October 15, 2019

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY OCT 24, 2019 7 p.m.

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

October 24 - speaker:  Sandy Fisher and Durl Van Alstyne of Chico Flax.

Building a Flax industry in Northern California

Sandy Fisher has been a professional weaver for over 30 years.  Joining forces with her husband, Durl, the two became interested in how flax could be grown and processed here in Northern California.  Their journey started 9 years ago, through trial and error they made big strides from a home garden to a four acre farm, from hand processing to mechanical tools.  With help from their community, growing flax into linen has become a reality.  They will bring samples, seeds, sticks and yarn blends available.

November 21 - speaker:  Judi Pettite, owner of BioHue

December 14 - Holiday Party at Vilija's

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

LAMBTOWN 2019

Many T2T members were spotted at Lambtown in October.

Photos from the Sheep to Shawl competition - there were 7 teams!





The winning shawl

Classes
Beautiful display by Left Coast Dyer in the natural dye classroom.

The Fibershed Booth










Vendors and Competitions


Sweater knit of handspun Jacob wins big!




Colorful clothing

Lambtown KAL shawl


Another version of the Lambtown KAL shawl


A colorful handmade outfit


Lisa W. and Dona S.


CNCH 2020 RETURN TO SENDER (Vilija and Joan)

Joan Anderson is our T2T guild person who will be receiving the fleece and will get it to everyone who orders. There is also a Return of Return to Sender from Modesto if anyone still has it.

The Return to Sender gallery has a longstanding tradition at CNCH. in every even numbered year the conference makes fiber available for sale in the conference colors for that year. These are distributed via the guild liaisons or the U.S. Mail. When they have been converted to a different form by spinning or felting, they are sent back in as gallery entries.

Ordering Packets:
To put all guilds and guild members on the same footing with fiber packet delivery, orders will be taken individually, first come, first served. The packets will then be mailed out in a batch to each guild liaison. This helps us save on shipping costs and trips to the post office.

Packet Contents:
Fiber packets are 2 oz of delightfully spinnable fleece, processed with love by Morro Bay Fleece Works. Colors are green (for the SF Bay), blue (for the California sky) and red (for the art in our hearts).

Adding Fibers to Your Entry:
You may add an equivalent amount, by weight) of some other fiber(s) of your choice.

Cost:
Cost is $10 per packet, which includes mailing in the batch to your CNCH representative, or $15 per packet if you missed that bus or don’t belong to a CNCH guild.

Order Procedure:
Fill out an entry form here for your submission and mail your check according to the instructions on the entry form.

Entering the Gallery
To enter your creation in the Return to Sender Gallery, follow the instructions on the CNCH 2020 website here. Check back in if the information you want isn’t on the website yet. There is a $5 fee for each gallery entry. If you know what you’ll be doing with the yarn after you spin it, whether weaving or knitting or something else, fill in that line on the form. It will help the judge evaluate the yarn’s suitability.

Packet quantities are limited and they usually sell out. Get your order in soon. We are limiting packets to one per person. If extras are available, we’ll put out the word through the guild liaisons.

Bear in mind that CNCH 2022 will be looking for these in their Return of Return to Sender. So you might want to consider spinning with a weaving or knitting project in mind.

Vilija D. and Joan A.

2019 - 2020 DUES

Treasurer Pam M. will be collecting dues for 2019-2020 at the October meeting.  Dues are $25 per person, or $30 for a family membership.  Cash (exact change preferred) and checks are accepted, no credit cards.

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
9/24/2019
WALNUT CREEK, CA 7:00 P.M.
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7 p.m. She was suffering withdrawal without her Powerpoint. We had 30 present and 2 four footed ones. We welcomed Catherine and Andrea.

Wendy reminded us Lambtown in Dixon is October 3-6. A few classes are still open. Reba will participate in the fiber to shawl contest and showed samples of the yarns she will use. We were reminded that Lisa W. has all the upcoming dates on the web site. It was noted that Lisa also is the admin for the T2T thread on Revelry. It is hoped that the Revelry site will be updated for an additional source of information. Lisa is not present tonight, so we will ask later.

Our October evening meeting will be a Thursday, October 24. This is to accommodate our speakers from the Chico Flax Project. Vilija will host them overnight for their talk at Diablo Weavers on Friday.

Reba will collect dues for Pam M tonight.

