up for morning set-up, be there by 9 AM to help. Joan will be at Dye Day and most Monday Spinning days, so ask to see her list of jobs.


April 7, 2015

DYE DAY, MAY 9, 2015

Our next meeting is still on April 15 [see previous post below] but Dye Day info needed to get out soon to give everyone time to prepare.

Fiber dyed in shades of blue and purple

When: May 9th, Saturday
Where: At Linnie Altman's home: 1280 Elmwood Dr., Walnut Creek, CA, 94597  cell- 925-300-8431
Time: Starting at 10 am and ending at 4pm

Preparation: We will have dyes to be dyeing wool and tussah silk [with acid dyes] using the painting method
Hopefully we will be doing 2 indigo dye vats for cotton, silk or rayon

All participants need to bring their own fiber: prepared for dyeing--washed clean fiber and  pre-soaked in a vinegar and water bath over night (necessary when you are painting with acid dyes). The measurements of the soak are 1 to 3 or 1 cup of white distilled vinegar mixed with 3 cups of water. Make enough to cover the fiber and soak over night. Right before you come to dye day gently wring the water out and put in a plastic bag.

If you are going to use the indigo vat dye we will be going over the instructions in a week or so. You can dye a scarf,  a small to medium skien of yarn, or a t-shirt. They must be silk, cotton or rayon.

You can order scarves and t-shirts from Dharma Trading Company at
You can order Tussah silk in sliver, roving or brick form from Opulent fibers, Yarn Barn of Kansas, Mielke's Fiber Arts, The Woolery, (Webs) , Mohair and More, and Paradise Fibers and E-bay or your favorite yarn and fiber store in your area.

We have picked Tussah fiber for its ease of spinning and how beautifully it dyes--you can also use cultivated silk but if you have not spun silk before, it is harder to spin. There are also combinations of fibers like silk and wool that you can use.

Start your search for the fibers that you want to use, wool or silk, either in your stash or purchase a special treat for the occasion! Something to remember:  grey wool often gives beautiful, muted colors, so don't limit yourself to white if you already have some grey.

Give Linnie a call if you need any help!!
ps. there is lots of Tussah silk on the internet--please READ the description first, it can be confusing!  This is what you want Tussah Silk Fiber--either in sliver, roving or brick form--No silk noil. Prices vary so if it confuses you --call the shop and talk to an expert!!

In a week or so we will send out MUCH more information --Keep your eyes open!

Thank you Mary B. for this list of silk vendors:  
This is Webs for those who might not be familiar with it (unlikely, I know)
This one has tussah bricks 

April 4, 2015

NEXT MEETING: April 15, 2015, 6:30 pm

NOTE:  Change of date, time and meeting place.

April 15  Treadles mini class with Sarah Anderson at New Life Fellowship Church, 3535 Chestnut Ave, Concord 6:30 - 9:30
This program will actually be a 3 hour mini workshop on Drafting, so you will need to bring:
  • Spinning wheel (or spindle if that's what you use) in working order, 
  • 3 bobbins,
  • a lazy kate (if you have one), 
  • handcards (if you have them) and 
  • a lap cloth. 
  • as per a note from Sarah: "They will need fiber to spin and I haven't done this class with a large group where I don't control what fiber we're using. Most of the techniques can be learned with a basic medium top like Ashland's Corriedale cross top or Falkland top. The rolags are best made with a short staple fiber (2-3 inch) which isn't always easy to find. We could use washed locks." 
We will have some extra handcards to loan out during the meeting. We won't do a huge amount of handcarding but it is helpful to have real rolags to spin woolen and a lot of people would probably like to learn how to make a good rolag.

We will also have some fiber in combed top form to purchase at minimal cost if you don't already have any of your own. [Hard to believe!] Fiber from your combed top can also be used to learn the carding techniques Sarah will talk about. 

Sarah has Drafting handouts that usually sell for $8 but Sarah will sell the drafting handout at the meeting for $5  That is what will be done for the S&F guild meeting (only with the plying handout that is also being used int the 6 hour classes). Both  the ins and outs  of woolen and worsted drafting will be covered in this class.

April 16  Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson in Walnut Creek
April 17, Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson In Concord
April 18, Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson in San Francisco
All participants in these workshops should have gotten their information from either Linnie or Spindles & Flyers, depending on which class you are in.

