August 1, 2018


Upcoming 2018 meeting dates:

Starting at 7 p.m.: Wednesday, August 29 (come with your ideas for speakers, show & tell summer projects, and fiber/yarn/books/magazines/tools that you want to trade, etc.)

Wednesday, September 26
Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween)
Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving)

Eco-print Day

Thanks to Wendy for her expertise and for hosting our recent eco-printing dye day.  Beautiful scarves were made with local leaves, iron, and tannin.

Reba's Convergence Experience

HGA's 2018 Convergence was in relatively nearby Reno this past 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's Dragon Boats

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

The Wool Gathering at Warner Mountain Weavers, Cedarville CA, September 6-9

Arcata Natural Fiber Fair, Arcata CA, September 8-9

Native American Basketry, Randall Museum, San Francisco, September 14-16 - with Julia Parker and her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter

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

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

Lambtown Festival, Dixon CA, October 6-7

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)

July 20, 2018



May 30, 2018


Treadles to Threads Dye Day 2018
10 am – 3 pm Saturday
Wendy’s house, Lafayette
June 16

Boro and Sashiko Inspired Cotton Fabric Dyeing 
and Stitching Workshop

We will be dyeing fabric and hand stitching pot holders during dye day this year!

Fabric dyes, un-dyed cotton fabric, white thread, embroidery needles and thermal padding for the inside of the pot holder will be provided by the guild.  Instruction on how to use the Marabu Shabori Kit Fashion Spray and basic embroidery stitches will also be provided. If you are interested in purchasing an individual dye kit for yourself in addition to the dye shared with guild members, contact Wendy by Sunday June 3. Kits are $15.  

An indigo dye pot will also be available for dyeing T2T member’s individual projects.

This should be a very fun, very blue day!  Please join us!

Bring a bag lunch. 


A very big thank you to all who came to support the Winery event. Especially those who came early for set-up, braved the cool wind all day, and still stayed for clean-up. You were super.

We had 147 paid attendees, plus another very successful raffle! There was a smaller number of vendors this year, mostly because of the early date with somewhat short notice for them. But our members filled in with some great items, with several people gifting more than one item. Another big thank you to all of you also. Member Linda B's Ashford Charkha was a hotly contested item. Happily, it garnered a good number of $5 tickets, sadly, the winner was not from our guild, but the winner sure was happy and surprised. 

T-shirt design winners were: Pam Murdock with a fabulous quilt made not only  from last year's t-shirt, but also some from previous years T2T t-shirts. Vickie Marchand with a lovely, dyed, deconstructed, reconstructed and embellished t-shirt. Vilija with a "Sharpie" drawn grape arbor theme with two happy sheep and one pooping a ball of yarn!

Spinning at the Winery provides T2T with the funds to have workshops and/or dye days for T2T members during the year at no cost or sometimes very little cost to the members. Its why we try hard to encourage everyone to donate to the raffle and to come and work on the day of the event if at all possible. 

With these funds we are able to provide the supplies needed for this year's June and July dye days. We try to make our activities as inclusive as we can and as affordable as we can,


 June 1, 2 - 8pm
1322 Pomona Street, Crockett

[a message from Melanie Perkins, owner and founder]
"Crockett Fiber Arts Studio is a place to learn, practice, and collaborate around the fiber arts.  I have tried to make the environment warm and inviting.  Please check out my website at  There are some photos of the studio on the home page.  The ecommerce part isn't quite up yet, but the rest is there."

June 2 - July 1, 2018  At Arts Benicia, two events:

June 9, Crochet Jam:

July 28, 2018  T2T Second dye day of the summer. "Eco Dyeing" Much more info on this later. Save the date.

September 8 & 9. Arcata Natural Fiber Fair.


The real reason we always see Boobies with Blue Feet.
They love blue and they are great sock knitters.

May 8, 2018


Treadles to Threads' big event of the year is just around the corner. Hope you all have the date on your calendar and will be able to come, help, and enjoy a great day outdoors with other fiber enthusiasts.

May 19, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery, 1356 Livermore Ave, Livermore

Bring your wheel and a pot luck dish to share for lunch. Water and soda can be purchased from the Winery, and of course, wine by the glass or bottle.

