April 7, 2015

DYE DAY, MAY 9, 2015

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

Fiber dyed in shades of blue and purple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you Mary B. for this list of silk vendors:



This is Webs for those who might not be familiar with it (unlikely, I know)





This one has tussah bricks


April 4, 2015

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

NOTE:  Change of date, time and meeting place.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


By Vilija

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

March 20, 2015

Spinning Workshop Opportunities

Attention all T2T Spinners : An Incredible Opportunity With an Incredible Teacher - Sarah Anderson
As you know, we have been trying this year to teach all our new and returning spinners the basics so as to bring all of you up to a level where you feel comfortable in taking classes and understanding guild speakers. 

To quote Judith MacKenzie,"Sarah brings to the new world of yarn design, two important things: a bright curiosity and an innate love of beauty and order. Sarah is the consummate spinner."  With an enthusiastic personality and the publication of two books, she is one of the most sought after teachers of the moment. Please take advantage of this lucky opportunity! One of the best spinning teachers at an unheard of price and a group of friendly spinners--what more could one ask!! 

This workshop would be much more expensive if offered at a conference, or any other venue. Our Guild is charging rock-bottom prices to just cover costs. Don't let this one pass you by.

We need to fill 6 more slots. Call Linnie and let her know you are interested!! 925-300-8431

We need 6 more slots filled. 
In this class you will start with basic plying, then move into the more complex types  of plying such as spiral, chain, cable, boucle or core yarns
When: Saturday April 18th, 2015, 9am to 3pm
Where: Quilt Works, 27 Blanken Ave. San Francisco, CA
Price: $55 ( Payable to Spindles and Flyers by check)Please send to Linnie
                   Linnie Altman 1280 Elmwood Dr. , Walnut Creek, CA, 94597
Materials fee: unknown, but not unreasonable - Payable to teacher the day of class              

We have two other workshops for the bit more advanced spinner: 

we need 3 more spots filled]
When: Thursday April16th, 2015, 9am to 4pm
Where: NorthGate Club House, Walnut Creek, CA
Price $50.00--(Paid to Treadles to Threads by check) Mail check to Linnie Altman, 1280 Elmwood Dr. Walnut Creek, Ca 94597
Materials fee: Paid to Sarah at Class
Call Linnie for any questions! 925-300-8431

[we need to fill 3 more spots]
When: Friday, April 17th, 2015, 9am to 4pm
Where: Linda Van Heertum's home: 5452 Anselmo Ct. Concord, Ca 94521 
Price $ 50.00 ( Paid to Treadles to Threads by check) Mail to: Linnie Altman, 1280 Elmwood Dr. Walnut Creek, CA 94597
Materials fee: Paid to Sarah at Class
Please, call Linnie if you are interested  or have questions 925-300-8431

These three workshops are basically the same, just pick a day you can attend.

March 8, 2015

NEXT MEETING: March 19, 2015, 7PM

Note: The March meeting is on a different night than our usual meeting time

This will be an informal night of snacking, working with our fibers and discussing business for the Guild. If you come, it will not be boring! Don't eat dinner that night, bring a simple dish to share, savory or sweet, and we will work out some items we've had to table at the last few meetings to make time for speakers. Bring your wheels or your knitting for two hours of knitting, spinning & noshing.

This will also be the evening that the lottery for the Sarah Anderson workshops is drawn. If you have not read about the workshops and mini classes, scroll down to the previous blog and get informed.

February Meeting Minutes
[Linda B., secretary] 
The 7:00 p.m. meeting was preceded by a half hour demonstration by Sultana C. for those new spinners wanting to know the difference between worsted, semi-worsted and woolen spinning techniques.  President Laura H. began the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  Will T. verified that the Spinning at the Winery Day will be held this year on June 6, 2015. He thanked Linnie A. for her year’s of help with coordinating all the jobs it takes for T2T to be involved in this day. Linnie took over to help Will and Kate when the planning became increasingly more involved as the day grew in popularity with area spinners. Joan has now volunteered to do the job of coordinating T2T members this year and planning will begin in earnest in the next few months. We are exploring the possibility of having our own booth at the Retzlaff winery as a means for members to sell products that do not compete with our vendor’s products. 

