July 5, 2014


Treadles will be placing an order for Su-Pima cotton fiber [the easy spin kind] on July 10th, in order to get it in time for Dye Day. If you would like to order some fiber, please let Vilija know a.s.a.p.  vilijad@me.com

1 lb. - $38.0
8 oz. - $19.40
4 oz. - $9.70

Payment for your order will be at Dye Day, we just need to know how much to order. If there is a shipping charge, that will be added in also, don't know that yet.

8 oz. is a super generous amount.

4oz. fills up the big sized, zip lock type of bags you have for veggies and stuff. Its a generous amount for spinning.

You can definitely order your own. Cotton Clouds has easy to spin Pima, and The Woolery, in Kentucky has Su-Pima, also an easy spinning cotton.

If you love birds, this project is for you! Wildlife rehabilitators around the country have been using knitted nests to house those first couple weeks that orphaned babies are so vulnerable. To see a great article about this go to sfgate.com in Saturday's edition of the Chronicle.

Don't know if our own Lindsey Museum is using the nests yet, but if they are not, perhaps we can convince them. Some nests have been knit from wool and felted, but acrylic yarns are really the best since they can be easily washed along with the myriad number of towels they use everyday, and are just as comfortable and warm for the babies. THis is definitely a Red Heart Yarn project.

Baby birds, by instinct, push their little behinds up toward the top edge of the nest to do their duty. But even then, its not always successful, so the nests are changed out every day. With caring for many hundreds of baby birds every season, lots of nests are needed.

June 30, 2014


Time for our annual color extravaganza of dyeing!
Date:  Saturday, July 26
Where:  the home of Carol Causey
Time:  10 am to about 4 or so

Dyes this year are focusing on cotton and linen. We hope you will bring either your handspun from this past year, or any kind of cotton and/or linen fiber or yarn that you would like to dye.

In addition to any serious dyeing you want to do, the official "just for fun" activity will be "Balls to Dye For".  For this activity the guild will have 120 yard to 140 yard balls of "kitchen cotton". This is the stuff you can get at almost any craft store as "Lily's Sugar 'n Cream" or "Peaches & Cream". It is about worsted weight and can be used for lots of different crafts such as woven towels or placemats, knitted or crocheted wash cloths or kitchen scrubbies. They are actually really nice as crocheted wash cloths. Patterns will be handed out.

The balls of cotton are kept in their ball state, soaked in mordant, squeezed out and dye applied by painting with a squeeze bottle with one, two or lots of colors. As the dyes penetrate into the ball, they mix and get lighter and give fun, interesting results.

The guild will provide this particular cotton and just charge a reimbursement fee for each ball. We have a source where 140 yard balls will cost about $2 each. The balls you buy at JoAnn's or wherever, are usually 120 yards and $2.59 [or so] There will be no other fee for this workshop day.

The top two wash cloths at the left were made from one ball of cotton dyed with various, analogous colors. The top one is yarn from the outside of the ball, while the next one shows what happened as the yarn came from further inside the ball.

The bottom cloth was dyed sparingly with red, pink and a splash of orange [it looks like?!] Again, you can see how the colors changed from the darker to the lighter.

Any cotton yarn or  cotton roving fiber that  you want to dye. We will have the supplies needed to ready your fiber if you bring roving. Skeins should be prepared by tying in at least 6 spots.

Your own Lunch
Apron or come in your grubs.
Bucket or tub to carry your wet yarns home in

Saran wrap
Plastic baggies
Mordant baths
Netting to secure your roving for dyeing

IMPORTANT: Please let Carol know if you plan to come, the sooner the better. This does not mean you can't decide at the last minute, or that you are committed to come. It just really helps if we have an estimate of participants.  Carol:  cacauseywc@gmail.com

A BIG, BIG THANK YOU to all who came out to the Winery this year to help out. It was our usual success and could not be done with out you. The weather was great, the food yummy, the vendors wonderful, and the raffle was its usual success also. We had over 200 guests who we think were all happy too!