Treadles members, don't forget your donation to the Raffle. If you got a t-shirt from last year done for the contest, don't forget that either. Below is a list from Joan about the jobs still looking for helpers: 

Spinning at the Winery Job Descriptions and Openings

Arrive around 9am, help set up tables for food, raffle, etc.  There are usually some winery personnel who help with chairs and umbrellas.  Setup guild's pop up tents.  Not a hard job if enough hands.  Need 1 more volunteer.

Entrance Greeters and Fee Collectors:
Stop people on entrance road, welcome them and ask for $5/per person.  All people entering for Spinning must pay including members.  This fee goes to the winery, not us.  Need one more person from 1-1:30.

Food Table:
Help organize food table and help cleanup.  Need 1 more volunteer.  Lunch starts about 11:45 with vendors going through the line first.  Food needs to be organized before that.  Report to Vilija.  Need one more volunteer.

Raffle Ticket Sales and Table:
Sit at table and sell raffle tickets and supply those wondering the grounds with tickets.  This table may be combined with Sales Table (T-Shirts, lip balm, etc)  Need two volunteers from 10-11, ne from 11-12.

Set-up of Raffle Items and Help With Raffle:
Help Kate receive your raffle items as well as those of the vendors.  Help Kate with layout and numbering items.  The raffle is at 1:30 and there need to be a couple of people to help bring items forward, put tickets in bag and deliver item to winner.  People working after set up and before raffle need to make sure all is looking good as people may paw through lightly to see items.  Need one more from 11-12 and 12-1.  Need two helpers from 1 until end of raffle.

Sales Table:
Sell t-shirts, lip balm.  Need two from 11-12.  This table may be combined with raffle table as we don't have too much to sell this year.

Sheri from Morro Fleeces Booth:
Sheri will not be here but needs someone to man her booth.  It is a great way to meet people and perhaps see some wonderful fleeces.  Need three volunteers from 10-12, 12-2 and 2-4.

Thanks for your help.  This fundraiser helps fund some good programs for our guild.  Your volunteering makes a difference to the success of our guild!

Contact me at if you can volunteer for the openings.


Not too much! No T2T Dye Day this year since we had no one volunteer to organize it. But keep an eye out for one or two possible activities during the summer. Emails will be going out with information.

June 9, 2018,  Lecture:  The Art of Sashiko with Carol Ziogas.  At the Education Studios of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. 10:30 am - 12 noon. $15 for Society members, $20 for non-members.

Carol is a sashiko  teacher, researcher, lecturer and collector of Japanese textiles. Also, the founder of Kimonomomo, an online shop specializing in sashiko supplies and Japanese fabrics. This lecture is sponsored by the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. Sashiko is a form of stitching in Japan that has evolved into an elegant form of folk craft. Initially the stitching was used on weak fabric to reinforce it for further use., it is now a way to create elegant personal motifs to express individuality as well as playfulness.  

April 18, 2018


We may have a very interesting speaker, but plans are not yet finalized. You will be sent an email On who it is if it all works out.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the speaker will not be able to make it so we will watch a video by Kate Larsen, "How to Spin Yarn to Knit".

MARCH 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

The meeting was called to order by President Reba Siero. We had two guests, Coleen and Robin. There was a correction to the February minutes as the home of a teacher was noted as Missoula, Montana.
CNCH liason Joan was away at PLY. She left the work sign up list with Vilija to be passed around for the May 19, 2018, Spinning at the Winery function. Vilija wrote the list on the front board and asked for addition volunteers to please add their names throughout the evening. Notes about the various jobs listed showed the Set-up starting around 8:30 am, which includes finding and arranging the chairs and tables, set up of awnings for shade and food covers. It was noted that the clean-up slots were filled. The sales tables times can be filled with those who need to be seated, while raffle ticket sales are for those more mobile. Vilija and Lisa W. will help with the food table set up. It was mentioned again that the $5 admission fee goes to the winery as their rental fee for the use of the grounds. Each person attending must pay and that also means each guild member.
Robin Linde announced “Meet the Sheep at Meridian Jacobs” will occur on April 7-8, 2018. There is a parking fee of $10 per car and can be used as a credit towards purchases over $20. 

Doris Bergman announced San Ramon’s Forrest Hill Farms shearing day for the public will be April 21, 2018. We are encouraged to bring our wheels to spin. She can arrange for us to help with other chores that day as necessary, if you would like to help. Get you name to her so she can put you on the volunteer list for free entry. Time is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. She will contact you by e-mail if you are interested in helping that day.

Linda Van Heertum showed her completed project from the guild’s fiber exchange. She added 18 ounces and had a beautiful mitered knit poncho to show. 

