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 ???)
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!
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.
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.
Members were on hand to demonstrate the guild crafts and answer questions.
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.
Lots and lots going on!