March 22, 2020

NEXT MEETING: ???

UPCOMING 2020 MEETING DATES

March 26 (Thursday) - Hemp Mini-Workshop (basket, bag, bracelet?) - cancelled due to Contra Costa County COVID-19 Shelter In Place and library closures.

April 30 (Thursday) - ???

May 23 (Saturday) - Spinning at the Winery

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
Walnut Creek, CA 
Thurman Casey Library
7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 27, 2020

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. We had 21 members and two guests present.

Lisa W. edited minutes to add:  CNCH 2020 conference was cancelled since these minutes were published.

CNCH liason, Joan A., said that the Guild will pay the entry fee for members submitting Return
to Sender and/or the Guild Colors of the World challenge submission. The catch is the member
must fill out the submission forms tonight so she can turn them in together. She will be available
to pick up these items at the end of the conference. Each fee is $5. The items are due to Joan at
the March meeting. Joan is collecting the items for our Guild’s raffle basket. She mentioned the
CNCH administration is rethinking the single $20 raffle ticket price.


Will Taylor passed out the book mark publicity flyers for Spinning at the Winery. The official date is May 23, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Joan will keep the list of sign ups for volunteers. Please review the list and sign up for lots of jobs. Please remember that the raffle is our major fund raiser for all Guild functions. Please consider quality donations.

Wendy introduced the listing of T2T policies the Board has been working on. The document lines out the uses of the guild’s equipment and the parameters of attendance for members going to guild sponsored workshops, especially workshops requiring long lead times for planning/set up and additional charges to attend. Discussion followed about needing to follow the CNCH requirements for a 501(c)3 organization. Reba will keep us informed about CNCH needs in her capacity on their Board.

Wendy passed along the request from Lisa W. who asked for people to submit items to her for the monthly blog/newsletter. This can include sale items, fiber event notifications, any pertinent item.

Our next guild meeting dates remain Thursdays, March 26, and April 30. May will be the Spinning at the Winery. In June or July, our dye day will feature Carolyn Greenwood.

Wendy said there are two mistakes on the lichen spreadsheet that need corrected. Email her for the corrections.

Pam said she can email the current form of the Guild policies to interested members.

Roxayn showed her slim design shadow box with the lichen dye samples wrapped on the sheep. The box came from Amazon and she covered the back with linen.

Wendy handed out the hemp fiber samples from The Woolery. There were three types to try and wheels started whirring. As we worked, she ran the UDSA video of the newsreel style film , “Hemp for Victory” from 1940. Another video giving more modern information on hemp growing and usage was shown. If we have fiber ready to use by the next guild meeting, please bring it to show.




We had cookies to munch and a member brought her fiber stash to de-stash onto us. We were heading home by 8:45 p.m.

Linda B.


UPDATE FROM VILIJA IN INDIANA



After some sunny, “warmish” days with absolutely no snow, this photo was the view from our kitchen window on the morning of March 12! Just a bit different from what we had in Clayton. Supposed to go back up to the 50’s soon though.

Movers came on March 9th and we’ve been unpacking boxes ever since. Which is keeping us from leaving the house too much - a good thing considering all that is going on. There are a few cases of Covid-19 in central Indiana and the state has followed what most are doing everywhere: closing schools, only small group activities are allowed, people are hoarding toilet paper, etc. All spinning/weaving meetings are cancelled, so hope to begin participating at a later date.

I did attend one spinner/weaver gathering right after I arrived on March 3, at the living history museum I used to work at many years ago. It's a once-a-year event and it was fun to participate. One of the gals who works there was and still is a friend I’ve kept in contact with occasionally. A strictly volunteer job, in addition to her regular work there, is heading up a youth spinning/weaving program.

