Black Sheep Handspinners Guild

Archived Newsletters


May: Elected new officers; Need a new meeting location; Modest membership cost raise; planning natural dyeing workshop in Sept 2019, at Wayne's house; distributed address list; teaching spinning at Cornell; informal spin-in in the Home Textile Tool Museum in PA in June; Heavy metal knitting world; Shepherdess of the Glaciers movie recommendation; Pictures from April meeting.
April: ...
March: Spinning retreat write-up and pictures; Next year's Roc Day Spinning Competition; Discussion on potential workshops; Address list of and for members; Renata's February Dorset Button Workshop; The Livestock Conservancy's Shave 'em to Save 'em write-up.
February: Roc Day recap, pictures, and recipes, article on Jonah Larson, an 11-year-old crochet prodigy.
January: Roc Day!


December: Minutes from the November meeting; help needed for publicity of Roc Day; RD volunteer schedule posted - need some time slots/positions filled; info on the February 2019 spinning retreat at Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center; yarn donations sought for charity projects; Books & Links.
November: Minutes from the October meeting; Election of new Guild Officers information; Roc Day subjects: we need volunteers for several duties, the Chinese Auction is now called Roc Day Paper Bag Raffle in order to better reflect the activity, guidelines for Roc Day competition; yarn donations sought; Possible Dorset button workshop led by own Renata; the 2019 spinning retreat will take place in Casowasco Camp and Retreat Center, on Feb 22-24.
October: Minutes from the September meeting; Roc Day topics; Guild's MAFA membership renewed; Celia Radke Memorial prize recipient; Japanese indigo growing and drying pictures by Yvonne LM.
September: Minutes from the August meeting; need spinners and weavers for Homestead Heritage Fair Day; we need items for the Roc Day auction; So You've Grown Some Japanese Indigo: Now What?, article by Wayne H.
August: Minutes from the July meeting; invitation to spin at a farm's fiber event; cotton spinners sought for Family Learning event; both Louise Henry and Rosane Mordt had profiles in the Local Fiber social media outreach; possible bus/van rental to NYS&W festival, if there is enough interest; A Somali Weaving exhibit article, by Wayne H.
July: Minutes from the June meeting; Roc day vendors sought; Wool day at Troy fair, PA; Tour de Fleece starting this weekend; request to spin golden doodle fur; Dorset buttons by Renata; Ontario Handspinning Seminar, Jean Currie and Anne Furman.
June: Minutes from the May meeting; Changes to Roc Day 2019; Tour de Fleece information; Report from the Mid Atlantic Fiber Association assembly; 4x4 gradient dyeing information.
May: Minutes from the April meeting; Treasurer's report; request to spin at Laughing Goat Fiber's open house day (May 12); article on the Textile Museum of Canada,by Angelika St.L.; Sight Seeing with Fitting Sweaters article; Knitting Tutorial, how (not) to knit video.
April: Workshops and Farm Visits list; pictures from Roc Day Respun 2018.
March: Roc Day Respun; Home Textile Tool Museum opening info for 2018; recap and photos of this year's spinning retreat.
February: Roc Day Respun info, including the hat competition; The Knitting Circle Fiber Arts Festival - Feb 2018 in Rochester; Spinning Injuries article by Angelika; Spinning animation by Andrea Love for HansenCrafts link.
January: Dues are due; minutes from December 2017 meeting; warmth for freezing elephants: NY Times article link; Roc day schedule of activities, volunteers, and vendors lists.


