Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mancos Renaissance Faire

Mancos Renaissance Faire

June 23 10am to 8pm
June 24th 10am to 4PM

We must be set up by 9am on Sat.

It might be easier to set up on Friday, just the tent. They want it decorated to reflect the time period. They suggest 900s to 1700s.

We will need some decoration(fabric or such) to hide the poles. We need some volunteers for that. I have a 10 x 10 tent with back. If anyone has another one we could attach them. Or we will most likely do just fine with one. There is no guarantee that we will be in the trees. Remember to also dress appropriately. Skirts, aprons, over tunics, gypsy outfits. Belly dancers(ha)!

So, I have the list of people that signed up but everyone is welcome to come. The more the merrier. I will have a lot of my wool items there since I have to be there. But I won’t be able to sell anyone else’s things since I won’t be there the whole time. I plan to take everything with me, except the tent, and then set up again the next day, a hassle I know, but I don’t know what else we can do.

Please check out the web site for more info http/

I am signing the contract for this event. I will bring the rules and liability disclaimers so you all can say you read them. I have no idea how profitable this event will be but if we have enough items it could do well. Mainly, we are there to demonstrate how they made cloth in the renaissance time.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Updates! It's been awhile!

First, a picture from the meeting we had at FiberWorks back in October of 2006:

Guild Meetings:

The February Meeting will be at Pam Dyer's house in Marvel/Red Mesa CO, on the 24th, stay tuned for details.

The March Meeting will be at the nice, new Dolores Public Library in Dolores, CO on the 31st, stay tuned for details.

FiberWorks Happenings:

Our Youth Studio Program is every Mondays 3:30 to 5 pm in February. We will work on individual felt, spinning, weaving or other fiber art projects, or students can purchase a monthly pass and work on ongoing projects with the help of a fiber art mentor. Fees for Youth Studio are $10 for one session, $40 for a month pass. Materials are extra. Preregistration is required. Call 749-7006 or email for more information.

The FiberWorks continues Community Night every Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm. Take a break and join us for an evening of relaxing and sharing - bring your spinning, knitting, needle felting .... whatever you do .... novices and wannabees welcome! Goodies provided.

Locally Grown Fiber & Yarn are arriving! We are getting in a variety of excellent quality roving, batts, yarns and other fiber goodies - most from local producers. Please come by and take a look at our selection of natural colored fibers (wool, alpaca, llama, angora), yarns and dyed merino and silks.

Very Special News for Production Artists

The FiberWorks is developing a fiber arts gallery at the studio! Since we opened last July, there has been a tremendous (and unfilled) demand for fine fiber art pieces - housewares and wearable art in particular. We are in the process of launching a major local and national marketing effort that will include promoting the studio and our participating artists to collectors, architects, interior designers and tour groups. If you are interested in becoming a participating artist, please email Raylene at info at durangofiberworks dot com for details.

Special Events

Mark your calendars! We have two very special workshop opportunities coming up this summer. Both workshops will have limited space, and are filling up quickly. To find out how to reserve your space, please email Raylene at info at durangofiberworks dot com. We are also working on getting Jill Gully here in the spring to teach feltmaking with silk, and possibly some other fun things!

Traditional Turkish Dyeing and Feltmaking - July 24th-27th
with Mehmet Girgic/Konya, Turkey and Theresa May -O'Brien/NY, USA
The class will include instruction on various traditional and contemporary felt making techniques as well as traditional dye methods for wool.The dye making will cover mordanting for wool, traditional recipes for using madder, weld, indigo and how to play with these dyestuffs using black walnut and pomegranate skins to create a larger color palette. Students will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of felt- techniques and then apply them to their own sample work. Students will come away with dye samples on wool yarn and 1-2 felts (as class time permits) Class size limited, reserve you space early! $150 deposit deadline February 15th. Registration fee is $575, which includes a $100 materials fee. We are also planning a public slide presentation and trunk show on one of the evenings (location and date TBA) - workshop participants will have free tickets to this event. For more information about Theresa and Mehmet, visit

Feltmaking with Chad Alice Hagen! June 25th-28th
SHAPE RESIST SCARVES 2-Day Workshop June 25th & 26thJoin us for a fabulous two day workshop that will explore the contemporary world of hand felted fine wool scarves and the mysteries of thermal shape setting techniques. We will learn a fast way to felt fine wool scarves and then learn at least 3 different techniques that will change the surface texture of the scarf into exciting works of wearable art. We will also be dyeing the scarves as we change the surface texture, creating a million different possibilities.

