Sunday, October 6, 2019

Come and learn about spinning cotton from Sarah Buchanan. 

Sarah will provide natural cotton, cotton punis, and dyed sliver (supply fee of $2 per member ($4.00 for non-members) She will also provide some tahklis if this is a technique you'd like to try. This will be an evening of learning techniques and tips from an expert, aimed at those of us with cotton experience and newbies alike. In addition, some members who spin cotton on wheels will be there to demonstrate that technique. Bring a tahkli (with a little bowl to spin it in) if you have one. If you want to try spinning on your wheel, bring your fastest whorl.



October 15th 7:30 Spinning Cotton

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Join us for our traditional Welcome Back Spin-In. Bring your wheel or drop spindle and some fiber to work on. We will also be handing out this year's Challenge Fiber. As a bonus, there will be some free fiber which will be given out via lottery.
Refreshments will be provided. Bring a project from your summer spinning to show off to the group. You may also spend some time browsing in our library. Please come prepared to pay your dues, and consider signing up to provide refreshments at a future meeting.

September 17th 7:30 Spin-In

Monday, May 13, 2019

Join us for a Snacks and Desserts Pot Luck, Spin-In, and Review of Projects!
Please bring the following:
A treat to share
A plate, cup, and cutlery for yourself
Your Mittens Challenge
Gradients program results (yarn or object made)
Dye program results (fiber, yarn, or objects made)
Any other projects from the year that you'd like to show off
A spinning wheel or drop spindle (if you want to spin)

There will be an end of the year survey for you to fill out - this will help the Board plan our 2019-2020 season.
There will be a few fleeces for sale, from a former member who is no longer spinning.

May 21st at 7 p.m. Year End Celebration

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Join us for a dyeing workshop in Ames Hall at  MCC in Sudbury.
Lynn Cooke and Suzanne Kelly will begin with a short demonstration to explain the process. We will paint Blue Faced
Leicester top using ProChem acid dyes. Then, each person will
receive two 2-ounce bundles of fiber to dye as they wish (a total of 4 ounces). There will be 20 vibrant colors made up; other colors will be available if you want to experiment and mix some up yourself.
Please wear an old shirt or bring an apron to guard against spills. The cost for fiber will be $3 per person. You can also purchase more fiber for $2 a bundle. See you then!

April 16th at 7:30 Dyeing Fiber

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Come and play with color to brighten up late winter!

 At the March meeting we'll be blending fiber to create a gradient that can be spun into yarn for a hat.  Keep in mind that you don't need to use all of the colors of the palette.  You could create a gradient from just one shade to another or three shades.   I will have white on hand as well so a monochromatic gradient is possible as well.   We'll be blending in the meeting using hand cards or combs so if you have a set please bring them. For those who do not own cards or combs, we will have some extra sets, as well as the BASD drum carder and blending board for people to use. As usual, BASD will pick up half the cost of the fiber, so members need only pay $2.00 to participate.


March 19th at 7:30 Make a gradient!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

In conjunction with the Nashoba Valley Weavers' Guild, we will host an evening presentation by Evelyn Vanderhoop, Haida weaver. Evelyn and her family carry on the long textile traditions of the Haida, a Northwest Coast people, with a particular interest in Raven's Tail Robes. She has spent several years researching this almost lost technique of weaving. Recently, she completed weaving a traditional robe for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

She will speak about the history of these robes and the processes involved in making them. 

For more information about Evelyn, please visit her website:

Special Event Friday February 22nd at 7:00p.m.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Penny Lacroix will give a program for everyone on drop spindling. She will introduce various spindles and explain why you might want one versus another. If you haven't used a drop spindle before, you will learn the basics and go home with some spun yarn. For anyone who already spins on a wheel, it should be relatively easy to pick it up. Penny will have pencil roving to work with for the first tries, and then you will move on to roving or top. For those who have used a drop spindle before, Penny will talk about chain plying and Andean plying. She'll also share a trick to spin and ply alternately so you end up with a 3-ply balanced yarn on your spindle. You are invited to share your tips and tricks. If you have a drop spindle, please bring it along. If not, Penny will have some you can borrow. Fiber will be provided.

February 19th at 7:30 Using a Drop Spindle