October 19, 2018


Upcoming 2018-2019 meeting dates:

Tuesday, October 30 (day early, due to Halloween) - remote lecture presentation, "Sand In My Shoes", weaving with Rebecca Mezoff Lisa Waterman will give a short presentation about Warner Mountain Weavers and their yearly Wool Gathering.

Wednesday, November 28 (after Thanksgiving) - Tapestry Weaving on Little Looms.  Attendees at the October 30 meeting each selected a 'pigtail' of Greenwood Fiberworks fiber to spin before the November 28th meeting, to be used in weaving on the cardboard looms that will be provided.  Or, bring your own little loom to the meeting.

December 15 - 11 - 2 at Amy's house, with ornament exchange.  Guild members only, please.

Thursday, January 24 (tentative) - Carolyn Greenwood (Greenwood Fiberworks) lecture

February - Sheepshearer and author Stephany Wilkes, reading from her new book, "Raw Material:  Working Wool in the West".  This is also the end date for the combo fiber exchange projects from 2018 (some have already been shared).

March - Sashiko & Indigo, Carol Ziogas (kimonomomo)

May 18 (tentative) - Spinning At The Winery, to be confirmed by Will and Kate.  Work on your raffle donation!

Extra Workshop Dates

Workshops are only open to guild members who have paid dues for the current year, unless stated otherwise.

Eco-Printing Workshop Part II, October 20 at Wendy's house.  Check out this recent work by a talented T2T guild member! (hint:  click on the photo to really see the detail)

Weaving Workshop, Weaving Tapestry on Little Looms (e.g., Hokett loom, or Schacht easel weaver) with Lou Grantham, $60, Amy's house, 10:30 - 3, Saturday, November 17

Spinning Workshop, Spinning Luxury Fibers Workshop, with Carolyn Greenwood, Saturday January 26 at Amy's house.  Tentative: open house for shopping on Friday January 25.

Meeting Minutes (Linda B.)

SEPTEMBER 26, 2018

President Wendy L called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. There were 24 members present and 2 visitors, Bonnie R. and Melanie P., president of Spindles and Flyers guild.

Wendy reviewed the coming meetings for the guild.  There is a possibility that the October 30, Sasha Duerr speaker based meeting and the November 28 video program showing “Sand in my Shoes” by Rebecca Mezoff, may need to be switched with each other.

There is a myriad of other guild functions outside our meetings. 
  • Wendy will host another Eco printing workshop, Part II. Please e-mail her if you are coming and how many $11 silk scarves you want.
  • Saturday, November 17, Amy will host Lou Grantham as she offers a mini-loom tapestry weaving workshop from 10:30-3:00 p.m. There is a $60 charge and a max of 15 students. There will be some looms available for use.
  • Reba S. has kindly offered to do a mass order of Stephanie Wilkes’ book, “Raw Material”. Stephanie will be here to read from her book in February. Please give Reba your money to pre-order.
  • Amy will host our Holiday party on December 15, Saturday, for the sheep themed ornament exchange and pot luck luncheon, giving Vilija a break this year.
  • January 26-27, 2019, is the date for a weekend of Spinning Luxury fibers with Carolyn Greenwood. This will be held at Amy’s home with the possibility of a preview fiber night with shopping. The charge is not determined yet but probably close to $60 with fibers provided.

Area fiber happenings include:
  • Spinzilla kicks of October 1-7, nationwide. Melanie P. challenged T2T for a yardage challenge with everyone getting a prize.
  • Lambtown in Dixon, October 6-7, has classes, vendors and Sheep-to-shawl.
  • Botanical Garden in Tilden Park hosts Sasha Duerr speaking on Natural Dyes on Sunday, October 14.
  • October 27 is Hug a Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs farm in Vacaville.

CNCH liason, Joan A., will attend the 2019 site visitation meeting and lunch at Sonoma State University on Sept. 28. She will bring more meeting information and registration information later. Judith Mackenzie and Kate Larson are the two spinning teachers.

T2T equipment librarian Carol C. brought all the small equipment the guild has to offer to show what is available to all members.  There is a sign out paper to check equipment out but the deposit is waived currently for all but the large electric carders. The Cricket rigid heddle looms are currently in use.

Treasurer Pam M says about half the members have renewed.

Megan showed her Combo spin project shawl and hat. Mary B showed a silk lap she purchased this summer.

Sonia is now a docent in the fiber program at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

Wendy led us in a flat felting workshop on a small stained glass style project. She provided needles, foam platforms, colored roving and squares of washed wool felt as a background. Wendy had washed the wool felt from JoAnns which fluffed it up and shrunk it about 25%. She provided examples and showed the techniques. We all dug in and many were able to complete a small project in the next hour.  Wendy also provided lavender seeds from Doris and an orange potpourri along with netting if a sachet covered with the needle felted design is preferred. There were cookies and candy provided by Wendy to keep us going strong.

Linda B.

A Day at Wisconsin Sheep and Wool (S&W) – by Mary B.

