Monday, February 8, 2016

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button?

  • Are you ready for some buttons? Lots of buttons? Lynn O'Conner from A Kid'll Eat Ivy Designs will demo her polymer clay button techniques. Yeah! Petra and her kids spent unhealthy amount of time (and money) at the her booth at Emery Park last year. Lynn will be selling her buttons and asked if people who have bought and used her buttons to bring in the pieces they were used on. Her website, A Kid'll Eat Ivy Designs showcases her work  Do you have projects that miss buttons? Are you starting a project that will require buttons? Bring them along. It makes picking buttons much easier.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

New DVD's for 2016

The Common Threads library has recently received two new titles for your use.

The first is Color Magic: Color Families with Deb Menz.  Deb Menz has a wonderful way of explaining color that even I can understand!  Let's take a look at a sample of what is to be found in this engaging DVD.

The second is The Spinner's Color Toolbox: How to Spin Colorful Textured Yarns with Judith MacKenzie.

Here's a little preview:

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Roc Day! Drop Spindles.

Many thanks to Ben for a fantastic presentation on different types of Drop Spindles and how to use them.
Ben demoing a supported spindle

An array of Ben's 20+ spindles and fibers–antique Russian supported spindles on the left, a variety of top and bottom whorl spindles in the center, the one center right in front is a Turkish spindle.

Members spinning on a variety of spindles.

Ben demoing the Russian supported spindle.

Antique Russian supported spindles (sorry for the poor quality of the pictures.)

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

You Spin Me Round a drop spindle!

Ok, I could NOT resist:)

Ben will be joining us this Sunday and I know he will have all of us dancing, um, I mean spinning right round on those drop spindles!

Please join us for social time at 1:00 and our program starting shortly after our 2:00 business meeting.

You know you want to!

Please forward any questions you may have concerning the drop spindle to so that Ben may be prepared with an answer.

We would also ask our more experienced drop spindlers to be prepared to share their tips and tricks after Ben is finished with his end of the session.  I know many of you have a great deal to share.

In addition, Liz would really love for you to complete the program sheets if you did not have a chance to do so last month.

See you Sunday!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Happy Holiday!

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Let's not critique the technique of Father Christmas...

Sunday, December 13, is our annual Holiday Celebration.  Please bring a dish to pass - savory or sweet - your choice.  You have plenty of time to diet after the New Year so let's enjoy the talents of our many good cooks.

Liz will be bringing a list and checking it twice.  No, not Santa's Naughty List!  You will be asked to check off the program idea(s) from the list we generated in the fall that you most wish to see in the upcoming year.

Were you participating in "The BIG One?"  This is the meeting to shine like the 'roc' star you are!  Bring in whatever you have to show.  In my case lots of full bobbins.  Thankfully, no one will be deducting points or fining you late fees.  Everyone is welcome to show their progress as they continue to meet their personal goals.

Our Roc Day celebration will be held at our January meeting.  Our guest speaker, Benjamin Streeter, will be giving us a short demo and lecture on the drop spindle.  You are going to love this guy!  He has an infectious smile and laugh that is sure to get your spinning mojo back to the max!  Ben is a relatively new spinner, but I know you are going to be thoroughly impressed with the quality of his work.  Please e-mail specific questions you have about drop spindles to me at so that Ben may address your needs.  Yes, he just that kind of accommodating guy!
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So, we will see you Sunday with bells on to end another year of Common Threads!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Upcoming Holiday Sale Events

Buy Local and Handmade this Holiday Season!

November 20-22
Knox Farm Holiday Art Festival 

Please consider supporting venues our members participate in. Monica is participating.

Sandy Long's Annual Open House

December 5

For some reason, the blog will not let me upload the sale flyer.

Waldorf School Holiday Sale

Please consider supporting venues our members participate in. Mary is participating.

December 4-6

Holiday Open Artist Gift Sale at the BPAC

If you know of any others, please email me the information and I will post them.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spinning Samples

Sunday November 8, 2015

This program will be based on a FB post from C. Wood, whom some of you may know. This is probably what we should do before starting any project, but most of us probably don't.  When I saw her post, I asked her about it and this is her reply: 
"I've done this in a few workshops taught by others, but basically it's using the different pulleys, braking & fiber quantity to modify your "default" drafting & letting in. Start with largest pulley & lightest brake, spin a sample. Tighten the brake a bit but stay on the same pulley & repeat. Go to the next pulley, loosen the brake, etc. My wheel has 3 pulleys, so I once did 9 variations. The braking influences the amount of fiber that gets drafted, and it's important to let that take place without fighting it."
We will be spinning our own fiber, roving or top are probably best. Bring any fiber you wish, something you've been indecisive about, left overs, doesn't matter, but we should probably stick to animal fibers. Sorry there is no picture, but the variety of yarns she produced were amazing.

December is our annual Holiday party and pot luck, show & tell, and hopefully we will see a few sweaters finished for our year's challenge!