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Barnstead Swap 2017

Next Guild meeting is Barnstead Swap

Barnstead NH pot luck lunch – bring your own utensils

To participate in the Yankee swap bring ONE 4 bag of 4 oz of clean fiber to spin.  We will also display the items that people made with the fiber from last year.

The guild is also collecting items to donate for charity finished items such as hats, mittens or scarves.

Amy King Workshop – Sept 2017

We had a great time at our dye day with Amy King Sunday. We spent the morning making a rainbow from primary colors then in the afternoon we spread out to make colors with 2 primaries and a breath of the 3rd to give us colors with a slight brown, olive greens, maroons and others, also some did kettle dyeing, some did multicolored top or roving, what ever our hearts desired, all under Amy’s expert guidance!

Annual Meeting April 2017

WE HAD A BIG CIRCLE OF MEMBERS AND THEIR WHEELS FOR THE ANNUAL MEETING APRIL 9 2017 AT THE EPSOM FIRE HALL.

Annual Meeting 2017A short business meeting with the Board members confirmed for another year.  Information about our Library materials – growing!  Planning for the S&W Festival demonstrations and skein contest coming up soon in May.  Marci from the Elegant Ewe spoke about the trip the The Shetlands that she and Amy of Elegant Ewe Travel are planning – if you are interested in joining them for Shetland Wool Week, please see the Resources of this website for further information.  Some show-and -tell of this year’s projects to make up for the canceled Fashion Show.  Potluck feast and then our speaker – Lindsey Rice, owner of Bartlett Yarns in Harmony, ME.

His presentation included history of the mill, its processess for selecting, cleaning, blending, dyeing , spinning – with tips on relating all of the same to our own craft of handspinning.  Thank you, Lindsey for sharing your insights and expertise with us.

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Preparing Fleece Workshop by Donna Kay

Preparing Fleece by Hand

This class was for anyone who wanted to learn simple, inexpensive methods of preparing washed fleece for spinning. Students tried thier hand at flick carding, hand carding and combing. They learned how to choose a method based on the type of fleece and the type of yarn they wanted from each type of fleece. Fleece from different breeds will be prepared and spun.