Happy Memorial Day Flash Sale May 29 th 10-2

Kromski minstrel mag090913This Kromski Minstrel in Mahogany has all the parts including distaff, Lazy Kate, Jumbo Flyer Kit, Stool, Niddy Noddy and of course the wheel.  Total retail value is $1096 plus tax.  Offered during our flash sale for $900 plus tax.  Only one available.

Kromski Merino top normally $34 a pound is $22 .  Most all colors available and you can mix and match. kromski[1]

The Kromski Sonata in clear lacquer shown below comes with a carry bag. For our flash sale we are adding a tensioned Lazy Kate and a matching Niddy Noddy and Jumbo Flyer Kit so you are ready to go on the road and spin too.  Total retail price is $961 plus tax , flash sale is $785 plus tax.   Several other unlisted items will be included on this limited flash sale.  Come join us take advantage of the day and enjoy your holiday.

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NEW WEAVING YARNS HAVE ARRIVED

We now have a good selection of 8/2 cotton unmercerized for all those hand towels we weavers love to make.  Along with that is a complete line of merino fingering weight for weavers of all styles, floor loom rigid heddle, tapestry, …….

Our new line of countermarch looms has just arrived from Glimakra.  A user friendly loom 26.5 inch weaving width for a very reasonable price point.  Come and meet her.

We will be hosting a Spinzilla Team again this year through TNNA.  Last year we were a small team and paired with another and our joint teams came in 20th out of 75- not too shabby our first time out.  We are hoping to field a full 20 person team this year.  Our Louet Spinzilla packs are arriving each month.  Dave at Louet has put together some awesome combinations for a cost to you of $80 plus tax but there is over $120 of value in the packs.  Each month is a different combination which is also a great way to try new fibers and build your stash for winter.

This coming fall and winter we will again host our weaving weekends which were a big hit last year and we will add a monthly Spinners weekend.  Topics will include Silk and silk blends, Twist as a design factor, Ply your way to success, Art Yarn ins and outs, Bast fibers- Linen and friends. These are the workshops I am preparing for so let me know which ones interest you the most.  There are 5 possibilities  and four weekends.  These workshops will be held on Saturdays from 9:30 – 5:00 in October, November, February and March.  Dates to become available in August at the lastest.

We are upgrading our web store to include a cart for your ease and convienence.

Also due to my rather limited techie status several of my lasts blog posts did not go live- dah.  Classes for the summer are on going.  Call and come by.

Happy New Year 2017

We hope all of you have the best year ever and of course that includes your fiber projects and aspirations.  As you may have guessed I am not a techie.  We use GotWeb for all our computer needs.  I can highly recommend their services.

We currently represent Louet, Kromski, Schacht, Harrisville, Blue Butterfly Pin Looms, Hogget tapestry looms as well as several other small companies.  For all your rag rug weavers we have contacts for the perfect rug loom, and rags, selvedges and warp of all kinds.

I have struggled with the idea of Blog or newsletter.  I for one get way too many emails.  I have tried just the blog for past two months.  Your input would help Please!!!

The new class list will be up soon on the web soon but for all those who plan in advance here are the dates and classes. Spinners and Weavers help sessions T,W,TH.  Contact us appt.  Our daily hours here are flexible.

Just a note we have added 2 evening focus groups: Tapestry Weaving 2nd Wed. each month and Spinning 3rd Wed. of each month. The group  will help plan our direction.

January 20-22  Weaving Weekend $245 plus materials :Fri. 6-9 Sat & Sun 9:30-5 this workshop repeats February 24-26 and March 24-26 focus on 4 -8 harness  & rigid heddle creative techniques

January 28-29:  Tapestry Weaving Weekend 10-4 both days $150 plus materials NEW CLASS

February 4th Pin Loom Project 10-4 $85 plus materials. We have looms for you to use.

March 4th: Inkle Bands Focus on Wool 10-4 $85 plus materials we have looms to use. NEW CLASS

March 18-19: Tapestry Weaving Weekend #2 10-4 Both days $150 plus materials.

April 1 Color Blending with the Masters.  A fun class for spinners that will redirect how you organize blending in your yarn and/finished project. NEW CLASS.

