May 16, 2021

NEXT MEETING: SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. ONLINE

 

 2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings generally start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

NOTE THAT MAY'S MEETING IS ON SATURDAY MAY 22 at 11 A.M

May 22, 11 a.m. - Maja Siska and her art installation, "Ode To Sheep".  Maja will be joining us from Iceland.

Photo from Maja's web site:




















June/July - no meetings

MEETING MINUTES (LINDA B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD

APRIL 28, 2021

Wednesday zoom meeting, 5:00 p.m.


Linda Cortwright, zooming in from Maine, allowed host Wendy to record her talk. Please contact Wendy if you want access to the recording.  Linda C. came to California about 2009 at the behest of Will and Kate T. She hopes to be out in San Francisco in October. 

Linda’s journey with “Wild Fibers” magazine began in 2004. She became a publisher, editor, author of a coffee table book and tour director. She journeys from Alaska to Afghanistan.

Linda was a cashmere goat farmer in the North Eastern United States to begin with. She noted that many of the world’s fine fiber sources are intertwined with politics. Her interests and travels are chronicled in “Wild Fibers”.

She gave us examples as follows:

Rambouillet original stock was acquired as one of Napoleon’s conquests.

Spain would not allow Merinos out of the country under penalty of death.

In 2007, South Africa produced 66% of the world clip of mohair.

Alpacas are a staple of South American culture. There were huge political overtones. Alpacas were associated with a “pyramid scheme” concerning the importation of animals into the U.S. In Peru, alpacas are a meat animal.

Linda thinks yaks are THE go-to fiber animal. They provide fiber, milk, are long lived and can be ridden.

China raises huge amounts of angora (rabbit) fur.

In Alaska in the 1950's, John Teal used fiber to work toward women’s equality. Local women had domesticated and maintained herds of musk ox. The women harvested the fiber, spun and knitted it to provide an income. The portability of knitting was the key as they traveled between their winter and summer homes. In the late 1950's, a knitting cooperative was formed. Some hunter’s wives worked with their own hides, cutting out the middle man and contributing to their independence.

New Zealand has long been sheep country. In 2019, there were 26 million sheep. Now there is more money in dairy products than wool. Cows need lots of water. By 2025, the water table drop will be significant. Linda told the story of being invited to a sheep muster done by helicopter. David Whiteman asked her and her camera crew to join in for a rescue of four stragglers. Linda, her crew, bulldoggers joined the pilot in a copter with no doors. The four were rescued by the bulldoggers and shipped out feet first, netted together and dumped into the trailer. At this point, it was determined the four were not Merino.

In Afghanistan in the early 2000's, a weaving underground developed. Farmers were taught to raise mulberry leaves and silk worms successfully. This was in place of opium poppies. Through weaving, these women can earn $150 per year which lets them send their many children to school. While Linda in Afghanistan, Linda was kept on a short leash by her government handlers. She had quite an experience being mistaken for a soap opera star from Istanbul.

In the high altitudes of Northern India, cashmere is raised as a fiber product for sale/export. These farmers use sheep’s wool for their own personal use. With Linda’s help, a craft center building was erected in 2014. This place is where women create value and receive money for their fiber. Ashford donated wheels for those who wished to learn. The building provides warmth, society and money. The women can now send their children to school.

Linda Cortwright’s new adventure is for National Geographic, “Around the World in 80 Fibers”. She hopes international travel opens soon as her touring company was 50% of her income. She then offered Treadles members a discount coupon code to use for purchases from her business. We ended with Q and A and Linda signed off at 6:10.m.

President Wendy noted there is a additional casual Zoom meeting on Thursday evenings from 6-8:00 p.m. This will be tried for a few weeks with the Zoom numbers sent on Treadles e-mails.  

Upcoming guild meeting:  May 22, 2021, SATURDAY, at 11:00 a.m. Maja Siska will join us from Iceland. We will see her art installation “Ode to Sheep”. Maya is also an architect and runs a small guest cottage business. 
T2T dye day:  Wendy is working on cotton dyes to make a shawl showing rain averages for the last 30 years, done in a few shades of blues. She is working on numbers of attendees, COVID-19 precautions, times, dates and more ideas. More to follow.