CNCH liason, Joan A. asked for us to submit more “vessels” to be used in the raffle at Conference in Asilomar in April. The money raised by this raffle will be used as scholarships for others to attend a future CNCH conference. We have been fortunate to have two T2T members win a scholarship in the recent past. She will be glad to transport them to conference.
Vilija handed out business card sized advertisements for our guild printed with our logo, name, blogspot site and CNCH web site listed. Please hand these out at any opportunity.
Wendy L. reminded us that Forest Hill Farms in San Ramon area will be April 18, 2015, for those not attending the Sarah Anderson workshop that day. We will be interacting with the public and demonstrating spinning. No skirting work will be needed this year.

Laura thanked those providing the refreshments this month. We had 29 people attending, counting two visitors.

Linnie gave a presentation about the upcoming April T2T guild meeting and subsequent co-sponsored  workshops presented by Sarah Anderson. [Please read the previous blog for detailed information about Sarah' visits with both guilds.]
We had a quick show and tell and refreshment break
Pam Murdock introduced the evening’s speakers. Henry Clemes and Roy Clemes of Clemes & Clemes spinning products company in Pinole, CA brought us our two electric carding machines, purchased after a committee search to add such a machine to the guild’s lending library. Father Henry and son Roy proceeded to meticulously describe the use and features of these machines. They started with how to remove the machines from the packing boxes. The electric motor section weighs 22 pounds and the drum carder, about 15 pounds. All parts and tools to assemble and safely use the electric carder are contained in a specific place in this box. It is recommended that everything is labeled and remains in this box.  The use of these carders by our members will depend on knowledge of the proper construction of the carder’s parts, safety features, and a hefty deposit for a specific time limit on usage. The expense of these tools demands these requirements when they are checked out of the guild’s library. Carol C., librarian, will look into the possibility of short time use that may not incur a large deposit. These carders are quite efficient and speedy. We were shown  proper assembly, fiber feeding, doffing, cleaning of the large and small drums, and how to diz a bat right off the drum. The electric motor section requires little maintenance and has multiple safety features for the user. The total machine has as small a footprint as the manual model without the electric motor section. The Clemes’ products are shown on YouTube. We had such a great time learning about the carders that we did not get to see the demonstration of the blending board Clemes’ produces.  The Clemes’ offer classes at select fiber conferences and are considering a class room at their place of business in Pinole, CA.

The meeting ended at 9:25 p.m.

Dates For Your Calendar

March 19, 2015  Thursday, Date change due to Library conflict Treadles meeting at the Library
April 9 - 12, 2015  CNCH at Asilomar -more info to the right under "Bay Area Guild Info"
April 15  Treadles mini class with Sarah Anderson at New Life Fellowship, 3535 Chestnut Ave, Concord 6:30 - 9:30
April 16  Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson in Walnut Creek
April 17, Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson In Concord
April 18, Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson in San Francisco
April 19, Spindles & Flyers mini class with Sarah Anderson, 715 Lexington Ave, El Cerrito 11 am to 2 pm
     all info about Sarah's classes and w.s. are in the previous blog
April 18, Forest Hill Farms sheep shearing & spinning demos
May - Treadles Annual Dye Day - date and place  to be announced
June 6, 2015  Treadles' Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore  10 AM to 4 PM

In the food aisle of the grocery store, food labeled organic on the front display of the product, must be "certified" organic according to our laws. While all food items are under the jurisdiction of the USDA, textiles are another matter, however. Since they are not food, they are not governed by the USDA. 

Many yarns and textiles can be labeled organic without actually being "organic" in the same vein as organic foods are, which are grown and processed within very strict guidelines. Organic textiles could be anything the manufacturer wanted them to be. Until now.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed through collaboration by
leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognised world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.

