August 19, 2011


The Bondville Fair is the oldest, continuously running fair in Vermont, located at the fairgrounds on Rt. 30 in Bondville, across from the Stratton access road.

Friday August 26th at Noon, to Sunday August 28th at 5:00 pm.

Quilt Hall -Contact Person: Claude Robbins 297-3292

The Award Winning Quilt Show continues a long tradition of outstanding needlework exhibits at the Bondville Fair.  Quilt-making is an original American craft which has seen an enormous revival in this country in the last 25 years, and has spread abroad, especially to Japan and Europe. This year our show will be in the Elizabeth Crichton Crafts Hall for three days:

Entries must be brought to the Quilt Barn by 10:00 a.m. on Friday August 26 and picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, the 28th, but not before 4:00 p.m. Quilts may also be brought to Barn on Thursday, the 25th from 4:00 - 8:00pm.

email us for the registration form.

Tasha Tudor Spinnng Bee August 27, 2011 10am-1pm

Tasha Tudor Museum
(at the Jeremiah Beal House, 974 Western Ave, Brattleboro VT)

Open Spinning Bee , Saturday Aug 27, 10am-1pm
on the lawn of the Museum (rain- in the lobby)
No admission fee to the Bee
Come be apart of a Tasha tradition,
gather under a canopy, in a circle of friends,
bring your wheels and spindles,
share in the stories and traditions of the handcrafted life of Tasha Tudor, depart with warm memories and a bag of fibers

 Limited to the first 15 spinners to arrive or, as space opens throughout the day.
Weaving Demonstrations by Patty Blomgren on Tasha's antique Barn Loom.   Included in Museum admission

Directions:  From I-91 North or South take Exit 2.  Drive west on Route 9/Western Avenue for 1.1 miles until you see the sign for the Jeremiah Beal House on the left hand side.  It is one of only two brick buildings in the area.  The Baptist Church is the other and it is across the street.  If you see the 7-11, you've just passed the Museum. 

July 13, 2011

July Social

There will be a social at Lisa Delmar's house on July 21st at 7pm.
The address is 42 Griswold Dr, Bellows Falls.  Phone 463-1561.
If you need directions, e-mail
Looking forward to seeing you!

July 7, 2011

Business Meeting cancelled for tonight

Business Meeting cancelled for tonight

Great time to stay home and spin for the Tour de Fleece for Team River Spinners Destashers!

Hope many of you can attend Lisa's social later this month - see email or contact for more details.

June 16, 2011

Ready Set 2011 Tour de Fleece

The River Spinners will have a Tour de Fleece Team this year.  Inspired by Linda's generous destashing the goal is not to buy any new fiber during the Tour but to spin from your stash - preferably from fiber you received from Linda!

If you don't have a Ravelry account - now is a great time to sign up.

Alison, Elizzabetty, Spincerely, and Elizabeth all participated in the event last year and are excited that we will have our own team. 

You don't have to blog about your experience - but you are welcome too see links about for Spincerely and Elizabeth they should link to last July and our experience. 

Join us for the fun - bring some of your yarn to our July Guild meeting which will be a few days into the Tour.

Guidelines (Not Rules):

1. Spin every day the Tour rides, if possible. Saturday, July 2 through Sunday, July 24. Days of rest:

Monday, July 11, Monday, July 18. (Just like the actual tour - although even 5 minutes counts)

2. Spin something challenging Friday, July 22. (The Tour’s toughest mountain stage over the Col du

Galibier for the second time, and finishing up on Alpe d’Huez.)

3. Take a button if you want one. our team button will feature Linda our inspiration but you can also use the buttons from the flickr pool.  Then we can use the button on our blogs in show of solidarity. Come join the flickr pool!

4. Wear yellow on Sunday, July 24 to announce victory. Why not wear yellow on any day you feel

particularly successful? (Yellow is the color of the race leader in the Tour - but here we are all ‘race


5. Other colors if desired: Green (sprinter - think FAST), Polka-dot (climber - as in uphill), and white


6/2/2011 Ravelry: Tour de Fleece

Teams: Join one, or many, or none.

Rookies (first years)

Sprinters (fast and/or high mileage like lace)

Climbers (conquer mountains, big personal challenges)

Breakaway (Art yarns)

Peloton (The main group. Everyone is in the peloton at some point)

Lantern rouge (You will participate as much as possible but you may skip days here and there.

Cheerleaders welcome.)

Wildcards (This is for people who want to form their own team. This includes sponsored teams, like

those affiliated with a specific fiber shop or people who live in the same town, etc.) If you are

creating a wildcard team, please tag it with 2011 and add 2011 to your title: this will ensure

your team thread is archived properly next spring. Thank you very much!