Nominations for officers, 2021-2022: President Wendy and our Program chairs, Amy and Carolyn are vacating their positions after three years of yeoman’s labors.  These positions are open for nominations.

Reba has volunteered to take over the newsletter/blog from Lisa W.  After Lisa’s great reports, we are lucky to find a techie able to step up.

These offices will transition in June.

We had show and tell.  Robin L. at Meridian Jacobs is on a virtual sheep to shawl team at Maryland Sheep Show.

Meeting adjourned at 7:03 p.m.
Linda B.


INTERESTING ARTICLES/LINKS

I was able to access this without a Financial Times subscription - lots of info and links to many other interesting articles:  The Knit Crowd - lockdown has unleashed a league of new knitters ...


UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

April 22, 2021

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28th, 5 P.M., ONLINE

 2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings generally start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

NOTE:  APRIL 28 MEETING WILL START AT 5 P.M.!  Our speaker will start the presentation shortly after 5 p.m. 

April 28:  Linda Cortright, editor & published of Wild Fibers magazine

May:  ?

June/July - no meetings

MEETING MINUTES (LINDA B.)

March 2021 meeting was cancelled - no minutes.

T2T OFFICERS ARE RETIRING!


T2T President, Program Chair(s), and Newsletter Editor/Publisher positions will be open in June - please consider taking your turn and volunteering!  There may be other positions opening up, also.

SHETLAND LACE SAMPLER


I saw this information in a recent Lacis newsletter and thought it might be of interest to guild members.  Contact Lacis for more information including exhibit dates, COVID-19 information, and hours.  Even if the sampler is not exhibited, Lacis is always fun to visit and a good opportunity to support a local business.

The Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles
2982 Adeline St
Berkeley, California

Shetland Lace Sampler
This generous donation of decorative textile artworks from Cathy Clark is a tour de force of talent and devotion to the world of needlework, specifically her world of knitting and Shetland yarns. "I fell in love with Shetland sheep and their fleeces," she confesses, "and that has ruled my life since 2007."  The magnificent sampler she constructed in 2012 is 8 feet by 6½ feet, comprising 67 different fleeces of yarn, all hand-spun by Cathy herself. We also have her personally compiled tome of sketches available for your perusal, with each motif and its pattern, along with sources and progress reports, all passionately and fastidiously documented.


ZOOM THURSDAYS

Wendy L. recently sent an email to guild members announcing a new Zoom spinning group happening on Thursday evenings.  "We will be meeting on Thursday evenings to get together to spin, knit or craft from 6 – 8 pm via Zoom. The format is similar to Monday Spinners. There is no agenda or speakers...it is just a time to get together and work on individual project and enjoy the company of others."

If you didn't receive the email, please contact Wendy L. for more information.


UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

March 20, 2021

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31st, 6 P.M., ONLINE

 2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.


March 31:  cancelled

April 28:  Linda Cortright

May:  ?

June/July - no meetings

MEETING MINUTES (LINDA B.)

Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting, February 24th, 2021

President Wendy welcomed us to our Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. There were 38 logged on. Our speaker this evening was Robin Lynde, owner of Meridian Jacobs in Vacaville, CA. We are also fortunate to have Robin as a guild member.

Robin spoke of her business that encompasses raising Jacob sheep for fiber, meat and profit. She then uses their fiber to create her own handwoven products for sale, whole fleece for sale, pelts, horns, etc. Every part of the animal can be used. Robin also makes room in her shop to offer small weaving classes and has expanded to use Zoom and videos for teaching (in-person classes not currently offered due to COVID-19). We were thankful that Robin was able to join us from her shop/home barn as February 26 was the official start of her lambing season. She was expecting at least 75 babies this year (Lisa W. edit - 86 so far, as of 3/16/2021). Jacobs are known for twin births and being good mothers.  Robin offers memberships in the Farm Club, a way for people who would like to be involved in farm (sheep) life and have no other way to feed their passion.

Robin described how the Jacob breed, while not being “improved”, still has standards written for color, fleece style, (polycerate) horn placement, etc. that complicates breed registration. Our interest is in the wool which has 3-7 inch staple, 26-36 micron count and a weight of 3-6 pounds. The colors accepted in the US are black, white and lilac.

