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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

 Hi All,
That was a great meeting last evening - I believe we had 25 members in attendance, and Debbie did a wonderful job with her information on bast fibers.

Ruth has received invoices to renew our subscriptions to PLY and Spin Off.  Although our library is still under utilized, it is the magazines which are most frequently borrowed.  I would like them renewed, but want your opinions.  Please reply to the group to let us know, within the next few days.

Many thanks,


Magazines and meeting

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

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.

April 19 Meeting Bast Fibers

Monday, March 7, 2016

OK, we have a pattern we love and some handspun which might suit. What do we do next? Carol McClennen and Debbie Kaplan will talk swatching, needle sizes, garment shapes, calculations, resources and more.  Bring yarns you are puzzled about how to use, patterns you are not sure how to adapt, questions and successes. Also bring various needle sizes, yarn, a tape measure, and a calculator for swatching.

The BASD library will be selling items we own which go beyond our core mission of spinning and dyeing. Available will be books, magazines and patterns from a wide array of crafts. Most items will be priced at less than $2.00 each. A few select items will be auctioned at the meeting. Bring your checkbooks!

As always, non-members welcome.

March 15 Modifying Patterns for Handspun and BASD Library Book Selloff

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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!

February 16 Spinning for Single Ply Yarns and Stash Swap