Really friendly rams at the Alameda County Fair this year:

August 27, Treadles meeting at the Library

September 24, Treadles meeting at the Library

October29, Treadles meeting at the Library


End Note From Junior:
Junior's stamp of approval for my "fresh off the loom" table runner

May 7, 2014

NEXT MEETING: May 28, 2014 7 pm

Donna and Mike from Black Diamond Alpacas

"Merlin" helping with the raking chores at the ranch
[photo from their website]

Located in Brentwood, CA, Black Diamond has been coming to our Spinning Day at the Winery for
several years now. Donna will give
some background into how they got into the business, plus some insight into living with and raising beautiful alpacas.

Their ranch is open for a "look-see" at their delightful creatures. They also have a nice gift shop with yarns, both alpaca and other natural fibers, hand knit, crocheted and hand woven items, plus other great products. Donna will give us the specifics on visiting times.

Dr Brian Hockel, the dentist right next door to the library, has offered us the 10 spaces that he has in his parking lot for our evening meetings. His office and parking lot entrance is just before the library entrance as you come down Oak Grove from Ygnacio. Hopefully, this will help a bit with the "overcrowding" that we do on Wednesday nights. Please check in there as you come to see if there is still a spot. Thanks Doc for being so generous!


May 17th, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch 

Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

Contact Reba to come spin at this event. More info in the March blog.

May 23, 10 am at the Thurman Casey Library [same place we meet] Joan Ruane morning talk and afternoon 3-hr workshop on spinning cotton on a spindle and/or a takli. Sponsored by Diablo Weavers. The morning talk is free and if you want to participate in the afternoon workshop its $25. Please contact or talk to Mary-Helen B. Her number and email is on your membership list. I'm sure Joan will have some her wonderful-to-spin cotton with her.

June 7, 2014

Spinning at the Winery 

17th Annual day at Retzlaff Winery  

Saturday, June 7  10 am to 4 pm

1356 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore
entry is $5 per person

Fleeces, Fiber, Yarn & Much More!
Featuring California Vendors

A day of spinning, meeting, shopping, eating, and "raffleing".. Bring your wheel, a friend, your family, and a pot luck dish to share for lunch. The weather promises to be good, so plan to meet all your fiber friends in Livermore Wine country. 

Treadles members:  please sign up for a job with Linnie. There are always things to do and spots to cover.  Come and help out for an hour or two. This event happens because of all your hard work. Set up begins at 8:30 am if you are a morning person. Take down is at 4 pm for the rest of us. Lots of little jobs during the day also. 
Still time to find or make something for the raffle. It can be anything of value and does not have to be spinning or fiber related.

July:  date still to be determined for our Annual Dye Day. We will be playing with bast fiber dyeing. Bring your cotton, linen, in fiber or yarn form.


ROAD TRIP!!!  Not getting left behind this time!

April 16, 2014

NEXT MEETING: April 30, 2014, 7 pm

Lisa Souza of Lisa Souza Dyeworks
Most spinners and knitters are familiar with the beautiful yarns and fibers that come from this very creative woman. We are fortunate that she will be coming to share her yarns and knowledge of spinning and dyeing.

In addition to being a knitter and dyer, Lisa is also a knitwear designer and author. In her Placerville studio she now focuses on dyeing mill spun yarns, fabulously decadent luxury handspun yarns as well as hand dyed fibers for spinning.

You can see more of her work and products at: lisaknit.com


Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center  

Lots to see and do. Come for the day if you have not signed up the the the whole three days. Still time to volunteer for a two hour job, which includes a day pass

April 26,  Forest Home Farm Shearing Day 
See last month's blog for more info - for those not going to conference!

