Yarn! and More Yarn Feb 12th 2018

Whether you are a weaver, knitter, crochet enthusiast or fiber artist in general , you will enjoy the new wool yarns arriving gradually over the next month from Sweden.  A beautiful array of color in 4 weights for your artistic pleasure.  The colors and types of yarn will soon be added to the web site.  They have names like Mora ( fine lace weight yarn 1035 yards per  3.5 oz. skein) , Faro ( 665 yds per 3.5 oz. skein) Tuna ( 330 yards per 3.5 oz. skein) and Mattgarn a singles yarn great for tapestry ( 128 yards in a 3.5 oz. skein)

WEAVING CLASSES February – April 2018

Beginning Weaving Floor Loom: Friday 6-9,Saturday & Sunday 9:30-5 Open to Beginners or those with some rigid heddle experience.
Choose February 23-25th or March 23-25th. Use of our looms our looms included with your tuition. You will learn to warp and weave a project that you will complete and take with you during this weekend workshop.  Looms are available for sale for a discount if you are signed up for the class and purchase or order that weekend. $ 225 plus materials.

Tapestry Weaving: 4 week class March 7th-28th 10-12 am
Warp a frame loom, learn basic tapestry weaving techniques.. Beginners and intermediate students will design their project and use. Students should finish a project and learn basic finishing techniques. Various looms can be used including rigid heddle or frame loom. All are available here. $ 125 plus materials

Inkle Loom Weaving: Sat TBA   Let us know you are interested when we get a class we will notify you of the time. Looms available for use or bring your own. Make narrow belts, ribbons and straps etc, too many applications to list. A small portable loom with 100’s of pattern possibilities. The Focus will be “How to Use Read and apply Pattern drafts. We have extra Inkle looms for you to use in the class. $85 plus materials includes loom use.

Triangle Loom Weaving: Exploration
Explore the possibilities when weaving on a continuous stand loom. The class is structured for beginner-advanced. Clothing and accessory design possible as you literally put the pieces together. Looms available for use in this class.  Can be taken week days in 2 consecutive week for 2 hrs. each week

Spinning Classes:
Beginning Spinning: Sat. February 17th & March 17th 10-4
Learn the basics of spinning yarn on a drop spindle, and then on the wheel. This 6 hour class will teach you the basics of making yarn. $85 plus materials

Stop in as soon as you can and see what we’ve been up to.  Find us on google , like us on facebook.

See you soon,  Betty

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Livingston Spinners Meets Sat. Feb. 3rd

Come join us and have a 3 hours block to spin, share or just sit quietly.  A wonderful group of fiber artists that enjoy the company of like minded people.

New in the studio as of this week is a new product for the weaver , knitter and crochet enthusiast.  A 4/2 cotton in 6 different colorways and 15 companion solids.  We can’t wait for you to see and try them out.

We will be extending our product line for Ashford, Harrisville and Glimakra.  New on the wish list is an 8 harness Harrisville 22 inch floor loom, Glimakra rigid heddle looms, reed and lease stick holder, temples in all sizes.  Already here is an 8 harness Glimara countermarch loom.  I find it different then the standard Jack looms seen in SE Michigan but easier to warp and you can achieve tighter tension without danger of breaking warp threads.  As for Ashford we will be carrying a full line of their “How to” books, wheels like the Traveler, Traditional, Kiwi and Elizabeth, an  8 harness table loom is next on the list for people with limited space.  The biggest wish is the 2018 is the Ashford 8 harness Jack loom with 38 inch weaving width at a very reasonable price. This loom had been discontinued for 10 years and is back.

Soooooooo…….. January- March

First Saturday of the month Livingston Spinners 10-1.

Second Saturday the shop is closed while I attend Spinners Flock in Saline Ann Arbor.

Third Saturday Spinning Workshop 10-4 tailored to the Beginner but flexible enough to assist the most Advanced Spinners wanting to try something new.  $85 plus materials.

Fourth Saturday Weaving on the Rigid Heddle or floor loom. 10-4  $85 plus materials.

Please go to our new google listing and give us a review and like us on Facebook.

 

 

Happy New Year- Welcome 2018

Yes its a new beginning and we are ready to learn a lot and have some fun.

Overview of the January Schedule:

Weekdays ( except Thursdays) we have private and semi private classes in all kinds of spinning and weaving.

First Saturday of the month is the Livingston Spinners: a group that meets from 10-1 and we spin, chat share and plan

Second Saturday of the month we are at Spinner’s Flock in Chelsea Middle school from 10-1.  If you are going and you need some fiber,  or equipment let us know in advance and we will bring it down

Third Saturday of the month is a Spinning Class from 9:30-3  $75 plus materials, limited to 6 participants. A great place for beginners too where you have a lot of time to begin to learn this wonderful productive skill.  Supplies for the class are available for purchase and if you are a beginner  you should try the large selection of wheels we have on the floor before you make a purchase.

Fourth Saturday of the Month is the weaving workshop, limited to 4 participants 9:30-4  $85 plus materials.  Rigid Heddle looms are available for the class and that cost will be calculated in your materials fee.

