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.
February 5 Meeting
The Magic of Wool & Rare Wool Breeds
10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
The Nutmeg Spinners Guild will feature national mentor Deborah Robson for a virtual guild meeting on Saturday, February 5. Two topics will be presented using a series of slides and discussion.
- The Magic of Wool – learn through a discussion of the science of wool, why this fiber, in all its varieties, is pretty close to magical. Discussion will include Q&A and an introduction to wool samples
- Rare Wool Breeds – Q&A and spinning. Learn about who decides a breed is rare (and how), what breeds are rare (and why), why we need to keep these breeds around, and what to do with the wool.
In preparation for this meeting, fibers representing the following were purchased by the guild, packaged and made available during the December guild meeting. All of these fall into the rare breed category, as well as being representative of fiber type.
- a fine wool
- a medium wool
- a longwool
- a double-coated wool, and…
If a member did not receive a sample package and would like one, please contact email@example.com to arrange for pickup or mailing for a small fee.
Deb Robson is an acclaimed researcher, author and fiber artist. She may be best known for her book, The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook, which she co-authored with Carol Ekarius. She also teaches classes and workshops and online. Learn more about Deb and her work through her website Independent Stitch, read her blog and sign up for her emails.
10:00 meeting login will be available and open for chat
10:30 – 12 slide show about “Magic of Wool, Q&A, and introduction to the wool samples, with a 5- to 10-minute break between slides and Q&A
12 – 12:45 mid-day break for lunch and business meeting
12:45 – 1:45 slide show about rare wools, Q&A, and spinning
1:45 – 2:30 open spinning with questions and comments about the fiber sample
2:30 – meeting closes
Zoom invitations will be sent to guild members prior to the meeting.
Directions to meetings can be found here.