Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We all find multi-colored braids of fiber irresistible. We buy 4-ounce braids, usually just one or two in a particular colorway. They are beautiful – but we get them home and are reluctant to spin them, afraid that the colors will mix into mud or end up with a barber pole effect. They sit in bins or baskets, we take them out to admire them – and then return them, unspun.

At our October meeting, we will look at some braids and discuss how they are dyed and various ways in which they might be spun and plied to bring out the colors.  Bring some of your dyed braids to get some opinions and advice.  If you've spun, knitted or woven some dyed braids bring samples for us to see.

One way to maximize your 4 ounce braid is to ply it with a solid color, and this is the particular technique we'll be trying. Each participant can purchase 1 ounce of  multicolored dyed top for $2.00.  Spin it in a single ply and bring it back in January, when a variety of  one ounce bumps of solid colors from The Fiber Loft will be available for purchase.  We'll want to see the results at a meeting later in the Spring.   Bring your wheel or drop spindle, in case there is time to start spinning your ounce of fiber at the meeting.

October 17 Program: Using Multicolored Braids

Friday, September 8, 2017

Tuesday September 19th at 7:30 p.m. 
Our first meeting of the season is the traditional Spin-in and show and tell - come to meet new members and old friends, to spin, and to show off projects you've made.  Bring successes, problems, questions - this is your chance to get some feedback on spinning conundrums!


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

On Tuesday July 18th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. we will host a summer spin-in at Memorial Congregational Church (our usual meeting location - 26 Concord Road, Sudbury MA).  Come spin in air conditioned comfort.  Bring your supper (microwave is available) and/or a snack to share. This is a drop-in event, no formal program, so come for as long as you want.  BASD membership is not required to attend, so bring a friend.  We will have a couple of blending boards and the drum carder there for you to try.  Bring projects to show off, questions you have about your wheel, spinning, or fibers.  This is a great opportunity to put in some mileage on the Tour de Fleece!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Our final meeting of the 2016-2017 year will be our traditional potluck. It will begin at 7 p.m. onMay 16. (Note the half-hour earlier start time.) Please bring a dish to feed 8 to 10 people – salad,main course, dessert, or beverage. Don't forget serving utensils for your dish, if needed. Andremember to bring your own place setting – plate, utensil, and cup or mug. Set-up help iswelcome if you arrive about 15 minutes early.

Don't forget to bring your Challenge project to this meeting,still packaged in an opaque bag with the originalnumber on it. We will have fun seeing the results!

Also at our May meeting, we will again be askingfor your input on programs you would like to have next year, as well as comments on this year's programs.

May Year End Pot Luck

Tuesday, April 4, 2017


At our meeting on April 18th at 7:30, we will be exploring cotton, long and short, directly from the boll, as punis, and as sliver.  Bring whatever spinning devices you have:  flyer wheels, charkhas, and supported spindles.  If you have a choice, a higher ratio wheel will need less treading to make a good yarn.  Bring hand cards, if you would like to try making your own punis.  $3 fiber fee.  $6 for nonmembers, if extras are available.

Some equipment will be available for you to try. 


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Do you have lots of little balls or ends of hand spun yarn?  Come to our March 21st meeting and use some of them to make a small twined basket.  We will explain and demonstrate the process and get you started. Directions will be available to take home. (Note this program was postponed from January)

What to bring:

About 36 yards of yarn (fairly thick) for the spokes (these will not show in the end product, except perhaps along the top rim of the basket)

About 40-50 yards of yarn (a bit thinner) for weaving the basket - you do not need to be particular about this, just bring some colors you'd like to use together, as these will make the body of the basket.

A small container about 2-3 inches in diameter with straight sides to use for a mold around which to form your basket - a medium or large vitamin bottle, jelly jar, small juice glass, or small can will work well.

A yarn needle

Masking tape


A piece of cardboard a foot to 18" square (this will be your work surface)

To save time at the meeting, please cut 18 strands of your spoke yarn, each about 18" long.  Tie these in groups of 3 with a small loose knot at each end of each group.  You should have 6 'spokes' of 3 strands each.  If you don't have a chance to do this before the meeting, don't worry, you can do it there. 

If you do not have all these items bring what you have and we'll have a few extras that can be borrowed.


Thursday, February 16, 2017

 Our February meeting will be a spin-in, so bring your wheels and/or drop spindles and come to sit and chat.  If you have questions or tips, please feel free to share them.  Spin-Ins are always fun, a good time to relax and enjoy some stories, suggestions, and laughs.

We will also have a brief review of spinning wheel tensioning systems. Bring your questions.

In addition in February we will have several pieces of equipment, which we will raffle off. These are older used items which were salvaged from a recently-sold home.  Some of them need some work to be fully functional.  We will have either the items themselves or photos of them there (depending on the weather).  Members will be able to put their names in for any in which they are interested, and we will draw winners.  There will also be a few books.  If you have anything you would like to give away, please bring it – but if it doesn't go, you are expected to take it home again yourself!

If you are participating in our annual Challenge, don't forget to bring your spun fiber back in an opaque bag labeled with the original number.  Please include the sheet you received, with notes on your spinning experience.

February 21 Meeting