Fun was had by everyone attending the workshop on Saturday 13th January 2018. Thanks to Sheila for showing us this great weaving craft.
We folded, stabbed, wrapped, stitched and glued in festive fashion at yesterday’s Christmassy Crafts Session. All that activity burned up so very much energy that we had to keep ourselves going with mince pies, gingerbread, cookies . . . I’m sure you get the picture ! A big thank you to all who helped make it happen.
The Worstead Guild is very fortunate to have as a friend the traditional embroiderer Alison Larkin. Whilst we go starry-eyed about “woolly things”, Alison’s passion is fine silks, teeny-weeny perfect stitches, and accurate replicas of historical costumes. Members were treated to a talk about her needlework, and the opportunity to see her work up close. Exquisite ! A great afternoon.
Lenny the Lion; Hedgehog having a bad hair day; Pink Elephant; Startled Owl – the line-up resembled a breakout from a fantasy toy box. Mix “ladies of a certain age” with pom-poms and felting needles and that’s what you get. (I wonder if there was something in that tea ???) A big THANK YOU to Sheila who led us down the magical path with skill and patience.
BUT the biggest triumph of the day was when a wheelchair-bound lady was able to join us thanks to our newly-installed ramp. This was built with money from our Worstead Festival grant.
Altogether another successful and fun day.
Tracey and Sheila have been concentrating on needle felting this week, and Tracey has been experimenting with food colouring too.
I can feel a workshop coming on . . .
Our first meeting of 2017 was kicked off in style when Sheila revealed what she’d been making over the Christmas break. She had dyed the fleece and then needle-felted several pieces on a fantasy theme. This stunning duo was our favourite :
Tracey’s completed commission for an Eiffel Tower Dorset Button,
Dennis’ inkle braid from his home-made loom,
Alice’s needlefelted sheep (kindly given to Bev – we all want one!),
Sue’s tapestry depicting the seashore,
and the result of Sheila’s first piece of weaving.
Just a few of the projects highlighted in last night’s “Show and Tell”.
Inspired by Elly’s workshop last week, Tracey quite literally “got weaving”. Having mastered the basics, she went on to produce several little masterpieces. The detail is amazing – tiny harvest mice and a delicate spider’s web being just two of her creations. (They will be on sale at the Aylsham Show this weekend).
Margaret is working on something a tad bigger – a blanket no less. It will be ready for husband Ken to snuggle in when the weather turns cold.
And Sharon showed us her skill with dyes when skein after skein of the most beautiful blue yarn emerged from her shopping basket. (If I tell her it’s “just my colour” do you think she might take the hint ???)
Sue Andrews is a hobbyist who has been creating traditional baskets using rush and willow materials for over 12 years and likes to share her skills with others. She provided the Guild with a wonderful introductory course to basket making that everyone thoroughly enjoyed.
We used buff and brown willow to make a ‘string’ basket. By the end of the day, we all had something to take home of which, we could be proud. Sue is such a brilliant teacher that our second workshop with her is fully booked and we are hoping to have another in the new year, along with a follow up class over a weekend.