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Nutmeg Spinners' Guild Meeting

  • St. John's Episcopal Church 679 Farmington Avenue West Hartford, CT 06119 USA (map)

American Breed Study

Beth Smith, Author and National Mentor

Better than hot dogs, baseball and apple pie. Fleece! Grown right here in the USA. As spinners we often think of Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand as the source of all things wooly. This class will look at breeds that were developed in the United States. These breeds range from next to skin soft all the way to best used only for carpets. All of them are fun to spin and it is interesting to explore the history of what we have right here in the US.   Ten breeds will be included.

Students should be able to spin a consistent thread. This class is good for those who spin on a spindle or a spinning wheel.  Material Fee:  $45.00.  Deposits for the material fee will be taken at the April meeting to be able to provide Beth with a headcount for materials preparation.

Complimentary meeting business cards will not be honored at the June Meeting of the Nutmeg Spinners Guild.  The non-member attendance fee for this meeting is $20.


(June 5 – Sunday
Sunday Workshop is Full)

(Snow White and the 7 Draft Methods
Beth Smith, mentor
Glastonbury Grange Hall, 895 Main Street (Route 17), South Glastonbury, CT
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

(Snow White couldn’t have survived without the Seven Dwarves by her side. As a spinner it would be hard to make it without knowing all about drafting. Maleficent may not have cast you out to your death but maybe you feel all alone out there in the big fiber world not knowing which drafting method is going to help you make the yarn you want. I’m here to rescue you with the 7 drafting methods that will help you make whatever yarn you want for whatever project you are planning. Which draft is Doc? Which is Dopey? Which will keep your fiber shiny and strong? Which will give you loft? Simple changes will make all the difference to your spinning and we can whistle while we work, hi-ho. hi-ho.

(Spinning Level: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.   Please Bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, hangtags for labeling and note taking materials. If you have them, hand cards may be useful but a few will be available to lend in class. Material fee:  $25.00)

Earlier Event: May 29
What Every Spinner Needs to Know
Later Event: June 11
Gaspee Days