Saturday, April 9, 2016

Nobody Move! I Just Dropped my Spindle!

Ben so inspired us that we must have more! So join us in April for Drop Spindle Part II.

This is a day of explore and more.  Have a spindle you are willing to let others demo for the day?  Bring it on down. Looking at some bits and bobs of roving that have have no real purpose in life?  Bring it on down!

Have a burning desire to take your little addiction with you wherever you go?  Then stop in for the afternoon and work on several different styles.  Hey, you never know when this little post apocalyptic skill will make you look even cooler than you already are.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Herding Sheep

Cathy S., a member of the WGB posts some great things. Here's a recent video she posted.

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!