NHA Gathering - Spinning for Lace
Nov
3
9:00 AM09:00

NHA Gathering - Spinning for Lace

Skill Level - Intermediate

Prerequisites - Can spin a single and ply. Students should be able to spin a stable, continuous yarn.

Class Description - Have you ever seen a Cobweb-like lace shawl and wished that you could spin yarn that fine?  In this Workshop, you will learn techniques that will have you spinning fine yarns before you know it!  We will cover some of the different factors) that determine the characteristics of your yarn, including wheel set-up, fiber preparation, drafting technique, ply, and other such techniques.  We’ll start with some heavier wool that may surprise you with its ability to create a lace weight yarn!  Then we will move on to finer fibers.  We will also discuss some of the different characteristics of the fibers and resulting yarns.

Students Should Bring - A spinning wheel in good working order, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. 
(Optional: You may want to bring some knitting needles to try out your new yarn!)

Instructor Will Provide - Instructor will have a few pieces of equipment (i.e., niddy noddies, nostepinnes) for participants to use during the workshop.

 

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NHA Gathering - Blending Board Techniques
Nov
4
9:00 AM09:00

NHA Gathering - Blending Board Techniques

Skill Level - All Levels

Are you intrigued by the possibilities that a blending board opens up but don’t know where to start?  Would you like to see what you can accomplish before committing to buying your own?  Or maybe you have played around with your blending board and would like to explore some new options.  In this workshop, we will start with the basics of applying and removing fiber and the care and cleaning of your blending board.  We will them move on to some of the more interesting things we can do with blending boards, such as making matching batts, striping, garneting, etc.

Students Should Bring - A blending board (if you own one). 
(Optional: You may want to bring a spindle to sample your results!)

Instructor Will Provide - Instructor will have a few blending boards for participants to use during the workshop.

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St. Catherine's Day
Nov
25
12:00 PM12:00

St. Catherine's Day

November 25th is St. Catherine's Day. St. Catherine is the patron saint of spinners. 

I will be honoring her by spinning in public. If you are in the area and I would love it if you'd join me! I will be at
It's a Grind
2 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088

I know that many of you are too far away to join us, so please comment and tell us what you will be spinning in honor of our patron saint.

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Halloween at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Halloween at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine

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Halloween at Old New-Gate
Visit one of the spookiest places ever for a Halloween treat! But who knows what kind of tricks some of the spirits may have planned?

There may be no better place to find the spirit of Halloween (and perhaps even the spirits of Halloween!) than Connecticut's oldest prison. Located in beautiful East Granby, Connecticut, the site features picturesque ruins, panoramic views, and provides the perfect setting for a historically haunted holiday.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the torch light parade (starting around 7:15 pm), costume contest, performances by the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps, and visits with famed New-Gate prisoner Thirza Mansfield (who hacked her husband to bits); a historic Connecticut witch, a throng of escaped prisoners and the prison's surgeon illustrating his trade! There will be lots to do for the under 12 set, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, grab bags, fife and drum lessons, games, and bat craft activities. Bring a carved Jack-o-lantern or a scarecrow for our display! Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes at 7 pm!

Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $6 Children 6-17, under 6 Free!

This event is presented by a collaborative partnership of Old New Gate, Inc., the State Historic Preservation Office. Special thanks to the East Granby Historical Society, the Town of East Granby, Marquis of Granby Jr. Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, and many other volunteers. Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine is owned by the State of Connecticut, and operated by the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development. Old New-Gate Prison is a National Historic Landmark and a State Archaeological Preserve. Please note, due to the nature of the site, there is uneven terrain and stairs.

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Halloween at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine
Oct
27
4:00 PM16:00

Halloween at Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine

Halloween at Old New-Gate
Visit one of the spookiest places ever for a Halloween treat! But who knows what kind of tricks some of the spirits may have planned?

There may be no better place to find the spirit of Halloween (and perhaps even the spirits of Halloween!) than Connecticut's oldest prison. Located in beautiful East Granby, Connecticut, the site features picturesque ruins, panoramic views, and provides the perfect setting for a historically haunted holiday.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the torch light parade (starting around 7:15 pm), costume contest, performances by the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps, and visits with famed New-Gate prisoner Thirza Mansfield (who hacked her husband to bits); a historic Connecticut witch, a throng of escaped prisoners and the prison's surgeon illustrating his trade! There will be lots to do for the under 12 set, including face painting, pumpkin decorating, grab bags, fife and drum lessons, games, and bat craft activities. Bring a carved Jack-o-lantern or a scarecrow for our display! Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes at 7 pm!

Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $6 Children 6-17, under 6 Free!

This event is presented by a collaborative partnership of Old New Gate, Inc., the State Historic Preservation Office. Special thanks to the East Granby Historical Society, the Town of East Granby, Marquis of Granby Jr. Ancient Fife and Drum Corps, and many other volunteers. Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine is owned by the State of Connecticut, and operated by the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development. Old New-Gate Prison is a National Historic Landmark and a State Archaeological Preserve. Please note, due to the nature of the site, there is uneven terrain and stairs.