Joan A, CNCH liason, handed out booklets for the 2020 Conference to be held near the San Francisco airport. The dates are April 3-5, 2020. Registration opens November 1, 2019. Early registration is $390. Mini registration is $150. There will be a walk around fashion show. There will be a Guild challenge and “Return to Sender” prepared by Morro Bay. There will also be a Guild display. The report on the previous Sonoma conference was quite successful and the silent auction made lots of money for scholarships.

Show and Tell ranged from shibori style indigo dying, knitted items, woven items to pounds of spun yarn from over the summer.

Our speaker, Brooke Sinnes, related her fiber journey from her childhood to her current business, Sincere Sheep. Although Cornell University had no looms or dye labs, Brooke persevered to return ,after college, to Berkeley. She learned weaving at the Richmond Aer Center, then spinning. Her business focuses on natural dyes and USA grown wool, processed and spun in the USA. Brooke described how she found the businesses to do each step to her ethical and monetary needs. She works through a broker to buy at least 6000 pounds of Cormo from Wyoming, then to Chargeurs in South Carolina for cleaning, then to Cramers in Pensylvannia for spinning. Wool doubled in price at the farm and quadrupled at the store, so the monetary outlays for each of these steps are huge. She buys for sales a year in the future. There are centuries of information on natural dyes and published standards for light and wash fastness. Brooke now uses dye extracts mainly for the body mechanics. Brooke is the vendor chairman for Lambtown this year.

Linda B.

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS


Fiber Fusion Northwest, Monroe, WA, October 19 - 20, 2019.

Fibre Market and Flax Project exhibits, Chicago Art Institute, through October 20, 2019.  Not local, but looks like they would definitely worthwhile seeing if in the Chicago area!  Fibre Market focuses on wool fibers recycle from discarded sweaters using industrial sorting machines.  Flax Project follows the investigation of what happens to the 10% of flax grown in an area of Europe that stays local (the other 90% going to China) and to find out whether locally produced flax could again become a viable commodity.  Article in Selvedge magazine.

Heritage Livestock Conference - All Things Sheep, Santa Rosa, October 25-26, 2019.  Classes, lectures, field trips.

Natural and Medicinal Dye Workshop:  Building a Natural Dye Practice, Moss Beach, CA.   November 9, 2019

Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, Pt Reyes Station, November 16, 2019.

Impact:  Climate Change.  Contemporary Tapestry from Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers in New England.  San Francisco, December 16 - March 13, 2020

Stitches West, Santa Clara, February 20 - 23, 2020

CNCH 2020 "Finding The Artist Within", Burlingame.  April 3-5, 2020.

HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN, July 23 - 30, 2020. Priority registration opens September 17, 2019, general registration opens October 1, 2019

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

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

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

September 17, 2019

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 7 p.m.

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

September 25 - speaker:  Brooke Sinnes, owner of Sincere Sheep




October 24 - speaker:  Sandy Fisher and Durl Van Alstyne of Chico Flax

November 21 - speaker:  Judi Pettite, owner of BioHue

December 14 - Holiday Party at Vilija's

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

NEW!  LAMBTOWN YARNATHON AND  FIBER ARTS DECATHLON

Just announced.  Read about the Yarnathon here, and about the Decathlon here.  These links may change, but I won't be around to update them!  So, this link should take you to the overall Fiber Events section of the web site.  NOTE:  as of 9/18 10 a.m. there are some mistakes with dates on these web pages, I've already reported it to Lambtown web staff so hopefully they will be fixed soon.

"MY LOCAL WOOL"

A new web site for buying and selling.  Watch the introductory video here.

STAY HEALTHY AND PAIN-FREE

Guild member Rosemary B. recently submitted the link for local PT and knitter, Carson Demers.  Here are a couple of other resources for spinners and knitters:

Spoga (yoga and stretching for spinning and knitting health, from HansenCrafts)

5 Exercises for Spinners (from SpinOff magazine)

There are 2 articles about spinning chairs in the latest (Fall 2019) SpinOff magazine, "At Your Ease: Spinning Chairs, Posture, and Finding the Right Fit", and "The Art and Science of Your Best Seat" (purchase the magazine to read the article, or borrow from a friend!)

HansenCrafts reminds us that you may want to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program to be sure that there isn't anything that would be a specific problem for your own body or condition.

2019 - 2020 DUES

Treasurer Pam M. will be collecting dues for 2019-2020 at the August and September meetings.  Dues are $25 per person, or $30 for a family membership.  Cash (exact change preferred) and checks are accepted, no credit cards.

