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

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

 Due to predictions of rain, sleet, and icy driving conditions this evening, we are canceling our meeting.  Challenge fiber will be exchanged at the February spin-in, and the basket making program will be rescheduled  to our March meeting.

January 17th Meeting Canceled

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

 January 17th, 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Congregational Church, Sudbury MA


Do you have lots of little balls or ends of hand spun yarn?  Come to our January 17th 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.

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 inches 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.


DON'T FORGET – this is also the meeting at which we will swap our spun challenge fiber, so another person can make an object with it.  Please make sure you include the Comments Page you received and mark the outside of the opaque bag in whichh you bring it with its original number.   

Using Hand Spun Yarns to Make Twined Baskets

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Join us at 7:00pm for our traditional BASD potluck. Bring a dish to share, a plate, silverware, and a cup. Also bring a small gift for the gift swap if you desire, wrapped opaquely, under $10 in value.

December 6 Meeting: Potluck

Thursday, October 13, 2016

We will have demonstrations of all the fiber prep equipment. Effective use of the picker, drum carder, English combs, blending board, and hand carders will be shown by Ada Woolston, Marianne Neuman, Elaine Donaghue, Kelly McKillop and Debbie Kaplan, respectively. Within time constraints, there may be time for members to try out the various carders. Due to safety constraints, picker and combs stations will be for demonstration only.

This month is also the beginning of the yearly challenge. Please remember to bring your 4 ounces of wool blended with another fiber, if you wish to participate.

As always, visitors welcome.

October 18 Meeting: How to use the BASD rental equipment

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As usual, we will start our year with a spin-in.Let's also share what we've done and made over the summer. Bring your show and tell and stories. We have recently located a number of lost BASD documents. Come take a look at the BASD photo albums recovered. Perfect timing for our 45th anniversary year!

Start time 7:30. Newcomers welcome.

September 20 Meeting: Spin-in

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Please join us for the last BASD meeting of the year on
May 17th
at the Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury
at 7:00 p.m. (note early start time)
This is our annual pot luck meal, and the final Challenge Swap.  We will also be asking for program and workshop suggestions for next year, as well as ideas for our annual Challenge.
What to bring:
A dish to feed 8-10 people – salad, main dish, appetizer, dessert, beverage.
Your own table setting (dishes, silverware, glassware/mug, and a mat (if you want).
Your Challenge project, if you participated, still in itsbag marked with its original number.
                                                 IDEAS!             SUGGESTIONS!
What programs would you like to have next year?  What do you want to learn more about?  What skills would you like to work on?  How many spin-inswould you like to have (in past years, we have had one in September and sometimes a second one in the winter)?
What workshops would you be interested in attending?  Are there presenters you'd like us to try to bring in?
What would you like to have as our fiber Challenge next year?  Should we specify a fiber?  A color?  A blend?  A specific end product?  It would be great to decide this at our May meeting – then members will have the whole summer to choose the fiber they need to participate.

May 17th Meeting Year End Pot Luck