October 9, 2011

NEXT MEETING: Oct. 26, 2011

Program: A Field Trip to "A Verb For Keeping Warm" 
6328 San Pablo Ave, [near the corner of Alcatraz], Oakland. We'll meet there about 7:00 pm.  Kristine Vejar, owner of this wonderful yarn shop, will give us a talk titled "Threads of Transition, Patterns of Change, Rabari Textiles of India". This collection includes colorful textiles made by three distinct communities of semi nomadic camel herders in India known as Rabari. The items are what would be included as part of a dowry:  camel covers, quits, wall hangings and bags. Using broadcloth as a canvas, Rabari women applique and embroider motifs selected from their remote desert environs of Northern Gujarat. This display is up in the shop right now and you can drop by to see it any time, but if you come to our field trip, you will hear all about it from Kristine herself.  The exhibition is based on her research during a Fulbright Scholarship from 2001 - 2002 and shows how the three groups of Rabari exhibited changes to their motifs and materials throughout the prior 50 years.

Carpools can be put together. Contact Laura at Laura_Hansen@mechanicsbank.com if you would like to be part of a carpool.

Driving directions:
from HWY 24 West, take exit 2B toward I-580 West
Follow signs for Market St/San Pablo Ave.
Slight right onto 36th St.
Turn right onto San Pablo Ave, shop will be on the right

A Fun Day at Forest Home Farm, Oct. 8
 A young visitor meets a really big bunny

Carolyn, Linnie and Wendy were part of the group of spinners who came to celebrate Spinning & Weaving Week and enjoy our great October weather.

Return To Sender fibers are ready and Wendy had them at the last meeting. They are a blend of 85/15 Bluefaced Leicester and tussah. The four colors of the fibers were created and dyed by Dreamy Goat Design Studio,with natural dyes, inspired by the four colors Conference 2012 is using:  the denim blue from Indigo, the green is weld overdyed with indigo, the mustard yellow is fustic, and the brick red is a blend of cochineal and madder. 

If you were not at the meeting and did not pick up some fiber and would like to participate in this very fun event for Conference 2012, contact Wendy to get a packet. They are so lovely, and even though Wendy ordered more than has been prepared for past conferences, not that many are left. Look online for information through CNCH [link on the right] for conference info and how to order from Wendy.

If you are not familiar with this activity, the idea is to get some of the fiber, spin it up in any way you like and send it back for display at the Conference. You can choose to have it judged or not. Ribbons are awarded with two special monetary awards this year. 

Return of Return to Sender is another activity to participate in if you spun up some Return to Sender fiber from the 2010 Conference. This time you submit a finished piece using the yarn you created in 2010. Any media can be employed to use your yarns, the only real rule is that is as to be a finished item. For more info, check on line.

Upcoming Activity:
Yolo Wool Mill's Annual Mill-In
Saturday, Oct.29, 2011, 10 a.m. with a Bar-B-Que at 1 p.m.

They invite you to celebrate a Family Style Halloween with Spider Webs and Black Sheep. Featured will be, mill tours, shearing demos, kids activities, vendors, fiber animal display and petting zoo, and knitting, spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting demos.
More info and directions: www.yolowoolmill.com

Photos from Spinning at the Winery 2011
recently found on my camera!

The crowd enjoying the lovely day.

A very unique way to use a distaff, keep your wool fibers wrapped around and ready to spin. Pretty too!

Wendy's contribution to the wildly successful drawing area: a felt kit with some of her beautifully dyed batts and sample bracelets of fiber beads.