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Woolly Worstead Weekend – 16 & 17 June 2018
By the time you read this, the Royal Wedding will be over and you can now concentrate on the REALLY BIG event of the year.
With only FOUR weeks to go, we can now confirm the Who, What, Where and When of this year’s Woolly Weekend:
Where? Weavers’ Workshop, Dilham NR 28 9PT (next to the Village Hall, the football pitch and the children’s play area)
When? Saturday and Sunday 16 & 17 June, 10 am – 4 pm
Who? The third “mini woolfest” organised by the Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
What? (there’s heaps, so have a cup of something to hand whilst you browse this lot !)
Reasons to bring your purse !
- Adelaide Walker (fibres, books, dyes, wheels, looms, spindles)
- Naked Wool (Shetland wools, peglooms, fleece)
- Hooked on Rope (tactile, beautifully-made rope baskets)
- Rosemary Spicer (handmade felt & crochet combined to make jackets & waistcoats)
- Craft Sales (items handmade by our Members – felted, crocheted & knitted items; peg-looms, niddy-noddys, weaving squares)
- Johanne Couldrey (eco-friendly, upcycled knitted & crocheted wearable art)
- Gill Gartland (handmade woolly items – hats, cosies & toys)
- Jayne Andrews (high-end needlefelted critters, pictures & gifts)
- Nessa Pratt (top quality knitting accessories, yarn & felting)
- Broadly Patchwork (Sew Creative) (fabric, threads, “notions” for the sewer/patchworker)
- Gifts by Loubilou (delightful handfelted animals)
- Jenn Monahan (handspun yarn, hand-dyed fibres, scrumptious limited-edition Norfolk Horn yarn)
- Flinders Flowers (beautifully presented gifts – socks, baby packs, knickers)
- Linda Mears (lovely items from this thrifty & talented maker)
- A variety of different breeds of sheep fleece (some ready-washed)
- Guild Sales – (dozens and dozens of balls of yarn suitable for knitting, crochet, weaving, tapestry)
- Scrapbox (all manner of wonderful items that you didn’t know existed, but wonder how you managed without !)
- Magdalena’s Yarn (oooh, more yarn . . . and crocheted items)
- Tombola, Raffle for a Teddy with handspun/handknitted outfit, Hunt the Sheepdog, Raffle for a Spinning Wheel (go on – have a flutter !)
And after all that shopping (or even before … or halfway through …) you’ll need some sustenance:
- Jilly’s Kitchen (home-made scones, cakes, biscuits, quiche, bacon butties, sandwiches)
- Ronaldo’s Icecream (masses of different yummy flavours)
Things to Do/Watch
- Alpacas (come and feed & pet these lovely gentle creatures)
- Rachel Cooper (watch and learn to crochet with a lady who knows how)
- Morris Dancers (tap your feet in time to the music and be amazed by their leaping-about) Sat pm only
- Ceilidh Band (traditional folk music provided by talented players/singers) Sun pm only
- Sheep-shearing (pick your sheep, watch it being shorn, buy the fleece)
- Fleece-sorting (ever wondered which bits to keep/which bits to throw? Watch, and chat to, Our Bev. Give a donation to the Guild and she’ll sort that fleece you’ve just bought from the shearer !)
- “Have a Go” (try your hand at spinning, weaving, lace-making, crochet, knitting, needlefelting)
- Norfolk Bodgers (watch skilled Bodgers using traditional green-woodworking skills to create unique tactile items eg spoons, bowls, flowers)
- Spinning Wheel Hospital (bring your “poorly” wheels and looms to Bob, our Master Mender)
- Patchwork & Quilting (a display of wonderful quilts to inspire you)
Phew ! Congratulations if you’ve got this far. You’ll be a tad tired, but undoubtedly inspired and convinced that you’ll pay us a visit. Looking forward to seeing you
The Worstead Guild x
Saturday & Sunday 16th & 17th June 2018
10.00 – 16.00 weavers’ Workshop Dilham NR28 9PT
crochet, knitting, spinning, weaving, felting- demos and “have a go”
alpacas & donkeys to feed and pet
folk singers & morris dancers to watch
scrumptious home-made butties, quiche and cakes
tombola, guess-the- weight, lucky dip, find the sheepdaog
patchwork & quilting exhibition
men’s creche- free tea / coffee & newspapers for partners
to buy- fleece, yarn, fabric, equipment, gifts and books
FREE activities for children
Admission: adults £2 or £4 per car, children free
For more information check the website out for updates or telephone
There were “Ooohhs” and “Aaaahhhs” and bargains galore this Saturday when members met to buy/sell around 200 cones of yarn bought as a job lot at a recent auction.
We were all looking forward to it – and we were not disappointed ! Using a careful structured project Ros skilfully led us through planning, blending, butterflies, woggly edges, blobs, fancy stitches and outlines. We learned SO MUCH. Great tutor, great company, wonderful “tea lady” .
Worstead Guild will be at the Forum on week 26th- 30th March
Makers’ Month, at The Forum, is a 27 day celebration of Norfolk’s making skills and making heritage. Meet enthusiasts from across the county, eager to show you how to knit, sew, crochet, spin, weave, print, embroider, quilt, draw, paint, sculpt, carve and even whittle. As well as opportunities to try out some of the skills for free, there’s a programme of bookable workshops, fascinating talks and inspiring exhibitions. Everyone is welcome at Maker’s Month and entrance is free. The event runs from 10am to 4pm every day, from Monday 12 March to Saturday 7 April. This is your chance to learn new skills – both contemporary and traditional – and to discover interesting ways to express your creativity. The programme changes every few days, so check The Forum’s website to plan your visits. And you can follow Makers’ Month on Facebook and Instagram.
FB – Makers’ Month
Instagram – makersmonth
amazing machine – check out the Facebook page for the video.
The “Beast from the East” held no fear for Members – it gave us all an opportunity to “get woolly”. These pics from Tuesday afternoon are just a few of the finished projects :
Terry : “you’ll do it all in one day”
Students : “oh no we won’t”
OH YES WE DID !
The aim was to make a warp, read a pattern, transfer the warp to the table loom, weave a variety of patterns, and eliminate the fear of multi-shaft looms. We began at 10. A motley bunch : some complete beginners, some rigid heddlers, some wanting a refresher. Fuelled by tea, coffee, biscuits and chocolate (many thanks Tracey) by 3 o’clock the tabby, twill and basket patterns had appeared.
Thanks to a brilliant tutor. Thanks to good company. Looking forward to our next step – without fear !
Fun was had by everyone attending the workshop on Saturday 13th January 2018. Thanks to Sheila for showing us this great weaving craft.