May 17th, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch 

will be held on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.
See last months blog for more info to come and spend the day spinning

June 7, 2014

Spinning at the Winery 

17th Annual day at Retzlaff Winery  
Saturday, June 7  10 am to 4 pm
1356 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore
entry is $5 per person

Fleeces, Fiber, Yarn & Much More!
Featuring California Vendors

A day of spinning, meeting, shopping, eating, and "raffleing".. Bring your wheel, a friend, your family, and a pot luck dish to share for lunch. The weather promises to be good, so plan to meet all your fiber friends in Livermore Wine country. 

Treadles members:  please sign up for a job with Linnie. There are always things to do and spots to cover.  Come and help out for an hour or two. This event happens because of all your hard work. Set up begins at 8:30 am if you are a morning person. Take down is at 4 pm for the rest of us. Lots of little jobs during the day also. 
Still time to find or make something for the raffle. It can be anything of value and does not have to be spinning or fiber related.


Our towel spinning and weaving project is done and off the loom. Here is a preview photo of all of it just after being cut off. They look great and will be available at this month's meeting!


We like meeting at the Ygnacio Library. Its a good location, and best of all, its free. But we are beginning to outgrow the room on most meeting nights, and parking has always been a bit of a problem. Even t hough our contract with them says we are limited to 20 some spaces, there are never that many available and we have had complaints that we take up more than our allotment.

We would love to find another space, but have not been successful so far. Most rooms require payments of $100 or more. Does any one have any ideas about this? 

End Note From Junior:

Totally bored with dyeing eggs

March 17, 2014


PROGRAM:  Mary Finley and Roger Salter of Dreamy Goat Design Studio
Mary with some of their lovely fiber

Mary and Roger will spend the evening with us talking about how they make all their wonderful batts of wool for spinners. Concentrating on natural dyes, they create lovely colors and mixtures of fiber that most of us simply cannot resist. You will enjoy Mary's knowledge of spinning, weaving, dying, etc. and Roger always has a few stories to tell. Come and be inspired.

They will be vendors at the upcoming CNCH conference in April, with a whole new batch of great colors and fibers. Stop by and say hello. Mary's been busy with a big pot of indigo in the last week or so. On this evening, they will have some of their regular fibers and colors for sale in the parking lot, since the new ones are not quite ready. All the more reason to come to the conference, at least for a day.

Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center  

Treadles oil bags are in the hands of the Gallery Committee, all 35 of them! Great participation from our group, give yourselves a pat on the back. Whether you liked or just "tolerated" making the bag, it's going to be a nice display - another reason to come spend the day if you are not a full participant.

There will be after all, a Spinning Corral and Spindles and Flyers have once again volunteered to man it. They stepped up to volunteer to coordinate this activity. Which, once again, shows that this is a total volunteer happening and unless someone comes forward, things just don't happen.  Anyone bringing spinning wheels will be very welcome to join them at any time to spin and chat. Spindles and flyers are taking a break to have a meeting of their own guild so there will be times when you may be needed to help out.

April 10th is the next deadline to send in other items for any Gallery other than Return to Sender and Return of Return. At this point, its too late to get in skeins to be judged, but if you want them to be out just for display, they can be dropped off by 9 am on the Friday of conference [April 25]. Return of Return, for judging or just showing, can also be turned in at that same time. See previous blog for more info.

VOLUNTEERS for many time periods and events at the Conference are still needed. Anyone who is not a full participant in the conference, will get a free day pass if they volunteer for at least a 2 hour work session. Go to cnch.org, bring up conference info and go towards the bottom of the left hand column under "Additional 2014 Information" and click on "Volunteer Opportunities" to get full info on what and how to volunteer for. Everyone in this guild stepped up amazingly in 2012, and even though we are not a host guild this time, the need is still great.


MARCH 22,  SATURDAY -  Silk Spinning with  Sara Lamb

A beautiful wild silk moth

Sara's handspun & woven silk

Join Sara in this Walnut Creek Civic Arts class for the next step up from our cotton & linen spinning. Silk is luxurious to use and requires just a little extra care to spin easily and well. Participants will sample a variety of preparations and types. Yarns can be created specifically for the technique you wish to use, whether it's weaving, knitting or embroidery. Class is suitable for wheel or spindle spinners. Participants need to be able to spin a continuous yarn. Intermediate level. $24 supply fee due at class. There are still some openings, call soon. See online materials list.
To register:
or call 925 943 5846

May 17th, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch 
will be held on Saturday, from 10 am to 4 pm.

