July 21, 2016


A very fine time was had by all who came to the "Pajama Party" for our Tour de Fleece activity. Wendy showed all how to create a felted sheep from felted tennis-type balls she had made for everyone. Almost anything goes when felting these sheep, and with just a few very important tips from Wendy, we were quite taken with the sheepies we created.

One of our favorite shops in California down in Solvang, and one of the most consistent vendor supporters of our Conferences has decided to close shop and retire! I guess we all want to eventually, but we will miss them and their shop. Below is an email John, the owner, sent out to announce the closing:

". . .I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Like a bird upon the wind
These waters are my sky
I'll never reach my destination
If I never try
So I will sail my vessel
'Til the river runs dry
Too many times we stand aside
And let the waters slip away
'Til what we put off 'til tomorrow
It has now become today
So don't you sit upon the shoreline
And say you're satisfied
Choose to chance the rapids
And dare to dance that tide"
by Garth Brooks and Victoria Shaw.

Marsha and I will be closing our retail store and transitioning into retirement in the coming months. It's time for a new river, and a new adventure. . . and the fish are biting. We currently are anticipating keeping a very pared-down website after the transition. Thank you to everyone we've met along the way, we'll have enough great memories to last a lifetime, it's not a 'goodbye' it's a TTFN ('ta ta for now').  :o)

Starting immediately, we will be reducing inventory with discounts ranging from 25% to 70% (Ashford and Lendrum spinning wheels are not included in this sale). Examples: A New 40" 8 shaft loom @ 35% off list price. 20-plus Rigid Heddle Looms @ 25% off, 12-plus Drum Carders @ 25% off, Addi Knitting Needles @ 50% off, all DVD's @ 50% off. Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing and Felting books @ 25% off. ALL Magazines are 50% to 70% off. Knitting, Crochet, Tatting, Bobbin Lace and Children's Books and DVD's @ 50% off. A 4-shaft Table Loom and an 8-shaft Table loom @ 25% off. At least 7 Spinning Wheels @ 25% off. Plus, we have lots of hand cards, warping boards, warping mills, spinning chairs, tapestry looms, loom stands, swifts, ball winders, shuttles, bobbins, weaving yarns, spinning and felting fibers @ 25% discount, knitting yarns and SO MUCH MORE. . . all at discounted prices. Yes, we can still assist you for many of your special order needs.

There is too much for us to change on the website so the sale is limited to walk-in and phone orders (shipping and insurance will be added to phone orders). All sales will be final. Please use up any credits or gift certificates you have.

John and Marsha Novak
Village Spinning & Weaving
425 Alisal Rd., Solvang, CA 93463
Open Mon. thru Sat.: 9:30-5:30
Sun.: 11-5


What sounds like a very fun activity is being organized by Fashion Knit in Walnut Creek:  Yarn Bombing Downtown. If you can't quite read the photo, the important info is:

A downtown Walnut Creek Community Yarn Art Exhibition
When:  July 29 from 4-7pm
Where:  In front of Peet's Coffee, 1343 Locust St.
Please join in "Stitching Together" Art & Community

So the only problem is that when I asked the shop about the "Official Approved Yarn" listed above, I was told that was the only yarn being allowed to be used. If anyone wants to participate, they will need to buy those particular yarns. Too bad. We have so much more to offer. But thought I would list the activity anyway for those who may be interested. If anything changes, I'll let everyone know.


  • July 29,  Friday, Yarn Bombing Walnut Creek
  • August 24,  Treadles Meeting [date change-one week early]
  • Sept. 29, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]
  • Oct. 27, Treadles Meeting [date change- Thursday]