Since its introduction in 2006, and supported by the growth in consumption of organic fibres and by the remarkable demand for unified processing criteria from the industry and retail sector, GOTS has gained universal recognition. This has enabled processors and manufacturers to supply their organic textiles with one certification accepted in all major markets. With the introduction of the logo and labelling system GOTS is already visible not only on the shelves of natural textile shops but large-scale retailers and brand dealers as well.

While there are no specific laws in our country yet for labeling textiles "organic", if you see the GOTS label you will know for sure it is the type of "organic" product you are looking for.

A lot of the standard is much more technical than the average consumer needs or wants to know, but some things that stand out are:
yarns labeled as organic can have up to 5 percent non-organic materials, but only certain fibers are allowed
some synthetic and regenerated (cellulose) fibers are allowed as part of the 5 percent non-organic material
products can be labeled "made with x percent organic" material so long as at least 70 percent of the fiber is organic and it meets other standards
no genetically modified products are allowed
organic and non-organic fibers of the same sort cannot be mixed in the same product (so you can't have an organic wool yarn that also has non-organic wool included)
oxygen-only bleaches are allowed; no chlorine
cotton can be mercerized  if its production meets the standards
heavy-metal dyes are banned other than those that use iron; a dye of up to 5 percent copper is allowed for yarns that will be dyed blue, green or turquoise
after January 1, 2014, any polyester used in yarn or fabric has to be from post-consumer recycled material
packing material cannot include PVC; after January 1, 2014, all cardboard and paper used in packing materials, ball bands, etc., must be from recycled sources or certified by the Forest Stewardship Council
companies must meet standards for wastewater treatment
the standard sets out the basics of fair working conditions including no slave or child labor, no discrimination, fair pay, reasonable working hours, a workplace free of harassment, etc.

Choosing yarns or fabrics that meet the Global Organic Textile Standard is a step in the right direction toward being greener and allows you to be assured that the textile was produced in good conditions for the workers (though as of this writing it does not yet apply to farm workers), any animals involved and for the planet, too.

A just for fun project from the Fall 2004 issue of INTERWEAVE KNITS. A  fun hat to Play around with, especially if you have lots of odds and ends of your handspun, or any leftovers combined to  make a bulky yarn. That's Play, with a capital P, which rhymes with C, which stands for Cool.

Sing to the tune of "76 Trombones"[ from The Music Man, for you younger folks]

Attention Knitters! Yarn in hand! Needles ready! Cast on!
. . . 76 stitches on a number 9
Knit in the round just plain stockinette
Don't forget to mark the beginning of the row
Or you'll lose your place before you know!

76 stitches and some bulky yarn--
Knit for about 5 inches or so.
Do a row of purl, so the edge will make a curl,
Change your color every other row.

Go ahead and use your stash and have some fun with this--
Blue and pink, rose and green, purple and some gold.
You'll be amazed how marvelous the stripes can be!
And you will see--that you can be quite bold!

Knit 4 more inches--change your color every round.
Ooh and ahh, wow and neat, is what they all will say.
Now's the time to shape the top and make the crown.
You decrease one every 10 and do a row straight away.

76 stitches are now 70.
You can decrease one every 8 next row.
Knit a row between, now it's 7, 5, 4, 3
then every 2--you're almost set to go!

Decrease every one--then knit 2 together,
Next break the yarn and thread the tail through.
Your hat's complete! Go and get something to eat.
As for me--
I am going to knit one, too!

The author of this is Wren Ross, a singer, actor and knitter. Her website is www.wrenross.com  Go to the button toward the bottom of the page that says "Knitting & Design" to see more of her knitting adventures.
If you need and want, I can publish the "traditional" step by step instructions in the next blog.

END NOTE and Thought for the Month

"Time is precious--waste it wisely"
And an especially good way is to just hang out with a good friend.

February 26, 2015


Program and Workshop subjects with Sarah Anderson in April have just been finalized and the info follows below. 
March meeting info will be published in about a week. 

Treadles to Threads and Spindles and Flyers have joined together to present four class opportunities with Sarah. Two mini classes will be offered as Guild Programs - one at each Guild. And, two workshops - one held in Walnut Creek and one held in San Francisco.