MEETING MINUTES

Treadles to Threads
Guild Meeting
August 28, 2019, Walnut Creek, CA

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at the Thurman Casey Library at 7:00 p.m. We had 26 present, with a new member, Bonnie R. The Taylor’s had a visitor, David, of Spindles and Flyers.

Our officers for the coming year are: Wendy L, president, Carolyn B. and Amy B as program chairs, Pam M., treasurer, Carol C. Equipment librarian, Linda B., secretary, Lisa W., webmaster, and Joan A., CNCH liason.

Pam is accepting cash and checks for yearly guild dues that are $25 per individual and $30 for a family.

Joan will attend the CNCH liason lunch on 9/22 at the Htyatt at SFO.  The CNCH meeting will be held the first April weekend in Burlingame in 2020.

We went around the room and introduced ourselves with a short history of our spinning beginnings. Will T. started in 1960, David in the 70's, Lennie, for 43 years, and so on. Tineke is about our newest and she already has her first garment complete from sheep (hers) to sweater.  Linda B. and Vilija D. are two charter T2T guild members.

Wendy asked how may needed a loom to complete the cotton project and four of us did. She has the warp on the loom. She asked us to try to complete our “Colors of the World” dyed projects by November, 2019.

Reba noted the room block for the Knoxville convergence in 2020 is open. Stitches West will also be open soon.

Several members displayed their new Eel Nano electric spinning wheel. Usage problems and tips were shared. Roxayn showed the battery cover she had computer 3D printed with the help of a grant from the Walnut Creek public library for FREE!  She used the file provided by Eel inventor from the internet.

Wendy reviewed the coming year’s programs and dates with the changes noted. Sept 25 is a Wednesday with Brooke S. from Sincere Sheep a speaker.
October 24 is a Thursday with Sandy Fisher and husband from the Chico Flax Project. They will also speak at Diablo Weavers on Friday.
November 21 is a Thursday with Judi Pettite of Biohue Pigments from Fibershed will speak.
December 14 is a Saturday potluck luncheon with sheep ornament exchange at Vilija’s home.
January 2020 will hopefully be a Yarn dying with lichen dyes at Wendy’s. She needs help with preparation and collection.
February, 2020, Robin L from Meridian Jacobs will speak. She invited us up to Farm Day.
March and April are open at this time.
May 23, 2020, Memorial day weekend is the Spinning at the Winery.

Show and Tell: there were beautiful eco dyed fabrics and garments, knitted projects both large and small abounded as well as woven projects. The summer was very productive for all.

Linda B.

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

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

September 17 - HGA Convergence 2020 Priority Registration opens, general registration opens October 1.  Knoxville, TN.

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

Fibershed Gala 2019, Petaluma, September 28, 2019

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, September 28 - 29, 2019

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

Rhinebeck (New York State Sheep & Wool Festival), Rhinebeck, NY, October 19 - 20, 2019.  Yes, there are T2T guild members attending this festival!

Fiber Fusion Northwest, Monroe, WA, October 19 - 20, 2019.

Fibre Market and Flax Project exhibits, Chicago Art Institute, through October 20, 2019.  Not local, but looks like they would definitely worthwhile seeing if in the Chicago area!  Fibre Market focuses on wool fibers recycle from discarded sweaters using industrial sorting machines.  Flax Project follows the investigation of what happens to the 10% of flax grown in an area of Europe that stays local (the other 90% going to China) and to find out whether locally produced flax could again become a viable commodity.  Article in Selvedge magazine.

Heritage Livestock Conference - All Things Sheep, Santa Rosa, October 25-26, 2019.  Classes, lectures, field trips.  

Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, Pt Reyes Station, November 16, 2019.

Impact:  Climate Change.  Contemporary Tapestry from Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers in New England.  San Francisco, December 16 - March 13, 2020

Stitches West, Santa Clara, February 20 - 23, 2020

HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN, July 23 - 30, 2020. Priority registration opens September 17, 2019, general registration opens October 1, 2019

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

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

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)


August 19, 2019

Next Meeting: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2019

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

August 28 - guild meeting.  2019-2020 theme:  Old Becomes New Again.  Bring your ideas for projects, programs, and speakers, and bring your cotton spinning samples from our summer picnic for Show & Tell.

