January 15, 2017

NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY, JAN. 24 2017, 7PM

Once again,  meeting is on a Tuesday rather than our usual Wednesday. Mark your calendar.

PROGRAM: AN EVENING WITH ROY CLEMES ABOUT CARDING ON OUR ELECTRIC CARDERS
Roy will bring one or two carders and we will have our two there so there will be plenty of opportunity for hands on carding! Treadles' blending board will also be there.  Roy suggested that a call be put out to anyone who has clean fiber they want to test out to bring it and he can talk through the difference between, say, longwool and merino, or whatever. We will probably skip sharing to give more time on the carders, so save what you have for February.

This is a good reminder that the guild has two Clemes & Clemes electric carders that are new and work beautifully. This meeting will give you a chance to see how they work so that you will have the confidence to use them on their own. We want to keep them in tip top shape, so there is a bit of a learning curve to use them properly.


The carders are not only for preparing clean raw fiber, but also for blending rovings or batts that you already have. Its a great way to make your own one-of-a-kind blends for spinning. In February we have a special speaker coming, see below, but in March there will be another program about "Twelve-Plus Ways to Spin Batts". This will give you two months to borrow one of the carders and use up some of your own clean fiber to make some batts. Contact either Carol C. or Pam M. to arrange a time to have the carders. The use of the carders is for paid members only.



TREADLES SHEEP FOR 2016


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2017
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday]
  • Jan 26, 27, 28, Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop. [Info below]
  • Feb. 22, Treadles Meeting. On the usual Wednesday. Charlene Woodcock:  Jolom Mayaetik: Mayan weavers cooperative of Chiapas
  • Feb 23 - 26, Stitches West at the Santa Clara Convention Center
  • March 22, Treadles Meeting[One week early because of Library Book Sale] 12+ Ways to Spin Batts, a video presentation by Jillian Moreno
  • April 26, Treadles Meeting, On our usual Wednesday.
  • May 4 - 7CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)
  • May 27 - 28, Treadles' Dye Day with Linda Hartshorn, Organic Indigo, Easy as 1 2 3. [for paid members only, more info later]
  • June 3Spinning at the Winery. This is our 20th Anniversary! How can we make it even more special? Think of some great suggestions. [date is still tentative, but probably accurate]

GREENWOOD FIBERWORKS SPINNING WORKSHOP
"Spinning Painted Rovings for Deliberate Color Effect"

Jan 26, Thursday night 7-8pm, Fiber Preview at Amy's house with light appetizers and beverages to accompany the fiber preview, All participants welcome

Jan. 27, Friday 10am - 5pm
Jan 28, Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Both workshops will be identical, pick the day you can attend. Workshop will be at Amy's house in Pleasant Hill.

$45 per student plus $24 supply fee
If interested,contact Wendy to to see if there are any more spaces.

Bring:

  • a well-functioning spinning wheel
  • bobbins
  • lazy kate
  • niddy-noddy
  • labels for skeins
  • a bag lunch
  • And a great big smile 😃




SPINNING WORKSHOPS AT CNCH 2017 ASILOMAR
A Beatrix Potter illustration



It wasn’t very long ago, 15 years or so, that some of us badgered CNCH [the Conference of Northern California Handweavers] to give us spinners equal time with the weavers. Many of us weavers were becoming more and more interested in other textile related crafts. Hence basket making, dyeing and spinning were eventually given planned workshops in these areas to choose from at the yearly conferences. Since CNCH was set up to promote the craft of weaving specifically, it was not easy to make them understand the need to branch out.

Its tough and expensive to put on a conference, from gathering the needed volunteers to deciding just which workshops and seminars will be chosen. Class participation is monitored for future decisions on what to offer. At Asilomar this year there are three spinning related workshops all of which need more participants

  1. Shifu Journey: Spinning and Weaving Mulberry Paper, with Donna Sakamoto Crispin
  2. Spinning Spectacular Knitting Yarns, with Kate Larson
  3. Princess Breeds: Turbo-Charged, with Beth Smith

All three instructors for these classes are well-known and informative leaders. These are good classes that any of you should consider signing up for. If we don’t support our chosen areas of interest, support for them at CNCH will evaporate. 

