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May 2014

May 2014

Meeting: Friday, May 23, 2014

10:00 am at the Thurman Casey library

Thurman G. Casey Library
2661 Oak Grove Rd.
Walnut Creek CA 94598

Joan Ruane
Cotton Fiber to Fabric: Weaving with hand-spun and commercial cotton

Joan Ruane will give us a presentation in the morning, followed by an optional workshop in the afternoon on spinning cotton. If you would like to attend the workshop, please bring a $25 fee and your lunch. Joan will also have taklis for sale at $15.

For the workshop, Joan will have fiber and small bowls to use as well as taklis. At the end of the class, she will also have bobbins if you want to spin on a takli, save your yarn, but do not want to buy the spindle.


Ever since Joan returned from her one year visit in New Zealand in 1973, she has been demonstrating and teaching spinning classes throughout the U.S., Canada, New Zealand. and the UK.  She has owned and operated fiber art shops in both Florida and Arizona.  Most familiar is Spin’nWeave, which she operated for 12 years in Tucson. Presently besides teaching, she writes articles and has produced two educational videos: Cotton Spinning Made Easy and Cotton Spinning With The Takli and has published an update of the book “hand spinning cotton” by the Linders.
Joan stays active in local and regional guilds. She began Southwest Corner in ’89 which was a teaching retreat in Historic Bisbee and then helped start the Southwest Regional Spinners in New Mexico as well as the Bisbee Fiber Guild in Bisbee. Joan coordinated the Annual Bisbee Fiber Arts Festival for many years and was President of the Florida Tallahassee Weaver’s Guild before moving to Arizona in 1980.  Her web site is: Cotton Spinning with Joan Ruane

Snack for Friday, May 23, 2014: Margie Kaplan

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