September 25 - speaker:  Brooke Sinnes, owner of Sincere Sheep

October 24 - speaker:  Sandy Fisher and Durl Van Alstyne of Chico Flax

November 21 - speaker:  Judi Pettite, owner of BioHue

December 14 - Holiday Party at Vilija's

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

NEW!  LAMBTOWN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Lambtown committee has asked for more volunteers.  Festival volunteers receive a tote bag and $10 in EATS bucks for 4 or more hours of service.  Anyone volunteering for multiple days receives a Lambtown Festival t-shirt.  You can sign up here.


NEW!  "ESTATE" SALE AT MERIDIAN JACOBS

Visit the farm and see what's on sale - extra yarn and equipment that needs to be moved out.  Equipment includes a floor loom, drum carder, spinning wheel, great wheel, and more. Also, Robin's new Timm Ranch Solano County local blend yarn for 2019 just arrived at the shop and will be available for purchase.

Friday September 6, 9:30-3  (this is also Spinners Day Out)
Saturday September 7, 9:30-2
Sunday, September 8 1-4



NEW!  LICHEN DYE INFORMATION

During the August meeting, guild President Wendy L. mentioned lichen dyeing.  Here are some resources.  Be sure to review the code of ethics for harvesting lichens (in the first article, 'Collecting' section) before you head out with your basket.  

Getting Started With Lichen Dyes by Alissa Allen.  This is a great overview article and also has instructions for the C (chlorine) test that Doris B. mentioned last night to determine if a lichen has orchil (purple dyeing) properties.


A Field Guide to California Lichens by Stephen Sharnoff (for ID info, not dyeing)

Macrolichens of the Pacific Northwest by Bruce McCune (for ID info, not dyeing)

Mushroom and Lichen Dyers United is a very active international Facebook group.  It's a closed group, so there should be a link on the page for requesting to become a member.  Using the 'search' field in this group is extremely useful.  For example, I searched on "Flavopunctelia", which is the purple-dyeing lichen that Doris B. talked about last night and found an entry that I posted in 2017.  This shows 1) downed fence post covered in lichen, Solano County 2) closeup of Flavopunctelia flaventior, and 3) the orange flash that occurs during a C test if the test is positive.


Lisa

NEW! SPIN-OFF, FALL 2019

The latest issue of Spin-Off magazine includes a review of Stephany Wilkes' book Raw Material, information about Carolyn Greenwood's Handpainted Heathered Yak/Silk Roving bundle, and an article about Robin Lynde's Meridian Jacobs Farm Club!

2019 - 2020 DUES

Treasurer Pam M. will be collecting dues for 2019-2020 at the August and September meetings.  Dues are $25 per person, or $30 for a family membership.  Cash (exact change preferred) and checks are accepted, no credit cards.

SPIN TOGETHER

TNNA has cancelled Spinzilla for now, but there is a new event called 'Spin Together' that runs from October 6 - October 12th.  Find out all about it on the Spin Together web site.

"LONG THREAD MEDIA" FORMED

Long Thread Media LLC is a new company that has purchased Spin Off, Handwoven, and Piecework magazines from Interweave/Peak Media Properties.  Long Thread Media was founded in 2019 by Interweave founder Linda Ligon, longtime editor Anne Merrow, and former Interweave executive John Bolton.  Craft Industry Alliance article.

WOODEN CLOTHES?  AVOCADO DYE = MILLENNIAL PINK?

I knew I had to read the article when I saw the headline, Wooden clothes on the recycled Christmas list?  Find this and other interesting links on the Pacific Textile Arts web site.

And for you avid natural dyers - avocado dye in the New York Times.

For more fiber news, follow the Textile Arts Council on Facebook.

SPINDLES & FLYERS GUILD UPDATE

The Spindles & Flyers guild meeting location has moved to Berkeley.  Address and more information is available on their web site.

PRESENTATION ABOUT FIBERSHED, SEPTEMBER 3

Robin Lynde (guild member) will speak at a talk hosted by Valley Stitchers and Fiber Artists Guild.  Visitors are encouraged and welcome, no entry fee.

TOPIC:  Fibershed - Bringing Sustainability to Fiber Farming
10 a.m. September 3rd - St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 1601 Mary Dr., Pleasant Hill

Robin, a name familiar to most spinners, is the owner of Meridian Jacobs Sheep Farm in Vacaville.  Robin specializes in raising the multi-horned, black and white sheep for the quality of their wool.  Her products are a favorite of spinners, weavers and knitters.  She has won numerous awards for the quality of her sheep's fleece.

