September 19, 2017



A very special Video program:  “Coton Jaune: Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story

A documentary film by Sharon Gordon Donnan and Suzanne Chaillot Breaux, documenting the history, tradition and artistry of handspun and handwoven acadian brown cotton blankets and the Cajun women who made them. 

They tell the story from hand selected seed to cherished family heirloom.

Bring your wheel along to spin while watching. Also the usual Show & Tell. So much inspiration from our members.


  • Sept. 26. Treadles meeting Date change, this is a Tuesday Documentary: "Coton Jaune:  Acadian Brown Cotton, A Cajun Love Story"
  • Oct. 25. Treadles meeting
  • Nov. 29. Treadles meeting 

Lambtown, Oct 6-7-8  -- lots of classes this year

Spinzilla, Oct 2-8 -- at least 3 local teams - Carolina Homespun, Clemes & Clemes, Meridian Jacobs

Hug A Sheep at Meridian Jacobs, Oct 28

Various Fibershed events and classes this fall

Empowering Threads -- Textiles of Jolom Mayaetik
at the International Terminal of S.F. Airport, pre-security

Team Carolina Homespun is looking for members for 

Spinzilla 2017 October 2 – 8

The team is almost full but we have room for a few more spinners…

Join us for a relaxing year of spinning and having fun!

We are going to be very-super-extra-low key this year… 

Join us if you are feeling like doing a bit of spinning during the week and getting together at 

Round Table Pizza in Pleasant Hill on October 5 from 6 – 8

We will also do some casual spinning at Lambtown October 7 -8

We invite you to join the Carolina Homespun Team!

Sign up by visiting 

Select “Registration” and be sure to select the Carolina Homespun Team as your team!

If you are already signed up for the team – Congrats! Please invite a friend!

More info to come!
Team members so far are:
Joan, Doris, Carolyn, Amy , Stephanie, Jeannette, Vilija, Laura, Roxayn, Wendy, Pam, Beverly, Linda, Jeanne, Reba, Cat, Morgaine

Above the Fray: Traditional Hilltribe Art,
·      We are very excited to announce that we have copies in hand of our book: Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos: Textiles, Tradition and Well-Being (Thrums Books, 2017). It came out so well!  We encourage you to treat yourself to this spirited, engaging read.
The book tells stories of our travel, takes you on a visit around a weaving village introducing you to weavers (and personalities) ages 10 to 90, and explores how weaving and textile creation has nurtured this community for over 100 generations.  We cover the regional art of silkworm raising, silk reeling, natural-dyeing and silk and cotton weaving, and explore the vital role of textile creation within the culture.  We also cover a bit of history and ethnography, so you feel like you’ve really know it, seen it and been there with us. Renowned photographer Joe Coca, who traveled with us in 2016, enriches it all with 235 color pictures (some of our own photos are sprinkled in, too).  More description is attached.
You may order an autographed copy from us at:  (It’s also available at Amazon or your favorite bookstore - but it ain’t autographed!). This 2.2 pound (!) quality soft-back book is $34.95 (+ $3/shipping). 

·      Our Upcoming Events:
Arcata CA: Natural Fiber Fair, September 9, 10
Eugene, OR: Eugene Weavers Guild, September 25
Florence OR: Florence Festival of Books, September 30
Monroe WA: Fiber Fusion NW, October 21, 22
Portland OR: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, November 10, 11, 12
Sacramento, CA: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, November 17, 18, 19
Eugene, OR: Fine Silks and Tribal Art, December TBA
·      Of course we encourage people to visit us at our home-studio in Eugene anytime – we even have a full-sized Lao floor loom to show off courtesy of the recent visit from the Lao weavers (pictures are in the blog!