Workshop closure : Please note the workshop will be closed from Monday 8th April until Tuesday 16th April
This is to allow the heating engineer to install the heating system. Apologies for short notice.
Countdown to the Woolly Weekend begins:- 12 weeks until Woolly Day
Saturday,15th June & Sunday,16th June
Check out the Woolly Weekend 2019 page for updates
March Madness at the Workshop, with much spinning, weaving dyeing and other woolly crafts taking place.
We are very grateful for Jenny for not only spending much time this month, warping up the looms, giving two talks on her life as a weaver, and inspiring us all to start (or re-start) weaving, but also for very generously donating her lovely Glimakra Countermarch 8 shaft floor loom to the guild.
Thank you Jenny very very much.
A very busy workshop, but still time for tea and a chat
Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing
Pat has made some beautiful lace
Shelia has produced some amazing needle-felting.
Val showed how to spin on a traditional spindle using a distaff, medieval style.
Debbie and her new wheel produced some lovely yellow, blue and grey yarn …ready for the “coast to coast” Worstead Festival Challenge?
We held button making and basket making workshops:-
Michelle led the granny basket workshop
Rosemary led the button making workshop, where name badges for guild were given a makeover.
Lots happening today at the workshop, Elly finished weaving her hat, Geri had a shawl made by Jane, and Nicky’s Sanka glove just needed the ends sewing in
Oooooh, rabbits !
Our Alison has been and bought a pair of angora rabbits and, in true rabbit fashion, they’re already expectant parents. Here she is, spinning the soft, grey, light-as-thistledown fluff. Meet parents and offspring at our Woolly Weekend in June. Seeing the resulting yarn is enough to make you wonder whether you can fit a rabbit cage in the shed.
Inkle loom weaving was popular this afternoon – Sally making an exquisite turquoise band, and Steve weaving a strap for his guitar.
Pat’s tapestry. Hmmm… think she may have our Worstead Festival competition in mind.
And Sheila has been creating all manner of cute critters.
Looms, Wheels and Laughter
Another great afternoon at The Workshop. It was good to see so many different skills being practised – Sharon knitting with hand spun, hand-dyed yarn; Maureen lacemaking; Debby, Margaret and Cathy spinning for England; Geri creating a warp on a mill; Linda spinning (she got her first taste only 3 days ago and is “off”; Jenny helping Pat learn how to warp a floor loom; Ann Marie using her expertise to help and encourage several of us in turn; Sandra and Tim putting a warp on the rug loom. (Some of us had to do boring stuff – admin and diy – but it’s all part of being a member of our thriving Guild.)
As always, there is time for a reviving cup of tea!
Our first meeting of 2019 showed that members had been busy over Christmas – Ann-Marie was wearing her snuggly, colourful cowl (no – she didn’t have a pattern, simply cast on and set off!); lacemaker Cathy is already thinking ahead to Easter; Sheila is going for The Biggest Pincushion on the Planet award; and Pat was wearing her pretty thrummed hat (well, The Workshop is a tad chilly in the winter)
Learning the skills of the past masters
Aviva Community Fund
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Members were delighted to be involved in the Paston Footprints Project once again. This time we were spinning and weaving in St Peter’s, Hungate, Norwich – the Paston family’s local church. A visit to the nearby coffee shop provided us with fuel for an enjoyable day.
As part of the Paston Project, six Members put on kirtles and coifs and spun the day away in the shade of the cedar trees
Looking like extras from The Handmaiden’s Tale, or the founder members of a new Order of Nuns, Guild Members prepare for a Medieval Day at Mannington on Sunday 5th August. Come and see us !