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Past Meetings 2016

December 3rd, Holiday Heritage Party
The Carmel Crafts Guild is looking forward to a Holiday Heritage Party at Laurie's house, Sat. Dec. 3rd from 11:00-3:00 pm
Bring a food item to share at the True Potluck, your Heritage Gift Exchange if you are taking part  and a gift to share under $10.00.
Call Mary 915-2238 if you have questions 
November 18th, General Meeting
Elf and Gnome Sighting at the Monterey Public Library
Nancy Nix is providing all the tools and materials to make adorable little elves for a Scandinavian Christmas experience. Bring your curiosity and a touch of magic fairy dust.  Perhaps your little elf might surprise you with an extra bit of Holiday cheer.  This will be lots of fun and we'll make Merry while preparing for the Holidays.  Your little elves can be a feature on your Christmas packages, hidden amongst the branches on your tree or a little pin for your lapel.  Your imagination is your only limitation.  
Oct. 21st and 22nd, General Meeting and Workshop
Sara Lamb, author of Woven Treasures, Spin to Weave, and The Practical Guide to Spinning Silk is coming to Carmel Crafts Guild
Sara spins, weaves, dyes, stitches leather and sometimes knits in her backyard yurt studio in Northern California.  Her textile interests have taken her all over the world, introduced her to many textile friends and colleagues, and filled her days with making.  Please join us Friday, Oct. 21st for our Presentation Day.  The presentation is open to the public.  Bring a friend.  
On Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 9:00 am to 4 pm, venue to be announced,  Sara will guide and teach us the fine points of dyeing in her workshop entitled "Painted Warps".  The workshop is full at this time but there is a waiting list.  Call 831-915-2238 to inquire.
Sept. 16th General Meeting, Fair Talk, Show and Tell and Sheep to Shawl Raffle
 Don't miss our General Meeting Salad/Sweets Potluck, Friday, Sept. 16th from 12:30 to 3:00 at the Monterey Public Library, Community Room.
We will have fun with Fair anecdotes and discussion on how to make it even better next year.  Bring your judged and ribboned goodies to show off and a salad or sweet treat to share with the group.  We will also do our raffle drawing for our Sheep to Shawl blanket that was loveingly handspun by Anne's Web and handwoven by Carmel Crafts Guild.  Anne's Web has been invited to attend the potluck with us.  We have been a great team this year for the Monterey County Fair.
August 31 - September 5 the Monterey County Fair has arrived
Join your Monterey County Fair in celebrating 80 years on the Peninsula.  Carmel Crafts Guild has our own "Weaving Show" Exhibit space and we are filling it with beautiful handwovens plus so much more.  Set up begins Aug. 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Weaving Exhibit building and will continue until Aug. 30th.   We need your help with Set up, Fair time volunteers and Take Down on Sept. 6th.  Call Mary at 831-915-2238 for information.
August Meeting 8/19 Plus Farm Day Market Carmel Valley 8/13
Join us for Farm Day Market Aug. 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Carmel Valley at the Corral de Tierra Grange and also the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church at 301 Corral de Tierra Rd. for a demonstration of weaving, spinning knitting and tatting.  We'll be under the shade of a canopy but bring your hat and sunscreen to keep your cool.    You are invited to bring whatever makes you comfortable, well fed and well watered.  Call Mary if you'd like to volunteer for a fun day.
Monterey County Fair Gathering and Planning Meeting, Aug. 19th from 12:30-3:30
This will be an action packed meeting.  Our biggest time of the year is here!  The day after our General Meeting on the 19th we will begin to set up our "Weaving Show" at the Monterey Fairgrounds in our NEW building in preparation for the Monterey County Fair, Aug. 31st-Sept. 5th.  You should bring all the items you will be exhibiting to the meeting if you haven't brought them to Mary already.  All volunteers should plan to attend this General Meeting on the 19th.  We will work out the details and any areas that need smoothing out.  Fair passes and Parking passes will be distributed.  The Carmel Crafts Guild has a wonderful opportunity to produce a beautiful exhibit, demonstrations and educational opportunities for Monterey County residents, our friends and our families.  Please come!
July Meeting
Apron Creating Party!
Join our Apron Creating Party on July 15th, 12:30-3:00 p.m. at the Monterey Public Library.
We will be creating our own aprons to be used while volunteering at the Monterey County Fair Carmel Crafts Guild Building in the Home Arts Division. 
Bring your sewing machine and tools, your patterns and fabric, your notions and creativity and we'll all have a great time!
If you don't sew, how about knitting or crocheting an apron or....
How about taking a ready made apron and embellishing it....sequins anyone?
It doesn't matter how its made, what matters is that you will be represented at the Wall of Apron Fame in our own building at the Fair.  Your apron will be hanging amongst all the aprons with your name proudly displayed.  Imagine what that Wall of Apron Fame will look like to our Fair goers.  Lots of members, lots of aprons, lots of crafty creativity.  Now that is worth a high five!
June Meeting
There will be NO General Meeting for the month of June.  Stay tuned for a fun July!
Kris Nardello, Natural Dyes Presentation
May 20th, Monterey Public Library, 12:30pm. - 3:00 p.m.                            
Kris is a well respected fiber artist on the peninsula, and is well versed in starting with raw fleece and working through all aspects of preparation to produce wonderful creations in a number of fiber techniques. In addition, Kris has become a leading figure in the natural dye community, specializing in dye sources found in the Monterey Bay Region. Join us as she introduces natural dyeing covering a variety of topics: history, mordanting, chemistry, and longevity. Kris will also cover identifying natural dye plants particular to our region and will have samples of yarn dyed with these local plants.  