Sarah Anderson has published the book, "the Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs" shown to the left. She is very accomplished in her craft of spinning and you may have watched her videos on YouTube. We are fortunate that she will be down here for CNCH at Asilomar and is going to stay a bit longer to visit with both of our guilds.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015:  Treadles Program as a 3 hour mini class on "Drafting:  Long Draw and Short Draw. 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
Only paid members of either Guild are welcome to attend. You can bring spinning wheels.
Location:  New Life Fellowship, 3535 Chestnut Ave. Concord

Thursday, April 16, 2015  Workshop, 10 am to 4 pm. Location:  North Gate Clubhouse, Walnut Creek [directions will be sent to you once you sign up]
"Advanced Plying:  Novelty Yarns, Core Yarns, Cable, Crepe and Boucles" [Sarah refers to these as Art Yarns, but they are not the quirky, anything goes type most of us know] This class is geared towards advanced spinners.
Cost: $50, paid to Treadles to Threads. There will also be a material fee paid directly to Sarah.
Some of the plying techniques you will learn in Advanced Plying

Saturday, April 18, 2015:  Workshop, 9 am to 3 pm.  Location: Quilt Works, 27 Blanken Ave. San Francisco.
"Beginners Plying Techniques" such as spiral, chain, cable, crepe and core yarns. Geared to beginners who already have the basics of spinning down.
Cost:  $55, paid to Spindles and Flyers. Material fee also paid directly to Sarah.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 Spindles and Flyers Program as a 3 hour mini class on "Very Basic Plying, including Andean and cabling."
Only paid members of either guild are welcome to attend. You can bring spinning wheels but space is pretty limited at this location.
Location:  715 Lexington Ave., El Cerrito  11am to 2 pm

Both workshops listed above have a limit of 18 people each, basically nine from each guild. If the allotted spaces for each guild are not filled, the spaces will be opened up to all. Our guild has chosen to fill the spaces on a lottery basis. Put your name in the workshop you desire and hope you are chosen. You can put your name in each one, BUT will only be allowed to take one space if you are chosen more than once. At our last meeting on Feb. 25th, some have already placed their names in.

Drawing for a space will be at the March 19th meeting. If you are unable to attend, please have someone else put your name in. You do not have to be present to win! You will be expected to send in a check as soon as possible to hold your space.

As a special treat for Treadles members only:  Friday, April 17, 2015 Workshop, either 9 am to 3 pm or 10 am to 4 pm depending on what Sarah wants.
Location:  5452 Anselmo Ct. Concord
"Advanced Plying" [same workshop as the Thursday one above]
Cost: $50 paid to Treadles to Threads. A material fee will also be paid directly to Sarah
This workshop will also be filled on a lottery basis on March 19th at our meeting.

February 11, 2015

NEXT MEETING: Feb. 25, 2015, 7 PM

PROGRAM: Everything You Need to Know About Carding Wool With an Electric Carder

This program is a must for anyone who will want to use the brand new carders that Treadles is purchasing for the use of it's members. Even if you only plan on using a hand crank carder, there will be plenty of great tips and info for all of us.

Clemes and Clemes will be speaking to us this month. They are one of our own Bay Area spinning equipment companies. Well established since 1970, their products are made by hand in a family run shop. They have produced spinning wheels, carders and drum carders from the beginning and now have added blending boards and many other useful items for spinners.  Come  see and learn about their wonderful spinning equipment. Linnie says she still has her original carders from Clemes--almost 40 years!

Minutes From January: 
[Linda B. secretary]
Wendy talked about the progress of the Fleece to Finished Product Project. Participants will now progress to spinning the yarn, with a quick demo of woolen and worsted spinning at the beginning of next month’s evening guild meeting. She has dyes available and can provide seal-a-meal style bags for colors to be developed at your own home. If we chose to dye our samples, they can be done in fiber or yarn form. She showed an example of a simple cowl with two colors of knitted yarn. The product should be ready for the Winery day June 6, 2015. We can brainstorm about the display of products.

