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 usually run from about 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
June 6 Meeting
With Stephenie Gaustad
Woolen yarns are really quite unique. First off, not all of them are wool.
“Woolen” means that they are built by choices: the fiber, it’s preparation, a unique drafting style and the yarn’s finish. Experience these by participating in this Zoom workshop to produce cushy, warm and super elastic yarns, using carded and cloud preparations and the “woolen” draw. Then learn how to finish these yarns to preserve their elasticity, loft and warmth.
You may sit and listen, or participate. To participate, you should have a functional spinning device: wheel or spindle with which you are comfortable; wool hand carders and sample fibers either from your stash or those we will make available for purchase.
Sample fibers are now available for order in 4-oz. packages for $10.00 each. The package includes 2 oz. of a washed natural wool, and 2 oz. of roving in either white or shades of red/pink, or shades of blue, or shades of yellow.
|Natural + White|
|Natural + Blue|
|Natural + Red/pink|
|Natural + Yellow|
Who may participate: This meeting is limited to current Guild members. If you would like to join the guild, you may register here on the website and retain membership for the 2021-2022 guild year.
About: Stephenie Gaustad has taught classes in textile arts: spinning, weaving, dyeing for over 40 years. Her articles have appeared in the pages of Handwoven, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot, Spin-Off, Jane Austen Knits, Knitwear and Ply magazines. Her replicate textiles hang in Pueblo Grande Museum, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her latest book, published by Ply Magazine, is A Spinner’s Dozen: 14 Darn Useful Tools (2020), available on Ply Magazine’s website.
Members will receive a Zoom invitation via email shortly before the program is scheduled to begin.