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Spinning in the Winery!

This Saturday is the 16th Annual Spinning in the Winery. Beautiful location, friends, food, sunshine, lots and lots of fiber (and vendors) — and fabulous tasting organic wines. What more can you ask for?

May 25, 2013, 10 am to 4 pm
Retzlaff Winery, 1356 S. Livermore Ave.
$5 entry per person

Tips for the first time attendees:

  • Have your $5 ready as you enter the driveway. They collect the fees on the way in while they help direct you to a parking location.
  • Drink lots of water. It’s hot out there.
  • Bring sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. Did I mention that it gets hot?
  • Do a wine tasting before lunch. This way, you can pick out a bottle of wine to have with your lunch.
  • Bring your checkbook. Many of my favorite vendors are there.
  • Bring some extra cash for the raffle tickets. I seem to recall a spinning wheel was raffled off one year.
  • Don’t expect to get much spinning done.

Unfortunately, I can’t make it this year, but I will raise a glass to toast the event.

ICAD 2013


Guess what? Index-Card-A-Day (ICAD) is returning for a third year.

I will be traveling during a good portion of June, but I think I will still join in on the fun. I may not be able to post, but I should still be able to create!

Here are some of my blog posts on last year’s ICAD Challenge, and link to my Flickr set.

Want to join me?

Another Stray


This time, it’s a 30″ 4 shaft, 6 treadle counterbalance loom. I don’t normally name my equipment, but I received this from a lovely woman named Rita, who bought this loom to learn to weave rugs on over 30 years ago. After a couple of rugs, it was put away. In her honor, I named this loom Rita.

Rita had this loom made for her by a fellow in the Santa Cruz mountains. That is all they remember. The wood appears to be basic pine. Nothing special, but in great shape and aged to a beautiful patina.

Unfortunately, the top cross beam was damaged while taking it apart. I showed it to a friend and a few hours later, I had a new cross beam! I love friends with tools. It will be a different color from the rest of the loom but I can live with that.

I’ll spent the next few months cleaning the loom up and refinishing it before putting it back together. It will likely be fall before I can put a warp on this loom.

The reed is a goner. I’ll be tossing that out. All the ropes/ties need to be replaced. The string heddles are over 30 years old and need to be replaced. I haven’t decided if I will buy Texsolv heddles or make new string heddles. Texsolv would be more expedient but there is something rustic about string heddles. I know I’ll think differently after tying several hundreds of these!

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