Community News and Notices
Camille Segretto Service Project: This time of year we become inundated with appeals from worthy, and not-so-worthy!, causes. So much so that we tend to ignore nearly all of them. But this is one appeal I hope you'll answer. We are in need of more scarves, shawls, and/ or cowls for our chemo scarf collection. Our collection stands at 100 scarves and 2 hats at this time. We would love to have many more to give. With the weather turning cold and nippy we like to deliver the items to the UNM Cancer Center in early December, after the Holiday Party. Please consider weaving, knitting, or crocheting an item to help a chemo patient through a trying time. There are only two guidelines for the scarves/shawls/cowls: 1.) must be a soft, non-scratchy, no-itch fiber and 2.) prefer machine washable. No other limitations, so feel free to experiment! Free knitting and crochet patterns abound on the internet. One very good resource is www.ravelry.com. For more information please contact Maura Stone. Thank you.
Meetings & Notices
15th Annual East Mountain Fiber Farm & Studio Tour: June 9-10 from 10-4. Come see alpaca, angora rabbit, sheep and goat farms to visit with the animals, talk to the shepherds, learn about raising fiber animals and purchase fleeces. Tour fiber studios and shops for handpainted yarns, handpainted silks, roving, handwoven and felted garments, handwoven guitar straps, hand hooked rugs, one-or-a-kind buttons, equipment and other fiber art supplies. Learn about spinning, weaving, dyeing and felting from fiber artists. Admission is free and maps are available at Edgewood Yarns & Fibers and online at http:// www.eastmountainfibertour.com. Please leave dogs at home.
Fiber Synopsis & Graphics: go to http:// planetpenny.co.uk/2015/06/24/ clever-crafters-guide-to-wool-2/
Learn to make glass beads for your weaving and spinning projects. Aurora Borealis Glassworks LLC has wonderful classes on how make glass beads. These would be lovely for your next weaving project. They are taught by renowned artist Fran Hahn.
Crownpoint Navajo Rug Auction: Second Friday of every month. Crownpoint NM. The Navajo Weavers Association has a rug auction monthly at Crownpoint New Mexico. Come and enjoy the lovely Navajo rugs.. they are great Tapestry Weavers. Prices start as low as 50$ and can go over 1000$.(bring a checkbook) There are also vendors selling jewelry, pottery and other handmade goods. It is a fun and festive environment. There are Navajo Tacos for sale that are tasty, filling, and inexpensive. Admittance to the Auction is FREE... making it inexpensive family fun. The doors open at 4pm...but the auction does not start until 7pm. This gives you time to preview rugs. It is only a 2 hour drive from Albuquerque. The web site is http://www.crownpointrugauction.com/
Southwest Regional Spinners Annual Retreats: These occur every year during the last weekend in July at Sacramento Methodist Assembly in Sacramento, NM. For info and Application forms contact Susan Jewell at email@example.com. You can also click the link. They are urging everyone to partner up with a roommate so they have enough lodgings for everyone.
3rd Annual Heart of NM Fiber Gathering: 2018 Labor Day weekend in Edgewood, NM. Please consider being either a vendor or a sponsor. More info can be found at www.heartofnmfibergathering.com or by contacting Gayle Bone at 384-2293 or gogobone59 @copper.net. Sponsorship is a great way to promote your weaving spinning, knitting blog! All proceeds after expenses go towards the Wildlife West Animal Park. This park rescues animals that cannot be returned to the wild.
Youth Fiber to Fabric Contest: at the Taos Wool Festival, First Weekend in October. For ages 9-17. First prize is a spinning wheel. Details at Taoswoolfestival.org—look under the tab Participate or contact Ellen Sibelius at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Fiber Businesses
The Wool Shed in Stanley NM, next to Edgewood: The Wool Shed is a New Mexico sheep farm. The Wool Shed offers hand spun and hand dyed yarns. It offers natural colored roving, art batts, and fleeces. Victoria is a Louet and Majacraft Dealer. She also has finished products including hats, socks, local honey and honey soap. Stop by when the shop is open on Most Mondays 10-4. Please call ahead 505-204-6127 Some items are available on her web site at http://www.thewoolshed.net Please visit the farm for the shearing day in February 11 we have great deals on wool!
The Natural Twist: This is a local cottage industry fiber mill run by guild member Ruth Baldwin. Ruth lovingly processes a variety of animal fiber into soft and delicious roving. They can process your fleeces or you can purchase natural or dyed roving from The Natural Twist. Please visit the website for more information.
High Plains Alpaca Ranch: Their products include ● Raw Alpaca Fleece by the ounce or pound—skirted and sorted. ● Unskirted Alpaca Fleece by the pound. ● Alpaca Fleece Ready to Use by the ounce—Skirted, Sorted and Bounced. ● Hand-crafted Alpaca Fiber Rolags. They are in Pueblo West, CO. contact them at highplainstradingpost.com or (719) 547-2455.