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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.

PSA: San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles

I received an email from San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles this weekend. They have a serious cash shortfall. If they don’t raise $80K in the next 2 weeks, they will have to close their doors. Please help out if you can and spread the word.

From their website:

The first museum in the United States to focus exclusively on quilts and textiles as an art form, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrated its 35th anniversary in 2012. With compelling exhibitions of historical and contemporary textiles, engaging gallery walks and artist talks for adults, and a highly successful educational outreach program for 2nd students, we aim to increase the public’s awareness, understanding, and appreciation of quilts and textiles as a form of artistic and cultural expression that peoples worldwide have practiced for thousands of years.

Cloth is at the core of human experience. Every culture throughout history has had a textile tradition through which people learned about and sustained their social, civic and religious rituals. As largely a woman’s tradition, quilting became a primary vehicle for women’s social, political and artistic expression when other forms of expression were not available to them. It was during the 1970s, when the women’s movement and the feminist art movement came to full flower, that a new breed of artists, often formally educated, began choosing fiber as a fine art medium, challenging assumptions about both the intent and the content of textile art forms.

Thank you.

Judith MacKenzie

Fire at Judith’s Studio

Remains of Judith’s Studio

As many of you have heard, Judith MacKenzie’s teaching studio burned down in the early hours of Monday morning. She has lost all weaving and spinning equipment. There is now a website to help her rebuild her studio.

If you are able to, please consider donating to help this wonderful woman who has been so generous with her time and knowledge. I personally would not be the person I am today without her help, in more ways than just spinning and weaving.


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