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
Through the years of spinning, and weaving I have discovered there is always something to learn, to improve. Years ago it was a consistent thread made of almost anything, now I am looking for ways to design my yarn so it produces a particular unique look in the finished product. This is my spinning focus at this time and my next one is to be able to reproduce yarn that I see in knit shops and be able to add my own color twist to it. So I feel on a mission and will be documenting it as I go.
My other love is Tapestry and Navajo Weaving. Yes I love the floor loom and what it can do when I need to make cloth and yes it is a way to design using a combination of handspun and commercial yarns but my other focus in 2017 is to produce some original tapestry small-medium size. In keeping with this goal Id like to take you with me so I am opening up Wednesday nights once a month 6-8, specifically the second Wednesday of each month beginning in January. Bring an old frame and some yarn from your stash, a ruler and a couple of plastic needles with a big eye usually available at JoAnn’s. Yes we have looms for sale but if you bring what is listed you can get started easily. $15 for the 2 hours.
So….. What would you like to improve in 2017???? Take a minute and make your list. We are here to help you on that journey in the fiber arts.
Don’t miss your chance to take this wonderful workshop from Patsy Zawistoski. She has been awards the Handweaver’s Guild of America Level I and Level II Certificates of Excellence in Spinning. No small feat. Take this opportunity to work with someone who is truly knowledgable and proficient. She flies in on Friday and will be ready for a complete cotton workshop Saturday from -9:30-5. Following the workshop we will have a Pizza party so participants can sit and talk about their class with Patsy or just enjoy the down time.
If you are coming bring the following if you have it: book charkha, support spindle, dowl rod, hand cards cotton cards preferred but wool cards will work. We have fine and extra fine cards on hand for purchase. You will be supplied with Patsy’s Cotton booklet and your initial fiber is included with your workshop fee. Bring a sack lunch and your choice of beverage. We have some on hand and we will have coffee and tea.
Mark your calendar for our Christmas Sale December 3rd 10-3 of all in stock equipment. 15% off in stock equipment and any equipment ordered and paid in full that day.
Congrats to 2 of our Spinzilla team members that spun over a mile of yarn during the competition Thia Eades and Beverly Forsyth each surpassing the mile marker of 5280 feet. Well done! Next year we have plans for more spin ins and educational help.
Our winter class list is taking shape. It will include a weaving workshop in January and March along with in depth spinning Saturdays where we will delve into techniques for consistent yarn. Learn to make what you want. Part of this class is for you to buy or bring a skein of yarn from your knitting or craft store. We will show you how to duplicate it and make it uniquely yours.
The shop will continue to be open Tues, Wed and Thurs 1-5 with additional hours by appointment. Give us a call 810-923-1136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also remember if you need something ask we can help you find it if we don’t already have it.
We have a running list for the following classes. When we get enough interest we will schedule them. Weaving a Color Gamp with Twill Variations, Navajo Weaving, Designing Tapestry on a rigid heddle or floor loom, Color Blending to understand the Color Wheel.
Wow what a team. We were teamed up with the Heavenly Spinners so our team had 20 members and what a job they did. We met for 4 hours the week before to be sure everyone knew the rules, tips on preparation of fiber and spinning tips were discussed compliments of Gate House Fiber Art. We met the Wednesday after the Spinzilla week ended and took pictures of everyone’s yarn that had to be sent in with the tally. It was beautiful. I have several pictures but am unable to cut and paste will put in the newsletter coming out this week. We each had to provide a before picture of what we hoped to spin and the yarn that we did spin.
PATSI ZAWISTOSKI IS COMING !!!!! Mark your calendar November 19th 9:30-5 ALL ABOUT COTTON. You will receive her cotton booklet that goes along with the workshop and a great package of cotton of various types that we will work with during the workshop. She is flying in from Maryland, we pick her up Friday afternoon so she is ready bright and early Saturday. Don’t miss this opportunity to have this spinning guru in your back yard. Cost including materials and booklet is $220. You need to notify me if you want to attend and send a $50 deposit made out to Gate House Farm LLC to 2400 Faussett Rd Howell, MI 48855.
