Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Eco Dyeing #2 Sunday 9/14

The silk scarves are in, those who purchased them will get an email as to how much they are. A few revisions for what to bring this Sunday as far as plant material. Bring fresh plant material, don't press the leaves (sorry if you've already done this) but fresher seems to work better. If leaves curl, soaking them in water or vinegar (I will bring vinegar) for a few minutes flattens them out again. If you pick a day or two beforehand, put plant material in a bucket with some water, as you would a bouquet of flowers. Where I'm not sure about this, leaves that are just turning may give of more color.

Metal can be encouraged to rust by soaking it in vinegar, and you can patina copper this way. Put vinegar in a jar, and add the metal, let it sit for a few days, give it a shake periodically. Use separate jars for each metal. Remaining vinegar bath can then be used as an after mordant when dyeing with natural dyes. I would recommend small pieces of metal like washers, pennies, flexible wire. Chicken wire can give a nice effect if it's rolled up either with the scarf or around the scarf, try spraying some vinegar on it to encourage it to rust.

Image above: red/pink–sumac berries, purple–elderberries (I will bring some of these), leaf in upper right–purple beech, bright green in lower left–sumac leaves.

Please check back here Saturday in case there are any last minute additions.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Eco-dyeing Sunday September 14

If you’re planning on doing the eco dyeing Sunday Sept 14 and want me to order silk scarves I need to know soon. I will be ordering Tuesday 9/2 evening. 11x60 are $3.79, 14x72 are $4.95, plus shipping and maybe tax. I’ve heard from are Bonnie C, Bonnie M, Megan, Amanda, Petra, Joann and Kathy R. Email me directly You can bring your own cotton, rayon or linen, you will need to mordant it.
Mordanting cellulose fibers (cotton, linen, rayon): 
1 pound–Pre-wash fabric before mordanting! 
2 tspn alum (spice aisle or Hyatt’s) 
1 tspn washing soda (grocery store-laundry) 
Dissolve each separately in cup of hot water and add to 
2 gallons of water 
Add cloth and simmer for one hour. Let sit overnight, spin out excess water. Can dry or use damp.

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.