Sheep to Shawl(STS) Signups - Email Ruth - Tons of FUn!
STS(Sheep to Shawl) Carding
Both electric drum carders will be at the fair. One for fine fiber, one for the more coarse fibers. (because of power restrictions, only 1 may be used at a time) Your fleece must be clean, clean, debris free and dry. If it is still damp from washing it will stall out the carder. Training Required if you have never used the New Carder and wish to do so, contact Mary Ellen McMurtrie to arrange for training. Try and talk to the public as much as you can about what you are doing and why. Please leave the carder clean. If you have questions, contact Mary Ellen McMurtrie at email@example.com. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 268-0726.
If you plan to enter items for sale in the STS shop, please read the guidelines in the Membership book on pages 29 thru 33. You will note that you need to work one shift for each item entered up to five shifts. If you are working five shifts you are requested to work one of those shifts in the Shop. In addition to Shop assistants during the Fair, we also need help delivering and setting up items from storage on Sept. 6, checking in inventory and shop and demo area set up on Sept. 7. We will also need help with shop take down, returning items to storage and checking out inventory and cleaning the STS space on Sept. 19. Working at any of these times will count toward shifts needed. There will be sign up sheets at the July and August meetings. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at 268-0726 or email@example.com.
We plan to have three spinners per shift; so sign up with your friends, or sign up alone and be ready to make new friends. We plan to be outside the Dairy Barn in our spinning tent. Chairs and foam pads for underneath the wheels will be available. Contact Diane Witt at 897-6747 or dianecwitt@ aol.com if you have questions. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 268-0726.
Bring your favorite small fiber craft to demonstrate. Show Weaving on different looms, Knotting, Colcha Embroidery, Braiding, Knitting, Crochet, Needle Felting, and any other fiber activity that you find interesting and wish to share with others. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at email@example.com or 268-0726.
If you have flowers in your garden that can be used in the dye pot, please save the blossoms in a paper bag and let Linda DeBlois or Denise Davis know you have them We plan to do a lot of overdye to achieve more shades and tones. We will continue to overdye the yarns left from last year to create more complex colors using the yellows and golds for a base so expect more greens, oranges, teals and purples. If you have yarns you want dyed we plan on 2 - 3 oz extra in each dyepot. If the yarns are not mordanted we will mordant the first 2 days of the fair. Tag them with your name. Adding content, weight and color preferences is nice but not necessary. Let us know how many you have so we can get the same amount back to you. You don't need dye experience to sign up. Linda or Denise will be there every day. Put on your dye clothes, comfy shoes and come play with us. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 268-0726.
CREATIVE ARTS BLDG.
As an extension of the Sheep to Shawl Demonstrations in the dairy barn, there is an exhibit area set up in the Home Arts Department within the Creative Arts Building. The building is located just off Main Street in the middle of the fair grounds. The Creative Arts building houses many of the various entries in different divisions including the weaving division. It is also the location of the cooking competitions. The purpose of the Las Arañas exhibit in this area is to allow fair visitors to actually experience weaving rather than just observe the process. It also is an opportunity to remind the public of the exhibit and shop in the dairy barn. There is a table with a warped table loom, rigid heddle loom, and inkle loom. There are also pot holder looms. Volunteers who know drop spindle spinning can also help the public with spinning. Shifts are only in the afternoon from 1:30-5:30. We need at least two volunteers per shift so that breaks can be taken. This is a popular activity for all ages. You do not have to be an “expert” with all looms. Volunteers can share their skills with each other giving everyone a chance for new experiences. All materials will be on site so you do not need to bring any additional supplies. Contact Sandy Gale at 263-5624 or email@example.com if you have questions. To sign-up, call Ruth Ronan at 268-0726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
:: Upcoming ::
Meeting - OCT 27, 6:30pm
When: October 27 6:30 pm
Location: Raymond Sanchez Community Center
Topic: Sally Brandon, Shepherds Mill
The next meeting of the Las Arañas Spinners & Weavers Guild is Thursday Evening October 27th at 6:30pm at the Raymond Sanchez Community Center at 9800 4th St. NW . The guest speaker will be Sally Brandon of Shepherd's Mill
ALL meetings for Las Aranas through 2016 will be at the
Raymond Sanchez Community Center 9800 Fourth Street NW
It is located on the east side of Fourth Street a little ways north of the intersection with Alameda.
Raymond Sanchez community center
Signing up to weave at STS is really great for beginning weavers or those who would like to try weaving—after all the warp has been measured and threaded on the loom so all you have to do is press the pedals and throw the shuttle. Several members did their first weaving (and got hooked) at STS. The 8-harness loom is being warped with 5/2 perle cotton set at 20 epi using three colors: Natural, Scarab (green) & Bermuda (blue). The pattern is a straight 8 twill threading with a 3-1-1-1-1-1 tie up. There are 4 stripes of Natural-Scarab-Natural, separated by wider stripes of Bermuda. The width is 10.2”. Contact Nancy Brouillard if you have questions at 2659053 - (answering machine) or email@example.com. The first 4 shaft loom will be threaded to a M and W twill pattern in red, white and blue, predominantly white. The wool is JaggerSpun Maine Line 3/8. The second 4 shaft loom will be white JaggerSpun yarn in a goose eye twill. Contact Myra Chang-Thompson with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-0876. Remember to bring yarn for weft, shuttles, bobbins, scissors and any other weaving aids you might need. A pillow for the bench is also a good idea. To sign-up, contact Ruth Ronan at email@example.com or 268-0726.
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