April 18, 2018


We may have a very interesting speaker, but plans are not yet finalized. You will be sent an email On who it is if it all works out.
UPDATE: Unfortunately, the speaker will not be able to make it so we will watch a video by Kate Larsen, "How to Spin Yarn to Knit".

MARCH 28, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
Thurman Casey Library, Walnut Creek, CA

The meeting was called to order by President Reba Siero. We had two guests, Coleen and Robin. There was a correction to the February minutes as the home of a teacher was noted as Missoula, Montana.
CNCH liason Joan was away at PLY. She left the work sign up list with Vilija to be passed around for the May 19, 2018, Spinning at the Winery function. Vilija wrote the list on the front board and asked for addition volunteers to please add their names throughout the evening. Notes about the various jobs listed showed the Set-up starting around 8:30 am, which includes finding and arranging the chairs and tables, set up of awnings for shade and food covers. It was noted that the clean-up slots were filled. The sales tables times can be filled with those who need to be seated, while raffle ticket sales are for those more mobile. Vilija and Lisa W. will help with the food table set up. It was mentioned again that the $5 admission fee goes to the winery as their rental fee for the use of the grounds. Each person attending must pay and that also means each guild member.
Robin Linde announced “Meet the Sheep at Meridian Jacobs” will occur on April 7-8, 2018. There is a parking fee of $10 per car and can be used as a credit towards purchases over $20. 

Doris Bergman announced San Ramon’s Forrest Hill Farms shearing day for the public will be April 21, 2018. We are encouraged to bring our wheels to spin. She can arrange for us to help with other chores that day as necessary, if you would like to help. Get you name to her so she can put you on the volunteer list for free entry. Time is from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. She will contact you by e-mail if you are interested in helping that day.

Linda Van Heertum showed her completed project from the guild’s fiber exchange. She added 18 ounces and had a beautiful mitered knit poncho to show. 

Vilija brought the Ashford wheel that was to be raffled off at the Winery. It has too much to be done on it for her to work her magic on it in it’s present state.  Will Taylor will try to salvage it, in hopes it will become one of Vilija’s art pieces eventually. Vilija brought extra Tee shirts, available for $10, to be entered in the decoration/repurposing contest at the winery. Employees from the winery will be the judges that day. Nice monetary prizes are offered.

Our evening’s program was presented by Wendy Lacy. She had prepared kits for each person present that would result in a self-designed luggage tag/business card holder that can be added to our wheels. The kits contained complete instructions for assembly and patterns to be used to cut out the decorative designs. She also provided many pre-cut pieces of wool felt, backing fabrics that matched and many thread colors for those who wished to do any further embroidery on the surface. Ironing boards and irons were set up to complete that portion of construction. She had completed projects to view as examples of the patterns provided in the kit. The backing in the kits included Steam-a-Seam 2, Pellon 860, Ultra weft fusible interfacing already attached to the cut felt and backing fabrics. Many tags were completed that evening and she offered her home for the following Monday afternoon spinning group so those who would like to bring their project along could finish it there.

  • April 25, Treadles Meeting at the Library
  • May 19, 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery
  • Dye Day, date and theme [if any] still to be determined. Any input on this?


An update for the coming 21st Annual Spinning at the Winery:  Date change from the usual first Saturday of June to Saturday, May 19. Everything else remains the same. Put it on your calendar and try to get the word out about the date change.

Remember, this is our big event of the year, make something great for the raffle, volunteer to work at one of the jobs for the day, and still lots of time to create something great from last year's T-Shirts. Lots were ice-dyed, but any kind of "decor" or repurposing is encouraged. Three $50 prizes will be awarded. No criteria, do whatever.

Joan will have the sign-up sheet for jobs to be manned during the Winery. Please try to put in some time at this event.