Monday, September 17, 2012

Be Nutty at the October Meeting

At the September meeting, we voted to make the October meeting a spin-in and to hold the meeting at the Route 66 Pecan and Fun Fest at the Nut House on Route 66, outside of Claremore.  Check out the link above for more nutty news and stay tuned for details in the October Guild Newsletter. 

Saturday, September 1, 2012

September is HERE!!

We'll be meeting on Saturday, September 15th at Martin Regional Library* from 10 to about 1pm.  

The Tulsa Handspinner's program for September will be:


Calista is a certified Pilates instructor who has great ideas for how we can improve our body mechanics to keep spinning longer and more comfortably.  

* This is not a library sponsored program, the Guild just uses the library space, but all are welcome to attend as guests.  

Check out the Newsletter HERE

Sunday, July 15, 2012

And Now It's JULY!!

The Tulsa Handspinner's meeting will take place on Saturday, July 21.  The program will be on combing wool.  Come and watch the thrilling and chilling use of scary-looking wool combs. 

As always, more info is available in the Newsletter.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Drumcarding PaRTy !!

On Saturday, April 21, we'll gather at the regular meeting place, Martin Regional Library 26th & Garnett in Tulsa.  Instead of bringing our spinning wheels, we'll bring our drumcarders or fiber or both. 

Some will bring fiber to share, and others will work on a carding project of their own choosing.  Everyone will get a chance to make a batt to take home and spin into something unique and wonderful, maybe even a fair entry, but that's another topic . . .

Come play on Saturday. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

St Patrick's Day Meeting

The Tulsa Handspinners meet on Saturday, March 17.  The program may be the leprechaun's pot of gold as Jeannine will be talking about wheel maintenance so we can keep our wheels running smoothly.  The newsletter can be found HERE.

Since it's St. Patrick's Day, and since we're having a meeting, we'll bring edible green stuff to share and have lunch together.  So far we're having split pea soup and appropriately decorated delicious cupcakes--what will you bring??  

Hope to see you on Saturday.  

Saturday, February 25, 2012

What Color Does THIS Make?

Gina Levevsque presented a terrific program at the last Guild meeting on the topic of dying with natural stuff, which is stuff you might find around your yard or out in the woods.  

Gina is a wild life biologist, spends a lot of time outdoors, spends her free time going to classes and workshops and REALLY knows her stuff.  In addition to being a spinner, knitter, stitcher, and weaver, she teaches dying classes at fiber festivals and at the Stillwater Multi-Arts Center.  The Guild was fortunate to have Gina do a presentation for us.

The Guild got the benefit of Gina's in depth knowledge as she presented a program for all the senses, except taste.  (Annie brought king cakes to share, so taste got covered elsewhere).  We got to see a slideshow presentation, listen to Gina speak, and touch and feel samples of wool fabric and yarn she has dyed.  In addition, Gina had a dyepot going on an electric burner as she demonstrated the color achieved by dying with pomegranate rinds.  Displaying a bit of dyer's alchemy, Gina added a pinch of iron to the pot and viola! and got a deeper richer color of the gold-ish green produced by pomegranate rinds.  

Afterward, Guild members got to leaf through Gina's books, shake bottles of lichens, walnut hulls, pulverized bark, and flower buds used for dying while asking Gina repeatedly,  

"what color does this make?"

If you want to make your own colors--and you know you do--you can buy natural dye products, mordants, books, etc from Gina.  
--You can see (or buy) Gina's dyed fabric and wool or dying materials at her Etsy store--link HERE.  
--You can read about Gina's adventures in her blog: link HERE
-- Other contact information for Gina is available in the February Newsletter, the link for which is found in the post previous to this. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

February Meeting & Natural Dying

Tulsa Handspinners will meet this Saturday, February 18.  Gina Levesque will present a program on dying with natural materials.  Don't miss this meeting.  More details can be found in the Newsletter. 

There might even be a video of the Roc Day parade/presentation--you wouldn't want to miss THAT!