February 26, 2015

APRIL WORKSHOP INFO

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
Free

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
Free


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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CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR NEWS:
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

JANUARY SPEAKER
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.

http://www.ravelry.com/groups/treadles-to-threads

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





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

November 11, 2014

NEXT MEETING: Nov. 20, 2014, 7 PM

Please note: the meeting is on a different date than we normally meet: a week early and on a Thursday.

PROGRAM: 

The speaker for our next meeting will be our own Sultana Charania;  Sultana is currently studying some of the methods & practices of local shepherds who produce those gorgeous fleeces we love to spin & is just back from a visit to Ace V. at his ranch where she asked about the life cycle, breeding program & current challenges in raising his sheep. She'll bring back samples to share, plus some already spun (a couple of us have already spun up Jasper which we purchased at Boonville a few years ago). Sultana has taught at Mary Ann's Yarn Boutique in Lafayette, Black Sheep, Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival, & at private sweater design classes locally.
Additionally, she' destashing & some of her fleeces & spun yarns will be available for us.




CNCH 2015 Registration

Registration for CNCH2015 opened on Nov 1 .  Information about classes is available on CNCH.org and then go to the left sidebar to CNCH 2015.  All teachers, dates, activities are listed.  This is an exciting conference as it is at Asilomar that many of us love and the classes are for 2 1/2 days.  There is a beginning weaving class as well as more advanced.  There are a number of spinning classes and then there are other things that may be of interest.  Asilomar was designed by Julia Morgan (the designer of Hearst Castle).  You will need to make a separate reservation with Asilomar with a special code provided on Regonline.  The cost of staying there is for room and board.  The food is very good and it is nice to all eat together.  Rooms are most comfortable with two to a room.  The rooms are very nice and some have fireplaces.  They have made some improvements both to rooms, pathways and other facilities.

The number of attendees are limited due to classroom size restrictions so register early.

DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Dec. 20, noon, Holiday get together at the home of Vilija. Beverages provided, bring a main dish, salad, or dessert to share. We will also have our annual "Sheep Ornament Exchange". Time to make [or purchase] the cutest sheep you can come up with to exchange with a fellow spinner. 

Jan. 28, 2015  Treadles meeting at the Library

Feb. 25, 2015 Treadles meeting at the Library



From T2T member, Debbi:

FIBER, ROVING, YARN, CRAFTING STASH SALE

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 16

Noon to 4PM

835 TROTTER COURT (NEAR TROTTER WAY AND LIVORNA ROAD)
WALNUT CREEK, CA 94596

I am selling out my stash of painted and dyed rovings, yarns, fibers, loose locks, etc., as well as other miscellaneous crafting supplies such as cotton fabric, beading and scrapbooking supplies.  I am closing out my fiber business, Twisted Sunshine Designs, as well as cutting back on my hobbies due to downsizing.  I also will be selling my Schacht Sidekick with extra bobbins and bulky flier, an electric double skein winder and other equipment.  

Feel free to email me with any questions at debbiwalling@gmail.com

October 19, 2014

NEXT MEETING: October 29, 2014, 7 PM

PROGRAM
Wensleydale adults
 Our speaker will be Peggy Agnew of Red Creek Farm. Peggy has a small (only 30 sheep) farm of meticulously cared for MerinoX, Merino/Lincoln, and WensleydaleX  sheep up in Potter Valley. She's the grower of the gorgeous prize-winning fleeces that were purchased for the  Fiber Finishing Project that Wendy is heading up. Check last month's blog for info on this project. 
Wensleydale lambs

Two years ago Peggy's sheep, Fizz, won grand champion reserve at Booneville. And last year she was awarded a prize for "Best of the Year" in high quality fleece production. She'll  talk to us about all that has to happen to get those beautiful fleeces we love to spin, some of her daily life on the farm, successes & difficulties with even such a small-seeming factor as GMO alfalfa. Peggy cares deeply about her sheep & farm as evidenced by her recent awards. She is very modest & easy to talk with. Unfortunately for us she's sold all her fleeces for this year. But next year. . . !  








NEXT CNCH CONFERENCE:  ASILOMAR CONFERENCE GROUNDS,
April 9 - 12, 2015

CNCH 2015 Registration

Registration for CNCH2015 opens on Nov 1 around 9 am.  Information about classes is available on CNCH.org and then go to the left sidebar to CNCH 2015.  All teachers, dates, activities are listed.  This is an exciting conference as it is at Asilomar that many of us love and the classes are for 2 1/2 days.  There is a beginning weaving class as well as more advanced.  There are a number of spinning classes and then there are other things that may be of interest.  Asilomar was designed by Julia Morgan (the designer of Hearst Castle).  You will need to make a separate reservation with Asilomar with a special code provided on Regonline.  The cost of staying there is for room and board.  The food is very good and it is nice to all eat together.  Rooms are most comfortable with two to a room.  The rooms are very nice and some have fireplaces.  They have made some improvements both to rooms, pathways and other facilities.

