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, February 2, 2019.
Blending Colors At The Wheel
with Amy Tyler
We are excited to have Amy Tyler as our nationally known mentor this year. She will be teaching Blending Colors at the Wheel. There will be a $15 fiber fee for this workshop.
She will also be doing a full day of mentoring on “Creating the Yarn You Want” on Sunday February 3rd. This session will be at Boy Scout Hall in Simsbury (directions below). The first 20 people to sign up will secure a spot with a check for $70 payable to a Nutmeg Spinners ( $20 fiber fee to be paid to Amy). You can pay via PayPal (below) or send a check to c/o Louise Gould, 81 Sylvan Road, New Britain CT 06053.
In recent years Amy has written many articles in Spin-Off magazine including Energized Cinder Blocks Cowl, Spring 2018, and Mittens from the Mitten State, Winter 2018. She has also recently produced a spinning video. You can see examples of her work here:
Amy was formally trained in physiology (PhD, U. Of Arizona) kinesiology (MS, U. Of Washington) and modern dance (U. Of Utah). She then spent years teaching physical therapy students about critical inquiry, evidence-based practice, and research design. In 2004, she left the academic life to pursue fibers arts. Now she resides in Benzie county, in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan.
Directions to Boy Scout Hall in Simsbury: This is a historic town hall built in 1839. In 1931 it was replaced by a new town hall and rented to the Boy Scouts in 1936 hence its name. It now is part of Simsbury’s Parks and Recreation facilities. The building is on Hopmeadow Street (the main street in Simsbury center, also called Routes 10 and 202). The building is between Simsbury Public Library and First Church of Christ Congregational. Enter the driveway between the church and the library (it looks like the church’s driveway) which heads directly to Boy Scout Hall. The parking lot to the right is shared by Boy Scout Hall, the Library and the church. If the lot is full, unload your spinning equipment and park at the library. There is a path from the Library to Scout Hall.
Directions to meetings can be found here.
Looking ahead to April 6th, our own Deb Quesette will be offering mentoring on color and fiber blending using hand cards or a drum carder. She will provide us with more details before our February meeting. Given that our national mentor is coming in February when we usually have a pot luck luncheon, this year our potluck will be in April.
Then June 1st we will be renting a program from the Andean Textile Association: Peruvian Textiles in a Box–Program for Guilds. The Association describes the program this way:
Andean Textile Arts is pleased to announce that starting in 2018, we will be offering “Peruvian Textiles in a Box,” a self-guided guild program about the weavers, textiles, and communities around the Sacred Valley of Peru. The program includes video, speaker notes, and a selection of textiles representing the wide variety of weaving structures and designs from the various communities, from intricate warp-faced pickup techniques to tapestry and scaffold-weaving, plus knitting, dyeing, braiding, and more. Guild President Terri Guerette will be helping spinners learn to use Andean Spindles.