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.
December 12 Meeting:
Drum Carding with Mary Egbert
If you love color and want to learn the building blocks for creating artful batts, join us for our Guild meeting on Saturday, December 12. This two-hour Zoom presentation (with breaks) run from 9:00 AM EST to 2:00 PM EST and will cover a number of techniques and topics, including the following:
- Learn how to correctly card clean locks using the flicker
- Tints, Tones and Shades – the art of blending for color
- Confetti Cake Batts – creating tweedy, visual texture
- Ombre Batts – tips for making gradients
- Advanced Gradients – how to spin multiple style yarns from one batt
- Tips, techniques and tools for working with and effectively cleaning your drum carder
If you want to participate while Mary demonstrates, you will need the following:
- Drum carder in good working order
- 1/2 oz of each fiber:
- Colored fiber to use as a base, plus white, grey and black
- Primary colored fiber: red, blue, yellow
- Wool base – color of your choice, plus a pulled sari silk or short stapled fiber for making the Confetti Cakes
- Flicker or inexpensive dog brush and some fleece/locks not yet flicked, combed, or carded
Even if you don’t own a drum carder, come and let your spinning be inspired and learn how the batts you admire and purchase are created. This is a participatory presentation; please ask questions!
Mary Egbert is the owner of Camaj Fiber Arts, and she specializes in selling her own batts, plus a large number of fiber products and tools to create your own projects, She is the author of the book “The Art of Washing Wool, Mohair and Alpaca,” she’s published articles in Spin Off, Ply Magazine, Tiny Studio, and has taught courses across the country and online. Visit her website at camajfiberarts.com to learn more.
Our Guild President will send an email to the Guild member list with the Zoom connection information about an hour prior to 9:00 on Saturday. Use this to connect. Reply to the email if you have attempted to connect and are having difficulty. And be patient until someone can get to you with a problem solving response !