November 10, 2011

Next Meeting: Nov. 30, 2011 at 7 PM

Program:  Carding
This month we will have an informal evening of experimenting with carding. We will have several carders, including the Guild's electric carder. There will be some colored fiber to experiment with color blending and striping on the carder. This will be a time to learn new things and/or share your expertise with others. Feel free to bring your own fiber to experiment with. If you have a carder you'd like to bring, it will give us more tools to use.

December Get Together
Our annual Christmas Luncheon will be on Dec. 17th, a Saturday, at Noon at Vilija's, email me if you need directions: Bring a salad or other dish, or dessert to share. Also, are you working on your Sheep Ornament yet? The idea is to have a sheep Christmas tree ornament for a gift exchange. Hand made is wonderful, but store bought is o.k. too!

Windrush Farm Fest
Several Treadles members enjoyed visiting Windrush Farm in Chileno Valley, just outside Petaluma on Sunday, October 16th, for the farm's Third Annual Fiber Fest. Artisans were selling local wool, hand spun yarns, roving in natural colors, and dyed, hand-painted yarn on cones.

Mimi Luebbermann, the owner of the farm, was baking tasty, gourmet pizzas in a brick oven in the courtyard. It was a wonderful day filled with natural dyeing, felting, and carding demonstrations, plus a pasture walk to meet the sheep. The Festival was a great way to visit a small farm, meet fiber animals, and enjoy a day in the country.

Thanks to Wendy for the article and her son, Michael, who made the wonderful photo collage below.

Possible Workshop:  Knitted Wrist Warmers

Its amazing how a small piece of cloth wrapped around your wrists can help keep all of you warm. Beads add a fabulous touch! Knowing just the basics of knitting, you can easily create colorful designs with beads. Using only garter stitch and knowing how to read and work from beading charts, you can make beautiful jeweled wrist warmer cuffs.

"Wristers" provide just the right amount of warmth in chilly situations and are perfect for gift-knitting. You can whip up a pair in a week end, and the beads turn a simple, small knitting project into a decadent present.

The beaded designs can be simple, as the wristers above are, or downright fancy as are the "tulip" themed ones on the right. They use fingering or sock yarn and could be a good way to use up a single skein of yarn.

Think about Treadles hosting the teacher for this one-day workshop some time in 2012. We could share her with Diablo to cut the cost a bit. She is from Colorado and I don't yet know her schedule, but if we are interested, I will contact her to see if we can get on a Fall 2012 schedule.

Bonnie Wells at Diablo Weavers
Diablo Weavers once again invites Treadles members to another interesting fiber artisan speaker. Diablo's meeting will be Friday, Nov. 18th at 10 am, with the speaker beginning at 11 am, at the Thurman Casey Library, the same place that Treadles meets.  Bonnie is a local fiber artist who works with felting and surface design on cloth. Her work is exquisite and this talk will be about her creative journey into manipulating cloth. Bonnie's website: