It took some of us a little longer to “cotton on”, giving rise to the phrase NFY – “Normal for Yorkshire” – applied to Yours Truly, Chair from Up North. But with patience and humour from our own Sue St John we were guided through the technique of weaving a circle on a peg loom.
The session contained all the ingredients for a successful evening – expert advice, sharing of hints and tips (we all learned how to add loops to the pegs to accommodate bulky fleece, and how to join two lengths of fabric using the “snip and slot” method), tea and biscuits and good company.
I can feel teapot stands, dog basket liners and circular cushions coming on.
We’ve successfully done it in Worstead for decades, but could that success be replicated in Aylsham? We just had to be brave, think positive, ignore the low temperature and the rain and
GO FOR IT !
The Parish Church of St Michael’s Aylsham buzzed with activity, enthusiasm and friendly chatter, fuelled by excellent coffee and delicious cake.Spinners spun, weavers wove, children made God’s Eyes, braids, and “worked the pedals” on the spinning wheels. There were inklers (is that a proper word ?), lacemakers, and there was tablet-weaving (seldom seen), rag rugs and handknitting.
So, was it a success ? YES ! How could it not be – the coming together of two groups of lovely people ? Now let me think . . . next year . . .
We are very lucky to have as one of our members Sue King, who is a qualified upholsterer, specialising in antique furniture.
She kindly agreed to give us a master class in the basics, and Saturday afternoon saw us immersed in webbing, coir, hessian, things wot take staples out, and things wot put staples in !
We were expertly taken through each of the steps to ensure that our padding was in the right place, that we didn’t have dimples where dimples shouldn’t be, and that our curves were smooth and our tucks even.
As with all people who possess skill and knowledge, Sue made it look easy, and her calm and methodical approach gave us confidence and sent us on our way positively looking for things to re-upholster.