2013 Sheep to Shawl
It is almost time for Sheep to Shawl (STS) again this year. STS dates are
from Thursday, September 12 through Sunday, September 22. For those of you who
have joined Las Arañas since last September, you will be receiving a letter
about Sheep to Shawl in the mail soon. You can also get more information by
reading pages 36-40 in your membership book. Sheep to Shawl takes place at the
Dairy Barn at Expo New Mexico during the New Mexico State Fair in September. The
entry gate is #6 off San Pedro, just south of Lomas. STS is an exhibition, not a
contest, where sheep are sheared and we demonstrate carding, spinning, dyeing
(with natural dyes), weaving and other fiber related activities (such as
knitting, inkle loom, felting, crocheting, etc.) and we sell items we have made
in our shop. This is our “big” volunteer/ educational project each year and this
is the 43rd year for Las Arañas and the Wool Growers Association to cooperate in
presenting this program. STS is a fun time of sharing and a great time for
beginners in weaving, spinning or dyeing to get to know our members better, get
mentoring on your new skill and share your love of fiber with the public. We
will begin signing people up for working shifts at the July 23rd meeting.
Here is a summary of the various shifts and the number of people needed for
- Wednesday, Sept. 11—Move equipment from storage and set it up—6 people
(need 3 pick-ups); 9 AM—2 shifts earned.
- Thursday, Sept. 12—Inventory Check-In—8 people; 9:30 AM—1 shift earned
(if want 2 shifts then also sign up for Shop Set-Up.)
- Thursday, Sept. 12—Shop Set-Up—6 people; 10 AM—2 shifts earned. ∗ During
the fair the regular shifts are 9:30—1:30 and 1:30—5:30. (There are special
shift times for the Creative Arts Building-see below.)
- Our days to work are Friday, Sept. 13—Sunday, Sept. 22. For each shift
we need: 2 people at the Dye Pot; 1-3 people at ETC.; 1-3 people Spinning; 1
person at the 4-Harness Loom; 1 person at the 8-Harness Loom; 1 person in
the Shop; 1 person Carding; 1 person at Creative Arts Bldg.
- Creative Arts Building is a special case—there is one shift per day and
the 1 person taking that shift can help fair goers weave a scarf on the
portable loom or, if preferred, can spin or work on an ETC project. The main
purpose of this position is to advertise STS in the Dairy Barn and encourage
people to go visit. We have signs and a display case at the work site. The
shift times on Mondays— Fridays are 10:30-2:30, The shift times on Saturdays
and Sundays are 1:30-5:30.
- Monday, Sept. 23—Shop Take-Down, Inventory Check-Out and Final Clean-
Up—8 people; 9 AM—2 shifts earned.
- Monday, Sept. 23—Equipment Take-Down and move to storage—6 people (need
3 pick-ups); 11 AM—2 shifts earned.
- Monday, Sept. 23—Dye Pot Take-Down—3 people; 9 AM—2 shifts earned.
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
People’s Choice Award Hand woven items will be placed in the Las Arañas
display case in the Creative Arts building for the People’s Choice Award. Each
item will be numbered and visitors will be able to vote for their favorite
piece. The piece with the most votes will win the People’s Choice Award and will
be presented with a check for $25 from Las Arañas. The first 15 items that meet
the criteria will be accepted. These items will not be for sale at the State
Fair. The items must be hand woven and of good quality. Any type of yarn can be
used. Items will be accepted at the JSTS checkin. After the fair, the items that
were selected will be available for pickup during checkout for Sheep to Shawl.
If there are any questions, contact Nancy Crowley
Both electric drum carders will be at the fair this year. 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, dry fleece. 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 Phreadde Davis to
arrange for training. Try and talk to the public as much as you can about what
you are doing and why. Leave the carder clean for the next person.
CREATIVE ARTS BLDG
There is only one shift per day at the Creative Arts Building. During the
week, the times will be from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. On the weekend, the times will
be from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM . There will be a warped loom that you can use to
assist people to try weaving and, at the same time, weave part of a scarf for
the people undergoing chemotherapy at the UNM Cancer Center. You will also point
people to the main Sheep to Shawl demo area and shop. You will be provided with
the weft and shuttles so you do not need to bring any yarn or equipment. The
weave structure will be plain weave. If you have not done this before, it is a
lot of fun! The kids just love to weave on the loom and often adults will try
their hand at it. The Creative Arts building has a lot of people coming though
so people are always walking by. You are encouraged to volunteer to man the
Creative Arts Building even if you do not want to show people how to weave. You
can do any fiber arts activity you want to at the Creative Arts Building – all
the things that are done at the ETC table can be done here as well as spinning.
