Fiber of the Month
This year I’m going to focus on the Livestock Conservancy's Shave ‘Em 2 Save ‘Em program. This program was developed to help preserve endangered breeds, which you can learn more about here: https://livestockconservancy.org. For our FotM, everyone will get 1oz of fiber—either raw or roving—to spin and bring back each month to receive their next breed sample. It’s $20 to start, and $10 to buy back in if you don’t bring back your spun fiber to the next meeting. I’m mostly going to focus on the more critical breeds as those can be the hardest to source and will include information about where you can purchase more. If you are interested in signing up, please let me know and get your payment in ASAP so I can be sure to order enough fiber before our next meeting.
Instead of a large shawl that everyone contributes to, everyone who participates will each put 2oz of roving into a paper bag with our names and the fiber type on it and pass it around like a white elephant exchange. Take home the roving you end up with, spin it and make something from the yarn, then give it back to the person whose name is on the bag. We will do the exchange in October, but I wanted to give everyone plenty of notice. We aim to have the projects back to their recipients by July of next year.
Show and Tell
We are going to try something new this year for Show and Tell. When you arrive at our guild meetings we are going to have a show and tell table. Please put your items on the table fill out the show and tell form that we will have there. During guild we will vote on the items and select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize from the votes. Those winners will get a ribbon. Also you can then take your show and tell entry card back and put it in your spinning journal.
Annual Dye Exchange
The basic idea is to use the President’s color choice and dye 32 ounces of fiber to share with guild members. The president will announce her color choice during our September Meeting. Then at our meeting in March 2019, you get to share your fiber with everyone, in one ounce portions, and tell us why you picked those colors. The date of the exchange will be provided by the President, (usually Feb or Mar).
We suggest you bring at least 32 ounces of dyed fiber. The fibers are to be pulled apart (Never Cut) into 1 ounce bundles, labeled with your name and description of dye method and materials used.
Notlwonk Wool Trek
Held in May at Notlwonk Springs
Join us for our annual day at the farm! Get a first peek (and opportunity to buy) our fleeces and peruse our many other products. Bring your wheel, spindle, knitting needles, crochet hook, or other projects. Spin the afternoon away! Follow Notlwonk Springs on Facebook
Summer Retreat for Members
Held the last week(end) in July at Notlwonk Springs
This is an annual event held for paid members of the guild. We bring tents, trailer, canopies and set them up together. We take turns helping to cook meals. We bring our wheels, fiber, projects, chocolate and have a lot of fun connecting with each other and recharging creative batteries. Watch the newsletters for more information as this event approaches.
Sept. 17, 2019 -Spinning Hacks at the Viridian Library, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088. Meet and Greet : 6:30 pm. Meeting begins: 7:00 pm. Topic: Spinning Tool Hacks—improvising inexpensive household items in place of expensive fiber tools. We all know spinning gets expensive fast. But that doesn’t mean we have to forego the luxury of hand combed top. I’ll show you how to make combs, a pinky distaff, and PVC niddy noddy (though most people don’t have PVC lying around, but it’s inexpensive and easy to get so I’m including it.) We will also be recycling old compressed cardboard boxes—cereal/cracker type boxes—to use as looms to make tapestry-woven bags or wallhangings, so be sure to bring an empty box, some yarn, and a tapestry needle if you’d like to participate. It would also be helpful to bring scissors, scotch tape, and paperclips if you have them. I will have some extra boxes as well. There will be brief demos using each tool for the beginners. For all of you seasoned weavers, do you have a favorite weaving stitch/technique? Come share it with us!
Oct 15, 2019 - TBA at the Viridian Library, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088. Meet and Greet : 6:30 pm. Meeting begins: 7:00 pm. Topic: TBA
Nov. 19, 2019 - TBA at the Viridian Library, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088. Meet and Greet : 6:30 pm. Meeting begins: 7:00 pm. Topic: TBA
Dec 17, 2019 - TBA at the Viridian Library, 8030 S 1825 W, West Jordan, UT 84088. Meet and Greet : 6:30 pm. Meeting begins: 7:00 pm. Topic: TBA