About GLASG

The Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild is a group of hand-spinning enthusiasts in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas and beyond. Our members incorporate hand-spinning in a wide variety of fiber arts including knitting, weaving, rug-making, felting, crochet and many others.

All skill levels are welcome at our meetings, from master to novice. If you’re curious (even if you’ve never spun before) come to a meeting and we’ll help you access resources for equipment and instruction. All are welcome, you don’t need to be a guild member to attend. Monthly guild meetings include a short informational program, exchange of expertise, information on members’ projects, and informal spinning. Periodically, the Guild sponsors half-day and multi-day workshops conducted by members and guest instructors.

Please browse our site, and drop us an email if you’re interested in becoming a member of our Guild. Information on our activities is also available on the Guild’s Ravelry GroupFacebook, Instagram, GLASG Spinners, and GLASG Spinners – Buy, Sell, Trade .

Workshops

Carson Demers Ergonomic Workshop July 22-23, 2023

Please join us for a special weekend with Carson Demers! He is an avid knitter, spinner, fiber enthusiast and teacher, as well as the author of the book Knitting Comfortably, The Ergonomics of Handknitting. Carson is a physical therapist who brings 20+ years of ergonomic practice into his teaching.  He regularly teaches at all the major fiber events and retreats. You can see more at his website ergoiknit.com.  

Our workshop will include three different class sessions with three different topics. Session 1 is on Saturday after our guild meeting. Session 2 is Sunday morning. Session 3 is Sunday afternoon. See details and pricing below.  

Class size is limited, with preference given to current guild members in order of email receipt, so sign up ASAP! To sign up, please email Mary Tiffany at workshops@glasg.org with the subject line GLASG July 2023 Workshop.  In your email please include which sessions you’d like to attend. Once confirmed for attendance, you will be invoiced via PayPal by our Guild Treasurer.  More details for attendees will follow in subsequent emails.

Day 1 – Saturday, July 22 
Location:     St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church,   11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Session 1 — 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Topic:     Ergonomics at Your Spinning Wheel

Time seems suspended when you’re at your spinning wheel. Hours melt away but stress and strain can be accumulating in your body. Spinning shouldn’t hurt! In this class you’ll learn what ergonomic wish factors are and where they exist in spinning at a wheel. Most importantly you’ll learn what to do to minimize them and early warning signs that could prevent injury. Safer strategies for seating, balancing your spinning work, and of course, stretches will all be taught.

The second half of the class will be tailored for our guild. You can’t find this class anywhere else!  We will bring out our equipment, including spindles, niddy noddies, lazy kates, carders, combs and blending boards. Carson will work with us individually to understand the best ergonomic approaches for these items. 

Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Learner’s materials:  Spinning wheel, bobbins mandatory. Bring lazy kates and/or plying tools if you have them. Spindles, carders, combs, blending boards or other spinning/fiber equipment are optional. Bring fiber to spin and play with. Students are also asked to bring a bath sized towel.

Please note: there may be a $TBD materials fee. The fee price (if any) will be provided in June.

Day 2 – Sunday, July 23
Location:     REMAINDERS creative reuse of Pasadena, 787 E Washington Blvd, Suite 101, Pasadena, CA 91104  (Check them out at https://remainderspas.org/)

Session 2 — 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Topic:    Swatchbuckling (a.k.a., Applying Ergonomics to Knitting) 

Avast ye maties! Let’s bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. We’ll swatch to improve your posture, comfort and efficiency. We’ll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit and purl stitches. Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats. Class is suitable for all levels of knitting experience.

Learner’s materials: Students are asked to bring light colored worsted weight yarn (4 ounces is sufficient) and needles appropriate for that yarn, a bath sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so.  


Lunch — 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm — Lunch will be provided for those attendees signed up for both Sunday sessions only.  

Session 3 — 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Ergonomics for Fiber Enthusiasts

Do you do more than knit or spin? This class takes inventory of the ergonomic pros and cons for a variety of fiber arts including weaving and finer needle needle work. You’ll learn how injuries occur and the contributions your craft makes both to their occurrence and prevention. You’ll learn to identify ergonomic risk in your craft and techniques to prevent injuries including improved posture, stretching and exercise.

Learner’s materials required: Students are asked to bring a bath sized towel and note-taking materials, if desired.


Pricing for Guild Members:
Sessions 1, 2 & 3 together – $250  (Save $50!)
Session 1 –  $150
Session 2 –  $75
Session 3 –  $75
Note: If you sign up for both sessions on Sunday, lunch is included.

Pricing for Non-Guild Members:
Sessions 1,2 &3 – $270
Session 1 – $170
Session 2 – $95
Session 3 – $95
Note: If you sign up for both sessions on Sunday, lunch is included.

If you are not a current member and would like to renew, please contact membership@glasg.org to sign up. 

We hope you can attend this unique opportunity to learn from Carson! Questions? Please contact Mary Tiffany at workshops@glasg.org

Save the date – Jan 2024 – Clemes and Clemes workshop!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • December 16, 2023
    • Annual Holiday Party9:00 am - 1:30 pm
  • January 26, 2024
    • Drum Carding Workshops with Clemes & ClemesJanuary 26-27, 2024 Please join us for a special weekend with Clemes & Clemes! More details to come! Space is limited. Clemes and Clemes are a father and son duo making innovative, generational fiber art equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1970. Henry began wood turning when he bought a wood lathe at the age of eight and has been building fiber art equipment for over 50 years. Roy grew up in our family’s woodshop and is one of the few 30-year-old’s with 25 years of experience in his field. In addition to making simple, efficient, graceful, and durable fiber art equipment, we regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber producers, and professional fiber artists on fiber preparation for hand spinning. Location: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 We hope you can attend this unique opportunity! Questions? Please contact Mary Tiffany at workshops (at) glasg (dot) org.
  • January 27, 2024
    • Drum Carding Workshops with Clemes & ClemesJanuary 26-27, 2024 Please join us for a special weekend with Clemes & Clemes! More details to come! Space is limited. Clemes and Clemes are a father and son duo making innovative, generational fiber art equipment in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1970. Henry began wood turning when he bought a wood lathe at the age of eight and has been building fiber art equipment for over 50 years. Roy grew up in our family’s woodshop and is one of the few 30-year-old’s with 25 years of experience in his field. In addition to making simple, efficient, graceful, and durable fiber art equipment, we regularly consult and instruct spinners, felters, fiber producers, and professional fiber artists on fiber preparation for hand spinning. Location: St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 11555 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 We hope you can attend this unique opportunity! Questions? Please contact Mary Tiffany at workshops (at) glasg (dot) org.
    • Monthly Meeting
  • February 24, 2024
    • Monthly Meeting10:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • March 23, 2024
    • Monthly Meeting10:00 am - 1:00 pm