Joan reminded us of the fund raising project for CNCH in April at Asilomar. Container/vessels are requested to be handwoven/hand braided/handspun by members and donated as raffle items to raise money for the fund that provides scholarships/grants to attend CNCH conferences. Our guild has been fortunate to have two winners. It would be nice if we could provide a means to raise money for future conference  winners. Joan will be glad to transport your donation item or you can mail it in to the address on the CNCH web site. They need to be there by the opening of conference.

Linnie  announced that our April Guild meeting date is adjusted to April 16, Thursday, to accommodate a talk by Sarah Anderson. Sarah will then hold a class on April 17, 2015 [DATE CHANGE. SEE CALENDAR BELOW] for 9 members of T2T and 9 members of Spindles to Flyers at a daytime/weekday class. She will the hold the same class on Saturday for 9 members of Spindles to Flyers and 9 members of T2T. We will co-host Sarah’s lodging and stipend with Spindles to Flyers. We are fortunate to have her remain in the Bay area after teaching at CNCH Asilomar and before returning to Washington state. The exact title and cost of the class will be announced later.

Other announcements include Will passing a sign up list for help with Strandwood Elementary school spinning class on February 11, 2015, from 12:15 to 2:00 p.m. Spinning sticks will be used as well as the simple loom. Parents are available to help these dedicated students. Will has said the group has offered the guild $50 for their help in this learning situation.

Will announced the Winery Spin in Day is June 6, Saturday, at Livermore’s Retzlaff Winery. We will be asked to sign up for duties later. We mentioned thinking about what T2T might offer for sale this year. We are approaching 20 years there.

Wendy said Sheep Shearing day at Forest Home Farm will not entail us skirting fleeces. We will be doing demo and information only this year. This will be April 18. 
Reba will check into Borges Ranch Heritage day.

The Equipment Library committee appointed at our December meeting gave their first report. Carol C. detailed their visit to Clemes and Clemes in Pinole investigating an electric carder. The Clemes family has our carder now and it is not repaired as yet.  The upshot was that Clemes’ offered to buy our carder for $500 dollars and sell us TWO electric carders for $3000.  Discussion followed about the safety, efficiency and sturdiness of Clemes’ carders.  A brief mention was made of the necessity of proper instruction, and deposit and rental costs of use of these pieces of expensive equipment. Our tax status requires us to use our funds for the benefit of our members. Discussion of the purchase of rigid heddle looms was postponed. A motion was made and seconded to purchase the two electric carders. After discussion ceased, the motion passed by a majority vote.  One carder should be delivered by the February meeting which will be a demonstration of most of the Clemes and Clemes equipment as manufactured in Pinole, CA. The second carder will not arrive in February necessarily. A deposit would also be required for checkout to insure prompt and clean return of the carders. More discussion will be held at future meetings about the purchase of other equipment and how instruction will be handled. Carol offered to arrange use of equipment at her home with advance notice so no removal of equipment would be required. 

Dates For Your Calendar

Feb. 14, 15, 2015  Sacramento Weavers' & Spinners' Guild Open House
                              10 AM - 4 PM Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 
                               3330 McKinley Blvd. Sac.  
Feb. 25, 2015 Treadles meeting at the Library
Feb. 20 - 22  Stitches West  A knitters conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara
March 19, 2015  Thursday, Date change due to Library conflict Treadles meeting at the Library
April 9 - 12, 2015  CNCH at Asilomar -more info to the right under "Bay Area Guild Info"
April 15  Treadles meeting with Sarah Anderson [not at our Library, see next months blog for info] This is a change from our usual last Wednesday of the month to accommodate our speaker's availability.
April 16  Spinning workshop with Sarah Anderson at Joan's clubhouse. Directions will be sent to workshop participants. More pertinent information such as what kind of spinning, costs, availability, etc. will be given at the February meeting and will be in the next blog
May - Treadles Annual Dye Day - date and place  to be announced
June 6, 2015  Treadles' Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore  10 AM to 4 PM

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The 2015 California Crafts Competition Handbook is now available

The California State Fair, the California Crafts Competition and the Youth Art Competition will have a booth (#1342) in the Marketplace at STITCHES WEST in Santa Clara, CA, February 19-22, 2015. If you do anything with yarn, this is show is not to be missed.
Email me, Carol Buchanan,  if you are planning on going and could use an ePostcard with a discount on entry to the Marketplace. And if you go, come by the booth and say hello.

