January 7, 2020

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2020

UPCOMING 2020 MEETING DATES

January 23rd (Thursday) - Lichen Ecology, Jessica Coyle PhD



January 25th (Saturday), 10-3, Wendy's house.  Lichen, Roots, Bark, and Pits Dye Day. Guild members only, please.  Dye day has been opened up to include even more natural dyes. We will be using several types of lichen as well as brazilwood, sandalwood, annatto seeds, alkanet root and avocado pits to dye wool yarn at Wendy’s house. Details will be emailed to all members.

February 27 (Thursday), Hemp “Spin In”.  Bring your wheel or drop spindle to the meeting to spin hemp fibers provided by the guild. During this meeting, hemp processing and sustainability will be discussed. We will also see why many farmers are turning to growing hemp instead of tobacco. Small fiber arts projects that use hemp yarn will be displayed to give you ideas on how to creatively use your hand spun hemp.

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

MEETING MINUTES

No meeting in December.

TREADLES TO THREADS HOLIDAY PARTY 2019

Delicious food, wonderful conversation, and the best selection of sheep ornaments I've seen!


The truly incredible sheep garland at Vilija's house.


Many thanks to Vilija for hosting!

INTERESTING ARTICLES

A fun video from HansenCrafts.

Weaving Hemp Into the Northern California Fibershed

Free Classes on Sheep Breeds - Facebook, Namaste Farms

Dyeing Cloth With Mud

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

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

Fibershed:  the Arc of Texture and Color Derived from a Regional Land Base, Rebecca Burgess, Textile Arts Council, San Francisco, January 18th, 2020

Sheep Shearing at Meridian Jacobs, Vacaville, February 1, 2020

Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild "All About Color" Open House and Sale, Sacramento, February 8 - 9, 2020.

Red Alder Fiber Arts Retreat, Tacoma, WA, February 13-16, 2020

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

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

Introduction to Flax Processing, May 9, 2020

Black Sheep Gathering, Albany, OR, June 26-28, 2020

HGA Convergence 2020, Knoxville, TN, July 23 - 30, 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)




December 2, 2019

HOLIDAY PARTY AT VILIJA'S - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

December 14, noon - Holiday Party at Vilija's.  Potluck with ornament exchange.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring a handmade or purchased wrapped sheep ornament if you wish to participate in the ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.



January 23rd, 2020 (Thursday) - Lichen Ecology, Jessica Coyle PhD


January 25th, 2020 (Saturday) - Lichen dyeing at Wendy's house

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREAD GUILD MEETING
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019
7:00 P.M.

President Wendy called the meeting to order at Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA. She thanked us for moving the next few month’s meetings to Thursday to accommodate her teaching schedule. She had time to do her powerpoint and felt back in the groove. As always, we were entertained by the lovely sheep photos as we prepared for the meeting.

We are reminded of the Meridian Farm Spinner’s Day will be December 6. (Lisa ETA - Spinner's Day Out has been cancelled for December, but the shop will be open, see details below).  Robin’s health update was given by Lisa W., Other workdays at the farm will be announced on the website and the blog. The public days that Meridian Jacobs Farm will be open have been curtailed for the near future.  Robin was to be our speaker for the January meeting and will be rescheduled. Wendy was able to contact a fellow professor at St Mary’s, Jessica Coyle, PhD, of the Biology Department who happens to also be an editor of the California Lichen Society. Dr. Coyle will speak on lichen ecology at the January 23, 2020, meeting, Thursday, two days before our lichen dye day at Wendy’s house on January 25th.

Announcements: Hacienda Crafts Sale is December 6-8. Several of our members participate in this sale. Sacramento Weavers Open house, February, 8-9, 2020.

Megan C. Has a 32" rigid heddle loom for sale and Linda V.H. has access to a tapestry loom for sale.
See the back table for all sorts of dye stuffs for free from Vilija. She showed the blanket she wove from the sheep breed study a couple year’s ago.

Treadles Holiday Potluck and ornament exchange will be held one last time at the home of Indiana bound Vilija D. Please bring a dish to share and a sheep style ornament to exchange.

