Alissa of Mycopigments is making a trip to Southern California! Hosted by the Inland Empire Fibershed, head out to Redlands for the most amazing afternoon of natural dyeing with mushrooms and lichens!
Join us Sunday May 1st at 1:30 for our next LA fibershed meeting! The craft theme of this meeting is weaving! We will learn the basics of weaving on cardboard looms. Bring your own yarn you don't mind practicing with! Cardboard will be provided.
Also, we will kick off official LA fibershed membership! If you would like to become an official card carrying member of LA fibershed, bring $10 cash or check for your membership fee. This is a suggested amount, any amount over $.01 will be accepted for your member fee.
This is a yearly membership.
LA fibershed members get to vote on LA fibershed issues and get first notice of meetings, workshops, and field trips!
Email us to RSVP!
Join us Sunday April 3rd when we venture out to Grand Terrace California to visit SoCal Wool! SoCal Wool is a sheep farm out near San Bernadino. The farmer George Saunders will take us around his farm, show us how he processes his fleeces, and then allow us to shop!
Email to RSVP for the carpool!
Join us at Sunday March 13th for our mostly monthly meetings of LA fibershed. Each meeting we like to focus on a different fiber skill and this month it is natural dyeing! We will have 4 dye pots to choose from. Come spend a casual Sunday afternoon chatting with us and dyeing yarn! Email for more details!
Have luxury yarn taste on a shoestring budget? Come learn everything you need to find and unravel sweaters from your local thrift stores and walk away with luxurious fibers for pennies on the dollar. Good for the planet, good for the stash, and good for the cash!
More details coming soon!
Free with a suggested contribution of $6 to cover materials.
Take a quick trip up to Lompoc to visit Ranch of the Oaks for their Holiday Alpaca Boutique. See alpacas, sheep, guinea hens, and more on Mette and Toms beautiful farm. Then take a quick tour of their fiber mill and see where that luscious yarn and roving is made. A great way to connect with one of our local fiber resources!
Sustainable (re)Gifting & Artist Material Exchange. All are welcome to stop by the Camera Obscura and prepare for holidays or for year-round gifting. Pick up some fun ideas for reusable fabric giftwrap (we'll be demonstrating furoshiki tying techniques), get tips for repurposing old t-shirts into handmade gifts, and donate or swap arts & crafts materials through a community-generated exchange.
Sick of wrestling with (sometimes lead paint-containing) wrapping paper? Learn some age-old techniques for wrapping presents and daily items of all shapes and sizes with fabric your recipient can use again!
Plus: calling all artists, crafters and hobbyists - wrap up your year with a clean out, swap and destash day! If you have materials you'd like to clear out from your workspace, like paper, fabric, yarn, brushes, (nontoxic) paints, beads, that kit you're never going to put together, or other art-ready items, bring them here and connect with your fellow makers, while looking for that perfect swap! We'll have demonstrations with recycled materials to get your creative juices flowing. And we'll also be taking material donations for our ongoing Second Saturday Craft Lounges, where you are welcome to make something while getting our living room messy (rather than yours.)
Learn how to prepare, dye and finish fiber with dyestuff found in the kitchen and foraged locally.
Learn the process of dyeing with natural dyes. We'll discuss fixing and lightfastness, how to prepare the textiles, how to create a dye bath, how to dye, and how to finish the fiber. Each person will be given natural fibers to experiment with and will come away with their own hand-dyed silk scarf.
Hosted by Twig and Twine, 716 N. Virgil Ave, LA 90029
A Night in the Garden
Introduction to Spinning and Knitting
Learn to turn wool into your own unique yarns with LA Fibershed! The event will explore spinning single and multi-ply yarns, and finishing yarns. We will also talk about yarn process and demonstrate some basic machine knitting techniques with a variety of local yarns. No previous spinning experience required.
Jennie Taylor : Spinning
Amabelle Aguiluz: Machine Knitting Demo
6pm-10pm Pizza, Drinks, Local Fare, Seeds & Seedlings & Flowers on your Head!
7pm Rachel Surls, Sustainable Food Systems Advisor UCCE
"From Cows to Concrete: How Farming Transformed Los Angeles"
***Event is Free. Please purchase Finbershed workshop and pizza/drink tickets ahead of time (cash sales night of).
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: http://grangefuturetour.eventbrite.com/
"To Hasten the Good Time Coming"
A traveling multimedia exhibit about the Grange movement in America. This is a multi-media show that delves into the stories, personal narratives, and social logistics of a movement unfurling across the American landscape.
Grange Future is a project of The Greenhorns, a radical network of young farmers, cultural workers with a mission to promote, support and recruit the incoming generation of sustainable farmers and agrarians. We create media (film, radio, almanacs, anthologies, posters, pamphlets and art stunts) as well as community events to enliven the pathway into farming. with in-person networking, life-skills and unorthodox educational opportunities. We like bonfires and open-source farm technology.
“Who made my clothes”
The campaign is held on the anniversary of the Rana Plaza disaster, and is aimed at engaging consumers, environmentalists, fashionistas, editors, et al, to increase awareness of the true cost of fashion. On 24th April, everyone is asked to wear their clothing inside out and post a photo on the brand who’s label you are exposing’s, asking the simple question "Who made my clothes". This is a great moment for personal protest, to demand greater transparency in our industry, to ask brands around the world to expose their supply chain, but also a great opportunity for those brands who do produce ethically, yes you, to tell the stories of their own product and their own process and their own workers, by posting to the Fashion Revolution social media. By using the #whomademyclothes and @Fash_Rev the potential to tell your story worldwide is enormous. This was the single largest trending topic on Twitter last year on the 24th April. So I encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity, support the cause and tell the story of your brand to a global audience, to show there are brands that care. If you are organizing an event of your own, no matter how small, please share it on the Fashion Revolution website, and social media. Every country has its own Facebook page also, which is where local events can be posted.
The US Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FashionRevolutionDayUSA?ref=hl
Lunatic Fringe is responsible for spinning Sustainable Cotton Project™ cotton, our closest, cleanest cotton resource. We are happy to welcome Michele who will be bringing samples of many sustainable yarns, as well as woven and knitted samples, and giving a slideshow presentation on the yarns.
525 Alpine Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tom and Mette Goehring from Ranch of the Oaks give a presentation about the cottage mill industry.
Come learn about punch card knitting machines. These manually operated machines make intricate fairisle, tuck stitch, skip stitch and lace patterns in a remarkably short amount of time. Jennie Taylor will be giving daily demonstrations for anyone who is interested.