November 6, 2016

NEXT MEETING: NOV. 29, 2016, 7 PM

NOTE: The meeting date is on a Tuesday. You should be used to the date changes by now!

Program: Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs, and Doris Bergman

Robin's talk:
One of Robin's ewes with newborn triplets
[from Robin's website]
There is more to running a fiber business than fondling yarn and knitting all day just as there is more to raising sheep than cuddling lambs. How do you combine farming, shop-keeping, teaching, and weaving into a successful business? Robin will discuss her experience developing and managing Meridian Jacobs and her favored breed, Jacob sheep. She will also discuss the growing interest in working with local fibers and our local Northern California Fibershed. Robin will bring fiber, yarn and other farm products.

will talk about preparing the lovely Jacob fleece she got from Robin and will have samples for everyone.


  • Nov 12, 9 AM. Registration opens for CNCH 2017 at Asilomar. Get your class early.
  • Nov 12-13, West Coast Craft. 10am - 6pm, Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marin Blvd. SF. Free. 275 designers, artisans and tradespeople fill Fort Mason. West Coast Craft was an early champion of shibori textiles, colorful woven jewelry and natural wood furniture. So much to see.
  • Nov 18, Diablo Weavers Meeting:  Thurman Casey Library, 10 am. Interwoven. All info is in the previous blog below. A great talk by some great weavers using handspun and their own dyed yarns.
  • Nov. 29, Treadles Meeting, Robin Lynde and our own Doris Bergman [date change - Tuesday]
  • Dec 2, 3, 4, Hacienda Holiday Faire. Fri. - noon - 8pm. Sat & Sun. - 11am - 6pm. Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Dr. Moraga. A more local showcase of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and gourmet foods with over 45 local artisans. Three Treadles members are participating.
  • Dec. 17, Treadles' Holiday Party - more info below
  • Jan. 24, Treadles Meeting, Roy Clemes [date change - Tuesday]
  • Jan 26, 27, 28, Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop. Info below.
  • Feb. 22, Treadles Meeting. On the usual Wednesday.
  • May 4 - 7CNCH Conference at Asilomar (link on the right)

Sheep Ornament Exchange at our Annual Holiday Get-Together

As in many years past, time again to come up with a sheep for our Holiday Exchange in December. The gathering will be at Vilija's house at noon on Saturday, Dec 17. Bring a salad or dessert to share and an ornament sized sheep to exchange. Lots of great patterns out there, so give yourself enough time to find one and create in any medium. If you run out of time -- a purchased sheep is o.k. too.

Minutes from the last Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting

October 27, 2016 Walnut Creek, CA
Thurman Casey Library

Lisa Waterman opened the meeting in Reba Siero’s place. Reba is still in China. The business of the guild started with the CNCH report given by Joan Anderson.
She reminded us that registration opens on November 12, 2016, at 9:00 am. The registration for grants for registration will be a few days later, as the recipient must be registered in a class and will be reimbursed. All guild members in the various districts are eligible. The grants are not need based, so Joan encouraged any interested member to apply. In this vein, she also reminded us that to replenish the scholarship moneys, we need to donate items that will be raffled and the money put in the fund. 

Wendy Lacy reported that there will be a workshop in January, 2017 given by Carolyn Greenwood from Utah.  She can work with 15 students each on Friday, 1/27/17, and 15 more on Saturday, 1/28/17. They will run from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The subject will be spinning different colors. The class will cost $45 and there is a $24 materials fee. Other good news is that there will be a Thursday night welcome party at Amy’s! We need to buy a ticket soon, so Wendy sent a sign up sheet around.  Wendy also passed around envelopes of weld seeds that can be planted soon. She will have more.

Program notes:
November 29, Tuesday, our next guild meeting at the Library will feature Robin and Doris.
December 17, 2016, will be our Holiday Ornament exchange. We exchange Sheep style ornament, either home made or purchased. We also have a pot luck with any dish you wish to provide. Our traditional hostess is Vilija, and the starting time is noon. She is open to other hostesses in the future. 
January 24, 2017, will be at the Library with Roy Clemes demonstrating our electric carding machine for blending.
Will Taylor passed around flyers for the Sacramento Guilds open house sale and raffle.  It will be held on February 11-12, 2017.  
Linda VH, Pam M., Vilija and Rob will participate in the Hacienda Holiday, December 2-4.
 Lisa introduced Stephanie Wilkes, PhD. She shared the joys and despair associated with the inception, planning and funding of a commercial fiber mill to be built in Ukiah, CA. Her major partners are Matt and Sarah Gilbert and their young family. Even with her extensive background in finance and funding, it has been an uphill battle. She has leveraged her 20 year background as a software engineer with a good income into her passion of professional sheep shearer, wool grader, hoof trimmer and beginning spinner. She led us through the world of biodynamic certified vineyards, Direct Public offerings and the social impact investment fund of EDFC in Mendecino county. She also commended John Curry for all his work to open the mill through the Planning Commission, etc. Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks in Willets will be their dye partner. Contact information is and Phone (415)519-0018 on mobile.  She is anysteph on Ravelry. Her presentation was eye opening on many levels.

Greenwood Fiberworks Spinning Workshop, a Treadles to Threads event

"Spinning Painted Rovings for Deliberate Color Effect"

Jan 26, Thursday night 6-8pm, Fiber Preview at Amy's house with light appetizers and beverages to accompany the fiber preview, All participants welcome

Jan. 27, Friday 10am - 5pm
Jan 28, Saturday, 10am - 5 5pm
Both workshops will be identical, pick the day you can attend.

$45 per student plus $24 supply fee
$25 deposit holds your position in class

Happy Thanksgiving End Note from Iso

BY THE WAY: Iso was a rescue kitty from Rejane, a T2T member who now has the word out on her home in the Cat World. She is desperately seeking homes for at least 8 adult cats right now. All "fixed" and healthy and ready for homes. If you have a space, or know of anyone who would love to help a kitty-in-need, contact Rejane.