Vilija brought the Ashford wheel that was to be raffled off at the Winery. It has too much to be done on it for her to work her magic on it in it’s present state.  Will Taylor will try to salvage it, in hopes it will become one of Vilija’s art pieces eventually. Vilija brought extra Tee shirts, available for $10, to be entered in the decoration/repurposing contest at the winery. Employees from the winery will be the judges that day. Nice monetary prizes are offered.

Our evening’s program was presented by Wendy Lacy. She had prepared kits for each person present that would result in a self-designed luggage tag/business card holder that can be added to our wheels. The kits contained complete instructions for assembly and patterns to be used to cut out the decorative designs. She also provided many pre-cut pieces of wool felt, backing fabrics that matched and many thread colors for those who wished to do any further embroidery on the surface. Ironing boards and irons were set up to complete that portion of construction. She had completed projects to view as examples of the patterns provided in the kit. The backing in the kits included Steam-a-Seam 2, Pellon 860, Ultra weft fusible interfacing already attached to the cut felt and backing fabrics. Many tags were completed that evening and she offered her home for the following Monday afternoon spinning group so those who would like to bring their project along could finish it there.

  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?


An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.

Joan will have the sign-up sheet for jobs to be manned during the Winery. Please try to put in some time at this event.



March 19, 2018


A very fun evening workshop with Wendy.

Wool Applique Tag Workshop

Join us on Wednesday, March 28 to create a fun luggage tag for your spinning wheel. These tags double as business card holders so you will never again be without your Treadles to Threads Guild business cards to hand out. 

Wool fabric, thread, needles, backing material, templates and Treadles to Threads business cards will be supplied by the guild. Wendy will demonstrate the techniques needed and guide the tag making process. We will have enough time for each person to put together a tag and start the embroidery process. Creating these tags is fun and addictive!

Please bring a pair of small sharp scissors as well as a thimble (if you have one). We will be making small cuts in little pieces of colorful wool that has been pre-bonded to fusible interfacing. We will then iron the pieces onto a precut tag to set it in place prior to stitching. The guild will provide ironing stations. The design choices are unlimited. Come to the meeting and join us in the fun!!! 

  • Mar. 28, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?

An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.

Meet the Sheep is an annual event, now offered two days. Due to parking restrictions we now require reservations and a small fee per car--as many people as you want in your car. Your $10/car fee may be applied to a purchase of $20 or more (on the day of the event only). When you register use the number of vehicles (usually 1), not the number of people. 
Go to the following site to make reservations:
Visit with the sheep that provide the fiber we all love! Lambs, kids (goats), and bunnies to pet! Farm Club members will be here to answer questions. Fiber arts demonstrations all day include spinning, weaving, felting, fiber preparation, and more. 
Meridian Jacobs Shop is Open.

As a Farm Club member, this is an annual activity where members are urged to come and help out. Here is Doris' photos and comments of the day:
"This is a lilac Jacob who was sired by Robin’s lilac ram. She was discussing his tendency to produce a slightly inconsistent coat on babies and pointing out these temporary kempy fibers ( above, you can see some white hairs overlapping the black spot to the far right). But look at that face!

While I was there, Dilly, a yearling ewe, decided to lamb a bit early. She had a single, small baby out behind a feeder before we knew it. We managed to get them in a pen bedded down with fresh straw.  At 4.6 lbs  she’s half the average size but twice the cuteness! They named her Dally, quite
appropriately. Since she took awhile to get going once out and the weather was cold Robin decided to blanket her after she felt momma had sufficiently bonded with her."

Lisa also has a photo with one of the babies who has the most unusual markings. She has been named "Zorra" in honor of the mask Zorro wears! What fun to see how the Jacob babies turn out.
Lisa holding Zorra

 FEBRUARY 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.

