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.
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.
Come and see how cloth is created.
Watch and ask questions as Members demonstrate weaving on a wide range of different looms – huge floor looms, sturdy rug looms, portable table looms, simple peg looms.
And then have a go. But be warned – it’s addictive !
Tracey brought along examples of the spindles and key rings she will have for sale at the Woolly Weekend. We all oohed and aaaahd at the workmanship, the glorious colours, the cuteness of the key rings
Then Linda tied on a leader and, with the aid of a library book (and helpful suggestions from all of us) she managed to teach herself how to use them. Result !! (And don’t they match beautifully the crochet I’m working on . . . maybe it’s a sign, where’s my purse ??)
Members gathered to hear Our Stan’s talk on alternative weaving techniques. Several of them involved the use of cardboard, and he confessed to having an addiction to the stuff. (Well, it takes all sorts !) Stan explained, and demonstrated, how to pin out the shape of a garment, warp it up, and then construct it; how to weave a beret using card with punched holes; making a shawl from a HUGE piece of card notched at the edges, and how to “knock up” a scarf loom using cheap timber, wing nuts and a pound or two of nails. Lots of questions, lots of laughter, and delicious home-baked cakes made for a most enjoyable afternoon.
Amanda’s second visit to the Workshop, and look what she’s producing !
Stan helped Val warp up a replica of a 15C box loom with linen thread, to make strapping. (The sharp-eyed amongst you will spot a modern heddle, and cardboard tension strips, but you get the idea.)
You will recall that Ros Wilson’s tapestry talk left Members stunned. Well, it transpires that one of them had her wits about her. See below the pics that Carolyn took. No wonder they were speechless. (By the way, it didn’t last. The Workshop buzzed yesterday afternoon, and we were delighted to have two new members. Welcome Patsy and Val.)
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 . . .
Last Saturday was a real treat for our Members. We are fortunate in having Ros Wilson “on our doorstep” and she visited Dilham to talk to us about tapestry weaving. Ros has enhanced her creativity and talent by holidaying in Peru and taking classes with Maximo Laura, the world-renowned textile artist. Her work is stunning, quite literally !
At the end of the presentation Sharon looked across at the rest of the audience who, she said, were sitting in a trance-like state – in silence and with their mouths open (that’s got to be a first !) In fact, they were so “gob smacked” that none of them thought to take any pics ! So, Dear Readers, go onto Ros’ website (Ros Wilson Design) and see for yourselves – well worth a look !
The time had come. We’d enjoyed using our rigid heddle looms, made enough scarves for the population of the whole world, and even mastered pick up sticks. We could put it off no longer. And so, fortified with Sharon’s cake, and filter coffee, Jenny introduced us to the alchemy that is four shaft weaving. I will only divulge that it involves lots of different sticks, rubber bands, and bad language ! But oh ! the possibilities !