December 9, 2018

HOLIDAY PARTY SATURDAY DECEMBER 15, 2018 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Saturday, December 15 - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Potluck Holiday Party at Amy's house in Pleasant Hill, with ornament exchange.  Bring a dish to share.  Bring a wrapped sheep ornament (handmade or purchased) if you wish to participate in the ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

Thursday, January 24 - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) presentation

Wednesday, February 27 - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  This is also the end date for the combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Workshops are only open to current dues-paying guild members, unless stated otherwise.

Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday, January 26. 2019 at Amy's house.  $85 for all day workshop, includes the cost of the luxury fibers.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Electric Eel Wheel Mini 2

Here is more information about the crowd-funded Eel Wheel Mini 2 that Wendy talked about at the last meeting.  This is the 4th electric wheel that Maurice Ribble of Dreaming Robots has introduced through Kickstarter, and the numbers show that he has a growing group of supporters.  Signup for the Mini 2 Kickstarter project closes on December 20th.

I have the Eel Wheel Mini 1 and have been so impressed with the prompt answers to questions and requests for feedback and advice - all very transparent on the Eel Wheel Facebook page and in the Ravelry group.  

The minis have small engines and are not meant for massive amounts of production spinning (bobbins hold ~1 oz), but are perfect for travel or if you just want to try out a really cute little electric wheel without a lot of bells and whistles for an extremely reasonable price.

 

Lisa W.

Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms Workshop

Guild members met at Amy B.'s house for a class taught by Lou Grantham.  Thanks to Amy for the space, and to Wendy L. for helping with the arrangements.  

The weaving was done on the Schacht Easel Weaver loom, made in Boulder, CO.  They can be purchased locally in the Meridian Jacobs shop.  Robin also sells other small looms.

Works in progress



Tapestry weaving techniques videos, free from the American Tapestry Alliance.

Meeting Minutes


TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD

November 28, 2018, Wednesday
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

 President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 27 present, including Trisha, a person totally new to fiber arts through a inheritance from her brother.  The secretary arrived at 7:30 p.m., resulting in a lapse in written records, filled in by Wendy’s PowerPoint files as presented to the group.

CNCH: There is still a bit of time to apply for a scholarship to the 2019 Conference at Sonoma State campus as the deadline is December 1, 2018.

Treasurer Pam gently reminded returning members that yearly dues began in August.

Programs and meetings: December 15 is the Guild’s Holiday Potluck and sheep ornament exchange. This will be held at Amy’s home, giving Vilija a break.

Our meeting in January will be on a Thursday to accommodate our guest speaker’s schedule. The meeting will be January 24, 2019. Carolyn Greenwood will introduce spinning luxury fibers to prepare us for her workshop on January 26, 2019, at Amy’s. The cost is $85 for the full day workshop with fibers provided.

February will be Stephany Wilkes reading from her book “Raw Material”.

March will have another guest speaker, Carol Ziogas, speaking to us about her passion for sashiko and indigo.

Fiber Events for all: Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24, 2019.

CNCH Conference, “Fiber Therapy”, June 20-23, 2019, Sonoma State campus, Rohnert Park, CA. Registration starts January 15, at 9:00 a.m.

Also shown was a Kickstarter campaign for Electric Eel Wheel Mini 2, a hand sized electric spinning wheel.

Show and Tell: Several members showed the small tapestries created in last Saturday’s workshop with Lou Grantham. Carol C. showed her bag of yarn from the combo project. Carolyn B. shared a gorgeous eco printed scarf and had her students make small eco printing projects. She also taught the technique to other teachers at her school.

The evening program commenced with tapestry weaving supplies distributed by Wendy for members to make a small tapestry. Many members had spun a small pigtail given out last meeting to use as weft. The supplies consisted of a stiff cardboard loom, white cotton warp, shed creating sticks, and a long plastic “needle” bobbin. Wendy showed a power point that looped,  showing small weaving projects prepared by others followed by a few slides that introduced members to the steps to produce a tapestry style weaving, including binding off in Damascus edge. A posted reference was www.americantapestryalliance.org.

The evening was lively and ran up to our 9:00 p.m. ending time.

Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Weaving & Woodwork:  A Scandinavian Design Parnership, UC Davis Design Museum, January 21-April 21, 2019.

The Seven Thousand Year Conversation: Tracing Ancestry Through Weaving Traditions in the Asia Pacific Region, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, February 9, 2019

Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24, 2019

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17, 2019

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 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

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)



November 15, 2018

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018 - 7 p.m.


Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - Tapestry Weaving on Little Looms.  Attendees at the October 30 meeting each selected a 'pigtail' of Greenwood Fiberworks fiber to spin before the November 28th meeting, to be used in weaving on the cardboard looms that will be provided (or, bring your own little loom).  If you were unable to pick up the fiber at the October meeting, bring a small amount of your own handspun or commercial yarn.

December 15 - 11 - 2 at Amy's house, with ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  This is also the end date for the combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Workshops are open to guild members who have paid dues for the current year, unless stated otherwise.

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, 10:30 - 3, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday, January 26. 2019 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Eco-Print II Workshop

Guild members met at Wendy L.'s house for another creative and fun-filled day of printing leaves and flowers on various fibers, with the assistance of tannin and iron.  Thanks to Wendy for another great day, and thanks to Dona S. for sharing her photos.

Setting up the steam pots:

Mary unwrapping her work, 'assisted' by Lisa

Vilija's sumac prints on a pre-dyed scarf

Vilija's black walnut print - handwoven shibori scarf, hemp warp with cotton/acrylic weft



Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)


TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
OCTOBER 30, 2018
7:00 P.M.
Thurman Casey library, Walnut Creek, CA

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.  There were 20+ members present and three visitors, Teresa, a spinner, Sheila, a knitter, and Tineka, shepherdess, spinner, etc. Thanks, Darryla, for bringing Teresa to visit.

Mary B. handed out the ‘Raw Material’ books pre-ordered through Reba S.

Treasurer Pam M. reminded us to pay yearly dues as our payment to CNCH is due Nov. 1.

CNCH liaison Joan A. reported on the September CNCH meeting on site at Sonoma State campus in Rohnert Park, CA. The CNCH annual conference, June 20-23, 2019, will be held there. Joan reminded us that the registration includes 2 ½ day workshops, room and board and parking. There is an informal fashion show, a vendor, keynote speaker, silent auction and tiny purse contest. This will be a great weekend. Joan passed around descriptive booklets and postcards. Registration opens January 15, 2019. There is no provision for off-campus living.

Newsletter blogger, Lisa W. discussed the option of adding a section on the web site labeled “Fiber Related Items For Sale”.  Information should be emailed to Lisa W., and the section will be updated at least once a month, when the latest blog is published. Text only, no photos, URL links OK.  Please remember this is open to the world, so be careful about phone numbers, etc. 

MEETINGS: November 28 will be an evening of tapestry loom weaving on cardboard looms provided by Wendy. She provided “pigtails” of sliver to spin in singles to use on the looms as weft, so get spinning! Looms will be warped with 8/2 cotolin or similar.

November 17, 2018, will be a one day workshop by Lou Grantham from 10:30-3:00 p.m. at Amy’s house. She will demonstrate and teach Little Loom weaving. Cost is $60, and looms will be available for those needing one. There is a 15 student limit, please pay tonight.

December 15, 2018, will be our Holiday potluck at Amy’s house. This will include a sheep theme tree ornament exchange for those wishing to participate.

January 24, 2019, will be a Thursday meeting featuring Carolyn Greenwood. Friday following might be a shopping opportunity at Amy’s to get ready for the Saturday, January 26, workshop given by Carolyn Greenwood on spinning luxury fibers.

February, 2019, will feature Stephany Wilkes speaking about her book, Raw Material.

March meeting will feature Carol Ziogas speaking about her passion for indigo and sashiko.

April may feature Sasha Duerr if her tight schedule allows.

Show and Tell had many beautiful items from first skeins of spinning to eco-dying to woven items.

Wendy L. announced there is an on-line only small study group forming with Rebecca Mezoff after the workshop.  Rebecca has offered us a special price of $75 per person.

Lisa W. gave a PowerPoint presentation on her trips to the Wool Gathering sponsored through the Warner Mountain Weavers shop in Cedarville, CA. It is held in September each year. It is a beautiful area as featured on the cover of Stephany Wilkes’ book.

Wendy then showed a video from Rebecca Mezoff about her journey as a tapestry weaver.  Rebecca has a new book called “Untangled” about tapestry weaving techniques.

We then attacked the S’mores provided by Wendy.

Linda B.

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making, UC Davis Design Museum, October 1 - December 9

The Seven Thousand Year Conversation: Tracing Ancestry Through Weaving Traditions in the Asia Pacific Region, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, February 9, 2019

Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24, 2019

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17, 2019

CNCH Conference 2019, Sonoma, June 20-23, 2019 - scholarship applications are due 12/1/2018.