For more information contact: cbuchanan@calexpo.com or call 916-263-3161

Definitely the cutest sheep in the world
Black Nosed Valais Sheep

These adorable animals are native to the Valais region of Switzerland. They have adapted particularly well to life in the high mountains and graze even on the steepest, stoniest slopes. They have black patches on their nose, eyes, ears, knees, hocks and feet with otherwise light, wooly coats. Because of their big structure, they are raised for their meat. Their coarse wool is particularly good for carpet weaving. 

These sheep, first mentioned in 1400 A.D. writings, are considered a heritage breed. Native just to Switzerland, there are a few breeders now in Germany and one, so far, in the U.K. The breeder in the U.K. worked with Swiss breeders and his country's government for 2 years before finally being able to import a few heads in March of 2014. Alas, none are in the U.S. 

Not A Paid Ad - Just So Much Fun to Dream

No, we have not had much of a Winter, but its still fun to think about the upcoming vacation season. Who among us would not die [or dye] to go on a holiday that combines knitting with some amazing locations across the world. You may even come across sheep trying to figure out how their wool got to be so many colors and ended up on a bicycle!

Stitchtopia Knitting Tours [www.arenatravel.com] has listed the following tours:
*Northern Lights Knitting and Crochet Cruise
*Spirit of the Shetland Isles
*Knitting in Iceland with Helene Magnusen
*Knitting in Iceland with Nicki Trench
*Wonderwool Festival - a festival of Welch wool and natural fibers [info soon to be posted]
*Helsinki, Tallin, and St. Petersburg Knitting Holiday. [info also soon to be posted]
*Knitting in The Faroe Islands
*Knitting in Florence
My particular dream vacation: Northern Lights Knitting and Crochet Cruise

January 18, 2015

NEXT MEETING: Jan. 28, 2015, 7 PM

Carson Demers, the author of "Ergo Neo" in Ply Magazine, is a spinner and knitter and a well known physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program at a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Carson will be speaking  to us about the ergonomics of spinning and teaching us a unique skill set to keep you producing healthfully. Join us for what promises to be an interesting topic.

Minutes from the short business meeting at the Christmas party
[Linda B. - Sec.]

There were 22 in attendance.
Pursuant to discussion at the November Guild meeting and several Monday spin-in gatherings, Carol C. moved to purchase a Clemes and Clemes electric carder, and two (2) rigid heddle looms with the accompanying shuttles, and some sort of stand for the looms.
The motion was seconded by Linda B. Discussion followed concerning the make of the looms and type of stand involved. It was noted the treasury is adequately funded for these purchases.
Also discussed was the need for adequate instruction in the use of the electric carder, and the looms. Rental fees were suggested as a requirement for member’s use of these expensive pieces of equipment, as well as time frames allowed for rental use.
The motion was passed by a majority vote.
President Laura then appointed a committee consisting of treasurer, Pam M., Reba S.,and equipment librarian, Carol C. These three will explore purchase of the three pieces of equipment. Rental fees and instruction opportunities will be explored and presented after the purchase is made. These will be presented at a Guild meeting in the near future.

Critters from the sheep ornament exchange at the Christmas Party

Fleece to Finished Product Project 
Fleece to Finished Product
We are moving on to the next step of our fleece processing: carding and combing. The first mini-workshop on carding and combing of our Faith and Faye wool is Monday, January 19.  Check your email for details. Make-up workshops will be held on Monday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 7. Time and location for the make up sessions will be discussed at the January meeting. If you have not yet scoured your wool please check with Wendy if you would like help. We can set up a time that works for you.