From Reba:
Heritage Day has been on the 2nd weekend in June for many years, but has moved to the May date for this 100th Birthday celebration for the City of Walnut Creek.
I will be going and would love for others to join me.  We spin under the trees.  If it rains, I imagine we can spin in the old Borges family farm house.

Email Reba for information and to let her know you will be there!  rebasiero@yahoo.com

Forest Home Farm Shearing Day  April 26, 2014

From Wendy:
T2T members and other interested folks,
I know that the weekend of April 26 will be very busy for the folks attending CNCH but I am hoping a few spinners can spend some time with me on Saturday April 26 at Forest Home Farm in San Ramon for their annual Sheep Shearing Day.  We start shearing the sheep early and go all day so if spinners want to come spin under the trees or help me skirt fleeces, all are welcome and admission if free if you come help out. Fleeces are also available to those who volunteer.
More information can be found at   http://www.srhf.org/sheep-shearing-day-2014/

Lambtown 2014 
Once again, Lambtown will be held at the Dixon May Fair on Saturday and Sunday, October 4 and 5, 2014.  The Fiber Fair committee is eager to recruit sheep-to-shawl teams from CNCH guilds to spotlight the many talented people involved in guilds in northern California.  The featured breed this year is Corriedale, and in the Sheep-to-Shawl section of the Lambtown website (Lambtown.org) we have listed several California and Oregon Corriedale breeders who have fleeces to sell.  We hope this will inspire sheep-to-shawl teams and other hand spinners to use Corriedale in their projects.  Details about the sheep-to-shawl competition are currently being updated and questions may be directed to the Fiber Fair committee via the Lambtown website.

Something fun to look into, from Pam:
 Design Seeds at  www.design-seeds.com.

It's listed as a site "for all who love color".  It is an email several
times a week - 5? with a photo and color chips.  I like it.

End Note from Junior:
"You call that a winter? Even I could use more rain!"

February 12, 2014

NEXT MEETING: February 19, 2014, 7 PM

THIS MEETING IS ONE WEEK EARLY FROM OUR USUAL. So make a note on your calendar!

I love growing fiber for you.

The big knitters conference, Stitches, begins on the 20th, the day after our meeting. In preparation for the enormous shopping opportunities there -- we are going to have a "Stash Reduction" evening. Go through all your yarns and fibers; what have you had for years that you will never use; which colors can't you stand anymore; what do you just not want anymore? Bring it to give away, trade or perhaps sell. Its good to clean out at least once a year!

Bring your wheels also as we'll be taking a break from our study of cotton and linen and spend the evening spinning alpaca. We tried to get a speaker to talk about alpacas, but guess what, they're all headed to Stitches. Member Wendy donated some already to spin alpaca roving for us to play with. Another friend of a friend donated a bag of her pet alpaca fleece which we can all share to see what its like right off the animal. Bring hand cards if you have some.

Stitches is the annual knitters conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Classes begin on the 20th and its open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are a huge number of vendors that bring lots to see: yarns, some fiber and spinning stuff, a little bit of weaving stuff, and everything you can imagine that goes with being a yarn addict. If you want more info, look it up on the web as Stitches West 2014.

Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

 After much confusion, these are the new, official deadlines:

March 15 - entry forms due for all the galleries EXCEPT Return to Sender, and Return of Return to Sender. Entry forms must include a photo or photocopy of the item you are entering. We will have extra copies of entry forms at the February meeting. $5 must accompany each entry.

March 15 - for Return to Sender and Return of Return, EMAIL Gina Glock by 3/15 to let her know you will bring a skein and/or a Return of Return item. cnch2014returntosender@gmail.com The skeins and finished items will need to be brought directly to the conference by 9 am on Friday, April 25. [Our Guild will arrange to take your items if you cannot be there at that time] There is no entry fee for these two galleries.

