Spotlight on a Guild members work… Lesley Bone

Lesley has been a long standing member of the guild. Lesley’s main interest is weaving with all sorts of yarn. Her main interests are using the peg loom and weaving sticks. But likes to have a go at all sorts of techniques including kumihimo and bobbin lace. She is often the one teaching members of the public to weave on our open days, she is a very good teacher. Here are some of her masterpieces….

Starting with a christmassy theme, Lesley has constructed a very effective woven Christmas tree wall hanging. An unusual but effective use for tinsel!

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging - Hand woven on a peg loom using green tinsel and commercial yarn. Lesley Bone

Christmas Tree Wall Hanging – Hand woven on a peg loom using green tinsel and commercial yarn. Lesley Bone

Our next piece is inspired by a summertime theme, Notice the detail to the right of the beach hut.

Beach Hut Wall Hanging - Hand woven on a peg loom using various types of commercial yarn. Lesley Bone

Beach Hut Wall Hanging – Hand woven on a peg loom using various types of commercial yarn. Lesley Bone

She has also made some lovely bags using these techniques.

Jubilee handbag - Hand woven on a peg loom. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Jubilee inspired handbag – Hand woven on a peg loom. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Multicoloured shoulder bag - Hand woven on a peg loom. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Multicoloured shoulder bag – Hand woven on a peg loom. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Purple shoulder bag - Sections were woven on weaving sticks and then sewn together. Lesley Bone

Purple shoulder bag – Sections were woven on weaving sticks and then sewn together. Lesley Bone

Chenille Handbag - Woven on a peg using chenille wool. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Chenille Handbag – Woven on a peg using chenille wool. The handle was made using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Lesley also uses textured yarn to create scarves. Here are some examples

Scarf collection - Scarves were made from various commercial yarns woven using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Textured Scarves collection – Scarves were made from various commercial yarns woven using weaving sticks. Lesley Bone

Thanks to Lesley for giving us permission to show her work. You can come and see work from Lesley and other members of the guild at one of our demonstration days. See our calender for next years dates.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Worstead guild!

Christmas fair extraordinaire!

Our Christmas fair 2014 was a great finish to the year.  The car park was packed full of visitors all day to our workshop and to the Christmas Craft Fair next door in Dilham village hall.  A big thank you for your support to all our visitors.  A big welcome goes out to our new members inspired to join us on the day.  We look forward to seeing you at our meet ups in the new year.  See our diary for details.

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins

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Visitors had fun trying out some weaving looms.  Visitors were given the opportunity to try peg looms, rigid heddles and an 8-shaft table loom.  You could also try some kumohimo too.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Members were on hand to demonstrate the guild crafts and answer questions.

Jenny Rose handspinning on her Majacraft wheel

Jenny Rose hand-spinning hand-dyed wool and silk on her Majacraft wheel

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starks demonstrating her supe- fast hand spinning skills.

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starkings demonstrating her super- fast hand-spinning skills.

And as always, there was lots of lovely work by members on display and for sale.  We were so pleased with the levels of sales this year.  More and more people understand the value and uniqueness of a hand crafted gift, which make them that extra bit special.

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

The Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

Winter warming fun at the last guild meet of the year 2014

Guild members met up for the last guild meeting of the year on Tuesday night.  We had some show-and-tell (see below), a little mulled wine to warm our cockles (courtesy of Anne-Marie), prepared ourselves for the Christmas fair on Saturday, and as always, plenty of laughs.

Handwoven woollen rug by Anne-Marie

Handwoven woollen rug by Anne-Marie Bradley

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We all got down to admire Anne-Marie’s extra thick woven rug (above) made for her hubby to squish his toes into on cold winter mornings.  We loved the soft, naturally coloured wool inter-spaced on one side with flashes of bright colour and the natural shades of grey on the reverse.  Two rugs in one!  Anne-Marie used flax as the warp.

Margaret has been prolific with her new rigid heddle loom.  She brought in yet more wonderful scarves to show us.  Guess what her family and friends are getting for Christmas??

Handwoven scarf by Margaret Brooker

Handwoven scarf by Margaret Brooker

Use of the same yarn for both warp and weft made for a lovely texture.

More handwoven scarves by Margaret Brooker (right)

More handwoven scarves by Margaret Brooker (right)

The rigid heddle is an ideal beginners (and experienced) loom.  Margaret has demonstrated that you can weave a wonderful variety of designs.

Rose has been experimenting with different wool types and combining them with ribbons and sparkley-add-ins to create one-off Christmas-themed yarns.

Christmas yarns by Rose Davidson

‘Christmas Tree’ yarn by Rose Davidson

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‘Fresh Snow at Christmas’

These ‘novelty’ yarns can be used as weft yarn, couching and other embellishments or just treasured as they are! Polwarth wool is absolute luxury.  It is bright white, incredibly soft with high lustre and a pleasure to spin.

 

We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas fair this Saturday 6th December at our Weavers Workshop