Kids can join as young as 10 or 11 and continue till they turn 18. It's been an amazingly successful project, going into their 12th year now. This year they will have four youth groups in the State Fair Sheep to Shawl competition! There were several of the participants at the gathering and I spoke to some of them. I was so impressed with how much enthusiasm they had and how much they love learning about the creation of yarns and cloth. My friend, Sue, kept introducing me as “one of the members of the FIRST Sheep to Shawl contest” held here at the State Fair. Sue was on that team also. The kids reaction was always, “Wow, really!” I felt like a celebrity. An old celebrity.

There were even two boys there, ages 16 and 17 who have been spinning for several years. I was quite impressed by all of them. I kept thinking of Will and how happy he and Kate would be with getting our craft introduced to so many young people.

Each team decides on their own pattern for the scarves [the kids teams don’t do a full shawl] to be woven. They do all the spinning for the warp and choosing and dyeing the colors they want. Weft is of undyed wool. Right now they are weaving up some of their practice wool to have a “waulking” in a couple months.

The museum supplies them with studio space, but the entire program is run by volunteers and donations. No money is allocated from the museum even though everything the kids do is under the name of Conner Prairie, the museum. Spinning wheels, looms and fleeces are all donations from the public. The kids do fund raisers occasionally, but you can bet the parents are “heavily” involved and are happy to do so.

It would be so great to have more programs like this around the country, but it takes a LOT of volunteer time and effort. And, a dedicated commitment. Luckily, they have that here in Sue and her crew.

Vilija

GUILD MEMBER NEWS

From Doris:

My grandmother went back to school in her fifties or older (that was worth an article in The Sacramento Bee at the time) and eventually taught upholstery and sewing in Stocktons adult school or community college ( that part is fuzzy). I wasn’t even in school before she passed away but I have memory of her sewing room and the big silver grey metal Singer sewing machines under the windows that looked over the garden and orchard of their 5 acres in Pine Grove. One of her talents my sister shared was that grandma did re-weaving repairs. Most of you know what re-weaving is, but for those who don’t, it’s using a sewing needle and original threads (or close matching) from the fabric to reconstruct the weave, one thread at a time. I bought this ikat fabric washed and cut the dress pattern with barley an inch to spare and discovered a flaw in the weave right on the fold. If it was off to a seam I could live with it, but it’s front and center. I’m going to say a little prayer and hope she can guide my hands as I make an attempt to re weave it. I’ll alternate pulling threads from one end and other, filling in with threads from a scrap if need be. Making ridiculous use of too much time on my hands? Perhaps, but I will give it a try and update you if I succeed or not....

Stay healthy my friends!



From Katherine S.

While in semi isolation I am working the 'Full of Minis' hat using the yarn from lichen dyeing day. And, there is a set of tea towels on the loom; my first real weaving on my own.

I am looking forward to Roy and Henry's Drum carding class this May in Richmond.

There are some interesting classes at Black Sheep Gathering too.

I have started checking out other guild's workshops if they are listed on the CNCH website.

I would love to know what everyone else is up to.

From Pam M. (synopsis from the e-mail to Monday Spinners)

I'm hoping everyone is well. We're all fine at my house. 

What has everyone been doing? I've been working on some small sewing projects, and I'm tossing the stash bins for suitable fabric. Yesterday, Peggy Sagers of Silhouette Patterns posted a video on Facebook with directions for masks. I made several, then ran out of 1/4" elastic. Joan Anderson was gathering supplies if anyone has any to donate. There are several patterns floating around the web, and it seems there is a need for these right now and the need will probably continue.

Today I'm baking bread - there is leftover meatloaf for sandwiches. But no bread. Some American Sandwich Bread from America 's Test Kitchen is rising right now, and also some French Bread from Julia Child's recipe from Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Haven't made it in probably 25 years, so we'll see how that goes. I'm hoping there will be more yeast on the shelves next time we go to the market.

Does anyone need anything? Let us know if we can help - we can drop off at our doorsteps. The one thing I'm pretty sure of is that none of us are low on fiber to spin. So let's gather up our wheels and make beautiful yarn.

