October 15, 2017



Angelina Deantonis, founder and owner of Ocelot Clothing and Interiors, will share with us information on using dye plants and the "Itagime" Japanese dye technique.

Her studio/showroom is located at 6027 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. They do not have regular hours but one can call 415-821-7288 to inquire about a visit. Right now they are gearing up for their participation in the Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open House, and will have several dates and times they will be open. Check www.berkeleyartisans.com for all the open studio dates. Ocelot's website is: ocelot clothing.com


  • Oct. 25 Treadles meeting "Itagime Dye Technique"
  • Oct. 28, Hug A Sheep at Meridian Jacobs, https://www.meridianjacobs.co
  • Oct. 28, Redwood Guild Sale. check last month's blog for info
  • Nov. 17, 18, 19, Above the Fray: Traditional Hill Tribe Art. Textiles of hand woven and hand dyed cotton and silk. Shepard Garden and Art Center, 3330 McKinley Blvd. Sacramento. Check last month's blog for more info
  • Nov. 29. Treadles meeting "Stephany Wilkes, Sheep Shearing Stories"
  • Various Fibershed events and classes this fall http://www.fibershed.com/events/list/
  • Dec. 9 Treadles' Annual Holiday Luncheon. 11 am. Vilija's house. Hand made lamb ornament exchange

Robin "dancing" with her yearling 
Jacob ram, Buster

Always a great event for all us sheep people. Not only those who raise sheep, but all who love to spin with the sheep's great wool. Showing her Jacob sheep was Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs. The following photos are from her blog about the event.

He finally calmed down!
Those boys can be a handful
Robin being helped by T2T member Doris with the ladies
Robin, Farm Club member Vicki, and Doris with some of the Meridian Jacobs ribbons

T2T member Lisa taking the train around the grounds

September 19, 2017



A very special Video program:  “Coton Jaune: Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story

A documentary film by Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux, documenting the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and handwoven acadian brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them. 

They tell the story from hand selected seed to cherished family heirloom.

Bring your wheel along to spin while watching. Also the usual Show & Tell. So much inspiration from our members.


  • Sept. 26. Treadles meeting Date change, this is a Tuesday Documentary: "Coton Jaune:  Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story"
  • Oct. 25. Treadles meeting
  • Nov. 29. Treadles meeting 

Lambtown, Oct 6-7-8  -- lots of classes this year

Spinzilla, Oct 2-8 -- at least 3 local teams - Carolina Homespun, Clemes & Clemes, Meridian Jacobs

Hug A Sheep at Meridian Jacobs, Oct 28

Various Fibershed events and classes this fall

Empowering Threads -- Textiles of Jolom Mayaetik
at the International Terminal of S.F. Airport, pre-security

Team Carolina Homespun is looking for members for 

Spinzilla 2017 October 2 – 8

The team is almost full but we have room for a few more spinners…

Join us for a relaxing year of spinning and having fun!

We are going to be very-super-extra-low key this year… 

Join us if you are feeling like doing a bit of spinning during the week and getting together at 

Round Table Pizza in Pleasant Hill on October 5 from 6 – 8

We will also do some casual spinning at Lambtown October 7 -8

We invite you to join the Carolina Homespun Team!

Sign up by visiting 

Select “Registration” and be sure to select the Carolina Homespun Team as your team!

If you are already signed up for the team – Congrats! Please invite a friend!

More info to come!
Team members so far are:
Joan, Doris, Carolyn, Amy , Stephanie, Jeannette, Vilija, Laura, Roxayn, Wendy, Pam, Beverly, Linda, Jeanne, Reba, Cat, Morgaine

