Welcome to the home of the Nutmeg Spinners Guild! Nutmeg Spinners Guild is Connecticut’s statewide guild for handspinners. The Guild has been an active part of Connecticut’s fiber arts scene for more than 20 years. Our membership is large and diverse, coming from throughout Connecticut and nearby states.
We meet five times a year on the first Saturday of the month in October, February, April and June. In December we meet the second Saturday. Meetings run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Our next meeting will be on Saturday, December 8, 2018.
Experiencing Sheep To Shawl Competitions
with Jenny Sethman
Our December meeting will feature Jenny Sethman’s tales of a competitive sheep to shawl team with its practice drills and travel experiences. Check out Jenny’s sheep-to-shawl adventures on Facebook.
Sheep to shawl competitions happen all over the United States and Canada. You can find them at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, The Kingston Sheep Dog Trials, New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka Rhinebeck), the Maine Fiber Frolic, and the Estes Park Wool Market among many others. These are highly competitive team contests.
Jenny Sethman is part of a competitive “Sheep to Shawl” team. She will present a program including slides of her team’s experience as they moved from enthusiastic novices to experienced competitors. She will bring along some samples of her team’s results and share how her team has fine-tunes their fleece selection, shearing, spinning and weaving. Jenny is a United Nations worker by day and fiber aficionado by night and weekend.
Do you know the answers to these questions? Hint – the answers might be different depending on the competition:
How many people are on a team? How many shearers, spinners, and weavers on a team? Do you have to have your own shepherd? Can you bring your loom already warped? When does the fleece get washed? How large must the shawl be? Does speed count? Can a shearer help with the spinning?
For a brief introduction see this link: https://local21news.com/news/local/time-warp-wins-sixth-consecutive-sheep-to-shawl-competition
Bring your wheel or spindle and fleece to spin as we weave the tales. Bring some cash for shopping our vendors’ goods and for the Scotch auction.
You are each challenged to bring (at least one) item that will help keep someone warm this winter. We donate these to the church to share with those Hartford neighbors in need of warm socks, gloves, hats and scarves.
Remember also that Amy Tyler will be our nationally known mentor this year. She will be teaching Blending Colors at the Wheel on February 2nd (fiber fee of $15). At our December meeting we will accept reservations for a full day of mentoring by Amy on “Creating the Yarn You Want” to be held Sunday, February 3rd at Boy Scout Hall in Simsbury. The first 20 people will secure a spot with a check for $70 payable to Nutmeg Spinners. (pay at our December meeting or send c/o Louise Gould, 81 Sylvan Road, New Britain CT 06053). A $20 fiber fee for the workshop will be paid directly to Amy.
You can pay for the February fiber fee and Sunday workshop at the December meeting, or by PayPal here:
Directions to meetings can be found here.