NEWS FROM CLEMES & CLEMES

Portions of the Clemes & Clemes newsletter, emailed to subscribers on Sunday 3/22/2020:

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While our state remains under a Shelter in Place order, we are still working as the Department of Homeland Security has identified the wood products industry as an essential critical infrastructure workforce. Most importantly, we can continue to do so without risking our health or the lives of others. We have 10,000 square feet of shop and office space all to ourselves. We keep the doors locked, are not taking any appointments, and socially distance ourselves from our pickup drivers. Other than that last part, quarantine looks an awful lot like our average day at the shop!

So… now that we have at least a month or two on our hands with no shows, what to do? We've spent the last week brainstorming ideas and monitoring (since that seems to be the current buzzword) what others are doing in the face of this challenge.

Our best ideas for how to proceed - the C&C Stimulus Plan, if you will - all centered around the theme of instilling confidence in this time of unprecedented uncertainty. After all, when we teach, we feel like half of our job is sending our students home with enough confidence that they can replicate the results without us hovering over them. In no particular order, here's what we've already rolled out in the last week to help create confidence in your purchasing decision and the fibers you're working with:

•    Free shipping on all orders over $50, and a flat $5 shipping charge for orders under $50. The price you see is the price you'll pay, even on big items like a drum carder or a blending board.
•    A 90 day money back guarantee on all drum carder and spinning wheel sales. No questions asked, simply pay for return shipping and we'll refund the purchase price.
•    Good Clean Fiber is now available for purchase without a subscription.
•    We have added a Shave 'Em to Save 'Em Subscription for Good Clean Fiber.

In addition, we'll be working on some demonstration videos and online workshops over the next several months. 

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There's a lot more information  about their initiatives (and some super cute baby pictures!) in the newsletter, so subscribe if you're interested and want to support one of our favorite local businesses.

To sign up for the Clemes & Clemes newsletter, go to their web site home page, scroll to the bottom, and fill in the 'Join Our Newsletter' field.  In the meantime, if you want me to forward the full current email newsletter to you, let me know.

Lisa W.

INTERESTING ARTICLES & VIDEOS

A fun St. Patrick's Day video from Rosemary B.

Spin Together Bingo

SOME UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS

Fiber and Dye at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley, March 14 - 31, 2020. Details of workshops etc. - scroll down to March information. Judi Pettite, who spoke to the guild a couple of months ago, is teaching one of the workshops.  Cancelled - UC Berkeley Botanical Garden temporarily closed due to COVID-19 as of 3/17/2020.

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

Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, April 25, 2020 - Cancelled

Introduction to Flax Processing, May 9, 2020

Spinning At The Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore, May 23, 2020

Black Sheep Gathering, Albany, OR, June 26-28, 2020.  BSG COVID-19 update from their Facebook page:

The BSG board has considered our plans for 2020, and has made the following decisions:

- We will continue to monitor the information from public health officials through mid-April and decide whether we are able to hold the event.

- We will postpone the workshop and tent camping registration two weeks to give attendees time to assess their ability to attend and allow us to assess feasibility of convening in 2020.

Our primary concern is the health and safety of our Black Sheep Gathering community. We want us all to stay well so we can enjoy our love of animal fibers together! For now, we hope you are enjoying your family, animals, fiber, and handmade comforts while at home.

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

FIBER-RELATED ITEMS FOR SALE

Contact the seller directly.  No exchange of $$ at the library is allowed.

Nothing for sale at this time.

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)

February 15, 2020

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, FEB. 27

UPCOMING 2020 MEETING DATES

February 27 (Thursday) - Hemp “Spin In”




  • Bring your wheel or drop spindle to the meeting to spin hemp fibers provided by the guild. 
  • Hemp processing and sustainability will be discussed. 
  • We will also see why many farmers are turning to growing hemp instead of tobacco. 

March 26 (Thursday) - Hemp Mini-Workshop (basket, bag, bracelet?) - cancelled due to Contra Costa County COVID-19 library meeting room closures

April 30 (Thursday) - ???