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art,
·      We are very excited to announce that we have copies in hand of our book: Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being (Thrums Books, 2017). It came out so well!  We encourage you to treat yourself to this spirited, engaging read.
The book tells stories of our travel, takes you on a visit around a weaving village introducing you to weavers (and personalities) ages 10 to 90, and explores how weaving and textile creation has nurtured this community for over 100 generations.  We cover the regional art of silkworm raising, silk reeling, natural-dyeing and silk and cotton weaving, and explore the vital role of textile creation within the culture.  We also cover a bit of history and ethnography, so you feel like you’ve really know it, seen it and been there with us. Renowned photographer Joe Coca, who traveled with us in 2016, enriches it all with 235 color pictures (some of our own photos are sprinkled in, too).  More description is attached.
You may order an autographed copy from us at: http://hilltribeart.com/silkweavers-book.html  (It’s also available at Amazon or your favorite bookstore - but it ain’t autographed!). This 2.2 pound (!) quality soft-back book is $34.95 (+ $3/shipping). 

·      Our Upcoming Events:
Arcata CA: Natural Fiber Fair, September 9, 10
Eugene, OR: Eugene Weavers Guild, September 25
Florence OR: Florence Festival of Books, September 30
Monroe WA: Fiber Fusion NW, October 21, 22
Portland OR: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, November 10, 11, 12
Sacramento, CA: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, November 17, 18, 19
Eugene, OR: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, December TBA
·      Of course we encourage people to visit us at our home-studio in Eugene anytime – we even have a full-sized Lao floor loom to show off courtesy of the recent visit from the Lao weavers (pictures are in the blog!

August 15, 2017



If your "collection" is getting out of hand, why not share it with the rest of us. Maybe some of us still don't have a big enough "collection"? 

At the August meeting we will have a major Share/Sell/ Get Rid Of. Bring your excess to the meeting in hopes of replacing some of it with different "collection" items, or actually selling or giving away some of it. Monies will need to be exchanged outside the door because the Library does not allow sales in the room. Trading and bartering is always good.

Bring what you've been working on this summer for Show & Tell, and your wheel to put in a bit more spinning time while we listen and talk. 

Bring also, ideas you may have for programs for the year. Ones you would like developed or ones you would like to share with the Guild yourself. 

Any ideas for a workshop or two? We will have our favorite, Judith MacKenzie once again, sometime this year for a program and workshop. 

How about ideas for Dye Day. Loved what happened at the last Dye Day. [Check the previous blog]


  • Aug 30. Treadles meeting
  • Sept. 26. Treadles meeting Date change, this is a Tuesday
  • Oct. 25. Treadles meeting
  • Nov. 29. Treadles meeting 
There must be lots of spinning related doings this Fall. Let me know and I'll add them to the Calendar


My neighbor and friend, who is a corrosions engineer, was recently in Arizona on a project with the Pima Native Americans on their Reservation. He came back and asked if I knew what Pima Cotton was. “ What? Of course I know, I’m a spinner” 

Then he asked if I knew where Pima cotton originated. “I think in South America”, I answered. Turns out “nope”. It was developed as a joint project between the U.S. Government and the Pima Native Americans of Arizona in the early 1900’s. Who Knew?

Unfortunately, only less than 5% of the world production of Pima is in the U.S. now. It is grown in parts of California, West Texas, and of course, Arizona. Most of Pima cotton now does come from South America from plants developed in the U.S.  However, it is partially true that Pima originated in South America. 

Early domesticated cotton was grown in Ecuador [4400 BCE], and coastal Peru [2500 BCE]. It is from these ancient varieties, which were a medium staple cotton, that Pima cotton was developed. It was given the name Pima to honor the Native Americans who helped experiment with it in Arizona. 

“King Cotton” grown in the South and South West is a short staple cotton more easily grown than the longer staples, and is 95% of all U.S. production. 

So what are some of the better known cottons?
  • Gossypium hirsutum, short staple cotton. King Cotton. The basic cotton we all know and love to wear.
  • Pima. A medium to long staple. Fabric made from this will be softer, denser, and more durable than basic short staple cotton, with less pilling
  • Egyptian cotton.  A truly long staple cotton that makes luxurious cotton products. 
  • Sea Island cotton. Another truly long staple cotton, even more desirable than Egyptian, but  now in very limited production. James Bond only wore shirts made of Sea Island Cotton.
  • Supima Cotton. A relatively newly developed type of cotton: [“Superior” and “Pima” words combined together] Supima is now fighting its way into the U.S. market with its obvious luxurious long stapled quality. Supima is grown only in the U.S. and primarily in the southwest. A purchase of clothing or linens labeled “Supima Cotton” supports the national economy because it is only domestically produced. 

