We had another lovely meeting this evening. There was lots to show and tell. Look at this lovely hand knitted cowl made from hand spun yarn by Margeret Brooker.
What a fabulous mix of colour.
One of our new members, Jill Willis presented her first skein of hand spun yarn. It is absolutely lovely, a fantastic first effort! Look how even it is.
Another new person Wendy Murfitt also produced some fabulous single ply yarn on the drop spindle, however we did not have chance to take a photo. I am looking forward to seeing what the group have to show us next week!
On our Tuesday meeting this week we were exploring carding fibers on the drum carder. More experienced members and newbies alike were sharing their methods of drum carding. We learnt that you can use a drum carder to blend a fabulous mix of colour. Great fun!
This Sunday we will be demonstrating and selling our hand crafted items at Ludham Open Gardens. Come and say hello!
Several of our visitors from the Worstead Weavers Weekend event came back for more on Tuesday to see what we get up to in our meetings (Tuesdays 7-9 pm, every other Saturday 2-4 pm). What a fantastic turn out! Our members got stuck in helping our visitors try out some hand-spinning. It was wonderful to see so many new members joining us, enthusiastic about fibre and learning about our heritage crafts. I think we all made a few new friends!
A big welcome to our newbies!
Our ‘Worstead Weavers Weekend’ was a great success with a fantastic number of visitors and a whole bunch of lovely new members signed up. We were featured in the Eastern Daily Press newspaper and you can see our write up online here.
The Worstead Weavers Weekend was all about just ‘having a go’ and making new friends. We succeeded in both of these having received more visitors than we expected, which was wonderful and we now have several new members.
Visitors were able to try out a wide range of weaving looms and spinning wheels for free and Guild members volunteered to be on hand to give advice and demonstrations.
We had visitors of all ages willing to have a go. Our youngest visitor (4 yrs old) was able to treadle a spinning wheel all by herself and plied some yarn with help from her auntie and our member Sharon.
Here she is with her ball of yarn and a prize for matching the fibres to the animals and plants- clever girl 🙂
These two industrious visitors were determined to weave, and weave they did! They made incredible progress and are shown here with their first pieces.
It was great fun to meet so many enthusiastic people and to be able to share our knowledge. A big thank you to all our visitors for your interest and another big thank you to all our member volunteers who made it such a success.
We love going out to visit schools. It is always a pleasure to meet local children and give them a chance to share in our enthusiasm for our heritage crafts. Our member volunteers Sandra and Tim Martins, Sharon Fisher, Margaret Brooker, Margaret Gilham and Ellie Jones spent three afternoons with the North Walsham Infants. What a lovely bunch of children! They were all so very polite and willing to have a go at all the activities. Some were very industrious to say the least!
The children learned all about how to prepare wool for spinning and how introducing twist into fibre gives yarn its strength. The children could see first hand how a spinning wheel worked and had a go at plying yarn to make bigger stronger yarns. There were godseyes, finger sticks, peglooms, tapestry looms and more advanced looms available for experimentation. The children achieved a great deal between them and produced several wonderful pieces to keep.
We were so very impressed by the children’s creativity and skills – well done to them all 🙂