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New York Sheep and Wool Festival - Silk Reeling Demonstration
Oct
21
9:00 AM09:00

New York Sheep and Wool Festival - Silk Reeling Demonstration

Find us in Building E

We will demonstrate how silk fiber is processed into thread for textile use. We will cover the steps in this process, from soaking silkworm cocoons in warm water to reeling and twisting the filaments into different types of thread. 

Each cocoon is made up of one fiber that is only about 2 to 3 denier (four and a half million yards per pound). The trick is finding it!

I always have a variety of different types, species and preparations of silk available for viewing (and touching, of course!!).

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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild - Angora Workshop
Oct
7
8:00 AM08:00

Nutmeg Spinners' Guild - Angora Workshop

Please join me at the Nutmeg Spinners' Guild Meeting!

Angora Workshop
October 7, 2017

The wonderful world of Angora Rabbits can begin in your living room, basement or backyard. Join Breeder Chris Woolybuns, Keeper Laurene D’Aversa and Fiber Slayer Deb Quesnette at our October Guild meeting where we will watch a shearing, learn to blend and card, spin a single and even make a Boucle’ yarn using this fabulous fiber. Did you know that Angora is seven times warmer than wool and so much softer!

Students should bring their Spinning Wheel and two empty bobbins, a Drum Carder or Hand Cards, & Lazy Kate.

Fiber Fee: $15.00

Don’t forget, all of our meetings feature a mentored Beginners’ Corner.

Also, Hat, Sock and Mittens donations will be collected for St. John’s Ministry to the needy at this meeting.

 

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The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration
Sep
24
10:00 AM10:00

The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration

We will demonstrate how silk fiber is processed into thread for textile use. We will cover the steps in this process, from soaking silkworm cocoons in warm water to reeling and twisting the filaments into different types of thread. 

Each cocoon is made up of one fiber that is only about 2 to 3 denier (four and a half million yards per pound). The trick is finding it!

I always have a variety of different types, species and preparations of silk available for viewing (and touching, of course!!).

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The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration
Sep
23
10:00 AM10:00

The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration

We will demonstrate how silk fiber is processed into thread for textile use. We will cover the steps in this process, from soaking silkworm cocoons in warm water to reeling and twisting the filaments into different types of thread. 

Each cocoon is made up of one fiber that is only about 2 to 3 denier (four and a half million yards per pound). The trick is finding it!

I always have a variety of different types, species and preparations of silk available for viewing (and touching, of course!!).

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The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

The Big E - Silk Reeling Demonstration

We will demonstrate how silk fiber is processed into thread for textile use. We will cover the steps in this process, from soaking silkworm cocoons in warm water to reeling and twisting the filaments into different types of thread. 

Each cocoon is made up of one fiber that is only about 2 to 3 denier (four and a half million yards per pound). The trick is finding it!

I always have a variety of different types, species and preparations of silk available for viewing (and touching, of course!!).

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Lebanon Encampment 2017
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Lebanon Encampment 2017

I will be demonstrating spinning with the Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia.

Please come join us at the Beaumont House located at the Lebanon Historical Society on the Historic Lebanon Green.

The Lebanon Militia jointly with the Lebanon Historical Society will be hosting a two day encampment on the grounds of the Beaumont House. There will be demonstrations of 18th century open hearth cooking, weaving, spinning, basket weaving and other crafts, militia drilling and battle, and a lantern tour.

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Nathan Hale Homestead
Jul
22
11:00 AM11:00

Nathan Hale Homestead

I will be demonstrating spinning with the Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia.

Revolutionary War Encampment
Suggested donation of $5.
Sat., July 22, 11 am – 4 pm
 
Visitors will learn about the daily life of soldiers at this Revolutionary War military encampment. Witness tactical demonstrations, craft demonstrations, children’s activities, meals cooked over a camp fire & more. Hosted by the Nathan Hale Ancient Fife & Drum Corps. 

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The Windham Textile and History Mill Museum
Jun
17
10:00 AM10:00

The Windham Textile and History Mill Museum

  • Windham Textile and History Mill Museum (map)
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Spin / Weave / Knit

Demos and Lectures 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Suggested Donation to benefit the museum:
$10 Adults, $5 Children
For more information, please call 860-456-2178, 860-456-0817

SPEAKERS – Second floor, Main Building 30-45 min.
10-11–Terri Guerette - Living History of Spinning
11-Noon – Ann Galonska – Silkworm to Silk
Noon-1 – Woolies of Shirkshire Farm – Naturally Dyed Roving
1-2 – Pat McMullan – Split Ply Braiding
2-3 – Still River Mill – Processing Cashmere
3-4 – Peggy Church – Deconstructing Cashmere, Wool Garments

DEMONSTRATIONS – On-going – Outdoor Courtyard
Andrea Marshall – Make and Take - Wet Felting
Chris Woolybuns – Shearing an Angora rabbit, spinning the Angora fiber
Stephanie Morton – Tartan Weaving
Round Hill Farm – Meet our Amazing Alpaca
Berkeley Nowosad – Raising Sheep
Herman Guerette – Tablet, Card Weaving
Peggy Church – Spinning Flax
Faith Kenton – Einstein Jacket
Fleece to Shawl – Team Event

VENDORS – Dugan Hall
Kris Wisnewski – Felted Creations
Ellyn Cooper – Yarn Sonnets
Vivienne McGarry – Yarn and knitted items
Shirkshire Farms – Plant Dyed Roving
Round Hill Farm – Alpaca products
Still River Mill – Fiber products
WTHM – Stash knits

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Gaspee Days
Jun
10
8:30 AM08:30

Gaspee Days

I will be demonstrating spinning with the Ye Olde Lebanon Towne Militia.  I will be demonstrating while riding in the back of the cannon trailer and also at the Colonial Encampment in Pawtuxet Park, Narragansett Parkway, Warwick.

