Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Message from the President

Due to our limited space we are unable to accept new members at this time. If you are interested in joining Common Threads, you are welcome to submit a completed membership form. A waiting list will be established and members taken in the order received once space becomes available. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Raveloe Fiber Contact Information

If you are interested in signing up for one or both of the classes at Raveloe, just call Linda at
716-695-7464. The store is located at the corners of Schultz Road and Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spinning Classes at Raveloe Fibers

The following classes are being offered at Raveloe Fibers owned by Linda C. one of guild members and is being taught by fellow member Margaret N.

Diameter Control and the Art of Plying
Sunday, May 2 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bring a lunch!

You'll work on controlling your yarn--from very fine to fat and chunky. Spin for the project you want! And plying -- there's a bunch of ways. From multiple bobbins, a center-pull ball, navajo and andean plying. Materials will be provided, but you might also bring a bit of your own fiber to spin.

Please bring your wheel, lazy kate, and ideally three bobbins.
Price for the class is $45

Spinning 101 -- A Survey of Most Things Spinny
Sunday, June 6 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Bring a lunch!

Will cover parts of the wheel, mechanics, drafting, short draw, long draw, over the fold, and a bit of plying. Also woolen and worsted prep, and how to plan for your project. Materials will be provided, but you might want to bring a bit of your own fiber to spin.

Please bring your wheel, lazy kate, and ideally three bobbins.
Price for the class is $45

Friday, April 23, 2010


The library listings have been updated. Although I would love to have an active link with a lovely description of the book, I am not having as much luck as I had hoped. Please be sure to sign out any of our holdings with the guild librarian, Debbi Lesse.

And a very special thanks to Theresa Caufield for her very generous donations!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lost and Found

After today's meeting we found a bag of fiber from Fiber Fancy under one of the chairs set in the bay window. It is now safely stowed in our cupboard for you to pick up at the next meeting. If that is not soon enough, send me an e-mail and we shall see what we can do!

Hope you enjoyed the program!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 11 Program Notes

Our next program on April 11, 2010 will feature fleece preparation by combing. Please bring any combs you have, any diz or other tools you use. If you have top you prepared yourself that would be great to see.

I've also been asked to present hackling. While that is not a method of preparing washed fleece to spin, but rather more a method of blending prepared wool, it is similar enough to combing that we will cover if we have time. If you have a hackle please bring it!

Here are three interesting hackling links:

Hell Chick, Making Stuff

A fascinating DIY project from Yarn Zombie

Color Blending by Stitching for Sanity

And this one is blending taken to the extreme!

There is also LOTS of information in Color in Spinning by Deb Menz.

See you there!
Donna Ball
Program Chair