Friday, April 13, 2018

The Wool Bump Project

Our next meeting is on April 17th at 7:30.

Even a less-than-ideal fleece can be transformed into a beautiful rug!

Penny Lacroix has documented the process for us, starting with some rather dirty fleeces, which she sent to a mill for processing into core spun rug yarn, or "wool bumps." Penny visited the mill to understand and document the process and then wove the wool into rugs.

This multimedia presentation will include samples, video, lecture, and discussion.

Join us to learn all about it. 

April 17th Meeting

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Elaine Donaghue and Carol McClennen will teach us how to weave a little purse using our handspun on a small cardboard loom. This is a great way to use up some of that handspun yarn that you have been wondering what to do with! Elaine and Carol will provide the looms. Please bring the following supplies:

Yarn - an ounce or two in different colors and weights as long as it's not too fine. This need not be hand spun (if you don't have any hanging around).
Tapestry needle
Tape
Plastic fork
Scissors
2 large paper clips

Last year's program on Making a Hand Spun Basket was enjoyed by those who attended. One member said it was just like a summer camp craft activity! This is guaranteed to be a good antidote to the winter blues (or whites)!

Reminder - if the weather is questionable, please check the BASD web site for cancellation notice no later than 4 pm.

MARCH 20TH PROGRAM - WEAVING A PURSE ON A CARDBOARD LOOM

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Chris Majaukas of Valkyrie Combs will be joining us to demonstrate combs and hackles. Wool combs can be extremely useful for processing longer staple fleece. We will be able to try out the combs using some Lincoln fleece and possibly some Romney as well.
Chris will have some equipment for sale, so bring your check book if you're interested. If you have some washed dry fleece (even with VM in it) that you'd like to try to comb, bring it along. You may also bring your own combs. Wheels are welcome - you may want to try spinning some fiber that you comb!
Please join us at 7:30 for this program.

February 20th Program: Combs and Hackles

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


This is a spin-in, so bring your wheel or spindle to sit and enjoy the company of other spinners.
What else should you bring?

 - Your Challenge Fiber, spun up and ready to be passed along to the next participant. Please make sure it is in an opaque bag with its original number on it. Please include the information sheet in it with Spinner's information filled in.
 - Your 'out of my comfort zone' fiber (hopefully spun!). We will have many solid colors available for you to choose from to ply with it. You may choose to spin this second strand at the meeting, or later. The idea is that you will ply it with your space-dyed fiber, and then make something small (at least a swatch) so we can see how it will look made up. There will be no cost for this ounce of solid colored corriedale fiber - it has been provided to BASD at cost by The Fiber Loft.
 - Anything you've made, for Show and Tell.

NOTE: You do not need to have participated in the above activities to join us for this meeting.  All members and others who are interested in joining are welcome! 

January 16th Spin-In, 7:30

Saturday, December 2, 2017

The December Pot Luck will be held in a different space (Ames Hall) at our usual MCC location.This is in the building to the right of the main entrance. Look for signs directing you to the event.

December Pot Luck Update

Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday, December 5th at 7:00 p.m.



Our December meeting is our annual Holiday Pot Luck supper. This is a fun event and a chance to chat with other members and eat very well indeed. Please bring the following:

A dish (appetizer, salad, vegetable, entree, desert, or beverage to feed 8-10 people. Don't forget serving utensils for your dish (and bowls if needed).If your dish contains nuts or is gluten-free, please label it.

Your own place setting - plate, glass or mug, silverware, napkin, and placement (optional).

Your appetite.

This event includes an optional gift exchange. To participate, bring a gift with value of $10-15 in an opaque bag. Participants will draw a gift at random. It is always fun to see what people have brought and what you receive.

Bring knitting or drop spindling if you want to keep your hands busy (when not eating)!

December 5th Pot Luck

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


We all find multi-colored braids of fiber irresistible. We buy 4-ounce braids, usually just one or two in a particular colorway. They are beautiful – but we get them home and are reluctant to spin them, afraid that the colors will mix into mud or end up with a barber pole effect. They sit in bins or baskets, we take them out to admire them – and then return them, unspun.

At our October meeting, we will look at some braids and discuss how they are dyed and various ways in which they might be spun and plied to bring out the colors.  Bring some of your dyed braids to get some opinions and advice.  If you've spun, knitted or woven some dyed braids bring samples for us to see.

One way to maximize your 4 ounce braid is to ply it with a solid color, and this is the particular technique we'll be trying. Each participant can purchase 1 ounce of  multicolored dyed top for $2.00.  Spin it in a single ply and bring it back in January, when a variety of  one ounce bumps of solid colors from The Fiber Loft will be available for purchase.  We'll want to see the results at a meeting later in the Spring.   Bring your wheel or drop spindle, in case there is time to start spinning your ounce of fiber at the meeting.

October 17 Program: Using Multicolored Braids