Woolly Worstead Weekend  10 & 11 June  –  our Weavers Are Warped !!!

Come and see how cloth is created.

Watch and ask questions as Members demonstrate weaving on a wide range of different looms – huge floor looms, sturdy rug looms, portable table looms, simple peg looms.

And then have a go.  But be warned – it’s addictive !

Sharing know-how with the public

Guild members will be participating in and demonstrating their skills to the public at:

The Aylsham Show, Monday 29th August 2016

Greenbuild at Felbrigg Hall, 10 & 11 September 2016

and thinking ahead to 2017, also  during – Makers’ Month, at The Forum, Norwich (last 2 weeks in February 2017)

Finally the date has been announced for the next Woolly Worstead – 10 & 11 June 2017.
Further information of this event will be posted under the Woolly Worstead tab on the Guild website as and when it becomes available

New events programme from the Worstead Weavers

Hello there

We are coming to the end of a successful Spring programme of workshops and classes. We’ve had a great time with some of our workshops packed out!  These will certainly be back.  Just one more workshop to tempt you – Ply split braiding technique lead by Stan Appleton and Sally Gibson on 28th March.  See workshops for more details.

Our exciting new programme of Summer workshops has been confirmed, so watch out for more details to come.  The dates can be found in the Guild Diary.

Don’t miss our big Worstead Weavers Weekend at our workshop in Dilham.  Be sure to join us to see demonstrations and talk to our members, try your hand at spinning yarn or weaving on various equipment and buy unique hand-crafted items from our skilled members.  More details to come.  You can also see us at Ludham Open Gardens and the 50th Anniversary of the Worstead Festival this summer.

The Autumn workshop dates are still to be confirmed, but preliminary details are also in the Guild Diary

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Start a New Craft with one of our Talks or Workshops in the New Year!

2015 has arrived! We have lots of new Talks and workshops for the coming year. If you would like to book a place on one of the following classes, or require further information, please contact us on the following email address: worsteadweavers@gmail.com

DESIGNING KNITTING PATTERNS – Talk by Ros Wilson

Saturday 31st January 2015                         2.00 to 3.00pm

Ros will present a talk on how to design your own knitting patterns.

Cost £3.00 (non-members), £2.00 (members)

NEEDLE FELTING – Workshop Lead by Anne-Marie Bradley

Saturday 14th February 2015                      2.00 to 4.00pm

Learn to create needle felted items from fleece. Open to anyone over 10 years of age.

Cost £5.00 (non-members), FREE for members

Beginning & improving Spinning Day –  Lead by Jenny Rose

Saturday 28th February  2015                     10.00am  to 3.00pm

How to improve your spinning & fibre preparation

Equipment can be provided

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.

WEAVING TASTER DAY –  Lead by Jenny Rose

Saturday 7th March  2015                10.00am  to 3.00pm

Learn to weave on a pegloom, a rigid heddle loom & a 4 shaft table loom

Equipment provided.

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.

WARPING A WEAVING LOOM – Lead by Jenny Rose

Saturday 14th March 2015              10.00am to 3.00pm

Learn to warp any loom. Bring your own loom or learn to warp one of ours.

Cost £30.00 maximum of 8 on course.

PLY SPLIT BRAIDING – Workshop lead by Sally Gibson and Stan Appleton

Saturday 28th March 2015              2.00 to 4.00pm

Learn the ancient art of ply split braiding. Ply split braiding is the technique of braiding twisted cords by splitting the ply and passing another cord through it.

Cost £5.00 (non-members), FREE for members

Coffee & tea provided, bring your own lunch. There is plenty of parking.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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!

How did vikings make their clothes?

Guild members took time out today to visit Swanton Abbot Community Primary school, here in rural Norfolk.  We met Mr Hutchinson’s class 8-9yrs olds who were learning all about vikings.  Vikings were prolific weavers.  The children learned how to weave using peg looms, finger sticks and by weaving friendship bracelets and godseyes.   We had mountains of yarn to play with (though not strictly viking yarns!)

The children were incredibly enthusiastic and persevered even when it was a bit tricky.  There was a lovely heap of woven creations by the end of the day and everyone had made something to take home.

We had a brilliant day and so did the children.  We look forward to sharing the wonders of weaving and weaving history to more schools.