Monthly Meetings

The Valley Weavers & Spinners meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month. Social Hour starts at 6:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:00 pm. We meet at the Denkmann-Hauberg house at 1300 24th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

If you are a gps funster here are the coordinates:
41.4993, -90.567195

N41° 29.958', W090° 34.0317'(precision: address)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

October Guild Meeting

Valley Weavers & Spinners Meeting
Tuesday, October 5th - Hauberg Civic Center
6:00 Fiber Hour - 7:00 Meeting

Techniques From the Past

Waulking is a traditional method of fulling or shrinking woven wool cloth by pounding so that it is weather-tight and warm. As the process is labor intensive, people came together to pound and full the wool. In Scotland, the waulking was accompanied by songs and traditions to make the work go easier. Originally, the wool was soaked in stale urine to set the vegetable dyes that were used. Not a pleasant smelling process but since your very life would depend on the good wool fabric, one did what was needed!

Here is a waulking song for you to enjoy.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Worldwide Spin In Public Day

Saturday September 18, 2010 was Worldwide Spin In Public Day and some of our members decided to converge on the Davenport Farmers Market and the Annual Celtic Fest to show off some skills!

In my internet surfing I came across a store in Portland, Oregon that has an interesting idea.  They custom ply yarns for their customers and sell by the pound.  The store is called Yarnia and their website is

They have a video that shows how they work with the customer and keep husbands from complaining.  This could be interesting for guild projects needing just the right combo.  I hope you enjoy perusing their site.