There were “Ooohhs” and “Aaaahhhs” and bargains galore this Saturday when members met to buy/sell around 200 cones of yarn bought as a job lot at a recent auction.
Margaret is wearing a shawl, hand knitted from hand dyed yarn. She dyed the yarn using the cling film and microwave method – stunning !
I took a pic of her first-ever attempt at crochet (she’s psyching up for the Woolly Worstead bunting competition) using daughter Sue’s first four shaft weaving as a background.
It was then I realised they both share a love of colour and vibrancy. (As I share my mother’s love of chocolate – it’s genetic, better stop fighting it !)
We had another lovely meeting this evening. There was lots to show and tell. Look at this lovely hand knitted cowl made from hand spun yarn by Margeret Brooker.
What a fabulous mix of colour.
One of our new members, Jill Willis presented her first skein of hand spun yarn. It is absolutely lovely, a fantastic first effort! Look how even it is.
Another new person Wendy Murfitt also produced some fabulous single ply yarn on the drop spindle, however we did not have chance to take a photo. I am looking forward to seeing what the group have to show us next week!
On our Tuesday meeting this week we were exploring carding fibers on the drum carder. More experienced members and newbies alike were sharing their methods of drum carding. We learnt that you can use a drum carder to blend a fabulous mix of colour. Great fun!
This Sunday we will be demonstrating and selling our hand crafted items at Ludham Open Gardens. Come and say hello!
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!
Guild members met up for the last guild meeting of the year on Tuesday night. We had some show-and-tell (see below), a little mulled wine to warm our cockles (courtesy of Anne-Marie), prepared ourselves for the Christmas fair on Saturday, and as always, plenty of laughs.
Handwoven woollen rug by Anne-Marie Bradley
We all got down to admire Anne-Marie’s extra thick woven rug (above) made for her hubby to squish his toes into on cold winter mornings. We loved the soft, naturally coloured wool inter-spaced on one side with flashes of bright colour and the natural shades of grey on the reverse. Two rugs in one! Anne-Marie used flax as the warp.
Margaret has been prolific with her new rigid heddle loom. She brought in yet more wonderful scarves to show us. Guess what her family and friends are getting for Christmas??
Handwoven scarf by Margaret Brooker
Use of the same yarn for both warp and weft made for a lovely texture.
More handwoven scarves by Margaret Brooker (right)
The rigid heddle is an ideal beginners (and experienced) loom. Margaret has demonstrated that you can weave a wonderful variety of designs.
Rose has been experimenting with different wool types and combining them with ribbons and sparkley-add-ins to create one-off Christmas-themed yarns.
‘Christmas Tree’ yarn by Rose Davidson
‘Fresh Snow at Christmas’
These ‘novelty’ yarns can be used as weft yarn, couching and other embellishments or just treasured as they are! Polwarth wool is absolute luxury. It is bright white, incredibly soft with high lustre and a pleasure to spin.
We look forward to seeing you at the Christmas fair this Saturday 6th December at our Weavers Workshop
Lots and lots going on!