The number of attendees are limited due to classroom size restrictions so register early.


CNCH 2015 Grant/Scholarship

CNCH offers 5 grants for the full early bird registration, one for each of our five areas in our conference.  The grant is not need based but you need to complete an application listed under forms at CNCH.org.  The application needs to be sent in by Nov 1.  It can be completed online, faxed or mailed according to the instructions.  It is judged by three people on the Advisory Council and is an anonymous judging.  You must register for the class you want on Nov 1 or later.  We cannot hold a space in a class as RegOnline does not allow this.  We will let the recipients know by Nov 15 after checking membership and registration and then they will be sent a check for full registration.  Consider it as it is worth $300.



SPINZILLA 2014
If some of our members have sore shoulders, necks and backs, its because many of us just finished a harried week of spinning that Monster Mile. 

The fun is over for this year and most of us surprised ourselves by spinning upwards of 3,000, 4,000, 6,000, and in Sultana's case, an awesome 30,000+ yards in that one frenzied week.

Team leaders for Team Carolina Homespun, Wendy and Amy, will announce the grand total by our group at the meeting. They organized several public events during the week for us to spin at which made the whole event that much more fun. Plus, we had lots of attention and questions from observers. Are they up for a repeat next year? Hope so.

LOOM FOR SALE
Treadles member, Karrie is selling her 46", 4-harness, Schacht loom. This is a good weaving, heavy duty loom. It comes with an 8-dent and 12-dent reed. She's only asking $400. A great buy for anyone who needs [or just wants!] a loom for hours of weaving pleasure. Contact her by email: kvd4@me.com.

END NOTE FROM JUNIOR
Proudly modeling Vilija's Spinzilla yarn

September 16, 2014

NEXT MEETING: Sept. 24, 2014, 7 PM

PROGRAM:
Former member, Jackie Post, will give a talk about her trip to Paris to attend the Colored Wool Congress. What an incredible place for a conference -- are you listening CNCH! Jackie will tell about all she did, saw and learned while there. Hope to see lots of you there.



DUES ARE DUE
If you didn't have your checkbook last month, its $25 per member for the upcoming year. Make checks out to Treadles to Threads. We can keep our dues low because the Library offers the room for free and all the work our members do to put on the successful "Spinning at the Winery" event every year in June.


DATES FOR  YOUR CALENDAR

October 6 - 12  Spinzilla spinning week:  spin your treadles off! Remember to look up the doings of our group and others on Ravelry. Just look up "Spinzilla groups". We have team members on Team Carolina Homespun and Team Meridian Jacobs.


October 18
Treadles and Diablo Weavers are going to participate in this Walnut Creek event. We will have a two booth space. In one half of the space we will do demos of spinning, weaving, or whatever you would like to volunteer to do. We will set up our spinning sticks and ask children and a sibling or a parent to participate in making a rope necklace suitable for Christmas. We have a big box full of these kits left over from when we used to do this for Pleasant Hill. They were always a popular activity.

In the other half of the space we are allowed to sell products that we make, spun, woven, knitted, whatever. Sales will be considered individual sales so that none of us needs to collect tax [unless you already have a "business" set up in your name].

We will need volunteers to man both sides of the booth and will talk about this and make a plan at the next meeting.

October 29, Treadles meeting at the Library

November 20, Treadles meeting at the Library
[DATE CHANGE - Thursday and a week early because of Thanksgiving]


SPEAKING OF RAVELRY
Treadles now has its own group on Ravelry.

Member Lisa W. set it up for us and both she and Mary P. are the moderators. Sign up today! It'll be a great place to ask questions and have feed-back.


FROM WENDY:

The Treadles to Threads Fleece to Finished Product Project is ready to get off the ground!  This activity is for those who wish to "experience" preparing a fleece right off the sheep. Its good to know just how to wash a fleece properly and get it ready for spinning. Once  you know the basics . . . you can give your fleeces to Morro Fleece Works, or not!

Here is the plan…

If you want to join the project you will receive a half pound of raw wool at this next meeting.

The fiber will be washed and dyed (if desired) as a group (at Wendy's house) or individually by you in September/October.

The clean fiber will be processed individually or in a group either by combing or carding during the winter months. In the spring, we will knit, crochet or weave our projects (project ideas are welcome). We will have the opportunity to present our final projects at the T2T meeting in May.

Fleece details….

