Wonderful, inspiring embroidery

 

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.

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Pom-pom Critters

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.

All (Dorset) Buttoned Up

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). 

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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.

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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 ???) 

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Warm welcome for newbies at the Worstead Guild

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!

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Christmas fair extraordinaire!

Our Christmas fair 2014 was a great finish to the year.  The car park was packed full of visitors all day to our workshop and to the Christmas Craft Fair next door in Dilham village hall.  A big thank you for your support to all our visitors.  A big welcome goes out to our new members inspired to join us on the day.  We look forward to seeing you at our meet ups in the new year.  See our diary for details.

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins

Bobbin lace display by Sandra Martins

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Visitors had fun trying out some weaving looms.  Visitors were given the opportunity to try peg looms, rigid heddles and an 8-shaft table loom.  You could also try some kumohimo too.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Stan and Ellie showing our visitors how to use the different types of looms.

Members were on hand to demonstrate the guild crafts and answer questions.

Jenny Rose handspinning on her Majacraft wheel

Jenny Rose hand-spinning hand-dyed wool and silk on her Majacraft wheel

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starks demonstrating her supe- fast hand spinning skills.

Kath Appleton demonstrating her weaving and Marion Starkings demonstrating her super- fast hand-spinning skills.

And as always, there was lots of lovely work by members on display and for sale.  We were so pleased with the levels of sales this year.  More and more people understand the value and uniqueness of a hand crafted gift, which make them that extra bit special.

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

Handspun zwartble, knitted top by Jenny Rose

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

kumohimo jewellery by Eleanor Jones

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

Handwoven Christmas decorations by Sally Gibson

The Worstead Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!