DYEING TO RESIST CLASS: SURFACE DESIGN ON WOOL FELT 2-Day Workshop June 27th & 28thLearn to change the boring surface of your flat felts with magical and very exciting, resist dyed surface designs. The class will learn the basics of setting up a safe dyeing environment at home by hands-on dyeing in class. Learn dozens, if not hundreds of fabulous ways to fold, bend, wrap and clamp merino prefelted wool with strange objects to produce utterly beautiful surfaces. Class will take home a giant pile of simply gorgeous sample and the skills to continue experimenting at home.
Chad is retiring from the teaching circuit so we are VERY fortunate to have her coming to Durango. Unfortunately she is no longer offering her hat workshop. We are working on the registration fees for these classes - we are anticipating they will be about $225 to $250 each, with a modest materials fee. A discount will be given to those taking both classes. We will be requiring a $150 deposit to secure your space in either/both classes. Check out her website and contact me privately if you are interested in joining us and what you might be "dyeing" to learn from Chad

Why we need you to pre-register for classes:
our instructors need to prepare in advance for classes
we need to know well in advance how much in the way of materials to have on hand for classes - sometimes that means placing special orders, processing fibers in the studio, and preparing student handouts
classes will be cancelled and/or rescheduled if we don't have a minimum number pre-registered
So please pre-register for classes (even if they are FREE!) ..... many thanks!!

Corduroy Weave Workshop with Debbie Wyckoff, Saturday February 10th 8 am to 5 pm. $50 registration fee. For more information, contact Debbie at 970-247-7726.

Fine Felt Scarf Workshop with Raylene McCalman, Sunday February 18th 10 am to 4 pm. By request, we will learn the art of laying out very fine fibers (merino wool) and laminating on silk fabric to make beautiful, drapey felt scarves. $65 registration fee - includes materials. For more information, contact Raylene 749-7006 or email info at durangofiberworks dot com.

Felt Studio with Raylene McCalman, Wednesdays, Fridays and weekends by appointment. Interested in learning the art of feltmaking? Join Raylene in the studio for mentoring sessions that will include exploring the characteristics of wool and other fibers as media for feltmaking, designing your felt piece, surface design basics, and completion of your felted masterpiece. We can work on flat felt, scarves, bags, hats, rugs .... whatever you choose as your template. $50 per session (each session is approximately 4 hours, some projects can be finished in one session, others may take several) - materials are extra. For more information, contact Raylene 749-7006 or email info at durangofiberworks dot com.

Knitting Clinic with Heather Mullett - "Tools of the Trade" Saturday February 17th 1 pm to 4 pm
Heather will lead a knitting clinic that will include a conversation about different kinds and sources of needles and other handy knitting implements. Bring your a project and receive help and advice. We are hoping to make these kinds of clinics available on a more regular basis, so let us know what topics, times and dates might work for you. For more information, contact Raylene 749-7006.

Basic Fiber Preparation, with Raylene McCalman and Margie Nelson, Saturday March 31st 1 to 4 pm. This class is a must for all spinners and feltmakers. We will cover fleece selection, skirting, cleaning, working with a variety of tools (hand cards, wool combs, drum carders, etc), fiber characteristics and blending fibers in preparation for spinning and feltmaking. $45 registration fee.

Beginning Fiber Art Classes
If you are interested in getting started with beginning classes please contact the following instructors:
Spinning: Pam Ramsey 970-385-4375, Anna Kinney 505-564-3651, Pam Dyer 970-588-2292
Weaving: Debbie Wyckoff 970-247-7726
Locker Hooking: Pam Dyer 970-588-2292
Feltmaking: Raylene McCalman 970-749-7006
Triangle Loom: Anna Kinney 505-564-3651

I'll update in a bit, until then, keep spinning!

