August 5, 2015

Fall 2015 Workshops!

Happy August,
Recap: Guild members had a lovely time at the June meeting at the Brattleboro Food Coop and a blending day in July.

August 29: Members only dye day in Newfane from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m being lead by Sumac. We are close enough to the new year that if you were not already a member and joined now we would honor that as your 2015-16 dues. See information below the signature on what it means to join. If you plan to attend please be in contact so I can share the details, such as brown bag lunches, directions, what to bring (fiber, yarn, heat sources).

September 13: I have some exciting news. We are bringing Richard Muto and David Lima back again this September. They have agreed to teach the two different topics (The Perfect Rolag and the English Long Draw and Lace-Weight Spinning to Cobweb-Weight Spinning) we were interested in on 9/13. We will have one before lunch (our annual start of year business meeting) and then the second topic after lunch. The Putney School graciously is allowing us to use one of their spaces for the class. Same parking lot but a different location than the Robin Russo workshop. Directions will be sent to those that registered for the class.
The pricing is equally exciting and very affordable. The details are in the registration and sign up. Registration opened to members last week and we are already 1/3 of the way full for the morning class. If you are interested please act fast as I will be sending out press releases shortly and sharing the link on social media.
Fall 2015: we plan to meet again at the Brattleboro Food Coop for the November quarterly meeting

March 2016: Weaving with handspun with Melissa Johnson in The Putney School Weaving studio
Summer 2016: Members dye day with member Betty Murphy

September 17/18 2016: Leslie Markey has secured the dates with Robin Russo for a two day workshop - be sure to keep the weekend 9/17/2016 and 9/18/2016 open!!!! Thank you, Leslie.

We have some other fun things planned for the fall and are always open to new ideas and members.
A special congrats to those of you that participated in this year's Tour de Fleece! I'd love to see us have a team again next year!
Golding Prototype Loom for sale $500 and purchaser must plan to use it and love it and will have to pick it up in Bondville.

The loom is the Standard 36" 4 Harness jack loom. It was unfinished and wiped down with some beeswax/orange oil but it has not had polyurethane applied. It needs a 36" reed. When I got it years ago I emailed Tom and he said the Harrisville Design 36" reeds fit perfectly but the Schacht reeds are too long, and that it was perfectly okay to leave the wood unfinished, but if anyone wanted to finish it he recommended a wipe on polyurethane in two coats. It has never been used and is in need of a loving weaver!

Best, Emily
Feel free to contact the owner directly, Emily Veitch,

Hope you are having a great summer!

Respectfully yours,
Elizabeth Johnson
Fearless Leader

You may want to consider formally joining the River Spinners if you have not already done so, and there are many advantages if you do so. Fiscal Year runs September 1, through August 31. Dues for River Spinners is $20 a year. Youth dues rate is $10 (high school - 21 years old) a year. No fee for first meeting to come try us on. $5 fee per meeting for non members who come to multiple meetings but don't join. $5 for nonmembers on Dye Days unless otherwise specified.
Membership includes . . .
•Quarterly business meeting and social gathering
•Supporting fiber arts in Southeastern VT and Southwestern NH
•Ewesful News email updates (monthly)
•Priority placement and discounts on workshops
•Membership lists and handouts
•Discounts with certain Fiber Vendors (i.e. Golding Spindles)
•Priority placement of links and events on website
•Discount on Interweave Publications and other various offers - current discounted rate is $18 a yearly subscription for any or all of their 14 different publications.
•Mini topics at several guild meetings - take turn in sharing areas of expertise
•Guild Dye Days (weather permitting, of course)
•Use of guild equipment (there's lots of great equipment such as a drum carder, combs, etc.)
Please send your payment to our Treasurer:
River Spinners
c/o Leslie Markey
PO Box 91
East Dover VT 05341-0091

May 12, 2015

Guild Member's Weaving Work on Display this Weekend!

The Hill Institute in Florence Ma is holding it's annual exhibition this weekend. Kim Cannon's master weaver work will be on display. She would love to see you there. 

Here's a little info on the show and a link to the Hill:

Hill Institute is holding its annual exhibition on Friday, May 15, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.and Saturday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The exhibition is open to the public free of charge. Students' projects will be on display throughout the school: paintings (all mediums), quilts, sewing, home decorative sewing, knitting, crocheting, hooked and braided rugs, weaving, baskets, woodworking, skin-on-frame boats, jewelry making, and youth crafts. Also on display will be projects made by the kindergarten class.

Everyone is invited, and there will be free refreshments under the tent. Several of the instructors have donated items that they have made for a raffle. Raffle tickets can be purchased on both days of the exhibition, and the winners will be drawn at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Hill Instituted is located at 83 Pine Street in Florence.

January 30, 2015

Exotic Fibers with Robin Russo

Saturday, March 21, 2015

(Snow date Sunday, March 22, 2015)

9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at The Putney School
Sponsor: River Spinners -

Class objectives:
This spinning class will cover, yak, camel, qiviut, llama, alpaca, angora, and silk. We will discuss each animal's geography, history, and fiber properties. We will also spin from raw fiber, commercially prepared fiber, and our own fiber preparations. We will cover wheel adjustments, spinning techniques, and fiber preparation.

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, felting, dyeing, and working with exotic fibers. She has been teaching since 1989 at gatherings of spinners, weavers, knitters, and historical societies. She had been a fiber enthusiast for more than forty years and takes every opportunity to explore its potential.

Minimum requirements:
Some spinning experience and comfort with own spinning equipment for basic yarn expected.

What to bring:
Spinning wheel, hand cards, combs, bagged lunch, a great attitude and willingness to try something new. (Guild has some extra combs)

Members $35 plus $18 materials fee. Send check for $53.
Non members $60 plus $18 materials fee. Send check for $78.
Cost to become a member $20 join and save!  Send check for $73 (adult) or
just $10 youth through 21.  Send check for $63 (youth) and gain all the member benefits.
(Not sure if you are a member? Did you get the early bird email? Then you are) 

A limited number of scholarships are available. Please only request if the cost is preventative for you to attend. Scholarship recipients will have class fee waived and will still need to pay materials fee.

Registration in advance is required. If you are planning to attend please register by February 24 for Robin to prepare for the class. The hard registration deadline is March 14. Space is only reserved when payment is received. Please send your payment to our Treasurer, River Spinners, c/o Leslie Markey, PO Box 91, East Dover VT 05341-0091. Detailed directions will follow with confirmation upon receipt of payment. Visit for the link to register or email

Refund Policy:
100% refund prior to March 7; 50% March 8 - 13; 0% March 14 and after.

January 24, 2015

Robin Russo Exotic Fiber Workshop March 21

We are getting ready to release the registration for Robin's Workshop!!!! Watch your email. . .