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland) - closing end of November 2018, final sale: Nov. 23, 24, 25, 10-6 p.m., 3711 Grand Ave. Oakland, free street parking

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)


October 19, 2018

NEXT MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff Lisa Waterman will give a short presentation about Warner Mountain Weavers and their yearly Wool Gathering.

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - Tapestry Weaving on Little Looms.  Attendees at the October 30 meeting each selected a 'pigtail' of Greenwood Fiberworks fiber to spin before the November 28th meeting, to be used in weaving on the cardboard looms that will be provided.  Or, bring your own little loom to the meeting.

December 15 - 11 - 2 at Amy's house, with ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  This is also the end date for the combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Workshops are only open to guild members who have paid dues for the current year, unless stated otherwise.

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, October 20 at Wendy's house.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, 10:30 - 3, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday January 26 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
SEPTEMBER 26, 2018
THURMAN CASEY LIBRARY, WALNUT CREEK, CA

President Wendy L called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 24 members present and 2 visitors, Bonnie R. and Melanie P., president of Spindles and Flyers guild.

Wendy reviewed the coming meetings for the guild.  There is a possibility that the October 30, Sasha Duerr speaker based meeting and the November 28 video program showing “Sand in my Shoes” by Rebecca Mezoff, may need to be switched with each other.

There is a myriad of other guild functions outside our meetings. 
  • Wendy will host another Eco printing workshop, Part II. Please e-mail her if you are coming and how many $11 silk scarves you want.
  • Saturday, November 17, Amy will host Lou Grantham as she offers a mini-loom tapestry weaving workshop from 10:30-3:00 p.m. There is a $60 charge and a max of 15 students. There will be some looms available for use.
  • Reba S. has kindly offered to do a mass order of Stephanie Wilkes’ book, “Raw Material”. Stephanie will be here to read from her book in February. Please give Reba your money to pre-order.
  • Amy will host our Holiday party on December 15, Saturday, for the sheep themed ornament exchange and pot luck luncheon, giving Vilija a break this year.
  • January 26-27, 2019, is the date for a weekend of Spinning Luxury fibers with Carolyn Greenwood. This will be held at Amy’s home with the possibility of a preview fiber night with shopping. The charge is not determined yet but probably close to $60 with fibers provided.

Area fiber happenings include:
  • Spinzilla kicks of October 1-7, nationwide. Melanie P. challenged T2T for a yardage challenge with everyone getting a prize.
  • Lambtown in Dixon, October 6-7, has classes, vendors and Sheep-to-shawl.
  • Botanical Garden in Tilden Park hosts Sasha Duerr speaking on Natural Dyes on Sunday, October 14.
  • October 27 is Hug a Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs farm in Vacaville.

CNCH liason, Joan A., will attend the 2019 site visitation meeting and lunch at Sonoma State University on Sept. 28. She will bring more meeting information and registration information later. Judith Mackenzie and Kate Larson are the two spinning teachers.

T2T equipment librarian Carol C. brought all the small equipment the guild has to offer to show what is available to all members.  There is a sign out paper to check equipment out but the deposit is waived currently for all but the large electric carders. The Cricket rigid heddle looms are currently in use.

Treasurer Pam M says about half the members have renewed.

Megan showed her Combo spin project shawl and hat. Mary B showed a silk lap she purchased this summer.

Sonia is now a docent in the fiber program at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Wendy led us in a flat felting workshop on a small stained glass style project. She provided needles, foam platforms, colored roving and squares of washed wool felt as a background. Wendy had washed the wool felt from JoAnns which fluffed it up and shrunk it about 25%. She provided examples and showed the techniques. We all dug in and many were able to complete a small project in the next hour.  Wendy also provided lavender seeds from Doris and an orange potpourri along with netting if a sachet covered with the needle felted design is preferred. There were cookies and candy provided by Wendy to keep us going strong.

Linda B.

A Day at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool (S&W) – by Mary B.

As the name implies S&W is a large festival devoted to all things ovine.  It is held the weekend after Labor Day in Jefferson, a small farming community west of Milwaukee.  There is a sheep to shawl competition, dog trails, 70 or so classes including one educating shepherds on raising sheep for spinners’ fleeces.  It also has major shopping.  This year there were more than 240 vendors all dealing with sheep in one way or another: raw fleece, prepared fleece, yarn, sheep tchotchkes, needles, spindles, etc.  It also includes booths with coats for sheep, shears, castrating scissors? cutters? snippers?  Think I’ll settle for tools.  You get the picture. 

