January 2017 Program

On Saturday, January 7, our speakers were Gretchen Frederick and Sue Bundy of Solitude Wool.  Gretchen and Sue are Loudon County shepherds who produce breed-specific yarns and fibers, using fleeces from small farms in the Chesapeake watershed region. Their presentation, titled “Five Farm to Yarn Stories,” included irresistible sheep photos, the story of how they teamed up to start their business, and how the characteristics of fleeces vary between breeds. We got a close-up look at their products, and there was a 10% discount for those attending the meeting.

Here’s a video interview.


Sue, Sara and Gretchen


Yarn for sale


Show and Share


October, 2016


Our guest speaker for the October meeting was Master Spinner, Patsy Zawistoski.


Her website is Spinning Guru

Patsy brought an amazing array of unusual fibers.  In addition to the traditional fibers of wool, alpaca, angora, mohair, silk and cotton – Patsy spins a wide array of plant  fibers including banana, corn, soy, flax, hemp, ramie, bamboo and tencel.

Here are some images from our Show and Share –