What about naturally colored cotton

My friend said the Pima's are growing a blue cotton they hope to market. We all know about Sally Fox and her green and brown cottons. But few of us are aware that the colored cottons are very old plants. The slaves of the South grew many colors of cotton before King Cotton became prominent. They, and Native Americans grew many tones of brown, dark green, black, red and blue. Production of colored cotton was eventually prohibited in many parts of the U.S. so that white cotton would not be contaminated. 

Why should we support development of naturally colored cotton? 

The environment. The white cotton in massive production is a variety that requires more pesticides than other varieties of cotton. Also, the dyeing of cotton is a massive cause of land and water pollution. According to the ECO360 Trust, nearly 20% of all industrial pollution results from textile dyeing and production methods. There are 72 toxic chemicals that are present in our water system due to textile dyeing. The tannins that create the color in cotton makes it highly pest and mildew resistant. 


DYE DAY 2002 at Linnie's back yard. Natural Dyes

June 20, 2017


There will be no formal meetings for the Guild in June or July. There may be some informal gatherings for "Le Tour de Fleece" spinning, so watch for emails on that.

Otherwise, our first formal meeting of the coming year will be on August 30, 2017 at the Library. There are usually lots of spinning activities that happen in the Fall - send me info as you see something come up to put on the calendar.


Yikes! Of the nine of us that signed up to spin at this now every-three-year event for Walnut Creek, only one of us managed to actually make the event. Sickness and conflicts ran amok! Thank goodness Doris was very prepared and did a very impressive job of showing off what goes into making a fleece into wearable garment. They had the old barn ready for us, it was a lovely day and the visitors enjoyed all the displays the Rangers had arranged.


Lots of fun this year with ice dyeing this year's Winery T-Shirts. We are now ice dyeing aficionados and were quite colorful stand outs at SPINNING AT THE WINERY this year. We also had some pots of pre-dissolved indigo which gave us some great blue colors. Some T-Shirts and other fabrics and garments were dyed, along with the Dharma market bags and rayon scarves.

The Dharma cotton market bags shibori dyed in Indigo

Impromptu dust masks - don't try this at home!

Ice dyeing a t-shirt. Note the cardboard used to hold in the ice

Ice dyed t-shirt, then shibori tied and dipped in the Indigo

Another t-shirt being ice-dyed. We used cookie racks and aluminum baking pans

5 gallon buckets with tight fitting lids from Home Depot made great Indigo pots

Paula and Doris working on some Shibori folding

Some of the rayon scarves we dyed in Indigo


Our 20th consecutive year! Who can believe it! We were rewarded with a truly perfect day in Livermore. By our almost official count, we had 222 guests come to enjoy shopping, picnicking, spinning, and "raffling".

Janet Heppler was honored by Treadles this year as a Shepherdess who has come every year with very excellent, award winning fleeces.

Thanks to all members and vendors who contributed to the raffle to provide another successful year for us. There were two Ashford wheels this year, a vintage Traditional and an almost new Joy. A big thanks to every member who came out to participate in putting on another all-in-all great event. We can't do it without all your help.

Mary Finley, vendor and Treadles' friend

Treadles members enjoying the shade

More Treadles members in their lovely ice dyed t-shirts

The two Ashford Wheels for the raffle

And more members working at the sales table

One of the vendor booths

Fleeces waiting to be processed, under one of the
Winery's big Pepper trees.

Don't forget - you can click on any photo
if you want to enlarge and see more detail

May 19, 2017


No formal meeting this month because of Dye Day.