As most of you know, my sister, Ann, lives in a small village (pop. about 1200) located about 35 – 40 minutes from Green Bay.  She has a spinning group that has been together for many years.  They are not a formal guild, more like our Monday Spinners.  Over the years I’ve visited Ann, I’ve gotten to know them so tag along for S&W.  They go every year on Friday so I’ve been planning my trips to go with them.  Here’s how the day goes.

Bonduel is at an intersection with the main east/west highway between Green Bay and Minneapolis (I hear it’s bumper to bumper when the Packers play the Vikings) and many county roads so we meet at the Park and Ride at 7 am.  This year there were 8 of us heading south to Jefferson and this group has the trip down to a science.  About an hour or so later we stop in Oshkosh (B’Gosh!) for breakfast at Perkins and then on to Jefferson (about 2.5 hours total).

We pay our $8 and get a 96 page program.  Here’s the first sign to greet us and starts the entry into another world for this city girl. 

After a pit stop, we head immediately for the 2 huge vendor barns.



Most of the vendors of fiber, yarn, etc., are here and most of the sheep breeding type vendors are elsewhere.

These buildings are HUGE!  Vendor stalls are in 4 rows; along each wall and back to back down the middle.  Ann, her friend Bonnie and I stick together and head for River’s Edge where I bought two 8 ounce hand painted braids.  
While I’ve been very good lately on not adding too much to my stash, I couldn’t resist this 10 ounce silk lap.  
I just have to watch the 11 minute Youtube video on how to spin it. 

We barely got through the first building before lunch where the crowd gathers in a large hall where tables are set up, there are some small exhibits and Clemes and Clemes has their booth.  Food on Friday is typical fair food and most of us brought a lunch.  I understand that they put on a nice lamb meal over the weekend.

It’s back to shopping and we get through the second building.  We decide to go back to the first and went through a large door in the middle of the building.  There’s a large concrete space between them with a partial wall down the middle that has rings and spigots on it.  

City girl, “What’s that for?”  Country girl, “That’s where you wash your cows and horses for the country fair shows.”  My eye then caught the sign on the next building.

City girl pointing to it, “Why?”  Country girl, “You can’t spread the manure on the fields if it has trash in it.”  City girl, “Oh.” 

At 3 we gather to head home.  A 15 minute or so drive gets us to Jefferson Creek where we stop at Culvers for ice cream (hot fudge sundae!).  Then it’s heading back north.  We stop at Appleton for soup at the Machine Shed and about 45 minutes or an hour we part ways back at Bonduel.

Ann’s spinning buddies are a lot of fun so it’s always enjoyable.  Lots of laughter, stories, exchanges of information.  We come back exhausted and, at least for me, having put away a lot more food than I usually do in a day!

Mary B.

Guild Member News

Guild members Doris B. and Robin L. won multiple blue ribbons at Lambtown in the Skeins & Textile competition.  Congratulations, Doris and Robin!


Class B: Handspun wool blend, at least 30% wool
2 or more ply: Doris B (1st)
Novelty: Doris B (1st)

Class F: Textile, handspun, 100% wool
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Class I: Textile, Commercial yarn
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Full list of winners is available on the Lambtown web site.

Doris' prizewinning skeins



Some Upcoming Fiber Events

CNCH 2019 in Sonoma - application for a grant is due by December 1.  Awards are not made on the basis of financial need.  There are 5 $350 grants available.

Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making, UC Davis Design Museum, October 1 - December 9

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Sustainable Cotton Project 2018 Farm Tour, Firebaugh, CA, Oct 25

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

Following the Flow of Indigo In Africa, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, November 10

2018 Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Handblock Printing With Natural Dyes, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, November 10

Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

September 1, 2018

NEXT MEETING WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 - 7 p.m.

Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Wednesday, September 26 - needle felted lavender-filled sachet workshop (taught by Wendy, supplies included)
Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - TENTATIVE: Sasha Duerr lecture, Natural Color

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff

December 15 - daytime holiday party at Amy's house, with ornament exchange

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  You can pre-order a copy of the book through Reba S. now.  This is also the end date for our combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, Date TBD October 19 or 20 - at Wendy's house.  Press your leaves now, before Fall.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Sat/Sun January 26-27 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD
THRUMAN CASEY LIBRARY
WALNUT CREEK, CA
AUGUST 29, 2018

President Wendy L. called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. There were 22 members present and 2 guests. We welcomed Iris M. and Bonnie R.

Officers for the coming year are: President Wendy L.; Program Co-chairs Amy P and Carolyn B.; Treasurer Pam M.; Secretary Linda B.; CNCH Liaison Joan A.