Robin described her business of producing wool, from genetic diversity of her flock, grazing management, ram behavior and shearing sheep with so many horns. She is kept busy during lambing season, coping with video cameras and phone texts when she is not physically in the barn (which is rarely, it seems).The Farm Club members come and assist, when possible, with most aspects of farm life, easing her burden a bit. By using every part of the sheep, including using a BFL cross for market lambs, Robin is able to make a living. She is a member of Fibershed, keeps a Facebook page, has written a blog for the past ten years, and hosts a Farm Open House when possible, in addition to assisting with the Farm Club activities. We are fortunate to have a successful shepherd, business woman and teacher so close by.

Wendy thanked Robin for taking this time to speak with us.

Old Business: Lisa W. has yet to have a volunteer to take the blog/newsletter over. Please consider this as electronic communication is becoming our only method of information about the guild and other fiber activities.

Guild project: Wendy has 18 people interested in knitting a sheep hat with fiber colors purchased from Robin Lynde. The project kits are available for contactless delivery from her porch. There are two patterns to chose from and are included in the price of the kit. Wendy and Pam will arrange a Zoom meeting for the next three Thursdays so participants can share their methods of arriving at 7-9 colors from 5 roving balls and how to conquer stranded knitting with handspun in so many fiber types.

CNCH 2022: Joan A. asked that anyone thinking of attending the Conference held from May 18-23, 2022, to please make room reservation through the CNCH website with the Marriott. These reservations will not be set in stone. However, the room block needs to fill so the hotel won’t drop/pull rooms from our block that aren’t filled.

Upcoming Meetings:

April 28, 2021 Linda Cortwright

May?? (Usually Spinning at the Winery)

Please think of officers for the Guild .The new year begins in August. Wendy mentioned how having speakers through Zoom presentations, even at the library, has been a boon to program planning. We are fortunate that our treasury was in great shape from the raffle prize donations at the Winery.

Craftsy is now available on Roku or Firestick.

Reba S. submitted a weaving pattern to Jist Yarns.

We had a great show and tell with Kathy showing her Norwegian cradle loom and others with lovely spun hanks of yarn..

We signed off at 8:08 p.m.

Linda B.

REMINDER: CNCH 2022 RESERVATIONS


Go to CNCH2022.com, click on "Accommodations" and follow the prompts.

Your credit card will not be charged until you arrive at the conference.  You can cancel several days in advance of the conference.  It is important to book if you think you might attend as the hotel can take rooms away from our block if a better conference comes along.  They can't take away our booked rooms.  It costs you nothing to book and can be cancelled at any time with no penalty.

Joan A.

UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS



Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)

February 21, 2021

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24th, 6 P.M., ONLINE

 2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

February 24:  Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs - All About Jacobs!



March 31:  cancelled

April 28:  Linda Cortright

May:  ?

June/July - no meetings

MEETING MINUTES (LINDA B.)

Treadles to Threads Guild Meeting, January 27, 2021
President Wendy L. called us to order at 6:00 p.m. to introduce our speaker for the evening, Deb Robson. There were 28 people online. In keeping with our year’s theme, “By (Buy) the Book”, Deb described her journey in writing “The Fleece and Fiber Source book” and the by-product, “The Field Guide to Fleece”.

Deb started spinning in 1973 and was always interested in sheep breeds. She detailed the four year journey in preparing the book for publication. Deb had editing experience already from 50 editions of Spin Off magazine. Deb began by sourcing her own samples of rare wools, which also involved genetic research to verify the origins of names of breeds in various locations through Europe and the Americas. There were some questions that could not be answered.  Once the samples were adequately identified, she carefully cataloged them resulting in rooms full of labeled boxes. This resulted in redecorating the house to accommodate it all.

 Deb did all the fiber preparation and spun the yarn samples on her single treadle Lendrum wheel. She often took log weekends at a primitive cabin in the mountains to do this complex work.  To insure that all samples were correctly identified in the book’s photo shoot, she was present for the photo session. Three of the thirteen boxes of samples had been misplaced in shipment to the photographer. However, due to her extensive and exacting cataloging, she knew what was in each missing box. Her daughter helped track them down ten days later. All items were included. The photo background of old barn wood, hand-dyed wool fabric and poster board were kept consistent through both books. There was a “last minute” expansion of the book to include other animals; yak, rabbit, bison, dog, cashmere, etc.