May 23 (Saturday) - Spinning at the Winery

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting
January 23, 2020 Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

As members arrived, they placed on a table individual cards in the form of the sheep that Vilija D. had designed for the guild to use on various t-shirts, other items and guild displays through the years. Wendy provided the paper stock and printed and cut out the sheep forms. It was up to the member to decorate the sheep in a unique way. These will be the flock of guild members who will accompany Vilija to her new home in Indiana next month. Much kvetching about the move followed.



Wendy called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 32 in attendance.

CNCH report: Joan noted she has the Return to Sender samples. Please pick them up. They are prepared by Morro Bay’s Sherri. The sample may be augmented with an additional two ounces of other fiber. There will also be a Return of Return to Sender using the sample done in 2016, as 2018 was deferred due to Convergence in Reno. Joan reminded us to prepare our item from last year’s dye day for the guild display. She wants them in March so the display can be prepared. There is also a call for donations for a guild wide gift basket to be raffled to provide monies for the CNCH scholarships. The tickets are to be sold at $20 per ticket. There was a bit of discussion about this price. The donations should be a valuable item to go with the price of the tickets.

Wendy called for help with all aspects of Spinning at the Winery. (Again, kvetching about Vilija leaving a big hole in our guild.) Joan offered to keep the list of volunteers who sign up for the various jobs. We also need great donations for the raffle done at the winery as this is the major way we have money to provide great programs for the guild. We have always been fortunate that our members are generous. The winery weekend will be the holiday weekend, May 23, 2020. Will Taylor reminded us that the parking fees go directly to the winery. He will contact the winery about the event. Please remember we will have vendors to support there as well. The previous year’s income was $2K.

Upcoming events are Shearing Day at Meridian Jacobs will be February 1, for guild members only this year. Sacramento Weavers and Spinners show and sale will be February 8-9. Stitches West in Santa Clara is February 20-23. CNCH Conference is April 3-5, in Burlingame. Forest Hill Farms shearing day and public day is April 25. Chico Flax project will have an intensive seminar about all aspects of their project on May 9.

Our next guild meeting is February 27, Thursday, at the library.We will be doing hemp as a spin in so bring your wheel, or other twisting implements. Fiber will be provided. March 26 is also a Thursday and we will be working with the hemp from February. We need a program for April 25.

Saturday, January 25, is the dye day at Wendy’s. Please bring your yarn prepared as directed in 24 separate 20 yard skeins for the lichen, bark wood and seeds dyes prepared by Wendy, Doris, Amy and Lisa. Time is 11:00 to 3, for guild members only. Cost is $30.

We took a brief break to indulge in a ginger cake provided by Cathy. Other goodies and drinks abounded. This was a special evening as it was our charter member, Vilija’s, last guild meeting. She left some of her original paperwork with the secretary, Linda B. another founding member.

Our speaker this evening is Jes Coyle, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Mary’s College of California. Titled “What do We Know About Lichens?”, we learned the major descriptions, and basic structures of lichens. The algae and/or cyanobacteria who preform photosynthesis and the fungus who provide the structure plus some other yeast and things combine to make lichens. There are over 350 chemicals found in lichens, but our dyes are from secondary metabolites. Our state lichen is called Old Man’s Beard. Lichens have sex and love clean air. What a great evening. There were examples of lichens right on the branches and hand lenses to view them up close. Professor Coyle explained one of her lichen research projects with help from an intern. It is within driving distance of the Bay area. We all were ready to sign up to audit one of Professor Coyle’s classes.

The meeting ended at 8:45 p.m.

Linda B.

CNCH NEWS (JOAN A.)

Return to Sender, Return of Return to Sender and Guild Challenge Display Info

All gallery entries must have an entry form about your entry.  It must be postmarked by March 4 and entry fee must accompany it.  Entries do not need to be turned in until the conference.  Each person is limited to three entries.