Our 2 weaving workshops one in September and one in October were successful and I hope to get the pictures of all of this in the gallery soon. Seems the day to day activities keep me away from the computer but I will try to do better. I am taking names, phone numbers and email addresses for anyone interested in the following weekend or Saturday workshops. Our new workshops will begin in January.
Navajo Weaving, Tapestry Weaving, 4 harness Weaving Beginners- Intermediate
Weekly ongoing lessons and classes in spinning and weaving are on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 1-5 PM . These lessons are scheduled so phone 810-923-1136, text or email email@example.com.
Merry Christmas from Gate House Fiber Arts. We are having a huge in stock equipment sale. All in stock equipment is 15% off only on December 3, 2016 10-3
We will be hosting our annual Natural Dye Workshop this next Saturday. Dyes that will be features with several mordents are Goldenrod ( collected from our field), Osage Orange, Alkanet and 2 other mystery colors due to arrive any day. Wear your old close bring a notebook and a sack lunch and be ready for some fun. If you have a little fleece you are working on bring some (8 ounce limit please) and you can chose one of your favorites later in the afternoon to dye your fleece.
We have a few openings Class includes set up dyes, mordents help and procedure. Cost is $150. If you have attended workshops in the past call me at 810-923-1136 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your discounted price.
Also CALLING ALL SPINNERS. THERE IS STILL TIME TIL SEPTEMBER 30 TO JOIN OUR TEAM AT SPINZILLA TEAM : Gate House Fiber Arts Spinners.
Go to Spinzilla.com/registration
SIGN UP TOMORROW September 1, 2016 for the Gate House Fiber Arts Spinners
Here’s how you do it:
Search on the web for Spinzilla Sign up -TNNA and it will take you to the page where you fill out the details, join our team and pay you $10 fee. The money goes to good causes to promote the fiber and needlecraft arts worldwide. This is a worldwide event so take pride in being part of a global positive event.
In keeping with this event we are hosting 2 “get ready” days here at the shop. These are free! (2400 Faussett Rd Howell, MI) If you want to drop by please call first 810-923-1136
Wednesday September 28th 1-5
Thursday September 29th 5-9
- Bring you spinning wheel so we can help you tune it up if need be.
2. Bring any fibers you have on hand that you would like to spin and we will help you get it ready.
3. We will go over the rules of the event and especially how to count your skeins, little known fact, you get credit for each single spun and partial credit for the ply. Definitely a win win situation.
Louet has sponsored “Spinzilla Packs”your cost $75 and each contains a a minimum of $125 in product. We have been collecting them since May ( every month Dave at Louet has put together a new combo) We also have tons of fiber to chose from (not really tons but it feels like it when I look around the shop)
Since this is a big global event we are offering our own prizes so….. get ready, sign up !!!
PS WE HAVE ONE MORE OPENING IN OUR WEAVING WEEKEND September 16-18 FOCUS ON FOUR HARNESS ( BUT WE DO HAVE A FEW BEGINNERS AS WELL)
IF YOU WANT THAT SPOT CALL ME ASAP 810-923-1136
NATURAL DYE WORKSHOP OCTOBER 1 9:30-4 CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS OR DROP US AN EMAIL email@example.com
The variety of the colors says it all. Coupled with the fact that you can make wonderful cotton towels for example by sleying a 15 dent reed. This really streamlines the warping process and drape is wonderful.
Come see for yourself how wonderful these are. $24 per one pound cone or 2 or more for $20 each. Come weave with us Weaving weekends are being set up Our first is Friday evening 9/16 – Sunday 9/18 at 4 PM. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 810-923-1136 if you would like to chat. These colors are even brighter in real life.
Shop Hours in August are generally M-W 1-5 or TBA In any case best to call first as I am still heavily involved in horse shows and having my Arabian mare bred through the end of the month. Things will become more routine after that.
See you soon Betty