The teams are inspired by the actual Tour de France.

Ravelry Prizes:

Ravelry prizes are awarded in a few different ways:

1. Random draw thread - just for fun

2. Each of the main teams (not wild card teams though, more on that later!) will have a prize awarded

at the end of the tour. We’ll start a thread for voting and people will enter their yarns they spun and

we’ll all vote with love clicks. The rookies will enter their rookie yarn, the breakaways will enter their

art yarns, and so on. You can enter as many categories as you want.

3. There will be other categories done this way, like spindle spinning, most creative, most impressive,

etc. Keep your eyes out for the threads at the end of the tour.

4. We’ll have some nominations as well, for people or yarns that slipped through the radar. We’ll post

those at the end of the tour too.

5. Some prizes will be awarded during the tour. For example, challenge day, time trial days, etc.

6. Some surprises are in store - we’re not telling you about ALL of the prizes, because we like it that


If the River Spinners want to offer some prizes I suggest we discuss at our July meeting so we can post soon enough for people to know what they are going for.  Personally I'm just looking forward to lots of spinning!

Start training… Now!

The purpose of the Tour is a challenge. The purpose of the Ravely group and River Spinners team is to share your Tour experience.

May 11, 2011

Jamaica Fiber Festival

The Eighth Jamaica Fiber Festival is again slotted for the third Saturday in May, this year May 21, 2011 from 10:00am to 3:00 pm in Jamaica Village.  Rain or shine - all indoors. 

Just a reminder that the River Spinners will have a booth there - where members can bring in used equipment for sale along with a few handmade items.  If you have many items you should contact Margaret to see if there are still tables available.  Only priced items (see below for more details) will be placed on display for purchase.  Items should be dropped off between 9 and 10 am and be sure to come by and check for items that did or did not sell by 3 pm. 

Our goal with the sale is to make equipment available to fiber artists looking for tools and also to help those with gear that they either don't use or want to upgrade have a place to sell it.

Elizabeth will woman the table - however bathroom break coverage would be appreciated.

Elizabeth will not be bringing home anything that does not belong to her at the end of the day - so please make your arrangements now.

Each item should have two identical tags that should have the price, name of item, description or any useful information for the purchaser, along with initials/name of the seller.  No need for an inventory sheet as long as there are two tags on everything.

And a quick shout-out to Margaret who "is" the Jamaica Fiber Festival - thanks so much for the wonderful class at the last guild meeting on knitting with wire and beads and to Jenna as well who couldn't make it because she was sick and didn't want to spread germs - but had planned to be there to co-teach.  What a great time.  Can't wait to see finished projects or photos there of.

In the meantime - Happy fibering!

February 5, 2011

Charka Spinning at February Guild Meeting

Beth Brown-Reinsel lead guild at the February business meeting in spinning on Charka's. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend so I can't write anything up but Beth shared some images from the evening. Please enjoy them below. Also, in her email there was a footer filled with wonderful links! Doesn't a cruise to Alaska to see musk oxen sound wonderful! Check out Beth's links below the images.

Wish I could have been there!  Beth is amazing and I love spinning cotton.  Thank you Beth
Beth Brown-Reinsel
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January 13, 2011

Exploring the World of Goat Fibers With Robin Russo

Saturday, March 26, 2011 9 am-4 pm
Brattleboro Savings and Loan
221 Main Street, Brattleboro

The River Spinners are excited to be hosting Robin Russo for her day-long workshop entitled, “Exploring the World of Goat Fibers.”

Robin describes her workshop: “This spinning class teaches participants about Angora, Pygora, Cashgora and cashmere goats. We discuss the history, geography, industrial uses and fiber properties of each of these animals. We will card, comb and spin samples of each fiber in their natural colors and dyed. We will also experiment with blending and creating novelty yarns to make the best use of the special properties of these luxurious fibers.”

Cost for this full day workshop, including materials fee:
$40 for River Spinner Members
$60 for Non-members who want to join, $70 non-member, not joining
$20 for students under 18 (must register with an adult)

Please bring a wheel, drop spindles, cards, combs (if you have them) and your lunch.

We will have drop spindles to give you if you need one.

Space limited to 25 people

Please request a PDF registration form from our Purse, Lisa, if you didn't receive it in an email on January 13, 2011 and include it with your check or money order.

January 6, 2011

Logo Selection!

Thank you for selecting one of these two logos! and a special thank you to the members that entered the logos!

Sheep spinning a river of fleece is our new logo for the River Spinners.

Sheep riding on a riverboat wearing scarf