Open House




  The 2017 Open House will be in VT on November 4, 2017 9am-4pm

The Open House is a free event for our members.(workshops have material fees)

If you are not a member you can join that day and your membership will be good through 2018.

The venue will be the Freight House Hall in downtown White River Junction, located at 188 S.. Main Street. This building is part of a renovated historic railroad depot, providing an open event space with high ceilings, worn, warm wood flooring and plenty of room for our wheels. The historic town of White River Junction is just off Interstate 91 and 89. Consider staying for the weekend to enjoy the shops in town, nearby King Arthur Flour, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and Woodstock, VT.

If you have any question, you can contact the Open House Committee

Peggy Allen Phone: 802-281-5850 Email:

Ruth Ticknor Phone: 802-674-6849 Email:

Pat Stone Phone: 516-512-3275 Email:

This year we will offer 3 workshops for members to choose from.

Renowned fiber artist and teacher Robin Russo will be speaking to us in the morning about using Combs in fiber prep, and then continuing with a workshop in the afternoon for anyone interested in a hands-on learning to comb various fiber types.

Workshops are limited if interested register soon!

Combing Fiber with Robin Russo

Combing is a fast and efficient way to organize your fibers, dehair a double coated fleece or clean up a fleece of vegetation. This call will show participants how to make the most of their hand-held combs. Beginning with the safe and efficient use of the combs, we will work on fine, medium and coarse wool and then try spinning them with a worsted technique for a smoother yarn and a woolen technique for a loftier yarn. Once everyone is comfortable with the process, we will move on to a double coated fleece and a few luxury fibers.

Robin has combs to share with everyone. Participants should bring a wheel or drop spindle so they can try spinning some different techniques with their prepared fiber.

There will be a charge a $7.00 (per person) fiber and handout fee payable at the time of the class. Class is limited to 15 people.

Intro to Linen spinning with Patty Williams, of Aker Fiber Farm in Enfield NY,

Linen is a durable, soft, breathable, fabric that has been with us for over three thousand years. Our workshop takes students from seed (flax plant) to yarn; covering all seven steps in making linen yarn. Along the journey we explore; some history of linen, tips and tricks to making the process a little easier, see some great pictures of this fabulous plant in use, discuss the equipment traditionally used, what can be used, and how to acquire equipment. Students receive handouts, flax seed, and linen to spin. All students spin in this workshop. Those wishing to try the other steps may do so as time permits and all materials and equipment are provided.

There will be a $10 fee per attendee for a flax stick payable at the class.

Circular Weaving with Carol Johnson Collins of Singing Spindle Spinnery in So. Duxbury VT

Circular (pizza) weaving is a unique form of weaving developed by Carol herself on lap looms that she has designed and are made by her husband. She has been making these “Pizza Weaving Kits” for around 30 years. Participants can use their own hand-spun yarns as well as odds and ends of commercial yarn. commercial yarns, as well (if some folks want to). From this basic weaving, we can make a hat, a pillow, a pocket book, a wall hanging, a table decoration or a hot mat. Some of the projects take more time than others, but Carol will show students how to complete the projects that aren’t complete in class. Carol will bring examples of some (if not all) of these finished projects.

There are two versions of the kit, so participants could have a choice of $20.00 (cardboard loom) or $30.00 (Baltic Birch wooden loom) version. Payable at the class. Participants should bring a variety of yarn to use for a project.
Pictures of projects done this way are in our June newsletter, if you would like an emailed copy of the newsletter with the pictures send a message to

John Crane has offered to display his amazing collection of fleeces. So far, he has 56 different breeds in the collection.   For each breed, he has an information sheet, sample locks, sample carded roving, a small hank of handspun yarn, and a knitted swatch.

Lunch  will be provided by Coventry Caterers of White River Junction, VT. for $8 but members may also bring their own lunch if they prefer.