Treasurer Pam announced she is accepting dues for the coming year in the amount of $25.  CNCH get $5 of the dues. She can accept cash or check. Her report included a healthy balance in the treasury to be spent for the benefit of all members. Spinning at the Winery in Mid-May is our major fund-raiser through the raffle items donated by members and vendors.

CNCH liaison Joan reports that the site review meeting for the 2019 Alternative Conference to be held at Sonoma State University campus will be September 29, 2018. All are welcome, but if you want to attend the lunch, there is a $25 charge. See Joan right away if you would like to attend and she can give you the details. The accommodations will be apartment style with private bathrooms. Room and board will include 3 meals a day, all in walking distance to the class rooms. There will be multi day classes and no vendors. The price will be one all-inclusive amount with sign ups starting after Christmas. 

Spinning classes will be taught by:  Kate Larson whose “Spinning for Knitting” video we watched in April, and  Judith MacKenzie. Leslie Simpson will teach her very flowing soft style for felting, There will also be saori weaving and mud dyeing.

Joan also noted that she had resigned her CNCH board position and it will be filled by Reba S. who will now be the Area III representative to the CNCH Advisory Council.

Show and Tell involved many beautiful things and stories of Convergence Reno, Black Sheep in Albany, OR, the eco dying and boro and indigo painting for sashiko embellishments on a pot holder at Wendy L.’s home over the summer.

Wendy presented the plans for the 2018-19 guild year on a power point presentation.  Information is included in the meeting dates section at top of the blog.

Linda B.

Guild Member News

Some guild members attended the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association, held in Vacaville in August.  Guild member Doris B. won the People's Choice award for her beautiful shawl - she processed the wool from one Jacob ewe, separated and combined colors, spun the fiber and knit the shawl.  Great job, Doris!

(photos by Robin Lynde & Dona Snow)



Some Upcoming Fiber Events

Vogue Knitting Live, San Francisco CA, September 21-23

Weaving & Wool, skirted fleece for sale - sorted by breed, a few vendors.  Forest Home Farms, San Ramon, September 22

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Canby OR, September 22-23

Studio 49 13th Annual Fiber Retreat, Groveland, contact dreamygoatdesign@yahoo.com, September 28-30

Spinzilla, no T2T team this year - go rogue!  October 1-7

Lambtown Festival, Dixon CA, October 6-7

Movie "Shepherdess of the Glaciers", Bishop Auditorium, Stanford Univ, October 9

Modern Textile Design with California Natural Dye Plants - Sasha Duerr, Tilden Botanical Garden in Berkeley, October 14

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

Convergence Report (republished from last month)

HGA's 2018 Convergence was in relatively nearby Reno in July. After delaying for a few months, in late January I signed up for several classes that still had spaces and sparked my interest! I had booked my hotel room at the Peppermill in September, so I knew I had a place to stay!

As an add-on to the whole weaving/spinning/fiber related experience, Will and Kate Taylor hosted a 3-day workshop on the drawloom with Joanne Hall just before Convergence began, so I had already begun to fill my brain with new possibilities!

I hit the ground running on Friday morning with Robyn Spady presenting an introduction to the Bateman weaves. That same afternoon, I learned to make beautiful Chinese Dragon Boat decorations with ribbon woven over a cardboard foundation, with an excellent teacher, Marilyn Romatka. A superb fashion show that evening was a true highlight of the conference. WOW! The garments were spectacular on all levels, from beautiful fabrics to amazing designs and superb construction.

Saturday morning brought a class on loom and wheel maintenance and repair. The handout booklet made the session worthwhile. The afternoon was spent in the vendor hall, observing the sheep to shawl contest, looking over the many lovely items for sale and greeting friends, and buying a couple of tools. I found 2 beautiful Bluster Bay low profile shuttles for my Rigid Heddle loom weaving. They were a dream to weave with during my 2 day class using double heddles on Sunday and Monday, with Deborah Jarchow.

The Keynote address by Jason Collingwood drew a crowd of over 650. His perspective as someone who has made his living as a weaver was most interesting.

My last class was on Tuesday, with the wonderful Kate Larson. She taught us several ways to spin those beautiful gradient rovings that catch our eyes at the shows. She taught us her record keeping system, so you can go back and see what you did to create that yarn you love!

Yours truly then went on to 3 days worth of Complex Weavers Seminars and filled my brain with even more information!  The galleries were amazing. I attended several gallery talks given by the judges for those galleries. Most interesting.

A wonderful vacation for a fiber geek!

Reba

Reba's Dragon Boats