We were very lucky to obtain two incredible fleeces at the Mendocino Wool Festival in Boonville this year. Both fleeces are from Red Creek Farm owned by Peggy Agnew. The animals are crosses of a Wensleydale/Cormo ram and a Lincoln/Merino ewe. The two fleeces selected are from sheep that are cousins. They have worn coats all year to keep their fiber beautifully free from vegetable matter and general dirt and debris. One of the sheep's fleece won Supreme Grand Champion Handspinners fleece last year and the other was Reserve Grand Champion Fleece and Judges Choice Handspinners fleece this year at Boonville.

Project details….

Cost of each half pound of wool is $10. After everyone who wants to participate has received their wool, any remaining wool will be available on a first come first serve basis (one half pound at a time).

This is going to be great! I look forward to hearing from you :)  More details about this project will be given out at the Wednesday meeting. See you there.



HAVE OR WANT A "SIDEKICK"?
From member Marianne at The Yarn Boutique in Lafayette: Schacht has added a padded bag for its foldable Sidekick Wheel. All Sidekicks ordered during this month [September] will come with one of these bags free. The bags themselves will retail for $65. If you have a Sidekick already, talk to Marianne about a special Guild discount. 


ENDNOTE FROM JUNIOR
Treadles member, Rejanne, has five young kitties she has rescued over the last year as babies from feral mothers in her neighborhood. They range in age from a few months to just over a year, have all their shots and have been well taken care of. If you have room in your home for one or two of these kitties, let her know.
Junior and his new friend, Iso, one of Rejanne's rescues. Iso's mom is a typical American shorthair - guess who she hooked up with!

August 13, 2014

NEXT MEETING: August 27, 2014, 7 pm

PROGRAM:
"Spinning, Inspiration & More Inspiration"

Spinning:  bring your wheel or spindle and the latest that you are working on and spin while we work on . . .

Inspiration:  August is the first month of our calendar year and when we always put our heads together and plan out programs for the coming season. Speakers, workshops, topics - what would you like to see at a meeting this year.

More Inspiration:  Time to de-clutter. Bring fiber, yarns, equipment, books, whatever and sell, give away or trade with another member of our group. Pick up a fiber, color or yarn you never thought  you would work with and challenge yourself. Yes, this is actually bringing "some" clutter back to your home, but it will be "inspirational" clutter.

ALSO - Show & Tell
We had a great, if not hot, dye day in July working with cotton. Bring your results and show them off. Some have suggested they will bring the "balls" they don't like to trade off with others. Works for me!


Remember: If you are early enough, try to park at the Dentist's office just before the Library. Only 10 spaces, but will help with the overcrowding in the Library parking lot


DUES ARE DUE
$25 per member for the upcoming year. Make checks out to Treadles to Threads. We can keep our dues low because the Library offers the room for free and all the work our members do to put on the successful "Spinning at the Winery" event every year in June.


DATES FOR  YOUR CALENDAR

September 24, Treadles meeting at the Library

October 6 - 12  Spinzilla spinning week:  spin your treadles off!

October 29, Treadles meeting at the Library

November 20, Treadles meeting at the Library
[DATE CHANGE - Thursday and a week early because of Thanksgiving]





Spinzilla - A Monster of a Spinning Week!

We'd like to invite everyone to become part of the greater spinning community starting now.  As you may know there is an event coming up in October called SPINZILLA.  During the week of October 6 - 12 spinners all over the world are going to try to spin as much yarn as they can.  The results will then be tallied and celebrated.  To join in the fun go to http://www.spinzilla.org/ and register as an individual or join a spinning team. The $10 donation goes to the Needle Arts Mentoring Program in support of adding a spinning component to their children's education program.
To prepare for the Spinzilla event we will be having several "Spin in Public" days over the next few months.  Whether you join Spinzilla or not, please join us as we celebrate the joy of spinning by coming to one or all of these events.

Some Treadles to Threads members have joined the Carolina Homespun Team.  Keep up with the activities of this team and others on Ravelry. Click on the Spinzilla group then Team Carolina Homespun or other teams to join in on the fun.
Any questions?  Call or email Wendy

FACTOIDS AND REASONS TO JOIN:
The competition aspect allows spinners to push past their fears. The more yarn you spin, the better a spinner you become.

The underlying goal of Spinzilla is to see how much yarn we as a community can make in a week. We want the world to take notice of handspinning!

Spinner registration fees are an investment in the makers of tomorrow. They are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program that fosters mentoring between adult volunteers and school-age children to teach the needlearts—spinning, weaving, knitting, crochet, and stitching.

Too late to register a whole new team, but you can sign up as a Rogue Spinner till Oct. 3. Some teams are still looking for members.

Fifty-six teams are competing world wide this year for the "golden niddy-noddy".

Local Spinzilla members spin-in at Todos Santos Farmer's Market night. If anyone asks, No, Amy did not bring wine!