|Thursdays are Fibre Arts Days at MERA|
|A casual gathering to explore various fibre techniques - including spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, basketry - anything to do with fibre!|
Mornings, 10-12 (all year round) - spinning, knitting, crochet, sewing... bring your projects and enjoy the morning in work and conversation. Help and materials are available if you would like to learn to knit or spin. Info: Mona 613-278-0291
Lunch, 12-1 - bring a lunch and continue (or join!) the conversation...
Afternoons, 1-3'ish (September to May) - different workshops each Thursday to explore something new in individual and group projects... Info: Cathie 613-264-0705 (see schedule below)
|Quilting Wednesdays, 1-3 pm. Info: Joan 613-278-2962|
|Weaving Thursdays 1-3 pm. Free community warps available in the MERA weaving studio. Info: Mary 613-267-3447|
THURSDAY Fibre Arts Workshops at the MERA Schoolhouse
Remember the early start - 10 am. We'll enjoy a coffee at MERA and leave the schoolhouse around 10:30 am.
For double strand blanks, the choices Janice and I have are:
· alpaca sock yarn - 80% alpaca + 20% nylon = $28.
· Light Worsted - 85% alpaca + 15% merino (for mitts/gloves) = $25.
· 100% wool DK (for mitts/gloves) = $12
Ideas for May
***May 7th - Sheering The Alpaca at Victory Farm 9am ***
Thursday, May 9th and May 16th- Weaving Wicker Trays
Thursday, May 23rd - Dyeing Sock Blanks with Alanna
Thursday, May 30th - Potluck and More!!!!
Thursday, May 30th will be our last scheduled Fibre Arts activity until September
A Request For Assistance From MERA Spinner and Weavers
The Highland Heritage Day celebration, to take place on Saturday, July 6, has asked me to organize a sheep-to-shawl as part of the event. Actual spinning/weaving would take place on the grounds of the Middleville Museum (if you haven't been there, they have a fabulous collection), and therefore could be indoors if it rains.
Here's the scoop: Ross Creighton will scissor-shear a sheep to start things off (and I think -- but I'm not sure yet -- would supply a fleece ahead of time for us to use in spinning a warp). Then all spinners and weaver(s) will card the fleece, and start spinning and plying. When there's enough backlog of yarn, the weaver will stop spinning and start weaving -- after which, she's not allowed to spin any more. And by the end of the afternoon, we will have created a shawl, complete with fringe!
Well, of course there's more to it than that. We'll have to meet to decide on a pattern for the shawl, the weight of yarn we want to use, how much warp yarn we need, whether or not the warp yarn should be dyed, and so on and so forth. Then, of course, we have to spin the yarn and warp the loom in preparation for July 6. And we have to make sure we have an appropriate drum carder and a transportable loom.
I hope MERA spinners and weavers will form most (or all) of the sheep-to-shawl team! Please let me know if you're interested and I can get you further information.
Call Cathie Huffman at 613-264-0705 to confirm your attendance at the workshops - she'll let you know what you need to bring.
If the topic on any particular day doesn't appeal, join us anyway! We could use your knowledge and expertise!