CNCH: Joan announced the “Return to Sender” is being mailed to her. There will be a few extras for purchase.  Registration is now open for the CNCH Conference in Burlingame at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, April 3-5, 2020. Our guild will participate in the guild’s display area at the Conference and feature items we have made from the “Colors of the World” dye day last year at Carol C.’s house that resulted in 24 mini-skeins. Late February or early March will be the deadline for submitting these items, so they can be arranged and submitted for display.

Our speaker this evening is Judi Pettite, speaking about her life work as an artist making dyes and pigments for use on paper, fabric or wood. Using products from nature to produce the colors and various binders to provide texture, the product can be watercolors, inks, oil paints or pastels.

She explained how dyes can be produced and used as an artist’s tool. Then, by the laking process, the dyes give up their color into a water insoluble pigment. The pigment can be added to various substrates for other artistic uses. Our predecessors used oxalis, weld, woad, fig leaves, logwood madder, cochineal bugs, ochre, lapis lazuli rocks to produce dyes and pigments long before we were given a hand by chemists. If we would make our own dyes, she recommends thyme or clove oil be added for mold inhibition. Judi brought indigo seeds from her garden to share with us to be planted in May.  Judi’s company is Biohue and she has been in business since 2006. She is a member of Northern California’s Fibershed. Watch for classes she gives at the UC Botanical Garden or the Ruth Bancroft Garden.  She is on Instagram @biohue, and can be reached at judibiohue@gmail.com. Her website is judipettite.com. Her presentation was a wealth of information.

Linda B.

RARE & ANCIENT SHEEP BREED STUDY (VILIJA)

In this study Treadles did a few years back, we had 15 breeds that members volunteered to study and report on. All participants received one ounce [I bought in for two ounces] of fiber from each breed, which should have yielded enough spun yarn to actually create something. Not all were soft, next to the skin type of fleeces, but in our study we learned how the survival of keeping a diversity of sheep breeds is important to the survival of all breeds. There is a use for all types of fiber. With our changing climate, the more diversity there is in a gene pool, the better the shot at adapting to changing conditions.

I chose to weave a blanket with the warp being the handspun wool and the weft being alpaca that I had gotten from a farm in Ohio. I had a five yard length of warp, of wools with different stretch qualities. It was a bit scary to weave because It was like trying to weave, under tension, knitting yarn. But it all worked out better than I expected. It was woven in one long piece, cut in half and seamed up the middle.

These combinations would work very well on a rigid heddle for those of you who are beginning weavers and I hope some of you will give it a try. Some of the fibers we had were very soft, some not so soft, but the addition of the alpaca for the weft created a nice hand. I think it would work very nicely in a shawl or scarf.

If your fibers are still sitting around, spin them up, create something, and remember all the breeds of sheep that are in need of support to not go extinct. In the photo is Max. You probably all know that photos from me all need to include a cat!


Vilija

INTERESTING ARTICLES

Mary B. shared this article and video about a wool mill in Manitowac, Wisconsin. It's about an hour from her sister's home, and she has seen them at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool show. She says that there are lots of lambs in the video!

What If We Called it the Flax Age Instead of the Iron Age? - Correcting the Historical Bias Against Domestic Materials

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT MERIDIAN JACOBS

Friends are helping guild member Robin Lynde and her family by opening up her farm shop during scheduled times for holiday shopping.  I hope some of you can stop by Meridian Jacobs farm in Vacaville during these open shop dates.  Dates / times may change and more may be added, so check back here on the blog for the latest:

Friday, December 6  10:00 - 3:00, also Spinners Day Out (Spinners Day Out for December 6 is cancelled due to weather and Robin's recovery, but the shop will be open)
Thursday, December 12  10:00 - 4:00
Saturday, December 14  10:00 - 4:00

Lisa W.

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

2019 Hacienda Holiday Faire Friday to Sunday, Dec. 6-8, 2019 - 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Double-check times with organizers on website.) 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga

Fibershed Co-op Marketplace at the Ferry Building Farmers Market, San Francisco,  Dec 21.

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

Fibershed:  the Arc of Texture and Color Derived from a Regional Land Base, Rebecca Burgess, Textile Arts Council, San Francisco, January 18th, 2020

Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild "All About Color" Open House and Sale, Sacramento, February 8 - 9, 2020.

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

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

Introduction to Flax Processing, Chico? (web site doesn't list location), May 9, 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)

 

 

 


November 14, 2019

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, NOV 21, 2019, 7 p.m.