CNCH 2015 - Asilomar
A reminder that for the CNCH 2015 grant fundraiser, the committee is asking for donations of containers. They should be either handwoven, felted, braided or any technique using handspun. They can be purses, pouches, bags, boxes, useful or just decorative, etc.  One of our members, Carol G. won the grant this year for a registration to the conference.  Last year Reba S. won.  It is important to support this endeavor so these grants can continue to be awarded. 

Treadles has a Ravelry Group

Don't forget to join and check into our group on Ravelry. Easy to do, free and could be a great place to keep up between meetings. You can post questions, local happenings such as classes or conferences, arrange meet-ups, or simply share some cool, new thing you just found.


Put on your reading specs, open your computer, and get the group going strong.

Fiber Classes for the New Year!
Special attention to Jennifer Pellman's class. It is not often that in teaching the craft of weaving, we get to the art/design of a weaving.  Just how do you go about making art in textiles? This is a think outside of the box class. You will solve an assigned challenge the first week. You will warp Studio H table looms, and take your looms home to weave the project. Then you will come back the second week to critic your results.

Also of note is Anna Lisa will be teaching her last Shibori class for CA and it will be on wool.

Teacher     Class         Date Time Place
Reba Siero Rigid Heddle II 1/25/2014 9:30-4:30 Studio H
Reba Siero Rigid Heddle Project 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 9:30-12:30 Studio H

Lou Grantham Evening Weaving Tuesday, 1/13-3/17 6:30-9:30 Studio H
Lou Grantham Weaving - Day Tuesdays, 1/13-2/17 1:30-4:30 Studio H

Jennifer Pellman Weaving: Design Challenge! 1/31, 2/7 9:30-4:30 Studio H

Amelia Strader DIY Slippers 1/25/2014 9:30-1:30 Youth Art 1
Amelia Strader Fingerless Gloves 1/11/2014 9:30-12:30 Youth Art 1
Amelia Strader Sew Your Own Apron 2/21/2014 10:00-5:00 Youth Art 1

Ana Lisa Hedstrom Shibori on Wool 2/28-3/1 9:30-4:30 Annex A

Mimi Foord Printing on Fabric Weekend Workshop 3/21, 3/22 9:30-4:30 Annex A

To learn more and register online:

Dates For Your Calendar
Jan. 28, 2015  Treadles meeting at the Library
Feb. 14, 15, 2015  Sacramento Weavers' & Spinners' Guild Open House
                              10 AM - 4 PM Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 
                               3330 McKinley Blvd. Sac.  
Feb. 25, 2015 Treadles meeting at the Library
March 25, 2015  Treadles meeting at the Library
April 9 - 12, 2015  CNCH at Asilomar -more info to the right under "Bay Area Guild Info"
April Treadles meeting date -to be announced
May - Treadles Annual Dye Day - date and place  to be announced
June 6, 2015  Treadles' Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore  10 AM to 4 PM

Thank you for sharing the following information with your guild members.
Artful Knitting with Adrienne Sloane
                       Mendocino Art Center
                               May 25-27
Class Description:
Develop a personal language of forms by experimenting with knitting fundamentals to uncover the enormous possibilities of working with knit three dimensionally. By manipulating stitches and solving knitting geometry, participants will learn to 'think knit.' The class will explore the use of non-traditional materials and cover a range of techniques to help create shape and stability when working in three dimensions. Your new knitting vocabulary can be applied to sculptural or wearable creations. This is a process-oriented class with time devoted to making samples and experiments as you learn each technique or concept. Participants must be proficient in basic knitting techniques; knowledge of crochet is also helpful.

This class is geared toward students with strong fundamental knitting skills who want to escape the tyranny of pattern knitting. Students should be prepared to learn to think about knitting in a whole  new way as they learn to problem solve structural dilemmas while gaining a greater appreciation of knitting as an art form. In addition, we will discuss the place of fiber arts in a greater social and cultural  context to help gain a greater understanding of the role that knitting and other needle arts are currently playing in the public arena as well as in social protest.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about the workshop.
Thanks so much,

Adrienne Sloane

TRAPPED! in a bag of Corriedale roving. . .
Junior's new young bud is still learning the ropes of spinning stuff.