December: Update on Roc Day hat competition information; 2019 workshop update based on discussion in the November meeting - more to come; fiber samples wanted for the fiber tasting table and fiber quiz (Roc day); LocalFiber Pop-Up shop information; wool mattress making with Alena and Sasson.
November: Roc Day hat competition information; Felting workshop in Ithaca; photos from Homestead Heritage Day; Ellis Hollow Sheep article by Angelika St. Laurent and Nancy Munckenbeck.
October: Welcome to Wayne Harbert, our new president, and to Yvonne LaMontage, our new Roc day coordinator; Homestead Heritage Day demonstrators request; CNY Fiber Artists and Producers' Bib Fulton passed away this summer; minutes from September meeting; revived our vision and mission statements; article about sea silk seamstress; 10-minute survey for new fiber mill in the area; Marilee Williams writes about her experiences demonstrating spinning in public; spinning q&a.
September:No newsletter.
August: We still need a new president; Field Trip to the Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum, by Wayne Herbert: Susan Sarabasha suggested taking part in art project "Welcome Blanket".
July: Welcome to our new guild officers; July's meeting: visit to Bement-Billings Farmstead Museum (Linda Cortright's talk) and/or regular meeting;NY State Fair Competitions link; Fruity Knitting You Tube videos.
June: New Guild Officers needed; bring your Show & Tell; Weaving, Tradition and Transformation in the Shadows of Volcanoes Part 3: Transformation as Tradition, by Wayne Harbert; summary of the Sarah Anderson workshop; Carmen Coppola's weaving piece, Proverb 2017, displayed in Cortland's Student Select 2017 show.
May: New Guild Officers needed; Sarh Anderson workshop is a go!; Harriet Tubman mural to go public on May 4; The Luna Fiber Studio, by Anne Furman; The Scratch and the Prickle, by Angelika St.Laurent
April: Karen Stern and her Wensleydales; Harriet Tubman installation; sweaters for elephants; spider silk.
March: Garage Sale in March; Feb meeting minutes; Roc Day stats (treasurer report); Nuno Felted Scarf mini tutorial by Laurie Ament; poem Handspun by Floyd Skloot, contributed by Marilee Williams; invitation to Troy Fair Wool Day in July and competition rules.
February: Roc Day comments and pictures; upcoming fiber events; registration for Sarah Anderson workshop in May.
January: Roc Day!


December: Gift exchange; Roc Day: we need more items for the auction; Finn sheep in need of new home; new fiber studio in Trumansburg; Wayne's article "Weaving, Tradition and Transformation in the Shadows of Volcanoes, Part 2: Whistle Trees".
November: During the November meeting: Steampunk a Dealgan spindle; Roc Day news and requests; Sarah Anderson workshop form (May 13 & 14); pictures from spinning demonstration at the Celtic Festival; Wayne's article "Weaving, Tradition and Transformation in the Shadows of Volcanoes, Part 1".
October: Next meeting: Spin In; minutes from last meeting; more information about and sign up form for the Sarah Anderson workshop in May; pictures from spinning demonstrations; Susan Verberg's article "Backyard Dying Fun", on natural dyeing.
September: Last call for spinning at the State Fair; Discussion on Roc-Day and the Sarah Anderson Workshop in May 2017;Report on the Flax Symposium, by Sue Quick.
August: Call for spinning at the State Fair; international fiber event in Canada; Wild Fiber article on Cashmere Center; call for Roc Day planning positions; Angelika's article on Angora rabbits.
July: Minutes of previous meeting; Painless Dyeing Basics, as employed at the June meeting; article: Art was just Craft poorly made.
June: New newsletter editor; Minutes of previous meeting; new instructional videos by Lois Swales; Tour de Fleece.
May: Article on the fermented suint method of washing fleece.
April: March Minutes; sad note about the passing of Jay Ardai, of the Fnger Lakes Woolen Mill.
March: Garage sale; Angelika's Report February Meeting.
February: Musical Wheels; call for Roc Day follow up; Roc Day competitions results and pictures; sad news of Bill Bartlett's passing.
January: Roc Day is here! Roc Day is here!
Roc Day information, schedule, and competitions rules; photos from the December meeting - holiday party, gift exchange, and Show & Tell; membership dues are due.


December: Roc Day information, schedule, competitions rules; photos from last meeting; membership dues are due.
November: Review of last month's meeting; "Those BIG BOBBIN Louets" article, Miscellaneous tidbits.
October: Review of last month's meeting theme: Sheep and Sheepdogs; What our Members were up to in September! (with pictures).
September: Seeing Red (sort of) - a report on our dye workshop, by Wayne Harbert; a Note on Two Easily Available Dye Plants, by Angelika St. L.; Spinning in you Rear View Mirror, by Tammy F.; Interview with Two Spinning Wheels, by Lois Swales.
August: Call for August meeting: Dyeing workshop using madder; Pics from July's guild trip to the Home Textile Tool Museum in PA.
July: Guild trip to the Home Textile Tool Museum in PA.
June: We have new elected personel; June meeting in 2 places; ONLINE with the BSHG; Ithaca Celtic Festival.
May: Ice cream social; Navajo plying refresher; voting on slate for officers; shawl competition for Roc Day, including 2 patterns; Wayne's article: Whatsa Madder?
April: The April meeting will be our garage sale; New for next Roc Day: Shawl competition; call for naminations.
March: Robin Nistock program, retreat pictures, possible summer retreat, pictures from February meeting, Wayne's article on vegetable spinning material like lace-bark cloth and kudzu.
February: Roc Day recap with pictures, Mittens for koalas, pouches for kangaroos request (IFAW), Wayne's article "Love and the Spindle Whorl in Ancient Gaul", and Audrey's article "960 Reasons to Give".
January: Roc Day vendor list and skein competition guidelines, pictures of the December meeting, and Wayne's article on Roc day.