Deb hopes to bring wool back into the economy’s financial equation, with sheep not being just a meat source.

Business meeting:

Wendy showed twelve pictures of sheep ornaments she has received so far. A big thank you again to Santa’s helper, Donna S.


February 24, 2021 meeting: our possible speaker for February is not ready. Wendy will ask Robin Lynde of Meridian Jacobs if she can work us into her schedule. Robin was currently zooming in her car as the power was out. The program committee is working on a mail-out project for those wishing to participate (note: guild members should have received an email with details about the project: spinning various colors of Jacob roving
and making a hat. If you didn’t receive the email, please contact Wendy L.)

April 28, 2021: Linda Cortright
May is open until we hear about the winery. June and July are our non-meeting months.

CNCH liason: Reba is looking for help on committee work. The meeting will be at the San Mateo Marriott, May 20-22, 2022. Please let her know what you can do to help other than our guild assignment of reservation desk help.

Linda B.

CNCH 2022 RESERVATIONS

Go to CNCH2022.com, click on "Accommodations" and follow the prompts.

Your credit card will not be charged until you arrive at the conference.  You can cancel several days in advance of the conference.  It is important to book if you think you might attend as the hotel can take rooms away from our block if a better conference comes along.  They can't take away our booked rooms.  It costs you nothing to book and can be cancelled at any time with no penalty.

Joan A.

INTERESTING ARTICLES/LINKS


From Rosemary B. - Japanese Dyeing

From Rosemary B. - New Shade of Blue

Selvedge Magazine has a new podcast.

Stephany Wilkes talks about sheep, wind, and fire on the Fiber Nation podcast.

Handweavers Guild of America online fashion show, "Seasons of the Smokies"

Selvedge magazine article about Harris Tweed, beautiful photographs

Links to information discussed during Q&A with Deb Robson at the January meeting:



Livestock Conservancy "Shave 'Em to Save 'Em" initiative

UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma

January 21, 2021

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27th, 6 P.M., ONLINE

2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

January 27:  Deb Robson

February:  Maggie Casey?

NEWSLETTER/BLOG NEEDS NEW EDITOR

As mentioned back in October, this is the end of my 3 years as blog editor, with June 2021 or earlier being my last month. 

A new editing interface was released in 2020 that I am not familiar with, so other than providing access to the new editor there would be little turnover.  This would be a perfect time for someone else to take over and learn the new interface.  Or, select a different software interface or web site template and make the newsletter your own. 

Another option is to discontinue the T2T web presence and communicate with members via e-mail.  Let the guild know you're interested, and you can get started!

Lisa W.

BEWARE OF SCAMS


From a member of another fiber guild:

I am quite sure you are all savvy folks who would not fall for a financial scam. I would not have thought that one of my Bay Area guild members would either, but she almost did. 

There is evidently a scam being perpetrated on members of fiber organizations and guilds (mainly on officers, but anyone) in which an email is sent requesting, on behalf of another member who is having some (not real) difficulty. The receiver is asked to buy some $200 Google (or other) gift cards right away and scratch off the ID number and send it to ???. Of course, the original member was hacked. 

My trusting friend was in Best Buy (because she thought she might need help) and when she asked for help was about tackled by staff and other customers telling her ... STOP!  THIS IS A SCAM. Had she continued the scammer would have had her $$$$ free and clear.

Why fiber guilds? Maybe our overall age? Maybe we seem old fashioned? Let’s just all be vigilant. 

Carol C.

INTERESTING ARTICLES/LINKS


From Lisa W. - Mycopigments:  Exploring Mushrooms for Dyes



From Rosemary B. - combining spinning and music.  The spinner is using a crumhorn as a distaff.




UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma

December 6, 2020

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 6 PM, ONLINE + SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19 ORNAMENT EXCHANGE


UPCOMING 2020/2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

December 16:  Zoom Holiday Party & Mini Workshop.  You should have received an e-mail from Wendy L., but I've attached the document to the guild newsletter e-mail just in case. Kits are available and will be mailed, but you have to ask for one soon to receive it in time for the meeting!

December 19:  Distance Sheep Ornament Exchange, with our own shepherdess, Donna S., picking up and delivering sheep to their new pastures - if you live out of the area there is a snail mail option.  You should have received an e-mail from Wendy L., but I've attached the document to the guild newsletter e-mail just in case.