We are not asking you to sign up for something you don’t want to take, but we are asking you to consider going to Asilomar and to also consider one of these three classes if at all possible for you. 


Registration is open now! Click on the link to CNCH at the right side of this blog.


MAKE A CENTER PULL BALL
for when you don't have access to your ball winder!



FOR ALL THOSE RAINY DAYS. . . MAY THEY CONTINUE FOR A WHILE

December 5, 2016

HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, Dec. 17, Noon


Time for our annual ritual of good food, conversation, and fun sheep and lambs.
DATE:  Saturday, December 17, 2016
PLACE:  Vilija's house [email for directions if you need them]
TIME:  Noon
Bring a food dish to share, and an ornament sized sheep to exchange. 


MINUTES FROM THE LAST MEETING:
Treadles to Threads Guild
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA
7:00 p.m., November 29, 2016

President Reba called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. We welcomed visitors, Isabelle and Brenda and two driver husbands.  We had 19 members present for a Tuesday night.
Joan Anderson gave a report on CNCH 2017 meeting at Asilomar. Registration is open and many classes have filled. There are a few open classes, one involving spinning.  She announced that the 2018 Area 4 Conference will be cancelled due to the HGA national meeting [CONVERGENCE]  being scheduled in Reno in July, 2018. Area 4 is in the same area as Reno.
Treasurer Pam says that individual dues of $25 are welcome at any time, especially now. We have about 35 members.

Announcements include: Mayan Handweavers this weekend in Berkeley. Moraga’s Hacienda Holiday show the first weekend in December has several of our members participating. Reba announced she will teach 4 weaving classes thru Walnut Creek “Civic Arts” with registration starting Dec. 5. Don’t forget our December Holiday pot luck at Vilija’s with our sheep ornament exchange. This Saturday day meeting will be our monthly meeting.
Future programs include: Roy Clemes working more with us and our electric carders for guild use. Carolyn Greenwood will be offering a 6 hour workshop January 27-28 on spinning and hand painted roving. Wendy has the signups, so contact her if you need information about attending. Amy is hosting a welcome evening on Thursday evening prior.  Wendy was not present, so contact her directly for more information. Charlene Woodcock will present a program in February.

Will Taylor mentioned this is the 20th anniversary year of Spinning at the Winery. He asked for any ideas of ways to make this special and celebrate. He also mentioned the Annual Holiday show at the Crockett Train museum on Dec. 10-11 from 10-4. They also have a new web site: http://cttom.org


Doris gave a short presentation on her recent journey into the fiber community starting with Jacob fiber. She offered one ounce balls of Jacob top that she had prepared for each member using her new combs and hackle. There was also a handout sheet about Jacob sheep. Doris also showed the knitted shawl prepared from blended colors of Laurie from Meredian Jacobs. She then introduced Robin Lynde of Meredian Jacobs. Robin gave a wonderful presentation about her business as a shepherd with a herd of 60, land manager, partner in agribusiness, member of Farm Club, fiber store owner presenting her own weaving and spinning products while being off the main drag of shoppers. She has a blog, her dog’s blog, Newsletter, Facebook, Ravelry, Instagram and the Fibershed website.  She hosts Spinners Day out on Fridays, Third Friday Evenings, Shearing Day on Feb. 5, first lambing due date is Feb. 28 with 48 bred ewes. April is Meet the Sheep, October is Hug a Sheep day. Robin brought skeins, pelts, ponchos and small blankets as examples. Her dedication to her business is astounding.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party 
2017
  • Jan 2, Sheila O'Hara talk at Valley Stitchers in Pleasant Hill. [Info below]
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday]
  • Jan 26, 27, 28, Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop. [Info below]
  • Feb. 22, Treadles Meeting. On the usual Wednesday. Charlene Woodcock:  Jolom Mayaetik: Mayan weavers cooperative of Chiapas
  • March 22, Treadles Meeting, [One week early because of Library Book Sale]
  • May 4 - 7CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)

GREENWOOD FIBERWORKS SPINNING WORKSHOP
"Spinning Painted Rovings for Deliberate Color Effect"

Jan 26, Thursday night 6-8pm, Fiber Preview at Amy's house with light appetizers and beverages to accompany the fiber preview, All participants welcome

Jan. 27, Friday 10am - 5pm
Jan 28, Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Both workshops will be identical, pick the day you can attend. Workshop will be at Amy's house in Pleasant Hill.

