Sunshine, cake, friends, fleece and learning

Last Saturday we had a Fleece Sorting Session.  Bev brought along an assortment of fleeces that had still been on the sheep two days ago, and with knowledge and skill demonstrated how to skirt, sort and store.  Using numbers pulled from a hat to prevent the rush, and possible bloodshed, we were given a fleece of our very own, and we all worked on each other’s.  A great day – sunshine, cake, friends, fleece and learning.

 

Susan has added tapestry and inkle braiding to her long list of accomplishments to produce this delightful bag – complete with internal pockets – ooooooooohh !

And Sheila brought along a stunning example of wire weaving.

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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.

News Update 

Dilham Village Hall is having a Christmas Fair next Saturday 07/12/13, so the Weavers Workhop will be open for visitors from 10.30 to 4.00.

We will then meet again on Tuesday 14th January 2014 and the first Saturday meeting will be on 25th January.

The last 2 workshops of the year were very successful, the spinning workshops was for beginners & improvers and we worked on longdraw with some very nice Hampshire down fleece which had been given to the guild, every one managed in the end after a bit of frustration & much wailing.

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The weaving Taster Day was again a great success, starting with fingersticks and moving on to peglooms, rigid heddles & 4 shaft looms, there was something for all levels of experience and lots of samples to take home.

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We are now planning next years workshops, the first will be in late February so check the website next year.