****IMPORTANT NOTICE!!*****MEETING LOCATION CHANGE***** We are not able to use the Bow Church because there is a private event happening that day. Our meeting will be at the Burlington Public Library, 820 East Washington Avenue, Burlington, WA 98233. 10-3:00 pm. Brown Bag Lunch. Remember to bring your Show-n-Tell!
What better way to welcome the chilly months than with a cozy room full of great company, tea or coffee, and WOOL! This years retreat was held at Fort Casey, on Whidbey Island. It also happened to be the weekend of the Whidbey Weavers Guild sale! Some purchases were made, ideas blossomed, and great conversations had. I think many of us cannot wait until next years weekend away.
And what a fair it was! A huge thanks to everyone who was involved including our new fearless leader Nikki! who stepped up when the former leader needed a break after many years of wonderful leadership!
NEXT? DYE DAY!! August 23, 2014: at Carol Richmond’s home, just east of Bellingham.
Please contact spindrifters for directions!
What to bring: chair, potluck lunch, 6 skeins or equivalent fiber – about 12 oz max, $5.00 donation per person, plastic baggies to carry your wet stuff home, small bucket, stir sticks or utensils. Remember this is a day to dye some of your stuff, learn from others and have fun! Don’t bring your entire stash to dye! 12 oz is good, and makes sure everyone has enough. Thank you!
If you have an extra drying rack or folding table please bring it! Yvonne, Margaret and Carol will bring the dye solutions, pots, some burners, microwave, tables – please help them out where you can loading and unloading, and pot watching! We will send out a few instructions on how to pre- prepare your fiber the night before. Have fun, enjoy the annual dye day!
There is a wedding going on at the church in Bow, so we will not be able to use that space. Our new location FOR SEPTEMBER ONLY is the Burlington Library. Our September 13 meeting will be from 10:00 – 3:00. Brown bag lunch. Address is: 820 E Washington Ave, Burlington, WA 98233
Dont forget to enter your handpsun, knit, crocheted, felted, or......? items into the NWWF Wool show. If you dont have anything to enter thats okay, come visit us in the sheep barn and see live spinners, weaving demonstrations, and examples of handmade items from all ages.
July 12 & 13 SKAGIT HIGHLAND GAMES in Mt. Vernon. We will do a fleece-to-shawl demo starting 10 a.m. on Saturday, picking, carding, spinning & plying the rust-colored wool & weaving it into a shawl. Anybody who helps with demonstration will receive a complimentary ticket for admission. We don’t usually do “period” costumes, but kilts or plaid skirts are especially welcome, as tartans are traditional in the Scottish Highlands. Goodwill is often a good source for inexpensive kilted or plaid skirts. Check with Yvonne if you would like to participate - she has a few kilts of various sizes that she’s picked up over the years. Our regular meeting will be held there, noonish, on Saturday.
AUGUST 11 - 16, 2014 is the NORTHWEST WASHINGTON FAIR! Please plan to participate in the WOOL SHOW, which is now being organized by our own NIKI KUKLENSKI. She will be asking for volunteers to demonstrate spinning, carding, weaving so please check your calendars & sign up. Also, get some of those UFOs finished so they can be ENTERED into the show. We want to share the experience of working with fiber & producing unique creations.
APRIL 12 - The same day & time as our Spindrifter meeting will be WONDERFUL WOOLLIES Fleece & Fiber sale at Yvonne Madsen’s farm, 5740 Mertz Rd., Bellingham (short distance from Nancy’s Farm). Several farms participate in this event, offering a variety of fleeces, fiber, yarn, hand-made items, and hand-carved spinning, weaving, knitting & crochet tools. Come say hello to the lambs!
April 10—13, 2014 Shepherds’ Extravaganza Spring Fair at the Puyallup Fairgrounds
This annual event covers almost every aspect of the fiber industry, from showing sheep to spinning and weaving demonstrations – and even sales of handcrafted items. Exhibits located in Livestock Barn J.
Our holiday season meeting has come and gone, and what a blast it was. There was present stealing, pie eating, and laughter ringing out loud. Some beautiful fiber was shared in our white elephant gift game. The most popular and most stolen gift was a fabulous white CVM batt from one of our guild members own flock. If you missed it this year, never fear....next year we will meet again in Bow, on the 11th of January. Until then enjoy some photos of our holiday cheer.