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Introduction to Wheel Spinning
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Wheel Spinning

Skill Level:  Beginner

Prerequisites:  The only prerequisite is an open mind and a desire to learn.

Class Description:
Have you ever wished that you could make your own yarn, just the way you want it?  If the answer is "Yes," then this is the workshop for you!  We will spend a relaxing time and begin with the basics of wheel spinning.  Included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations drafting and plying methods.

Participants will receive fiber and handouts.  

Terri will have the following available for students to borrow:
Niddy noddies, nostepinnes

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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild
Feb
4
8:00 AM08:00

Nutmeg Spinners' Guild

Spinning Stupendous Singles
Amy King

Spinning Stupendous Singles with Amy King of Spunky Eclectic.

Learn how to make better singles (thin, energized, worsted, bulky, even thick/thin), how to tell if you're going about it right, how to perfect them and how to finish them off.  This is a fun class and some things may be more surprising if you've never made singles yarns. At the end of class, if time allows, we'll go over how to use the singles in garments to get predictable results.

Please bring: Materials Fee: $35, payable to the instructor; a wheel in good working order with 3 or more bobbins. If you have a wheel that has extra whorls, bring them.  It's also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

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St. Blaise's Day
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

St. Blaise's Day

February 3rd is St. Blaise's Day. 

St. Blaise is the patron saint of wool combers.

Saint Blaise, was a physician, and bishop of Sebastea in historical Armenia (modern Sivas, Turkey).  According to the Acta Sanctorum, he was martyred by being beaten, attacked with iron combs, and beheaded. He is the patron saint of wool combers.

I will be honoring him by spinning combed top in public. If you are in the area and I would love it if you'd join me! I will be at
It's a Grind
2 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088

I know that many of you are too far away to join us, so please comment and tell us what you will be spinning in honor of another of our patron saints.

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Introduction to Wheel Spinning
Jan
8
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Wheel Spinning

Skill Level:  Beginner

Prerequisites:  The only prerequisite is an open mind and a desire to learn.

Class Description:
Have you ever wished that you could make your own yarn, just the way you want it?  If the answer is "Yes," then this is the workshop for you!  We will spend a relaxing time and begin with the basics of wheel spinning.  Included in the workshop will be discussions and demonstrations drafting and plying methods.

Participants will receive fiber and handouts.  

Terri will have the following available for students to borrow:
Niddy noddies, nostepinnes

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Distaff Day
Jan
7
11:00 AM11:00

Distaff Day

Distaff Day (Roc Day) is the day after the feast of the Epiphany. It is also known as Saint Distaff's Day, one of the many unofficial holidays in Catholic nations.

Many St. Distaff's Day gatherings are held, large and small, throughout local fiber communities. The distaff, or rock, used in spinning was the medieval symbol of women's work.

In many European cultural traditions, women resumed their household work after the twelve days of Christmas. Women of all classes would spend their evenings spinning on the wheel. During the day, they would carry a drop spindle with them. Spinning was the only means of turning raw wool, cotton or flax into thread, which could then be woven into cloth.

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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild
Dec
10
8:00 AM08:00

Nutmeg Spinners' Guild

All About Alpaca

Mary Crosby

Mary Crosby will teach us about Alpaca and how best to prepare and spin this fiber. Mary, “The Fiber Elf,” is a knitting teacher, but she is much more than that. She spins, dyes yarn and fiber with natural dyes, and is now a retired school nurse. She teaches Madison Wool’s Thursday Night Knitters classes as well as classes on other knitting and fiber topics. There will be at $10.00 per person fiber fee.

What to bring:

  • Spinning wheel in good working order or a drop spindle
  • $10 fiber fee
  • 2 bobbins
  • Lazy kate
  • Niddy noddy

And, if possible,

  • Mini combs
  • Drum carder

Please remember that our December meeting is a Pot Luck Lunch. Participants should bring a dish to share plus an ingredients list.

We will also be taking a $50.00 deposit for Amy King’s Sunday, February 6 class. Sunday’s class will be held in South Glastonbury’s Grange Hall on Main Street. The class is limited to 20 spinners. Amy’s Saturday class will be held in our regular location, St. John’s Episcopal Church in West Hartford and there is no instruction fee for members (however a materials fee will apply).

Meeting Information:
Time:  8:30 – 2:30, including program, lunch break, business meeting.
 

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