REDS OPENING DAY

Nothing signals Spring like Opening Day for the baseball season. Our local team, the Reds, started their official game scheduled today. Always a big deal around here with a parade before the game and special hats, shirts and memorabilia. They have a fairly new stadium right on the riverfront and the museum is next door. Some quick historical facts about the Reds.

Baseball’s first Professional team, the Red Stockings, played their first game on November 6, 1869.

The National League was formed in New York on February 2, 1876 with Cincinnati as a charter member.

The first Reds Opening Day “festivities” were held on April 17, 1889.

The Reds win their first World Series Championship on October 9, 1919.

You can see our local Reds team has a rich and long historical legacy. For more information go to their official online site, Cincinnati Reds Website.

To celebrate this occasion, we will be getting our RED on Social Night. Game specials and popcorn and peanuts. So come one, come all and celebrate with us. Social Night is Thursday from 6-9 and the studio is at 27 North Broadway in Lebanon.

Spring is busting out all over

Thursday, is the first day of Spring. For most of the country it is not quite mooritcorriebusting out yet. But the longer days and more sunshine should work to make that happen. Thinking of green grass, daffodils, and crocuses. There are plenty of robins and red winged blackbirds, so can spring be far behind? This is also the time of year for babies. Future fiber providers for batwingfiber folk to make sweaters, hats, scarves. We have some of those fibers already in the studio. From Superfine Merino in many colors to Baby
Camel, braids of purebred Moorit Corriedale and some 90% Pure Black Llama/10% Dyed Kid Mohair.

Social night will be all green this week. Come in from 6-9 to participate or watch if you’d prefer, in a knitting/crochet shamrock competition. All green fibers are 15% off and all spindles are 10% off. We are going to have a good, green time.

misc 2010 2011 314Green Green Everywhere!

Well, not yet. Last week we had a major snow/ice storm and this week, warmer and sunshine. Makes me think we might finally be out of this long, harsh winter weather pattern. The studio has been closed more than it has been open this winter so hopefully that is over and we can get back to being fiber artists full time. So, right now, today, I am thinking green. Green yarn, green fiber, green everything . St. Patrick’s day is next Monday and Spring starts on Thursday so a good week for green.

tamarindOne of our woodworkers, Joe, brought in some new spindles that we haven’t been able to showcase because of the weather. All spindles are now up on the website and ready for people to enjoy. Joe is making some new ones he calls the African series. There is only one online as they sell out as soon as people see them. Mr. Rhinoceros is a neat spindle as are the others, take a look and see what I mean. The rare woods he uses to make his spindles, are beautiful. I was organizing/moving them around last week and fell in love all over again.

Our spindles made by our other woodworker, Bob, are online also. I was spinning on one last night. Spins forever. If you haven’t tried one, go for it. You will love them just as I do. I have many of both gargoylewoodworkers spindles and keep them busy. One of the perks of being in the studio is we get to see them first. These hand made spindles are unique to our shop so you won’t find them anywhere else. I have so many of each woodworker’s spindles, that I am going to have to have a couple of shelves made especially for them. Pick your wood/ style for these special order items and we will put in an order.

IMG_8668-500x500We still have a good supply of the hand carved Peruvian spindles from the second group that came in. Knowing, as you hold them, these were carved by a villager in Peru just makes them extra special. You will be helping them earn a living in an area that certainly needs the financial support.

Need fiber? We have plenty of braids and batts online and can make rovingsspecial orders for you, just give us a combination and Abra will be glad to accommodate. Even though we are well into it, seems like the year has just started at the studio with all the days we have been closed. Come in and say “Hi” to the staff, go online for out-of-towners and let us help your fiber/spinning experience be that much better.

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March 20th St. Patricks Day Party!!!

Hello All! Stringtopia has decided to host a St. Patrick’s Day Party, next social night, March 20th. What will we be doing at this party? Well, we are going to have some competitions, prizes, and green snacks to enjoy! The competitions are the following – Who can make the most Shamrocks in 2 1/2 hours, and who dressed like the biggest St. Patrick’s Day Fan? We will start the shamrock competition at 6:30. We will provide the yarn, and a pattern, at which you are to follow. This competition is for crochet, and knit. The only thing we ask you to bring is your own hook or needles. The size for hook and needles should be a size 5.There is a no charge for participating in the game! Come and join us in the fun! There will be a prize for the chrocheter who made the most shamrocks, and a prize for the kniter who made the most shamrocks. The person who dressed like biggest St. Patrick’s Day Fan, will be voted on by all the people at the event. The one with the most votes wins a prize! If any of you have a Irish or Scottish dishes that you would like to share with us, feel  free to bring them!

