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on: October 27, 2019 06:24:20 AM 
Started by calluna, Message by underthemountain
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We had a wonderful meetup yesterday!  Thank you calluna for being a wonderful hostess and organizer!  It was so great catching up!!!

Averia, ptarmic_wumpus, LadyBugsAndBumblebees, thanate and daughter, and calluna at calluna's home!!  We chatted, swapped goodies and went on a nice hike too.

fairy door




National Colonial Farm at Piscataway National Park.  We toured the farm, kitchen, fields, and dyed wool!

cleaning wool

carding using hand combs

preparing the dye pot with poke berries

(I'm here and upside down, but my computer mouse is giving me trouble and I can't flip this image!  HELP please!)

on: October 27, 2019 08:50:11 AM 
Started by calluna, Message by calluna
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BBM and CraftADDchick, you were both there in spirit! Mr Sparkles accompanied us in our wanderings, and I got to show off a certain labyrinth TM patch. Plus that fairy door is the work of fairy-carpenter Onyxnox.  Smiley

All kinds of good stuff to share:

Tree of life necklace from UTM, dyed scarf and hankie from ptarmic wumpus

Jack-o-lantern mug rug from Averia, Craftster trading cards from thanate and LBABB, and hand-drawn gift tag from LBABB...Gift tag was attached to...

Crocheted scarf in greys and greens! Photo by UTM

Also a handbag from LBABB, which features a patch from thanate which was further embellished with slow stiches, along with a Craft Army embroidered patch from thanate

Upside down here, but still needs to be shared and admired, there were three more slow-stitched patches on the back of Barbara's bag.

Thank you all, Craftster generosity still takes me by surprise!
on: October 28, 2019 03:50:15 PM 
Started by calluna, Message by LadybugsAndBumblebees
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I'd like to post some stuff about the meetup here too!

A jack-o-lantern mugrug from Averia, jelly with orange fabric AND rainbow fabric on it  Wink from calluna, an embroidered "craft army" patch and Craftster trading card from thanate, a tree of life necklace from underthemountain, some blue and white tye-dyed fabric from (I cannot spell her Craftster name for the life of me, so bear with me.)ptarmic_wumpus.  Calluna was also generous in sharing some "river sea glass" with us, and I chose a clear bonfire piece!

We spent half the day at calluna's adorable house and half the day at a farm that calluna sometimes volunteers at.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I learned how to process sheep's wool, and how to dye it with things from nature, and calluna taught me how to spin yarn using a drop spindle!  I also went on a fairy trail walk with thanate and her very well behaved and smart daughter.  

Others have posted photos of us and what was going on so I'm not going to post that, but you can swing by the LV swap gallery to see what Mr. Sparkles was up to.  Grin

One more thing...they had a wonderful gift shop at the farm and I purchased some fun stuff:

A ball of yarn made at the farm from start to finish, a stuffed bison which will be my next stuffie to send on another round of the LV swap  Cheesy, a little knitted sheep with a blanket on it's back that you can remove so you can "shear" it! Cheesy, a handmade journal, and a piece of wool that I saved from when I was working with it.

Oh, and one more thing...I made scarves for everyone at the meetup.  ptarmic_wumpus was a last minute addition, so her scarf wasn't quite done when I got to calluna's.  p.w. told me what her favorite colors were and I chose two:  red and yellow.  Not thinking that it would look like a McDonald's scarf or a mustard and ketchup scarf.  Tongue  Either way, I didn't finish it in time so when I got home I started on a new one.  p.t.-I think you'll like this one much better!

SUCH A FUN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on: July 25, 2019 01:09:52 PM 
Started by calluna, Message by calluna
Relevance: 75%

It's happening! You're invited to my place for a bit of crafting (by the fireplace if it's cold, out amongst the oak trees if not), tea, and autumnal snacking in my little 1830s cottage in Charles County, Maryland, on Saturday, October 26th.

Arrive as early as you like, and then at noon we'll go have lunch - indoor if the weather is bad, or else picnic at Piscataway National Park. Piscataway Park is home to the National Colonial Farm, where the Stitch 'n Time volunteer group (both run by the Accokeek Foundation) will be meeting from 1-4pm to process wool from the farm's heritage-breed flock of sheep. This group does all kinds of heritage crafts so there may be other activities going on as well, and you're welcome to join in to learn, share your knowledge, spin some yarn, or just be excited about making things!

This will be a very low-key, unstructured day, in terms of my hosting. Smiley Feel free to come and go, join us whenever, feel no pressure or obligation. I would be doing these things even if no one showed up! But regardless, if there's a good chance you'll be there please RSVP by sending a PM to calluna, even if you're only planning to join us for the afternoon at the Farm. The volunteer coordinator for the Stitch 'n Time group (who you're going to love) is super excited we're coming but she needs a rough head-count ahead of time.

Further notes (check back here closer to the event in case there are more things added):

  • You're welcome to bring supplies or projects to share or swap, but you don't have to bring anything, just money for your lunch! No admission fees at Piscataway Park.
  • Please carpool if possible. Bring a friend or significant other if you like! Piscataway Park is on the Potomac River and has a fishing dock on the Potomac River, if you want to bring a fisher.  Smiley
  • I'll send address, phone, and directions to everyone who RSVPs once we get closer to the date.
  • The larger property (on which I rent this little cottage) is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the remaining 20 acres of what used to be a massive tobacco plantation dating back to the 1700s. I am still slowly working on learning the history of the place and who lived and was enslaved here (no books have been written on it, as best as I can tell). Rather than any specific events, the architecture of the remaining structures is what historians have found most notable on this property. Both houses are private residences, and as such the property isn't open to the public. So, come visit in October to see some yet-to-be-explored history!
  • Living in a space this old means things are rustic, and not always in a charming way. I do have electricity, WiFi, and running water, but  I'm telling you right now that the toilet looks disgusting even though it is clean.  Cheesy The house's well water is gross and it stains most surfaces; it also gets dark and filmy after exposure to oxygen, so the water sitting in the toilet bowl will make you question whether the last person flushed. They did. Also, my toilet is upstairs, and the steps are unusually steep, so be aware of that if you have mobility concerns.
  • I highly recommend bringing a camping chair--even if we aren't outside very much, I don't have a great deal of seating at my place, and I think all the seats at the Farm are wood benches.
  • One of the really popular elements of past meetups has been workshops; I don't think there will be sufficient time at my place to hold one and also just hang out, but the afternoon will be all about fiber processing (for those who choose to do that), so maybe that will count? I'm open to suggestions and changes.

Attendees so far: Averia, LadybugsAndBumblebees, thanate, underthemountain + Lana
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