From fine cloth, to sturdy rugs, to . . . experiments with bicycle inner-tubes and zips ??? Tina is one of our less-traditional weavers.
There were oooohhs and aaaaaahs all round when we helped her take her latest piece off the loom this week.
Members of the Worstead Guild were delighted (and not a little surprised) when they managed to give birth to several new species of birds and animals yesterday.
The much-admired offspring were the result of several hours of stabbing, chatting and giggling, fuelled by chocolate cake.
A great day, and a valuable contribution to Norfolk’s list of Rare Breeds !
Fellow Member Pat, resplendent in authentic costume, talked us through the under-garments, the footwear and the heavy, capacious dress of a middle class medieval woman. She is the Paston Heritage Society’s colour specialist, and spends her days happily brewing up dyes using flowers, leaves and roots to produce gentle, subtle colours that blend effortlessly with one another. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon which left us all inspired.
Using a short-row knitting technique and handspun yarn, Annemarie is well on the way to completing a set of unique table mats. (Some of us thought they might double up as berets!)
Beryl’s lovely scarf shows her skill with a rigid heddle loom and pick-up sticks.
Susan’s experiments with Black Beans, Beetroot, handspun yarn and vinegar resulted in a pair of rustic fingerless mitts – and apparently the beetroot tasted good too !
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 :
Our last meeting of 2016 :
great weaving (see pics of Sue’s baby set and zippy purse);
great first spinning/plying (see Linda’s lovely skein);
great company; great buns (thanks Bev).
Altogether a GREAT year. Merry Christmas Dear Reader – here’s to a wonderful 2017.
Members enjoyed our first “Dabble Day” last Saturday: Danish hearts; beaded Dorset buttons; sparkly trees and plaited wreaths.
Much chatter and laughter, fuelled by scrummy cakes, mulled wine and home made sweets.
Five hours flew by as we sang along to Christmas pop songs and the woolly-decked Christmas tree lights twinkled.
If only Maggie had remembered to bring the glitter . . .
Just a few of Sheila’s splendid Kumihimo braids that she makes into bracelets, necklaces and the like.
Their colour, pattern and texture made for a dazzling display on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday was the first of our Extended Opening Days when Members could access the Workshop at any time between 2 and 9, instead of 7 and 9. We were delighted to see that THIRTY members visited – an encouraging beginning to our experiment.
Eight members keen to learn more about the versatility of the rigid heddle loom enjoyed a great workshop last Saturday.
Through demonstration, sharing of knowledge, hints and tips, practical application, and fortified with cake and posh biscuits, we all learned LOADS and left Dilham inspired.