! Besides a short business meeting,
we’ll review programs, events and
"The Challenge” for our 2015-16
! Lynn H will help with access to our
website and blog after the meeting.
Thursday 3 September NITE meeting
! “Painting with Fiber: Creating
Exciting and Individualized Yarn
! Bring your spinning wheel, drop
spindle, carders, combs, etc.
Color Creek Fiber Art, 1150 North 25th St.,
Unit B, Grand Junction, CO 81501,
(970) 778-5985. 6-7:30 PM.
! Saturday 12 September 9:30
! Brenda W. hosting
! Our theme this season is "Asian
! We’ll discuss programs and hosting
Dyers: Next meeting is in TBD at Color Creek. Stay tuned for more info.
The dyers meet quarterly on a Saturday 10am – Noon at the Color Creek Fiber Art,
For more information call Mary at 778-5985
Rug Hookers: Rug Hooking, punching, etc. group meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM at Coffee Shop in the Redlands. Call Judy Br if you need directions. New members are always welcome.
Knitters: Our next meeting will be at Mary Jo's. An e-mail will be sent out with directions closer to the date.
The Knitter's meet on the 2 Wednesday of
the month at 9:30am at different members’ homes. There are no planned activities, but it’s a chance to knit and exchange ideas with other knitters.
Spinners: Meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month 9:30 – 11:30 am at the First Congregational Church on 5th and Kennedy across the street from GJ High School. All members are welcome. Call Lynn H. 462- 6641 if you have questions.
Hey ewe! I hope your summer has been full of lots of enjoyable time with family and friends, long days in the sun and fibers between your fingertips. It's been so hot that I haven't been particularly keen to sit down by the creek with my pipe, a cuppa and my
Thank you for entrusting this busy sheep herder with the opportunity to serve the Guild. Please bear with me as it can be difficult to juggle life, livestock, business and still manage to live amongst the human folk.
I'd like to take a moment to thank Nancy Black for her proficient service as Guild Secretary, and also to thank out-going board members for their dedication. I think Nancy gave us a false address for her new home in Arizona so that we couldn't have her captured and returned to her secretarial role...Or so that we don't show up on her doorstep when the Colorado weather waxes inclement. Joking aside, take a moment to wish she and JR well in their new adventure, please.
Have you all made plans for the autumn fiber festivals and workshops? I think that Beka and I will be headed for Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in September... We'll be selecting some rams there to bring back with more ewes who will be coming from Western Montana to join our flock. We were blessed to have our Shetland clip contracted to Elemental Affects in California for their specialty yarn lines. Lots of exciting things are happening up here at the ranch. We are being courted by a knitwear designer from Spain to develop a merino yarn line for retail in the States, and we are planning an expansion into a fine wool range flock. Our summer grazing projects have mostly gone well, with the ewes only escaping onto North First Street once.
I've been trying to research more about Shetland textiles as I promote artisans and wool from the "short sheep" through @Shetland_Wool on Twitter and the group Shetland Wool on Facebook. Is anyone from
USDA and the EU will come to terms soon so we can import genetics from remote populations and secure some of the rarer traits and markings in the breed in populations here in the States, Canada and the British mainland. Oh, how the North Atlantic is calling me...
I'll be rebuilding a website for the guild and attempting to post regular material to the Facebook page. Please send me photographs and descriptions of projects that you would like me to share. It's nice to see what others are working on for inspiration.
What do you think about working together to design a local Tartan? Local designers, weavers and fibers. I've also been kicking the idea of a fashion show of sorts for wearable art or clothing designs that our guild could host.
We've also been discussing a challenge to be issued to other South-West region guilds. We could issue the challenge for handspun yarns and original designs in woven, knit, crochet and felt structures. What do you think?
I've started some discussion among the sheep folk about locally hosting a hill, Island and ancient breed show and fiber festival. Sheep breeds like Jacob, Cheviot, Welsh Mountain, Soay, Icelandic, Gotland, Shetland and others would have a venue where their respective breed standards and traditional forms would be less overlooked by judges, who are required to rule by Natural Colored Woolgrowers Association guidelines. I think this would be an excellent way to bring our guild out to a more nationally recognized position as well.
I hope everything is going well for all of you. All love from the Lloyds!
Yn ei gariad dyddiau f'oes!"
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Twelve knitters were at the meeting and we had a great time showing off our projects and talking techniques. We said farewell to Nancy B. and wished her well on her move to Arizona. She will be missed. We all send good thoughts for a speedy recovery to Dean and Trulie
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Yarn/fiber sale TOTAL INCOME
TOTAL EXPENSE 75.00
BALANCE 4/16/15 3303.92
Till Next Time...
President - Jared L Vice President Ricki H and LaVonne H Secretary - Nancy B
Treasurer - Ann K
Newsletter Editor - Margaret E
Mentor for President– Dean M. Membership Comm – Lynn H & Mary Jo N Evening Group Leaders – Mary W
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