Guild Meeting – November 24
9:00 AM Board Meeting – Everyone welcome to attend. Board members need to attend. Topics include finance report, program planning, web page redesign, and St. Fleecia Day planning to see what help Amy may need.
11:00 AM Guild Meeting
1:00 PM Program: Alfred Eberle on Silk
Alfred Eberle on Silk
- Reeling from Cocoons
- Old Silks to Examine
- His Naturally Dyed Silks
Alfred will bring an antique Japanese silk reel for everyone to try reeling silk from cocoons. He will also bring examples of ‘very’ old silks to examine. And there will be the Beauty Box, a colorful silk surprise.
Some of Alfred’s collection are cloth of gold (though you have to use magnifiers to see the gold anymore). He will bring cotton gloves for handling the textiles. It's always fun for textile artisans to be able to handle and examine closely what they can only look at from a distance in a museum.
Alfred says, “The Beauty Box is a wooden box which I have crammed with yards and yards of kimono lining silk from Japan. I spent 6 months dyeing it all in a rainbow of colors using only natural dyes. I really tried to get as bright a color as I could get with each dye, which meant using very large quantities of the dyestuffs, but with brilliant results! It still amazes me that I got some of these colors from natural dyes. Each of the dyed linings has a tag attached listing the dyes, mordants, and after-mordants used.”
He plans to set up silk reeling on one table, lay out the old silks on another, and then opening the Beauty Box on another. He will introduce everything on each table, speaking briefly about each thing, and then have everyone go to town on whatever they want to work on - silk reeling, playing with the dyed silks, and using magnifiers and gloves to enjoy poring over the ancient silks up close.
See samples of Alfred's silk:
The website for the images above and many other links and references about silk, silkworms and silkmoths:
There will be time after our meeting to see a trunk show of Habu Textiles and Cocoknits sweaters at A Verb for Keeping Warm, Oakland.
Dues are Due: $30 individual, $45 family / household.
Send to treasurer.
St. Fleecia’s Day Celebration Guild Party – December 8
Potluck and Gift Exchange
Our annual St. Fleecia’s Day celebration is for members, friends and family. This year’s challenge is combined with the CNCH Guild Challenge: What’s Your Bag? Spindle Bags, Naturally, is our answer.
We’ll eat, talk, float, read St. Fleecia’s legend, admire creations, exchange gifts and vote for our favorite spindle bag WIP (in process). Please email us for details.
Meeting calendar –4th Sunday Sept - June
- Nov 24 9:30 AM board meeting, 11AM guild meeting,
Program: Silk Reeling with Alfred Eberly
- Dec 8 St. Fleecia Day Holiday Party at Amy’s floating home, San Francisco
- Jan 26, 2014 Spinning Angora Bunny
- Feb 23 TBA (Sunday of Stitches West)
- Mar 22 Knitting and Crochet with Beads workshop
- Mar 23 Finding the Best Knitting or Crochet Pattern for Your Handspun
- April 27 Meet UP at CNCH conference, Oakland, in the hallway 12-1:30PM, Oakland Convention
- May 24 Hemp spinning workshop Joan Ruane
- May 25 Joan Ruane spinning hemp program
- June 22 Sit Some, Spin Some, Snack Some, Yak Some guild picnic and spin in.
More information is also on our Facebook page.
Typical Guild Meeting Agenda
11:00 am - Guild Business Meeting (more fun than business -- where all the awesome announcements and events around town are listed, new members introduced, show-and-tell, discussion about issues, etc.)
Noon - lunch break and social hour (bring your bag lunch and make a new friend)
1:00 pm - program (either a guest lecture or group activity)
2:00 or 3:00 pm - program ends
THINGS TO BRING:
We start a new program year each September with the annual paying of dues. Dues are now $30 per year for one person or $45 for households or family groups. Please complete the membership form with full name, street, city, ZIP, home phone, cell phone, email, and family member if paying $45 family rate. Request USPS mailing address from our guild treasurer.
Yearly dues are discounted 50% for new members joining in February to May. Any dues paid in the summer are counted as the new program year.