April 7, 2013


Our next meeting is a day early due to a library conflict, so be sure to mark the correct date, a Tuesday night, on your calendar.

Mary Finley with their beautiful fibers!
PROGRAM:  Mary Finley and Roger Salter of Dreamy Goat Design Studio

Mary and Roger will spend the evening with us talking about how they make all their wonderful batts of wool for spinners. Concentrating on natural dyes, they create lovely colors and mixtures of fiber that most of us simply cannot resist. You will enjoy Mary's knowledge of spinning, weaving, dying, etc. and Roger always has a few stories to tell. Come and be inspired.

This is the night your "Dreamy Goat Projects" are due. Bring what you've made and show it off, both to the Guild and to Mary and Roger. If you only got as far as making a skein, bring that too. All who bring a finished project will be able to put their name in a drawing for a fun prize.

The textile entries in the State Fair and in local county fairs are going down, and many Fair committees are considering shutting down those parts of the Fair exhibits.  Its not really so much about the competition as it is being able to go and see what other textile craft lovers have been doing over the year. As a Guild of spinners, weavers and knitters, we encourage you to participate this year, and every year, to keep this part of the Fairs alive and well.

Contra Costa County Fair - May 30 - June 2. Online entries are open right now and will end on May 5 at midnight. Mailed forms must be postmarked by April 30th. There is a $1 entry fee, with deliveries to be made May 9 through 11th.

Alameda County Fair - June 19 - July 7. May 22nd is the deadline for entries for most areas. The fee is $2 per entry and the delivery dates are June 7th & 8th.

California State Fair - July 12 - 28. Entries can be made now through April 19, online or by mail. The entry fee is $10 per entry and can be hand delivered on May 17 & 18. You can ship items timed to deliver between April 17 and May 18.

Check out each fair book on line as each has different rules. Some accept limited numbers of entries, so you can send one or two to each if you want. Because of overlapping time frames, it wouldn't be possible to enter the same item in all three, but definitely consider entering whatever you can.


APRIL 13, Saturday, Wooly Adventures at Jackie Posts Farm
10 am to 2 pm
4145 Skyhawk Lane, Vacaville
If you signed up at the last meeting, Wendy will pick up sandwiches for everyone for lunch and we'll pay her back. Bring your own drinks [or lunch, if you didn't sign up] and be prepared for a fun day with lots of new lambs at the farm. Visit Jackie at her blog:  woolyadventures.wordpress.com

If you need detailed directions to Jackie's farm, contact Vilija or Wendy.

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.

1356 S. Livermore Ave. Livermore 10 am to 4 pm
Our traditional spring event at Retzlaff Winery in Livermore. Featuring fleeces, fiber, yarn and much more from California vendors. Bring your wheel and a pot-luck dish to share for lunch. $5 entry.

May 31 - June 2  "TEXTILE GAMES" CNCH Conference 2013 at Olympic Valley [Lake Tahoe]
Miss Ewe is ready for Conference - are You?

CNCH 2013 has now opened up registration for individual classes. The cost is $75 per class [plus any material fees, if they apply]. You do not need to be a full registrant to take a class, and you don't have to be a Guild member. You can also attend the tailgate vendor event on Friday evening. For more information, go to cnch.org [link on the right side of this blog] and click on 2013 on the left side bar. Start with "Classes at a Glance". There are still spaces in many classes and this would be a good opportunity to take a class without committing for the whole weekend.

Additionally, if you would like to donate something for the basket fundraiser event at the Conference, please give it to Joan Anderson at this next meeting or at any Monday Spinning. 

June 8, Heritage Days at Borges Ranch
 We will be able to be in the ranch house spinning if the weather is cool, otherwise, its lovely to be outside under the trees there to demonstrate spinning, weaving, whatever. Reba will get a parking pass for those interested in participating in this event.

July 19 - 21, YARNIVAL 2013 - The Year of the Sleeping Bunny
location: Boeger Winery and The Pluckyfluff Studio
1709 Carson Rd. Placerville, CA

The Sleeping Bunny

Right now, applications are being taken for anyone who would like to be a vendor at this fiber and family event. Yarnival is an opportunity to meet and hang out with spinners from all over. This year's featured artist is Michelle Snowdon of Wooldancer from the Blue Mountains, Australia. There will be a group "spin-in" Saturday and Sunday. The event is free to the public.

Vendor spaces are $40 per space and the deadline to register is May 1. You can find the application at: http://yarnival.wufoo.com/forms/z7x3p3/
They are looking for a diverse selection of ware, including handmade/vintage clothes, jewelry, yarn, fiber, farm products, soap, teas and herbs, artisan tools, any "down-home" item for fishing, archery, hiking, etc, used books, craft tools, blacksmithing, etc.

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.