Aylsham Agricultural Show

Once again it was a great pleasure to be part of the Aylsham Agricultural Show in Norfolk.  This year’s display by Guild members was a huge success!  Experienced and newbie Guild members worked side by side to promote the traditional crafts of weaving, spinning and dyeing.

We were very busy with lots and lots of visitors despite the terrible weather.  Visitors were able to touch and feel a variety of natural fibres and learned how these were used.  Demonstrations of the Japanese-style braiding called kumohimo were very popular and visitors were encouraged to have a go.  Many visitors learned how the spinning wheel worked and about the preparation of fibres for spinning.  The weaving loom also generated lots of interest from onlookers where a complex woven cloth was being created.

A big thank you to all our lovely visitors that braved the weather to come and see us and to the organisers of the Aylsham show for all their wonderful help and support!

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Eleanor Jones and Sharon Fisher discuss kumohimo techniques.  Eleanor’s kumohimo kits were a sell out!

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Bracelets and necklaces created using kumohimo braiding techniques by Eleanor Jones.  Bracelets and handmade hooky tools for threading spinning wheels by Tim Martins.

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Stan Appleton and Lesley Haines demonstrating spinning and weaving.  Here are examples of Guild member’s weaving on display at the Aylsham show:

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Tim Martins weaving case straps using an inkle loom.

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These straps also make nifty bottle slings!

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Sandra Martins demonstrating the making of a beautiful intricate bobbin lace piece.

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The talented Sally Gibson was demonstrating tapestry, which received lots of interest from visitors.  Sally had several of her landscape tapestries on display. Visitors could also buy a tapestry kit!

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Hand-dyed natural fibres, handspun and various knitted items were displayed by Marion and Melissa Starks.  Melissa also won first prize for entering her Teeswater sheep in the sheep show.

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Luxury fibres were used to handspin yarn for knitting these lovely items, perfect for autumn by Jenny Rose.

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Hand-carded fibre batts for handspinning created lots of interest.  A variety of luxury hand-dyed natural fibres including silks, suri alpaca and blue-faced leicester locks by Rose Davidson were on display.

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Colourful yummy handpun yarns by Eleanor Jones and Rose Davidson.

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And even more examples of Sally Gibson’s weaving work.

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