Dye Day - Sunday, May 28,
10 AM to Afternoon sometime
733 Cree Ct, Walnut Creek
Bring your lunch, hot or cold coffee & tea available depending on the weather 
Bring your own gloves if you want to Indigo dye or worry about the dye powder getting on your hands

Items that Treadles will have on hand for you to dye, if you want to:
  • our new white Spinning at the Winery T-Shirts
  • small Cotton Market bags that fold up into their own pocket from Dharma
  • some light rayon scarves, 14" x 60"
  • some larger light rayon scarves, 21" x 72"
T-Shirts cost $8 each, lots of sizes still available.
The market bags [one to a customer] and rayon scarves [one to a customer] are free as long as they last.
If you have other items that are amenable to ice dyeing [info below] or that you want to dye in the Indigo bath [info below], you are welcome to bring them.
Also, if you have some of your own Fiber Reactive Procion Dye powder in colors that you like, bring that as well.

Procion powdered dyes will be used. Cotton, or other cellulose fiber items, will need to have a pre-soak in a soda ash solution prior to dyeing and will be available at Dye Day.

I don't know if its necessary to pre-wash your t-shirt, but I have, just in case. The red of the wine glass did run after soaking in the soda ash solution, so it may cause some pink or red spots on your t-shirt, so be prepared for that.

  • The process involves scrunching up your object, fabric, or garment, 
  • setting it up on a rack [important so that as the ice melts, your fabric is not sitting in a pool of all the dyes mixed together]
  • putting the rack into some sort of pan to catch the melting ice and dye
  • covering your fabric with a good layer of ice cubes or crushed ice
  • putting on a dust mask and sprinkling dye powder directly onto the ice
  • covering and letting it sit for about 24 hours without touching
Further instructions at Dye Day. We may have enough tubs or aluminum pans, but racks are more tricky to find at cheap prices. If you have your own plastic tub and/or a cookie cooling rack you can use, bring it. Below are photos of what Reba has found at her local dollar store to use, plus a photo of the scrunched up fabric and how it sits on the racks.
The basket above may be the perfect thing because it will hold the ice from falling off the sides when she scrunches the shirt inside of it. The little berry baskets the bigger basket is sitting on need to be turned upside down from what is shown so that the dye does not pool against the shirt in those two area. Plus, the stands need to hold about 2 -3 lbs of ice.

Again, there will be some of this equipment at Dye Day for you to use if you don't have anything of your own.

Sample of a nicely ice dyed T-shirt from the Dharma Web Site

You may choose to dye your shirt, or any of the other things, in indigo. No pre-soak solution is needed for this dye, but I would still pre-wash your shirt if you already bought one.

None of the shirts at dye day will be pre-washed.

If you have done any type of shibori dyeing before and have equipment for this, bring it and use it here. The buckets are the orange buckets from Home Depot, so don't expect to be able to plunge anything deeper than those buckets. By equipment, I mean tubes, string, clamps, that kind of thing. No, there will be no instruction on shibori preparation. 

If you already have your shirt you could prepare it ahead of time if you like, especially if you want to do some type of sewn shibori design. But we will have all day and the dyeing itself is rather just a quick dip.


Treadles to Threads Spinning Guild invites everyone once again to “Spinning at the Winery.” We’re hoping the 20th year of this event brings exceptional weather as well as an exceptional day for you in Livermore’s wine country. This  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 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.
JUNE 3, 2017
Retzlaff Vineyards 
1356 Livermore Ave, Livermore CA
10 am to 4 pm,   $5 entry per person

T2T Members: Joan will bring the sign-up sheet for the Winery day work schedule to dye day in case you have forgotten what you have signed up for. Remember, this is the one day we really need everyone's help to make this event successful. Your participation is very important to the Guild. If you have any questions, contact Joan here

Bring your items for the auction to the event directly, If you cannot, give it to anyone who will be going. 

"What da ya mean, 'no pets'?!?!"

April 9, 2017


The Nomads of Northern India: At the Foot of the Himalayas
Photo from Wild Fibers Magazine website
Our very own, Will and Kate Taylor, took a trip of a lifetime with editor of Wild Fibers, Linda Cortright. While there, they met and stayed with a nomad family that raises goats for cashmere fiber,  and were able to explore areas of India that are truly off the grid.

