Thursday, July 12, 2018

Escape the heat! On July 17th at 6:30 pm we will have a spin-in at MCC in Sudbury. This is our usual meeting location, but this time we will be in air conditioning in Ames Hall. The entrance to Ames is directly from the parking lot (no lugging your wheel down stairs!), around the corner to the right from the main entrance. Bring some dinner for yourself if you'd like, or snacks. We will have the drum carder and blending board available for your use.
If you are interested in learning more about our Guild, or spinning in general, join us at our summer spin-in - you do not have to be a member to come.

Summer Spin-In July 17th!

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Come to our Year End Pot Luck at 7:00 pm on Tuesday May 15th! 

Here's what to bring:

A dish and serving utensils to feed 8-10 people - appetizer, main dish, salad, side, dessert, or beverage. Please note if it is gluten free or has nuts in it! If you are bringing something that requires bowls, please include them.

Your own place setting - cutlery, plate(s), glass or mug. 

ALSO:

If you participated in any of the following, please bring:

The Annual Challenge, your made object to return to the owner of the fiber.
Out of Your Comfort Zone - your end product - sample, or item (a brief written description would be nice - what color(s) did you use in your ply.
Cardboard Loom Weaving - your purse
Last year's Make a Basket - your basket
Any Show and Tell you'd like to share

FINALLY:
Ideas for next year's programs, workshops, and challenge

See you there!

May 15: End of Year Pot Luck Supper

Friday, April 13, 2018

The Wool Bump Project

Our next meeting is on April 17th at 7:30.

Even a less-than-ideal fleece can be transformed into a beautiful rug!

Penny Lacroix has documented the process for us, starting with some rather dirty fleeces, which she sent to a mill for processing into core spun rug yarn, or "wool bumps." Penny visited the mill to understand and document the process and then wove the wool into rugs.

This multimedia presentation will include samples, video, lecture, and discussion.

Join us to learn all about it. 

April 17th Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Elaine Donaghue and Carol McClennen will teach us how to weave a little purse using our handspun on a small cardboard loom. This is a great way to use up some of that handspun yarn that you have been wondering what to do with! Elaine and Carol will provide the looms. Please bring the following supplies:

Yarn - an ounce or two in different colors and weights as long as it's not too fine. This need not be hand spun (if you don't have any hanging around).
Tapestry needle
Tape
Plastic fork
Scissors
2 large paper clips

Last year's program on Making a Hand Spun Basket was enjoyed by those who attended. One member said it was just like a summer camp craft activity! This is guaranteed to be a good antidote to the winter blues (or whites)!

Reminder - if the weather is questionable, please check the BASD web site for cancellation notice no later than 4 pm.

MARCH 20TH PROGRAM - WEAVING A PURSE ON A CARDBOARD LOOM

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chris Majaukas of Valkyrie Combs will be joining us to demonstrate combs and hackles. Wool combs can be extremely useful for processing longer staple fleece. We will be able to try out the combs using some Lincoln fleece and possibly some Romney as well.
Chris will have some equipment for sale, so bring your check book if you're interested. If you have some washed dry fleece (even with VM in it) that you'd like to try to comb, bring it along. You may also bring your own combs. Wheels are welcome - you may want to try spinning some fiber that you comb!
Please join us at 7:30 for this program.

February 20th Program: Combs and Hackles

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


This is a spin-in, so bring your wheel or spindle to sit and enjoy the company of other spinners.
What else should you bring?

 - Your Challenge Fiber, spun up and ready to be passed along to the next participant. Please make sure it is in an opaque bag with its original number on it. Please include the information sheet in it with Spinner's information filled in.
 - Your 'out of my comfort zone' fiber (hopefully spun!). We will have many solid colors available for you to choose from to ply with it. You may choose to spin this second strand at the meeting, or later. The idea is that you will ply it with your space-dyed fiber, and then make something small (at least a swatch) so we can see how it will look made up. There will be no cost for this ounce of solid colored corriedale fiber - it has been provided to BASD at cost by The Fiber Loft.
 - Anything you've made, for Show and Tell.

NOTE: You do not need to have participated in the above activities to join us for this meeting.  All members and others who are interested in joining are welcome! 

January 16th Spin-In, 7:30

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The December Pot Luck will be held in a different space (Ames Hall) at our usual MCC location.This is in the building to the right of the main entrance. Look for signs directing you to the event.

December Pot Luck Update