January 18, 2015

NEXT MEETING: Jan. 28, 2015, 7 PM

Carson Demers, the author of "Ergo Neo" in Ply Magazine, is a spinner and knitter and a well known physical therapist who runs an ergonomics program at a San Francisco Bay Area medical center. Carson will be speaking  to us about the ergonomics of spinning and teaching us a unique skill set to keep you producing healthfully. Join us for what promises to be an interesting topic.

Minutes from the short business meeting at the Christmas party
[Linda B. - Sec.]

There were 22 in attendance.
Pursuant to discussion at the November Guild meeting and several Monday spin-in gatherings, Carol C. moved to purchase a Clemes and Clemes electric carder, and two (2) rigid heddle looms with the accompanying shuttles, and some sort of stand for the looms.
The motion was seconded by Linda B. Discussion followed concerning the make of the looms and type of stand involved. It was noted the treasury is adequately funded for these purchases.
Also discussed was the need for adequate instruction in the use of the electric carder, and the looms. Rental fees were suggested as a requirement for member’s use of these expensive pieces of equipment, as well as time frames allowed for rental use.
The motion was passed by a majority vote.
President Laura then appointed a committee consisting of treasurer, Pam M., Reba S.,and equipment librarian, Carol C. These three will explore purchase of the three pieces of equipment. Rental fees and instruction opportunities will be explored and presented after the purchase is made. These will be presented at a Guild meeting in the near future.

Critters from the sheep ornament exchange at the Christmas Party

Fleece to Finished Product Project 
Fleece to Finished Product
We are moving on to the next step of our fleece processing: carding and combing. The first mini-workshop on carding and combing of our Faith and Faye wool is Monday, January 19.  Check your email for details. Make-up workshops will be held on Monday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 7. Time and location for the make up sessions will be discussed at the January meeting. If you have not yet scoured your wool please check with Wendy if you would like help. We can set up a time that works for you.

CNCH 2015 - Asilomar
A reminder that for the CNCH 2015 grant fundraiser, the committee is asking for donations of containers. They should be either handwoven, felted, braided or any technique using handspun. They can be purses, pouches, bags, boxes, useful or just decorative, etc.  One of our members, Carol G. won the grant this year for a registration to the conference.  Last year Reba S. won.  It is important to support this endeavor so these grants can continue to be awarded. 

Treadles has a Ravelry Group

Don't forget to join and check into our group on Ravelry. Easy to do, free and could be a great place to keep up between meetings. You can post questions, local happenings such as classes or conferences, arrange meet-ups, or simply share some cool, new thing you just found.


Put on your reading specs, open your computer, and get the group going strong.

Fiber Classes for the New Year!
Special attention to Jennifer Pellman's class. It is not often that in teaching the craft of weaving, we get to the art/design of a weaving.  Just how do you go about making art in textiles? This is a think outside of the box class. You will solve an assigned challenge the first week. You will warp Studio H table looms, and take your looms home to weave the project. Then you will come back the second week to critic your results.

Also of note is Anna Lisa will be teaching her last Shibori class for CA and it will be on wool.

Teacher     Class         Date Time Place
Reba Siero Rigid Heddle II 1/25/2014 9:30-4:30 Studio H
Reba Siero Rigid Heddle Project 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 9:30-12:30 Studio H

Lou Grantham Evening Weaving Tuesday, 1/13-3/17 6:30-9:30 Studio H
Lou Grantham Weaving - Day Tuesdays, 1/13-2/17 1:30-4:30 Studio H

Jennifer Pellman Weaving: Design Challenge! 1/31, 2/7 9:30-4:30 Studio H

Amelia Strader DIY Slippers 1/25/2014 9:30-1:30 Youth Art 1
Amelia Strader Fingerless Gloves 1/11/2014 9:30-12:30 Youth Art 1
Amelia Strader Sew Your Own Apron 2/21/2014 10:00-5:00 Youth Art 1

Ana Lisa Hedstrom Shibori on Wool 2/28-3/1 9:30-4:30 Annex A

Mimi Foord Printing on Fabric Weekend Workshop 3/21, 3/22 9:30-4:30 Annex A

To learn more and register online:

Dates For Your Calendar
Jan. 28, 2015  Treadles meeting at the Library
Feb. 14, 15, 2015  Sacramento Weavers' & Spinners' Guild Open House
                              10 AM - 4 PM Shepard Garden & Arts Center, 
                               3330 McKinley Blvd. Sac.  
Feb. 25, 2015 Treadles meeting at the Library
March 25, 2015  Treadles meeting at the Library
April 9 - 12, 2015  CNCH at Asilomar -more info to the right under "Bay Area Guild Info"
April Treadles meeting date -to be announced
May - Treadles Annual Dye Day - date and place  to be announced
June 6, 2015  Treadles' Spinning at the Winery, Retzlaff Winery, Livermore  10 AM to 4 PM

Thank you for sharing the following information with your guild members.
Artful Knitting with Adrienne Sloane
                       Mendocino Art Center
                               May 25-27
Class Description:
Develop a personal language of forms by experimenting with knitting fundamentals to uncover the enormous possibilities of working with knit three dimensionally. By manipulating stitches and solving knitting geometry, participants will learn to 'think knit.' The class will explore the use of non-traditional materials and cover a range of techniques to help create shape and stability when working in three dimensions. Your new knitting vocabulary can be applied to sculptural or wearable creations. This is a process-oriented class with time devoted to making samples and experiments as you learn each technique or concept. Participants must be proficient in basic knitting techniques; knowledge of crochet is also helpful.

This class is geared toward students with strong fundamental knitting skills who want to escape the tyranny of pattern knitting. Students should be prepared to learn to think about knitting in a whole  new way as they learn to problem solve structural dilemmas while gaining a greater appreciation of knitting as an art form. In addition, we will discuss the place of fiber arts in a greater social and cultural  context to help gain a greater understanding of the role that knitting and other needle arts are currently playing in the public arena as well as in social protest.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions about the workshop.
Thanks so much,

Adrienne Sloane

TRAPPED! in a bag of Corriedale roving. . .
Junior's new young bud is still learning the ropes of spinning stuff.