$45 per student plus $24 supply fee
$25 deposit holds your position in class. Contact Wendy to get on the list.


SHEILA O'HARA TALK AT VALLEY STITCHERS ON JAN. 2, 2017

Sheila is a weaver of stunning landscapes, dancing sheep, and many other fiber fantasies. She has been weaving since 1976, gradually progressing to working on a jacquard loom. Her weavings can now be much more detailed, with some being photo realistic such as "Pomo Girl" pictured here. Her "Dancing Sheep" have been perennial favorites of weavers for a long time. Sheila will talk about her life in weaving, her inspirations and her process. She is a great, entertaining speaker.

When:  Jan. 2, 2017, meeting begins at 10 am [doors open at 9:30]

Where:  Faith Lutheran Church, 50 Woodsworth Lane, Pleasant Hill

$5 entry for non-members

DUES FOR OUR GUILD
If you have not paid the $25 dues for the year, which began in August, please make sure to get a check to Pam. The guild offers quite a bit while trying to keep the dues affordable. Please make sure you have paid. 

At the beginning of the new year, if you do not get the notification that the blog for January is up, you have not paid your dues for the year. Among a few other things, this means you will not be able to participate in in the spinning workshop above nor our annual May dye day nor have access to any of the guild equipment and DVDs. WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU! 



PRE-CHRISTMAS ENCOUNTER






Talk about good luck. I saw Vixen and Comet while they were in Indiana for a visit during Thanksgiving. Here they are resting up for the big day on Christmas Eve.







CHRISTMAS END NOTE FROM JUNIOR:


November 6, 2016

NEXT MEETING: NOV. 29, 2016, 7 PM

NOTE: The meeting date is on a Tuesday. You should be used to the date changes by now!

Program: Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs, and Doris Bergman

Robin's talk:
One of Robin's ewes with newborn triplets
[from Robin's website]
There is more to running a fiber business than fondling yarn and knitting all day just as there is more to raising sheep than cuddling lambs. How do you combine farming, shop-keeping, teaching, and weaving into a successful business? Robin will discuss her experience developing and managing Meridian Jacobs and her favored breed, Jacob sheep. She will also discuss the growing interest in working with local fibers and our local Northern California Fibershed. Robin will bring fiber, yarn and other farm products.

Doris: 
will talk about preparing the lovely Jacob fleece she got from Robin and will have samples for everyone.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016

  • Nov 12, 9 AM. Registration opens for CNCH 2017 at Asilomar. Get your class early. cnch.org
  • Nov 12-13, West Coast Craft. 10am - 6pm, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marin Blvd. SF. Free. 275 designers, artisans and tradespeople fill Fort Mason. West Coast Craft was an early champion of shibori textiles, colorful woven jewelry and natural wood furniture. So much to see.
  • Nov 18, Diablo Weavers Meeting:  Thurman Casey Library, 10 am. Interwoven. All info is in the previous blog below. A great talk by some great weavers using handspun and their own dyed yarns.
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting, Robin Lynde and our own Doris Bergman [date change - Tuesday]
  • Dec 2, 3, 4, Hacienda Holiday Faire. Fri. - noon - 8pm. Sat & Sun. - 11am - 6pm. Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr. Moraga. A more local showcase of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and gourmet foods with over 45 local artisans. Three Treadles members are participating.
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party - more info below
2017
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday]
  • Jan 26, 27, 28, Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop. Info below.
  • Feb. 22, Treadles Meeting. On the usual Wednesday.
  • May 4 - 7CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)

Sheep Ornament Exchange at our Annual Holiday Get-Together

As in many years past, time again to come up with a sheep for our Holiday Exchange in December. The gathering will be at Vilija's house at noon on Saturday, Dec 17. Bring a salad or dessert to share and an ornament sized sheep to exchange. Lots of great patterns out there, so give yourself enough time to find one and create in any medium. If you run out of time -- a purchased sheep is o.k. too.