Also, today through next Thursday, all GREEN FIBER is %15 OFF, and all SPINDLES are %10 OFF!!! To get this discount with our online cart, use the coupon code – GREEN2014.

 

We look forward to seeing you at our fun, festive event!

~Abra

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Ruffle Scarf

March 11, 2014

I had bought some of the sashay yarn, before it was popular, and had plans to make ruffle scarves for my mom, and sister for Christmas. Never got to it. I am now trying to finish what I started, many months ago, by pulling the yarn back out and just crocheting. I can’t say that I adore making them, but you don’t need to think while crocheting them. So they’re nice to make when you need to do something with your hands, but need your thinking cap on, for other things. Very quick and easy to make. So if you are looking for a quick, fun, and easy gift to make for someone, or yourself, here is a thought! I still have one more skein to work with. Just finished the fourth scarf! Here are some photos of an hours good work. :)

~Abra

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Who am I?

Hello! I am Abra Kirk. I have been officially working at Stringtopia since August of 2013. It’s been awesome! My reason for coming to the studio in the beginning, was how to learn to spin yarn on my Ashford Traditional. Fell in love with the spinning and Abby of course, so I stuck around,  volunteered and became Abby’s intern.

I graduated in 2013 and have not pursued a college yet. I am hoping to make a career and life style out of fiber art, and have plans to open my own studio some day. Learning various fiber arts, has to be one of the most fantastic and fun things to do! I just absolutely love being apart of it almost every day!

God has blessed me with natural talents in fiber art and I give Him full credit for all my accomplishments in my art and learnings. He has helped me find amazing people who are also interested in this strange and lost art in America.

SO… That’s a small bio on myself. Looking forward to posting more!

~Abra

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March 2014 Schedule at Stringtopia!

Saturday Classes:

 

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Wheel Mechanics – Learn about drive systems, tensioning mechanisms, ratios, treadle systems, flyer design, and how all these things affect your wheel’s performance and the yarn you produce. How, when, and why would you choose one system over another, or make setup changes? How can you troubleshoot mechanical problems? How can you change settings on your wheel to change the yarn you’re spinning? Fiber will be supplied, and wheels with multiple drive systems will be present but you should bring your own, double drive if you have one, but whatever you’ve got is fine. $79 includes materials.Saturday, March 1, 1-4 pm

BOUCLE YARN- Boucle yarn is made by plying, and there are several approaches we’ll cover in this class. You’ll need a spinning wheel, a selection of already-spun singles, a spool of thread or floss, a lazy kate and as many bobbins as you can stand to bring (three is a minimum, four is better, the more the better). You’ll make boucles with all handspun components that you’ll spin in class, and boucles with some millspun elements. (Wheel Only), $99 includes materials.Saturday, March 8, 1-4 pm

CABLED YARN – What’s a cabled yarn, and why would I use one? We’ll spin and ply 4 different cabled arns and answer questions you didn’t even know you had about this versatile and powerful structure. Not for the brand-new spinner; must be comfortable with spinning and basic plying.     $99 includes materials.Saturday, March 15, 1-4 pm

SPINNING FASTER- Do you wish you could make more yarn faster? You’ll learn several drafting methods and get personalized feedback on how you spin and where your bottlenecks are. You’ll learn to get the most out of your wheel, how to set up for efficiency, how to measure your productive rate, and exercises to practice to improve your spinning speed. $99 includes materials.Saturday, March 22, 1-4 pm

SUPPORTED SPINDLE SPINNING – Have you ever wanted to learn to Spin Supported? With a bowl, table, etc, you will learn how to select the support, the spindle, and create the single you want.$99 includes materials and a supported spindle to get you started.  $99 includes materials.Saturday, March 29, 1-4 pm

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NEW MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION CLASS OFFERINGS!

Allowing you to work at your own pace, you will now subscribe to classes for a month! $129 for non-Members. Members Pay $100, a saving above the normal 10% offered off classes! (Ask us how to become a member!)