From Robin: "The Fibershed concept began with one woman's personal challenge to cloth herself for a year by sourcing all materials and labor from within 150 miles of her home. In a relatively short time Fibershed has become a non-profit organization and a movement with influence and affiliates around the country. I provided wool for that one-year wardrobe and have been a supporter ever since. I am a founding board member of the newly formed Northern California Fibershed Marketplace Agricultural Coop, an entity that will support direct marketing of our locally produced goods. I will talk about the Fibershed concept and programs, briefly discuss issues with the global textile industry, and explain what Fibershed has done for me as a sheep farmer. Presentation includes PowerPoint slides and a "trunk show" of fiber, yarn, handwoven articles, and other farm products."
www.meridianjacobs.com

MEETING MINUTES

No meeting in July.

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

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

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

September 17 - HGA Convergence 2020 Priority Registration opens, general registration opens October 1.

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

Fibershed Gala 2019, Petaluma, September 28, 2019

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, September 28 - 29, 2019

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

Rhinebeck (New York State Sheep & Wool Festival), Rhinebeck, NY, October 19 - 20, 2019.  Yes, there are T2T guild members attending this festival!

Fiber Fusion Northwest, Monroe, WA, October 19 - 20, 2019.

Fibre Market and Flax Project exhibits, Chicago Art Institute, through October 20, 2019.  Not local, but looks like they would definitely worthwhile seeing if in the Chicago area!  Fibre Market focuses on wool fibers recycle from discarded sweaters using industrial sorting machines.  Flax Project follows the investigation of what happens to the 10% of flax grown in an area of Europe that stays local (the other 90% going to China) and to find out whether locally produced flax could again become a viable commodity.  Article in Selvedge magazine.

Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, Pt Reyes Station, November 16, 2019.

Impact:  Climate Change.  Contemporary Tapestry from Tapestry Weavers West and Tapestry Weavers in New England, San Francisco, December 16 - March 13, 2020

Stitches West, Santa Clara, February 20 - 23, 2020

HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN, July 23 - 30, 2020. Priority registration opens September 17, 2019, general registration opens October 1, 2019

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

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

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

July 23, 2019

T2T Picnic Recap - next meeting August 28th

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

July - no meeting.  Have a great summer!

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

September 25 - guild meeting.

2019 SUMMER PICNIC

Thank you, Wendy L., for hosting our annual summer picnic.  The cotton packages were lovely, we all learned a lot about spinning cotton, and we shared a wonderful potluck lunch.  Bring your samples to our August meeting for Show & Tell.  Thanks to Dona S. for the photos.












SHEEP SHOW AT THE CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR

The sheep barn is open at the California State Fair from Thursday, July 25 through Sunday, July 28.  This part of the livestock show also includes longhorns, alpaca, llamas, and angora goats.  For more information and schedule, see the California State Fair web site

Guild member Robin L. will have an educational booth in the barn, and will be showing sheep from Meridian Jacobs.  Here is a Meridian Jacobs blog entry talking about the booth and sheep show at last year's State Fair.

You can also visit the exhibit halls to see winning quilts, knits, hand-spun and other fiber arts.

Lisa W.

WEBSITE

I recently cleaned up all of the text in the blog and started from scratch - too many leftover HTML tags copied from month to month were making formatting more difficult than it should be.

Because of the shortcomings of the free software, even when doing a 'Preview' I can't accurately judge the size of the text before publishing, plus all of us view this on different size screens.  The blog is now using the default tags for 'Heading' text and 'Normal' text.  If you have trouble with the text font or size or find broken or incorrect links, please let me know.

Lisa W.

MEETING MINUTES

No meeting.

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS


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

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

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

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

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

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby, OR, September 28 - 29, 2019

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

Fiber Fusion Northwest, Monroe, WA, October 19 - 20, 2019.

Stitches West, Santa Clara, February 20 - 23, 2020

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

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

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS


Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

June 5, 2019

JUNE 29, 2019 - GUILD PICNIC

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates

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


Wendy's sample 'picnic towel'


From Lisa's white cotton patch, 2018

July - no meeting, have a great summer!

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

September 25th - guild meeting

Spinning At The Winery Photos








Thanks to Dona S. for the photographs.

Jen Hoover Info

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

aana janna web site

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

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

Meeting Minutes (Lisa W.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
May 29, 2019
Thurman Casey Library


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

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

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

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

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

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


Some Upcoming Fiber Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes & Workshops

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

May 12, 2019

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

Upcoming 2019 meeting dates

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

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

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


June 15 or June 29 - picnic, TBD

August 28th - guild meeting


Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
April 24, 2019
Thurman Casey Library

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes & Workshops

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)