January 27:  Deb Robson

February:  Maggie Casey?

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD

ZOOM MEETING

NOVEMBER 18, 2020

President Wendy welcomed our speaker, Jillian Moreno. In keeping with our year’s theme, Jillian has a lovely book. “Yarn-i-tec-ture”. She is also working on a book on intuitive spinning and one on color spinning with fiber braids. She is working with “Ply” magazine to get other teachers to write books.

Her focus is to spin for knitting. She follows Five C’s in her spinning, Choice of fiber, Control of the quality of the yarn, Craft of spinning purposefully, Creativity of making the yarn you want, and the Continuum of looking back at your previous work and always learning something new.

Jillian then offered five tips to feel successful as a spinner of handspun for knitting.

1. Know your spinning self - know your spinning self now so you will know what to do to get to where you want to be.

2. Intention–know what you want to spin. A project? A new technique?

3. Learn to evaluate your yarn – use words that make sense to you and keep lots of detailed notes.

4. Make friends with your default yarn – your favorite fiber, draft, ply, gauge, WPI.

5. Explore new yarns – make them work for you. Keep notes and focus on one problem at a time.

Other ways to control your yarn are by choosing the sheep breed with the characteristics you want. Then, how did you receive the fiber- fleece, commercial fiber prep? Once the fiber is prepared, how will you choose the drafting method? Are you going to blend colors while drafting? This is where the yarn size comes into play.

Now comes the decision about plying. Are you going to ply? Will a cable be too much? The yarn doesn’t have to fall in an open loop, as long as there is no bias in the knitting. Once the fabric is created, how will you finish it? Will it only be blocked, or fulled all the way to felting?  Color is a continuum of manipulation from fiber prep to plying. Projects need consistency, so take and keep notes even if it is a sample of singles and the two ply on a tag saved in a ziploc bag. Most important, enjoy the journey. If you don’t think you will ever use the yarn, give it away. Jillian noted that some spin in the opposite direction to use for crochet, or spin loosely to soften drape. Crochet will magnify color changes as does chain plying. There are 13 signed up for Jillian’s workshop this weekend. 29 signed in to this Zoom meeting.

Wendy opened the meeting, noting she has been swamped at school with finals on Zoom and technical glitches.  She noted our traditional sheep ornament exchange will take a different form this year. She, Amy and Carolyn are working on a way to celebrate on December 16, Wednesday, at our Zoom meeting. They hope to find a project small enough to mail out so we can work together during the meeting.

CNCH liason Joan says there may be a venue for 2021; she will go to a meeting in 3 days to find out more. The 2022 Conference will be in July on the Cal Poly campus in SLO.

Our January meeting will feature Deb Robson on January 27, 2021.

There were eight lovely show and tell items displayed.

Linda B.

SHEEP ORNAMENT EXCHANGE


For those participating in the sheep ornament exchange pickup/delivery on December 19 or via snail mail, please email a photo of your new ornament to Wendy L. after you receive it - she will put them into a photo collage so we can all enjoy them.

Lisa W.

INTERESTING ARTICLES/LINKS




Scroll through the outfits, sheep and human, from the North America International Livestock Exhibition.


  

UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma

November 9, 2020

NEXT MEETING: WEDNESDAY, NOV 18, 6 PM, ONLINE

UPCOMING 2020/2021 MEETING DATES

Online meetings start at 6 p.m.  Zoom link is open around 5:30 p.m.  The link will be sent to guild members within a few days of the meeting.  If you don't receive the link, please contact Wendy L.

November 18 - Jillian Moreno, "Why I Knit With Handspun"












November 21-22:  4 hour Zoom workshop with Jillian Moreno (Saturday 2 hrs, Sunday 2 hrs), "How to Work With Painted Braids", $80

















December 16:  Zoom Party / Mini workshop?

January 27:  Deb Robson

February:  Maggie Casey?

MEETING MINUTES (Linda B.)