President Reba Siero called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m We had one visitor, Jen, who was referred to us by Linda Ross. There were 11 members present.
Treasurer Pam Murdock said we have a robust treasury. Please think of speakers, classes, equipment, etc., that could a valuable use of this money for our members. Sonja went to a class in Truckee on indigo from a teacher from Montana. Sonja felt there was little chance that she would travel, however. John Marshall was mentioned in relation to indigo He needs a particular housing arrangement and Maureen and her “girl fort” might help with that.
HGA Reno convergence 2018. Joan Anderson and Reba reported that there will be a $10 per day pass available at the vendor hall that would also cover the galleries. Saturday will also feature a Sheep to Shawl contest. T2T has decided to provide a lip gloss tube for the goodie bag for HGA attendees as requested by CHCH. These will be ordered in quantity for the best price and Vilija will design a label to identify our guild as the donor.
Spinning at the Winery 2018. Will and Kate brought the bookmark sized notices to be distributed by members. This year’s date of May 19, 2018, is being well received after the change from June. Joan will begin bringing work detail sign-up sheets to Monday spinning. Morgaine’s schedule will be a little tight to get set at the winery after an out-of-state show. Please start working on the items for the raffle as it is our major fund raiser for the year.
Announcements: Will also brought the year’s schedule for the Crockett Train Museum. Forrest Home Farm, San Ramon, will have their shearing day, April 21. Reba and Doris Bergman will be the contacts for this year in Wendy’s stead. More information later on this. Barbara Shapiro will be the featured speaker at Valley Stitchers this month. She will share her expertise and experiences about natural indigo dying. There is a $5 guest fee. Vilija found 57" wide fabric of 60/40 hemp and silk at Dharma. Megan has a broken foot.
Show and Tell: Although there were few of us, there were marvelous things shared.
Vilija brought in her AV equipment set-up and showed the program from Interweave’s newsletter/blog. This video showed the hard work that Dan Carver and his wife have put in on their 50 square mile ranch on the Columbia Plateau in northeast Oregon. The Imperial Stock Ranch is in it’s 147th year of farming. Sheep have been part of the ranch all along. By careful resource management, the ranch runs on rotational grazing and dry farming with careful water management.
When Ralph Lauren’s Polo brand was looking for American producer’s to manufacture the Sochi Olympic regalia for out athletes, the Imperial Stock ranch was contacted. The Polo group came to the ranch and worked with the Carver’s to get yarn spun, fabric created and clothing designed for the Olympics. Hats, mittens and some clothing was used in both the Sochi, Japan, and South Korea games. The Imperial yarn business was sold in 2015, but the ranch is still in business. The reconstructed ranch house, the Richard Hinton home, is on the National Register of Historic Places, as it was set up along the Oregon Trail.
Then type in "American Wool Wins for U.S. Olympics"


Will and Kate visited this mill not too long ago and told us a bit about them. It is also where Jacob Meridian sends their wool to be spun. Its not a viable alternative for us home spinners after purchasing a single fleece, you need 400 lbs to get something done, however, they have an interesting story and a great on-line shop. It is worth it to support these kinds of businesses if we want the fiber industry to make a comeback in this country. This article excerpted from Interweave Knitting Daily.

"In the shadow of the Big Horn Mountain range sits Mountain Meadow Wool, an American spinning mill dedicated to preserving and protecting the American wool industry. In 2007, Mountain Meadow opened its doors offering fair trade prices and ecologically friendly practices to local Wyoming ranchers. Mountain Meadow is known for its unique Mountain Meadow Merino™—a springy, rustic, and unexpectedly soft wool.
"This story of Mountain Meadow began more than 30 years ago when owner Karen Hostetler signed up for a weaving class at Colorado State University. Her love affair with fiber extended to knitting and spinning, which sustained her fiber passion while she raised seven children. In 2002, when her kids headed off to school, her interest in fiber expanded from personal crafting into a small business venture.
"After visiting several yarn shops, she noticed that there was little-to-no fiber available from Wyoming, which piqued her interest. Karen began researching and to her dismay discovered the American wool industry had plummeted over the past 20 years, threatening the tradition and culture of local Basque sheepherders—shepherds of the windswept plains of Wyoming since the late 1800s.
"Karen partnered with a friend, and together they set out on a journey to revitalize interest and added value to the sheep ranching industry while educating the public and offering top-quality, ecologically friendly yarns. Initially, they bought 400 lbs of wool from a local rancher, packed it, and hauled it up to Canada (the closest available wool processor at the time). Here, they were promptly stopped at the border crossing by several confused Canadian patrol guards. “They thought we were trying to smuggle something in the wool!” said Karen. After three hours of questions and searching, they were allowed passage into Canada returned home with 200 lbs of white, clean, beautiful wool, but they didn’t know where to go from there.
"Through a period of trial and error, help and advice from experts, and six grants through Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), Mountain Meadow Wool was born. Karen currently works with sixteen local ranching families—each skein of yarn produced can be traced back to the source, connecting the knitter to the West and the story of Mountain Meadow Wool.
"To learn more about Mountain Meadow Wool, the mill, their LEGACY YARN CLUB and to sample their yarns, go here to their website and discover a gateway to the West.
To view a 4:26 minute, great video of the Mill and its workings:

February 11, 2018

NEXT MEETING: FEB. 28, 2018, 7 PM

As mentioned in last month's blog, Treadles has no Program Chair this year. Hence, no one has come up with a program for this month. We will still meet and have Show & Tell, bring your wheel to sample a surprise fiber and watch a video yet to be determined! You could also bring your swap fibers and get in a good hour of spinning on your shawl project. If something better pops up, you'll see it at the meeting!

ADDENDUM: Program Info
We’ll watch a presentation about the Imperial Stock Ranch and the clothing that Ralph Lauren designed for this years Olympic athletes.The “Lauren” brand emblazoned on his clothing may be something for us who care about American grown wool and the people who produce it, a proud thing to wear after all.

A quote from the website:
“Ralph Lauren is an iconic American brand,” observed Jeanne Carver, who along with her husband, Dan, owns the sprawling Imperial Stock Ranch in Oregon’s high desert. “They are a global leader and influencer. For them to choose American fiber and to connect the story of family farms to their brand has had a powerful impact on influencing others to follow that lead.”
To view the video yourself:
Then type in "American Wool wins for U.S. Olympics" It will take you to the article and the video.

Megan's already spun combo
Participating members had lots of fun at the last meeting selecting from the numerous one ounce balls of fiber. We had great participation and are certainly looking forward to the finished product at some point in the future. Don't worry, its not next month, lots of time to spin and knit or weave or crochet!

If you were not able to participate in the actual swap, you can still do your own thing by collecting 8 ounces of fiber from your own stash of braids. If you're not quite sure how this all works, take a look at the podcast ww watched at at the meeting:  On youtube look up "PassioKnit Spinner - Bonus episode 2 - Mixing fiber for a sweater combo spin"

 MINUTES:   JANUARY 31, 2018      7:00 P.M.

by Linda Burton
President Reba Siero called the meeting to order with 24 members present. There were no visitors or guests. 
Member’s announcements: Will Taylor distributed flyers for the Sacramento Weavers and Spinners Guild Open House and Sale, February 10-11, 2018, at the Shepard Garden and Arts Center, Sacramento, CA. Hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Linda Van Heertum has fabric covered notebooks for free in the back. Pat Eisner has small portions of white fibers for free as well. Vilija had yarn to donate.
Treasurer: Pam Murdock announced the treasury has $7800 approximately.  Please recommend speakers or equipment or something else that could benefit the guild members. This is the intention of our treasury. Pam reported she had sent our membership list in to CNCH after our last formal meeting in November, 2017 along with a check.
CNCH Liaison: Joan Anderson reported on the H.A. Convergence in Reno, NV, July 6-12, 2018.
There are some classes open still. Our guild’s addition to the H.A. goodie bags will be the tube of lip lubricant. Vilija has designed the label and it will be printed and attached to the tubes by a commercial company. It was mentioned that T2T has not formulated and entered a Sheep to Shawl team, yet. Joan said that  the 2019 venue for the CNCH conference has been secured. It will be at the Sonoma State Campus near Rohnert Park, CA. Housing and meals, free parking, etc. make for an attractive site. This will be Joan’s major contribution to the 2019 planning. Joan will attend the upcoming liaison meetings. 
Annual Dye Day needs to be pulled together. We usually had a May date. This may be moved to an early June date.
Spinning at the Winery, 21st Anniversary: Will Taylor shared that Retzlaff Winery’s event coordinator, Salome, has reservations about our use of facilities the first weekend of June. Will and Kate conferred with her and it became apparent that the winery lost income due to our event instead of a June wedding reservation. Will offered more money by increasing the facility fee from $5/person to $10. Salome hinted that an increase would not be necessary if we would move the date, with an open date of May 19, being mentioned. Discussion followed and the date seemed acceptable. Vendors and CNCH web site will be notified so people get this change information early. Don’t forget the T-shirt challenge (Vilija has more, if needed) and the great raffle donations that bring so much into T2T’s treasury.
Future Meetings: We are lucky to have our last Wednesday of the month here, February, March and April, unless something changes unexpectedly.