As the name implies S&W is a large festival devoted to all things ovine.  It is held the weekend after Labor Day in Jefferson, a small farming community west of Milwaukee.  There is a sheep to shawl competition, dog trails, 70 or so classes including one educating shepherds on raising sheep for spinners’ fleeces.  It also has major shopping.  This year there were more than 240 vendors all dealing with sheep in one way or another: raw fleece, prepared fleece, yarn, sheep tchotchkes, needles, spindles, etc.  It also includes booths with coats for sheep, shears, castrating scissors? cutters? snippers?  Think I’ll settle for tools.  You get the picture. 

As most of you know, my sister, Ann, lives in a small village (pop. about 1200) located about 35 – 40 minutes from Green Bay.  She has a spinning group that has been together for many years.  They are not a formal guild, more like our Monday Spinners.  Over the years I’ve visited Ann, I’ve gotten to know them so tag along for S&W.  They go every year on Friday so I’ve been planning my trips to go with them.  Here’s how the day goes.

Bonduel is at an intersection with the main east/west highway between Green Bay and Minneapolis (I hear it’s bumper to bumper when the Packers play the Vikings) and many county roads so we meet at the Park and Ride at 7 am.  This year there were 8 of us heading south to Jefferson and this group has the trip down to a science.  About an hour or so later we stop in Oshkosh (B’Gosh!) for breakfast at Perkins and then on to Jefferson (about 2.5 hours total).

We pay our $8 and get a 96 page program.  Here’s the first sign to greet us and starts the entry into another world for this city girl. 

After a pit stop, we head immediately for the 2 huge vendor barns.

Most of the vendors of fiber, yarn, etc., are here and most of the sheep breeding type vendors are elsewhere.

These buildings are HUGE!  Vendor stalls are in 4 rows; along each wall and back to back down the middle.  Ann, her friend Bonnie and I stick together and head for River’s Edge where I bought two 8 ounce hand painted braids.  
While I’ve been very good lately on not adding too much to my stash, I couldn’t resist this 10 ounce silk lap.  
I just have to watch the 11 minute Youtube video on how to spin it. 

We barely got through the first building before lunch where the crowd gathers in a large hall where tables are set up, there are some small exhibits and Clemes and Clemes has their booth.  Food on Friday is typical fair food and most of us brought a lunch.  I understand that they put on a nice lamb meal over the weekend.

It’s back to shopping and we get through the second building.  We decide to go back to the first and went through a large door in the middle of the building.  There’s a large concrete space between them with a partial wall down the middle that has rings and spigots on it.  

City girl, “What’s that for?”  Country girl, “That’s where you wash your cows and horses for the country fair shows.”  My eye then caught the sign on the next building.

City girl pointing to it, “Why?”  Country girl, “You can’t spread the manure on the fields if it has trash in it.”  City girl, “Oh.” 

At 3 we gather to head home.  A 15 minute or so drive gets us to Jefferson Creek where we stop at Culvers for ice cream (hot fudge sundae!).  Then it’s heading back north.  We stop at Appleton for soup at the Machine Shed and about 45 minutes or an hour we part ways back at Bonduel.

Ann’s spinning buddies are a lot of fun so it’s always enjoyable.  Lots of laughter, stories, exchanges of information.  We come back exhausted and, at least for me, having put away a lot more food than I usually do in a day!

Mary B.

Guild Member News

Guild members Doris B. and Robin L. won multiple blue ribbons at Lambtown in the Skeins & Textile competition.  Congratulations, Doris and Robin!

Class B: Handspun wool blend, at least 30% wool
2 or more ply: Doris B (1st)
Novelty: Doris B (1st)

Class F: Textile, handspun, 100% wool
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Class I: Textile, Commercial yarn
Woven: Robin L (1st)

Full list of winners is available on the Lambtown web site.

Doris' prizewinning skeins

Some Upcoming Fiber Events

CNCH 2019 in Sonoma - application for a grant is due by December 1.  Awards are not made on the basis of financial need.  There are 5 $350 grants available.

Tekunikku: The Art of Japanese Textile Making, UC Davis Design Museum, October 1 - December 9

Nevada County Fiber Arts Trunk Show, Berkeley Horticultural Nursery, October 20

Sustainable Cotton Project 2018 Farm Tour, Firebaugh, CA, Oct 25

Knot Another Fiber Festival, The Dalles OR, October 26-28

Hug A Sheep Day at Meridian Jacobs Farm, Vacaville CA, October 27

Following the Flow of Indigo In Africa, Textile Arts Council, de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA, November 10

2018 Fibershed Wool Symposium, Pt Reyes Station CA, November 10

Handblock Printing With Natural Dyes, UC Berkeley Botanical Garden, November 10

Stitches West 2019, Santa Clara Convention Center, February 21-24

Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2019, Tacoma, WA, Feb 14-17

Ongoing Fiber-Related Classes

San Francisco Fiber (Oakland)

West County Fiber Arts (Sebastopol)

Windrush Farm (Petaluma)