Minutes from the last Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting

October 27, 2016 Walnut Creek, CA
Thurman Casey Library

Lisa Waterman opened the meeting in Reba Siero’s place. Reba is still in China. The business of the guild started with the CNCH report given by Joan Anderson.
She reminded us that registration opens on November 12, 2016, at 9:00 am. The registration for grants for registration will be a few days later, as the recipient must be registered in a class and will be reimbursed. All guild members in the various districts are eligible. The grants are not need based, so Joan encouraged any interested member to apply. In this vein, she also reminded us that to replenish the scholarship moneys, we need to donate items that will be raffled and the money put in the fund. 

Wendy Lacy reported that there will be a workshop in January, 2017 given by Carolyn Greenwood from Utah.  She can work with 15 students each on Friday, 1/27/17, and 15 more on Saturday, 1/28/17. They will run from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The subject will be spinning different colors. The class will cost $45 and there is a $24 materials fee. Other good news is that there will be a Thursday night welcome party at Amy’s! We need to buy a ticket soon, so Wendy sent a sign up sheet around.  Wendy also passed around envelopes of weld seeds that can be planted soon. She will have more.

Program notes:
November 29, Tuesday, our next guild meeting at the Library will feature Robin and Doris.
December 17, 2016, will be our Holiday Ornament exchange. We exchange Sheep style ornament, either home made or purchased. We also have a pot luck with any dish you wish to provide. Our traditional hostess is Vilija, and the starting time is noon. She is open to other hostesses in the future. 
January 24, 2017, will be at the Library with Roy Clemes demonstrating our electric carding machine for blending.
Announcements:
Will Taylor passed around flyers for the Sacramento Guilds open house sale and raffle.  It will be held on February 11-12, 2017.  
Linda VH, Pam M., Vilija and Rob will participate in the Hacienda Holiday, December 2-4.
 Program:
 Lisa introduced Stephanie Wilkes, PhD. She shared the joys and despair associated with the inception, planning and funding of a commercial fiber mill to be built in Ukiah, CA. Her major partners are Matt and Sarah Gilbert and their young family. Even with her extensive background in finance and funding, it has been an uphill battle. She has leveraged her 20 year background as a software engineer with a good income into her passion of professional sheep shearer, wool grader, hoof trimmer and beginning spinner. She led us through the world of biodynamic certified vineyards, Direct Public offerings and the social impact investment fund of EDFC in Mendecino county. She also commended John Curry for all his work to open the mill through the Planning Commission, etc. Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks in Willets will be their dye partner. Contact information is www.westbymidwest.me and stephany.wilkes@gmail.com. Phone (415)519-0018 on mobile.  She is anysteph on Ravelry. Her presentation was eye opening on many levels.


Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop, a Treadles to Threads event

"Spinning Painted Rovings for Deliberate Color Effect"

Jan 26, Thursday night 6-8pm, Fiber Preview at Amy's house with light appetizers and beverages to accompany the fiber preview, All participants welcome

Jan. 27, Friday 10am - 5pm
Jan 28, Saturday, 10am - 5 5pm
Both workshops will be identical, pick the day you can attend.

$45 per student plus $24 supply fee
$25 deposit holds your position in class


Happy Thanksgiving End Note from Iso


BY THE WAY: Iso was a rescue kitty from Rejane, a T2T member who now has the word out on her home in the Cat World. She is desperately seeking homes for at least 8 adult cats right now. All "fixed" and healthy and ready for homes. If you have a space, or know of anyone who would love to help a kitty-in-need, contact Rejane.

October 18, 2016

NEXT MEETING: OCT. 27, 2016

PLEASE NOTE: The next meeting date is on a THURSDAY. Can't seem to get those Wednesdays anymore!

PROGRAM: Stephany Wilkes
She will be talking about how she ended up funding a wool mill and the unexpected challenges of textile start-ups. 
In Stephany's words, "I personally think that story is neat because it's "how far we've fallen and what we've lost, culturally and industrially" and also, this is why it's THIS HARD to start up a textile manufacturing business in 2016!" 

