Dianne has only been a member since July and already she’s producing lovely yarn.

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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!

 

 

Two new spinners!

Well done to our two students on Saturday’s hand spinning class.  Both beginner students progressed very well throughout the day and succeeded in going home with a two ply yarn each!

Students learned about types of natural fibre and their preparation.  Hand carders were used to create rolags from washed sheep fleece.  These rolags were handspun on two types of spinning wheel (one bobbin full on each), to allow the students to experience the differences.  Their favourite choice of wheel was used to ply them together.  The class was finished off by spinning some lovely naturally coloured blue-faced leicester wool top to create a more worstead type yarn and to experience a different preparation of fibre.