Gaspee Days
Jun
9
8:00 AM08:00

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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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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May Fun Fiber Friends Event - Honoring Frigg
May
6
11:00 AM11:00

May Fun Fiber Friends Event - Honoring Frigg

Frigg is the Queen of Asgard, the All Mother.  Frigg was an important Goddess, whose greatest role was that of the Goddess and Patron of Women. It was in that particular role that she taught young women the skills that they needed to know when they would become old enough to enter into the adult world. Frigg was always there for them, by protecting them and giving them inspiration. She was always there for the adult women, as well, and she inspired and protected mothers and housewives alike.

Lady of Asgard, cloaked in stars,
Spinner of clouds and weaver of peace,
Finest treasure of Odin,
Give us your blessing on this day,
A blessing not only of my love,
but on my kin, and their kind and their tribe,
and all of us who hear, watch and witness all love.

I will be honoring Frigg 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

As always ... I love the feeling that no matter where we are, we all love sharing our passion for the fiber arts with each other. So ...

Even though many of you are too far away to join us in person. Please join us in spirit, comment and tell us what you will be spinning, and share a picture or two!! ;D

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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild
Apr
8
9:00 AM09:00

Nutmeg Spinners' Guild

Topic: Sock Intensive - Day 1
Mentor: Amy King

Day 2 of the Sock Intensive will be held on Sunday at The Grange Hall in Glastonbury.

Sock Intensive with Amy King

April 8, 2018

Day 2

Are you ready to take your sock spinning and knitting skills one more step? In day 1 of the sock intensive we made a bunch of sock yarns…. all but one. In day 2 we’re going to make one more sock yarn and then we’re going to focus the rest of our time on knitting. There are skills and tips to knitting socks that will make your life easier. We’ll work on DPN’s and/or circulars. We’ll work out a few tips for heels and toes. Finally we’ll darn! No matter how perfect our sock skills are, eventually all socks get a hole.

Student – Please bring a wheel in good working order with one bobbin. You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions.

Bring your knitting needles to make socks. You may need a few sizes just to make sure you’re able to work with the yarn you make. To work with circulars for socks – please bring circulars that have a super flexible cord and it should be at least 36 inches long. My preference is 40 but 36 will do. Any longer and I feel they get in the way.

Bring a 4-ounce ball of sock yarn (balled up and ready to go). Or you can bring a whatever yarn you want to practice with so you can get the skills if you don’t care about making socks.

You’ll also need a darning or kitchener needle. If you have socks with holes in it, bring those for darning. If you don’t have holey socks, bring a regular pair and we’ll pretend to darn them. Don’t worry, it won’t ruin the socks and it can be easily pulled out.. Bring any darning mushrooms or balls that you may have.

Summary of What To Bring:

  • Spinning Wheel with one bobbin
  • Knitting needles in multiple sizes. If circular, 36″ or 40″.
  • 4-ounce ball of sock yarn balled up and ready to go, or practice yarn
  • Darning needle
  • Socks with holes in them, or socks to practice darning on
  • Darning mushroom or egg, if you have one

The fee for this second day is $75.00. You can pay via PayPal ($77.48) on the Nutmeg Spinners' Guild website (www.NutmegSpinners.org).

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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Nutmeg Spinners' Guild

Topic: Sock Intensive - Day 1
Mentor: Amy King

Saturday’s program features Day 1 of a Sock Intensive by Amy King. Day 2 of the Sock Intensive will be held on Sunday at The Grange Hall in Glastonbury.

Day 1
The sock yarn you make now is ok but you know it could be better. Maybe you haven’t even ventured into making sock yarn because you’re not sure it’s going to hold up. What materials do I use? How do I spin it so it’s sturdy but not rope-like? We’ll answer these questions and more. You’ll walk out of the class ready to make an excellent sock yarn and already have several samples ready to go!

For those participating in the workshop, please bring a wheel in good working order with 4 (5 or 6 is even better) or more bobbins. Bring a ball winder if you don’t have a lot of bobbins. It’s also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

Materials Fee: $32.00 per student. You can pay via PayPal ($33.23) on the Nutmeg Spinners' Guild website (www.NutmegSpinners.org).

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April Fun Fiber Friends Event - Terri's Fiber-y Birthday Party
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

April Fun Fiber Friends Event - Terri's Fiber-y Birthday Party

Shhhhh!! 
Don't let me find out about it! It's a Surprise Party!! ;)
Absolutely NO Presents!! Just friendship, fun and fiber-y activities!

Remember, don't tell Terri ... but there might even be real cake!  ;)

I say this every time ... but I love the feeling that no matter where we are, we all love sharing our passion for the fiber arts with each other. So ...

Even though many of you are too far away to join us in person. Please join us in spirit, comment and tell us what you will be spinning, and share a picture or two!! ;D

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

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March Fun Fiber Friends Event - Weaving Day and the Quinquatrus of Minerva
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

March Fun Fiber Friends Event - Weaving Day and the Quinquatrus of Minerva

Quinquatrus of Minerva (Actually March 19th)
Roman festival of the Goddess Minerva (Greek Athena)
The patroness of medicine, handicrafts, doctors,artists, weaving, sewing, painting, teaching, dyeing, spinning and wisdom and as font of artistic inspiration.
March 19th is also Weaving Day

Monday, March 19th is the Quinquatrus of Minerva and Weaving Day. But we like to have these Special Gatherings on the weekend so that more folks can join us! Therefore, we will be gathering on Saturday, March 17th. I know, I know ... It's also St. Patrick's Day. So feel free to bring and/or wear something green!! ;)

I will be observing the occasion 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 realize that I say this every time ... but I love the feeling that no matter where we are, we all love sharing our passion for the fiber arts with each other. So ...

Even though many of you are too far away to join us in person. Please join us in spirit, comment and tell us what you will be spinning, and share a picture or two!! ;D

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St. Blaise Day
Feb
4
11:00 AM11:00

St. Blaise Day

I know that many of you are too far away to join us in person. Please join us in spirit, comment and tell us what you will be spinning, and share a picture or two!! ;D

Saturday, February 3rd is St. Blaise's Day. However, that's the same day as our Nutmeg Spinners' Guild Bi-annual Auctlon. Therefore, we will be honoring St. Blaise on Sunday February 4th.

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, I would love it if you'd join me! I will be at
It's a Grind
2 North Road
East Windsor, CT 06088.

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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

  • Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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