Stephany is a tiny flock sheep shearer and was certified as a Beginner Level 2 sheep shearer by the University of California ANR in Hopland, CA in May 2015, after receiving Beginner Level 1 certifications in May 2013 and 2014. She is also a certified Level I Wool Classer, having met the requirements of the American Sheep Industry (ASI) Association’s Certified Wool Classing Program in May 2014. You can read more about her life and work at: http://westbymidwest.me



DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016
  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday] 
  • Oct. 29, 'Hug A Sheep' day at Meridian Jacobs.  Free.  Robin Lynde will put details on the web site as the time gets closer  http://www.meridianjacobs.com/
  • Nov 18, Diablo Weavers Meeting:  see info below on the program
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting, Robin Lynde and our own Doris Bergman [date change - Tuesday]
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party - more info below
2017
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday
  • May 4 - 7, CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)

Master Weavers of INTERWOVEN
Zenon Hipolito, Joseph Young & Jaime Hipolito
 DIABLO WEAVERS MEETING PROGRAM: NOVEMBER 18
Meeting begins at 10 am and the program at 11 am. Thurman Casey Library - the same place and room that we meet in. 

The weavers from INTERWOVEN will be speaking on this day and any Treadles members who can come are very welcome.

Zenon Hipolito, a Zapotec born in a small village of Teotitlan Del Valle in Oaxaca, Mexico. Zenon has been weaving for 45 years, following in his footsteps is his second son Jaime Hipolito born in Stockton, California, the eighth generation weaver and Joseph Young born on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, the third generation weaver. Weaving textiles is a Zapotec art form that has been passed down for many generations. Through their weavings they express thier artistic ideas, revive their history and honor their ancestors. Joseph Young & Jaime Hipolito are creating thier own signature pieces by using hand spun, natural dyed yarns, combining contemporary and traditional motifs while creating new color combinations. They believe their textiles are a link to the past to better understand the present.

They use two different methods to create their art. The first method is creating geometric designs such as pyramids, diamonds, and grecas(steps of life). This method begins after the warp strings has been threaded onto the loom and tension properly adjusted. The warp strings are counted by odd and even numbers and marked. The second method, non geometric forms which include spirals figures, birds, flowers and circular designs. First they draw the design on a blank piece of paper, then place the drawing behind the warp and dot the design on the warp which allows them to create a perfect piece of art.  http://interwovenfibers.wixsite.com/interwoven-designs


SHEEP ORNAMENT EXCHANGE
As in many years past, time again to come up with a sheep for our Holiday Exchange in December. The gathering will be at Vilija's house at noon on Saturday, Dec 17. Bring a salad or dessert to share and an ornament sized sheep to exchange. Lots of great patterns out there, so give yourself enough time to find one and create in any medium. If you run out of time -- a purchased sheep is just as cute.


CNCH KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT ASILOMAR
Deborah Valoma will give the Keynote address at CNCH 2017 - May 4-7, 2017 at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California:

"Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Work of Basket Maker Julia Parker"
Julia Florence Parker (b. 1929) is a Coast Miwok-Kashaya Pomo basket weaver.  Parker is one of the preeminent Native American basket makers in California. A respected elder of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and long-time resident of Yosemite Valley, Parker is prolific artist, teacher, and storyteller.

Deborah Valoma is an artist, professor, and chair of the Textiles Program at California College of the Arts, where her specialized field of research, writing, and teaching is the cultural history of textiles as a global aesthetic practice. In addition to teaching a series of courses on textile history and theory, she has published articles, lectured, and curated exhibitions. In 2013 she published Scrape the Willow Until It Sings: The Words and Works of Basket Maker Julia Parker, which won the Commonwealth Club’s California Book Award Gold Metal for contributions to publishing and will be the topic of her presentation.

SPINZILLA: COME AND GONE
Members of our guild had a great time spinning the week of Spinzilla. Taking a bit easier approach this year, we hoped that everyone's goal was just to spin at least a little every day of the week. Our Carolina Homespun team and Rogue members had several get-togethers to urge each other on. We can report a great time was had by all. Much thanks to our sponsor Morgaine from Carolina Homespun, T2T member Wendy who always gets things going and enthusiastically keeps it going, and Amy who hosted us for spinning and lunch on the almost last day of spinning.