 

BEGINNING SPINNING – Are you interested in learning to spin? Do you have a wheel or a spindle, or are you thinking of buying one or both? What’s the RIGHT way to spin? What’s plying, and do you have to do it? Do you have questions, confusions, and need straight answers and a chance to try things out hands-on? This session contains content for what was previously known as Spinning I and II. Mondays starting March 3, 6-8 pm.

Intermediate Spinning – For those that have completed Beginning Spinning and wish to move on.. Learn complex plying structures, fiber prep methods and so much more! This session contains content for what was previously known as Spinning III and IV. Tuesdays starting March 4, 6-8 pm

Advanced Spinning– For those that have completed Intermediate Spinning and wish to move on.. This is a class where various topics and techniques are taught/discussed each week. Wednesdays starting March 5, 6-8 pm.

January 2014 Going on at Stringtopia:

Closed for New Years Day

Classes!

Half Day Classes:rovings

Drum CardingUsing multiple types of drum carders, learn to blend multiple fibers into Batts and Rovings for spinning. $109 includes materials. Saturday January 4, 1-4 pm.

 

Spinning Thick and Thin YarnHave you ever heard it said that new spinners should treasure their thick and thin beginner’s yarns, because once you’re good at spinning you won’t be able to make those anymore? Would you like to prove that wrong, and learn to make good, stable, delightful thick and thin yarns? Singles and plied, with wheel or spindle — this is the class for you. You should bring your own equipment (wheel or spindle or both), and we’ll supply the fiber. $99 includes materials. Saturday January 11, 1-4 pm.

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Wheel MechanicsLearn about drive systems, tensioning mechanisms, ratios, treadle systems, flyer design, and how all these things affect your wheel’s performance and the yarn you produce. How, when, and why would you choose one system over another, or make setup changes? How can you troubleshoot mechanical problems? How can you change settings on your wheel to change the yarn you’re spinning? Fiber will be supplied, and wheels with multiple drive systems will be present but you should bring your own, double drive if you have one, but whatever you’ve got is fine. $99 includes Materials. Saturday January 18, 1-4 pm

 

Hand Cards and CombingNEW CLASS! Do you have hand carders or combs but not sure how to use them? Want to make sure you are using them effectively? Wanting to buy but not sure what to get? This class is for you! We will show basic use as well as blending techniques with these tools.  Bring your own Carders and Combs, note that there will be some in the studio to share. $99 includes materials. Saturday January 25, 1- 4 pm.

Coming up in February, Learn to love Joins class on February 1, Cat Bordhi classes being finalized for February 7 – 9.

Featured classes(meet once a week for 4 weeks)

 SPINNING I – Upon completion of this 4 week, 8-hour course, you will be able to: spin you own yarn with spindle, wheel, or both; make 2-ply yarn; wash, finish, and prepare your yarn for use, do basic yarn measurements; determine ways to use your yarn; understand major prep methods. $129 covers inbobbinstruction, all materials. Tuesdays starting January 7 6-8 .*

Spinning II You’ve been asking for it! Take that next step in spinning! Upon completion of this 4 week, 8-hour course, you will understand short draw and long draw methods, start to control yarn diameter, spin thick and thin yarns, begin compound plying structures and more. $129 includes all materials. Tuesdays, 6-8, January 21.**

Spinning III Upon completion of this 4 week, 8-hour course, you will under compound plying structures, be able to spin thick, thin, thick and thin, as well as work on consistency. $129 includes all materials. Fridays 6-8 pm, starting January 10.***

 

*Spinning I will start the February 4-week Mondays, February 3 6-8 pm, March’s will begin Tuesdays March 4 same time.

**Spinning II will start the March 4 week session on Mondays, March 3, 6-8 pm

***Spinning III will start with an April Session Tuesdays, April 1, 6-8

Spinning Specific Breeds: Do you recognize the names Portland, Leicester, and Zwarthbles? We’ll cover multiple ways to work with these fibers that come from Europe – from preparation to drafting methods to yarn structures to ways to maximize the beauty of these magnificent fibers.$149 includes all materials. 4 consecutive Wednesdays starting January 8, 6-8 pm. This Class is Available for sign up in the shop.

What’s happening at the String this week!

