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



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!!





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.


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



We’re going to MAFA- can’t wait

A few of us have signed up for MAFA ( Mid-Atlantic Fiber Arts Conference) this year it is in Millersville PA.  I am so excited to finally work with Joann Hall a master at Swedish Weaving.

When I return I will be posting the schedule of classes for the fall winter sessions and listing dates- always a challenge. The actual classes will be posted here real soon and the dates will follow.

New in the shop:

***A complete line of Gems merino fingering weight yarn.  I love it  for weaving , including tapestry and knitting. It makes great socks.

***Glimakra countermarch loom with a resume that tells you skies the limit.

*** A complete line of cotton fiber and flax fiber for spinning.

***Rigid heddle looms from Ashford, Kromski and Schacht

Stop by and see how we have remodeled our displays to make it easier to see everything at a glance.  I am finished showing for the year and after MAFA you will find me home and in the shop more then not.  If you want to drop by just call 810-923-1136 just to be sure I’m not doing hay or running errands.  Questions answered free and as always browsing is allowed of course.

We are hosting a Spinzilla team and details for sign up and the free classes that are provided for our team will be posted here on the blog.  PS we give great prizes to our team at the end.

Happy Fiber Arts Betty


Louet Fiber On Sale

It is with a sad heart that one of my favorite  suppliers of spinning fiber will no longer be carrying them. Louet is dropping their spinning Fiber line.    My hope is that someone else will pick up that account where I was able to get a wide range of wool breeds, colored blended top  and unique fibers.  We have however attempted to get in a good supply and are alerting you to the end of this particular era.  We have a large selection of Northern Lights, Merino and silk, flax in many styles and a few beautiful mohair locks all for your consideration.  They will however keep carrying their complete line spinning and weaving equipment and are expanding their line of weaving and knitting yarns.  I’m looking forward to those this fall.

The new Ply Magazine is full of information on the Bobbin -Led wheels.  Because of this and because I have loved these wheels for years they are on sale for a while at 10% off the retail price if you mention our blog.   Specifically my favorite is the S10C a double treadle bobbin-led wheel.   Most of my tapestry weaving yarns are made on this wonderful machine

SPINZILLA Packs will be forthcoming this year thru September.  This has been a wonderful set of various spinning fibers for almost half the retail price.  We can reserve your bundle if you let us know.  Gate House Fiber Arts will be hosting a Spinzilla team this year again.  This team will be meeting in September for several hours while we discuss the rules for counting yardage, tune up wheels and look into methods you can use for production spinning.

Class schedule for fall is in the works and will be posted at the beginning of July and the actual dates will be added mid August.   We are holding 4 Spinning in depth weekends as well as our 4 harness weaving weekends.  Several exploratory classes will be offered where you can use our equipment for your class – rigid heddle intro, 4 harness weaving intro, inkle loom, tri- loom, tapestry.

Spinning classes will cover : Exploration of Fiber Preparation and Finishing; Twist and Ply with confidence; Art Yarn: Anything goes, you be the judge; Basts Fibers- Linen and Friends; Yarn Production- Way More then Spinning, Beginning Spinning Saturdays

Weaving Classes  will focus on intro to rigid heddle weaving, 4 harness weaving, crackle weave, Swedish weaving, Tapestry intro and advance and Triangle weaving.  For all of the weaving classes you can sign up to use the equipment we have on hand.