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Christmas Dinner and Holiday Market Updates!

Okay spinners, turns out Christina’s is starting their winter schedule which does include being closed on Mondays. Yikes! So what was the story on either Dec 5, 6, or 7th? Please get back to me (Pam Dyer) pronto so we can schedule the dinner. They said no problem for 15 to 20 people during the week.

Also, don’t forget to come spin at the Best of the SW. They will have a spot for us to spin in and I will put up the sign so you know where to spin. The more the merrier. Any time is great!

Durango Fiberworks is in a holiday art sale at the Durango Art Center on Sat. Nov. 18th from 11 to 4. It reads as follows:

9th Annual Artisan Holiday Gift Show & Sale
An eclectic blend of Hand Crafted work by local artisans

There will be a nice mix of artists including x'mas wreaths from Native Roots, handmade soaps, local mustard, polymer and tile from Nancy Fredricks and Debra Gorton"s wild tribe figures and X'mas ornaments. Should be fun......come by and see us!

Thursday, November 02, 2006


New events and activities, and things of interest!

I put up pics from the last guild meeting at Durango Fiber Works on my blog HERE.

Pam and Doug Ramsey have set up the web site for La Plata Farms, if you haven't already, check it out HERE (or on the link on the sidebar)!

Best of the Southwest is coming! At McGee park, behind the Casino/Racetrack on the Bloomfield Hwy. Nov 11 and 12. Please come and help out and spin spin spin. We will have a spot for you. Bring your wheel for sure! Link over on the sidebar...

There won't be Wild And Woolly meetings for November or December of this year, because of the holidays, the next official meeting will be in January of 2007, Phyllis Campbell, has volunteered to host it on January 27th.

Dec 4th, Monday, is the Spinners Dinner at Christina’s in Durango. Mark the date and set it aside. 5ish. Bring a gift to exchange and maybe make it something you made. Nothing much just a little something to share. Let me know if you are coming so I can let Christina’s know!

And in the future: Pagosa Fiber Festival, Memorial Day weekend 2007. We need you to sign up for times where you can help demonstrate, spinning, knitting, weaving, carding, etc. Let me know the times you plan to be there. I am not giving up on this so be ready to be hounded about this (Pam D.)!

Happy Spinning, Knitting, Weaving....

And as always, please email me to let me know of anything you'd like posted on the blog! morgsarah at gmail dot com.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Local Events!

Durango FiberWorks will have a vendor booth at the San Juan Citizens Alliance Oktoberfest, held in downtown Durango (Main St), Sept 30th & Oct 1st. We are dedicated to finding ways to support fiber artists in the area so we invite all who have handcrafted fiber and wearable art to contribute to the vendor booth. FiberWorks asks for 10% of the proceeds from your sales if you help work the booth, 20% if you don't work the booth.

The Oktoberfest is a major Durango party event, attracting a huge crowd ... and with the weather starting to change, this is a huge opportunity to sell your wares. Everything needs to be handcrafted here in the 4 Corners area. We also plan to have demos during the festival, so anyone wanting to just come and spin, please do so! Contact Raylene at info at durangofiberworks dot com for more information.

The Fiberworks is also working on several holiday open houses in the Smiley Building, along with our fellow resident artists. We don't have nearly enough product to supply the demand, so if any of you out there are interested in doing production work (spinning, knitting, feltmaking, weaving, etc ... ), please consider joining our ranks. Again .... email Raylene for more information.

One last item ....The FiberWorks is hosting a fundraiser workshop for Alternative Horizons, starting this Sunday the 24th. Heather Mullet will be teaching a Knit a Christmas Stocking workshop:

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Registration is $50 and all proceeds go to Alternative Horizons. This organization does VERY important work for women in our community, so if you knit, please, please join Heather for this fun workshop. We have a couple of spaces still available. For more information, please call Heather at 259-7277.

