Sunday, July 27, 2014

From Fleece to Fiber: August 9 Meeting Preview

There are lots of steps involved in turning fiber from friendly sheep (like little Manchester) into fluff and then into yarn. At this month's meeting, you'll get a chance to see and feel fibers in all states of preparation - raw locks to roving to single-ply yarn to multiple-ply yarns - and a chance to actually try your hand at spinning.

The whole focus of this meeting will be hands-on experience. So the instructors won't just talk about how fiber looks when it's a fleece straight off the sheep - you'll get a chance to feel and touch wool that's still "in the grease".  The instructors won't just demonstrate and explain the whole spinning process - you'll get a chance to draft fluff and try your hand at spinning if you'd like. The instructors won't just show you hand-spun yarn - you'll get a chance to try crocheting with some samples and give feedback about what you like and don't like about the yarn.

All materials will be provided at the meeting - so you don't need to bring any special materials. (And they'll be other fibers for folks who are allergic to wool.) However, if you do own a drop spindle, you can certainly bring it along.

The meeting will be Saturday July 12 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Textile Center of Minnesota (3000 University Ave SE, Minneapolis) with Open Crochet from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!