Saturday, July 12, 2014

Longmeadow Farm NEXT SUNDAY, July 20 1-4 pm

photo by Sandy Long

This is a friendly reminder that our next guild meeting is NOT tomorrow! We are meeting NEXT SUNDAY, July 20 from 1-4 pm at Sandy Long's farm: Longmeadow Farm, 11110 Sandbank Rd., Freedom, NY 14065.

Immediately following the meeting, we'll have a board meeting at the Tim Hortons in Arcade.

Also, for those of you that joined us at the SPCA and haven't yet gotten your plied yarn to me, could you please bring it to the meeting, or catch up with me to arrange a drop off?

Also, Mary Fisher and Doreen Kelly are having an exhibit called Works In Fiber at the Burchfield Nature and Art Center from August 3 to August 31, 2014  It's an exhibit of two and three dimensional expressions of art, blending mixed media with natural fibers. A free public reception will be on Friday August 8th from 7-9:00 pm. For more information or to request a postcard, contact Mary Fisher at or Doreen Kelly at  

Hope to see many of you at the meeting next week!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Sue's Open House!    6/21 & 22

Rumor has it there will be cria's, and the hens are laying again, fresh eggs!

Sue Phillips
The Critter Ranch Llama Farm
& WNY Llama & Alpaca Rescue Group
ALSA Halter & ROM Champions
  Angel's Baby Doll & BHLF Erick Liddell
National Top 10 POD 2004 ALSA Champion & ROM POD  Payton's Angel
Rescue ,Shearing, Boarding, Breeding,
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Building a Solar Oven, 
Plus Open Spin,  Show & Tell
June 8

For those of you who signed up, we are building a solar oven for dyeing. This shouldn't take too long, so bring your wheels, the rest of the meeting will be an open spin. We should have time for a show and tell for any of you wishing to do so.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Happy Mother's Day! May 11

I hope you all have a great Mother's Day!

We have open spin this month, so come sit back and relax!

We can do a show and tell if you would like to bring something.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Needle Felting with Mary F.

Mary will be demonstrating how to needle felt and then there will be a chance  to try it on your own. Bring wool or roving in colors suitable for your project. You can either bring your own needle felting tools or purchase some from Jeanne from Thistle Creek Alpaca.  You need to let her know ASAP, so she has time to put the kits together.

From Mary:  Hello Common Threads members,

It was so nice to see a few Common Threads members at the Ugly Duckling performance today, Sunday. For those who missed it, I will bring a few of the characters to the meeting as samples of 3-D wool sculpting. The songs and action portion will be hard to reproduce there but maybe you will catch a performance at some later date.

You will need a few items if you are interested in participating in the process that I will be demonstrating at the April meeting, such as:
  • a dense foam pad( cushion foam works well or a fine auto washing sponge works too. What ever you use should be at least 2" thick 
  • felting needles of one or more sizes
  • clean odds and ends carded wool fleece in of  a variety of colors -  coarse wools work best but any will do- I like to use a natural wool for the base then lay the colors over it for the finished product
  • a picture of an animal or object that you may want to create a resemblance of or just wing it from memory. More of Mary's pieces, little birds and big bird.

Or order a kit from Jeanne M. Here's what she sent to me for you all to take advantage of.
  • Foam/3 needles in a gallon freezer bag will be the best value for the group.  
  • They can choose whether to put it in a box or not. 
  • Dyed alpaca fiber available for those who are interested.  
  • Kits will be $10 or less. 
  • Fiber can be bought seperately.
There are enough needles to make 20-30 kits. Also, needles can be packaged separately.  The amount of additional needles will be dependent upon how many kits we need. 

Contact me via email. Thistlecreekalpaca@gmail.comI accept payment via Paypal or pay  me at the meeting.  


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

3rd Annual Auction

March 9, 2014

The meeting is our 3rd Annual Chinese Auction! This is another reminder to bring treasures that you'd like to pass along to your fellow spinners. Items that were brought in the past include: yarn, fiber, fiber/dyeing/weaving tools, decorations, candles, wine, books (any kind), etc. Time to let go of those perfectly good projects and purchases that you thought you would be happy with, but didn't quite work out that way.

Thanks to all of you, these auctions have been successful and have stabilized our finances. And we get to go away with cool stuff!!

Tickets will be sold at the meeting. Please also note that due to sales tax limitations, this is a member's-only event. You must be a member in good standing to participate in the auction. 

I was hoping to show you some snow (ice) dyeing I did, but my pictures won't download for some reason. If you like surprises, this is a lot of fun. Here is a link, I used snow instead of ice, you can use liquid or powder acid dyes, and I let mine drain. And another. I dyed roving, silk hankies and silk scarves which I soaked in water and vinegar (or citric acid). Use maybe 3" of snow, otherwise it may take forever to melt. So when life gives you too much snow…dye!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

No Batts are Bad…Just Misunderstood!

Sunday February 9, 2014

Have you ever looked at a beautiful batt and wondered what kind of yarn it would make? 

Have you ever purchased a batt, started spinning and were surprised at the results?

Our own Amanda from Willow Glen Farm will discuss various types of batts and what kinds of yarn they can (or can't) produce. This is a HUGE topic that can be affected by add-ins, equipment used and a batt-maker's style (just to name a few!), so this month's discussion will be a broad overview with some examples to discuss. Basically, she wants to get everyone thinking about what goes into batt making in order to make better-informed purchases. If you have a particularly beautiful/interesting/frustrating batt (that you've made, or that you've purchased), please feel free to bring it in to share. No batts are bad, just misunderstood.

Don't forget!

March's program will be our annual Chinese auction, and we're currently seeking donations. Anything in good working order that you feel a fellow spinner would enjoy is encouraged. Past items have included: fiber, fleece, yarn, spinning tools, sheep/spinning decor, candles, wine. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Members only meeting.