Wool Production and Fibershed, March 18th, Monterey Public Library 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.  
Can we produce clothing and do it all (farm to closet) within 150 miles of our homes?  Joanne Nissen and Trish Sparling will be our guests in March. They are on the ground floor of yarn production. Each has a specific view point and we want to hear it. Joanne is a rancher in Soledad and long time supporter of Carmel Crafts Guild. She was the first to advance the Wool Show and has been an active part of the Fair programs to promote sheep production. Trish Sparling is a teacher who also represents Fibershed in Monterey County. “Fibershed is advancing the development and sustaining nature of place-based fiber systems through focusing on three key areas: 1) Healthy soils & carbon farming, 2) Agro-ecological research for bast fiber, and 3) Education and outreach to build skills, awareness, and demand for regionally farmed fiber goods.” (excerpt from Fibershed)  Trish raises sheep on her farm in Prunedale and will share information with us as the Monterey County Rep for Fibershed, an incredible idea for our time.  
Indigo Dyeing, Easy as 1,2,3 with Susan Elliott
indigo.jpgFebruary 19th from 12:30 - 3:00 p.m.  
Mary Brown's House.  See newsletter for address or call 915-2238 for directions. 
In Mesopotamia, a neo-Babylonian cuneiform tablet of the seventh century BC gives a recipe for the dyeing of wool, where lapis-colored wool (uqnatu) is produced by repeated immersion and airing of the cloth. Indigo was most probably imported from India. The Romans used indigo as a pigment for painting and for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. It was a luxury item imported to the Mediterranean from India by Arab merchants. (Wikipedia excerpt)
Susan has become our guild guru on dyeing and will show us how to create an indigo dye bath that is so much easier than the Mesopotamian's methods.  What a relief!!!  Indigo dye has long held our imagination.  When you come to Indigo Dye Day you will receive a beautiful silk scarf to dye in gorgeous indigo blues.  Watch the magic of indigo, dip in your scarf, pull it out of the dye bath and watch it turn from metallic green to deep indigo.  Bring $3.00 to purchase your white silk scarf. Scarves are limited so don't be late.
with Melanie
Jan. 15th from 12:30 - 3 p.m.  Monterey Public Library  We will learn all about tatting from our own Master Tatter, Melanie Cervi.  Please come and bring your tatting shuttle if you have one.  Melanie will provide 5 lucky people with shuttles to try their hand at this beautiful method of creating knots that produce such delicate lace.  See you there.

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