Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 2017 meeting

We had a great time making felted "rocks" at our September meeting. Petra had all of the supplies ready for us to create amazing life like pebbles that will be sewn together into a rug. The wool is felted around a foam core, so each rock is soft and cushy.

Here is our creation.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 2017 Common Threads meeting

We had a great July meeting at Chris's house in Eden. It was a perfect sunny day with good food and wonderful company. We took a tour of his house (including his very impressive wool, yarn, and dye stash), his very cute barn, his Shetland sheep, and the incredibly beautiful pond. Thank you Chris for a very lovely afternoon. Here are a few pictures from our day.

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 2017 meeting

March brings our annual auction! Are you getting excited? It's always a meeting full of hope, anticipation and good laughs. Now the boring part - rules. The auction is for members only. It is our biggest (and only) fundraiser of the year. Money raised help us pay for all the great programs we have throughout the year, fill our library with new books and maintain our fantastic selection of fiber related equipment. 

Peter is our auction chair and is working very hard to repeat the last year success. How can we help? We need donations for the items to be auctioned. We are looking for fiber, as well as non-fiber related items. Items that are in perfect working order but you don't need them any more. Items and projects you have no time to work on. Things you love and you would like to spread the love to the others. Things you make. And we don't shy away from bottles of adult drinks or a plate of freshly baked cookies either.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 2017 Meeting

Multi-Craft Equipment Fibers from the Field - Natural Fibers From Plants for Spinning Yarn - Sample Card

What a Roc Day Liz has planned for you!  I hope you have been training for this one!  Twelve, count 'em, 12 natural fibers to sample including cotton, hemp, soft bamboo, flax and ramie.

Only members who pre-ordered from Liz will be able to participate in this one.  Please remember to bring $5 cash for each card ordered.

If we find ones we really like we can later bulk order larger amounts and dedicate meeting time for further study.

See you all next week!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

How to Split a Rainbow

Fractal Spun Yarn from The Painted Tiger

According to Benjamin Krudwig, fractal yarns are not truly fractal in a mathematical or scientifice sense, but rather "a pattern that is self-similar, and repeats itself in different scales."

Regardless of how you want to define it, you are sure to love it.  In the traditional fractal spun yarn, you take a braid of fiber, split it in half lengthwise, spin one half of it as is, then split the second half into 2, 3, or 4 sections and spin those end to end onto another bobbin. Then you ply those bobbins together for a 2-ply yarn. 

Nancy Tepas will be walking us through braid selection, splitting of the braid and spinning to achieve the perfect gradient. 

The guild has also purchased Yarnitecture by Jillian Moreno to accompany this month's program. It will be available for loan at the November meeting.  Jillian has written two articles on the topic in Knitty.  Take a look here and here.  

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sun, Summer & Samples...

Time for our annual summer picnic.  Join us this Sunday, August 14th at 1:00 at the BNAC (our usual spot) for some great conversation, open spin time and a bit of show & tell.  Just bring a dish to pass and your personal set of cutlery and a plate.  If the weather continues to cooperate, we shall stay outside,

Any one spinning like an Olympian this month? We hope you have been keeping track of your estimated yardage and are ready to update your monthly totals for July.  I wonder if the new cupping trend, as evidenced on the swimmers, could be used for any of our spinning pains?

Enjoy the rest of your week and don't forget the sun screen !

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Felting Embellishments & Open Spin

For those interested, we will have a self-guided program on further embellishing and finishing our felted pieces. Suggestions would be beading, needle felting, embroidery, and/or adding a strap or closure to your piece. Think about what you want to make, a purse, book cover, pillow cover, are some possibilities. We need to bring our own embellishments, as everyone did different colors. Try to keep ideas simple.


Threads: metallic, plain sewing and multicolored, embroidery floss, crochet cotton-hand dyed if you have it, silk, any fine or slippery yarns you might have.

Equipment: appropriate sewing and beading needles, needles for needle felting, scissors, towel or dish/plate to put beads on

Roving for needle felting, hopefully you have a little left over.

Embellishments: seed beads, beads, buttons, sequins, feathers, tassels, cording

Liz will give a brief talk, but most of this is learn as we go. Anyone who didn't participate in the felting program is welcome to bring something else and join in. It would probably be a good idea to familiarize yourself with some basic embroidery stitches: running, chain and blanket stitches.

Of course, for anyone not interested in participating, we will have open spin.