TREADLES TO THREADS GUILD

WALNUT CREEK, CA

 OCTOBER 28, 2020

President Wendy L. opened our Zoom meeting at 6:00 p.m. and welcomed our speaker for the evening, Janine Bajus, who joined us from Berkeley, CA.  In keeping with our guild theme this year, “By the Book”, Janine shared her recent book, “The Joy of Color, Fair Isle Knitting Your Way”, mentioning that the book has a special lie-flat binding that won’t crack.

Janine spoke about reclaiming creativity by learning to say “Yes”, and by living a life guided more by curiosity than fear. She recounted her fiber history, beginning with simple weaving in Girl Scouts, proceeding through spinning in college. Her Schacht loom lived with her for 8 years before it was sold. In 1998, she found Meg Swanson as a self-improvement guide as a knitter. After attending knit camp in Wisconsin in 1999, Janine found she loved Fair Isle knitting and her Ikigai (reason to get up in the morning in Japanese).  Fair Isle is a form of stranded knitting that uses color as a value sequence that moves from dark to light (or vice versa), similar to looking across a landscape vista.

 After joining the Feral Knitters in Seattle, WA, Janine grew in her color work. She found that swatching in diagonal stripes helped her visualize the color progression.  A great tool she also found was Joen Wolfrom’s “Color Tool” with 24 color cards that helped with color placements. After attending Madrona (now Red Alder) with Suzanne Pedersen’s Fair Isle knitting, her love of Fair Isle increased. Janine is a trained technical writer and with much support and encouragement to say “Yes”, she began teaching Fair Isle knitting. Her three favorite ‘rules’ are (1) You get to do what you want (2) There’s no one right way to do it (3) You won’t know if it will work until you swatch.

 In 2004, Janine moved to California and began a blog, an online store and writing books. By overcoming fear and learning to say “Yes’, she teaches at Friday Harbor retreats, and hosts tours to the Shetland Isles, Peru and Iceland. She has begun online teaching with Stitches and Instagram. Contact her at Janine@feralknitters.com to join her for a tour of Iceland in September, 2022. Janine closed by saying that Fair Isle is not as hard as it looks and if you make something, you have the Thing and the Story of the Thing.

 Upcoming Zoom meetings will be early in the month, November 18 with Jillian Moreno speaking on why she likes knitting with handspun.  Nov. 21, Saturday and Nov. 22, Sunday, Jillian will hold a Zoom workshop on spinning a planned yarn from dyed braids. These will be from 1-3 p.m. each day. There will be an $80 fee with a deposit required. Amy will set up a PayPal account to receive money for this (editor addition:  Amy has emailed the guild with the information.  Contact her if you didn’t receive it). Two braids are required to have on hand for the workshop.

 Our December meeting will be a holiday event. Wendy, Amy and Carolyn are working on what form it will take. Not sure if it will include our traditional exchange of sheep ornaments. More to follow on this meeting as Wendy is about tapped out right now.

CNCH liaison, Joan, says the May 19-22, 2022, meeting will be at the San Mateo Marriott. She volunteered T2T for on-site registration. Spinning teacher recommendations are welcome.

Show and Tell had lovely sweaters, hats, skeins and gnomes on display from members.

Linda B.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Who is that scary person in the black cape with the poison apple?!












INTERESTING ARTICLES/LINKS


Philadelphia has certainly been in the news a lot lately, including this interesting tidbit.

Ply magazine has a new vlog.

Distressing news about the wool market.

Favorite sheep, 2020, from the Campaign For Wool.
  

UPCOMING FIBER EVENTS & NEWSLETTERS


Handspinning News - Shiela Dixon's monthly blog, includes events

Mielke's Fiber Arts Newsletter - news for fiber artists

FiberEvents - a calendar of wool festivals, fiber festivals, knitting, crocheting & craft gatherings/events in the U.S. and the world

Clara Parkes' Knitter's Review - knitting and fiber events

Botanical Colors Feedback Friday - video archive and information on upcoming presentations.

ITEMS FOR SALE

Megan C. has processed fleeces for sale, including Shetland, BFL, Alpaca, Polworth, etc. Contact Megan directly for more information.

ONGOING FIBER-RELATED CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

Contact the business to find out their current situation due to COVID-19.

Black Rock Ranch (Stinson Beach)

Crockett Fiber Arts Studio (Crockett)

Fibershed (various locations)

Fiber Circle Studio (Cotati)

Meridian Jacobs (Vacaville)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)