April 19, Spindles & Flyers mini class with Sarah Anderson, 715 Lexington Ave, El Cerrito 11 am to 2 pm
All Treadles members are welcome to attend this free mini class also. It is going to be a basic plying class. Not exactly sure what you need to bring to this class, but if you check the Spindles & Flyers website closer to the meeting date, I'm sure it will be in there.

Both of these free mini classes are a terrific opportunity to learn or to ramp up what you already know. Try to fit both of them into your schedule.


April 10, 11, 12,  CNCH Conference at Asilomar
Please remember to bring a "container" of any kind to the conference if you are attending, for the fundraising Scholarship Auction at the conference. Two of our members have gained this scholarship in the past. It covers the registration cost of that year's conference and is not need based. One needs only to apply.

You can also make a container between now and the next Monday spin and give it to a member who is going to conference.

April 18, Forest Hill Farms sheep shearing & spinning demos
May - Treadles Annual Dye Day - date and place  to be announced

June 6, 2015  Treadles' Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore  10 AM to 4 PM

Linda B. - Sec.
Our Knit, Nosh and Spin meeting had a good turnout with 25 attending. 
CNCH liason Joan Anderson, had prepared tags for those who are donating “vessels” for CNCH scholarship fund raffle. Please have them ready for April 6 or 7.

Mary Bishop will host Sarah Anderson for our April classes if Carol Causey can’t. She will need help with food . Laura Hansen will host an evening meal.
Joan passed the work sign up list for the Spinning Day at the Retzlaff Winery. It will be passed again till filled.

Wendy mentioned the Forest Homes Farms Day in San Ramon will be Saturday, April 18, during CNCH. People are needed to demonstrate for the public only.
Wendy Lacy reminded us that the T2T fleece project should be ready for the dye phase. She passed a color sample card she has all the dye for. We are shooting for completion by the winery day. Please see her if you would like help with dying. 

Librarian Carol Causey has written up a lease agreement for ALL equipment checked out from the guild library of tools, books and CD’s. She brought the Aldon Amos and Forsythe combs to show.  Carol prepared a ring binder complete with pictures on the care and packing of the Clemes and Clemes electric carders. These carders are the only equipment that require a mandatary knowledge of usage and a monetary fee to check out of the library. This will be $200 deposit to take home plus proof of training. $25 will be retained if not returned clean. The carder can be checked out only for one week at a time at a use fee of $30/week. One carder will be stored at Carol Causey’s and one at Pam Murdock’s home. Carol will have the carder set up at her home and can be used there for $10 for two hours with no deposit. Pam is considering doing the same. Joan donated a booklet on “Essentials of Drum Carder” to be left with the carder box.

The Dye Day tradition will be moved to May in hopes of cooler temperatures. Carol said her house is available. Also volunteering her house was new member Cathryn Reynolds who lives near Oak Grove and Tread Bvld. (925-689-9269). Several suggestions were made as to the type of dying to be done. Wendy still has her seal-a-meal. Gayle Allison will contact Alyssa Allan at to check availability for a mushroom dying class then.

Linnie Altman drew names from the three bags for the lottery to attend the April classes with Sarah Anderson co-hosted with Spindles and Flyers guild. She will notify all of their good fortune and let us know if additional funds are needed to cover any classes not filled after both guilds have a chance to sign up.

Attending: Vilija D., Blogger; Pam Murdock, Treasurer; Linda Burton, Secretary; Carol Causey, Librarian; Mary Bishop, Refreshment Chair, plus 10 members and one visitor.
At Vilija’s home in Clayton, CA.
discussion was held about the refreshment conundrum at our evening meetings. This was begun while speaking about the upcoming change in guild meeting day and place. The April meeting will only provide water at the church hall. Please bring your own containers for drinks. We then moved on to discuss the need for having any refreshments at evening guild meetings. Since we currently have a great turnout in numbers, we take more time from our meeting just to move people past the goodies table. The consensus was to have no assigned refreshments provided at evening guild meetings. The supplies will be donated to the Winery Day supply and the cart and coffee pot will go to a donation center to be recycled. Mary remarked on the pleasant “deletion” of her position. 


So If you did not read the above minutes from the Board Meeting [a.k.a. Monday Spinning], snacks, drinks and goodies are being eliminated from our evening meetings. Not only is it a hassle, but it takes away too much time from an already too short a time for a nightly meeting. Bring your own tea, coffee, soda and snack if you so choose. The library does have a drinking fountain, if needed.


By Vilija

This trapeze was inspired by several that I saw on line in many different locations. My very handy husband, Rob, put it together for me.