October 19, 2014

NEXT MEETING: October 29, 2014, 7 PM

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

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








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

CNCH 2015 Registration

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

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


CNCH 2015 Grant/Scholarship

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



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

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

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

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

END NOTE FROM JUNIOR
Proudly modeling Vilija's Spinzilla yarn

September 16, 2014

NEXT MEETING: Sept. 24, 2014, 7 PM

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



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


DATES FOR  YOUR CALENDAR

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


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

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

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

October 29, Treadles meeting at the Library

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


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

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


FROM WENDY:

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

Here is the plan…

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

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

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

Fleece details….

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

Project details….

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

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



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


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

August 13, 2014

NEXT MEETING: August 27, 2014, 7 pm

PROGRAM:
"Spinning, Inspiration & More Inspiration"

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

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

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

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


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


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


DATES FOR  YOUR CALENDAR

September 24, Treadles meeting at the Library

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

October 29, Treadles meeting at the Library

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





Spinzilla - A Monster of a Spinning Week!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



July 5, 2014

DYE DAY ADDENDUM

COTTON FIBER ORDER INFO:
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.


BABY BIRD NEST CAMPAIGN
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

DYE DAY: SATURDAY, JULY 26 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.




SUPPLIES FOR YOU TO BRING: 
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

THE GUILD WILL SUPPLY:
Dyes
Gloves
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:





DATES FOR  YOUR CALENDAR
August 27, Treadles meeting at the Library

September 24, Treadles meeting at the Library

October29, Treadles meeting at the Library


ANOTHER FUN EVENT:


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

PROGRAM
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.

PARKING AT THE LIBRARY
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!


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:

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.


END NOTE FROM JUNIOR:

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



April 16, 2014

NEXT MEETING: April 30, 2014, 7 pm

PROGRAM:
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


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR:


CNCH CONFERENCE NEWS
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.

PREVIEW


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!



MEETING ROOM

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