T2T will pay the $5 per entry fee if you get the entry form to me by March 2.  I will send in forms and check.  I will have forms at the meeting on Feb 27.  You don't have to have completed the project but should know approx. dimensions, techniques, fiber, if you would like it judged, intended use (or Return to Sender).  

We are doing a Guild Challenge (from our 24 dyed colors of the world), Return to Sender and Return of Return to Sender (from RTS Modesto).  You can give me your items if not attending the conference at the March meeting and I can also bring them home on Sunday, April 5.

You can also send the entry form and $5 check individually.  Go to CNCH.org, look at current conference under galleries and you will see entry form download.  The guild will not pay the $5 if you do this.

Joan A.

GUILD DYE-DAY

Thanks so much to Wendy for hosting our first dye day of 2020.  It was a busy and very fruitful day, with lots of learning!  Amy B. and Carolyn B. helped Wendy with the planning (a huge job for a day like this).

Thanks also to those of you who sent photos for the blog, and to Doris B., Linda B. and me :-) for providing lichen dye materials (responsibly harvested, of course).  Special shout out to Doris B., who created and maintained the lichen/ammonia extractions over the past few months.  And, thanks to Laura H. for celebrating her birthday that very day, so we all got to eat cake!







Lisa W.

OMPHALOTUS OLIVASCENS!

That is the scientific name of the mushroom that I brought to dye day.  It's also known as Western Jack O'Lantern.  You can read more about it here.  It glows in the dark when fresh!  It makes beautiful gray, purple, or green dye depending on how it's processed in the dyepot!  It's currently running in the hotly contested race for California State Mushroom (note that this poll has closed, results are being tabulated from all votes by Mycological Society of San Francisco)!  It's featured for about 10 seconds in the marvelous documentary, Fantastic Fungi (although it's not given credit)! And, it has the dubious distinction of being among my 2 favorite dye mushrooms.

I know that at least 2 of you have been actively looking for your own OO since dye day.  Make sure to look in an area that has oaks because you will most likely find it on dead or dying oak.  Our weather has been very dry, but I found some in the Contra Costa County hills yesterday, 2/13/20, and some in the Solano County hills today, 2/14/20.  So, keep looking!
In the trunk of oak tree, Jan. 24, 2020
Same mushroom flush, Feb. 13, 2020


Somewhat fresh specimen on left side of trunk, getting pretty dry on the right!  Feb. 13, 2020
An example of OO growing further up on a tree
Various handspun wool dyed with OO
Lisa W.

STITCHES WEST 2020 + COUPON

Be sure to visit the Canon Hand Dyes and Greenwood Fiberworks booths to see beautiful samples handknit by talented guild members Mary S. (at Canon Hand Dyes) and Roxayn K. (at Greenwood Fiberworks)

Here is a $7 off Stitches West coupon for the Marketplace, good for Friday or Saturday, provided by Carolyn Greenwood and submitted to the blog by Amy B.



Blocking the shawl knit by Mary S. for the Canon Hand Dyes booth at Stitches West
Lisa W.

INTERESTING ARTICLES & VIDEOS

Spinning on a Portuguese spindle and distaff (and I love her spinning wheel sweater!)

Substituting Handspun in Knitting Patterns

Directionality in Commercially Prepared Rovings

Shaun The Sheep - Supernatural Wool (just for fun)

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

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

Fiber and Dye at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, Berkeley, March 14 - 31, 2020.  Details of workshops etc. - scroll down to March information.  Judi Pettite, who spoke to the guild a couple of months ago, is teaching one of the workshops. CANCELLED - UC Berkeley Botanical Garden temporarily closed due to COVID-19 as of 3/17/2020.

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

Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, April 25, 2020. - cancelled

Introduction to Flax Processing, May 9, 2020

Spinning At The Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore, May 23, 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)

January 7, 2020

NEXT MEETING: THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd, 2020

UPCOMING 2020 MEETING DATES

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



January 25th (Saturday), 11-3, 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.

Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, April 25, 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)