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

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Join us at 7:30 for a relaxing evening of spinning, chatting, and refreshment. Bring projects for show and tell or on which you'd like help or advice. 
See you there!

January 15th Spin-In

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Join us on Tuesday December 11 at 7:00 (note earlier time) for our annual Holiday Pot Luck. This is a chance to chat with other members, show off recent projects, ask questions, and enjoy delicious and varied dishes.

Please bring the following:

A dish (appetizer, salad, main, side, desert, or beverage) to feed 8-10 people

Your own place setting including silverware, plate(s), a glass or mug, and a place mat if you wish

We will have an optional holiday gift swap - if you wish to participate, bring a wrapped gift of value $15-20 that a fellow spinning/dyeing enthusiast would appreciate.

We will count on good weather and hope to see you there!

December 11 Pot Luck

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Come join us to spin and learn about these four fibers!
Often, one of these fibers will be mixed with wool for spinning, but let's try them by themselves. Information about each will be provided, and we will spin samples of roving or top.
Please bring your wheel (with extra bobbins, if you have them) and $2.00 to cover 1/2 the cost of the fiber ($4.00 for non-members).
If you've never spun these fibers before, consider it this year's Out of Your Comfort Zone experience!


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Join us for our first meeting of the 2018-19 year. The September program will be a Spin-In and Show and Tell. Bring your summer projects to share with the group. 
Did you do any de-stashing this summer? If you have items to sell, trade, or give away, bring them along.

September 11 2018 Meeting