   You Turning Spindles!  elder

Joe has dropped by with new exotic wood spindles, Spalted tamarindTamarind and Box Elder in unique shaped whorls. Regular and Mini sizes, top and bottom whorls, there is something there for every spinner.

 

 

Robert’s Celtic Spindles! cross

 ringRobert, known for his Andinas, Metro, and Turtlecreek spindle has come out with laser-engraved Celtic designs.  Choose   from Gargoyles and Ring in Cherry, or the Cross in Maple. 

 

  This Week’s Events/Classes:

SILK TASTING PARTY

Join us Wednesday 6-8 pm for a sampling of different types of Silk.  Eri, Muga, and Tussah are available on their own and blended with different fibers.  $59 includes all tastings, call the studio to reserve a spot!

 Spinning Spectacular Silk Singles

While Wednesday night is a tasting, this is a full meal! Here at the studio Saturday from 1 – 4 pm.  Learn to produce delightful Tussah silk singles strong enough for a variety of purposes – knitting, crocheting, weaving – and how to handle and finish your silk singles as well as finished objects for a variety of different results.  Fast to produce, fast to work up, beautiful and guaranteed to please, silk singles can be the answer to stunning handspun projects in a very short timeframe. This can be taken with spindle or wheel. $99 includes materials. Sign up online or in the studio.

 

 

 

 

November 2013 Classes at the Studio

NOVEMBER 2013: Member Specials:
TUESDAY 3-6 PM: Drop-In Help Hours for members, or $8/session pay as you go.

10% off all books and DVDs all month for members!

NOVEMBER 2013: Events!
THURSDAY 6-9 PM: Social night! Open to the public. Bring your yarn projects and just come hang out. FREE!

Black Friday Social Night: Note that the studio will be closed Thursday November 28. So we will have a special Friday Social Night featuring Batt Bar Happy Hour to boot!

Member Shop Intro: Learn all about how to participate in Stringtopia’s New Member shop! Friday, Nov 1, 6-8 pm.

How to use Ravelry: Ravelry is an international fiber community on the net. Keli walks you through how to make the most use of the community and powerful search engine. Friday, Nov 15, 6-8 pm $20

Half Day Weekend Sessions:

Spinning Self Striping Yarns – Sample Several planning and plying methods to create various striping effects. $99 includes materials. Saturday November 9 from 3-6 pm

Drum Carding – Using multiple types of drum carders, learn to blend multiple fibers into Batts and Rovings for spinning. $109 includes materials. Saturday Nov 16, 3-6 pm.

Spinning Blended Fibers – Learn tweed, textural, blended fibers, and inclusions. $99 includes materials. Saturday Nov 23, 3-6 pm

Or register for all 3 Saturday sessions and save! $279 for all 3!

FEATURED NOVEMBER 2013 Classes!

SPINNING I– Upon completion of this 4-week, 8-hour course, you will be able to: spin your own yarn with spindle, wheel, or both; make 2-ply yarn; wash, finish, and prepare your yarn for use; do basic yarn measurements; determine ways to use your yarn; understand major prep methods. $129 covers instruction, all materials.
Saturdays 12-2.

SPINNING II – You’ve been asking for it! Take that next step in spinning! Upon completion of this 4-week, 8-hour course, you will understand short draw and long draw methods, start to control yarn diameter, spin thick-and-thin yarns, begin compound plying structures, and more. $129 includes all materials. Tuesdays 6-8pm starting Nov 5. (once a week for 4 weeks)

Simple Weaving – Interested in weaving, but worried about the cost of equipment and what you need to get started? Let us take the mystery out of it and get you going using easy to find, inexpensive equipment. $129 incl. materials.
Sundays, Starting November 10, 2 – 4:30 pm

Knitting I – Always wanted to knit? This class will teach you to cast on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch as well as introducing the three different knitting methods (picking, throwing, etc) $129 includes materials.
Mondays, Starting November 4, 6-8 pm

Spinning Luxury Fibers: Cashmere, Camel, Silk, Alpaca, Pygora, Kid Mohair, Superfine Wools, and blends! We’ll cover multiple ways to work with these luxurious fibers – from preparation to drafting methods to yarn structures to ways to maximize the beauty of these fibers,$149 includes materials.
Wednesdays starting November 6, 6-8 pm.

Watch our web site and Facebook for more class updates coming all the time!