April 10 - deadline to send in all items for all galleries EXCEPT Return to Sender and Return of Return. 

The oil bags we are making go into the Guild Gallery, so the entry form is due March 15th and the finished bag mailed by April 10th. $5 must accompany each entry.  The Guild has decided that if you finish your bag and bring it to our  February or March  meeting, we will send them all in together. But the entry and photo must be in by Mar 15. so bring or fill out an entry form at the February meeting and the Guild will send the entry forms in with the fees. Bring a photo or photocopy of your bag - or at least your bag in progress. Bring your finished bag if you have it done. This is still confusing! But we feel that guild members should not pay for a guild exhibit.


Feb. 18, 2014 is the opening date to sign up for Spring Classes in the fiber arts. Support your local talent! 

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced weaving classes will again be taught by Lou Grantham. All levels are within one class time - you get to choose Tuesday afternoon or Tuesday evening classes.
4/14 thru 6/10

Reba will offer a rigid heddle class
Sunday 4/13

A new class, Weaving Workshop, is being offered by Lou as a one day introduction for beginners, also suitable if you need a refresher in warping. 
Saturday, 4/12

Spring Basketry with our own Karrie Dunham. Construct and weave a reed basket. Geared toward 11 - 18, but if you are young at heart, you can probably sign up!
Saturday 5/17

Pin Loom woven Felted Bag: portable, affordable and easy to use. Think similar to our oil bags but bigger and more sophisticated. For kids and adults.
Sunday 5/18

Shibori for Wearables: create shibori dyed fabrics for a vest or jacket
Satuday 6/14

Log onto www.Arts-Ed.org  or call 925-943-5846

The first towel being woven off in our cotton/linen towel project. If you have signed up, you will get an email reminder of your date and time a week or two before your scheduled time. 

January 4, 2014

NEXT MEETING: Jan. 21, 2014, 7PM

This month's meeting is not only a week early, its on a different night! Tuesday evening instead of Wednesday evening. Just remember, all these small hassles enable us to have a free meeting space.

"What's Your Bag?"
One of the activities for us to participate in at the CNCH 2014 Conference is a Guild Display Gallery. The theme for this conference is: "What's Your Bag?" Techniques and materials are an open field, and so we have chosen to make Oil Bottle Bags. They will be displayed together at one of the conference galleries.

At left is a the type of bag we are going to be making at this meeting. We'll begin the bag by learning how to weave on a simple cardboard loom - if you haven't already done so as a child!

No spinning wheels at this meeting [if you are interested is starting your bag] Everyone will get a supplies bag with the basics, including a brand new oil bottle.

This will be your opportunity to use up some of those bits of handspun yarn you have stashed. You won't need much, and they can be combined to make heavier yarn for weaving. No need to ply them together, you can just hold them together with the weaving needle. But pretty much any size yarn can be used, even in combination. This is a pretty open project.

The bags will have to be done and back at the March meeting ready for display. 

Bring: scissors for paper, pencil or pen, a ruler that has at least 1/4 inch markings, any handspun yarn that you would like to use. $3 to pay for supplies

Recycling Request:
Lets make our refreshment break a little bit greener this year. Bring your own reusable cup/glass to the meetings for liquid refreshments. Every little cup saved from going to the dump helps.

Did You Know. . .at least on my computer, if you click on any of the photos in the blog, it will bring up the photo bigger  [according to pixel size] 

It Was A Sheepish Holiday
The ornament sheep from this year"s exchange. Well done, everyone!


February 19, 2014  Treadles Meeting [WEEK AND DATE CHANGE] "Spinning Alpaca" For a break from our year long study of cotton and flax, this meeting will give you a chance to work with alpaca. Samples for everyone of cleaned and ready to spin fiber, plus some 'right off the animal' fiber.

March 15, 2014 Return To Sender fiber must be postmarked by Mar. 15 and sent back to the CNCH committee or bring it to the Feb. 19 meeting and we will send them all together.

March 26, 2014. Treadles Meeting [usual day, time and place!]

Branch Out With Fibers - CNCH 2014
A Fiber Artisans' Conference
April 25 - 27, Oakland Marriott Convention Center

 Registration is now open. Early Bird registration ends on Jan. 31, but you can still register after that date, just at a higher rate.
For those new to our Guild system, this is the next annual conference for all northern California member guilds. This includes weavers, spinners, dyers and basketmaker guilds. Find updated info at:  www.cnch.org and click conference on the left side of the home page. Or simply use the link on the right side of this blog.

Lots of update news from the CNCH 2014 committee:

First, a request from Gina Glock asking us to find some more customers for the "return to sender" bags of fiber. She still has quite a few left.  If they're  not someone's  favorite color, remind them  they can blend them and add other fibers. Creativity is key! Gina's email is CNCH2014returntosender@gmail.com. Finished skeins must be returned by March 15.

Next, we still need a lot more people to sign up for the classes. Get to work on your guilds and also other people who may like to come. We have quite a few non-members who have signed up. Ask all your knitting friends, sewing friends and all the other  like minded people you know. We want to try and get a sell out!

Vendors: Deborah  Collins is doing a great job as vendor chair. She's sent out a very large mailing. As with the 2012  CNCH she has had the initial rush and then the rest seem to wait until after they have gotten their Christmas shows out of the way. We need to get as many as we can. For the first time in 20012 the Kentucky Yarn Barn did not attend , and that's a big chunk of space. They haven't responded this year either. Cotton Clouds in Arizona has been contacted, but no response yet. If you have any suggestions of other big outlets you think it would be good to get here, let Deborah know. We, like everyone else, are competing with the internet. There is still a great attraction to touch the fibers and see first hand and it is also good advertising for companies, We just have to convince them of this. Also contact your local stores. they also have a lot of competition on the net.
Deb is CNCH2014Vendors @gmail.com

Remember, you don't have to be a conference participant to enter any of the galleries, just a member of our Guild. The deadline for entry forms is March 15, and all items must be in the hands of the Gallery personnel by April 10.

Still time to sign up for the following great classes in the fiber arts. Support your local talent!
Log onto www.walnutcreek.org and go to Civic Arts Education

Loom Weaving Beginning and Continued with Lou Grantham
Classes begin Jan 14 and run through March 18

Tablet Weaving with Patricia Townsend
1/19 & 1/26 [two Sundays]

Geometry Blouse or Jacket with Julianne Bramson
A great design/sewing class for weavers
3/1 [Saturday]

Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving with Reba Siero
sign up for one or both:
1/26 Weaving One [Sunday]
2/9 Weaving Two [Sunday]

Silk Spinning Introduction with Sara Lamb
3/22 [Saturday]

The warp for the woven towel project has been finalized and above are the colors. Each towel will be 16" x 22" in the loom, which means it will be smaller after cutting off the loom. You will need approximately 120- 140 yards of weft [yarn to weave with]. 

The warp is being measured and put onto the loom as we speak. Scheduling a time for those who want to weave a towel will be discussed at the meeting. There will be both day time and evening hours, plus some week-end hours. The "guess-timate" time to weave a towel is one hour to much less. 

The warp we have planned will weave about 20 towels, so think about committing to this project and setting yourself a time to come in to the Heather Farms weaving studio [where Lou Grantham teaches weaving] Weaving time extends from now into mid-March. 

When this project was dreamed up, we did not have the membership that we have now, so we have to apologize if not all who want to do this project will be able to do it. Perhaps we'll be able to repeat it later in the year.

FOR SALE: T2T member, Linda V.H. has a Schacht single treadle Matchless wheel looking for a new home. 4 regular bobbins, high speed whorl and one high speed bobbin, WooLee winder with 4 bobbins. $1250. LJvanhjeertum@aol.com

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