And as always ... Open Spin night at the FiberWorks is every second and fourth Tuesday evening, starting this month we will begin at 5 pm and go until when we want to head home!

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

September Spin Day Info!

So we are having spin day at Joni Geiger’s the usual 10ish. She has most graciously agreed to have the spin day at her place. Anyway, there are tons of you that we haven’t seen in a long while so we hope to see you there!

Please bring a dish to pass (Joni is making chili and ice tea) and a chair and plan to be outside.

Her address is 33314 Hwy 550.

To get there. Go north on Hwy 550 to Mile Marker 33. About 50 feet further is the turn to the frontage road. Go over the bridge and park in her drive. She has plenty of parking so you can go past the house to park along the drive. You will see what I mean. We will be in the little cabin next to the main house, under the ramada or shade house

Also, I wanted to mention the things we talked about last meeting. Please get back to me about these things or let’s talk about it at the meeting:

Best of the Southwest in Farmington on November 11th and 12th. Let’s plan to spin!

Durango FiberWorks needs spinners and teachers. Would you be willing to sell your yarn? The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month is open spin night at Durango FiberWorks 6 to 8.

We still need to talk about Pagosa Fiber Festival and what we want to do about a Spin to Shawl or what ever. Are people willing to help? This is a continuing discussion and we need to start making some decisions. We will need some worker bees to make it happen.

See you all on the 30th! If I forgot anything just let me know. Be sure to pass this on to those without a computer and to others who might be interested!
Be there or be square.

*And be sure to let everyone know about the Best of the Southwest Fiber Festival coming up, Nov. 11-12th in Farmington, stay tuned for updates*

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Well, not much new, so I thought I'd upload some more pics that Pam sent me!

Little lovely lambs.....

Fleeces galore.....

And a ram!

Any more event info? Pics?
Send em on to me!
morgsarah at yahoo dot com

SO, make sure you click the FiberWorks link and check out all the cool events and classees they have going on! Looks like a great fall schedule!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Photo time!

Pam sent me some lovely pictures, and I'll put up captions when I get the information!

Pam Ramsey also wanted me to mention that she is going to 7 shows in the next 11 weeks, and would be availible to promote other events if you have information for her. If you're interested contact Pam ( laplatafarms at gobrainstorm dot net ).

Tuesday, September 05, 2006


Thanks for sending more links, events and info to me! Keep it coming!

The Best of the Southwest Fiber Festival, November 11-12th, 2006 is looking for volunteers and help! If you can help with coordinating workshops, the fashion show, or anything else, please contact Lyn Brown (lynbrown11 at msn dot com). Lyn is also looking for more vendors, especially in the quilting, cross stitch and embroidery areas. If you're interested in doing a demonstration, please contact Anna Kinney (ptnopt at myway dot com)! Or, if you have ideas for promoting the event, contact Ellen Sibelius (woolywonders at hotmail dot com)!

And, from Margie:
A Handspun French Angora shell with angora/silk embellishments. The shell is displayed at the Main Book Company in downtown Cortez. The Functional Art show will be on display there for about a month, go check it out when you're in Cortez!

Send me your information, and I'll get it up on the blog! Still looking for information about the next guild meeting! (And working on adding more links to the sidebar!)

Friday, September 01, 2006

The Wild and Woolly Women of the West Blog Begins!

Here we go!

A place where we can meet online, share photos, plan meetings and events, and have a web home for others to find us!

I'll put up a link to events in the sidebar with links to click if the event has a website.

It the even doesn't have a website, I'll simply list it here as a post.

For this to really work, what we need is links to interesting sites, members blogs, pics of events and members yarn!

Please email me at morgsarah at gmail dot com if you have any questions, comments, have a pic you want to put up, and event that needs to be listed, or anything relevant!

And, because I hate blogging without at least a picture or two....

Gratuitous pics of yarn I've spun this week.

(sample yarn...Rambouillet wool and silk)

(Rambouillet batts from Rowan Tree Woolery).