2015 Salida

 15th Annual  Salida Braid-In and Workshop

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Saturday, July 25 9:00 am – Monday, July 27, 4:30 pm 2015

+  Optional Continuous Square Workshop on Friday, July 24, 1:00-5:00 pm

Reservations are open for the 15th Annual Salida Braid-In!  The Salida Braid-In is an opportunity for braiders of all levels of experience to braid, share ideas, exchange wool, renew and make new acquaintances, all while making progress on a current project.  Braiders come from across the US for 3 glorious days of braiding. 

New in Salida for 2015!  A 4 hour Continuous Square Workshop is available as an optional add-on Friday 1:00-5:00 pm before the Salida Braid-In begins on Saturday morning.  See workshop details below.

There are many hiking, rafting, and fishing options for the non-braiders in your family to pursue while you enjoy the camaraderie of braiders from far and wide.

If you need a break, you can enjoy a stroll along the Arkansas River while watching kayakers in the river rapids, or enjoy shopping in the antique and art galleries of historic Salida.

The word is spreading among braiders that Salida is a beautiful vacation spot for the whole family and our space in the Masonic Hall is limited so be sure to reserve your place soon.  If enrollment is full, you will be notified by email.


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The Braiding Workshop and Braid-In takes place in the Masonic Hall; 140 West 3rd St.; Salida, CO 81201.  Salida is a scenic 3-hour-drive from Denver via US Hwy 285 S or I25 S to Pueblo and US 50 W

The Masonic Hall is located in the culinary, artistic, recreational, historic and cultural heart of Salida, 1 block from the historic main street and 3 blocks from the Arkansas River. 


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Braid-In Begins: Saturday morning, July 25, doors will open at 9 am.  
Braiding continues daily into the late evening if you wish on Saturday and Sunday evenings. 

Braid-In Ends: Monday afternoon, July 27.  We clear out our braiding by 4:30 pm.  Braiders often enjoy a farewell dinner together in a local restaurant on Monday evening.


·         Your braiding project and supplies

·         A wrapped door prize (maximum $5 value) for our gift exchange

·         Braiding related items you’d like to sell with your prices marked

·         Show and Tell rugs

·         Optional:  a small fan and electrical extension cord

MEALS: Food, snacks, and beverages are provided during the day provided by the guild.  There is a possibility of a light evening meal to be prepared and available at the Masonic Hall on Saturday and Sunday evenings for $8-$9 per dinner meal.  Registrants will be contacted with more information about evening meal possibilities when the options are firm.

PARKING:  is available on the street or in the Safeway grocery parking lot across the street from the Masonic Hall.  

LODGING:  Salida offers a wide variety of hotels/motels, bed & breakfast, cabins, RV parks and camping and many are pet friendly. For local recommendations, click here, or go to: www.salidachamber.org 

QUESTIONS about Braid-In:  June Kittelson 303.771.6885 or Jan Watson, 303.794.2943 

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Braiding a Continuous Square
Taught by Alice Zanga from Athol, Massachusetts

Alice will teach how to plan and turn corners plus how to change colors on the corners.  Her techniques and instruction include both ‘left opening’ and ‘right opening braids.

WHAT:  The Continuous Square Braiding Workshop, a pre Braid-In option
WHEN: Friday, July 24, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, doors open noon for set up
WHERE:  Masonic Lodge,  140 West 3rd St.; Salida, CO 81201, the same location as Braid-In 

  1.  Pre made ‘T’ with the 3 tubes blind-stitched shut approximately 8”, precise instructions will be sent with registration confirmation
  2.  Braiding clampWool strips in widths to produce an even braid. Use some variety of brown, green, & white for the foundation braid so as to match the instruction sheets.  Since we are also learning color changes on a corner, be sure to include a color change possibility in your strips. Make a test sample to be sure that your braiding is even with all the wool you intend to use. 
  3. Measuring device
  4.  Scissors
  5. Straight pins
  6. Safety pins
  7.  Hand sewing needle(s)
  8. Thread in colors neutral to your fabrics

QUESTIONS about Continuous Square Workshop:  Gail Seay 303.246.0948 
Space is limited so reserve your place early!  If enrollment is full, you will be notified by email and all fees will be refunded.
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Registration for the 15th Annual Salida Braid-In & optional Continuous Square Workshop

Name (as you want it on your name badge) __________________________________________________________________

Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________

City ___________________State _______ Postal Code _______ Phone while you travel _______________________________

Email address __________________________________________________________________________________________

Salida Braid –In fee: Saturday, July 25 9:00 am – Monday, July 27 4:30 pm (includes snacks and drinks Sa-M)     $45  _______

Optional Continuous Square Workshop, Friday, July 24 1:00-5:00 pm                                                                         +$50  _______ 

Please make checks payable to June Kittelson (not RMRBG) and mail to:
June Kittelson; 7335 S. Lafayette Circle East; Centennial, CO 80122;  303.771.6885                            Total: $    _______

In the event that you cancel your registration, notify June Kittelson, rl.ajkittels@gmail.com.