December: Roc Day vendor list and skein competition guidelines, picture of samples from Beth Smith's workshop, and Wayne's article on "sea silk" (byssus).
November: Results of flax processing with Wayne.
October: Two upcoming workshops: flax processing with Wayne, and sheep breeds with Beth Smith; highlights of Sept meeting, and spinning at the Dryden Harvest Festival; yarn bombing in PA; call for teaching/demo information.
September: We will meet at Sharon’s house and hear Marjorie Inana talk about her experiences in the Master Spinner certification program.


June Waulking Songs, making your own fiber tools.
May Guild History
April : Guild history, outreach activities, charkha workshop
March: Guild history, more notes about Roc Day
February: Roc Day notes
January: Sheepy poetry, guild history



December: Report on Abby Franquemont workshop,
November: Sweater poem, superstorm Sandy donations, squash soup recipe, Roc Day planning notes.
October: Upcoming Abby Franquemont class details
July: Details for Abby Franquemont workshop (November), Socks Vs. Sweaters in Stitches, Ontario Handspinners' Seminar Report, Guild Outreach Activities.
May: Yak Chromatography
April: Teasels
February: Roc Day reports and pictures, "When The Times Were Pinching"
January: Info on Roc Day and Carol Wood Workshop (April 2012)


December: Info on Roc Day and Carol Wood Workshop (April)
September : Member Recruitment, Sheep-to-Shawl Team, Spinner's Study group notes.
August : Spinning Challenges, Spinning at the Scottish Games, Celia Quinn Workshop Information
July: Spinning at Dryden Dairy Days, Interesting Cotton Facts
June: Interesting Sheep Facts, workshop form.
May: Learning from fellow spinners, details of Celia Quinn workshops.
April: Fleece to shawl group, Etiology of Kitchener Stitch.
March: Natural dyeing with Japanese Indigo and onion skins.
February: Roc Day report.


December: Roc Day planning, Indigo
November: Corn fiber, crab fiber, Rhinebeck highlights.
October: Spinning at the Scottish Highland Games.
September: Spinning Possum.
July and August: Wheel maintenance.
June: Agenda for June, and notes.
May: Anticipated Adventures in Flax
April: Effect of yarn twist on knitted fabric, "Mayan Spinners".
March: Crafting for the Community, Cotton Spinning as Political Protest
February: Fiber arts etymology, Hairy Frogs.
January: Roc Day information, Jane's Simple Knitted Slipper pattern.


December: Susan's Hat Pattern Adventure, the Guild's New Member brochure.
November: State Fair Winners, nettle spinning, Roc Day Committee notes.
October : Flax spinning, double-flyer wheels, Roc Day committee notes.
September: Stella Maris retreat, remembering Celia Radke, Japanese indigo, Andean Plying tutorial, Spinning at the Scottish Games.
June : Wool house insulation.
May: Guild Board election results, entering the NYS Fair, Keeping French Angoras.
April :Sheeps' production of greenhouse gases.
March : Origin of silk, Roc Day feedback.
February : Spindle Whorl Love Notes, knitting donations to Pine Ridge Reservation.
January : Roc Day Information


December : Roc Day Committee notes, Saturday knitting group, Anne and Jean's Mongolian Adventure Part III.
November: Rhinebeck reviews, Anne and Jean's Mongolian Adventure Part II, 2009 Guild Afghan
October : Spinning shifu yarn, Anne and Jean's Mongolian Adventure Part I.
September : Troy Wool Fair (PA) review, State Fair winners
July-August: Ontario Handspinning Seminar review.
June : Hog Island sheep, RI Sheep and Wool festival review.
May: New York State Fair submission tips.
April: Roc Day Feedback, Spinning on a Neolithic Spindle, unorthodox uses for bad wool, how much twist to put into yarn? Maintaining color sequence in hand-dyed fiber.
March: Stella Maris Spinning retreat.
February: Stella Maris Spinning retreat.
January: Roc Day Schedule.


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