END NOTE FROM KODI
Little did we know that the same week that Spinzilla was going on for us spinners, the Cats of the World were having "Try to eat a Punkin' Week"
Kodi with his teammate, Junior. Junior ate more than Kodi.

September 22, 2016

NEXT MEETING: Sept. 29, 2016, 7 PM

NOTE AGAIN:  Meeting is on Thursday night rather than our usual Wednesday. Usual excuse, Library conflict.

PROGRAM:
Our own Joan Setka will talk about the felted rugs made and imported from one of the great rug-making countries in the world, Iran.


Spinzilla is a world-wide spinning event where competing teams and individuals challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a week! The winning team is awarded a year's worth of bragging rights, the traveling Golden Niddy Noddy and $25 gift certificates for all team members. Spinzilla also offers individuals a way to participate in the "Rogue Spinners" category.

At its core, Spinzilla is the challenge to generate a very big number to show the yarn universe and beyond what we spinners are made of. The more you spin, the better spinner you become.

It is a fun way to challenge yourself, raise some money for a good cause, and enjoy the company of other spinners. Spinner registration fees are donated to the NeedleArts Mentoring Program to create the spinners and fiber enthusiasts of tomorrow.

Some members of Treadles have formed their own team again this years sponsored by Carolina Homespun [thanks Morgaine]. Everyone is so busy this time of year, that the decision was made to make this a truly "for-fun" spinning event. The members will certainly be spinning and challenging themselves, but the emphasis is really on just fun this time.


FROM SALLY FOX:

HISTORICAL COTTON TOUR AND MARIGOLD DYE FLOWER PICK-YOUR-OWN

Tour the historical Extra Long Staple cotton collection that I have been growing for breeding purposes- (G. barbadense). Beginning with Sea Island cotton seed lines and ending with modern Pima cottons; travel through time and space from the 1860's to the 1990's. From the Southeastern US seaboard to the Southwestern US arid deserts via Egypt. From hand pickable tropical cottons to machine pickable varieties that can grow in the hardly irrigated desert. Then pick your own marigolds and black walnuts to take home and use for your natural dye projects.  Info on location, dates & cost here:
http://www.vreseis.com/shop/historical-cotton-tour-and-marigold-dye-flower-pick-your-own
Also under "Resources" to the right



DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
2016

  • Sept. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]
  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday] 
  • Oct. 29, 'Hug A Sheep' day at Meridian Jacobs.  Free.  Robin Lynde will put details on the web site as the time gets closer  http://www.meridianjacobs.com/
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change - Tuesday]
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party - more info to follow
Can you spot the Treadles members at last years Hug-A-Sheep day?


SCOTTISH GAMES WEEKEND AT THE ALAMEDA COUNTY FAIR GROUNDS
Lots to see, do, and hear this year during the Labor Day weekend. This event is a feast for the eyes of anyone interested in anything to do with Scotland. There were more kilt wearing men and women walking around than in the two weeks we spent in Scotland a few years back.



These caps, and one purse, were all knit by a lady who is studying the beginnings of patterned knitting in Scotland and Northern Europe. They are all reproductions of museum pieces she has come across. 

She just began this year and is not yet ready to give a talk about them, but I did ask her if she would consider doing so, at some point in time, for our Guild



 Lovely cotton scarves, handwoven in tartan plaids.
Reproductions of Paisley type Scottish shawls that were so popular during Victorian Times. Now woven in India.



We were lucky enough to see Mary, Queen of Scots with her Falcon







And, of course, a pipe and drum band readying for the big battle of the bands. Wow, were they loud.



But you haven't heard anything till you've heard a Celtic Rock Band playing with an electric didgeridoo! Yes, an electric, amplified didgeridoo! 





"Hairy Coos" [cows] were exciting to see up close. I'd like one for a pet!








And, of course, the sheep dog at attention waiting his turn to go out and show his stuff.
Up close and personal
At the end of the day, what's left of my haggis dinner. It was yummy! I could be Scottish!

END NOTE FROM KODI
Kodi is planning to wear a handwoven basket for Halloween this year