Bast Fiber: Linen, Hemp, Ramie and Bast Bamboo
What are bast fibers? They all come from the stems of plants and there are a wide variety of them. Many cultures have used these fibers to amazing effect over millennia. We will explore them in roving form, so the fiber length should feel familiar to us
Bring your wheel and a cloth for your lap, as well as a small pot for water if you wish to try wet spinning. BASD will cover a substantial portion of the cost of $18 for the fibers through our dues. Members will pay a $5 fiber fee (or more, if they wish!) per sample set. Nonmembers can participate at the full cost of $18.
We will experiment with creating sound and beautiful singles yarns.
How do we add the right amount of twist for a yarn which will hang straight in a finished knit? How do we add enough for a singles warp? How and when do we set singles? We will explore all these questions and more.
Bring your wheels and lowest ratio (the biggest) whorls you have. BASD will cover approximately half the cost of fiber through our dues. $4 fiber fee per sample set of Gotland and Shetland. Non-members can participate, but the full cost will be requested.
Clean house and bring your extra fiber, yarn, and equipment to swap or sell! Look for bargains you'd love to own! If you want to sell items, please label them clearly with price and your name.
Non-members welcome as always!
Our January meeting will be a spin in with a spindle twist. If you have a spindle, or want to learn, let's celebrate it. Bring your spindle or try out a few that will be available. Help will be available if you want to learn, have a refresher or want to learn to use a different type of spindle. If you'd rather, bring your wheel and have a relaxing spin in. In either case, there will be a special surprise fiber to spin, free to BASD members. The cost is covered as a part of our dues.
We will have visiting us Karen Seo, a breeder of Ouessant sheep. She may have some Ouessant/Shetland cross fleeces for sale.
From the Field Guide to Fleece:
Origin, France. Also known as the Ushant, one of the smallest sheep in the world.
The tiny hardy Ouessant, one of the Northern European Short-tailed breeds, packs a lot of fleece onto its small frame. Its fleeces may be nearly single coated double, or even triple. May have coarse fibers and kemp. Staples are triangular with wide bases of finer undercoat narrowing to coarse pointed tips. Softest yarns make good socks, mittens, and other garments. Wool does felt.
Also, if you are participating in the challenge, remember to bring your yarn to exchange. New: we will spread out the yarns on a table, anonymously, before the exchange, to see what we have all done in the spinning.
Our December 8th meeting will be our annual Holiday Potluck gathering. Please remember, our potluck starts at 7:00 p.m.
We will haveplenty of space in our new meeting location at the Memorial Congregational Church in Sudbury (26 Concord Road) for all who can attend – and getting to the buffet will be a lot easierthan in the past! This is a time to relax and chat with friends and new acquaintances.
If you plan to attend, please bring a dish toserve about 8-10 people – salad, main dish,dessert, appetizer, fruit, drink – whateveryou choose. We always have lots ofinteresting dishes to choose from. Don'tforget to bring your own place setting –dishes and silverware and a glass or mug.
If you would like to participate in our giftswap, please bring a gift valued around $12-15, wrapped. It is always fun to see whatyou get.