November 2, 2010

NEXT MEETING: NOV 18, 2010, 7:00 PM

Please note the date change for this month only because of Thanksgiving. Nov. 18 is the Thursday before Thanksgiving.

Wendy has graciously volunteered to do an "in-house" program for this month. Here is what she says to get ready:

We will be creating Embroidered Felt Heart Sachets at our next guild meeting.

Things to bring to the meeting: embroidery needle(s), scissors, felt if you have some ready, embroidery thread if you have a specific color preference

Things provided at the meeting: colorful felted batts, heart shaped template pattern, embroidery thread, lavender or cloves and cinnamon potpourri to fill the hearts

If you are interested in creating your own felt, Wendy will be holding Monday Spinners at her house on November 15. She has plenty of Corriedale fleece in various colors to donate for felting. Felting and carding can be completed there or you can make a batt and felt it at home.

The beautiful sachet hearts that Wendy brought to the last meeting, and what we will be working on this month

One of the batts that Wendy felted for making her sachets. You can create one too at Monday Spinning at her home on Nov. 15.

Nov. 13: "From Wool to Weave" Forest Home Farms Historic Park 10am to 2 pm
19953 San Ramon Valley Rd. San Ramon [Right next to HWY 680]

Some of our own will be there to demonstrate our craft. The Park will have tours of the farm and the Glass House, as well as children's activities, and sheepdog demonstrations. The Gift Shoppe will be open for early Christmas shopping!

Dec. 8: Pleasant Hill Holiday Festival, 5pm to 9pm
Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill

Our Guild will once again participate with the necklace making activity. Using the "twisting machines" we made several years ago, the kids twist yarns, add beads and create a great little take-away. This is popular with both the kids and their parents. Depending on how much space we have, and how many of the twisters we can put up, we usually need at least 4 volunteers per shift. We have two shifts for the night, so you don't have to stay all evening: 4:30 [for set up] to about 7 pm, and 7 till 9pm closing. Call or email Pam if you still want to volunteer. She will have the sign-up sheet at the meeting to remind everyone.

Date and time to be announced at the November meeting. Most likely at Vilija's home, but she is willing to share the joy if someone else really wants to host this year!

What you can begin planning now, is your sheep ornament for exchange. We've been doing this for many years now and it continues to be amazing to see so many cute sheep being created every year. Simple to complex, they are all wonderful. For anyone who is new, everyone brings one handmade [hopefully, but not mandatory] sheep ornament to exchange. It can be knitted, crocheted, sewn, felted, or any other medium.

January: "Creative Results From Our Fiber Exchange" Remember all the fibers from everyone's stash at the August meeting? January is when your finished product is hopefully going to be finished. Lets see what you came up with from someone else's stash of fiber. Below is just a teaser to get you going if you are still thinking about it.

Before: One member's pick at the August meeting.

After: With the addition of some other fiber, and recarding.

March and May: There are two members signed up so far for "Personal Sharing", one for each month. If a few more sign up, we could make each of these months all about our own members. Many of us have been doing wonderful things over the years which would be quite interesting to share with the rest of the group. It does not have to be spinning related: we all do other things in our lives also. Here is you chance to tell us about it. Not a long program is expected, 15 minutes or so is just about right.

Grafton Fibers is now DyakCraft
Vreseis has been added in. Sally Fox, founder and owner of Vreseis, is the grower and developer of Fox Fibre products: naturally colored cotton fiber and roving.

If you know of anyone we should add in, someone you have dealt with that you really like, let me know and I'll add them to our list.

DUES: If you are paid up for the year [$30], thank you. If you still need to catch up, get a check to Pam.

DRINK CUPS: Quite a while back, we made the resolution not to contribute this un-needed little bit to a landfill. Please try to remember to bring your own drink cup to the evening meetings. This will save on treasury funds as well as trash.