April 8-9 : Then we are off to Fiber Expo Ann Arbor Saline Michigan. Hope to see you there if I don’t break something like this fall (haha)

A Spinners Retreat is being planned for September 16-17 SAVE THE DATE.

 

 

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL !

It truly is a wonderful time of year.  We are especially excited this year as my daughter and family have moved back from Illinois and of course that makes it very easy to see our grand daughter Ava.  What joy!!  All the Grandmas I know said you will have a great time with her so didn’t get it but I do now.  We took her to the Detroit Zoo for the light show It was wonderful and if you get a chance go next week , it is the last week for this year.

As for the studio we have had a great 4th quarter and have met lots of people in love with spinning weaving just fiber in general.  I go to work but it is really like going to play.  Soo………… as a thank you for all the time we have spent together next Tuesday we are having a flash sale on fiber  –  Buy one of something at full price get the second one of a same priced fiber half off.  This is a great time to stock up for the long winter nights and even better time to buy enough fiber to spin for that larger project.

SO  TUESDAY DECEMBER 27TH   FROM 10-3  Hope to see you then.  Meanwhile have a wonderful holiday season

Merry Christmas  and a Happy Healthy Fiber Filled New Year.

 

Ready Set Go to Gate House Sat. 10-3

Incredible deals for the Holiday season.  Mention this add on Saturday and get 15 % off any fiber purchase as well.

Note:  I have found I love spinning cotton especially on a support spindle.  I love it because I can sit at night with it in my lap and take my time making that next 6 inches of yarn.  At times ( due to my inconsistencies at this time) I can see how they used to produce thread.  When they used to do that I am not sure they did much else.  I often wonder what the world would accomplish if we did not watch TV but rather just listened to the radio or nothing.

However  I’m also finding it is a long way to getting enough yarn for a woven garment.  And yet the ancient cultures made their garments using this primitive process.  Guess to them it was not so primitive.  Next stop my highest speed spinning wheel.

Well, back to the looms:  finishing 2 summer and winter scarves on the wolf pup and winding warp for 7 more kitchen towel- just can keep them in the shop.  We do make them for you if you have a special order for a gift or special event.  All you need to do is give us a month.

See you Saturday and keep your eyes peeled on the workshop page for the winter classes.

4 harness weaving, locker hooking, pin loom weaving level 2 etc.

B

 

Big Sale Saturday Dec. 3rd 10-3

Join us this Saturday for our second annual Christmas sale of all in house equipment.  All equipment in house is 15% off and if you order it on Saturday and pay in advance you will also receive the same 15% discount.

In stock large equipment:

Schacht Baby Wolf, Schacht Wolf Pup, Schacht 25 inch Flip Rigid Heddle loom with stand, Schacht Matchless double treadle spinning Wheel,  Schacht Lady Bug, Schacht Inkle Looms.

Ashford Traveler Double Drive Spinning Wheel, Ashford  Kiwi II Spinning Wheel, Ashford Joy with Bag ( an excellent wheel for those on the go)

Harrisville 22 inch 4 Harness Loom with weaving Bench

Louet Julia Spinning Wheel with Scotch Tension, lazy Kate and 4 bobbins

Accessories also available, hand cards, blending boards, drop spindles, tapestry looms.

Kromski 24 inch rigid heddle loom with stand,  Minstrel Double Drive Spinning Wheel in Mahogany with the Jumbo Flyer, Stool and extra bobbins.  This is one of the prettiest Spinning Wheels on the market today

We are currently sold out of most Kromski Spinning Wheels but can order one for you Saturday and have it here by Christmas.

Mention this blog and get 15% off of all in stock fibers.  We will hold any of the above equipment til the morning of Christmas Eve if you need us to .

 

Small Business Saturday Nov. 26 10-3

Come join us on this day of celebrating Small Businesses.  If you are in the area just stop by, we could be Livingston County’s best kept fiber arts studio.  Buy your supplies for an up and coming class or workshop and get the workshop half off.

Also we will be working away between Thanksgiving and Christmas, come by and see what we are doing.

Our fan base of devoted spinners and weavers has grown to the point we will continue the blog more regularly but have discontinued our newsletter.  So…….STAY TUNED FOR ALL THE NEW THAT IS HAPPENING!

 

HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM ALL OF US AT GATE HOUSE FIBER ARTS