Its been frigid  cold and the care of the animals has taken a great deal of my time and attentions.  More later.  Questions call or text 810-923-1136

Best Betty

 

 

 

Sale, Sale, Sale, Now December 4-22, 2017

We will be working in the studio and open to the public starting December 4th on Mondays and Fridays 9-4 and Wednesdays 9-2.  Other hours are available just call and make an appointment 810-923-1136.

Keep in mind we have hand made Gifts available for that special someone.   For example: cotton towels in various designs and colors, scarves  etc.

In house equipment, fiber and yarns will be discounted for the duration of the Sale.  We will hold til Christmas if you need that service.

Livingston Spinners will meet Saturday December 2 from 10-1 If you have made items you may want to sell in the studio during this sale bring them with you on Saturday.

We are expanding our newsletter mailing list so please forward you name and email by text if possible to 810-923-1136 or email : gatehousefarm@yahoo.com.

If you have a local fiber farm, or craft send me you information to put in our new page that is hopefully coming soon of our Favorite Links.

Have a wonderful December see you soon

Betty

INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE DEC. 4-22

In celebration of a wonderful year and to help our customers,  we will be having an inventory reduction sale December 4-22, 2017.  The hours for the sale are Mondays & Fridays  9-4 and Wednesday 9-2

Call 810-923-1136 to inquire about your needs, wants or Christmas List.

We have other hours available by appointment so please call.  If you are a member of Spinners Flock,  I would be happy to deliver your product to the December meeting.

If you live in Livingston County and are a spinner or want to be,  join us on the first Saturday of every month from 10-1.  This is a time when we get together,  share what we have been working on,   and just relax.

We are all busy making those special gifts, so if you have time, send a picture to gatehousefarm@yahoo.com.  We will try to post it in the gallery.

I am behind quite a bit but I am still  trying very hard to compile a list of local breeders and fiber artists to add to our site.  Please email your contact information and we will add you to the list.  No it hasn’t been put up but my plan is to finish it by January.

Right now wheel and loom assembly is taking a lot of my time so please be patient.

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season!!

Betty

 

 

 

Openings on Our Spinzilla Team

 

We still have a few openings on our Spinzilla Team.   You have until midnight September 30th to join Gate House Fiber Arts Spinners at Spinnzilla.org. Just follow the prompts.

We are meeting to Spin as a team if you can make it Tuesday October 3rd 4-7 PM and Saturday October 7th 10-1.  Our final meeting day will be Tuesday October 10th 4-7 PM where you will need to bring your “piles” of yarn spun during the week for pictures and totals.  Prizes will be awarded at that time based on the amount you were able to spin.

Also we have officially started ” Livingston Spinners”.  A group that will get together at the studio the first Saturday of every month for fun spinning and friendship.  Bring your wheel or spindle.  For those who would like to join us but don’t spin call 810-923-1136 to sign up for a beginning spinning class.  Generally I can have you up and running on a spinning wheel in 6 hours.  Please do not purchase a wheel until you know the facts and find out which wheel suites you ergonomically.  So many times people call and want to know if I have a certain wheel in stock only to find out when they come and try them that they really like a different one.  We have drop spindles and a lot of roving suitable for the beginner right here at the studio.

The next Beginning Spinning Saturday is October 28th

The next Tapestry weaving Saturday is Nov. 19th 9:30-4

A Beginning Weaving weekend is being planned let me know if you are interested.

For all of the above Saturdays call 810-923-1136 to be put on the list.  Spots are limited to insure you have quality instruction.  Equipment is available for you to use during the classes and to purchase.  There is a materials fee for all classes.

SPINZILLA IS COMING-SIGN UP NOW

Saturday September 23rd 10-1 we will meet as a team and get organized for our Spinzilla Week. This Monster of a Spinning Week starts Oct 2-8th.

Our Team Gate House Fiber Arts Spinners still has a few more openings.  We’d love to have you  join. Registration for team members ends September 30th so act now. We will meet for practice, fun, trouble shooting  October 3rd 4-7 pm and Saturday October 7th 4-7 PM 

We have a bunch of Spinzilla packs from Louet – a $125 minimum value for $80.00 to our team members.

Preparation:  Sat. Sept 23rd we will meet to go over the rules for measuring your yarn and the deadlines for letting me know how much you accomplished.  GHFA has gifts at the end for its participants and we will meet immediately after the  spinning week for your totals.

How to count yardage will be discussed at that time also.  If you are unable to attend to to the spinzilla website and go through all the frequently asked questions.

go to:  tnna.org/page/SpinRegistration then select Registration, fill it ourt, select your team as Gate House Fiber Arts Spinners proceed to check out and pay $15 dollars.  The money goes to promotion of the fiber and needlecraft arts.

You will be required to submit your yardage and a picture of the finished yarn at the end of the week .  We usually meet right after the competition and  take the pictures so I can submit them.

I would like to meet Tuesday October 10th from 4-7 to get your totals,  take pictures, see who spun a mile, who spun the most etc……..

Contact me Betty at gatehousefarm@yahoo.com subject title Spinzilla or call 810-923-1136