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 

 

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