UPCOMING 2019-2020 MEETING DATES

November 21 - speaker:  Judi Pettite, owner of BioHue.  "Living Color:  Art and process for dyers, painters, printers, sculptors, and more".  Link to Judi's site on the Fibershed web site.

December 14 - Holiday Party at Vilija's.  Potluck with ornament exchange.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring a handmade or purchased wrapped sheep ornament if you wish to participate in the ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

May 23, 2020 - Spinning at the Winery

MEETING MINUTES

There were no "official" minutes taken at the October meeting so Wendy provided some information for the blog:

Joan A. talked about CNCH and Return to Sender.  Contact Joan if you have any questions.

Keep working on your "Colors of the World" project that was started a while back. The finished products will be used at CNCH for the T2T display.

The guest speakers gave a very interesting talk about flax (see the next 'article'), and some guild members acquired seeds after the meeting. The time to plant flax in California is now, and Wendy reports that she planted her seeds and is waiting for them to come up ... we await news on her progress!

CHICO FLAX PROJECT

Linda B. kindly contributed this overview of the flax presentation that was given at the Diablo Weavers meeting (and at the T2T meeting the previous evening):

On October 24, Sandy Fisher and Dual Van Alstyne from the Chico Flax project spoke about their 9 year long project to produce a fabric sourced locally from California. With much information from the Belgium Linen group, and help from the Agriculture, Business and Engineering departments of University of California, Chico, they have now been able to offer a linen-wool blend yarn for sale through their web site. Processing is done by Mendocino Woolen Mill in Ukiah, CA.

The long series of experiments in planting times and methods of processing are finally showing their ideas and hopes of flax production in Northern California are possible. The fiber production flax planting is done in the winter months and the seed production planting is done in the warmer weather. These seeds are available for purchase. Currently, the project is working on planting a hedge row around their acreage that will provide protection, living space for wild life and natural dye sources. Companion planting and cover crops include fava beans, fescues, legumes, etc. The grounds are on an old almond orchard, complete with a barn. They have 3.75 acres planted now and are working on a large composting area specializing in fungal growth to help add tilth and enrichments to the land. Soil needs a 1:1 ratio of fungus to bacteria. They grow 1500 pounds of straw per acre currently. One half acre is currently set aside to try a new variety of flax.

During processing, which includes a very time sensitive harvest and wet retting of the plants that produces a compost tea, friends, guild members and college students are rounded up to process 150 pounds of plants a day for 3 weeks. May 9, 2020, will be a chance to attend a full day seminar on the entire production process. Check their website for registration. The Chico Flax project participates in Fibershed as well.

Linda B.


SOME INTERESTING ARTICLES

From clay artifacts, scientists learn how fabrics were made long ago

Hand Spinning News: This month includes links to articles on shepherding a flock across London Bridge (a tradition dating back to the 12th century), a carbon negative sweater, Viking spindles, quill-modified EEW Nano, and more.

Longaberger Basket Hotel

Merriam-Webster: the whimsical and historical world of knitting terms

HOLIDAY SHOPPING AT MERIDIAN JACOBS

Friends are helping guild member Robin Lynde and her family by opening up her farm shop during scheduled times for holiday shopping.  I hope some of you can stop by Meridian Jacobs farm in Vacaville during these open shop dates.  Dates / times may change and more may be added, so check back here on the blog for the latest:

Saturday, November 30  10:00 - 4:00  
Friday, December 6  10:00 - 3:00, also Spinners Day Out if the weather is good - all spinners, knitters, etc. will be outdoors, not in the shop.  Please bring a chair. 
Thursday, December 12  10:00 - 4:00
Saturday, December 14  10:00 - 4:00

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

Fibershed Co-op Marketplace at the Ferry Building Farmers Market, San Francisco, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 21.

Fibershed Wool and Fine Fiber Symposium, Pt Reyes Station, November 16, 2019. (SOLD OUT, but the mid-day shopping and demos are free to the public and very fun - no ticket needed!)

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

Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild "All About Color" Open House and Sale, Sacramento, February 8 - 9, 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)

 

 

 

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.

Fibershed Co-op Marketplace at the Ferry Building, San Francisco, Nov 2, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 21.

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

Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild "All About Color" Open House and Sale, Sacramento, February 8 - 9, 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)