Another busy night at the Workshop

Another busy night at the Workshop, and great to see so much interaction – members shared skills, mended wheels, signed up for talks, spun, admired one another’s projects and generally had a good (woolly) time.

Sheila’s first attempt at tablet weaving, following on from Elly’s demo last week.

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Sue’s latest gorgeous blingy piece of weaving worked on one of our large floor looms.  

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Elly modelled Alison’s crocheted poncho – handspun and hand dyed yarn
– not bad for a beginner !

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Susan’s table runner woven on a rigid heddle loom
– only a beginner but take a look at those edges !

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The ancient craft of Tablet or Card Weaving.

Our own Elly took centre stage once again at Tuesday’s meeting when she demonstrated the ancient craft of Tablet or Card Weaving.

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We learned that this method of weaving has been practised for around four and a half thousand years, and that tablet-woven braids were used to decorate the clothing of the Saxons and the Vikings.  

Z twists and S twists and warping were all explained, and Elly showed us a small sample of the items she has made, including an ingenious bag that involved a looooong zip.

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After a practical demonstration of how to turn the cards (helped by her “lovely assistant” Stan) it was “over to you” and several members tried their hand.  

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Thank you Elly for your generosity in sharing your skill.

Finally thawed out !

Last Saturday several members braved the suddenly deteriorated “meteo”  for “Spinning in Public Day”.

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Our very grateful thanks go to Mr Peter Purdy and his team at Woodgate Nursery of Aylsham who kindly provided the location, marquee and facilities and made us most welcome.

Textile Treasures

Twenty members and friends descended on Blickling’s Muddy Boots Cafe prior to undergoing a custom-made, two hour, textile tour of the house and it’s attics.

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What a treat to have the magnificent house to ourselves, to be led through cosy lamp-lit rooms, to be able to hear the melodic chimes of the hall clock, and to see at close quarters some of its textile gems.  From huge Brussels tapestries to snippets of crewel work; from rustic weaving to exquisite embroidery – each piece had a tale to tell and our guides were knowledgeable and entertaining story-tellers.

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Now let me see – where shall we go next summer ???