Purchased lunch will include House Garden Salad with two dressings, Baskets of Finger Sandwiches – Chicken Salad, Egg Salad and Tuna Salad and a vegetarian wrap option with tomatoes, cucumbers, romain lettuce, humas and herbs, Homemade Potato Chips ,Homemade Soup– Tomato Cheddar Bisque

Coffee station, Punch and Water Station, Homemade Cookies or Brownies

Please copy this info and send to
Pat Stone PO Box 638
Wallingford, VT. 05773

Name _______________________________________

Address _____________________________________

Email _______________________________________

Phone ______________________________________

There is no charge for the workshops. Please check which workshop (if any) you will be attending

. Please note material fees which will be paid to the mentor the day of the Open House

___I will not attend a workshop

I  will attend the following workshop:
___Combing Fiber  ($7.00 materials fee)
____Intro to Spinning Linen ($10.00 materials fee)
____Circular Weaving, purchase of loom is necessary:
_____$20 cardboard loom _____$30 Baltic Birch wooden loom
please order now but pay the day of the class for materials and fibers


____I would like lunch
___ I would like the Vegetarian option
Please include a check for $8 made out to Northeast Handspinner’s Association
Check must be received by October 24 or bring your own lunch

____I will bring my own lunch



Open House Vendors:

Ruth Ticknor (Sunrise Hill Farm): Shetland and BFL yarn from the farm – locally grown and spun in Vermont. Raw Fleeces, washed/ carded BFL roving. Kits and knitting patterns, drop spindles.

Jane Woodhouse: Lendrum and Schacht spinning wheels, Natural dyes, buttons and knitting needles. Fiber – white and natural colored mohair, dyed mohair; natural dyed yarn from her animals and local fiber for blends.

Carol Johnson Collins (Singing Spindle Spinnery): Circular weaving kits, drop spindle kits, Felt ball kits, roving, dyes, Mohair and Alpaca Fibers, Bare and dyed yarns, hats, felted soaps buttons, and more.

Mentors Bio’s

Robin Russo lives in Bradford, Vermont where she teaches spinning, felting, dyeing and working with exotic fibers. Over the past 30 years she has taught for hundreds of spinning, knitting, weaving and felting guilds throughout North America, as well as at Convergence and Soar. She has had over 25 articles published by Interweave Press and has been a guest speaker for graded school programs, museums, historical societies, the Costume Society of America, Smith College and the University of Vermont. Robin has been a fiber enthusiast for more than 40 years and takes every opportunity to explore it’s potential.


Patty Williams is the co-owner and fiber resident of Aker Fiber Fam. Patty began working with fiber arts as a young girl with her aunt and mom. She learned how to crochet, wash fleeces, and card wool. She began the business plan for Aker Fiber Farm, with her husband, after reaching a turning point in her life; and shortly afterward Aker was born.

Patty initially learned to spin, dye and process wool and other fibers from Elizabeth Jackson at Saville Hill Farms in Lexington, VA. She has also studied with Cassie Dickson, Martha Owen, Judith Mackenzie, and many others over the years. Today, Patty teaches classes and lectures at her studio and fiber festivals up and down the east coast.

Carol Johnson Collins grew up on a large sheep farm in So. Vermont, and began knitting under her mother’s guidance at the age of 10. She gained a love of wool, by helping her father bale-up the wool from each
sheep at shearing time. She also helped at feeding and lambing time. In 1973, she learned to spin from a young boy, a friend, who had just returned from Colombia, So. America. Carol took classes with several
leaders in their fields; Norman Kennedy, Kate Smith, Paula Simmons  Rita Buchannan , Deb Menz and Celia Quinn
She spun for almost 10 years before creating her business in 1982 called Singing Spindle Spinnery. Her work is displayed at shops or at festivals in VT, N.H., and North Carolina
Carol has been spinning actively for 44 years, and teaching it for 35 yrs. She and her family live in So.Duxbury, Vermont. Locally she is known as” The Spinning Evangelist”
John Crane has been sliding on the slippery slope of fiber for the 10 years since retiring as an academic librarian.  First came knitting, then spinning on a drop spindle, then spinning on a wheel, then becoming intrigued by the many differences among the fleeces of the various breeds of sheep.  Three years ago, he purchased his first (two) fleeces at the Rhinebeck fleece sale.  And then another fleece a few months later, and then another, and …..  All of which led to researching the history and characteristics of different breeds – then organizing and classifying the fleeces (like a librarian!).  Now he has nearly 70 breeds of sheep in the collection, each with sample locks, carded roving, handspun yarn, and a knitted swatch.
John lives on a small farm in Vermont with his husband David and two yellow labs, but, alas, no sheep.