Contact Ruth Ronan or Nancy Crowley to sign up.
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. Contact Ruth Ronan or Leslie Sullivan.
STS DYEING The yarn for this year's dye pot will again be the churro for
colche. They will be the small skeins but 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 nice but not necessary. Let us know how
many you have so we can get the same amount back to you. Since the fair is
shorter this year we may try running 6 pots a day. 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. Contact Ruth Ronan, Linda DeBlois or Denise
Davis to sigh up.
STS PARKING & ADMISSION
- Those working at STS should know this about parking and admission
- STS reserved parking is at the Barber College, across San Pedro from
Gate 6 and the Dairy Barn. 13 spots are reserved by cones.
- STS is only buying 13 spaces per day, so SIGN UP EARLY. Overflow people
may be requited to park in public parking for the Fair.
- When you arrive, move the cone to the front of the spot and park.
- When you leave, move the cone back in place to keep the spot saved for
the next STS volunteer.
- Arrive on time, and leave on time for your shift. MORNING SHIFT WORKERS
MUST MOVE THEIR CARS BY 1:15!! Be considerate of the afternoon workers. You
can’t imagine what chaos you create if you do not move your car in time.
- Anyone who wants to STAY LATE to go to the Fair must make arrangements
with the Barber College office before starting their shift. An additional
fee applies and is the individual’s responsibility. The Barber College WILL
BOOT cars if you haven’t made these arrangements.
- Passes will be distributed at the August Las Arañas meeting. Please try
to attend, to save the costs of mailing the passes to you.
- Rules for parking are printed on the back of the parking pass. Please
read and follow.
- Our entry passes cost the same as last year ($4). It helps if people can
work a full day, rather than half days.
If you plan to enter items for sale in the STS shop, please read the
guidelines in the Membership book on pages 36 thru 40. 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. 10, checking in inventory and shop and
demo area set up on Sept. 11. We will also need help with shop take down,
returning items to storage and checking out inventory and cleaning the STS space
on Sept. 23. Working at any of these times will count toward shifts needed.
There will be sign up sheets at the July and August meetings.
Martha Alvarado has again come up with a neat design for our T-shirts. The
design will be in white on either jade or violet colored shirts. There will also
be a few long sleeved shirts available in sapphire (jade was not available in
long sleeved shirts). We will have them for sale at the July Las Arañas meeting.
The price is $12 a shirt with 2X for $14 and 3X for $15. Long sleeved shirts are
$22. There will also be tote bags available at $10.
STS SPINNING ATTENTION SPINNERS!
Sign-ups for Spinning in Sheep to Shawl at the New Mexico State Fair (Sept.
14th – 23rd) will be coming soon at the July and August meetings and online or
by calling Ruth or Diane. Check you calendars and watch for upcoming details. We
plan to have three spinners per shift; so sign up with your friends, or sign up
alone and be ready to make new ones. We plan to be outside the Dairy Barn in our
spinning tent. Chairs and foam pads for underneath the wheels will be available.
If it is your first time or you just have questions, feel free to call Diane
Witt. Hope to see you there.
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. This year both
the 4-harness and 8- harness looms will be warped with coordinating colors. The
4-harness with wool and the 8- harness with 5/2 perle cotton. A sample showing
the weave structure and yarn colors will be available at the July and August
meetings. The threading and pedaling patterns will appear in the August
newsletter. 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.
Contact Ruth Ronan to sign up early.
INVENTORY & CONSIGNOR SHEETS
The deadline for turning in your Consignor sheets for the STS Shop is
Wednesday, August 21. (Note—this is a change from the date in the Membership
Book, also Nancy will be out of town Aug. 15-19 and will not be checking emails)
The Consignor sheets, info & directions will come with July & August
Since there are 3 weeks between the time the Consignor sheets are turned in
and Inventory Check-in, some “fudge factor” needs to be allowed for items you
might finish during that time period. We have set a limit of 20 items on the
Consignor sheets that are not checked in with no penalties. If 21-30 items are
listed on the Consignor sheets but not checked in, then 20% extra will be
deducted from the proceeds from any sales. If more than 30 items are listed on
the Consignor sheets but not checked in, then NO ITEMS FROM THE CONSIGNOR SHEETS
WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR SALE.