March 19, 2013

NEXT MEETING: March 27, 2013, 7 PM

ART YARNS with Lizette Hopkins

Lizette cards up batts of what is the newest rage in spinning:  "art yarns". Mostly you need a carder that will handle chunks of fiber. All kinds of fiber; picked, locks, bits of carded fiber. Almost anything goes as compared to what we normally do.

Lizette will demonstrate carding and spinning up these colorful and unusual batts with a few hints of what works and what doesn't if you want to make your own. She will also bring batts and yarns to sell for those of us who don't have access to a coarse carder.

Note: Please don't try this type of carding with the Guild's electric carder. It is meant for fine carding and could jam easily if too much fiber tries to go through. All the more reason to come see her demos and her ready made batts.

Spinning at the Winery, May 25, 2013
See last months entry for detailed info.
Wendy's popular donation from 2011
Members are asked to remember that we make money for our treasury from the drawings of wonderful things donated, not only by Guild members, but also by our Vendors. Its not too late to think about what you could donate. It doesn't have to be fiber related, only something nice enough that someone will want to buy a ticket to win it! Bring your donation to the Winery, or give it to someone who is going if you are not able to make it this year.

CNCH Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2013
in Olympic Valley California at Lake Tahoe
If you want lots of interesting information on what is going on at this year's conference, look it up on the CNCH web site - link is on the right side of this blog.

Every year the conference's have a money raising event to fund scholarships to subsequent conferences. All registered Guild members of all CNCH Guilds are encouraged to apply for the 5 yearly scholarships that are given out. This year's fundraiser will be baskets of great stuff that will be auctioned off to the participants of the conference itself.

Each Guild is asked to participate in collecting goodies to make up some of these baskets. As a Guild member, we would like you to consider donating something for this event also: some handspun yarn, a small batch of some great fiber that you have, a hand knitted or hand woven scarf [or whatever], etc. The conference committee will put together the baskets from all the donations. Please bring your donation to this meeting or the April meeting. We will not have a formal meeting at the library in May.

They may not have a "wine basket" like this to bid on at the conference [although who knows] But it would be a great idea for a donation to our "Spinning at the Winery" drawing - with Retzlaff wine, of course.


APRIL 13, Saturday, our proposed field trip to Jackie Post's farm in Vacaville

APRIL 20, Saturday  Sheep Shearing Day at Forest Home Farm in San Ramon
Early Bird (before April 15)
Adult – $5
Child (3 to 12) – $3 (children under 3 are free)
Member – $3
Member child under 13 – Free

After April 15, and at the gate:
Adult  – $7
Child (3 to 12) – $5 (children under 3 are free)
Member – $5
Member child under 13 – free

You can go to this website and order your tickets using PayPal:
Exhibitors attend at no charge and those who are setting up should be there before 9 am.

MEETING DATE CHANGE - APRIL 30th, (a Tuesday night} Mary and Roger of Dreamy Goat Designs will be here. Your fiber projects are due on this evening so that we can show them off to Mary and Roger. Plus, one lucky winner, with a finished project, will win a prize!

JULY 27 & 28  Treadles Workshop with Sara Lamb. Saturday will be a fun dying class and Sunday will be braiding (probably) Sign-ups will begin soon, so plan your July accordingly. If you don't know who Sara is. there is lots about her on the web. She is a dyer, spinner, weaver who creates beautiful things.