Will will talk about their adventures on driving over the highest navigable road as well as Linda's current drive to sustain and encourage viable cashmere production in the area. If you are not familiar with the magazine:  wildfibersmagazine.com
Within the pages of the website, is also Linda's blog, which is always interesting.

MINUTES: Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting

submitted by Linda B.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017     7:00 p.m.
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

President Reba began the meeting at 7:00 p.m. with 25 attending. She called on Joan who is arranging the work assignment paperwork for Spinning at the Winery Day on June 3, 2017, from 10 to 4. Sign ups are arranged by duties with multiple slots under each heading to fill in. There are multiple opportunities from set up to clean up and all things in between for members to help make this our 20th Anniversary year memorable and pleasant for all. This sign up sheet will be passed at several Monday spinning days and again next Guild meeting, April 26. Will had bookmark sized advertisements for us to take and share. We only advertise by word of mouth now for this event. Laura H. asked Will and Kate to consider a massage therapy vendor who would do a chair massage and charge by the minute. Members were reminded that the raffle at the winery is our major money maker for the guild. Please consider bringing multiple items as donations. They can be brought directly to the winery.

CNCH liaison, Joan, also asked for donations to raffle at the silent auction in Asilomar. This is the way monies are raised for the scholarships for an individual member to attend the annual meeting. Our member, Doris, won this year, making three years we have benefitted from the scholarship recently. CNCH asks that pictures of donation items be submitted by April 15, whether completely finished or not. Joan has volunteered to take items to Asilomar, for those not attending.
Vilija gave an update on T2T’s annual dye day. Negotiations with Linda Hartshorn have ceased and the plans for a two day Organic Indigo dye class will be scrapped. We will still have our dye day on the Saturday of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 27, at Carol Causey’s home. There will be a pre-reduced indigo dye pot available as well as other dyes, provided by the guild. There is no charge as each person attending will be providing their own fiber/fabric prepared to dye. Vilija asked Reba for a leader for this program. Carol’s son will be preparing a pork lunch for purchase.

Vilija displayed the T-shirts ordered for the winery sales. They are available at the back of the room for members. The price is $8 for members and $10 at the winery. There is a special T-shirt based contest being considered as a 20th anniversary special event.

Kathy D. passed flyers detailing the April 1 estate sale of the yarns she has been selling for her friend. These luxury fibers are a deal at 50% discount.
Lisa announced “Meet the Sheep Day” at Meridian Jacobs in Vacaville will be April 1. There are lots of lambs to see. All information will be on the website.
Wendy is looking for spinners for the April 22 Forrest Hills Farms day in San Ramon. She will be there doing a children’s game to keep kids out of the spinning wheels.
Doris brought combing waste of Jacob’s fiber for any felter’s to take home for free.
Reba thanked Lisa W. for the great name tags. We have not had tags for a number of years! They need a home as Lisa cannot always make the meetings. We had a new member, Vickie, attending.
Rejune brought her first Show and Tell, and several others shared projects. Our next meeting is at the Library on April 26, our usual Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Will and Kate will share their adventures in Nepal and India with fiber people.
The meeting concluded with a Movie and Popcorn night, provided by the Guild. The DVD was “Spinning Batts”, done by Jillian Moreno.
We were heading home at 8:45 p.m.


  • April 22, Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farm in San Ramon.  11 am to 3 pm. Celebrate spring and see the sheep get their annual haircuts. Watch demonstrations of blacksmithing, lace making, wood carving and quilting as well as sheep dog demonstrations Children will be entertained by 4-H animals, crafts, games and tractor rides. Enjoy live music and shop for unique items in the Gift Shoppe. Food available for purchase. Visit srhf.org for admission fees and to purchase tickets via PayPal. Tickets also available at the gate. Wendy has asked T2T members to come and demonstrate spinning or weaving. Arrive before 11 am if you plan to do so. 
  • April 26, Treadles Meeting, On our usual Wednesday. "The Nomadic People of Northern India" A slide presentation by T2T members Will and Kate Taylor on their very unusual trip to the Himalayas of India.
  • May 4 - 7CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right) Check last month's blog for making an object for the raffle at the Conference.                     Volunteers Needed:
    If you or anyone in your guild would like to be a part of the team making CNCH 2017 a success – please volunteer to help.  Volunteers are needed to help the facilities person get all the equipment to the right rooms, to help with the silent auction and other small tasks.  If you want to sign up to be a class angel, it is not too late!  Contact T2T member Carol Gray to volunteer.             
    Instructor Delivery:
    And if you would like an hour or so alone with one of the instructors – volunteer to pick someone up at the airport and drive them to Asilomar or back to the airport from Asilomar.  Instructors will be flying into and out of Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose.  Contact Penny Peters to volunteer. [contact Vilija for her email]
    Our guild is one of the sponsors of this conference. Please consider some job if you are going to be there.
  • May 13, Heritage Day at Borges Ranch in Walnut Creek. 11am - 4pm. Open to the public. We have had nine members interested in demoing spinning and maybe weaving on that day.  Spinners can drive up to the ranch to drop off their supplies on the morning of the event  (hopefully before 10 am).  They can then park their vehicles at the Hanna Grove/Bob Pond Parking lot.  Car-pooling would be greatly appreciate so we can make our limited parking spots go a long way.
  • May 28, Treadles' Dye Day  A day to bring your own fiber or yarns for hands on dyeing. There will be a couple indigo pots. Other details still in the planning stages.
  • May 28, Hageman Ranch Days in Livermore. Info below
  • June 3Spinning at the Winery. This is our 20th Anniversary! How can we make it even more special? Think of some great suggestions. T-shirts in white with a special 20th anniversary logo, in two colors, have been ordered. The white will allow us to over dye, or shibori, or tie-dye the shirts. It could be part of the fun at Dye Day. More info at the meeting.



Down the street from the Retzlaff Winery in Livermore is a Group Organization called Livermore Heritage Guild. They are having a Wool demonstration at the end of May. 

Their demo is called “Sheep to Sweater”. They will have a sheep coming, a lady doing spinning and carding and 2 knitters. It will be a nice presentation of everything associated with wool. Spindles & Flyers members will also be there participating. 
The event will be on Sunday, May 28th from 1-4 in the afternoon. The Location of the Hagemann Ranch is at 455 Olivina Avenue in Livermore (Down the Street From the Retzlaff Winery).  If you are interested in participating by bringing your wheel, please talk to T2T member, Lisa W.

Celebration of the 50th Anniversary 
of the Berkeley- Sakai Sister City Organization

Beginning this month, the Berkeley Botanical Garden will have several special events associated with its sister city, and Japan in general. Below are two in July that may be of interest to our guild. Find more info and how to register at the link above. Go to the Seasonal programs and workshops page, then look at the calendar to find the event.

Folk Textiles of Japan: Plant Fibers & Dyes with Yoshiko Wada

July 8 | 10 am - 12 pm
Join renowned textile scholar Yoshiko Wada for a presentation on folk textiles of Japan looking at the use of plant fibers and dyes. This illustrated talk will discuss history, culture and preparation of textiles throughout Japan.

Film Screening - 
BLUE ALCHEMY: Stories of Indigo

July 9 | 6 - 8 pm
BLUE ALCHEMY: Stories of Indigo is a feature-length documentary about indigo, a blue dye that has captured the human imagination for millenia.  It is also about people who are reviving indigo in projects that are intended to improve life in their communities, preserve cultural integrity, improve the environment, and bring beauty to the world. BLUE ALCHEMY was filmed in India, Japan, Bangladesh, Mexico, El Salvador, Nigeria, and the USA.

We will be joined by the filmmaker Mary Lance who will introduce the film and stay for a Q & A and reception following the film.