Program: Participating members each brought 6 individual one ounce nests of wool that were placed in a single layer on a table. Participants made a circle and moved around the table continuously, taking 2 nests at a time until each had the number of nests equaling what they brought. Much laughing ensued. We watched a 30 minute podcast, passioknit spinner podcast, bonus episode 2, for instructions on how to mix our nests into spinnable colorways.

An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.

Within the right hand column of this blog, are two new resources for us: California local, Valley Oak Wool & Fiber Mill. New, enthusiastic owner of the past  Yolo Wool Mill. She will not only clean and card a fleece, but also spin it into either a single or 2-ply if you have a minimum of 10 lbs. to give her.

Also, Gist Yarn & Fiber. A small online shop for well sourced yarns geared toward weavers. The owner buys from smaller mills, sometimes family owned businesses that produce quality yarns, including 8/2  unmercerized cotton grown and spun in the U.S.

If you have a resource you like, let me know about it!
Also, events for the Calendar below!

  • Feb. 28, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • Mar. 28, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?

PAST MEMBER KARRIE is selling her Lendrum Wheel
 I am asking $700 for the wheel, all the heads, bands, bobbins and such. Additionally I’m including all the roving, fleece I have. 
Thank you so much for helping me. 

Unless you are one who goes up to the mountains for some snow, most of us Californians don't have much need for mittens. But in cold country they are a necessity, and who says they have to be totally utilitarian. So maybe not as useful to us as hand knit socks, mittens are fun to knit and decorate. [Don't correct me for spellings - this is a British magazine!]

Traditional mittens from Sweden; an excerpt from the Selvage "Hibernate" issue, no. 08
by Cia Wedin, images Anna Kern

Sweden is a cold country and from October to April the inhabitants wrap themselves in cosy wool. Young and old both prefer a nice pair of mittens to the modern glove. There are very few Swedes who are unacquainted with the good feeling of putting their hands into a pair of well fitted Lovikka mittens: they´re warm, soft, perhaps a bit clumsy but perfect for squeezing snowballs.

The Lovikka mitten originates from the Lovikka village in the valley of the Torne river, 100km
Lovikka Mitten
north of the Arctic Circle. Given the climate we trust the inhabitants to make a really warm mitten. The Lovikka mitten is usually white or grey and decorated with gorgeous rustique tufts. All Lovikka (a type of wool) products are manufactured in the region. The owners of the trade mark and the protection of design rests with, as it says on the label: 'we who work in Lovikka.'

Another beautiful mitten to be seen in Sweden is the traditional mitten of Sorunda; an area located in Södertörn, 50 km south of Stockholm. It’s crafted in a simple sleek design in white or black wool crowned with a single embroidered red or green flower. This special design has been passed down for centuries by women in Sorunda yet this sober, sparsely decorated mitten feels surprisingly contemporary. Today the survival of the Sorunda mitten is a major concern of The National Swedish Handicraft Council. Between 1981 and 1986 a crafts inventory was performed and as a result more than 2,000 handcrafted objects were documented in the households of the village, among them several antique Sorunda mittens. 
Sorunda mitten
Nalbinding - knotless netting

The Sorunda mitten is made using a technique of knotless netting especially suitable for rounded forms, like mittens and socks. Using a 10cm-long brass needle, the maker starts with the wrist, making loops upwards until the desired length is reached, concluding with the thumb. The mitten is made much too big, then shrunk in lukewarm water with lots of såpa; a soft soap made from pine trees. When rubbed against a washboard, the surface begins to felt. In Sweden this process is called 'valka' and as a result, the mitten can be formed on the hand. The yarn has to be made of 100% pure wool for this to happen and once felted, wool resists water well. Even if it gets wet it will still keep your hands warm, and the mittens will withstand many years of daily use. The Sorunda mitten is modest but with its superb fit and simple decoration, it has the natural elegance of a well made, functional item.

The stunning landscape of Värmland is known for its beautiful lakes and deep woods. Situated on the northwest border, next door to Norway, Värmland is where to find the Dalby mitten. Dalby mittens are rich with embroidery, each maker creating her own personal pattern. A collector can easily detect from which valley in Dalby a mitten originates, and sometimes can even tell who crafted it. A Dalby embroidery always includes roses, violets and forget-me-nots, and more than 100 different patterns have been documented. The thumb is decorated with an embroidered rosebud and the edge of the mitten has a crochet ending. 


Can I have four Dalby mittens to match my hat?